Saturday, January 1, 2011

How About a Contest to Ring in the New Year?

I'm determined to start 2011 off right, and what better way to do that than helping someone else start their manuscript off right? So, as a New Year's gift from me to you, I'm giving away either a first-50-pages critique, or a query-and-synopsis critique. Winner chooses!

- Leave a comment telling me your most recent read, and give it a thumbs-up or thumbs-down.
- Your comment must also include your email address, so I can contact you if you win.
- Your manuscript must be finished.

That's it! You don't have to follow this blog, follow me on twitter, or anything (though if you want to, that's totally fine!). The deadline is Sunday, January 30th. The winner will be picked using a random number generator.

Good luck, everyone!

***This contest is in no way affiliated with the agency I work for.


  1. What a lovely idea to start the new year!

    My most recent read is Zombies vs Unicorns. It's still in progress, but I've picked it because I want to give it a huge thumbs up.

    My email is amiekaufman -at- gmail -dot- com.

  2. Ooh, great contest, thanks. I'm re-reading "Life As We Knew It" - massive thumbs up :)

    Email is rachael[dot]harrie[at]gmail[dot]com

  3. I just finished reading Holes to my daughter. We both loved it, so it's a two thumbs up.

    Great contest! My email address is lrenegar001(at)triad(dot)rr(dot)com.

  4. My last read was Looking for Alaska by John Green. It was my first John Green book, and except for some nitpicky things that bothered me, i give it a high thumbs up!


  5. My last cover to cover read was Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John. I really loved a lot of things about it and would certainly recommend it!


  6. Read or listened to? The last book I just finished was FALLEN by Lauren Kate. Can't wait to read TORMENT. But I'm currently listening to the book on CD of NEED by Carrie Jones.

  7. Oh sorry, my email is aliciacald(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. The last book I read was Incarceron by Catherine Fisher. Massive thumbs up for one of the best fantasy novels I've read in awhile.

    Email: writesstuff10(at)yahoo(dot)com

  9. I read The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. It's a Newberry Honor book originally published in 1967. Very good read.

  10. Last book, like, actual book, not a manuscript? Um... FALL FOR ANYTHING by Courtney Summers. While I loved loved loved her CRACKED UP TO BE, this one just didn't do it for me. It was too similar in structure to CUTB but with none of the pizazz and awesomeness. I don't think I could ever say not to read a book though, so how about a thumb sideways? Maybe it was just me and you'll love it?

  11. This is so awesome. The last book I read was City of Glass, which was awesome.

    ragdoll29 (at) yahoo (dot) com.

  12. My last read was The Gift by James Patterson. It's the second book in the series. I got both books during a long layover at the airport. I would give the main characters a thumbs up but the pace (too fast) & the dialogue (too simplistic) I have to give a thumbs down. I guess it's a good read to pass time.

  13. My latest read was INDUSTRIAL MAGIC, the fourth book in Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series. Overall, I'm giving the series a thumbs up. Any Canadian author who rocked the supernatural scene pre-Twilight gets my support. And just in the first few books, I can see a great improvement in her writing and storytelling. So I have faith in her.

    Not to mention, I'm currently an intern at Random House of Canada, who is Armstrong's Canadian publisher. So I might be biased. But still. Thumbs up!

    My e-mail's kaplan[dot]lea[at]gmail[dot]com.

    And snaps for Sammy! <3

  14. My last read was (if counting rereads) DASH & LILY's Book of Dares. Thumbs up.
    But in the end, last I read was MATCHED by Ally Condie. Hm, not sure about thumbs down or up. So I guess... both? But like a comment above, me it could be thumbs sideways


  15. The last book I read was I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore and I give it a huge thumbs up. Such an easy, great read. Loved it. Thanks for taking the time, we appreciate it.


  16. Yay! Great contest!
    My latest read would be "Firelight" by Sophie Jordan and it's a thumbs up. Took a while to get into it but once I was hooked, I was hooked! Great book :)

    anbi14 at hotmail dot com

  17. I just finished reading Anna and the French Kiss. :) I headed right out to a bookstore to buy it when I read your review. Definitely a thumbs-up, it was brilliant.

