Monday, March 8, 2010

Critiques, Critiques, Critiques

NOTE: Read to the bottom! We're giving away a critique from an editor!

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One of the things THE TEXAS SWEETHEARTS have discovered the most is the value of a good critique. Whether you're on the giving end or the taking end, honest critiques will advance your writing more than anything else.

In the spirit of this, THE TEXAS SWEETHEARTS are launching their own critique service! Whether you're interested in receiving feedback on your query, your synopsis, or your partial or full manuscript, we'd love to help.

In giving critiques, we strive for honesty above all else. Every manuscript has wonderful aspects, and every manuscript can use work. And getting out of the slush pile can seem impossible when, in truth, much of the time a reworked query letter and first few pages can make all the difference.

If you're interested, please check out our website for rates and specifics. And if you know someone else who is interested, we'd love if you passed our information along.

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In the spirit of critiques, editor Madeline Smoot of Blooming Tree Press, aka The Buried Editor, has kindly offered up a critique. She will critique a query letter and ten pages for one lucky winner. All you have to do to win is:
  • Follow our Blog
  • Comment on this Post

The contest will run through Sunday, March 28th, and the winner will be announced Monday, March 29th.

Good luck! And have a great week!

58 comments:

  1. Count me in for the contest!!

    Thanks for offering such a great prize!

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  2. Awesome! Good luck to you on your critique service, girls. The rates aren't bad! Yay contest!

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  3. Great prize! Best of luck with the new critique service!

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  4. Maybe we'll meet up someday! Check out the WIll Write For Cake Blog, my critique group in Houston.

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  5. I'm always up for a good critique!

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  6. Wahoo! This is awesome. Count me in too. I'm also going right over to check out your critique service!

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  7. I'd love to win a critique from Madeline. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  8. Awesome! I didn't realize you had this blog. I'm definitely following now. :)

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  9. What an awesome idea! I have so much respect for you guys and your innovation. Good luck!

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  10. Woo hoo! Great prize!! Thanks for the contest.

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  11. Would love to participate in the contest. Thank you! :)

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  12. You are so right about how helpful critiques can be. I'd love to win a critique from Madeline. I enjoy her blog a lot.

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  13. Thanks so much for hosting the contest. The prize sounds fabulous.

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  14. I can always learn from a good critique.

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  15. Thanks for this great opportunity!

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  16. How exciting! Pick me! Pick me!

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  17. Thank you Texas Sweethearts! What a sweetheart deal winning a critique from Ms. Smoot would be for a lucky winner. Consider your blog commented & followed! :) Abigail

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  18. Thanks, Girls! I am follwing you now!

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  19. Awesome prize! Following with anticipation!

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  20. I saw the post on Verlakay. I immediately came to the blog and bookmarked it. A lot of good info here. I would love a critique.

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  21. I saw this on the Blue Boards. Thanks for offering such a great prize.

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  22. This is a wonderful opportunity. I came over from the Blue Boards as well and am now following you. A critique would be fantastic.

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  23. Hi Ladies,

    I am happy to learn of you and your services. Please put my name in the drawing. Everyone loves a gift designed just for them.

    Linda Andersen

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  24. This is a great prize! Thanks so much for the giveaway.

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  25. What a fabulous prize! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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  26. Thanks for this offer. I'd love to win a critique! Jennifer

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  27. Thanks for posting this great prize. I have now found a new (to me) editor and publishing company. I also loved the summaries of The Blooming Tree's featured books and am on my way to the library to look them up. They sound so fun!

    To the Sweethearts, what a great way to promote your site, your services, prices, blog, etc. (You definitely got my attention!) Good luck with this. You look like you're having fun with all of this - congratulations! Isn't it great to find something you love to do?! I think so.

    Karen (Meismom)

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  28. Super opportunity! (Sorry if this is a duplicate comment, my computer froze.)

    Jessica, did you go to Chautuaqua two summers ago?

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  29. What a great opportunity, thanks!

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  30. What a great opportunity, thanks!

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  31. I read about this on the Blue Boards...thanks for offering this great contest!

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  32. Definitely count me in for this great opportunity.

    Thank you.

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  33. Count me in. Thanks for the great contest!

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  34. Very cool enterprise, ladies!!!

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  35. What a wonderful opportunity, thanks!

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  36. From Meismom Karen (there are two Karens on here)
    You say to "follow" your blog and I have been, then comment. There's also nothing that says you can't post twice. :-) I just wanted to say congratulations to Jo Wittemore on her new release this month. Front Page Face-off looks like a fun book.

    I also really enjoyed the SWEETHEARTS article from this week on BlueMedia. I'm still a new writer so the information here was all new to me. I hope to come back to this article when I'm close to marketing my first book. :-)

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  37. From Meismom (there are two Karens on here)
    You say to "follow" your blog and I have been, then comment. There's also nothing that says you can't post twice. :-) I just wanted to say congratulations to Jo Wittemore on her new release, Front Page Face-off.

    I also really enjoyed this week's SWEETHEARTS article about BlueMedia. I'm still new and this article was very informative about marketing books, which I hope to use in the years to come. :-)

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  38. What a great opportunity you gals have provided, both by way of the contest and your critique services.

    Thanks!

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  39. Wow! what an amazing contest! Awesome girls! I'm checking out your critique services too.

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  40. What a great contest! I'm in please!

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  41. Great contest! I've added you to my blog list at http://readingorwriting.blogspot.com/

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  42. I'm always grateful for another pair of eyes to look over my manuscripts. Thanks!

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  43. Thanks, ladies. Good luck with your new venture!

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  44. What a great opportunity, thanks!

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  45. Count me in too. What a wonderful contest. You gals are awesome!!

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  46. I tried to post a comment before but I don't know if it worked. Please enter me in the contest! What a great opportunity!

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  47. Great opportunity, thanks so much! (I hope I haven't posted multiple times--it just never looks like my comment shows up)

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  48. Though I never win anything, here goes! Put me in.

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