Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Clyde Sold! Want a Critique?

I apologize for the silence last week. I'm in the process of wrapping up Steve's latest round of revisions, and then Clyde's waiting in the wings. But I should have a few days between manuscripts next week, so it seems like the perfect time to offer some critiques!

There are three 30-page critiques up for grabs to celebrate Clyde's sale. If you're interested in entering, please follow these steps:

1. TWEET, BLOG, OR FACEBOOK ABOUT THE GIVEAWAY WITH A LINK BACK TO THIS POST. Please note that you only have to do one of these things, so don't feel like you have to bombard your friends and family with Krista spam.



Your manuscript doesn't have to be finished, and I'll read any category, any genre (provided the first thirty pages are no worse than PG-13-rated), so everyone is welcome to enter. But I do want everyone to have an equal shot at this, so PLEASE ONLY ENTER ONCE (even if you're working on more than one project).

I'll pick two winners based on their descriptions (totally subjective, I know, but if an entry catches my eye, I want to be able to read it!), then a third randomly from the remaining entries. The giveaway will remain open until next Monday, September 23, at 11:59 p.m. EDT (or 8:59 p.m. PDT). I'll announce the winners on the blog the following Tuesday.

Thanks for sharing my good news!


Heather said...

Here is the link to my tweet: https://twitter.com/heatherbelladam/status/380013452833464320

Title: Hold String and Fly
Genre: Literary Fiction

After her son died, Sadie Caswell refused to help his pregnant girlfriend. But years later she is desperate to meet her granddaughter. Hold String and Fly, which is set in the present-day South, is a story about mistakes, forgiveness, and what makes a family.

Rae Chang said...


You're so great for doing this!

Title: Royal Trial
Genre: YA

Royal Trial is a 91,000-word young adult romance-gone-awry set in a fictional medieval world. A mercurial young woman returns from a five year exile, set on exacting revenge on the king who banished her even as he tries to win back her trust. Meanwhile, the king’s councilors plot to remove her from the equation and, if necessary, the king from the throne

Melanie Stanford said...

Here's my tweet:


Genre: YA Urban Fantasy/Retelling

Eponine Thorpe doesn't care about school, her alcoholic parents, or even her User abilities. All she cares about is her best friend Mark, even though his heart is already taken. When sides break out and civil war threatens the Users, Eponine must decide what's more important: her heart, or her life.

NOTE: this is unfinished, so still in 1st draft form, just in case you'd rather not read a 1st draft! :)

Anonymous said...


Story: Jacoby married a drug and alcohol addict. He helped his husband through four trips through rehab. Now, not drugs or bozze, but a freaking blizzard threatens to unravel a 12 year marriage.

Julie Sondra Decker said...

Holy crap, that is exciting. IT SOLD!!!!! (Not looking for a critique--just want to congratulate you.)

Martha Mayberry said...

Congratulations! And thank you for this opportunity.

Here's my tweet: https://twitter.com/mbelec123/status/380098269965082624

Genre: YA Spec Fic

While crossing Stellar 3’s wasteland to reach the safety of the colony, Lia’s little brother, Joe, is injured and lies dying. A girl tells Lia about a planetary myth: the desert dragons bestow unlimited power on those who need it most. But to earn the power to heal Joe, Lia must bind her heart to the dragon forever.

GSMarlene said...

Tweeted! https://twitter.com/MarleneMoss1/status/380158132942430208

Thanks for celebrating your success like this!

Genre: MG Sci-fi/Adventure

Eleven-year-old Mike daydreams of becoming superhero Mighty Mike, but all that gets him is top billing on The List of Chumps to be Pounded after School. He lands him in the middle of a Federal alien hunt when he volunteers to eat candies from an Alien Pez dispenser with superpower side effects. To become a real hero, Mike will have to save his friends—and worst enemy—from a four-armed, snout-faced alien wielding the Interstellar Remote Control of Everything.

Anonymous said...

