Win a manuscript appraisal or partial edit (worth $480)

20 Jul

Get on board and show me some love! Image courtesy of

Those of you who drop by regularly will know that I recently released my first ever self-published e-books Growth (a poetry collection) and Cage Life (a book of two short stories). As part of promoting those little babies, so they don’t just vanish into the ether, I’m running a competition here on the blog to promote Cage Life.

Trade-published author I may be, but I’m also a professional editor who has worked in publishing for more than 14 years. I have edited books in a number of genres, both fiction and non-fiction, and I offer a freelance editorial and manuscript appraisal service. Most recently I edited David Gaughran’s short stories and indispensable self-publishing guide Let’s Get Digital, and you can check out what he has to say about me here.

As such, I’ve come up with what I hope will be a win-win situation for me to get my work out there and you to get a professional critique on your manuscript of 100,000 words or fewer. I normally charge $480 for this service, but the winner will get it for FREE! (Alternatively, if the winner doesn’t want an appraisal of the entire manuscript, they will get 11 hours of actual copy-editing on their manuscript, which is about 11,000 words worth).

There will also be other prizes awarded for creativity.

Here’s how it will work:

1. Grab a copy of my work, just .99c from Smashwords or Amazon (or, for the first 20 who request a FREE copy in the comments below, I’ll email with a code for a FREE copy from smashwords). Once you’ve got a copy, please “like” it on Amazon  (if indeed you do like it—let’s be ethical here!).

2. You then set about promoting/publicising it in whichever way you like. Promote it somewhere, anywhere — your blog, your magazine, your twitter profile, facebook, your billboard, in christmas lights on your house. The bigger the better. If you feel the urge to spend a week in a cage in Times Square screaming it to the masses don’t let me stop you. (Disclaimer: I probably won’t bail you out of jail, though).
If you tweet it please include the hashtag #CageLife (or use @Authorandeditor) so I can see that you have. You can use this tweet if you like:

Did you guess the twist in @Authorandeditor Karin Cox’s e-book “Cage Life”? #CageLife

3. If you post it on a blog, review it on Amazon or otherwise promote it, please pop back here and, in the comments, let me know where and how you promoted, providing a link to your “promo” or to a photo of your promo. (No need to do this for tweets, as long as you hashtag it #CageLife)

4. All verified promoters (those who have reviewed, blogged, posted a link in comments or tweeted or otherwise) will then go into a random draw. Every instance counts as an entry, e.g. if you tweet, blog, facebook and review it on Amazon you have 4 entries. Be sure to let me know every time you promote, either in the comments or on twitter using @Authorandeditor and #CageLife.

5. There will also be a few spot prizes (a free giveaway of my other ebook, or a free Amazon blurb edit, or a 1000-word edit) for those I think have done an exceptional job of spreading the word, or for creativity and originality.

The competition will run for 6 weeks. Entries close on 31 August 2011. Remember, EVERY promotional effort counts as an entry, so for instance, if you tweet, post a review on Amazon, post a review on Smashwords and promote on your blog that will be 4 entries of yours that go into my crazy cowboy hat I bought in Phuket.

The winner will be drawn on 1 September and will be contacted by email and announced here on the blog. I’ll then email them to arrange to do the appraisal/partial edit. (Assuming I like the book, I’ll even give them a little plug here on the blog and on my twitter and facebook).

Please feel free to also promote the competition by directing people back here (which will also count as an extra entry if you let me know about it).

Good luck!  And get promoting.

P.S if I don’t respond to FREE requests in comments straight away I’m probably asleep. Don’t worry, the first 20 commenters who want a freebie will get one.


Posted by on July 20, 2011 in Editing, giveaways


49 responses to “Win a manuscript appraisal or partial edit (worth $480)

  1. Laura Yirak

    July 21, 2011 at 1:10 am

    I would love to enter! May I please have a smashwords coupon? Laura Yirak 😉

    • karincox

      July 21, 2011 at 1:27 am

      You may! Congrats on being the first ” official entrant. I’ve emailed it to you, but would love if you’d pop past Amazon and like it too (if you do like it that is). I’ve emailed you a code.

  2. Carol Lucas

    July 21, 2011 at 4:36 am

    I would love to enter as well, please send me a smashwords coupon. Can’t promise a cage in Times Square though.

    • karincox

      July 21, 2011 at 11:24 am

      That’s all right, Carol. We can’t all make crazy gestures of support. I get it.

      I’ll settle for you helping spread the word, particularly if you like the stories.. I’ve sent you a link and the coupon code. Thanks again. Good luck, Carol!

    • karincox

      July 21, 2011 at 11:27 am

      Carol, the email address you used above bounced. Is there a better one? If not, you can use RU46P (which is not THE coupon code) but will work if you use it within the next four days (so unitl the 25 July).

