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Critique Partner Meet Up!

Because my forum has some tech issues (that I am not savvy enough to fix), and because people still use it to connect with CPs… Well, I thought I’d start a post here instead, where you all can connect in the comments!

Just share the following info in your comment, read over what others have shared, and CONNECT!

Name:

Genre you like to write/read in:

Project and a short summary:

What you are looking for in a CP/beta reader:

And if you want more information on critique partners and beta readers, here are some posts I’ve written in the past.

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Flash Auction #5: The White Helmets in Syria

syrian_civil_defense_logoHey, guys. I’m sure you’ve seen that Aleppo is in trouble. Civilians are dying, and they need our help.

So I’m doing a FLASH AUCTION and winners will be picked in 24 hours at 11:59:59 AM EST tomorrow (Dec. 14).

Whatever you donate, I’ll match for the White Helmets.

What You Can Win

  1. A signed paperback of Truthwitch.
  2. A 10-page critique!
  3. A query letter critique!
  4. A 30 minute Skype chat to discuss the critique, publishing, whatever!

Who You’d Be Helping

The White Helmets, also known as the Syria Civil Defense, is a volunteer civil defense non-governmental organization that operates in rebel-controlled Syria. Their mission is “to save the greatest number of lives in the shortest possible time and to minimize further injury to people and damage to property.” The bulk of their activity in Syria consists of urban search and rescue, medical evacuation, evacuation of civilians, and essential service delivery. Since the intervention of Russia in Syria, much of the work of the White Helments has been responding to attacks by Russian Air Force attack aircraft, and right now, things are really bad. The White Helmets need our help so they can keep evacuating, rescuing, and aiding civilians trapped in Aleppo.

How to Participate

  1. Leave a comment below with your bid amount.
  2. You can leave as many bids as you want!
  3. The final bid must come in on or before 11:59:59 AM EST on December 14, 2016. I’ll keep track of time-stamps just to be safe.
  4. The highest bid will win, and I’ll contact the winner!
  5. Note: this is international! No boundaries here for prizes or good deeds!

Thanks, everyone — for reading. For spreading the word. For reading my blog post. And here’s to helping Aleppo!

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Charity Auction #4: Islamic Relief USA

islamic-relief-usa-1Thanks to the trials of Windwitch, it’s been a while since I had the time to offer up my critiquing time in the name of charity. But here we are again!

This month, I want to raise money for the children displaced by ISIS. Why? Because despite my own country falling to pieces, there is still a massive war going on in the Middle East.

I was recently listening to the BBC World Service, and they were discussing Syria’s “Lost Generation” — an estimated four million Syrian children, who have no means of getting to school because of terrorism.

And it’s not just Syrians, of course, who are affected. Which is why we have to help in any way we can — and it’s why I have chosen Islamic Relief USA for this month’s charity auction.

What You Can Win

  1. A signed paperback of Truthwitch.
  2. A signed advanced copy of Windwitch.
  3. A 25-page critique!
  4. A 30 minute Skype chat to discuss the critique, publishing, whatever!

Who You’d Be Helping

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Two Syrian boys smile in the rain after leaving their school in the refugee camp of Erbil, Iraq. ⠀ Photo by Ridwan Adhami

Islamic Relief USA is a 4-star charity that provides relief and development in a dignified manner regardless of gender, race, or religion, and works to empower individuals in their communities and give them a voice in the world. For nearly two decades, Islamic Relief USA has been working to improve the lives of children around the world. Areas of focus include:

  • emergency relief
  • orphan support
  • health and nutrition
  • water
  • sanitation

Learn more about Islamic Relief USA on their website, and remember: you CAN make a difference. Even if you can’t participate in this auction, simply spreading the world can effect change.

How to Participate

  1. Leave a comment below with your bid amount.
  2. You can leave as many bids as you want!
  3. The final bid must come in on or before 11:59:59 AM EST on December 5, 2016. I’ll keep track of time-stamps just to be safe.
  4. The highest bid will win, and I’ll contact the winner!
  5. Note: this is international! No boundaries here for prizes or good deeds!

