Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Paying it Forward - Win a Critique

Last year, I held a contest in which the fabulous Deb Lund won a manuscript critique from yours truly. She graciously declined by donating the critique she had just won back into the literary world. I'm finally giving you all a chance to win that.

Here's how it works. Simply leave a comment (with e-mail address) on ANY post from today through January 31.

Spread the word. Link back to my site (doesn't have to be to THIS post). I will randomly select a winner and then that person will be invited to submit a manuscript of choice up to 1500 words. I'll critique it for free and send it back to you for free.

Can't beat that, right?

Today's Question: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a writer, a nurse, a teacher, a figure ice skater, a writer, an astronaut, a teacher, a scientist, a writer, an army girl, a teacher, a mommy, a writer, a singer, a teacher, an actress, a writer, a dancer, a teacher, a seashell and rock collector, and a WRITER! 

What do you think I chose? HA!!! 

Keep on keepin' on...


  1. I wanted to be a vet, navy officer, pilot and farmer. jdmarple AT gmail DOT com :)

  2. I wanted to be a writer, a singer, a model, an actress, a paleontologist, an artist...

  3. I wanted to be a chef, a teacher, and an environmental biologist.

  4. Would love to win the critique! I wanted to be a teacher, secretary, archeologist and I'm sure a few other things I have forgotten about. I've shared this post on Facebook.

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  6. Teacher was always at the top of my list. I played school every time I could get anyone to play that with me, and I was always the teacher.
    rosihollinbeck (at) yahoo (dot) com

  7. Archeologist, Teacher, Writer, Artist, Baby whisperer (mainly because I ended up rocking to sleep any babies at family gatherings)
    yvonvonon(at)hotmail (dot)com

  8. My first dream was to be an artist. That lasted for many years until my fifth grade teacher got me writing... And you are so sweet to send the critique opportunity back out into our cool kidlit community!

  9. Biologist or pastry chef because I loved mixing things together!

    cathy54321 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  10. Singer, songwriter and dancer.

  11. Seashell is my favorite, Ha!

    I wanted to be an illustrator, a teacher, toy maker and a veterinarian

    Thanks for giveaway
    jlyoung2007 at yahoo dot com

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  13. I wanted to be a teacher. My mother wanted me to be a nurse but I'm squemish around blood.

  14. I wanted to be a teacher, and I became one. :)

    Thank you for this giveaway.

    ziaerique at

  15. I wanted to be a Physical Education teacher, which I was for 20 years!!! Then when I grew up, but was still a kid at heart...and I wanted to be a children's writer :-)
    Thanks for the giveaway

    penny (dot) klostermann (at) gmail (dot) com

  16. I wanted to be the best mom ever and a famous author (children's books that would be inspired by my fabulous children, of course). I had lots of people tell me that we were past the age where little girls only thought of growing up to be mothers, and they told me I shouldn't be wasting my intelligence by dreaming something so old-fashioned. But then, my amazing mother told me that I could be anything I wanted to be when I grew up. And so I became a mother who will hopefully be a famous author of children's books one day :)


  17. What a great name for a writer - Wright Wild. To say the least I am a newbie to your site, but so glad my friend and fellow writer told me of you. I look forward to reading and learning more
    Also Thank you Deb Lund for passing on her well deserved critique so another writer can benefit...Kudos to you.
    Now on to the question of the day...
    First I was inspired to be an English teacher by my jr. high school teacher but then I took an acting class and I was hooked. I am still creating characters and I proudly add published writer of children's books to my "what I want to be when I grow up." :-) (


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