Contest closure announcement
The free book edit contest is now closed for submissions.
I have edited each entry immediately upon receiving it, and made hopefully helpful suggestions for improvement. Many contestants have responded with appreciative replies.
They were all allowed to resubmit. I then edited the new version, and in some cases invited and accepted a third attempt.
The final version of each entry has been sent to Theresa Hortley, who is a teacher. She has spent her school holidays on acting as an independent judge, with no personal benefit to herself. She is now back at work, and will read the last entries during the weekend.
We will then compare our selection of 10 finalists. Our disagreements will be settled by Emeritus Professor Florence Weinberg, although she is doing her best to meet a deadline with her next book. Oh, she is the author of 10 books that have won 11 awards. She is helping me out of friendship.
I hope to notify contestants, and post the shortlist here, on the 1st of November, 2018.
Why are we doing this?
If you look around Bobbing Around, you’ll see that its theme is the desire to convert an insane global culture of greed and conflict into a sane one of decency, cooperation, compassion. For humanity to survive, we need to change from grasping to giving.
I have realised that all living beings are apprentice Buddhas. We are on the road toward enlightenment, and the way to get there is to do our best to act as if we were already enlightened.
That’s the way we are running this contest.
Please join us.
I’ve been a professional editor since 1999. In 2007, I won the now sadly defunct Editors and Preditors’ contest for best editor.
Several small, independent publishers regularly send me work, and I assist a steady trickle of writers pre-submission.
My rates, conditions, and testimonials from many clients are at http://bobswriting.com/editing.html.
In the past, I have run two “free edit contests,” and am now offering this opportunity to other writers for the third time.
I don’t actually need more editing work, so why am I doing this?
What I need is publicity for my books. I’ve been trying the avenues everyone else tries, with the same results. However, my previous two free edit contests brought thousands of visitors to my website.
So, in a way there is a “payment” for entering in my contest: look around and see what you can see. Check out my books, and they may intrigue you enough to buy one. Everyone who buys one of my books gets a second title, free.
How the contest is run
1. Send me a 200-word synopsis of your book, plus the first 1000 words, as a single Word-compatible file (docx, doc, or rtf), attached to an email.
The subject of the email should be “Free edit entry.” It will be if you use the link above.
The synopsis should be like the back-of-book blurb: something that makes a person want to read on.
Within the body of the email, I need:
- your name
- title of the book
- word count
- fiction of nonfiction
- genre (cross-genre is fine)
- and what country you live in. This is needed so I can edit your work according to the conventions of your version of English (e.g., US, UK, Canadian, etc.).
2. I will give a free edit of these 1200 words, with helpful feedback.
3. I will select the 10 best entries, and list the synopsis and 1000 word sample of each here at Bobbing Around.
4. You need two things to be a successful author: a high-quality book, and the ability to spread the word about it. So, the second stage assesses your publicity skills. The winner will be the shortlisted entrant with the highest number of votes.
Deadline for entries is 15th October, 2018.
I am allowing myself 2 weeks for editing the last rush of entries. So, the shortlist will be announced on 1st November, 2018.
Voting will close on 23rd December, 2018, so the winner can receive a nice Christmas present from me.
Do you need a completed manuscript to enter?
Read the specs again. You need a 200 word hook that’ll get visitors to want to read your first 1000 words, and you need the first 1000 words.
So, you have time to complete your book before the 23rd of December. And if you win and want to keep working on the book, that’s fine with me.