Earlier this year, I got to know Kathy Ide, a freelance editor, writing mentor, and author. During the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, Kathy and I served on the critique team and co-hosted a lunch and dinner table.
One morning, we joined several other faculty members for a field trip to nearby Santa Cruz, CA, where we ogled a pod of sea lions and sampled chocolate-covered bacon.
As Kathy and I deepened our friendship, I learned that she is not only smart and fun-loving, but she is also kind and generous. Kathy is sponsoring a “Promising Beginnings” contest in which the prize is a FULL SCHOLARSHIP ($897 value) to the 2015 Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, March 27–31, 2015.
About Mount Hermon
Mount Hermon is one of the top writers’ conferences in the U.S. and is geared for non-fiction and fiction writers of all levels. In addition to six high-level continuing courses in the craft of writing, conferees can choose from 35 elective workshops, pitch projects to agents and editors and receive free coaching/critique from professional freelancers.
Mount Hermon also offers several “Head Start” pre-conference tracks for two days before the main conference starts. From March 25-27, I’ll be teaching, “Take Your Blogging & Social Networking to the Next Level.” This mentoring track is limited to eight participants and is by application only. Visit the conference website to register http://writers.mounthermon.org/program/head-start
“Promising Beginnings” Contest Details
The contest is open to both published and unpublished writers, and there is no fee to enter. The deadline is November 30, 2014.
Writers submit the first five pages of an unpublished book manuscript (self-published OK).
Submissions will be judged on the quality of the writing, including:
- intriguing opening “hook”
- appealing tone/style
- good flow/pace/smoothness
- clarity, ease of readability, tight writing
- application of professional writing techniques
- cleanness (without typos, inconsistencies, or errors in punctuation, usage, grammar, and spelling)
Additional guidelines are available on Kathy Ide’s website.
At the 2014 Mount Hermon conference, Kathy gave every faculty member a copy of her latest book, Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors. In the introduction, Kathy writes:
“Before you submit that piece you’ve worked so hard on, it’s important to give it a final polish. To catch all those annoying typos that slipped in while you were creating your masterpiece. To make sure all the formatting is consistent. That the sentences are punctuated correctly, the grammar is accurate, and the words are spelled right and used right.”
This book is a practical reference that’ll help you find – and fix – errors in punctuation, usage, grammar, and spelling. Kathy’s book holds a place of honor on my office desk, right next to The Chicago Manual of Style.