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Friday, November 9, 2012

A List of the Participating Authors for Write Now Relief

How do I donate to Samaritans Purse? You can head to the Samaritan’s Purse webpage on Hurricane Sandy
and click on the GIVE link imbedded on the page. Whether you are the highest bidder or not, do consider donating to this effort.
AND NOW THE PARTICIPATING AUTHORS! Choose the author who suits you best, head to their hosting blog and find the post on WRITE NOW RELIEF. Place your bid in the comments section of that blog, starting Friday, Nov 8. Check back often!

Christian Miralee Ferrell (me, so comment on this post) Christian Historical romance, women’s contemporary fiction, Christian romantic suspense (if you go to this link, just click on the 'blog' tab')
Susan Meissner  Women’s fiction, historical, contemporary 
Ginny Yttrup  Women’s Fiction, Contemporary
Hannah Alexander  Contemporary romantic suspense, Christian romance, both contemporary and historical
Rachel Hauck  All genres
Jill Williamson  Middle grade, and YA or adult for spec fiction (fantasy, science fiction, etc.
Gayle Roper  Romantic suspense, suspense, mystery and romance. Hosted by Nancy Mehl
Donita K. Paul  YA, Fantasy, romance
Ruth Axtell  Historical Romance
Kathy Fuller  Amish, contemporary, historical, screenplays
Missy Tippens  Contemporary category romance, anyone targeting Love Inspired.
Happy bidding, everyone!

Bid NOW on a Critique to Help Sandy Victims!

Want to get an awesome critique for your own writing, no matter what level you're at--or maybe you've been wanting to help the victims of the storm on the east coast but haven't known how to do it? A number of multi-published Christian authors are donating their critique expertise to help you accomplish both.

You can see the details here:   Along with the list of authors taking part and their blog addresses.

I'm taking part, so I'll give you a brief history to give you a better feel for what you'd be getting if you bid on a critique from me. 

I'm multi-published with several magazine articles, contributions in four different books, as well as six full-length trade novels in the Christian industry in print, and three more under contract releasing over the next 18 months. I'm published in both women's contemporary fiction as well as historical romance, with two of those having a strong suspense thread, and I'm comfortable doing a thorough critique on any of those. If you're interested in bidding but have something you're working on in another genre, post a comment and ask, and I'll let you know if I feel I'm a good choice for your work. I've been a member of critique groups for several years now and do an in-depth critique. I'll be looking at your story arc, the depth of your characters, overused words or phrases, believability, your spiritual thread (if you have one), and much more.

The proceeds will go to Samaritans Purse. You can check them out here:

You can leave a comment here on my blog to enter a bid for a 50 page critique of your work from me. 

You can also bid and give the critique as a gift to a writer friend if you win.

Thank you, and happy bidding!!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Win a 50 Page Critique From an Author and Help Sandy Victims!!

Write Now Relief

How you can help the victims of Sandy and also get a little first aid for your novel!

WHAT: Bid on a 50-page critique of your novel by a published novelist! Highest bidder will send their amount to Samaritans Purse for their relief efforts for the victims of Superstorm Sandy.

WHEN: Begins Friday, November 9, ends Friday midnight EST November 16.

HOW: Head to the blog of the author you’d like to have critique your 50 pages. Find their Write Now Relief blog post and place your bid in the comments section of that post. Monitor it closely so that you can re-bid! Check back on this Facebook page for updates on all the bids. If you are the high bidder at the end of the week, make your donation and email a copy of your receipt to the author with your 50 pages. It’s that easy.

How much is a 50-page critique worth?
Most authors and editors can easily charge $35 an hour and a fifty-page critique is well over three hours of labor. But this labor of love is for victims who have lost everything. Their need is huge. One blogger who hosted a similar campaign last week had a top donation bid of $1,000 for a 50-page critique!

What will the critique entail?
The author you choose will read your fifty pages with an eye to giving you insights and feedback on all aspects of your story excerpt, including plot, character, story arc, mechanics, pacing, and reader appeal.

What is Samaritan’s Purse?
Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan's Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God's love through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Here is a video from Samaritans Purse on their efforts to help Sandy’s victims.

How do I donate to Samaritans Purse?
You can head to the Samaritan’s Purse webpage on Hurricane Sandy
and click on the GIVE link imbedded on the page. Whether you are the highest bidder or not, do consider donating to this effort.

How do I start?
Check Susan Meissner’s blog on Thursday, Nov 8 for the full list of participating authors and their blog addresses. Pick an author, head to their blog on Friday, November 9, and make your opening bid.

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