A while back I entered a giveaway at Nightwolf's Corner which offered three different prizes to choose from. One was substantive editorial critique, two was a custom logo design, and the third one was a ready made demo concept. I chose the first one to be my prize should I win. I needed another eye to look at Departed Innocence. I have been working on it since 2005 and it has been completely rewritten numerous times.
Since it is such an out of a box idea and is quite unusual, I want to make sure I'm going in the right direction and perhaps polish it up so when the time comes I can start querying. To my utter surprise and delight, I was informed that I won the giveaway!
I'm so excited, I can hardly put it into words. First it was winning and then now a free editorial critique. I'm speechless.
I'd considerate an awesome belated birthday present :D
Recently as of May 31st I got some feedback for Chapter 1. I was excited when I found it in my mailbox. I got some useful feedback which will point me in the right direction. As we writers know, edits and criticism is our best friend.
Sure "I Luv this", "U Rock", "the best thang eva" is nice to hear but it is only stroking our ego. It is the criticism that helps us improve as a writer.