You guys know that book that made you realize that 1) writing was a very real career choice and 2) nothing would make you happier than writing something half as good as that book?
If I listed every book that made me want to be a writer, this blog post would take quite a long time, but the earliest one I can remember is AMONG THE HIDDEN by the amazing and prolific Margaret Peterson Haddix.
I read it for the first time when I was nine years old. After crying for a week, I spent every penny of my allowance money on every book of hers that I could get my hands on.
That was sixteen years ago, and this awesome woman is still chugging along. In fact, her newest book, PALACE OF LIES, is coming out in four weeks! (SQUEE!)
What am I going to do about it?
I’ll tell you what.
I’m going to do a giveaway, that’s what.
A ton of you are participating in #pitmad right now and are about to get inundated with many fabulous requests. Thus, I am giving away THREE — yes, you heard me right — 1st page + query critiques (2 passes) so you can shine up some of your materials before you send them off. And they will all be done within 24 hours so you don’t keep any agents waiting.
Here’s how it works.
1. Margaret Peterson Haddix has a fabulous following on Facebook, but since she’s new to Twitter, a lot of people have yet to find her. Why don’t we all give her a huge welcome and follow her on Twitter? (I will check to make sure you did this. Don’t think I won’t.)
2. Shoot me a tweet or blog comment telling me which Margaret Peterson Haddix title sounds the coolest to you and why. (Yes, you’ll have to do a little research! Luckily for you, MPH has a complete list of her books on her site.)
3. I will randomly pick three winners between 6 am and 9 pm eastern time. You will be notified right away and can send your materials as soon as they’re ready.
BY THE WAY.
If you follow Margaret Peterson Haddix just for this contest and then unfollow right after . . .
Keep your eyes open for another giveaway! I’ll be giving away a copy of PALACE OF LIES when it comes out in four weeks!
Stay fiery, peeps.