Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Day 9 - Item 1

 From Write Dreams accomplice Marieke a FULL critique of a YA novel.

Marieke (pronounced Mah-ree-ka) is a YA writer, professional dreamer, and proud-to-be geek.

She wants to grow up to be a time traveler. In preparation of that, she spends way too much time watching Doctor Who and searching for stray TARDISes. In the midnight hours of the day Marieke is a storyteller, and all her stories – ranging from literary to fantasy – have a sprinkling of magic to them. Whether it’s histories with a twist, epic fantasy, or magic realism, she loves to write stories that bend the line between reality and imagination. She's been a slush reader for several years, which makes her feel at least somewhat qualified to offer this critique.

In her own words: When I critique a manuscript, I'd like to do a full read through first, to get a sense of the story and the characters. Based on that, I'll write you a detailed reader's report with overall comments on plot development, characterization, and consistency of voice. I tend not to focus on technique so much, but if I notice something is off, I will mention it and sometimes use a few pages to illustrate my point with line edits. Once I've sent you my comments, I am happy to discuss it further and answer any questions you might have.

Bidding is open until January 28th 9.00PM GMT
Bidding is in POUNDS (£)


Sarah Ahiers said...

30 pounds


Melissa Sugar said...

I have a question. I don't have a YA manuscript that I need critiqued or reviewed. I like the cause for this auction and have been bidding on other items that I would like to win, ( I even won one). Can I bid on this, because it is such an awesome prize, and if I win donate the prize to a YA writer?


Marieke said...

Of course :) If you win, you're free to do whatever you want with the critique, so donating definitely is an option! :)

Donna Martin said...

31 pounds...had to find a calculator...I'm in the States...;0)

Sarah Ahiers said...


Melissa Sugar said...

45 pounds

Sarah Ahiers said...


Melissa Sugar said...

60 pounds

Sarah Ahiers said...


Write Dreams said...

Bidding on this item is now closed.
Congratulations Sarah Ahiers

Please donate directly through http://www.donnasdreamhouse.co.uk/
click “please donate” (under the header Fundraising)
Forward the paypal receipt or screen print to writedreams2012@gmail.com

Thank you

Sarah Ahiers said...

Yay! I'm super excited!

Marieke said...

Ah, wonderful! I honestly didn't expect the bidding to top even £50, so this is rather awesome! :)

Sarah, I'm very excited to be working with you!

Melissa, if you're willing to match Sarah's highest bid, I'm more than happy to do another full critique for whomever you want to donate it to :D After all, it's all for a good cause and I do love working on manuscripts! ^.^

Thank you all! :D

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