Author and editor Kris Spisak has helped her clients gain literary agents and hit Amazon best-seller lists. On July 23rd at 12 p.m. (EST), she gave away a 75-page substantive fiction edit, her most thorough editing package, for free.
Contest ran July 11 – 23, 2017
What do you need to do to win?*
Kris has developed a simple 25-question grammar quiz based on Grammartopia, her trademarked program designed for schools, libraries, writing conferences, and business development events. If you answer her grammar and language trivia questions correctly and you do so faster than anyone else, you win your free 75-page substantive edit!
What are the rules of the game?*
- The winner of “Grammartopia Online – Summer 2017” will receive a free 75-page substantive edit of their fiction work, which will begin no sooner than September 5, 2017.
- The second place prize is a signed copy of Kris Spisak’s book, Get a Grip on Your Grammar: 250 Writing and Editing Reminders for the Curious or Confused (Career Press, 2017).
- You must be a new Grammartopia player. If you have ever played Grammartopia online or at one of Kris’s live events, you are ineligible for either prize.
- Points are earned by correct answers, and the faster you answer, the higher your score will be.
- You must register your Grammartopia player username and email address to be eligible.
- You can play on any smartphone or tablet device, but no app downloads are required.
- Each player may only play one time. In the case of an individual playing more than one time, only the lowest score will be accepted.
- In the case of a tie, an additional round of Grammartopia will determine the winner.
What is a substantive edit?
This heavy editing process involves an examination of clarity, logic, structure, and pacing, as well as plot, character, and setting development. More than a basic proofread, a substantive edit focuses on word usage, tone, style, voice, and total writing strength. Commentary will be given on a page by page basis, and overall project commentary will also be included.
Substantive edits are one of three editing levels that Kris tackles with her fiction clients.
What do Kris’s clients say about her work?
“The detailed critique I received from Kris Spisak was well-written and easy to decipher. She found holes in the story I didn’t realize were there. Her valuable input took the novel from okay to can’t-put-down, and I can’t wait to work with her on the next one!”
–Bess George, Author
“[The manuscript edit] I got back from Kris was gloriously beyond simple punctuation and grammar remarks. It was nothing short of a mini masters class in creative writing.”
–Karen A. Chase, Author
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