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First of all, isn’t it still Labor Day weekend? How can it possibly be the end of September?

I don’t know, but I DO know that I both wrote AND revised a picture book draft this month. For the first time since March, I created something brand new. It might be horrible, but it sure did feel good! It’s too bad I’m not in the running for that Peter Brown critique – LOL.

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

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

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

  1. See the Rafflecopter widget at the end of this post that says “Critique with Peter Brown” at the top.
  2. Click on the “Comment on Peter’s Blog Post” button. It will reveal the task, which is to comment on Peter’s blog post. Commenting on Peter’s post is mandatory and gets you one point even if you didn’t complete a draft in September. 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 September. 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 September. 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 October 1st to enter your results. I will then have Rafflecopter draw a winner and announce it on the blog on October 2nd.

Many, many thanks to Peter Brown for that fab video interview! ROAR!

Finally, don’t forget to come back Friday to meet October’s amazing featured author (delayed due to a wedding in the author’s family this past weekend :-))!
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  1. With my daughter back in school, I finally got back on track and wrote a new manuscript and am working on revisions for another. Yay!

  2. It doesn’t seem possible that today is the last day of September… before you know it, it will be Christmas. Kmart has already been showing Christmas ads on TV!

    This has been another busy month for me… not withwriting but revising and submitting, although I did write a new PB which has been revised, revised, and revised yet again. I plan on submitting it to the Jingle Bells Anthology that Becky Fyfe is putting together.

    I revised and submitted one of my older PB manuscripts and sent it to the 12 x 12 September agent; revised my chapter book and sent it out to agents, revised three other PBs and sent them out also. September has been a submitting frenzy around here.

    This morning I got my first email rejection letter, not from the agent, but from an assistant. That makes 2 rejection form letters so far… all the others have been wonderful personal rejections and some of the agents have even given me names of other agents that they recommend. Am still waiting to hear from those submissions,

    Hope everyone has a great October!

  3. I did, in fact, write a new manuscript in September – had an inspiration and wrote it in just a few days. That’s not usual for me, as I generally let ideas sit for a while before writing. But I really like this one! I’m looking forward to seeing what inspiration strikes in October.

  4. So glad to have to have the kids back in school. A little more productive this month. Now only if I stopped volunteering for the PTA, I might have even more time. Hee hee. But seriously, Julie, this challenge has surpassed my expectations. The interviews, the FB page, the community that’s been formed, has pushed me in the right direction.

  5. Perhaps it was all the Christmas decorations displayed beside the Halloween decor, but I got “in the zone” with a fun Christmas story. And I revised one from earlier this year. Feeling good!

  6. Been a very productive month for me, but having a conference to prep for is a stellar motivating boost!

  7. Finished my new manuscript this morning – just under the wire! And did a revision on an older one – yay! Can’t believe it’s the end of September, but love the smell of Autumn in the air!

  8. Yes, I managed to write and revise one manuscript. 🙂

  9. Built a new world and remodeled another. 😀

  10. Only just made it this month – one new draft completed – phew!

  11. I had one draft and one revision. Lots of fun picture book ideas this month. Guess I’m gearing up for PiBoIdMo. Pens raised to October!

  12. I have many ideas but didn’t quite finish a draft for September. i did work on revising another draft from last month and am almost ready to submit it.

  13. I started one. And that’s the hardest part for me.

  14. Attended the Northern Ohio SCBWI, and had a critique of one of favorite MS — have doing revising a few things. But, I didn’t write a knew draft.

  15. I got it all done. 🙂

  16. I did lots of revisions…but the only NEW thing I did was to change my whole life around and move to NH.:) I’m sure there will be many picture book stories that will emerge from this experience. The movers come tomorrow morning with all of our STUFF…I’m looking forward to drafting several manuscripts in the next month.
    Last night, as we were eating dinner, two wild turkeys emerged from the woods behind our home..and proceeded to peck at some culinary delight in the grass. As soon as they faded back into the trees, a lovely white-tailed deer strolled across the lawn…my pencil can’t wait to touch the page.

  17. I revised like h*$@ and some demons inside my head wrote a strange new story that doesn’t sound AT ALL like anything I have ever written. What’s up, demons?

  18. Draft-yes! Revision-yes! I’m happy I did a draft this month. I haven’t had many this year…just lots of revising.

  19. I squeezed a draft in. Barely. I also did revisions on two. But my work has been very thin this month, and I’m hoping for an abundant, productive October.

  20. Yippeeee. I did. Writing gives my mind a rest from everything that’s going on with my Christopher.

  21. I didn’t get a draft completed. 🙁 But I have a great idea for this month! 😀

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