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» Friday, October 26, 2007

Unpublished Writers, take note....

Just heard about this interesting opportunity to get your manuscript read by a NY editor - and you'll be helping out an author in need, too. Intrigued? Read on.


Tired of submitting to slush piles and getting rejected before the editors even see it?

Want a chance to get your book before a print editor from a big NY house???

Want a guaranteed that the editor actually READS it?

Well here's your chance!!

Win a chance to have your completed or nearly completed manuscript read AND receive a one page critique from editor Hilary Sares, Kensington (Debut, Brava, Approdisia lines) If she likes your work, you may receive a contract offer!


FIFTEEN people will win the amazing opportunity to have Hilary Sares read and critique their work.

But that's not all....

RUNNERS up will get....

2nd place Runners up.... (#16 and #17 winners)

Chris Keeslar, Senior Editor, and
Leah Hultenschmidt, Editor, Dorchester Publishing (Leisure Books and Love Spell) will read each read a proposal of 100 pages (Historical, Contemporary, or Paranormal Romance), and give a 1 page critique. They'll consider buying if you impress!

3rd place Runner up (#18, #19, #20 and #21 winners)

Leanne Burroughs, Publisher/Editor of Highland Press,
(Historical, Paranormal & Contemporary Romance,
Mainstream YA, Children's books, Trade size PRINT Books) will read and critique 4 full manuscripts and give each a 1 page critique. Again, she will consider buying if she thinks you're right for her company.

How do you win this amazing chance??

by RAFFLE -- $100 per entry. Enter as many times as you want. (ALL money is going to a worthy cause - see below for details)

~~~~~~~~~ Rules: ~~~~~~~~~

You may enter as many times as you want at $100 a "ticket". The more times you enter, the better your chances are.

Winners will be randomly selected from a drawing of names on December 21st, 2007

~~~~~~~~ What do you get? ~~~~~~~~

15 people with completed or nearly completed manuscripts (any genre!) will have their manuscript read
by Hilary Sares (Impress her and she may want to buy ~ if you story is what she's looking for!) In any case, all 15 winners will get a one page critique of their manuscript from a top NYC editor.

2 people will win a 100 page read and critique by Chris Keeslar or Leah Hultenschmidt of Dorchester Publishing.

4 people will win a full manuscript read and critique by Leanne Burroughs of Highland Press.


The raffle runs through midnight EST December 15, 2007

The random drawing will be held on: December 21, 2007

so 21 people will have a very Merry Christmas!!!

winners will be notified by phone and email on that day.

Now, the reason why...

All monies raised go to help author Dawn Thompson's hospital and medical bills. Dawn recently had a bad fall. She's a new writer so has to wait for nearly a year or more to start receiving her royalties. She doesn't have family to help herand has a lot of needs not being covered by her insurance. Money will go to help her pay for medicine not covered, and other needs arising from her recovery.

All drawings will be final. No Refunds

Any questions about the contest email

Deborah Macgillivray
Kensington, Dorchester, & Highland Press author

To enter - send the following info to


email address (working email addy for you will be billed $100 through Paypal):

Penname, if any:

Your full address:

Your Phone number:

The Title of your manuscript:

The genre of your manuscript:

Is your manuscript completed? Yes NO

If no - expected completion date

Once your email application is received you will be sent a "ticket" bill through
Paypal at $100.00 for each entry. You pay enter has many times as you want to increase your odds.

You will be helping a fellow writer get back on her feet after trauma, and you may finally get that GUARANTEED read by some top print editors.


So that's it. $100 is a lot of money, but I know I spent way more than that entering unpublished contests before I sold. It might be the chance you're waiting for to get out of the slush pile, and help an author in need at the same time.

So in that same spirit, here's an added opportunity... If you're an aspiring writer with a romance manuscript begging to be read, email me and mention the raffle for Dawn Thompson IN THE SUBJECT LINE of the email. I'll put your name in my own private drawing to win the entrance fee for this contest. One lucky winner will be entered in the contest free!

I'll draw my winner on Dec. 1. All entrants will also be entered in my November contests (unless you request not to be entered), so even if you don't win the entrance fee, you'll still have a chance to win books by me and Caridad Pineiro. See my website contest page for details.

Until next Friday...

Joy Nash

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