Day 9 - Item 1

From author Debra Driza: a critique of your full manuscript + query. Afterwards - once you've had the time to revise, say - her agent Taylor Martindale will read the full and give her feedback!

Debra Driza lives and writes in Southern California, usually surrounded by Rhodesian Ridgebacks, kids, and her husband--all of them just as messy as she is. She's a member of the group blog GotYA and a die-hard Veronica Mars fan.

MILA 2.0, the first book in her YA sci-fi thriller series, debuts Fall 2012 from Katherine Tegen Books (an imprint of HarperCollins).

Her agent Taylor Martindale also lives and works in Southern California--in fact, Debra is thinking about sending the kids and Ridgebacks to her house for a while. Taylor is an agent with the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. Her main interest is young adult, but she's also interested in children's picture books, commercial fiction, women's fiction, and multi-cultural fiction.

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Bidding is open until April 3rd, 9AM EDT

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67 comments:

vbtremper said...

Awesome!
$10

jwkimble said...

$200 Nice donation

erica_henry said...

Definitely an awesome prize to bid on. Debra is amazing :D

Melanie said...

OMG!!!!! Deb, you gave me a full ms crit already, but I would love the opportunity to have Taylor read my ms since she is closed to unsolicited queries!!!!! Oh, crap. Just saw someone bid $200. I'm out. :-( Great contest! Wish I were a rich struggling artist. drats. foiled by money again. Good luck!!!

jwkimble said...

@Melenie - ha! I am so not rich, this is all my mad money. I also am bidding on this to get a "pro" look at my MG manuscript, and maybe agent feedback on if this has a shot at formal publishing. Good luck to you - from a not so rich also struggling artist

Debra Driza said...

Hi everyone--

Just wanted to clear a few things up. I talked to Taylor, and she will definitely give the winner feedback on the manuscript, so yay! Also--she's not closed to unsolicited queries, so that must be a misunderstanding?

Thanks SO MUCH for the bids so far! :D

(Debra)

Marieke said...

Thanks for that Debra! :D

Melanie said...

@Jw...sorry, so did not mean to imply that i was under the assumption you are rich. just wish i had that kind of money to play with. I'm so psyched that you have some mad money to play with! That rocks and I wish you the best, best of luck. I've been very luck to already have had Deb as a BETA reader, so it really isn't fair for me to even enter this contest :-)

Deb, please give my apologies to Taylor for posting that misinformation. I totally misread the site and now realize it is Sandra who is not accepting unsolicited queries and not the entire agency. Guess I can go ahead and try my luck after all. :-)

Ara Grigorian said...

Is the bidding open to commercial adult fiction as well, or preferably YA?

Debra Driza said...

Ara---yes, we're open to commercial adult fiction--thanks for asking! :)

Lola Sharp said...

$210

Ara Grigorian said...

Thank you, Debra.

In which case:
$250

The Pen and Ink Blog said...

Wow! ok It's not out of my range. It would have been fun as I have a woman's fiction ready to send to query.
So do you need any more donations?
I have a children's non fiction picture book called Earthquake and I would be happy to donate copies.. Here is the website http://www.earthquake-book.com/
(If nothing else, go to the activities tab and see the visual for the difference between a 3.1 and a 9.0 quake. Let me know if you want to auction copies.

Marieke said...

You're welcome to bid! ;-)

Susan, if you could send us a mail about the earthquake book through the address in the upper right corner, that'd be fab! Thanks!

LMT said...

Hi Debra,

Are you open to Middle Grade?

Thanks.

Debra Driza said...

Hi LMT--I just checked with Taylor, and yes, we'd both be happy to read/crit MG. It's not listed on her interests but Taylor is definitely open to representing select MG as well. :)

Thanks for checking!

Deb

Karen Yuan said...

Hi Debra, would we be able to postpone the critique if our MS wasn't ready yet? Thanks!

Debra Driza said...

Karen--SURE! Absolutely no problem postponing crits! :)

Book Mawnster said...

$270

Kandice said...

$280

Marie Rearden said...

$300

Kandice said...

$310

Barb Raven said...

$320

Kandice said...

$375

Barb Raven said...

390

Kandice said...

$400

Marie Rearden said...

$410

Kandice said...

$440

Marie Rearden said...

$450

Kandice said...

$500

Escape Artist said...

Want it much you two? I'm very tempted to sneak in between the two of you. Watch out!

Marie Rearden said...

Escape Artist, how very Slytherin. :) Let's see how it plays out...$510

Escape Artist said...

hehehe!

Kandice said...

Marie- Have you gotten any sleep? I sure haven't. :) $520.

Kandice said...

Marie- Regardless of how this auction ends up, if you're interested in joining my crit group, please email me. Kandice

Marie Rearden said...

Maybe four hours, Kandice. :) Think we can convince them to do two? $530

Kandice said...

