The fantastic auction run by writer Brenda Novak ends today, and there are still plenty of items you can get for reasonable prices, and she somehow managed to run a raffle without running afoul of gambling laws, so you can buy raffle tickets ($20) for the next couple of days. The raffle for writers includes an edit of 30 pages, a proposal read by an agent, AND a proposal read by an editor, so theoretically it’s a publication package! Or at least a good few steps down the publication road.
I already picked up a couple of things – a proposal review by an author, and another by an agent – at less than I expected to pay for them, which means that I’m still well under budget for tonight’s finale. Alas, I will not be bidding on either the Donald Maass proposal read (currently at $1014) or the Evil Editor full manuscript read (currently at $3900), nor did I have a shot at the Kristin Nelson proposal read (closed at $1050). But I do have my eye on a few auctions.
In one sense, it’s a bit scary how much money people will pay, but if you look at this as an investment in your career, then $1000+ isn’t all that much. A professional editor who isn’t in the publishing business is going to charge a couple hundred bucks to review part of a manuscript, and that’s not going to include industry knowledge.
Of course, it’s not always clear how much feedback one will receive. Kristin Nelson said over on her blog that her read-and-response will be as in-depth as anything she does for her clients. I don’t know if that holds true across the board (or, more specifically, for the agent whose response I won), but even a decent general response would be a huge help to me.
Or make me dump the project in a fit of pique, whatever.
If you haven’t taken a look yet, please head on over. At the very least, you could buy a raffle ticket!