Novel Boot Camp – Wrap Up & Contest Winners


What an amazing month! Novel Boot Camp was a huge success and a ton of fun. Thanks so much to everyone who participated!

Before I get into the contest winners, I want to first talk about the future of the Novel Boot Camp posts. A lot of writers have asked me whether the posts will be taken down. At this time, I have no intention of taking down the posts.

I will, however, be renaming the posts and making some minor adjustments to make them more searchable within the site for writers who did not participate. So you may notice title changes or other minor differences. But all the posts will be up and available to read. The complete listing will be located on the Novel Boot Camp page.

Future Workshops

I would like to hold some writing workshops throughout the year and hope to see some of you returning for those future workshops. When dates and details are decided upon, you will be able to find participation info under the new Workshops page in the navigation bar.

Of course, I will also mention upcoming workshops in my blog posts.

Future Blog Posts

Throughout Novel Boot Camp you have all really inspired me to come up with some new and exciting blog posts and series. I’m really looking forward to bringing advice in new ways and addressing issues that are of particular concern to Novel Boot Camp participants.

The questions asked in my “Ask the Editor” post are at the top of my list of blog posts I hope to put out over the next few months. And you have more than persuaded me to do some posts on successful published first pages.

So please follow the blog or keep stopping by the site!

The Winners

And now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for! The workshop winners!

To redeem your prize, please email me ( with your material whenever you’re ready. I will get to it as fast as I can, but it may take a few weeks.

Genre Guessing Game

Both winners will receive a free edit and critique of their first 1,000 words!

Novel opening with the most correct guesses: Joshua Graye

Guesser with the most correct guesses: Justyna

First Page Critique

Winner will receive a free edit and critique of their first 1,000 words!

Randomly chosen (but no less special of course): Julie Griffith

Query Letter Critique

Winner will receive a free query letter edit and critique!

Randomly chosen (but no less special of course): Maree Jones

Thanks for a Great Novel Boot Camp!

To sum up Novel Boot Camp, I just want to extend my sincere gratitude to everyone who participated, donated, and spread the word. It was a wonderful experience for everyone and I am so happy for that!

You are all amazing and I can’t wait to see your finished novels!

Give Back to Novel Boot Camp

Several participants have asked what they can do to give back to me, and I really appreciate the offer!

Please share my posts to other writers or write about me and Novel Boot Camp on your blog to help spread the word for next year. If you would like to interview me on your blog, please get in touch!

If you’re in a place where you can comfortably contribute, donations are gratefully accepted.

I am also interested in testimonials to display on the site. If you would like to leave one in the comments or email one to me that would be awesome! Just please clearly mark it as a testimonial so I know that you are okay with it being used publicly.

And of course come back next year for Novel Boot Camp 2015!

Share Your Updates

As you continue to work on your novel, please update me about any new developments in your career! I would love to find out about your success!


4 thoughts on “Novel Boot Camp – Wrap Up & Contest Winners

  1. Julie Griffith says:

    Yay! (Doing cartwheels in spirit because I suck at cartwheels and don’t want to hurt myself) Very excited (and maybe a little scared?) to get a much needed professional opinion. Congrats to all the winners. Can’t wait for the new blog posts based on our questions and also the future workshops. I think we all can say we’ve learned so much from this and are very appreciative. An extra bonus was making contacts with other aspiring authors that I hope will continue even though this bootcamp is over.

  2. English Tim says:

    Hi Ellen, Thank you very much for Boot Camp, for all of your posts and lectures, for your hard work, generosity and encouragement. I’ve saved every post and will be referring to them constantly. It has also been great to see how other writers think. Looking forward to all you’re planning here!

  3. Anonymous says:

    It was a fantastic experience, although it fell right in the middle of my family holiday but I managed to keep up. I would be happy to pay a small amount next time to participate, £10 ($18) which would cover your time and administration fees without it being tough on my pocket.
    Perhaps you could throw this open to the group

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