That would be the most amazing result ev-ah. $550

Escape Artist said...

You two are dynamite!

Marie Rearden said...

Checking the time. Definitely interested in the crit group Kandice. Thanks!

Kandice said...

$600, just in case.

Marie Rearden said...

Too nervous. $650 You guys are all awesome!

Escape Artist said...

Oh. My. God!

Kandice said...

$700

Escape Artist said...

Claws on the flying cheetah! Wow. Congratulations!

Marie Rearden said...

KANDICE! 8:59 or 9:00? Hello, Crazy Heartbeat. :)

Escape Artist said...

Oooooo! And I thought I was sneaky! Congratulations to the both of you. Fantastic effort. I lived it through you guys!!

Kandice said...

I don't know! Am biting my nails here, too.

Marie Rearden said...

Waiting is the worst torture, huh?

For the record, if $700 takes it and Ms. Driza and Ms. Martindale have the time/want to double the offer, I'll match.

So much fun! Kandice = Awesome. Escape Artist = loved the play by play. Thanks again.

Kandice said...

Yes, it is the worst. It was fun, Marie! Escape Artist, thanks for joining us in the bidding circus.

Escape Artist said...

Ah. I had fun. I was considering jumping in myself, but I've got major rep footy fees to pay...but it was fun stirring you two up some. Not that you needed any stirring or prodding. I'm just glad it timed out. I hate to think what might have happened with another five minutes!
Anyway, perhaps another for the crit group?

Marieke said...

You guys! You're amazing! And to put you out your suffering... $700 takes it, perfect timing ;-) Kandice, shoot me a mail? :-)

Kandice said...

Yay!!! Marieke, I will email you shortly. This is going to sound stupid, but while I'm excited for me, I'm super disappointed for Marie. Sincerely.

Marie Rearden said...

You're a doll for thinking of me, Kandice. Congratulations! I'm super sad, but the process was fun. :)

Marieke, my offer from the 9:13 comment stands. If it doesn't happen, I understand. This entire campaign is a wonderful idea. Thanks for the opportunity!

Marie Rearden

Debra Driza said...

Wow, you guys are all amazing!!! HUGE THANKS to everyone who bid!!!

Kandice, congratulations, and I look forward to hearing from you soon! (also, how sweet are you to be disappointed on another bidder's behalf?) :D

Marie-I would be thrilled to take you up on your generous offer! I've emailed Taylor and I'll let you know her response asap.

Cheers,
Debra

Marieke said...

Aw, Kandice! And Marie! <3 <3 You guys are fantastic! (And totally let me know if you start the crit group! That would be such an amazing thing to come out of WH!!)

Debra - *squee* So wonderful!!

This thread is making me so, so happy! As does the rest of Write Hope, but there's a special bit of wonderfulness going on there! =D

Debra Driza said...

Okay, so TAYLOR IS IN---WOOOOOOOOOT!!!! Marie, we'd love to take you up on your offer, if you're still interested!

Marieke--I totally agree! Kandice and Marie *are* fantastic--so excited to work with them! :)

Marieke said...

YAAAAAAAAY!!!!! I'm almost bouncing here! *So* excited for all of you! :D

Marie, shoot us a mail for more deets!

And Debra? You and Taylor are absolutely AMAZING too <3

*grin*

Kandice said...

Woo-Hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Marie Rearden said...

Holy hot dog! I am SOOOOOOO excited. Thank you all so much. If you're watching the Reds/Brewers game, I'm literally doing a Snoopy dance in the right field stands!!!!!

Thanks again (and again and ...)!

Marie

Marieke said...

*chokes on drink* Oh that's EPIC =D

Debra Driza said...

*suddenly wishes she was at Reds/Brewers game*

=D

YAYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Marieke said...

If I find a TARDIS, I'm picking you up and flying us back in time to see that! ;-)

Taylor said...

Hi, ladies! Just wanted to chime in and say *WOW*! You are awesome, and Deb and I are really looking forward to reading your manuscripts! Thank you so much for participating in such a great fundraiser. :)

Debra Driza said...

Marieke--DEAL!!!! (also--if you find a TARDIS, can we take the year off and make a few other stops, too??? =D)

TAYLOR! *tackles*

Kandice said...

Thank you so much ladies! I am so freakin' excited. Times two!

This is one amazing opportunity and I'm so grateful to be a part of it.

My kids wanted to know why I slept with my laptop last night. :)

Marieke said...

Erm... YES!!! Important question first though - do you want your TARDIS with or without Timelord? ;)

Taylor, I already said so to Debra, but the both of you are absolutely fantastic too <3

Debra Driza said...

Thank you, Marieke, both for the lovely compliment and for working so hard to set up this entire Write Hope site in the first place! Such a wonderful thing you're doing here, and I'm honored to take part in it!

(also, do you even have to ask? OF COURSE I want my TARDIS with Timelord! You'll get on that, right? =D

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