  3. Heather Jacobs

    July 21, 2011 at 8:53 am

    I too would love to enter! This will be my first time using smaswords, so a coupon would be quite nice! Great idea and I can’t wait to read your work! Coupon me please. 🙂 Heather Jacobs (@stateofego)

    • karincox

      July 21, 2011 at 11:22 am

      Done! A coupon is on its way to you right now. Thanks for helping out, Heather, and good luck!

  4. Nancy

    July 21, 2011 at 8:54 am

    I’d like to enter, too. May I have a coupon as well? Thank you! Nancy

    • karincox

      July 21, 2011 at 11:15 am

      You sure can, Nancy. Thanks for entering. I’ve just emailed you the coupon code. Good luck!

      • Nancy

        July 21, 2011 at 11:45 am

        Got it! I’m looking forward to reading this. 🙂

  5. graemereynolds

    July 21, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    I would love to enter. Can I get a Smashwords coupon please?

  6. graemereynolds

    July 21, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    oops – forgot email address. graemereynolds at hotmail dot com

  7. AM

    July 21, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Sounds like a great deal. May I have the coupon code? Thanks!

    • karincox

      July 21, 2011 at 5:54 pm

      I have just emailed it to you, Anne Marie. Can’t wait to see what you all do to help me promote. I’m getting a nice little buzz about it already.

  8. sarah nicolas

    July 21, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    I would a code for a free download! I recently reviewed David’s short stories for Sift Book Reviews ( and could tell they were well-edited so… Kudos!

    • karincox

      July 21, 2011 at 5:57 pm

      Thank you! Dave is a great writer to work with and very inspiring. I’m glad you enjoyed his stories. I have emailed you the code, Sarah. Best of luck.

      • Sarah Nicolas

        July 24, 2011 at 12:39 pm

        Hey, Karin. I’m sorry to bother you, but I didn’t receive the code. Did you send it to sarah.nicolas.ya at gmail?

  9. Nixie Turner

    July 21, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Hi Karin, I have bought from Amazon UK. I have just tweeted and posted on my Facebook Author page. Excellent idea by the way – food for thought for me! I’ll try and leave a review when I have read it too – but will update when that’s the case as I have a couple of others to read first (as ever!).

    • karincox

      July 21, 2011 at 8:35 pm

      Thank you, Nixie. I’ve just added two entries with your name on them to the crazy cowboy hat! I believe you’re my first UK sale. Squee! I’ll definitely be looking out for your review. Good luck in the draw.

    • karincox

      July 21, 2011 at 9:19 pm

      Thanks Dave. You’re a gem. So glad to see Let’s Get Digital going global. Hoorah!

  10. Jen W. Merritt

    July 22, 2011 at 12:12 am

    I’d like to enter too. May I have a coupon please? I’m not running naked, but I’ll think of something.

    • karincox

      July 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm

      Lol, Jen. Don’t worry, running naked is not mandatory, although there will be spot prizes for originality or anything that makes me chuckle. I have emailed you the coupon code. Good luck!

  11. elfwreck

    July 22, 2011 at 1:08 am

    Here from David Gaughran’s link; I’d love a Smashwords code. (Happy to review at Amazon as well; I just don’t get ebooks from them.) I’m at elfwreck at gmail dot com.

    • karincox

      July 22, 2011 at 5:26 pm

      Glad you popped in, Elfwreck. Dave’s blog is a great source of information, isn’t it. I have emailed you the code and would love it if you could review on Amazon as well as SW. you’re a gem. Looking forward to hearing what you think of the book. Please remember that the draw is completely impartial. That is, just be honest and ethical. Say what you mean, I can take it, and it won’t in any way jeopardize your chances if you don’t want to give it a rave review. The system is completely chance (apart from that the more promo you do, the more entries with your name on go in the hat).

  12. Jimi

    July 22, 2011 at 1:51 am

    I review books on my blog and cross-post to Amazon and Smashwords. Are there any free copies left?

    • karincox

      July 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm

      That would be lovely, Jimi. I look forward to seeing what you have to say. Hopefully you like it. I have emailed you the code word for a free copy. Good luck! Don’t forget to pop back when you’ve reviewed to link back to your blog post, or email me at

  13. Gerhi Janse van Vuureni

    July 22, 2011 at 2:34 am

    Why do I feel guilty when I request something even if it is for free (Please sir, can I have some more).

    Anyway, stuff my guilt. I’d love to have a free coupon if you still have one.

    I think your idea is great and as my birthday is in September and I plan to have my novel done for beta readers end of August the timing would suit me perfectly.

