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01 August 2011 @ 09:21 pm
Auction for Breast Cancer Research: Full MS Critique AND Agent Crit of Query/1st 20 Pages  
Hi, everybody!

Some of you may remember that I did this last year and raised more than $300. I'm back again, now a nationally published author, and hoping to bring in even more! (Credit where credit is due: this idea has blatantly been stolen from my good friend, author and agent Mandy Hubbard.)

It's all about raising money to fight breast cancer, and bidding is now OPEN! Just follow this link!

You see, this disease has touched my life in couple of important ways.

My favorite aunt died of breast cancer when she was just a little younger than I am right now. I used to love it when she and her husband would visit my house because they would sit up with my parents and talk and laugh late into the evening. I only ever heard my mother laugh like that with her sister. The idea that someone so loved and vibrant could be taken away so soon has always terrified me, especially now that I'm a mother. JoAnne Graham Hymans left behind two young sons, and because I have a maternal family history I worry every time I go in for a mammogram. I can't imagine my children growing up without their mom.

Recently my sister in law, Jennifer Wealer, also fought breast cancer. Through all of it, she has maintained a great attitude.  She has three beautiful children, and she's never once hesitated to fight for her own health, for better health care, and for others who are fighting breast cancer, too.

For the past couple of years, Jenny has participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure 60-mile walk. This year, her goal is to raise $2,300. You can see her fundraising page right here.

In the past, I've given $50 or so and felt guilty that I wasn't doing more. Then I saw Mandy's auction a couple of years ago for one of her friends and realized I can use my skills and passion to make a bigger impact than I probably ever could alone. So here's what I'm going to do.

On August 15, I will open up bidding for a full, in-depth manuscript critique. Bidding will take place in the comments section of that blog post. 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.

But wait... it gets better.

My agent, Holly Root, has agreed to get involved, too. She's offered to do a critique of your query and the first 20 pages of your manuscript after you and I have worked on it. Holly is a rock star, and people pay hundreds of dollars to attend conventions for this kind of agent attention. You definitely don't want to miss out on that.

I will take bids until September 15. Once Jenny's notified me that the highest bidder's contribution has come through at her fundraising page, then I'll accept your manuscript. I will do my best to return my feedback within 2 weeks--I'd just ask that you give me a couple of days' leeway to allow for any holidays or work/family issues that might arise. At that point we can also work out with Holly the timing for her piece.

So there you have it! I'm excited, and I hope you are, too. Spread the word to all your friends who are working toward getting published, and check back here for updates. Bidding starts August 15!

(Oh, and if you want to just toss a few bucks at Jenny without making a bid, feel free to do that, too!  Every little bit helps!)
brimeetsbooks on September 2nd, 2011 01:37 am (UTC)
This is so cool of you, Sara! I've had two aunts and a grandmother lost to breast cancer, and I love the idea you've come up with. My cousin does the runs and walks for breast cancer research all the time and I love people who are passionate about it.

I wish I could bid, but not this time! My MS wouldn't be ready anyhow, but what an amazing auction. Tweeting this.