Congrats! That's so exciting, two books released in the same year!

I tweeted the great news: https://twitter.com/Tangynt/status/380159645324546048

(working)Title: THE VEIL
Genre: YA Fantasy

16-year-old Alison Kingston spends her spare time hunting monstrous beasts called Nightmares that threaten to cross the Veil into this world. As a Dreamwalker, she comes from a long line of proud warriors who've answered the call, but something stirs deep in the Nox, the dark heart of the realm of dreams more commonly known as Wonderland. Guided by her mentor, Addison Hatta, she'll have to face a threat that nearly destroyed both worlds all those years ago, when the Black Queen rises once again in this tale of Alice in Wonderland meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Abbe Hoggan said...

Congratulations on your sale! So exciting.

Here's the tweet:


And here's my story:

Title: The Day I Ruled the World
Genre: MG Science Fantasy

Maybe 12 year old Teddy isn't the best guardian for a spell that lets her control other people. That doesn't mean she'll hand it over to a guy who looks like a fairy tale knight just because he claims it's his destiny to rule the galaxy. Now Teddy has to keep the spell away from him until she figures out how to destroy it.

Carl Hackman said...


Genre: Upper MG/Humorous Fantasy

In the realm of Wyverndawn a wizard’s height is the mark of his power and shrinking one inch is a catastrophe for twelve-year-old Gerald. Creating a hill outside his village, to improve the view, shouldn’t be too difficult and he may even be promoted a few inches as a reward. But the spell he bought - from a guy who knows a guy - was a tad more powerful than even he anticipated.

HeatherCRaglin said...

I posted on Twitter...
Title: FATED
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

Sixteen-year-old class president/girlfriend-to-the-football-star/beautiful Kenzie Moriarty doesn't think life can get much better. When her Grams lays the news on her that she and her sisters are the Fates--and immortal--Kenzie's torn between being thrilled she'll have eternity to accomplish everything she wants, and dread that one of the girls will be responsible for ending people's lives. Kenzie's determined it won't be her to cut the life-threads, but when three lives are intertwined with one fate, the best laid plans don't always work out.

Kelly Metz said...

Congrats! How exciting!

Here's my link: https://twitter.com/bwlrgrl300/status/380305483325644800

title: My Favorite Mistake
Genre: NA Contemp. Romance

Freshly burned by a long-distance relationship, Katie just wants to graduate college and move home. But when she falls in love with a roots-deep townie, she’s faced with a familiar choice: her family or him.

Adrianna said...

Hooray for Clyde! Congratulations! :) And thank you for this opportunity!


Genre: YA Historical Fantasy

When her sister is sold to the Imperial harem, Nia vows to save her. Even if that means conspiring with mystic Bedouins, betraying the boy she loves, and slitting the Sultan’s throat. Shadow and Bone meets Grave Mercy.

Sarah Ahiers said...


Title: All That Remains
Genre: YA fantasy

Murder is commonplace for seventeen-year-old assassin Lea Saldana, except when it's her entire family, slaughtered in a night of betrayal. When she discovers her boyfriend's family is the traitor, there's only one thing to do: kill them all. But can she discover their hidden sanctuary before they find, and finish, her?

Hannah Kincade said...

Twitter link:



When seventeen-year-old Zachariah Malone faces an obstacle he can’t take out with his fists, he must find out if he’s battling an evil entity or if he belongs in a straight-jacket.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on selling Clyde!

Here's my tweet: https://twitter.com/SBCrispell/status/380344825368678400

Title: The Art of Breaking
Genre: YA Magical Realism

After dying and coming back as an Imaginary friend, Luca must give up her dreams of being a normal teenager—and a once-in-an-afterlife romance—or risk breaking the Imaginary world and losing her best friend forever.

Kimberly VanderHorst said...


