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Monday, September 10, 2012

Want a critique?

Hey friends.

I am in a blogging drought. I don't really know what to do about it.

But I am heading off to an undisclosed location in two weeks where I plan to grill chicken, eat loads of guacamole, and finish my current work-in-progress so I can have some breathing time in October before NaNoWriMo starts.

And I figure, what better way to celebrate my impromptu writing retreat (and some new bloggy follower friends -- hey friends!) than offer a 50 page critique for some lucky writer pal out there. If I can't be blogging regularly, I can at least be writing/critiquing regularly, amiright?

So here's all you have to do to enter. (1) Be a follower of this blog. (2) Leave a comment on this post, with your email address or other, reliable way I can contact you.

Are there the possibility of bonus entries? Heck yes there are. You can have a SECOND entry if you blog about this contest and let me know in the comments. In honor of the Holy War, you will also be given a THIRD entry if you comment with a really excellent BYU joke. (Not really.)

(To be clear, that's just two entries possible. But brownie points for the joke.)

The winner will be selected on Friday (Sept. 14th) at noon and you'll have your critique back by the end of September, if not earlier.

It doesn't need to be finished. It doesn't need to be polished. If you want the critique at some future date, that is also OK, we'll just figure out a different time frame.

So enter away, friendos.




* PS: In case you're thinking, "Ru's an ok blogger and all, but why would I want a critique from her?" I'll just let you know that I am actually a bang-up critiquer (not to blow my own horn, it's just true) with editorial experience (of a sort ...) and everything, and this is an excellent month to catch me before the fall craziness of ________________________ (edited to ensure my future employment) starts up.

Is that enough caveats, do you think?


72 comments:

  1. that's awesome! i'm always looking for more feedback. prernapickett@yahoo.com

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  2. I'm guessing an attempt to shunt my law review edit onto you wouldn't count?

    P.S. - is that your editorial experience "of a sort"? I think it definitely counts, especially if someone needs their novel bluebooked.

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    1. Hahaha, yeah, that's one of the sorts. I was also a section editor at my college newspaper and a research assistant/first pass editor for two textbooks during law school -- sort of unrelated to fiction critiquing, sort of not.

      Good luck with the edit. I do not envy you one little bit.

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  3. I can attest -- she's a flippin' awesome critiquer! Whoever wins will be one lucky lady/fella.

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  4. That is totally awesome of you! And good luck finishing your project. Seriously, the euphoria is worth it (just wanted to say hello - someone else is more deserving of your prize). :)

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    1. Thanks! And if you would spread the word about the drawing, even if you're not entering, I'd really appreciate it!

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  5. Me follow...me enter...me want to win. Me can be found at: hygge123@yahoo.com. Me glad for opportunity. Me need help. Later!

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  6. Sounds awesome I would love to enter and new follower to your awesome blog! Viklitblog at gmail dot com is my address.

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  7. Hi there this is a fabulous contest, please count me in. I'm now following your blog. email suzannefurness@hotmail.co.uk. :)

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  8. I'd love to win a critique of my (unfinished) Stone-Age Africa themed fantasy. I can be reached via twitter @Catgerlach

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  9. Now why would anyone doubt your critiquing powers Ru? I think we're all more than thankful when someone is willing to dedicate their time to something like this.

    With that said, I'd love to enter.
    Email: heather_b@live.com.au

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  10. I'd love to win a critique, this is great :) I'm no following and my email is kirkyland@gmail.com

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  11. I would love to win a critique from you! Thanks so much for this opportunity!

    I can be contacted here: riouch.sara@gmail.com

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  12. How fabulous is this? Thank you for this opportunity. pkouman72@gmail.com.

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  13. I will post something on my blog today about the contest because I know I will need a second chance:) thanks again.
    http://authorscornerpaulakouman.blogspot.com/
    pkouman72@gmail.com

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  14. 2nd chance plug check it out here: http://authorscornerpaulakouman.blogspot.com/2012/09/50-page-critique-by-ruthanne-gutgaa.html

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  15. Hello! I'm visiting from Deana Barnhart's blog and I love that you are doing this. I need someone's eyes other than mine to look through my ms. :) tracybermeo@gmail.com
    Enjoy your travels- sounds fabulous!

