Monday, June 11, 2012

Editing Services Launch (with giveaway!) and Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

Announcement and Giveaway First!

No, I don't have a book deal, but I am launching editing services for middle grade and young adult writers! (And I have since amended my services, stating my arm can be twisted to work with writing for adults, depending on genre. Updated June 20, 2012). With an extensive background in teaching, writing, and reading, I am now combining these three loves into one new and remarkable thing. Please take a minute and click on my 'Editing Services' tab--found right above my name and bio in the upper right corner of my blog--to see which services I'm offering and the costs of these services. I'm SUPER excited to begin this new venture!

And . . . to get business rolling, I'm offering a giveaway of editing services--a mighty fine time to test them out for FREE! Details of the giveaway and how to enter are at the bottom of this post.

And now, on to Marvelous Middle Grade Monday . . .

When fellow MMGMer Pam Torres featured The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan-Long Shang several weeks ago, I immediately placed it on my to-read list. It sounded so fun and threw in a main character who learns about herself and her family too. What's not to love?

The premise: Lucy Wu, a Chinese-American, is about to enter her sixth grade year, in which everything is going to be perfect. But when Lucy's parents decide she will attend a Saturday morning Chinese school which interferes with basketball practice and Lucy's grandmother's long-lost sister from China is coming for a very long visit, Lucy's perfect dreams unravel.

What keeps readers reading: Lucy's real-ness. She's a real kid with real problems, real concerns, and real bully after her too.

What I loved: The weaving of Chinese culture into the story's fabric. Pieces of the language, food, history, and traditions flow naturally within the plot, and readers learn all about these things without realizing they are.

For more middle grade recommendations, check out Shannon Messenger's links.

Details on my editing services giveaway:

Two (yes, TWO!) of you could win a 5,000 word (FREE!) content consult of your middle grade or young adult manuscript--meaning I will heavily evaluate the first 5,000 words of your manuscript and return it to you with re-write suggestions, character and plot analysis, and running commentary throughout the 5,000 words. Think freelance editor combined with super-power critique partner.

To enter the drawing, simply comment on this post and indicate you are interested in the giveaway. If you're a blog follower, that's an additional entry. If you refer someone to this giveaway (and they enter), that earns you an additional entry (make sure they tell me who referred them). Tweet the giveaway (include @BA_Watson in the tweet along with my blog link), one more entry.

If your email address is not on your blog or profile, please include it in your comment. Entries for the giveaway are open until Sunday, June 17th, 2012, at 8pm CDT. Winners announced on June 18th.

Thank you for helping me launch my editing services!
 

36 comments:

  1. Awesome giveaway Barbara. That's exciting news. I'd love to win. And The Great Wall of Lucy Wu sounds good.

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  2. So exciting opening a new business. I wish you well. And Great Wall of Lucy Wu sounds awesome.

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  3. Barbara, this is so awesome! I love that you're taking those skills and putting them together! Best of luck with your editing launch. I'm sure it will be a great success. ;D

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  4. Wow, North Dakota gave you great ideas!--Congrats-this sounds exciting! Good for you.

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  5. Sounds like a great book, especially the cultural side of it. I love learning about other cultures.

    Good luck with your business, Barbara. I'm positive you'll be busy very soon. :)

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  6. I loved Lucy so much that I became very concerned that she is shelved immediately after the ubercreepy Darren Shan books in my library! During the school year, I keep her out on display so I know she's safe, and during the summer I end the section at Shan so Wendy can go on a new shelf! Keep looking for another book by this author.

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    1. This is HILARIOUS! Love it! And yes, I'm super excited for Wendy's next book.

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  7. I've love to win this! I'm a follower already and off to tweet right now!

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  8. Good luck with your new venture! I don't currently have a MG or YA that needs editing but I wish you the best!

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  9. Good luck Barbara! Very exciting launching a new business!

    Your MMGM sounds great. Thanks for sharing!

    LOL at Ms. Yingling's comments! :-)

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  10. I love how MG tends to be so much more culturally diverse than YA. Awesome.

    And good luck on your editing service! If I hear of anyone who needs it, I'll send them your way!

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  11. I just became a follower! And I would love to win a critique. Good luck on your new venture.

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  12. Congrats! Best of luck with your new business venture, and I'd love to be entered in the contest. A new set of eyes is never a bad thing. :D I'll go tweet for you.

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  13. Good luck with your new editing service!! I'd love to win :)

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  14. Hi Barbara! I am so excited for your new writing adventure in to editing! Please definitely enter me in! I'm also a follower and tweeted a link to your blog. Thanks for this great opportunity!

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  15. Thanks so much everyone! It's exciting! I look forward to the winners sharing their writing with me. The process of writing can be such a personal thing; I appreciate your willingness to involve me.

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  16. Sounds like something to be excited about, on your part, and those who you work with!
    I’m interested in the giveaway. =)
    ~Aidyl

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  17. Congratulations on the new business launch! Sounds exciting but please don't enter me in the contest because my stuff is for grown ups. :)

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  18. What writer can't use another pair of eyes on their MS? Thanks for the offer, I'd love to win! Good luck on your new ventures.

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  19. Congratulations on your new business! So exciting! I'd love to be entered in your contest. I'm also a follower.

    I still haven't read Lucy Wu, but I hope to soon!

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  20. This is one of my most favorite books of all time. :D
    And congrats on the business venture. :)

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  21. I LOVE Lucy Wu! Everybody should read it!!

    Good luck with your editing business, Barbara. I'll definitely send people your way. Now, off to Tweet about your venture.

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  22. Oh that's soo exciting. I won't qualify because I know I'm not YA. I'm hoping to talk you into editing my novel when it's finished anyway. I'm a little vague about the genre still- it's somewhere in between suspense and mainstream. But I'm not into anything graphic, it's just the subject matter.

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  23. I, too, am hearing about this book everywhere. Thanks for the review, it has swayed me to put it on my to-read list!

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  24. Barbara, I have a project you might be able to help me with. I will be contacting you before you become famous and your fees go up. :)

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  25. Wow, an editing service. How exciting! I can personally vouch for anyone that asks that you are an amazing critique partner! :)

    Your MMGM for today sounds great. Added on to my very long to-read list!

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  26. I would very much like to enter for the free editing! I am writing a young adult science fiction novel, and while it's not complete I hope that I can still enter! :)

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  27. Congrats on your launch! It sounds as if the future will find you busier than normal, which is a good thing, right?

    I will check out the book because as a teacher I have students that could probably relate.

    Now following. Thanks.

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  28. Super cool, Barbara! I wish you tremendous success. Sounds like quite a venture and something you'll truly enjoy.

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  29. What an incredible giveaway! I'm stopping by from the Never Surrender blogfest - this is a great find. (I also enjoyed your book review too). *new follower*

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  30. Also stopped by from Elana's blogfest. What a generous giveaway:) *New follower--was already following you on Twitter and I tweeted about you* Keeping fingers crossed:) Congrats on your new venture!!

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  31. Awesome! I just tweeted. And of course, I'm a follower now too. :)

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  32. What a fantastic offer. I would love to win! Referred by PK Hrezo.

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  33. I better hurry and enter before your contest is over! Best of luck on your new business. I hope your having to turn away clients pretty soon because you're so busy.

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  34. It's nice to know about your new business for Editing Services. Thanks for share.. and good luck.

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