Irene Goodman's Critiques for Charity
Renowned agent Irene Goodman does critiques of partial manuscripts, with all proceeds going to charity. This is your chance to get professional feedback from an agent who has built many bestselling careers. It is also a wonderful opportunity to present the budding writer in your life with the perfect gift.
3 Chapter critique (approx 15,000 words)
Genres: Women's fiction, thrillers, romance, mysteries, historical fiction, middle grade, and young adult fiction
Critique response time: 1 month at the most
Here are the details:
Q: Really? You will do the critiques yourself?
A: Yes, really. I like doing critiques and I am good at it. I read every word personally. See some of the feedback I have received below.
Q: When do the auctions take place?
A: They begin on the first day of each month.
Q: How soon can the winners expect to hear from you?
A: About a month. Often less.
Q: How long will each critique be?
A: 1-3 pages, single-spaced. I can pack a lot of feedback into a page, let alone three.
Q: What kinds of manuscripts are you looking for?
A: All kinds of fiction for adults, middle grade, and young adult. I've critiqued just about everything and have sold books in all genres.
Q: What are the critiques like?
A: They pack a lot of punch. I am direct, honest, and encouraging when I can be. Along with the editorial side, I always include an agent's-eye view of how marketable the work would be. Gratuitous comments from friends donít really help you. When you are hungry for information that will really make a difference, not waste your time, and respect your goals, you need a real industry professional.
If you can accept well-meant, respectful feedback from someone who has built a lot of best-selling careers, then this is for you.
Q: All the money goes to charity? Every penny?
A: Yes. Aside from minor fees charged by eBay and Pay Pal, every single penny goes to the Hearing Health Foundation, the Foundation Fighting Blindness, and Hope for Vision. We may sometimes choose other worthy causes, but this is strictly non-profit.
Q: Why these causes?
A: Foundation Fighting Blindness, Hope for Vision, and the Hearing Health Foundation are of crucial importance to me because my son, Rob, has Usher Syndrome. Thatís a genetic condition that causes progressive loss of both vision and hearing. The research in this area is tremendous and there is great hope on the horizon. We can expect that there will be an effective treatment for blindness in his lifetime. The Hearing Health Foundation has assembled a ďdream teamĒ of scientists all over the country who are working aggressively on a cure for hearing loss.
But when you are young and you are losing your sight and your hearing, you want the cure to happen NOW. All this costs a lot of money, and thatís where 100% of your dollars will be spent.
Because there are so many other important causes that need support, I will sometimes donate instead to Doctors Without Borders, which provides medical care to people all over the globe regardless of nationality or religion, and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, which cares for children with life-threatening illnesses free of charge.
What previous winners have to say...
"Your review was nothing less than a life-changer on many levels." -- Mary O.
"Your review far exceeded my expectations." -- Alan Chaput
"What a great review! I have a clear sense of the many opportunities to improve my craft and story." -- Mike S.
"The way you deliver feedback is truly amazing. It was honest, tactful, and insightful. You really packed a lot into your critique. It was an invaluable experience." -- Kourtney Heintz
"This rare peek into the thoughts of an accomplished agent energized my own enthusiasm to make my story even better." -- Gary W.
Irene Goodman has been agenting for more than 30 years and has grown the careers of a number of NY Times bestselling authors. Her agency has six marvelous agents, two foreign rights agents, and a movie agent, representing over 200 authors. She is also the founder of Writers Feedback, a charity organization that provides critiques to aspiring writers, with all proceeds going to charity. Her career began as an editorial assistant for a publisher, where she realized she wanted to be an agent when she bypassed the red tape and broke the rules by walking a check request for a desperate author through the company. She then went to work for the agent who represented Stephen King, establishing her own agency two years later. She has keynoted at several major conferences, and contributes to major publications for writers. She has done over 100 critiques and finds it very gratifying to give back to the business she loves. "Every blockbuster author was once knocking on the door, trying to get in," she says. "There are hidden gems just waiting to be discovered."