Camp NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) April commences in just 10 days! A little different from the November NaNo, Camp NaNoWriMo invites all kinds of word count goals, and all kinds of writing projects.

To celebrate Camp NaNoWriMo April, I am giving away a FREE book critique of a manuscript or selection of short stories worth at least $500/£400/€450 to April Campers.

Is this giveaway for me?

Do you write in English or Dutch? Did you or are you going to sign up for Camp NaNoWriMo April 2017? Are you going to write or revise a novel length manuscript or an a selection of short stories? Then, yes.

What can I win?

A book critique of your manuscript/selection of short stories worth $500/£400/€450 or more, depending on the length of your project.

A book critique will get you an overall assessment of aspects including plot, characters, structure, pace, voice, audience, and setting, and the story as a whole, as well as advice on how to improve these aspects. If you want to know whether you are writing a promising story, a book critique is the way to go in that it is really the first step in the editing process. A book critique does not include any copy or line editing.

How do I enter the giveaway?

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Calm and quiet? February was anything but calm and quiet! And here I was thinking January was crazy… Apparently, signalling to the universe your schedule is becoming less hectic results in receiving email after email from people needing your help, pronto. I’m not complaining, I wouldn’t dare… I’m rather relishing the fact that I’m pretty much booked up until the end of May 🙂

So what have I been up to in this short month?

Projects done

After finishing the edits of the thriller I started working on in January (my NaNoWriMo giveaway, remember?), I started on the development edit of a trilogy. We’re still trying to pinpoint the exact genre, but the first book takes place in the Alaskan wild, including spectacular views, a few encounters with bears (and wolves!), and quite a few odd characters. The view from my office includes concrete buildings and a parking lot, so it won’t come as a surprise I couldn’t stop imagining what it’d be like to set up office in a more remote area of the world.

I’ve also started on the next draft of my own manuscript. Read More →