Auction to help save Pitch Wars mentor Veronica Bartles’ home … with critiques, signed books, and more!

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When I heard the devastating news that Veronica Bartles’ family home in Maryland had been severely damaged while they were living here in New Mexico, I wanted to help. The Bartles are due to move back to Maryland this August. While on a trip back to Maryland to check on their home, Veronica discovered water damage and mold through the entire house. But the insurance company is refusing to cover any of the repairs.

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A Go Fund Me compaign has been set up to help raise money for the Bartles. If you can, please donate to it. Even if it’s $5. Any amount would be greatly appreciated.

The writing community is filled with amazing people, so when I sent out a call for donations for this auction, many answered the called. We have some great items for the auction and I’ll list them below with a direct link to each one.

The auction will close on Monday, July 20 at 11:00AM EDT.

If you’re interested in an auction item, simply enter the bid in the comments of the post for the item. The starting bid is $10. Once you’ve placed your bid, make sure to check back or click the box at the bottom of the post labeled .”

For critique items, make sure to read the donor’s bio to determine if they will be a good fit for your manuscript. Manuscripts do not have to be finished for partial critiques, only full critiques.

Do not post bids to this post. Make sure to post them to the individual post for the item you wish to bid on. (See the list below for the list of posts and items offered.)

Do not place bids in the comment of this post. Bids should be entered in the individual auction item post.

No bids will be accepted after the auction closes.

The winners will be asked to go to the Bartles’ Go Fund Me page (Don’t donate until you win the bid, unless you want to donate now as an added help for the Bartles) and donate the money the bid they placed on the item. When your name posts on the page, it will be confirmation of payment and I will post further instructions in the comments of the posts.

Here are all the awesome items up for bid …

Special Auction Item: Query Critique by Agent, Eric W. Ruben, Esq.

Auction Item 1: Full Manuscript Critique by Lara Edits

Auction Item 2: 50 Page critique & 30 Minute Phone Consultation by Mandy Schoen

Auction Item 3: 50 Page Middle Grade Manuscript Critique by Jen Malone

Auction Item 4: One Hour Marketing Consultation Call by Jen Malone Consults

Auction Item 5: Query + First 3 Chapters Critique by Agent Roseanne Wells

Auction Item 6: Query + First 10 pages Critique by Agent Emily Keyes

Auction Item 7: Query + First 3 Chapters Critique by Agent Julia A. Weber

Auction Item 8: Query + 1st 3 chapters or A Full Non-fiction Proposal Critique by Agent Terrie Wolf

Auction Item 9: Query + Synopsis + 50 Page Critique by Anya Kagan with Touchstone Editing

Auction Item 10: 50 Page Middle Grade Manuscript Critique by Elliah Terry

Auction Item 11: 50 pages manuscript critique by Kelly Calabrese

Auction Item 12: 50 Page Critique by Jennifer Blackwood

Auction Item 13: Query + 50 Pages Critique by L.S. Murphy

Auction Item 14: Query + Synopsis + 50 Pages Critique by Kim Graff with Wild Things Editing

Auction Item 15: Submission Package Critique by Maria Ann Green with Wild Things Editing

Auction Item 16: Query + Synopsis + 1st 3 Chapters Critique for YA by Brianna Shrum

Auction Item 17: Three Chapter Critique by Kara Leigh Miller

Auction Item 18a: Private Class: Editor’s First Aid by Lynnette Labelle

Auction Item 18b: Substantive/developmental edit by Lynnette Labelle

Auction Item 19: Query + 1st Chapter + Skype Consultation with Rebecca Yarros

Auction Item 20: Character Personality Analysis by Lawrence Kotkin

Auction Item 21: A Custom Digital-Only Book Cover Design by S.P. McConnell

Auction Item 22: Signed Copy of ANOMALY by Tonya Kuper

Auction Item 23: Custom Author/Book Swag Pack by J.C. Davis

Auction Item 24: Cover design by Caitlin Greer

Auction Item 25: Full Formatting Job by Caitlin Greer

Auction Item 26: Full NA or YA Manuscript Critique by Molly Lee

Auction Item 27: Signed Copy of REAPER Plus Swag by L.S. Murphy

Auction Item 28: Signed Trilogy of THE PAPER MAGICIAN series (paperback) by Charlie Holmberg

