Friday, May 4

What's in it For You? Writer Goodies and Charity Auctions

There are several charities I donate writer time to every year, and it's that time of year again. So if you're interested in a critique from me, and helping out a few amazing charities, here's where I'll be. And please note that I'm not the only one donating writer goodies, so even if you're not interested in a critique from me, pop on over and see what else these folks have to offer. Some of the offers are pretty amazing:

Brenda Novak's Annual Auction for the Cure of Diabetes  
Novak's Annual Online Auction for Diabetes Research has raised over $1.3 million (cumulatively) — and hopes to break $2 million in the near future. The auction is open now and runs through May 31st. There are so many amazing prizes up for auction here, from critiques to electronic gadgets to lunch with authors like Janet Evanovich.

What I Donated: 100-Page Novel Critique, Any Genre
Like all my critiques, there is a no time limit to submit. The auction is open now and you can bid on this until May 31st.

Pens for Paws Auction
This is to support Fat Kitty City, a no-kill, cage-free cat sanctuary that also rescues dogs. They welcome special needs cats, including those positive for feline AIDS, ferals, elderly kitties, and abandoned and abused animals. Many are adoptable, but some will live out their lives in their sanctuary or join their barn cat program. Volunteers stop by to make everything sparkling clean, or just to give them some love and attention. You can bid on everything from signed ARCS, to critiques, to book swag. The auction goes live on May 7th.
What I Donated:  A three-chapter critique, any genre.
Again, no time limit to submit. The auction starts May 7th, though I don't know for sure what day my auction is posting. I'll let you know though.

Crits for Water
This is a wonderful charity that donates water (in the form of building wells and sanitation for fresh water) to developing countries. It runs from March 31 to June 30. It's in the non-fiction month right now, and come June, the YA/MG crits go live. Here's a full list of the critiques being offered.

What I Donated: Three critiques: one query critique, one synopsis critique, and a critique of three  chapters (one winner for each critique type). No time limit of course. The auction for these is June 15th.

The writing community is such a generous and compassionate group, and I'm honored to be part if it. I hope everyone takes a few minutes to check these charities and auctions out.


  1. Wow! What great charities and wonderful prizes! Kudos to you Janice and the others who are sharing so much of yourselves to help people and animals in need. :)

  2. Thank you again for the crit, and thanks so much for helping to spread the word!

  3. I've always known you were a generous writer, Janice, but this is a bounty of blessings! (And I shall spread the word!)

  4. Thanks guys, I do like to give back. So many wonderful folks have helped me over the years, and many I Have no way to repay the favor. Paying it forward now!