Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Get those one-liners posted by MIDNIGHT TONIGHT!

Just a friendly reminder concerning our summer contest. Tonight, August 31st, at midnight EDT the contest will conclude and the lucky winners will be drawn shortly following. But, it’s not too late to join in the fun! Again, here are the ‘guidelines’ so you don’t have to go sorting through the posts to find them. Also below is the link to the original post announcing the contest.

Again to outline the guidelines:
1) Three winners will be drawn from random, and to enter you must post your one line pitch.
2) You have to be willing to let all of us discuss your pitch and critique it together.
3) The contest will run until August 31st.
4) You have to be a regular blog visitor.
5) The prize will be a critique of three chapters by Deidre Knight.
6) Have fun! (most important of course)

See the original post for more info on the contest.

THREE lucky winners will be drawn at random from the list of participants (see below) and will receive a three chapter critique from Deidre Knight!!!
Here’s the catch: you have to be willing to let the blog visitors critique your one-liners.

Following is the list I have of all entrants. If I have missed you or you see an error, please post a message!

1. Natalie Damschroder
2. Jessica Madden
3. Shalanna Collins
4. gina
5. Jody
6. Sienna
7. jerseygirl
8. Susan Wilbanks
9. Joely Sue Burkhart
10. amanda
11. cheryl
12. shana
13. Kim Cresswell
14. Jenny
15. Patrick McNamara
16. margaret
17. babe king
18. cece
19. me strauss
20. zaza
21. vanessa gilfoy
22. merlinmuse
23. Linda
24. demented m
25. bethany
26. corinna
27. mistri/helen
28. valmarie
29. pam
30. jaye
31. moonhart
32. raine
33. lis
34. brenda bradshaw
35. destruction angel
36. wendy-marie
37. edie ramer
38. michelle diener
39. jami
40. kelly
41. stephanie
42. Cindy procter-king
43. holly
44. Judy Soifer
45. Jana J. Hanson
46. Therapy writer
47. April
48. gina
49. catherine
50. angelle
51. shalanna collins
52. molly
53. May
54. Melissa Cross
55. kasey mackenzie
56. kat
57. kiki
58. Ellen Fisher
59. Nancy
60. Lucy
61. Tori Scott

Could you be number 62???? Not much time left! Take a deep breath and post your entries now…

18 Comments:

Anonymous Nikki said...

Hi Julie,

I posted a one-liner after Ellen Fisher but before Nancy. And I hate to be a tattletale (can you tell I have kids? *g*) but Shalanna Collins is listed twice--#3 and #51.

Thanks to TKA for setting up such a fun contest!

Nikki

Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 4:51:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Nancy said...

Nikki,

LOL

(and good luck)

N.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 5:04:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Rachel Vincent said...

I have a question about the contest. I should have asked earlier. I admit it. I'm a coward. But I'm an ambitious coward, and I really want to enter the contest. Here goes: I've already submitted a finished ms to TKA, so I’m assuming that one doesn’t qualify for the contest. I have a completed rough draft “aging” and thus not ready for a critique. But I have yet another new work—one I’m really excited about—that I’d love to enter in the contest. The problem is that it’s not done yet. Do blurbs on unfinished mss qualify if the first three chapters are polished? Or should I just wait for another opportunity?

I know there might not be time to answer this question, so if I don’t hear anything, I’ll just assume this contest is not for me. At least, not at this time.

Thanks for all the opportunities your blog gives unagented writers, including those informative e-chats.

Rachel

Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 5:17:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Sharon said...

Ack Im sooo late. Thank goodness for reminders.

At any rate, I am horrid at condensing so this should be a good exercise.

"She's a highly trained assasin; he's in an elite counter terrorism unit, and he's determined to save her from herself, but he's racing against the clock...someone wants the assasin dead."

Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 5:24:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Deidre Knight said...

RAchel, that could qualify for the contest b/c remember this is a critique--and we don't do that on submissions, which is simply "consideration." So you CAN enter that one. :) D

Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 5:46:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Rachel Vincent said...

Oh my gosh, thanks Deidre! I just didn't want to be remembered for doing anything wrong. First impressions, you know... Well, second impressions.

