Lately, many of us have been agonizing as we've watched friends, family and fellow Americans suffering from illness, loss of jobs, loss of homes and more. My traditional publisher, the Christian branch of Harlequin, is in New York City, where they've been out of electricity in the home office after Super Storm Sandy hit them. I'm worried about my friends who work there. Thousands in the city are being helped by Samaritan's Purse. Now run by Franklin Graham, Samaritan's Purse has been helping people after storms since the 70s. After our town was wiped out in 2004, Samaritan's Purse was one of the first aid groups to arrive with food, physical aid, counseling. So here's how I'm going to help.
You might have seen an announcement on Facebook about an auction being conducted called Write Now Relief. Spread the word that for those who are looking for someone to critique fifty pages of their work, they can make a bid for me to critique those pages here on this blogsite. Just place your bid in the comments section. Keep in mind that you get what you pay for, so if the bid goes low, and all I'm earning is ten dollars to help New York City, that won't go far, and neither will I ;-) In fact I'll outbid that to keep from doing the work. A good, substantive critique is hard work; I know this because I've been doing it for nearly thirty years.
The highest bidder for my services will send that bid donation to Samaritan's Purse and an emailed copy of the receipt to me with 50 pages for me to critique. We're beginning this Friday, November 9, and ending the bids on November 16, midnight, Eastern Standard Time. Monitor the comments section on this blog closely through the 16th so that you can re-bid when necessary. If it helps you to know what you're getting, I've always been told by my editors that I typically turn in clean copy--meaning I've already edited myself to death. Though it's hard work, I love editing. If you want an honest appraisal of your work, you'll get that, but tell me what kind of edit you want before you send your pages. And remember, highest bidder wins. The main Facebook page tells us that one blogger last week had a top donation of $1,000 for a 50-page critique.
You may find out more about Samaritan's Purse at http://youtu.be/rdyKyY2p6ms
If you simply want to donate to Samaritan's Purse and leave me out of it, feel free to do that, as well! The webpage on Sandy is http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/articles/hurricane_sandy/
I hope you find this worth your while. I know a lot of New Yorkers who will thank you in heaven.