Auction Item 29: E-ARC and swag bundle of CHAMELEON by K.T. Hanna

Auction Item 30: Signed Copies of JERICHO RISING & JERICHO’S REDEMPTION by Mary Lynne Gibbs

Auction Item 31: Signed Copy of THE MAIDEN’S COURAGE by Mary Lynne Gibbs

Auction Item 32: Signed Copy of YOU’RE INVITED by Jen Malone & Gail Nall

Auction Item 33: Signed Copy of BREAKING THE ICE by Gail Nall

Auction Item 34: Signed Copy & Swag of ACROSS THE DISTANCE by Marie Meyer

Auction Item 35: Signed Copy of FREE AGENT by J.C. Nelson

Auction Item 36: Signed Copy of ARMAGEDDON RULES by J.C. Nelson

Auction Item 37: ARC OR Final copy of WISH BOUND by J.C. Nelson

Auction Item 38: Signed Copy of BASEBALL’S BEST ROOKIES by Russ Cohen

Auction Item 39: Signed Copy of WINTER CLASSIC by Russ Cohen

Auction Item 40: Signed copy of NUMBERS DON’T LIE: METS by Russ Cohen

Auction Item 41: Box Set of FRACTURED IMMORTAL and FINDING IMMORTAL by E.L. Wicker

Auction Item 42: Signed Copy of TIMEKEEPER RISING by Allyssa Painter

Auction Item 43: Signed Copy of DANGEROUS LOVE + bookmarks by Kara Leigh Miller

Auction Item 44: Three Chapters Critique + B&N Gift Card Package by Jeanmarie Anaya

Auction Item 45: Ten Page Critique by RuthAnne Snow

Auction Item 46: First Three Chapters Critique by Stacey Nash

Auction Item 47: Three Chapter Critique by Nicole Zolteck

Auction Item 48: Query + 1st Chapter Critique by Editor Meredith Rich

Auction Item 49: Signed Copy of THESE GENTLE WOUNDS by Helene Dunbar

Auction Item 50: Query + 1st Chapter Critique by Sonia Hartl

Auction Item 51: Query + 1st Chapter Critique by Dannie Morin

Auction Item 52: Query + 1st Chapter Critique by Casey Lyall

Auction Item 53: Query + 1st Chapter Critique by Rosalyn Eves

Auction Item 54: First Chapter Critique by Roselle Kaes

Auction Item 55: Query + 1st Chapter Critique by Natasha Raulerson

Auction Item 56: Query + 1st Chapter by Natasha Neagle

Auction Item 57: Query + 1st Chapter Critique by Jennifer Hawkins

Auction Item 58: Query + 1st Chapter Critique by Marie Meyer

Auction Item 59: First Chapter Critique by Laura Heffernan

Auction Item 60: Query + 1st Chapter Critique by Ronni Arno

Auction Item 61: Query + 1st Chapter by Suzanne van Rooyen

Auction Item 62: Query + 1st Chapter Critique by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Auction Item 63: 1st Chapter Critique by Editor Tara Creel

Auction Item 64: 1st Chapter Critique by Editor Tara Creel

Auction Item 65: 1st Chapter Critique by Editor Tara Creel

Auction Item 66: First Chapter Critique by Linda Budzinski

Auction Item 67: Query + 1st Page Critique by Kelly Siskind

Auction Item 68: Query Critique by Amy Trueblood

Auction Item 69: Query Critique by Helene Dunbar

Auction Item 70: Non-fiction Query Critique by Jenna Glatzer

Auction Item 71: Query Critique by Tamara Mataya

Auction Item 72: Query Critique by Michelle Hauck

Auction Item 73: Query Critique by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Auction Item 74: Query Critique by Lynnette Labelle

Auction Item 75: Query Brainstorming Package by Naomi Hughes

Auction Item 76: Query Critique by Nikki Roberti

Auction Item 77: Query Critique by Elinor Sattler

Bonus Auction Items:

Bonus Auction Item 1: First 5 Pages Critique by Lara Edits

Bonus Auction Item 2: Three Chapter MG Manuscript Critique by Laura Shovan

Bonus Auction Item 3: Signed Copy of THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY by Laura Shovan

