The Muse Online Writers Conference Doesn’t Cost a Penny

The FREE Muse Online Writers Conference is back (October 8-14). Registration is only open until September 25, so don’t delay.

This super conference offers workshops and pitch sessions with agents and publishers. Here are the details about the workshop I’m teaching:

How to Hook an Editor in 500 Words or Less

“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 look 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 doc or docx and include the genre and title. Ten submissions will be chosen at random and used as examples during the workshop. This class is offered October 8-12 (Monday-Friday).

The deadline for the 500 word sample is October 7, 2012 at noon CST, but you don’t have to wait until then. If your sample is ready, send it now.


Win one of my editorial services. The winner can choose between:

-a query letter critique with two revisions

Unraveling the Mystery of GMCs—a one-on-one class on goals, motivations, and conflicts, where I’ll help you with your characters’ GMCs.

For more information on my classes and query letter or synopsis critiques, go to my website:

Learn how to enter the contest here:

Hope to see you there.

I’m unplugging for the rest of the month. See you again in October.

Lynnette Labelle

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