Friday, January 11, 2013

Query/Synposis/MS Critique Bid for Annual Book Donation Charity

So, I’m doing my very first critique bid for charity. For the last few weeks, I’ve been on a mission with my good friend Britney, trying to raise money/book donations for our annual book donation charity. 

This charity raises money to buy brand new books for children at local hospitals. With your help and donations, you can give a child the gift of adventure, inspiration, and happiness through a simple story.

This is the third year I’ve helped with this. I’ve always shied away from these sort of things because I didn’t think anyone would actually care about what I had to say regarding a critique. I’m not published. I don’t have any sort of official title that screams, LOOK AT ME, I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT I’M DOING.


I’ve had some experience. I critiqued my peers short stories in my college creative writing class. I’ve worked one-on-one with my agent on some of my own books and feel like I’ve learned at least a little on how to improve my critiquing skills and editorial eye from her notes and line edits. I’ve critiqued some of my friends work, published and unpublished, and have hoped they’ve found it helpful (At least, they didn’t tell me otherwise)

So I decided I’m going for it. What can I lose? Worst off, no one will bid and Books for Kids raises $0 toward our goal.

So here’s what I’m offering to the highest bidder:
-         1 query critique
-         1 synopsis critique
-         1 full manuscript critique (or WIP if your book isn’t complete)

I’m going to estimate that it will take me two weeks to do this. However, if your MS is over 100,000 words, it may take me a little while longer.

Here’s what you need to do to bid:
-         Leave a comment with the following:
o   Name
o   Amount you’re bidding
o   Email address (that way I can contact you if you’re the highest bidder)

-         Bids start now and ends on 1/17/13 at midnight, pacific coast time.

I think that’s it! Let me know if you have any questions. Hopefully this isn’t a giant flop.


  1. I will kick it off with $10, and fully expect to be outbid by a lot. and I'm Alys B. Cohen, in case that wasn't clear already. :)

  2. Cat York $25 catyorkc at gmail dot com. Great cause! Good luck!

  3. Mia K Rose
    miakrose [at]

  4. Jenny Moyer

    Happy to support this great cause!

  5. $85
    Lori Goldstein
    lorigold at hotmail dot com

    Thanks for doing this!

  6. Jenny Moyer

  7. Jenny Moyer

    Glad to give for this great cause!

  8. YAY! I'm excited to work with you, Farrah! And I'm glad you were able to raise a little more money for Books for Kids.I was moved by your posts, and hope this helps get a few more books into little hands.

    Thanks for doing this. I think this is a wonderful opportunity!

    And so for now *yawns hugely* I'm going back to bed...

    1. Hey Jenny!

      Oh my gosh, I am blown away! Thank you so much for donating to this cause! It really means a lot to me and I know the kids are always excited to have new books, especially the younger ones!

      I'm going to go ahead and email you in a bit so we can proceed with the critiques :)



  9. Congrats, Jenny and Farrah! Great cause!