It’s All in the Voice CONTEST

Posted by Heather on May 13, 2013 in CONTESTS & HOPS |

pitchWe’ve learned about the differences between author voice (HERE) and then character voice (HERE), now it’s time to check yours out! Have you been rejected by agents or editors, or even been told by your crit partners that your novel’s voice isn’t up to snuff? Now’s your chance to get loads of FREE feedback on your pages!

WHAT:  A blog hop for feedback on your opening 250 words, and then a contest! Post your opening 250 words to your blogs, hop around and give feedback to others, spiff your words up and submit them for a chance to win!

WHEN: Blog hop is May 16th-17th. Submit final revisions by midnight May 18th for a chance to win! To submit: email your final version to HeatherWebb(dot)writes(at)gmail(dot)com with the subject heading VOICE CONTEST.

WHERE: Post on your individual blogs, but also link here! Sign up in the comments with your name and blog link.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: 1.) No, your manuscript doesn’t have to be finished. 2.)You can post up to two samples from different novels on your blog. 3.) No, you don’t have to do the blog hop–if you’d prefer to just submit your final 250 for your chance at the prizes, that’s fine, too!

SHARE: Please help tweet and share the contest on Facebook so we can have as many people as possible to give you feedback on your pages. The more the better!

PRIZES: Winners choose from the pot of prizes. First place chooses first, followed by second, and then third.

FREE critique of your opening 15 pages (a $50 value) from editor extraordinaire (moi)

FREE marketing consultation with best-selling self-pubbed author Leia Shaw

FREE book  including these craft books:

How to get a lit agentNo more rejectionsGuide to queries









OR, this AMAZING novel releasing in July from St.Martin’s Press–CLAWS OF THE CAT by Susan Spann:claws-cover











1. MB Mulhall                                                                              11. Jennifer Lyn King

2. Alec Breton                                                                             12. Chris Todd Miller

3. D.D. Falvo                                                                               13. Teralyn Pilgrim

4. Patricia Moussatche sample 1 & sample 2                                 14. Cristin Bruggeman

5. Rebeca Schiller                                                                        15. JoAnne Potter

6.  Donna Barker sample 1 & sample 2                                        16. (sign up in comments)

7. Marie Meyer

8. TC Booth

9. Janel Gradowski

10. Kris Mehigan sample 1 & sample 2






MB Mulhall
May 13, 2013 at 7:59 am

I’m in! I blog at:

Excited! 😀

Alec Breton
May 13, 2013 at 8:06 am

Here’s the contest entry URL:

Any feedback is appreciated.

Bonne chance mon ami!

D. D. Falvo
May 13, 2013 at 9:50 am

This will be fun! Looking forward to meeting new writers. 😀

Patricia Moussatche
May 13, 2013 at 12:03 pm

I posted the manuscript I’m querying right now and a WIP on my blog:

Thanks for the hop & the contest!

Rebeca Schiller
May 13, 2013 at 2:36 pm

I’m in too!

Donna Barker
May 13, 2013 at 4:29 pm

I love your contests, Heather! I always get productive feedback (hope I offer some, too!)

TC Booth
May 13, 2013 at 5:58 pm

I’m in. Here is my link! Thanks Heather.

Tammi (TC Booth)

Marie Meyer
May 13, 2013 at 8:53 pm

Thanks for hosting this contest! Looking forward to meeting new writers and hopefully getting some constructive feedback!

MB Mulhall
May 13, 2013 at 9:41 pm

I thought we were posting on the 16th…is it ok if I post then? or should we post it before the hop starts?

May 13, 2013 at 11:14 pm

MB, You can post on the day the hop starts. I’m just putting names up now so others can see the list. No one is hopping now. You’re good to go! :)

Janel @ Creating Tasty Stories
May 14, 2013 at 9:12 am

I’m in! Can’t wait to see what everybody thinks. Here is the link to my blog:

and here is the link to the blog hop post (that won’t be up until May 16)

MB Mulhall
May 14, 2013 at 9:57 am

Awesome, thanks! 😀

Kris Mehigan
May 14, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Hi there,

I’m posting two openings pages.

The first is to my completed manuscript-

The second is for my WIP-

Looking forward to the blog hop!

Jennifer King
May 15, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Hi Heather —

I’d love to squeeze in before the deadline and participate in your Voice blog hop!

My opening 250 words is at this link: at its own page on my site.

Thank you!


May 15, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Hooray!!! :)

Patricia Moussatche
May 15, 2013 at 12:45 pm

I noticed that only one of my samples went up on the list.
Can’t wait to hop tomorrow!

May 15, 2013 at 1:01 pm

I’ll fix it, Patricia. Thank you for the head’s up!

Jennifer King
May 15, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Hi Heather,
I’m really sorry, but I need to change the link to my post. It now has comments enabled (which is important for your blog hop!). Thank you!


May 15, 2013 at 2:05 pm

No worries!

Chris Todd Miller
May 16, 2013 at 10:52 am

Here’s the link to my blog entry:


MB Mulhall
May 16, 2013 at 1:52 pm

DD do you have a direct link to your sample? I’m not sure what I should be reading on your site. I am all drugged up on allergy meds so it’s very possible I’m just missing it! 😀

Alec Breton
May 16, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Is here a blog page URL for D. D. Falvo? I can’t find one.

May 16, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Yes, Alec, I emailed her but she isn’t around. It’s pretty unusal for D, so I’ll try to find out what’s happening! Thanks.

Donna Barker
May 16, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Hey Heather,
I notice a comment from you on each of my entries, but they’re both just links back to this page… no feedback from you. Intentional or accidental?

Getting great feedback from my fellow hoppers. I love your contests!

May 16, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Donna, I haven’t gotten to yours just yet. I’m assuming the link you see is a ping back to my site from where you have linked to my page. I’m off to teach my Novel Writing class, but I’ll be back later tonight to give more feedback!

JoAnne Potter
May 16, 2013 at 8:17 pm

OK, here’s my sample. Do not feel an pressure to be kind….

JoAnne Potter
May 18, 2013 at 10:15 am

OK, Heather. I sent in my entry. Let me know if anything goes wrong.

May 18, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Are we allowed to submit more than one entry to the contest, or was that just for the hop?

May 18, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Patchi–yes! You can submit up to two entries. :)



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