Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Silent Auction Opportunity: Win an Hour of Editorial Time with Me

As longtime readers of the blog may know, I attend a lovely, lovely church here in Brooklyn, where every Sunday, "we, the people of Park Slope United Methodist Church -- black and white, straight and gay, old and young, rich and poor -- unite in a loving community with God and the Creation. Summoned by our faith in Jesus Christ, we commit ourselves to the humanization of urban life, and to physical and spiritual growth" (our creed). People in the church do all kinds of great stuff -- we have a soup kitchen, and small groups, and work in the Reconciling movement -- and I find it a wonderfully steady source of comfort, community, service, challenge, and inspiration.

Now one of our biggest fundraisers of the year is coming up: our Hollyberry Craft Fair and silent auction. If you are in New York, you should totally come out and see the craft fair, which attracts great vendors from across the tristate area: Saturday, November 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Camp Friendship, just below 6th Avenue and 8th Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn.   

But even if you are NOT in Brooklyn, you have the opportunity to support the church through our silent auction. I am again donating an hour of editorial services here, in whatever form is useful to the winning writer. The listing runs:

Professional book editor will help you with developmental editing, line-editing, copyediting, proofreading, copywriting, query letter or publishing advice -- whatever you and your project require!* Minimum bid $40. 
And we are opening this up to the wider public through e-mail bidding. If you'd like to participate in the auction, please send an e-mail to hollyberry[dot]psumc[at]gmail[dot]com with your bid and contact information. Someone will get back to you with information on the current bid level. The auction starts now and will run through the end of the Hollyberry Fair itself on November 16. Thank you for your interest, and your support of the church.
* (To anticipate a question I get often with things like this:  I consider this more my opportunity to help the church and help one individual writer than it is an opportunity for a writer to submit to me. In practice, if I like the project I'm seeing, I might ask to see more of it; but it's better for bidders to think of it as an opportunity to get editorial feedback, a la a critique, than as a manuscript submission, as that's not what this is meant to be.)

1 comment:

  1. Good Morning Cheryl,
    I first learned about you from RACWI (Rochester Area Childrens Writers and Illustrators). Your thoughts on writing have been incredibly valuable to me. Thanks you for doing what you do! Every time I log onto your website, I find new stuff. You're Patrick O'Brian reader! I discovered him watching Master and Commander when Aubrey gazed at the miniature of Sophie--and I suddenly knew there was more to the story . . . I've read 'em all and am thinking about rereading. Now I find I need to follow your blog! Did some people bid on this? I hope you raised lots of money for your lovely church. My novel, The Kingfisher's Gift, (Philomel 2002, Junior Library Guild Selection) was actually published by Patti Gauch as a result of a Highlights Foundation Auction. I am agentless at the moment. Any chance I could submit my new MG, which I've been working on in Patti's Heart of the Novel workshop, to you? "UFF" is a first dog story inspired by the fossilized tracks of a boy and canine found in Chauvet Cave in France in 1994.