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It’s the end of October. Only two months left in the 2013 challenge. Now THAT is scary. I did not complete a draft this month, but I am not at all upset about that given how much time and attention I’ve had to give to my crowdfunding project. The work associated is probably worth 5 drafts – LOL. Plus, I did some free writing for another story, so I’m actually feeling pretty good about this month.

Now it’s your turn. How did you do in October? Let us know in the comments and of course in the Rafflecopter.

Quick reminder: Submissions to our October featured agent Elena Giovinazzo will close today at 6:00 p.m. Eastern/3:00 p.m. Pacific SHARP! Our November featured agent, Danielle Smith, will accept submissions from GOLD members beginning November 1st at 8:00am.

Here is what you need to do to check in for a chance to win a critique from Lori Degman, even if you didn’t complete a draft!

  1. See the Rafflecopter widget at the end of this post that says “Critique with Lori Degmanat the top.
  2. Click on the “Comment on Lori’s Blog Post” button. It will reveal the task, which is to comment on Lori’s blog post. Commenting on Lori’s post is mandatory and gets you one point even if you didn’t complete a draft in October. If you haven’t yet commented, click here to do so. Then you click ENTER on that option in Rafflecopter, which will then open the next two options.
  3. Click on the “Wrote a PB Manuscript” button. This will ask if you completed a PB draft in October. If you did, click ENTER, if you did not, move on to the next step.
  4. Click on the last “Revised a PB Manuscript” button. This will ask if you revised a PB in October. If you did, click ENTER. If not, move on to the next step.
  5. Submit your entry. Rafflecopter will track your points.

You have until midnight Eastern on November 1st to enter your results. I will then have Rafflecopter draw a winner and announce it on the blog on November 2nd.

Many, many thanks to Lori Degman! Now we’ve all “got plot”!

Finally, don’t forget to come back Friday to meet November’s fantastic featured author!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

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  1. My October draft is REALLY rough…but it does have a beginning, middle, and end, and I’m excited about it!

    Julie, the amount of work you are doing for your crowdfunding project is amazing! I’m sure you are learning so much from it. Good luck with it over the next week as you start your campaign!

  2. It doesn’t seem possible that today is the last day of October… before you know it, it will be Christmas!

    This has been another busy month for me… not so much with writing but revising and submitting, although I did write 2 new PB’s which are in sloppy copy form (rough draft)

    I revised and submitted one of my old PB manuscripts and sent it to the 12 x 12 October agent; revised my chapter book and sent it out to agents, revised three other PBs and sent them out also. October has been busy, busy, busy!

    I got my first agent request for a full on my chapter book. Received a reply thanking me for sending the full and that I would hear back from them in roughly 4 weeks time… but I am not sitting back and waiting for an answer but continue to send out submissions and have added editors to the mix.

    Hope everyone has a great November!

  3. Hooray! Revised a PB for the Kansas SCBWI Conference (and got a great critique from my group) and squeaked in my PB draft, writing it last night. Thanks Julie, just loving the motivation 12×12 brings. Cannot believe there’s only 2 months left.

  4. I revised my bird story and wrote a Halloween story. Thanks, Julie!

  5. I wrote and revised. Thanks Julie. *waves*

  6. I did a revision of two drafts and wrote a Halloween story.

  7. Wrote one. Revised a couple. Submitted a few. Good month! I love 12×12.

  8. In spite of a busy month (not writing busy), I DID get a picture book draft done…of course it started out as a little rhyming ditty, then morphed into a 458 word story–with a beginning, middle and end, and two characters with two problems and resolutions. (Bless Oookie’s happy little green heart!) I did NOT get to revise anything, but I am looking for a very productive November.

  9. I love my october draft. It’s one of those stories that’s been rolling around my head and I was finally able to get it down on paper.

  10. All completed!

  11. all done! Kelly Mcdonald (artist)

  12. Again, my October draft is so rough, it’s embarrassing, but it’s written down and something to work with in the future. I am always in a state of revision, so that is always easy to check off. Julie, this has been the most productive writing year for me, thanks to you and PiBoIdMo last November!

  13. After having quite a dry spell in September, October seemed to be jam packed with writing, revising editing and submitting of old manuscripts. Luckily managed to complete October’s new ms just in time! πŸ™‚

  14. I wrote a draft and did some revising but didn’t complete the revision so I can’t count it! But I’m excited about the draft πŸ™‚ Thanks Julie and Lori!

  15. As always, thank you, Julie! Thumbs up for both new pb and revision…thanks to Susanna’s Halloweensie contest (new story) and 12×12 agent submission (revised story). Looking forward to a busy productive November with 12×12, PiBoIdMo and Picture Book Month. What’s that…did I hear someone asking if I’ve unpacked those 350 boxes yet? The boxes will wait, but there are stories that must be told. πŸ™‚

  16. I did it! A very rough new PB ms that is going to need plenty of revision, I have learned this month, that I am not a natural creative non-fiction PB biography writer, but I didn’t give up!
    And I redrafted an older PB ms and sketched out a storyboard and a piece of finished art to go with it. Now I need to sleep for a month πŸ™‚ Thanks for spurring me on Julie!

  17. I actually completed a draft this month. I haven’t checked in in a while πŸ™‚

  18. I’m trying my hand at more non-fiction PBs and am happy to report that I completed a draft this month.

  19. Despite that it was Breast Cancer Awareness Month & I work for SG Komen, I managed a very short draft. Great to put pen to paper again & hope to do even more writing & revising in November & December – maybe even submit a manuscript, too!

  20. Good month: 2 really rough drafts, many hrs of revision and even more hours spent drawing! Still loving all the 12x support!

  21. Haven’t been doing so well but wrote and revised one for this month. Can’t believe only 2 more months left!

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