ARE YOU GOING TO THE SCBWI NEW YORK CONFERENCE? NOW’S YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A FREE CRITIQUE WITH A BARELY CONNECTED, RELATIVELY INEXPERIENCED MIDDLE-GRADE NOVELIST!
January 10, 2012
If you’re going to the SCBWI conference in New York, and you’re looking for something to do for ten minutes, why not spend some time with a lonely writer? Tommy Greenwald, author of the Charlie Joe Jackson series (CHARLIE JOE JACKSON’S GUIDE TO NOT READING, the upcoming CHARLIE JOE JACKSON’S GUIDE TO EXTRA CREDIT), is worried that he won’t know a single solitary soul at the conference, and so he is shamelessly trying to buy companionship by offering a free ten-minute critique to ten budding writers. Tommy will listen to your pitch and accept the first five pages of his manuscript; then, if he likes what he hears and reads, he will send an email to the very few editors and agents he knows, facilitating an introduction. If he doesn’t think it’s quite ready for submission, he’ll tell you why in a totally nice way.
In return, all you have to do is laugh at his jokes and pretend that you guys are old friends.
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–Tommy Greenwald’s imaginary assistant
This will be my first time at SCBWI, so it would be nice to know that I’m speaking with SOMEONE and not just pretending to talk to the potted plants (as an engineer by trade, that has happened before…) Thanks for offering this for us attendees! 🙂
look forward to meeting you there!
Dear Tommy Greenwald’s imaginary assistant,
Laughing until you choke must be a job hazard since you work with Mr. Greenwald. I imagine you have some smokin’ abs as a result. No fair. I mean. How lucky!
Ha and dying about the chance to win a free critique at the NY SCBWI Conference. For the record, I am practically an expert at laughing when people tell jokes (no matter how not funny they are) and I’d love to pretend Tommy Greenwald and I are old friends. Okay, fine. I’d also like to have my CHARLIE JOE JACKSON book signed.
Hope to hear from you. Seriously, okay? Just because you have killer abs and a fun boss, you don’t earn a free pass to be rude.
Dear Tommy Greenwald’s imaginary assistant,
I, too, will be attending the SCBWI Conference, and fear that I will know very few people there. That whole talking to the potted plant scenario, mentioned by C. Isabel, above, is a harsh probability for me. On top of that, I will be forced to pretend that I am actually someone more charming, witty and talented than I really am. I would love to meet up with Tommy, as word on the street is that he is truly all those things. I’m also told that he is a big fan of chocolate and dogs, both of which are very high on my list as well (I did have an unfortunate incident where I thought I had poisoned my dog Rufus, but thank goodness that was all a misunderstanding).
I look forward to hearing from, and hopefully meeting Tommy at the conference. I might even bring some chocolate (but I think Rufus is better off at home).
hi lily can’t wait to meet you and hear all about your plans to become a chefentist. how do you pronounce that again?
Marvelous marvelous. Tossing my clogs & maple syrup into the ring for the chance to meet and be read. Too much? What can I say; I’m a Canuck living in the Netherlands, visiting the Big Apple for the FIRST time.
No expectations of winning here; I never win anything. But now, as a result of this competition, at least I have a plan! I may not meet Tommy G, but there are at least three other people to search out.
1. Acquire trench coat and large silky Audrey Hepburn-type scarf
2. Find natty sunglasses (note to self: look under bed, gym bag, old purse..?)
3. Walk through Grand Hyatt from plant to potted plant whispering, “Psst. Hey buddy. Do you know Lily, Kate, or C. Isabel.”
(One will be busy being read by Mr. G, but the other two… Boing! New writing buddies!!! )
4. Make reciprocal offer (aka bribe) See offer below:
Certified Personal trainer offering an hour workout in hotel gym each day. Okay… maybe this isn’t such a sweet deal if you hate lifting weights, but hey… I’ll be there working out anyway.
Issy (aka C. Isabel)
JB! I’ll look for the audrey-hepburnesque person and you look for the sparkly redhead (sparkly for my hair, not my personality) at the conference– I love having an excuse not to talk to the potted plants. There’s a Tim Hortons in Grand Central (I may be clutching a cup from there) if you feel half homesick.
My heart is beating, my hands are perspiring, and when I practice reading my manuscript my tongue is all tied in a knot. It must be conference time! Since I am the most shy person on the planet (that is why I love writing alone in my house), I would love an excuse to pretend I know anyone so I am not standing alone in the corner freaking out that I haven’t met my goal to give out ONE business card! Hey do you want a business card? I will be hiding behind KP. See you there, but can I also have your autograph!?
hi jennifer, i tried to email you but it bounced back. happy to meet you for a critique and a business card! tommy g
I am making plans to be there! I would really appreciate meeting in person and sharing my project with you for some feedback.
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