I’m a RITA award-winning editor!

It’s been ages since I updated this blog! I guess I’ve been very busy working. ūüėČ But I’m proud to announce some very good news on the editing front.

The Romance Writers of America has an annual contest, the RITA©, for published authors of romance fiction. One of my Carina Press authors, Anna Richland, won the RITA© for her beautiful romance novella HIS ROAD HOME. And another Carina Press author of mine, Lynda Aicher, was nominated for the RITA© for her compelling erotic romance BONDS OF DENIAL. Yay!

It’s been a great editing year for me, and I’m beyond thrilled.

If you’re seeking an editor who understands the importance of preserving your unique voice, but can help you make your manuscript as strong as it can be, please be sure to drop me a line anytime. Let’s talk!

CONTEST: critique of 1st 50 pgs

Hello! I’ve been promising a great contest on Twitter for when I hit 5,000 followers. And that happened today, I’m excited to say. Thank you all for reading my tweets!!

Anyway, here are the contest rules:

I will give away¬†TWO critiques of the first 50 pages of a manuscript(young adult, new adult or adult, in any fiction genre). The manuscript needs to be in English (figured I’d just throw that out there, lol). The formatting should be a readable size 12 font, double-spaced, 1-inch margins–this is industry standard. :-)

And how do you enter this contest? Simple.¬†Leave a comment here with your twitter handle¬†(e.g.,¬†@rhelmsbooks¬†is mine) so I can verify at the drawing that you’re one of my followers. If you’re not a follower, there’s still time! You can follow me–my twitter account is¬†HERE–& then leave your comment on this blog post.

Even if you’re not a winner this time, hopefully you guys will stick around after this contest, because I also give¬†lots¬†of writing tips, publishing advice and more! And I like to randomly do giveaways and contests too. Cuz that’s how I roll. ūüėČ

This contest will close Monday, June 24, at 11:59 pm EST. I will use a random number generator to pick my two winners and will @ you on Twitter if you are a winner. So make sure to look for something from me on Twitter on Tuesday! You have 48 hours to affirm that you’d like to have me critique your first 50 pages — I’ll tell you in my tweet how to send to me. :-) If you don’t reply in that time, I’ll pick another winner.

Thanks, and best of luck!

UPDATE: Contest winners announced in comments below. Thanks for entering!

Contest: critique of 1st 30 pgs

Hello, helloooo! Been a while since I’ve used this blog. lol

So yesterday afternoon I got super excited, since I realized I was just over a hundred people away from hitting 4,000 followers. I told the Twitterverse that once I hit 4k, I’d do a giveaway: a critique for one of my follower’s first 30 pages of a manuscript.

Then I promised that if I hit 4k before the end of the day, I’d give away TWO critiques.

Well, you awesome people made that happen–and with time to spare. Woot! So, here are the rules:

I will give away¬†TWO critiques of the first 30 pages of a manuscript(middle grade, young adult, new adult or adult, in any fiction genre). The manuscript needs to be in English (figured I’d just throw that out there, lol). The formatting should be a readable size 12 font, double-spaced, 1-inch margins–this is industry standard. :-)

And how do you awesome people enter this contest? Simple.¬†Leave a comment here with your twitter handle¬†(e.g.,¬†@rhelmsbooks¬†is mine) so I can verify at the drawing that you’re one of my followers. If you’re not a follower, there’s still time! You can follow me–my twitter account is¬†HERE–& leave your comment on this blog post.

Even if you’re not a winner this time, hopefully you guys will stick around after this contest, because not only do I tweet about beer and cheese (YUM), I also give¬†lots¬†of writing tips, publishing advice and more! And I like to randomly do giveaways and contests too. Cuz that’s how I roll.

Plus, I’ve already decided that once I hit 5k followers, I’m going to hold another contest that will be even better than this one!

This contest will close today, Jan 18, at 11:59 pm EST. I will use a random number generator to pick my two winners and will @ you on Twitter if you are a winner. So make sure to look for something from me on Twitter on Saturday! (I’ll also update this blog post, just in case you happen to miss the @ from me.) You have 48 hours to affirm that you’d like to have me critique your first 30 pages — I’ll tell you in my tweet how to send to me. :-) If you don’t reply in that time, I’ll pick another winner.

Let the shenanigans begin!

UPDATE: We have winners! @DomesticFringe and @KimberlyFarris — congrats, and thanks all for entering! Stay tuned‚Ķmore contests coming soon!