Tweet: https://twitter.com/Kymburleev/status/380350536282673152

Title: Through a Glass Darkly
Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy

17-year-old pianist Grace Armstrong craves sanity the way some girls crave chocolate. All her life, she's seen nightmarish creatures in every reflection. But when a cute guy with a quirky smile appears in her bedroom mirror one night, she learns Grandpa has been keeping secrets, and that love can be a nightmare all of its own.

Anonymous said...


FOREVER YOURS by Josie Giggs
Contemp NA Romance

When childhood sweethearts Matt and Livi are reunited after ten years apart, sparks fly. There's just one problem; she's now married to another man.

Ranee` said...

Oh please, oh please pick me! ;)
Link: https://twitter.com/RaneeSClark/status/380371355784339458

Title: KISSING A SUPERHERO (or something way better if I could ever think of it...)
Genre: YA Magical Realism
Description: When 17yo Bek Black falls for her brother's best friend Adam Axley, the last thing she ever thought would stand in the way of love is the fact that he's a superhero.

Leah said...

Congrats on the sale!! :D

I tweeted: https://twitter.com/leah_beth/status/380370850957885440

Title: The Mothers Club
Genre: Sci-fi

In a city under siege on a faraway planet, Laidy fights daily to keep her children alive. But with a dangerous government tightening its grip, and the final survivors of the planet's original inhabitants on a murderous rampage, survival seems to be slipping through her fingers.

Deirdre said...

A BIG congrats! Incidentally, my second son's name was to be Clyde, only she turned out a girl.

Here's my tweet link: https://twitter.com/DeirdreSpark/status/380372086096556032

And...my description:

Genre: MG (magical realism)

It is the first day of summer. And the last day eleven-year-old Bobbie and Charlie Hart’s lives won't be sticky with frosting, stinky with the smell of pickles, and enchanted by the magical world of fairies.

SE Babin said...

Congrats on the sale!! Here's the link to my tweet.


Title: Red Hot Karma

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Description: Three women wronged by the same man band together and seek solace in their unlikely friendship. As the weeks pass, they all realize they have one thing in common: a desire for revenge.


OK, here's the Tweet: https://twitter.com/hezzerdavis/status/380267974394793984

Title: If I Promise You the Sun
Genre: YA Sci-Fi Romance
Mana Aquino is a slave, poet, and rebel bent on avenging the death of his sister at the hands of New Eden's leaders. When a desperate citizen named Eve asks him to smuggle illegal medicine to her dying brother, he agrees but only if she'll help him with his quest. Though neither Mana nor Eve expects to need the other for long, their pact could be the start of love and the end of paradise.

K Callard said...

Congrats! Here's my tweet:https://twitter.com/k_callard/status/380387888447238144


Genre: Upper MG Fantasy

Description: Thirteen-year-old Zane earns a ridiculous amount of gold working as a Shadowcatcher for the palace. But when he finds out he's actually stealing souls, he must choose between the job that keeps him in luxury or quitting and ending up as a target himself.

Lee said...


Genre: MG

11-year-old Delilah Crane has always seen people who weren't there. But she's spent years trying to ignore them, thanks to the influence of her father, an obsessed skeptic who runs a business specializing in debunking reports of the paranormal.
But when the ghost of a teenage Puritan girl shows up in her bedroom asking for help, she and her disbelieving older brother join forces with a group of the most famous--well, to be honest, more like infamous--dead people in and around Boston in a race to save a young man's future and maybe, just maybe, an old man's soul.

Sara said...


Twitter link: https://twitter.com/SaraJoCluff/status/380371712786706433

Title: Socially Challenged
Genre: YA Fiction

Cassidy Richards is a seventeen-year-old girl trying to make her way through the challenges and pitfalls of social life in high school. When her best friend sets a goal to find her a date to Homecoming, Cassidy realizes she has her work cut out for her. With only a month left until the dance, can she let go of her anxiety and social fears long enough to show the students at her school who she really is?

Kristin Van Risseghem said...