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  16. Now I'm following too, and I can help you with Twitter, at least enough to get you started.

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  17. Thanks for taking the time to do a critique for one of the many bloggers reading your post. I'm always ready for an honest critique and am adding my name to the pot. You can reach me @eightpawswriting@yahoo.com. Those are dog paws!!

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  18. What an amazing offer! I'd love to have you critique my pages=)
    kathleen (dot) doyle88 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  19. Oh awesome sauce! I need help. At least that is what the little guys in white coats tell me...not sure I trust them completely, however. Now my WIP? Oh yes, I have several spots I need a pair of eyes on. Or if you can't remove them, I'd take a good critique with a lot of red ink!! t(dot)j(dot)loveless(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. found you here through GUTGAA. Thanks for the drawing! s.q.eries(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Just blogged it. here's the post:

      http://sqeries.wordpress.com/2012/09/12/50-page-critique-giveaway/

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  21. Thanks for taking the time to do this! Always up for a good critique. :-) I can be reached at stacyastokes(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  22. Ru

    You are awesome! I would love to be critiqued. You can reach me at yolandarenee(at)hotmail(dot)com and I've mentioned and posted a link to this blog and your offer on my blog today at yolandarenee(dot)blogspot(dot)com today's post.

    http://www.yolandarenee.blogspot.com/2012/09/polishing-pitch.html

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  23. Me too, please! bth(underscore)koenig(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  24. Greeting from GUTGAA :) Nice to meet you, Ru! Thank you so much for the contest: shielacblank(at)aol(dot)com

    Thanks, again!!

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  25. Well now, how could I pass up the chance? Count me in! ^_^
    aldreaalien@yahoo.co.nz

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  26. dang--no BYU jokes! I wish I had some good ones (seeing as how I spent how many years of my life there??). Anyhow, awesome contest, please enter me :)

    mhouston (at) meradethhouston.com

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  27. Greetings from GUTGAA! I would love to win! My email is Nicole.Zoltack AT gmail.com

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  28. Also from GUTGAA! Thanks for the opportunity!

    My e-mail is: medrummond@gmail.com

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  29. Ru, you're awesome to have this contest and spend your time this way:) Thanks for offering to help your fellow writers.

    I'm following, GFC Jenna and Ashley. My email is fansoffiction@hotmail.com.

    I also posted on my blog about the drawing: http://fansoffiction.blogspot.com/2012/09/win-writing-critique-50-pages.html'
    -Jenna

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  30. Thanks! I am from GUTGAA as well. Email: christy@dorrity.com

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  31. This is awesome! I was just thinking about how I would like to have someone take a look at some of my novel for feedback. Thanks so much for offering!

    Email: jessasank[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  32. What a great contest!

    Email = Meredith_Mansfield [at] msn [dot] com.

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  33. I'd love to have Driven critiqued again. Was told my dialogue was unnatural and my characters were flat. Trying to fix that and would love an opinion!

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Aightball/status/246033410093641729

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    1. Almost forgot my email!

      aightball@hotmail.com

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  34. This is great. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity. My email address is lanettekauten[at]gmail[dot]com.

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  35. This is a brilliant way to gather up some new followers and do someone a wonderful service. (I am putting this in my secret book of stuff to do before my book goes on sale) I'm also doing the GUTGAA thing. Thanks for doing this!

    I'm at kardaen at gmail dot com

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  36. Hi Ru,
    New follower here. This is a great idea. Thanks so much for doing this! My email is tamaradwalsh4 at gmail dot com

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  37. You guys are so awesome! I can't wait to make it around to all of your blogs to say hi :)

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  38. Hi - awesome that you're giving away this critique. You've got a new follower and I've got a post about the contest on my blog. http://www.danieltoddnoyes.com/
    You can reach me by email - daniel[at]danieltoddnoyes.com
    Thanks!

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  39. Excellent, I always enjoy the excitement that goes along with a critique contest. It seems to rejuvenate everyone who has gotten sick of their projects.

    naggingdilemma(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  40. This sounds like fun! What a cool giveaway. I now follow and you can contact me at gamila.walrus @ gmail.com

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  41. Thanks for the opportunity! jemmacash(at)hotmail(dot)com.

