Friday, November 09, 2012

Write Now Relief for Hurricane 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 http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/articles/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.

What's it really worth?

For me, Rachel, I do this for My Book Therapy clients and a proposal therapy is about 30 pages and it costs around $450. So a 50 page critic is a GREAT deal and worth a good bit of $$. Consider my time as part of the donation. Your crit will be very detailed with a summary letter. Well worth your money!

42 comments:

rcwriter said...

I bid $50. I'm in the middle of the rough draft, but could use some good feedback. :)

Rachel Hauck said...

All righty! WE have $50!

Jeanne T said...

It's wonderful that you all are doing this! I'll bid $75. For now. :)

Rachel Hauck said...

Thanks Jeanne!

Laura McClellan said...

$125.

Rachel Hauck said...

Laura, all right, $125!

Charity Hawkins said...

$150

Rachel Hauck said...

Thanks Charity!! :)

Jeanne T said...

Okay, I'm curious to see where this goes from here. I'm in for $175.

Rachel Hauck said...

All right, Jeanne!

Charity Hawkins said...

I'll do $185.

Jeanne T said...

I'll do $195. ;)

Charity Hawkins said...

$210

Charity Hawkins said...

And Jeanne, since it looks like we'll be up together for 3 more hours . . . I think I met you at the ACFW Pizza Party! You look very familiar! Are you friends with Beth Vogt?

Jeanne T said...

Charity, I think you're right. :) Yes, I'm friends with Beth, and I was at the Pizza Party. :) I thought your name sounded familiar too. :)

My honey is coming home from a bsn trip, so I'm going to be on and off tonight. :)

I bid $220

Rachel Hauck said...

Jeanne and Charity, love this bidding war. Thanks so much!

I'll loop in Susan Meissner. I think you have until midnight! LOL

Rachel

Charity Hawkins said...

This is totally stressful! Auctions require so much strategy and timing! I asked my husband if I have a heart attack before midnight if he'd bid for me, but he was noncomittal. Okay, I'm in for $240.

Charity Hawkins said...

And, am I correct that this ends in 20 minutes? We're going by the time on here, EST, right?

Jeanne T said...

Biting my nails. :)

I'll bid $250.

Charity Hawkins said...

Me too!
$275

Jeanne T said...

I love a friendly "bidding war."
$285

Charity Hawkins said...

$300 :)

Jeanne T said...

Oops. A smile was supposed to go with that. :o)

Jeanne T said...

I'll bid $310

Charity Hawkins said...

ARGH. $350.

Jeanne T said...

$360

Charity Hawkins said...

$370

Jeanne T said...

$380

Charity Hawkins said...

$390

Charity Hawkins said...

Who won Rachel???

Jeanne T said...

It's yours Charity. Congratulations!! :)

Charity Hawkins said...

Wait, are you sure? I think it's up to Rachel b/c I'm not sure exactly how the rules work!

Jeanne T said...

Well, I'm not sure, but I know you outbid me, and I can't go higher. So, as far as I can tell, you won. :)

Charity Hawkins said...

Let's see what she says. Either way, we knew it would be up to the Lord on the exact timing, so it's all good. Good bidding war! Whew, you are tough! Remind me to never play poker w/ you!

Jeanne T said...

Right back at ya, bidding friend!

Charity Hawkins said...

but yours was the last on 11:59, so it might be yours. Let's see what she says.

Charity Hawkins said...

Rachel, are you there? How could you go to bed at a time like this? Okay, I guess I'll have to try to go to sleep and find out later. Goodnight all. :)

Rachel Hauck said...

Charity, Jeanne! OMG.... wow! What a great bidding war! Sorry, I did go to bed. LOL

Look, if you will both contribute the said amounts, $390 and $380, I'll do both of them. :)

Once you send your donation, send me the receipt and along with your ms.

Yay!!! Thank you both!

Rachel

Charity Hawkins said...

Yay! Thank you so much! I'm glad b/c I know Jeanne really wants this too and is working hard at it, so that's awesome. Thank you SO much and I'll email you. :)

Charity Hawkins said...

Rachel, I'm sorry, I'm having trouble finding your email address. Could you email me at Charity@TheHomeschoolExperiment.com or comment back with your email and I'll email you?

Thank you!

Jeanne T said...

Wow, Rachel. Thanks so much! You are very generous.

I'll take care of this later today. I so appreciate you.

Charity, it was nice to meet you in the middle of a "war." :) Have a great day!

Charity Hawkins said...

You too, Jeanne, and best wishes for you and your writing! :)