Here's my twitter link: https://twitter.com/KVanRisseghem/status/380311731500638208

Title: The Guardian
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Description: 17 year old Zoe Jabril doesn’t want to be an Ordinary teenager, but when she raises someone from the dead, it turns out she fits right in. Her best friend, Kieran, is a Guardian Angel, a school girl friend happens to be a trend setting shopaholic Fairy, and now there’s a new Werewolf in town, too. Every one of them believes Zoe is destined to become The One who will save the world from the approaching Armageddon.

Candice C said...

Congrats, Krista! Awesome news!
Here's my tweet: https://twitter.com/candice_marleyc/status/380707444269137922

YA Contemporary Retelling

Mellie Feye is a 16 year-old living in a storage closet in the pilings of a seafood restaurant nestled on the narrow Cape Sand Blast off Florida's coast. She's been cursed and banished by her mother for getting revenge on the father who's been absent her entire life, but that's not the worst of her problems. When fish and oyster beds start dying off in her beloved bay, Mellie realizes she must right the wrongs of her own past in order to save the bay, her family, and herself.

Thanks for this opportunity!

Kara said...

This is a neat opportunity! Thanks! Here is the link to the tweet: https://twitter.com/reynoldstribe/status/380804915787886592

NA contemporary romance (but not the steamy kind!)

Anna has always felt that she owes it to her widower father to stick around her home town and follow his plans for her life. While working backstage for her community theater group, she meets newcomer Coy- who is just as spontaneous, passionate, and independent as Anna is... not. Can he help her find the courage she needs to make her own life choices?

SueJay said...

Congrats on the sale. This is an awesome giveaway. Here's my link:https://twitter.com/SueJay_Bailey/status/380851665231818752

YA Fantasy- 59k words

With veins barren of her family’s magic and a looming marriage to a man she doesn’t love, sixteen year old Rose bargains and blackmails her way to freedom—only to find herself lost in a kingdom blanketed by a curse. Rose must save her sleeping kingdom from the slaughter of an invading army despite her lack of magic.

Making Trax said...

Congrats on 2 books out in one year!! I'm so pleased to follow your blog now. :o) Here is my tweet: https://twitter.com/DaphneUn/status/381201202400460801

97k YA Magical Realism

16yo Elisabeth Bell Pierce stopped believing in fairy tales the night she held her mother's blood-soaked hand and watched her die. But when she finds Richard, Lost Prince of England, spellbound beneath the crumbling castle that was her mother's home, it’s a fairy tale 500 years in the making. Elisabeth must try to rescue her prince, even as her fairy tale threatens to come crashing down -- because not everything that is lost wants to be found.

Kate Dorhout said...

Here is my blog post: http://katedorhout.tumblr.com/post/62004298072/want-a-critique

Title: LUCK
Genre: YA fantasy

Told in alternating first person perspectives, LUCK follows Ila and Lilly- leprechaun sisters hunted by dragons who want to steal their luck, a chemical in their blood. Ila falls in love with Chris, but later finds out he is one of the dragons hunting her. Both Ila and Chris must choose between love and war- and their own survival.

Virginia Pierce said...

So excited for you, Krista!!! Congrats! (Love the nicknames btw on the manuscripts.)

Here is my blog link:

Title: Savannah's Grace
Genre: YA contemporary

Off the cuff--16 year-old Vanna discovers a book that changes everything: she was kidnapped fourteen years ago by her father. Reunited with her mother, Vanna struggles to fit in her new life, including dealing with her cruel sister, and navigating school and love for the first time.

Cristin Bruggeman said...


Twitter link: https://twitter.com/C_Bruggeman/status/382174049964535809

Genre: YA Historical Fantasy

A girl magi discovers her father’s disappearance is part of a plot to kill Cyrus the Great. She and her friends must expose the conspiracy while battling creatures of Zoroastrian legend, a Babylonian sorcerer, and the Magi rebels who want her dead before her powers come into their full strength.

Krista Van Dolzer said...

Thank you for entering! I'll announce the winners tomorrow.