Sunday, November 17, 2013
No, No, A Thousand Times No -- with this exception.
Almost daily, I'm asked to read an unpublished story and tell the author what I think of it.
My publishers have strongly discouraged me from doing that. Why? They say that many published authors are accused of stealing ideas.
It's easy to say "No" to people I don't know, but when one of my friends or readers ask me to critique their book or story, it's a lot harder. Still, I refuse because I (selfishly) need time to write my own books, hang out with my family, and walk the dogs.
I make an exception every 18 months for the SCBWI Mentorship Project.
Now, I'm making one more exception. I've donated a line edit (correcting grammar, sentence structure, etc) and critique for up to 30 pages of a manuscript to an online auction to raise money for the Red Cross’s Typhoon Haiyan Appeal
Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines on November 8, causing catastrophic damage. It is the strongest storm ever
to make landfall, hitting an area where thousands of people and animals -- wild and domestic -- are already
homeless after an earthquake in mid-October.
Philippine Red Cross volunteers have been on the ground since before
the storm hit, helping with evacuation plans and warning communities.
Now, they are getting aid to the people who are most in need, and they need our help
Click here to see my donation AUTHORS FOR THE PHILIPPINES
but hundreds more authors have donated 451 items from adult and kids' books, online writing classes and author visits to editing by a Pulitzer Prize winner and the chance to have a book dedicated to you or "appear" in a graphic novel!
Hint: I had to scroll down lower than normal to see stuff, so if the page doesn't seem to be changing, try that!
The auction is now LIVE !
You may bid on the items until Wednesday, November 20.
p.s. With 451 items up for auction, the bidding isn't always pricey. You may want to do holiday shopping and good deeds at the same time!
Labels: Authors for the Philippines, critique
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