Charity Auction #3: Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

It’s that time again! Time for a charity auction! I’m a bit late (erm, a whole month!) thanks to touring, but hey! Better late than never.

HESCThis month, I want to raise money for the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Why? Because conservation is one of the most important causes to my heart. It’s probably the greatest passion of my life and what drove me to work in fisheries during my time with marine ecology. It’s why I keep the Seafood Watch List on my phone and nag my friends about choosing responsible fisheries. It’s why I dream of one day uniting career as writer with my love for ecology and the environment.

So in other words: this won’t be the last time you see a conservation charity pop up on my auctions. 😉

Now then, let’s do this! You all know the drill by now: whoever bids the most will win, and I’ll match the donation from my own pocket!

What You Can Win

  1. A signed copy of ANY of my books. (Truthwitch, Something Strange & Deadly, A Darkness Strange & Lovely, or Strange & Ever After)
  2. A 25-page critique!
  3. A 30 minute Skype chat to discuss the critique, publishing, whatever!

Who You’d Be Helping

Matimba, saved at one month old after his mother was brutally killed by poachers.

Matimba, saved at one month old after his mother was brutally killed by poachers.

I first fell in love with the HESC after I discovered their instagram. They share the most incredible, heartwarming (and sometimes heartbreaking) images of the various wild animals they save.

The rhinos are my favorite. Oh, and I love the cheetahs. And okay, and the caracals are kind of amazing. FINE. I love all the endangered critters, and I want to support this incredible center that helps heal and protect them.

The goals of the HESC include:

  • The breeding of endangered, vulnerable or rare animal species
  • The release and establishment of captive-bred cheetahs to the wild
  • The treatment and rehabilitation of orphaned or injured animals which are brought to the Centre
  • The education of learners, students and the general public in conservation and conservation activities
  • Eco-tourism
  • A hands-on Student’s Program to conservation and adventure enthusiasts from around the world.

Learn more about HESC on their website, and remember: nature is our most valuable resource. Once it goes, humanity goes too.

Gertjie, orphaned at 3 months old and the first rhino at HESC.

Gertjie, orphaned at 3 months old and the first rhino at HESC.

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 April 18. 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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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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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


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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