Wanted: Photos of Marked Up Manuscript Pages

This is a special request for my published author friends to help teachers of writing…

I got an email today from a school principal who works with a large number of economically disadvantaged kids and English language learners, and she’s determined to help them become better writers through the revision process.  She wondered if there was a place online where she could take them to see what published authors’ marked up manuscripts look like when they come back from a critique group or an editor or just when the author is revising on paper.  I don’t know of such a resource, but I told her I’d see if I could pull something together.  I’m hoping to create sort of a revision gallery or series of blog posts with this information:

  • Author’s Name
  • Website
  • JPG of a marked up manuscript page
  • Title of published book (or soon-to-be-published book) from which the page is taken
  • And (optional) paragraph from the author about the revision process

If you’d like to be included, please take a photo of your marked up page and attach it to an email  (kmessner at katemessner dot com) with your name, title of the book, website, and if you’d like, a paragraph about your revision process.  If you’d prefer to post something like this on your own blog, that’s great, too. Just send me a link & I’ll do a round-up post with all of those. The kids using this will be all ages, so if you write for older readers, please make sure the page you share is one that’s a good choice for teachers to share in the classroom.

Thanks in advance to anyone who can help out with this.  I think it could be a great resource and help to introduce kids to new authors, too!

Editing to add: I’m hoping to share a blog post and PowerPoint via Slideshare on Tuesday, October 20th to celebrate the National Day on Writing – so I’ll need all photos by this weekend if you’d like to help. Thanks!

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