  18. I just finished "Beautiful Darkness", the sequel to "Beautiful Creatures" - I actually liked it better then #1!

  19. What a lovely way to start the year! Thanks for the opportunity!

    I've just finished the fourth book in Jessica Andersen's Final Prophecy series--Demonkeepers. The best series I have ever read--a HUGE double thumbs up!

    allisinclair at hotmail dot com

  20. Wow, you're so generous!

    I went through a few books in the last few weeks because they were library books and due last September (yeah...)

    One of them was SABRIEL by Garth Nix, which I've been meaning to read for a while. The beginning was slow for me, but I really liked the characters and plan to read the rest of the Old Kingdom Trilogy.

    Then I read THIRTEEN REASONS WHY by Jay Asher. Haunting. Loved it.

    Lastly I read THE SUMMONING by Kelley Armstrong. I feel the book could have started later in the story. I don't know, the pacing was off for me.

    Thanks again, Sammy!

    brandimziegler at hotmail dot com


    Must recent read is "Revolution" by Jennifer Donnelly. And it is, without a doubt, a THUMBS UP! I love this book with all my heart x)

    anbi14 at hotmail dot com

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  23. I just finished reading Anna and the French Kiss. It's a thumbs WAY up for me. (review at

    Thanks for the crit prize giveaway. You rock!

    cynditefft at gmail dot com

  24. Wow, which book do I choose. I just recently read Fallen by Lauren Kate. Definitely a thumbs up. I also listened to Need by Carrie Jones. I don't recommend the audiobook though. I really didn't like the way the voices were done by the actress reading it. Kinda ruined it for me. However, I think I'll still get the next book in the series and create the voices in my head.

    alicia at gmail dot com

  25. Awesome. I could really use the crit!

    The last book I read was Dragonspell by Donita K. Paul. It has just the kind of fantasy/adventure I love, so I give it a thumbs up. I'm currently listening to the sequel as an audiobook.

    Email: slbynum3 (at) gmail (dot) com

  26. Best. Prize. EVER.

    The last book I read was an ARC of WITHER by Lauren DeStefano. Thumbs up. Definitely thumbs up. I wasn't sure what to expect, but this book delivered.

    angel28140 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  27. This is too cool for words. :)

    So, my most recent read was "Hunger Games". I know... I was a little late joining the bandwagon on that one, but now, I'm firmly on board.
    That trilogy is definitely a two-thumbs up. :D

    Oh, and here's my e-mail address: chisuto (at) gmail (dot) com.

    Thanks for offering this!
    It's super kind of you! :)


  28. My most recent read is A MANY-SPLENDORED THING.
    I was enchanted with the decriptions of @1950 Hong Kong. A thumbs-up.

    Thanks for the contest!


  29. I just read MATCHED by Ally Condie (highly recommend this! Huge thumbs up!) and SIREN by Tricia Rayburn. This one surprised me; I had it on my TBR list for a long time and finally got around to it. I loved it!!!

    My email: pjv2001 @ att . net

  30. Awesomesauce! So excited!


    Most recent read would be The Other Side: Posession in Death -J.D. Robb.

    Thumbs way up! I'm a diehard NR fan, so I'm a bit biased. It's like giving your mom a bad grade on her cooking. Makes you feel guilty. Despite my bias I did like it, for an anthology. There were a few sentances I had to re read as they didnt read right the first time, but aside from that loved it! Especially liked the paranormal twist to this typically very grounded character(Eve Dallas). I was worried that adding paranormal to the future cop seriees would be too much, but it played well.

    -Deirdre Randall

  31. I just finished Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella. I give it a thumbs up :D

    Thanks for running this contest!

    My email: deniseiswriting(at)oh(dot)rr(dot)com

  32. My latest read? I'm a total Johnny-Come-Lately. But it's Harry Potter--I'm on book four. Really fun winter reads! Thumbs up :)

    hyalineblue079 at yahoo dot com

  33. Fragments-Poems, Intimate Notes, and Letters by Marilyn Monroe.

    All 20 digits up. 'Tis tragically beautiful.

    charli-mac at comcast dot net

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