Thanks, everyone — for reading. For spreading the word. For reading my blog post. And here’s to making the world a better place, one donation at a time!

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Charity Auction: Win a Critique + Truthwitch ARC

Unicef

 

Hey guys, in an attempt to do my part for the world, I wanted to start an initiative to raise money for different causes close to my heart. The idea is that every 2 months, I will pick a different charity or NGO and then auction off some items — critiques, advanced copies, signed stuff, etc.

Whoever bids the most will win! That money will then go to the charity/NGO, and I’ll match the donation from my own pocket.

Seeing as I don’t know how much people will even want critiques or signed stuff from me (and therefore I don’t even know how much I can help the world), I thought I’d sample the waters before throwing myself in completely.

So let’s do this! Charity Auction #1!

 

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What You Can Win

  1. A signed Truthwitch advanced reader copy (American version or UK version!)
  2. A 25-page critique!
  3. A 15 minute Skype chat to discuss the critique, publishing, whatever!

Who You’d Be Helping

UnicefWe have a serious refugee problem around the world, guys. People are risking everything they have — their lives, their well-being, their homes — in order to get themselves and their families to safer nations. From Central Americans fleeing the drug cartels to Syrians fleeing unrelenting violence, there are so many people losing their lives in the search of a better one.

And so, so, SO many children are lost as well. Separated from their parents. Kidnapped. Killed.

As a person fortunate enough to be in a “safer” nation, it’s up to me (and to YOU!) to help our fellow humans — people just like us — find safety, stability, and happiness.

UNICEF USA is a 4-star charity, meaning 90% of their money goes directly to their cause of helping children worldwide.

So let’s do what we can to help the world’s child refugees, be they from Syria, Central America, Somalia, or anywhere else. Remember what you have; remember what they lack; and let’s try to fill that gap.

How to Participate

  1. Leave a comment below with your bid amount.
  2. You can leave as many bids as you want, if you need to raise your offer!
  3. The auction will close at 12PM EST on November 13, 2015. (4 weeks from now!)
  4. The highest bid will win, and I’ll contact the winner!
  5. Note: this is international! No boundaries here for prizes or good deeds!

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Thanks, everyone — for reading. For spreading the word. For simply reading this blog post. If the auction goes well, then I’ll repeat it in December (with new prizes and incentives + a new charity!). And maybe I’ll make a flashier looking blog post/graphic for it then too. 😉

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Crits for Water, 2013

200x200icritforcleanwaterFor the past two years, my friend (and wonderful writer), Kat Brauer, has been organizing and running an AMAZING charity called Crits for Water. Basically, authors, editors, and agents donate critiques, and in turn, writers can bid on them. All the money raised in the auctions then goes to the fabulous organization charity: water, who helps provide clean water to those without.

Also, did I mention that for every $1 you bid, Kat critiques 250 words? You don’t have to only bid on the industry pro critiques! Just handing over a few bucks will get you some brilliant feedback.

And I do mean brilliant–Kat is an incredible writer. She helped me get Something Strange & Deadly in shape for querying, and my series wouldn’t be where it is today if not for her. Seriously, Kat’s critique skills are beyond awesome, guys.

Also also, I should point out that despite ALL the stuff Kat had going on in her life last year, she still spent months of her time catching up on all the critiques. And she did it to help other writers and, above all, to help those in need of clean water.

In 2011, Kat managed to raise almost $7000, which built this well in Ethiopia. I actually started crying when I saw where my money and critiquing had gone. We really CAN make a difference, guys! Isn’t that an amazing feeling?

Then last year, Kat raised over $15000. Can you IMAGINE how many people that she–and all the rest of us who donated time and money–has helped?

Well, it should come as no surprise that Kat is hosting another year of Crits for Water (even though she is SO CRAZY BUSY that I cannot even begin to comprehend how she has the time). 4 critiques have already passed, but there are still a ton left!