Thanks! I'll post it on the original message.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 6:12:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Sharon said...

oops sorry, and I kept wondering why my comment didnt post to the original thread. Glad I checked back here. I reposted in the right place.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 6:20:00 PM EDT  
Blogger merlinsmuse said...

***My fingers are crossed...my fingers are crossed...my fingers are crossed...***

Waiting breathlessly by my computer for the winners :-)

Cathy

Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 8:48:00 PM EDT  
Blogger merlinsmuse said...

Okay, Sharon, it's late and my brain is not working too well, but I'll give your blurb a try.

Personally, and this is only my opinion (of course, that's why it's personal, duh. Told you I was tired), I'd like to see names rather than he and she. Try something like this.

"Racing against the clock, Jason, a member of an elite counter terrorist unit, tries to save Melinda, a highly trained assasin, from herself and the person who wants her dead."

I don't know. Yours might be better, but it's the best I can do right now. :-)

Cathy

Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 9:10:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jana J. Hanson said...

Sharon wrote:

"She's a highly trained assasin; he's in an elite counter terrorism unit, and he's determined to save her from herself, but he's racing against the clock...someone wants the assasin dead."

I'm really intrigued by this pitch but it might have more oompf if you condense, like this:


A member of an elite counter-terrorism group is determined to save a highly trained assasin from herself, and an attempt on her life.

I don't know if you want to include names or relationships in the pitch (that might make it longer) but I really want to know *why* the ECT member is protecting the assasin. Are they lovers? Siblings? Parent and child?

Great concept though! Hope my suggestions help!!

Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 9:15:00 PM EDT  
Blogger liz said...

Ex-cop, now PI on a mission to clear her dead husband's name agrees to help her sister in a scheme to save her nephew and ends up in the fight of her life when she seduces a man she believes is a killer into her bed for all the wrong reasons.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 9:39:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jana J. Hanson said...

Liz wrote:
Ex-cop, now PI on a mission to clear her dead husband's name agrees to help her sister in a scheme to save her nephew and ends up in the fight of her life when she seduces a man she believes is a killer into her bed for all the wrong reasons.

I think I would just condense this. Maybe to:

On a mission to clear her dead husband's name, an ex-cop-turned-PI agrees to help her sister save her nephew by seducing a would-be killer into her bed.

Gives it more punch, in my opinion. Hope the suggestion helps!!

Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 10:29:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Gina Black said...

Good luck everybody!! This is so exciting. I decided not to enter this one because I won the Grand Prize last time.

What fun this is!!...can't wait to find out who wins....

Oh--and Deidre--I saw your post over at Miss Snark's blog. What do you think of her Snarkometer and the crits on first pages? It's been so interesting to watch (and participate...heh...heh).

Gina

Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 10:41:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Cindy Procter-King said...

Liz,

I love how Jana condensed your one-liner.

Sharon,

I like your one-liner as it is. I don't mind "he" and "she" in one-liners and I think this pitch tells a lot about the basic story.

Cindy

Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 11:02:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Deidre Knight said...

Hi, Gang!
This is so exciting for ME too!! I can't wait to see who wins the contest! What fun this has been! I have to commend all of you for your boldness in posting your pitches, and most especially for your openness with one another. You have achieved exactly what I had hoped for--a new level of community here on the TKA blog. GO TEAM!

Gina, I haven't spent much time on Miss Snark's site (just visited yesterday for the first time), but loved that one post very much.
I have your material, by the way, but could you shoot it to me by email, too? Thanks!

Back to the contest, just want to say good luck to everyone, and of course, coming in September, there will be new excitement here on the TKA blog. I have some ideas I'm hatching, but nothing totally firm just yet. Wait and see, though, as I'm sure September's "unveiling" will be just as exciting as our prior contests!

Again, good luck to all! Deidre

Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 11:10:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Deidre Knight said...

Also, for those few timid souls who haven't posted, but wanted to do so, let's just ALL say: GO FOR IT!!

Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 11:11:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Sharon said...

*waving to Cindy* Thanks, Cindy!

Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 11:58:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Natalie Damschroder said...

I'm very jittery up here in PA at 12:15 a.m. :) What can I do while I wait...? I should write. I think I'll go play LOST Trivia at tvguide.com instead.

Thursday, September 1, 2005 at 12:15:00 AM EDT  

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