Thursday, October 20, 2011
To celebrate, and given that we are talking about words (did you see that lovely segue there?), I have decided on a somewhat unusual giveaway. I'm giving away myself. To whit, two one-hour mentor sessions, frequency to be decided by the winner.
So, what do you get?
Two sessions of 60 solid minutes each by phone or Skype (I promise I will know how to use it by the time it all kicks off...). We can talk about any aspect of writing/freelance writing/ publishing/blogging/whatever that you like that falls within my scope of experience.
My strengths are freelance writing for magazine, newspaper and internet, writing non-fiction books (including non-fiction book proposals), experience in the ins and outs of publishing, fiction writing (to the extent that I've completed three full manuscripts and have another two-thirds done, but not to the extent that I've actually sold a book as yet), short story writing (I dabbled in this and sold three stories to magazines), knowledge of writing associations and networks that might be helpful to you, access to lots of other writers who will answer any questions I give to them. And I blog. A lot, apparently.
I'm not strong in the area of writing children's books or YA fiction, but I've had a go at pretty much everything else.
I am happy to read the first three chapters of any work you may have in progress and give you feedback, but, due to time restrictions, I can't do a blow-by-blow appraisal of your entire manuscript.
What do you need to do?
Be a friend of the Fibro if you're not already (and feel free to 'like' me on Facebook if we're not connected there). Comment below, answering the following question: How can I help you? Tell me what you're doing, tell me which part of my brain you'd like to pick, what I can do for you.
The lovely Valerie Khoo from the Sydney Writers' Centre will choose a winner from a shortlist that I select. Just to ensure fairness and friendliness. We're looking for... spark.
Competition closes Sunday 30 October, 2011 at 9pm (AEST). Winner will be announced on Tuesday 1 November, 2011, at the usual time the Fibro posts go up (around 10.30pm). Australian residents only, sorry. ( Just in case the whole Skype thing doesn't work out...)
Okay, I think that's it. Let me know if anything needs clarifying. Good luck!
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