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!
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!