Sunday, 8 July 2012

And the winner is...

Ladies and gentleman, girls and boys. The winner, of our critique contest and giveaway...

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...the one and only...

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Please excuse my shaky, live action shot...

Stacey Trombley!!!

Congratulations Stacey! Please email me your first ten chapters and I'll forward them on to Lisa while I arrange your voucher. And to all our other participants, Lisa and I just want to thank you for getting so thoroughly involved - that bowl may not look full but due to your participation there are almost 500 individually cut and scrunched entries in there (yes I'm a hippie, so I made them all minuscule to save paper). 

It's been an honor to pull this together and I'll definitely do something similar in the future. In the meantime keep an eye out for some other awesome stuff coming up on the blog too (if I do say so myself, which I can, because it's mine and it's awesome!). I'll be talking cover design and self publishing with the fabulous Donna Hosie, author of Searching for Arthur, which I reviewed right here, (wink wink, go-and-support-her-and-check-it-out). I'll be using telesales tips to hook readers with more Beginner's Guide to Turning Boredom into Booyah, for the fledgling writers out there. And I'll be on a constant lookout for anything which could help promote your book -whether you're traditionally published or otherwise.

Basically, I'm super excited about where this blog can go. Hope you see you there!


P.S. For those of you who couldn't find the mystery mistake, here was my tweeted clue.

If you can’t find the mystery you so dearly prize, don’t feel crossed; the answer is there in your eyes.

And I was referring to this line from the original contest post.

Lisa, a journalist and newspaper editor with more than fifteen years’ experience, is offering a COMPLETE LINE EDIT for TEN CHAPTERS of your MS. So if your punctuation prowess doesn’t go further than dotting your t’s and crossing your i’s, Lisa can help fix it. 

So... who here is kicking themselves?


  1. Yay, I won! lol This was fun with or without the prize so thanks for hosting! I'm going to do a quick read through of a change I just made last night and I'll send later tonight!

    Thank you!

  2. Congrats Stacey and thanks again. Glad I got to see this before I passed out from tiredness, which I shall now promptly do. Goodnight from the future, everyone!

  3. Hey
    Congrats to the winner. I had fun and got some great feedback on my story. Thanks for putting this contest together.

  4. Congrats Stacey! Wooot....And a round of applause for Katherine and Lisa for setting this contest up!

  5. Congrats, Stacey. Funny thing - my last contest winner was named Stacey too.
    For everyone who posted some of their work and I haven't reviewed yet, I've just got back from vacation (or holiday for the UKers) and will finish up the reviews in the coming days. Don't forget to come back and see what helpful bit of advice I'm able to offer. I believe Katherine still has a few to do as well.
    Thank you so much for participating and come back for our next contest!

  6. I'm really enjoying Stacey's work so far. Congrats on the win...I thought I'd said this somewhere one here already but I can't find it.