Beginning the morning of 9/26 (Thursday) and ending 9/27, you can win a critique for me. A 10 page + query critique will go to the highest bidder. 🙂

Here are some other awesome people you could win from:

  • 24 September – Jodi Meadows, author of the INCARNATE trilogy, is offering a 1500 word critique for FIVE winners.
  • 26 September – Susan Dennard (ME!)  is offering a fabulous 10 page + query critique.
  • 27 September – Kendra Highley, is offering a critique of the first 50 pages.
  • 08 October – Roni Loren is offering a 10 page + query critique.
  • 10 October – Ashlyn Macnamara is offering a query critique.
  • 04 November – Agent Emmanuelle Morgen of Stonesong is offering a 1500 word critique
  • 06 November – Sherry Thomas is offering a 1500 word critique
  • 06 November – Michael Martinez is offering a generous 10k + query critique
  • 14 November – The ever-helpful Janice Hardy is offering a first three chapter critique

So please, if you’re in need of some critiquing or just want to help an amazing cause, stop by Crits for Water 2013.

See you at Friday’s auction! 😉

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Write Dreams Auction!

Don’t forget today’s auction! I’m offering a 50 page + query letter critique, and all proceeds go towards helping Donna’s Dream House, a home for children and teens with terminal illness.

My critique strengths in my own words:

1) I’m tough. There’s no holding back here. If I see something that’s an issue (be it a plot hole, an inconsistent character, poor dialogue tags, etc.), I point it out. ALL of it. But…that said…

2) I say it nicely. Writing and reading are so subjective, I make sure to emphasize that all my comments are my opinion. It’s up to YOU to decide if you want to listen or not. I’ve received many comments from crit partners that I’ve chosen to ignore, and I’m sure they’ve received many from me that they’ve opted to ignore. 🙂

3) I also offer suggestions for how to fix things I think are issues. If I see a flat paragraph, I’ll offer you ideas for how to amp up the emotion. If I see a character behaving “out of character”, I’ll write up suggestions for how I think the character would act. Sometimes, it’s impossible to see our own issues–much less come up with solutions! Oftentimes, an outsider can spot things and find ways to fix problems that you’re simply too close to the story to catch.”

Bidding is open until January 22nd 10.00PM GMT

Bidding is in POUNDS (£)

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Win a 50 page manuscript critique from ME (take 2!)

It’s that time again, everyone! It’s CRITS FOR WATER time! My drawing is up TODAY!

One lucky contestant will win

a 50 page manuscript critique

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Plus, if you are a reader of THIS blog (meaning you’ll see this sneaky message!) I’ll throw in a query critique too!

To get your name entered into the drawing, you’ll need to donate $10 to Crits for Water.  Make sure you leave a comment somewhere specifying that your donation is for a Sooz Critique (or, “Susan Dennard Drawing” might work better).

The drawing will close on June 1st at 9 PM EDT.

ALSO, even if you don’t win the drawing, you still get a 2500 word critique from Kat Brauer. That’s right: every person who enters gets a Kat-critique (excluding the drawing winner, of course).

You can reach the donation page by clicking here. (Read more…)

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Get your queries ready!

Query Day for May 2011 starts MONDAY the 2nd at 5:00 PM EST.

DON’T MISS IT!

Once I get 10 queries, I’m closing submissions!

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Don’t know what it is? Head here.

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Query Critique Day: Playing God

♥ Time for some community feedback! ♥

Taryn Albright was the lucky “winner” from April’s Query Day, and so her shiny, revised query is now ready for some group feedback!

As always, be HELPFUL, be gentle, and leave your comments below.

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Dear Awesome Agent,

When humanity learns its writers can create, or “Animate,” their own worlds, people have the final nail in the coffin of religion. God is now dead, but not everyone is happy about that.

For most of her life, sixteen-year-old Kalyn has had one goal: become the thirteenth Animator, one of the revered people who can Animate their written works. When her brother gets that distinction first, she finds herself breaking away from the conventional aversion to religion and instead befriending a girl who has religious sympathies. (Read more…)

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Get your query letters ready!

Query Day for April 2011 starts MONDAY the 4th at 2:00 PM EST.

DON’T MISS IT!

Once I get 5 queries, I’m closing submissions!

♥♥

Don’t know what it is? Head here.

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