Monday, August 29, 2011

The FREE Muse Online Writers Conference Is BAAACK!!!

It’s that time again. Registration is open for the FREE Muse Online Writers Conference. This is only offered once a year, and once registration closes September 25, it won’t re-open again until next year.

What is the Muse Online Writers Conference? It’s a free online conference for writers. There are workshops, chats, and even pitch appointments. To register, go here.

This year, I’m participating as an instructor. I’m teaching a course called How to Hook an Editor in 500 Words or Less. Check it out:

"You never get a second chance to make a first impression." Anyone who’s been rejected by an editor can tell you this is true. To make it past the slush pile, you need to be able to hook your reader from the very first pages.

How to Hook an Editor in 500 Words or Less will teach you to avoid common mistakes authors make in the first pages of their novels. You'll learn how to edit your work to create a compelling hook, and ensure an editor will be clamoring for more.

In this workshop, we'll be looking at real examples of participants' first pages. If you would like to have your hook critiqued by a professional editor, please send the first five hundred words of your manuscript to with “Muse Sample Edit” in the subject line. Save the pages as a Microsoft Word document or as a Rich Text Format (RTF), and include the genre and title. Twenty submissions will be chosen at random and used as examples during the workshop.

You have until September 25 to send me your sample, so get to work!

About the Instructor: Lynnette Labelle is a freelance copyeditor and proofreader with over a decade of experience. She's the owner of Labelle's Writing on the Wall, an editing and coaching service for writers.

Lynnette specializes in developmental copyediting, including line editing, for romance, YA (young adult), middle grade, and children’s fiction. She proofreads non-fiction and all adult fiction genres, and also helps writers create hooky query letters and strong synopses. Her editorial services assist writers, both beginners and published professionals, perfect their craft and polish their manuscripts so they can take their careers to the next level.

For more information on Labelle’s Writing on the Wall’s editorial services, visit

Make sure you register for this conference as soon as possible. The deadline is right around the corner.

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