    • karincox

      July 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm

      No need to feel guilty, Gerhi. I do have free coupons left, and I’ve emailed the code to you, so go for it! Sounds like it would be just PERFECT for you if you win. Feel free to go crazy with the promos. Remember, every time you give the book a plug, I’ll put another entry in the draw with your name on it, increasing the probability of your name being pulled out of the cowboy hat come 1 September! Good luck.

  14. Katherine Pine

    July 22, 2011 at 11:46 am

    It looks like you may still have smashwords coupons available? I’d love to read the book and enter the contest 🙂

    • karincox

      July 22, 2011 at 5:21 pm

      I do! I have emailed you the code, Katherine. I hope the book resonates with you in some way, and thanks for joining. 🙂

  15. Martin Lake

    July 22, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Hi Karin,
    if you’ve any coupons left I’d love to join in.

    • karincox

      July 22, 2011 at 10:20 pm

      Great. Thanks Martin. I’ve emailed you the coupon code. Looking forward to seeing what you get up to. 🙂

  16. Martin Lake

    July 23, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Thanks very much, Karin, looking forward to reading and reviewing your book.

  17. D.A. Casey

    July 23, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Came here from David Gaughran’s link. You did a great job editing his latest eBook!

    I would like to enter your contest. Please send me a Smashwords coupon code for your eBook. Thanks!

    • karincox

      July 23, 2011 at 4:00 pm

      Hi DA.

      I’ve emailed you the code. I do hope you enjoy my stories. Looking forward to seeing what you do to go into the draw. Best of luck. Cheers Karin

  18. Kip de Moll

    July 25, 2011 at 12:05 am

    David’s link and success has brought me here as well and gotten totally excited about the backlog of manuscripts on my desk. In addition, the whole social marketing thing is a lot of fun for me. so I’m glad to “make your acquaintance” and would appreciate the chance to help you. My email for a coupon is
    …looing forward to it!

  19. C. E. L. Welsh

    July 25, 2011 at 2:15 am

    A GREAT prize, I am really excited! Please put me down for a coupon and an entry!

  20. AliB

    July 25, 2011 at 2:35 am

    Also coming here via David G. Guess I’m to late for the coupon code, but will settle for being second UK ‘plugger’.

  21. RG Porter

    August 6, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Am I too late for the free coupon code? If not, please send to The book looks reallly interesting.

    • karincox

      August 6, 2011 at 10:39 am

      Hi Robyn,

      You’re not too late for the code, but I just tried to email it to you at that address and it has bounced back saying your mailbox is full. Let me know if you did get it. Otherwise email me at from another email address to try. And thanks for taking part.


  22. D.A. Casey

    August 9, 2011 at 7:24 am

    I posted a link to your page in Amazon’s Kindle discussion forum thread titled, “Who are some Indie Authors that you Highly Recommend?” Here is a link to that post:

    I also posted a review on

    I “liked” your book on, ‘cuz I really do.

    I added 12 product tags on your product page, which should help your Amazon ranking in multiple categories, especially if many other Amazon customers also tag your book for those categories. Just scroll down below the last review and the “More About the Author” section to add votes and/or more tags.

    I wrote a review on (It’s the third review from the bottom.)


    • karincox

      August 9, 2011 at 9:45 am

      Alex, what a gem you are! I’ve just popped 16 entries in the draw for you.

      At present, you’ve the most entries from any single person! So good luck. Keep em coming and I’ll pop an entry in for every tweet, fb post or post on KD or elsewhere.

      Everyone else, Alex has stepped it up a notch! 🙂

  23. Jimi

    August 16, 2011 at 12:18 am

    Karin: Thanks for the email! Besides posting my review to my blog (, I also Liked it on Amazon and posted my review there and on Smashwords. It is also linked from the Kindle Boards author forum that I frequent:,31194.msg1272135.html#msg1272135.

    Thank you for expanding my reading horizons! I love it when a book challanges me and then wins me over.

    • karincox

      August 17, 2011 at 11:29 am

      Thanks so much, Jimi. That’s four extra entries. Good luck!

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it even though it challenged you. Don’t worry, I do have some happier stories in the pipeline. 🙂

      I’m very grateful for your kind words and all of your efforts to help me promote. Good luck in the draw. It’s getting closer.

  24. Jamie

    May 22, 2012 at 4:27 am

    Not sure if it’s too late or not, but I’d love to get in on this if you have any more of those free copies.

    • Jamie

      May 22, 2012 at 4:29 am

      Wow just noticed how old this contest is. So sorry. I should probab;y pay better attention to things like that. Congrats on your books though 🙂

      • Karin Cox

        May 22, 2012 at 10:26 am

        No problem, Jamie. If I run another one, I will let you know. Although I am a little oversubscribed for editing jobs at present. 🙂


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