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In-Depth 30-Page Critique Once A Year

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STATUS: I got one major contract off my desk and on to somebody else’s at the publishing house. Always a great feeling.

What’s playing on the XM or iPod right now? SOMETIMES YOU CAN’T MAKE IT ON YOUR OWN by U2

Yesterday I was explaining that agents don’t often have time to give detailed feedback because that would entail a critique of the manuscript and doing so is time-consuming.

Well, I should have clarified. Once a year, I always take the time to do exactly that for one lucky auction winner.

I read the 30 pages twice. First read to familiarize myself with the submission and the second read to actually write in-depth critique feedback in track changes of the Word doc. Just like I do for my clients when I read before submitting their material.

So if you want in on that action, it’s time to head over to Brenda Novak’s yearly auction to raise money for diabetes research. My critique page is here. Since I have a good friend plus a brother–in-law with diabetes, this auction is close to my heart.

Happy bidding!

And don’t forget to check out some other great items like a read/critique from Sara Megibow, lunch with Jamie Ford, and if you are a Nathan Bransford fan, he’s offering a critique with a follow up consultation.

9 Responses

  1. K. E. Carson said:

    This is a fabulous idea! Unfortunately I’m a little low on funds, so I can’t bid. But I’m so glad you guys are doing this. I hope you raise a lot of money.

  2. Kaitlyne said:

    Times like this I wish I had money. Darn student loans, interfering with my ability to spend hundreds of dollars on an awesome critique. 😉

  3. Wendy Tyler Ryan said:

    Would love to take advantage of an opportunity like this. My manuscript is ready to go but I am having difficulty fitting it into a neat and tidy genre package! That is to say, if I were to describe it how I feel I should describe it, it would be A ROMANTIC FANTASY ADVENTURE. So you see my dilemma. If I peg it wrong, I may get passed based on the genre I have chosen. I am reluctant to simply call it a ROMANCE or FANTASY ROMANCE or ROMANTIC FANTASY…well you see what I mean. I would love someone to speak to this issue. Can I call it a ROMANTIC FANTASY ADVENTURE without risking an auto pass?

  4. DeppGirl said:

    This is an awesome opportunity for someone with some bucks. Unfortunately being unemployed for over a year, that won’t be me. Still, I’m bookmarking for next year.
    At least while I’m not working, I have lots of time to write!

    Love Pub Rants!