Query/Manuscript Idol

In association with SCBWI and Gumboot Books, I participated in two great events over the last two weeks.

Both events were based on the American Idol model – a letter or manuscript was read aloud until Crystal or myself stopped the reading and then gave our reasons for stopping. Since the groups were kept small we had plenty of time to evaluate each piece in depth. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the submissions and look forward to seeing more from this talented group.

Thanks to Ken for organizing and to all the authors who were brave enough to submit their query letters and manuscripts. Crystal and I appreciated both the accolades and the suggestions for improvement. Thanks to all of you, the next set of Idols will be even better!

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