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16 August 2011 @ 09:55 am
Bidding is now OPEN!  


THANK YOU SO MUCH TO ALL WHO BID IN THIS AUCTION! BIDDING IS NOW CLOSED - I APPRECIATE SO MUCH EVERYONE WHO HELPED SPREAD THE WORD AS WELL AS THOSE WHO LEFT KIND THOUGHTS ALONG WITH THEIR BIDS. I'M COORDINATING NOW WITH THE HIGHEST BIDDER AND CAN'T WAIT TO READ THEIR WORK!!

WHAT: An in-depth critique of your full manuscript from me, and a critique of your query letter and first 20 pages by my agent, Holly Root at Waxman Literary Agency. Your book doesn't have to be Young Adult, although that is my area of expertise, and we can negotiate the kind of feedback you'd like. If you want a big-picture commentary on your plot, characters, etc., that's cool. If you're looking for a line-edit, we can do that, too.  If you're only halfway through your book but want some feedback and a bit of brainstorming on where it's going, then I'm game. Basically, I will treat your manuscript like I would the work of one of my critique partners. I will tell you what I think your book needs to get to a publishable level and do my best to give you resources that can help you polish it.

WHY: To benefit my sister-in-law Jenny's fundraising efforts for breast cancer research. Her story is here.  And you can find out about how breast cancer has affected me personally here.

WHEN: Bid any time between now and midnight, EST, Sept. 15.

HOW: Place your bid in the comments of this blog post. Your comment must be from a registered LJ account or be signed with your name & a way to get in touch with you if you win. If I can't reach you, your bid will be deleted!

Other Rules: 
You must submit full payment for your bid by Midnight on Sept. 30, directly to Jenny's fundraising page. She'll forward me the payment confirmation, and I'll connect with you and we can work out a good time to do the critique.

I promise to do my best to return my comments to you within 2 weeks of receiving your manuscript. I just ask for a day or two of leeway to account for any work or family issues or holidays, etc. that may come up; with two small kids, you never know! At that point, we can also coordinate with Holly about having her take a look at the material. (Please note: no promise is made or implied regarding Holly's requesting extra pages after reading the first 20. She'll give her professional opinion of your query and initial pages, to help guide you as to what might hook an agent. Anything else would be icing on the cake.)

By bidding, you signify that you understand I'll be giving my opinion of your work based upon my experience and skills. Mine is only one opinion. You are free to disagree with all or parts of my assessment, but please do so graciously.

About me: I am a full-time writer whose debut novel, RIVAL, is published by HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins. You can find out more about me at my website, www.sarabennettwealer.com.

So that's it! The opening bid is $20. Please increase the bid increments by a minimum of $5, and make sure to sign your bid with a way I can contact you or use a registered LJ account.  

Not interested in a critique? You can still donate to Jenny's fundraising page!
 
 
 
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Bonny Andersonanderson_bonny on August 15th, 2011 03:39 pm (UTC)
Bidding
Cancer has so affected my family, and I think what you are doing is fantastic! If there are no other bids yet, I will bid $40. Good luck with this!

Bonny Anderson
bonny.anderson@gmail.com
saraherobinson on August 15th, 2011 03:43 pm (UTC)
Bid
$100.00
Chicleechicleeblair on August 15th, 2011 08:42 pm (UTC)
110
(Anonymous) on August 15th, 2011 11:09 pm (UTC)
What a great cause! And what a generous donation! I will happily bid $150...thanks!
sbennettwealersbennettwealer on August 16th, 2011 12:12 am (UTC)
Hey there! Thanks for the bid - how can I reach you if need be? If you bid again, please include an email address, Twitter handle, or whatever works best. Thanks!!
(Anonymous) on August 16th, 2011 01:11 am (UTC)
I'm clearly incapable of figuring out this live-journal thing. :) Should I win, I will send you my email address, since I can't figure out a way to change the "From:" to anything more than "Anonymous". Sorry! And, thanks again! Gretchen
sbennettwealersbennettwealer on August 16th, 2011 01:16 am (UTC)
Cool! No worries!
(Anonymous) on August 21st, 2011 10:02 pm (UTC)
Is there a time limit to submit your work if you win the bid but the manuscript is not ready?
sbennettwealersbennettwealer on August 21st, 2011 10:34 pm (UTC)
No time limit. I can wait until the ms is ready - we'll just negotiate that if you're the highest bidder!
Chicleechicleeblair on August 30th, 2011 06:36 pm (UTC)
160 :D
saraherobinson on September 3rd, 2011 11:23 pm (UTC)
Bid
$200.00
Chicleechicleeblair on September 14th, 2011 10:28 pm (UTC)
210
nmaysun on September 16th, 2011 01:57 am (UTC)
$225
sbennettwealersbennettwealer on September 16th, 2011 02:19 pm (UTC)
Hi there! I'll send you an email today/this weekend - as soon as I get out from underneath a work deadline. Can you either post your email addy here or email it to me at sara (at) sarabennettwealer dot com? Thank you so much!
saraherobinson on September 16th, 2011 03:58 am (UTC)
bid
$300
sbennettwealersbennettwealer on September 16th, 2011 02:16 pm (UTC)
Re: bid
Hey there - I will send you an email today/this weekend, as soon as I get out from under a work deadline! :-)
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