Monday, September 19, 2011

Free Edit by Professional Editor

Do you want to have your first 500 words of your novel-length manuscript edited by a professional editor? For FREE? Here’s your chance. All you have to do is sign up for the Muse Online Writers Conference and register for my class, How to Hook an Editor in 500 Words or Less. The conference is free and so are all the classes. Don’t miss out.

Dates to Remember:

September 25 – last day to register for the Muse Online Writers Conference
October 2 – last day to send me your sample before classes begin

Class Details:

"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 October 2 to send me your sample, so get to work!

About the Instructor: Lynnette Labelle is a freelance copyeditor and proofreader with over ten years 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 (all subgenres except historical), mystery, thriller, suspense, 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


  1. This comment is off-topic but I wanted to let you know I have an award waiting for you on my blog. Hop over and pick it up if you have a chance.

  2. Thanks, LD.

    Lynnette Labelle