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To kick off my transition to Livejournal, I am going to do something that I have never done before. Like, never ever ever. I'm going to offer a critique of 30 pages of your writing, by me and only me, to the highest bidder.

If you've been following me on twitter and facebook lately, you might know about the books I've been auctioning off to help a family member and friend who is battling stage 4 breast cancer. Her name is Jessica, and about five years ago we all thought she had conquered her breast cancer. Not too long ago, she learned that not only was it back, it had spread to her lungs and abdomen as well. My family and I have been doing all we can to help raise money for her treatment, as well as allow Jessica an opportunity to perhaps plan a fun activity here and there with her ten-year-old daughter. 100% of your bid will go to Jessica's cause.

So here's what you're bidding on:

Once you've emailed me the first 30 pages of your manuscript, I will read it and reply with at least 1,000 words of feedback. 

Your 30 pages must be double-spaced in Times New Roman 12 point, or an equivalent thereof. This would put it at about 7,500 words. With the exception of a paragraph or two, I will not read beyond the 30th page.

If you have a query letter, I am happy to also take a look at that for no added charge.

I will reply within 30 days of receiving your writing. 

If you have specific areas of concern, you're welcome to let me know when you send me your manuscript.

And here's how it works:

Post your bid in US dollars, as well as your email address ONLY. Bids that include any sort of commentary at all will be disqualified.

Your bid must be at least $1.00 higher than the previous bid, but you may bid as high as you would like.

You may only place one bid at a time, and are welcome to place another bid only after you've been outbid.

The winning bidder has 24 hours to PayPal me. If I haven't heard from you within 24 hours, I'll assume you are no longer interested and the offer will be extended to the next-highest bidder.

To be sure your bid is counted, post it as a new comment, not as a reply to an existing comment.

This is open internationally, however your submission must be in English.

Bidding is open now and will be open until Monday, September 17th at 12:01 AM. Bidding will not be officially closed until I've posted a comment announcing as much. Any bids after my comment will not be counted.

My credentials:

I've been an author represented by Barbara Poelle at Irene Goodman Literary Agency since 2008. My debut novel, Wither, became available nationwide in March of 2011 and is currently published in over 20 countries. Its follow-up, Fever, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list in February of this year. Both are available wherever books are sold and electronically wherever eBooks are sold. You can find me on twitter here, and on facebook here!

And remember...

I was once an aspiring author, too. I will be as helpful and informative as I know how to be, and I do solemly swear to be 100% honest.


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Sep. 7th, 2012 04:37 am (UTC)
Bidding begins at $10.00...
Stephanie Merrell Baassler
Sep. 7th, 2012 04:46 am (UTC)
I bid
I'll start out with $10.
Samantha Waltz
Sep. 7th, 2012 04:52 am (UTC)
I'll bid $20.00. scwaltz@falcon.bgsu.edu
Sep. 7th, 2012 04:54 am (UTC)


Edited at 2012-09-07 04:55 am (UTC)
Samantha Waltz
Sep. 7th, 2012 05:58 am (UTC)
$26.00. scwaltz@falcon.bgsu.edu
Sep. 7th, 2012 06:45 am (UTC)
Sep. 7th, 2012 01:50 pm (UTC)

Sep. 7th, 2012 02:31 pm (UTC)
Emily Bedwell
Sep. 7th, 2012 07:03 pm (UTC)
Erica Grammar-Nazi Martin
Sep. 7th, 2012 10:24 pm (UTC)

Sep. 7th, 2012 11:20 pm (UTC)
I will bid $35.00.
Nicole Hackett
Sep. 8th, 2012 12:23 am (UTC)
Sep. 10th, 2012 01:44 am (UTC)
Bid on a Writing Critique
40.00 10cricket27@gmail.com
Sep. 10th, 2012 01:45 am (UTC)
Bid on a Writing Critique
$101 10cricket27@gmail.com
Sep. 10th, 2012 02:02 am (UTC)
Sep. 11th, 2012 03:54 pm (UTC)
Sep. 13th, 2012 08:11 pm (UTC)
My bid
:] $127
Sep. 14th, 2012 02:22 am (UTC)

Sep. 14th, 2012 02:33 am (UTC)
Nicole Hackett
Sep. 14th, 2012 03:09 am (UTC)

Sep. 14th, 2012 09:02 pm (UTC)
Sep. 14th, 2012 09:17 pm (UTC)

Sep. 14th, 2012 09:46 pm (UTC)
$ 142
Sep. 14th, 2012 09:54 pm (UTC)

tam dot chronin at gmail dot com
Sep. 14th, 2012 10:05 pm (UTC)

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