Welcome to my new website!!** In honor of this blessed event (and by “blessed event” I’m referring of course to the fact that I did something technological. Me! Technology!), I’m hosting a week-long giveaway extravaganza!
But first, I have to acknowledge that this website would not be here if not for the generosity and patience of one Susan Dennard. Sooz sent me a typed-up ‘how-to-design-a-website’ lesson plan, fielded numerous ‘ZOMG, HELP ME!’ emails and even patiently sat through a ‘Why is this happening???’ g-chat. So thank you, thank you, thank you, Sooz!
And now for today’s giveaway. Drumroll please …
Today is all about EDITING! Have good critique partners and beta readers is critical, but I also think that learning to edit your own work is a very important skill any writer can add to their writerly toolbox. I’ve read several books on editing, and hands down SELF-EDITING FOR FICTION WRITERS by Renni Browne and Dave King is the one that helped me the most. It explains the difference between show and tell, instructs how to delve deeper into characterization, tells how to get the most of out point of view, breaks down dialogue mechanics, and so much more. Simply put, this book is a must-have.
If you want your very own copy of SELF-EDITING FOR FICTION WRITERS, just leave me a comment below with your email address. I’ll give you an extra point if you blog or tweet about it, but don’t feel obligated. Seriously. This contest will stay open until Friday at midnight. I’ll announce the winners next Monday!
And be sure to tune in tomorrow for giveaway numero dos!
** Oh hey, turns out you might have to change your RSS settings to see this new site in Google Reader. I’m working on trying to fix the problem automatically. We shall see…