Agent Irene Goodman Auctions Off Critiques

Literary agent Irene Goodman of the Irene Goodman Agency in New York is auctioning off 25 critiques this December, with all proceeds going toward Foundation Fighting Blindness and the Deafness Research Foundation. If you’ve ever wanted to get a thorough critique from someone who knows their stuff and has helped launch some amazing writers’ careers, read on.

Irene Goodman and her son, Rob,
who was diagnosed with Usher Syndrome,
which affects sight and hearing.

All the details are on Irene’s page about this. Here’s the gist: You can submit a synopsis and up to 50 pages (a “partial”) and she sends back her notes on how the work can be more salable. There are certain categories she likes in both fiction and nonfiction. The auctions on EBay start on Dec. 1 and end on Dec. 15, 2009. The actual EBay links do not exist yet (as of Nov. 17) but will be live as of Dec. 1.

It’s a good cause, so think about getting in on this and making a bid. If you don’t have anything that needs a critique, purchase one of these for a friend or writer you know as a Christmas gift! (On a side note, I am advocating to everyone I know to buy books, magazines and more books this Christmas to support the publishing industry. First on my list: Pixarpedia.)

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