    My friend made shirts that say: The only Cougar I like is Max Hall's mom.

    Does that get me brownie points even though I have blue blood? :)

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  42. Hey, I just followed your blog! And you know, you could just critique my blog instead of my writing? =D Anyway, this sounds really cool. Thanks for doing it. ~Aidyl
    aidylewoh@gmail.com
    aidylewoh.blogspot.com

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  43. As a former sorority girl and current cupcake lover, it is nice to meet you!

    connieannmichael@gmail.com

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  44. What an awesome gift! Thanks. jessicabeckerbooks@gmail.com

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  45. Well, I'm following, and my email is liana.brooks1(at)gmail (dot) com.

    I don't think I have time to blog about this, and I don't know any BYU jokes. I love BYU's Divine Comedy, does that count for half a point?

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  46. Thanks for offering this opportunity. My email is fwetzig (at) scotzig (dot) com.

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  47. Hi, Ru--

    This is really great of you. Please enter me. My e-mail is
    michael at sirois dot com

    Okay, I'm game - "The BYU library burned to the ground last week, causing $12 in damage. It might have been worse but the coloring book was checked out."

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  48. So kind of you! I am a follower now, and I'm afraid I'm a living, breathing BYU cliche: got my MRS degree there, got pregnant and dropped out (read: the hubby graduated and we moved out of state).

    sjc {at} sarahjclift {dot} com

    {Go cougars...wait..will that be minus one entry?}

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  49. It would be such a blessing to win this! Thank you for doing this.
    Missyingling@yahoo.com

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  50. You are such a blessing, indeed! I joined! I Tweeted! I Joined your Tweets! Let's see....any thing else? Muaaah!
    drmargaretaranda AT yahoo DOT com

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  51. And here's for my second entry: http://www.sarahjclift.com/2012/09/13/critique-giveawa/

    sjc {at} sarahjclift.com

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  52. Hi Ru, this is such a great thing for you to do! I've followed and now I'm commenting, but good luck to all the entrants!

    I am also very jealous of your impromptu writing retreat. I definitely need to do that sort of thing more often myself. I've spent all my money travelling abroad, but now need to stick closer to home to save money, so may as well have fun with it. ;)

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  53. Hi Ru!

    It is very generous of you to offer this critique. I am participating in GUTGAA and since I write in many genres, a critique like this one would be GOLD to me! To me and hundreds of others...;~)

    Thanks for all you do for the writing community!

    Donna L Martin
    www.donnalmartin.com
    www.donasdays@blogspot.com

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  54. Signing on and following, largely because this is such a generous offer. seana@cruzio.com. I totally believe you about your critiquing skills.

    And I did do a blog post about this, which you can find here.

    Good luck to everyone!

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  55. I'd love a critique from you. :)

    Followed via GFC: Kayley Freshman-Caffrey.
    freshmankay[at]gmail[dot]com

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  56. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity! As someone who is just back from a much-needed vacation, I wish you the best on yours!
    I am a new Follower and can be reached at marciecolleen@gmail.com. Pick me, pick me!

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  57. Thanks for putting this together!

    bethpond90(at)aol(dot)com
    pondacrossthepond.blogspot.com

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  58. Hip-hip hooray, I would love a critique!! I am a blog follower of yours...and I will add this to contest to my blog.

    Thanks for such a great opportunity.

    My email is: natasharhawkins [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  59. Who wouldn't want a critique?! Great giveaway!

    Rebecca [at] Fyfe [dot] net

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  60. Very cool! Thanks so much for offering this! haefner919 at yahoo dot com. I Tweeted about the contest...since I have more Twitter followers than blog followers. I seem to reach more people that way!! If that doesn't count, no biggie!

    Thanks again!

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  61. Love your contest! I so need this! My manuscript is YA Paranormal with a splash of romance. I hope you choose me. Thanks for this opportunity.
    debbiecocchio@yahoo.com

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  62. it's very sweet of you to offer this, I hope I win :)
    acissej-jessica@hotmail.ca
    thanks :)

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  63. Fingers crossed.

    alysbcohen@gmail.com

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