Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Cogitate Author Contest

Attention writers! I'm so excited to announce this. The fine people at Cogitate Studios (a major awesome editing company) have asked (and let me) be a part of a writing contest they are holding. Below is all the information you need to know.

 Henry, the former managing editor of Beyond Words (the publisher behind The Secret, The Truth About Beauty, and Elemental Love Styles) and current ghost writer and editor, will be providing feedback and review on a NONFICTION proposal or first 50 pages of a manuscript.

Gretchen, former agent/editorial director for Baker’s Mark Literary Agency (the literary agency behind Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel, Never After, and Comics 101) and current ghost writer and editor, will be providing feedback and review on the first 50 pages or first 5 chapters of a FICTION manuscript project.

By “feedback and review,” we mean that if you win, we will copyedit your proposal or the first 50 pages/5 chapters of your manuscript and give developmental notes and feedback on the work absolutely free. We’ll also give you tips on the overall approach you will want to take when pitching to agents and publishers.

Why are we asking you to fill out a weird questionnaire to win? Because compatibility between a writer and editor is imperative. (Take a look at our blog post on creativity with punctuation and our post on loving the people you work with.) The same principle extends to pitching your work to agents and publishers. Not only that, but you’ll also have to answer questions about your book that every author should know the answer to and you’ll also get to answer some fun and ridiculous questions about yourself—because everyone should know what weapon they would chose in a zombie attack.

Besides, there are perks. In addition to a free copyedit and comments from a pro, just by entering your completed survey:

• You have the chance to win 3 free books from our title list. (One winner will have his/her choice of two from our fiction and nonfiction title lists [as long as it’s already out, of course] and will also receive a collectible issue of The Grove Review that we worked on.)

• You may be pimped on our site even if you don’t win. Awesome answers from the review will be posted and credited on, Cogitate on Facebook, and our respective Twitter feeds, @editorStet and @cogitweeter. We’ll post your twitter or your blog. Heck, we’ll post both if you want.

• You can come back and visit the Cogitate Studios website to see some stats, responses, and analyses of other authors’ entries (i.e., how many people submitted in what genres, average length of manuscript, what commonalities showed up, what stuck out, who would most likely survive a zombie raid, and so on).

What have you got to lose? You will not be entered on any email lists, annoyingly spammed, or sold out for cash. It’s a few minutes out of your day with a lot you may win. Who knows, it might kick-start that book idea that’s been collecting dust in the corner of your brain. Go ahead and try it. We dare you.

The specifics:

• ONE entry per person

• Deadline is this SUNDAY, June 13th, 11:59 pm PDT.

• We’ll choose TWO winners, based on our interests in reading the work, as well as how well your survey answers show compatibility with our editorial style.

• Winners will be announced the following Monday, June 21th on

• One winner will be picked out of FIRST 50 SURVEYS for the free book prize, and the winner can then chose which titles they want—winning the free books is random and does not affect your chances of winning the manuscript review.


Here is another link to Cogitate Studios web page:


salarsenッ said...

Hi Laci. Found you over on YAlitchat. Great contest. I haven't seen one from an editor yet. Not sure if I'm ready to enter. *shiver, shiver*

Good luck to you.

Jessie said...

Laci - Thanks for this info. I have the same blog skin (and happen to like your hubby's name too). Too many similarities not to include you for a blog award today.

Raree said...

hahaha That is awesome! It's unbelievable how rude and inconsiderate people can be, isn't it? Sheesh! Props to your dad. :D