Sunday, January 23, 2011


I’m thrilled to announce the very first competition on this blog!

For a chance to have your YA or MG manuscript (of no more than 60k words) assessed by me (I’ve done manuscript assessment for IP Books and Hachette Livre – formerly Lothian Books), just follow the blog and leave a comment (or email me) saying what book you’ve read in the last month and why you liked it.

If you blog, tweet or facebook about this comp you'll receive an additonal entry (for each one!), so be sure to add links to each relevant field along with your comment so I can verify.

I'll assign a number to all entries and the winner will be decided by a random number generator. Make sure you leave your email address as well as your comment (or email it to me separately) as the winner will be notified by email before the announcement on the blog is made.

Comp closes 10th of February (5.00 pm. Melbourne time).

Any questions? Just ask. Can’t wait to see what you’ve all been reading!


  1. Oh Robyn you would not want to assess my WIP! But I did want to say that one of my favourite books as a child was My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George. I have not returned to it as an adult but it has stayed with me all these years. The other MG novel from last year is Red Wind by Isobelle Carmody. I am reading it at the moment. It is so incredibly gentle and understated and yet completely absorbing. jx

  2. No, Jen I wouldn't want to assess your ms. The competition is really aimed at aspiring and emerging writers rather than highly accomplished and established writers such as yourself. I've never heard of My Side of the Mountain but will see if I can find it. I'll certainly keep an eye out for Red Wind. I read Little Fir/Fur? by Isobelle Carmody and absoltely loved it. Thanks for the suggestions.

    loved it.

  4. I was lucky enough to discover Trudi Canavan in the local library here in the middle of Germany! I am here whilst hubby works, and had never read any of her work before. I have now read her complete 'Black Magician' trilogy series since December.. and just loved her work. I Do have a YA novel which i just completed last week, and would love the chance to have you assess it for me.
    (I know, Iknow.. I am a baby photographer when I am at home ;0)
    x x Kels

  5. What a cool comp! I saw this through a friend on facebook (Kelly whose entry is above mine *Hi Kelly!*). I'm not sure how to 'follow' your blog - is bookmarking this enough? :-)

    I do have an MG that I've been working on for about oh, 3 years now? It needs quite a bit of work but I just can't look at it anymore. My poor old characters and plot are being let down my lack of descriptions. I don't know I'm just not one to get all poetic in describing a tree. A tree is a tree right? No it's not? See I need help!!

    As to what book I've recently read - I just finished reading the Princess Bride, which I'm embarrassed to say I never realised it was a book. Having seen the movie a million times I wasn't sure how I'd respond to the book (normally it's the other way around) but I loved, loved this book! I was actually laughing out loud reading this.

    So I'm not sure if I'm officially 'entered' or not but either way I'm happy to have found your blog - looks like you have some great articles listed on the right for me to devour

  6. Oh Wow!! I love love love that movie!!! i will have to get the book!

  7. Ignore previous comment (but not my entry, please do not ignore that!) I worked out how to follow this blog. Turns out I just click where it says 'follow' ;-)

  8. Kelly - you're in Germany! That's what I love about the Internet, how fast and far news travels. Congratulations on completing your novel, and good luck with the competition.

    Kirsty -'a tree is a tree, right?' Interesting question. Sometimes it's a maple or a willow or it has branches strong enough to swing on, or it's tall enough to give you a view of the surrounding area when you climb it - but sometimes it's just a tree. Description isn't always neccessary. Some writers get into trouble by describing too much. Good luck with the comp!

  9. Thanks Robyn.
    I found you through Megan ;)

  10. I just found you through Natalie Whipple's blog, so I'm a new follower! I just read Across the Universe by Beth Revis. Excellent book!

  11. Hi Jeigh, great to have you on board. Just visited your blog and I too am following you!