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The Irene Goodman Crit Ebay Auction is Approaching.

Here’s the latest information on what is not only a great idea, but also a great way to win a fantastic critique of your partial by one amazing agent:

Irene Goodman is pleased to announce an eBay event that will auction off 25 critiques of partial manuscripts to the top 25 bidders, starting Dec. 1st. All proceeds will go directly to the Foundation Fighting Blindness and the Deafness Research Foundation.

Here are the details:

Q: Really? 25 critiques?
A: Yes, really. They will be done by me personally—no interns, no staff, no passing the buck.

Q: When will the auction take place?
A: It starts December 1, 2009 and ends December 15, 2009.

Q: How soon can the winners expect to hear from you?
A: I plan to look at these during the last two weeks of December, when things tend to slow down. But they will be finished by the middle of January at the latest.

Q: What do you mean by a “partial”?
A: I mean the first three chapters—roughly 50 pages, plus a synopsis of 3-10 pages.

Q: How long will each critique be?
A: At least half a page, single-spaced, maybe more. But I can pack a lot of feedback into half a page.

Q: What kinds of manuscripts are you looking for?
A: Any kind of commercial fiction or non-fiction, but especially thrillers, mysteries, romance, historical fiction, women’s fiction, and anything paranormal. For non-fiction, it can be narrative with a strong hook, or prescriptive with a strong platform.

Q: What are your critiques like and what is your track record for finding new clients this way?
A: My critiques pack a lot of punch. I am direct, honest, and encouraging when I can be. I’m a combination of Simon and Randy. I believe that nicey-nice doesn’t really help you. Honesty does. If you can accept well-meant feedback from someone who has built a lot of best-selling careers, then this is for you. My track record in this regard astonishes me when I look at it. There are dozens of books that sold for sizable advances as a direct result of my feedback to the authors. When you are hungry for information that will really make a difference, not waste your time, and respect your goals, you need a real industry professional who has walked the walk.

Q: Why these two causes?
A: These two causes are of crucial importance to me because my son Rob, 22, has Usher Syndrome. That’s a genetic condition that causes progressive loss of both vision and hearing. The research in this area is tremendous and there is great hope on the horizon. We can expect that there will be an effective treatment for blindness in his lifetime. Scientists at Stanford predict they will restore hearing to mice in ten years. But when you are 22 and you are losing your sight and your hearing, you want the cure to happen NOW. All this costs a lot of money, and that’s where your dollars will be spent. Proceeds from twelve critiques will go to the Foundation Fighting Blindness, and thirteen will go to the Deafness Research Foundation. You will be able to choose which organization you want to benefit.

9 responses

  1. Carolyn Yalin

    Thanks for posting this!

    11/09/2009 at 7:48 pm

    • You’re very welcome. It would be a great thing to win, that’s for sure.

      11/09/2009 at 9:45 pm

  2. 25 critiques!! That’s a lot. Definitely worth looking into. Thanks 🙂

    11/10/2009 at 12:09 am

    • It would be a great op for a writer to get a crit from a wonderful agent, and for a great cause, so how could you go wrong, yeah? 🙂

      11/10/2009 at 4:12 am

  3. Wow. I’d love to snag one of those fantastic critiques. Thanks for the info. I’ll be lurking on e-bay…

    11/11/2009 at 2:14 am

  4. I’ve been waiting and waiting for her links to open up off her site. I’ve even been keeping her own tab open in Firefox. 🙂

    11/25/2009 at 9:02 pm

    • Cool! It should open up on Tuesday? December 1st. Hope you win!

      11/26/2009 at 2:43 am

  5. I just want to thank everyone for spreading the word. The auction was a huge success! It went so well that I’m going to continue auctioning critiques of partials on the first day of every month, starting Feb. 1, 2010. For more information, go to my web site, where there will be links to the auction pages. Thanks again, everyone! You’ve helped some very important causes and you’ve helped some fellow writers as well.

    01/05/2010 at 7:10 pm

    • It was my pleasure! I’m SO very happy it worked out so well, and that you will be continuing it! I’ll continue to spread the word. 🙂

      01/05/2010 at 7:27 pm

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