Public Critique & My Response: My Manuscript Opener

Mia Marlowe, Author

Mia Marlowe, Author

Touch of a Thief, due out Apr 26

I submitted the first 500 manuscript words for THE HIGHLAND PIONEER to Mia Marlowe’s blog Red Pencil Thursday.

She provides an instructive encouraging critique and comments from her viewers.  The result?  I dug deeper and improved the opening chapter.  The process of writing, critiquing , and revision of a good story followed by final editing so necessary to produce a quality  finished manuscript.  Finding areas in a manuscript that need improvement requires many pairs of eyes. My blog readers who write already know the drill.  Click  here to take a peek.

As a reward for taking part in beta testing for her new website, she gave me an advance copy of her novel TOUCH OF A THIEF,  due out April 26.   If you prefer a cozy novel without steam, this book might not be for you. I enjoyed her writing style and have matured with age, (I am smiling here) so didn’t get burned by the steam.  A good historical romance story.

Wishing you all that surge of creative energy that comes with spring. I can see blue sky here in the Pacific Northwest.  For those being teased by mother nature, I hope spring is just around the corner.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. elderfox
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 08:54:44

    Mia, Hi!
    I live in Bellingham (may be moving if Dd gets a job elsewhere…) and I saw you were from the PNW…nearby? Also a Hey you! to mspicher, know I’ve not been much in touch, but hoping that will change as I work over the “hump” I’ve been climbing for far too long.
    Y’all keep on keeping on!!!!



    • mspicher
      Apr 01, 2011 @ 12:26:40

      Thanks for stopping by. I don’t think Mia will get the message from my blog, but perhaps she also will stop by. Humps? What are those? I (ahem) don’t have those in my life, grin. But thanks to Mia, the critique cranked up the writing juices again.



  2. Laurie Ryan
    Mar 31, 2011 @ 16:03:26

    Blue sky? Where? That was a very brave thing you did, sending your pages in. I’ve read Mia’s blog before. She does a very good critique. And now, after revisions, you have a solid opening. Yay! Keep the momentum going. Speaking of which, I’m supposed to be writing right now…
    Bye for now!



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