Bonus Auction Item 4: Signed ARC of MY SEVENTH-GRADE LIFE IN TIGHTS by Brooks Benjamin

Bonus Auction Item 5: Query + 1st Chapter Critique by Brooks Benjamin

Bonus Auction Item 6: Query Critique by Agent Rachel Brooks

Bonus Auction Item 7: Full Manuscript Critique by Ashley Turcotte

Bonus Auction Item 8: Query + 1st 25 Pages Critique by Agent Intern, Kyra Nelson

Bonus Auction Item 9: Marketing Consultation by Dea Poirier

Bonus Auction Item 10: 50 Pages YA Critique by Trisha Leaver

Bonus Auction Item 11: Query + 1st Chapter Critique by Wendy Spinale

Bonus Auction Item 12: Signed Copy of THIEF OF LIES by Brenda Drake

Bonus Auction Item 13: Query + 50 Pages YA Critique by Jodie Andrefski

Bonus Auction Item 14: Query + 3 Chapters Critique by Sharon Johnston

Thank you for stopping by!

Author: Brenda Drake

New York Times bestselling author of Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1), Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2), Touching Fate (Fated Series #1), and Cursing Fate (Fated Series #2) available now, creator of #PitchWars, #PitchMadness, and #PitMad, fueled by coffee and Goldfish crackers (but not together), and represented by Peter Knapp with The Park Literary Group. @brendadrake

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35 Comments

    • Please post on the individual auction item’s blog entry. Thank you!

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  1. Hi Brenda,

    Wonderful of you to do this! When I click on the auction items, I get a “You do not have permission to preview drafts.” message.

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    • This issue has been fixed! Let me know if you have any other problems. Happy bidding!

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  2. I’m having the same issue as Joe.

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    • Hi Debbie! The problem has been fixed. Please let me know if you need any more help. Happy bidding!

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  3. $25 for Auction Item 6: Query + First 10 pages Critique by Agent Emily Keyes

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    • Please post on the individual auction item’s blog entry. Thank you!

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  4. I had the same issue! I thought maybe I was supposed to bid here and not the individual ones since I got that message. Hopefully, Brenda can clarify and/or fix:-)

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  5. I’m still having the same problem Joe and Debbie are. Help!

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    • Hi Julie! The issue should be fixed now. Let me know if you need anything else. 🙂

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  6. All right, temporary solution until Brenda fixes the links: Remove everything after the question mark in the link (question mark included). It’ll take you to the right page!

    So, for instance, the last item would go from http://www.brenda-drake.com/2015/07/auction-item-77-query-critique-by-elinor-sattler-2/?preview=true&preview_id=15243&preview_nonce=0f1d7bdd65&post_format=standard

    to

    http://www.brenda-drake.com/2015/07/auction-item-77-query-critique-by-elinor-sattler-2/

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  7. Bid 25$ on item #7 Query + first 3 chapters Julia A. Weber.

    I’m sure it’s worth more and I hope it helps nonetheless my meager bid. I love Maryland.

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    • When I put in my bid on GoFundme I mentioned item 5 without realizing there was already a higher bid. Just confirming that my bid stands for item #7 with Julia A. Weber.

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    • Please post on the individual auction item’s blog entry. Thank you!

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  8. Wow! Just wanted to say how incredibly impressed I am at the coming together of the entire writing, editing, agenting and publishing community. I’m speechless! What an incredibly amazing group of people!

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  9. $60 for Item 5 – Ms. Wells. What a wonderful way to help someone in need!

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    • Please post on the individual auction item’s blog entry. Thank you!

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  10. What a great cause!
    Little issue – Does the auction close SUNDAY, July 19th or MONDAY, July 20th?

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    • It will be Monday. Happy bidding! 🙂

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  11. $100 for auction item #5, query and 3 chapters critique by Roseanne Wells. And a standing ovation for all the donors!

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    • Thanks, Tom! Please make sure you put your bids on the individual posts of the item you want. Thank you!

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  12. Looks like the original items are fixed, but the bonus items are having “not allowed to preview” issues.

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    • Thanks for letting me know, Rebecca. It’s fixed now. WordPress is not being nice lately. 😉

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  13. I can’t donate for the auction. I do have two pieces of furniture I planned to donate to a local place. I live in Maryland and she can have them if they can use them. They’re in very good shape. Contact me via email.

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