Win a critique from the Twilight series publisher of your opening chapters
Arts Council funded free publishing site FeedARead.com is hosting a competition with a prize of a critique for the winner’s opening chapters from an editor for Piatkus, part of the Little Brown group who publish books such as the Twilight series. To enter, entrants must read a brief extract and answer a question about The Apothecary’s Daughter by Charlotte Betts, a YouWriteOn.com Book of the Year Award Winner, and also winner of the RNA New Writers Award – now out in paperback and published by Piatkus. All nationalities are welcome to enter.
Click here to visit the FeedARead.com site then click on ‘Little Brown Competition’ at the top of the feedaread.com home page to view the brief extract and the question.
The Apothecary’s Daughter achieved representation by the literary agency of the best-selling The Princess Diaries book series after the agency saw the opening chapters of The Apothecary’s Daughter on YouWriteOn.com’s top ten chart. The author was voted to the Top Ten while developing her novel on YouWriteOn.com and subsequently won the YouWriteOn.com book of the year award.
Arts Council funded FeedARead.com enables free paperback publishing options with feedback from leading publishers for its bestsellers every 3 months. “I found FeedARead to be a most meticulous and professional publisher.” Iain Johnstone, former film critic of The Sunday Times and co-writer with John Cleese of the film Fierce Creatures.
NEW – Latest critiques from Orion and Random House for budding authors on youwriteon.com – publishing groups of authors such as Dan Brown and Stephen King – tips for all writers
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Random House authors include Dan Brown and John Grisham. Orion are part of the Hatchette publishing group, whose authors include Stephen King and Ian Rankin.
Each month the editor reviews discuss a variety of different novel genres.
Example Advice for all writers:
As I often tell aspiring writers, tone is one of the most important elements of a narrative, but also one of the hardest to master. If the tone isn’t pitched right, or feels slightly off-key, this can seriously affect the reader’s emotional engagement and enjoyment of your novel. The tone of these early pages felt quite intimate and even confessional, as both Jake and then Thomas are confiding to the reader. The reader instantly feels privy to information that other characters in the book aren’t aware of, and this instantly places them alongside the main characters.
The critiques give feedback as to what editors are looking for in different genres, including children’s fiction, crime novels, literary fiction and other genres most months.
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