Monday, September 17, 2012

The Haunted Writing Clinic and Contest




There is nothing SCARIER than rejection, so this Halloween face your fears by entering a spooky writing clinic and contest by Curiosity Quills. Not only will you get help crafting your submission package, you'll have an opportunity to win a request from Curiosity Quills. And it's all FREE!

We will have two types of bloggers involved:

Minions: Writers with query ready manuscripts.

All fiction genres are eligible for entry, however manuscripts that fall into our "favored genres" list will be more likely to win requests. Check the submission guidelines for this list.

Super villains: Published and pre-published authors from Curiosity Quills.

So far, I have six authors signed up as super villains and I'll publish their names when it's final. Super villains will enlist teams of minions to mentor. Each team will have a spooky name and theme. The super villain whose minions get the most requests will win bragging rights as villain supreme.


Blogfest schedule:

Week of 10/8: Query Week - Super villains will post tips on how to craft a successful query and their own successful queries (if applicable). Minions will post their query and super villains and other minions will stop by and provide critique.

Week of 10/15: First Page Week - Super villains will post tips on writing a great first page and their own successful first page. Minions will post their first pages and super villains and other minions will stop by and provide critique.

Week of 10/22: Mentoring Week - Super villains will pick teams of minions. Super villains will provide personalized critique on their team members' submission package. Minions from the same team are also encouraged to help and support each other.

10/31 - It's fright night! Minions ready to face their fears will submit their query and first page to our criminal mastermind judges (three submissions editors from CQ). If they like what they see they'll make requests and hopefully graduate some minions to super villains.

P.S. If you entered the Wilde's Fire Editor Judged Contest you ARE eligible to enter this contest too. Your work will be seen by fresh eyes.

Mwah ha ha ha ha ha!




24 comments:

  1. Okay, so maybe I'll get a new chance with CQ! I'm so in!
    Thanks for this exciting news!

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    1. Yay! I'll look forward to seeing you there.

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  2. This sounds like a blast but I'm afraid it may be too much for me to handle right now. I'm juding a contest for my local writer's group, and I'm judging for Deanna's blogfest soon. Plus school, and kids, and church and I think I have a book coming out soon (lol)--I really need my genius kid to discover a way to clone me! Good to see a post from you post-baby . . . hope you're getting at least a wee-bit of shut eye:-)

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  3. sounds exciting! thanks for the gory details =)

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  4. Ooo, that sounds fabulous. Does a dark neo-Gothic fairy tale retelling fit? (YA)

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    1. Hi Rhiann, glad to have you on board! Your story sounds like a good fit. Good luck!

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  5. Hi Sharon! I'm not sure if I'll be participating, since I'm 2/3 through a major rewrite and I'm not sure if I'll get it done. I'd like to help promote it though. I'll include it in the next round of Monday announcements on my blog.

    Have a great weekend!

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  6. This sounds great! Is there a deadline for us to enter by?

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    1. The festivities start 10/8, but I have the linky open until 10/22, so I suppose that's the deadline. :)

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  7. Sounds like an exciting challenge. Happy Halloween!

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  8. Hi Sharon. I wanted to let you know I gave you a little award over on my blog:)
    Talynn

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  9. Hi. This sounds like a great blog hop, but I have a few questions before I enter. BTW, I found you through from Ink in the Book (Talynn's blog) and I am a new follower.

    Anyway, my question is, if we sign up for the blog hop, do we have to participate in every aspect of it? I don't mean tot sound rude, but my query has been all over the internet. haha. (Write On, QQQ, GUTGAA Pitch Polish Blog Hop, and GUTGAA Agent Pitch) At this point, after a lot of help, I think I finally have the query right. However, I'd love to participate in everything else. Would that be okay? Please let me know. Thanks so much!

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  10. Hi Tamara,

    Thanks for your interest! You don't have to participate in the whole blog hop to be eligible for the contest. If you'd like, you can post your own query tips or about what you've learned crafting your query.

    See you soon!

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  11. So, if I'm understanding correctly, the super villains will post their first pages and advice on the 15th, and then minions will post their own first pages later that week? Or are both sides putting up first pages on the 15th?

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    1. We'll all post at the same time. I'll give more instructions as we go along too.

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  12. Question: If we are planning on submitting to CQ, should we hold off until after this is done? Or is it okay to submit and still participate?

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    1. Submitting to CQ now wouldn't make you ineligible, but you might as well wait since you might want to make changes to your submission from the contest. Also, you'll be in a smaller pool of queries this way than if you just went into the slush pile, so you might have a better chance of consideration in the contest.

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  13. What is the best day to post the queries - on the 8th or later (for the minions)?

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  14. Valloryv - 10/8 is best, but you can post anytime the first week.

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  15. This sounds so fun. And so helpful. But I'm not. quite. query. ready. *bangs head on keyboard*

    Thank you for doing this, though! It's really encouraging to see that events like this are going on! :D

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  16. Am I too late? I'd love to be apart of this. I think it'd be awesome to have fellow minions and a super villain to help and support me (and to give support and help to.) But I'm lost. Where do I sign up for that?

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  17. Hi Jessica, you're not quite too late yet. Sign up on the linky above where it says "click here to enter".

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