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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thirty Days of Thanksgiving - Day 29

Day 29. A Sweet Deal for You.

While writing is a solitary endeavor, many people are involved into the process of a completed novel – agents, editors, copy editors, art departments, publicists, and one of the most crucial in my opinion – critique partners. These are the brave souls who see the ugly parts of our stories, all the dangling participles, misplaced modifiers, goofy and illogical ideas, and atrocious spelling. Finding critique partners who understand your vision and are able to slap you around one minute and offer cyber hugs the next are more precious than rubies. They must be tough on the outside and marshmallowy on the inside.

I’ve been fortunate to have a few critique partners who’ve shaped my work and encouraged me along the way. I’m eternally grateful as these ladies have also become dear friends. But the joy of being a crit buddy is that we are also able to celebrate the successes of one another.

One of my best critique buddies is Camille Eide. She's smart, savvy, and funny, and I’m as proud as a new momma that her first novella is releasing in just four days! It’s a lovely story (I’ve had the pleasure of reading and endorsing this enchanted Christmas tale). So for today I’m going to send you over to Camille’s blog where she has some fun things going on – a Christmas cookie recipe exchange and a chance to win a copy of her “baby” – Savanna’s Gift – an e-book just in time for Christmas. And you’ll get to meet Camille, too, who’s as lovely and witty as her blog.

See you tomorrow for Day 30 of Thanksgiving.

1 comment:

Camille Eide said...

Aww, thank you for the kind words, Carla! And for the plug! There are some yummy & easy sounding recipes already gathered on the blog, a little something sweet for everyone who drops by. :-)

I do so highly value critique partners who can be tough when needed, and know when to be marshmellowy too. You're priceless, Carla. In too many ways to count.

Thanks for saying I'm smart & savvy, but you forgot to say forgetful, whiney and shopaphobic. But this proves you're a storysmith. Gotta make readers like that character before you reveal all their flaws.... :-)

Thanks again, & thanks for the 30 days of thanksgiving. Blessings to you & your family, and to your readers. :-)