Today we welcome wonderful Ali Watts, publisher at Penguin Random House, who has donated her time to raise funds for Buy a Bale and help an aspiring writer at the same time. Here is some information about Ali and what she is offering.
If you have been working on a manuscript and want the chance to win first class feedback and maybe even find your work in front of the right people who can make your dream come true, then make sure you keep following along and bid, bid, bid to win Ali’s attention!
Ali’s offer will be on eBay in the SECOND round of auctions, starting 17 October, 6pm.
Bio: Publisher of commercial women’s fiction and non-fiction at Penguin Random House Australia, and editor of some of Australia’s most beloved authors, including Monica McInerney, Fiona McIntosh and Josephine Moon.
Genres: All areas of commercial women’s fiction, excluding fantasy and sci-fi.
Submission length: up to 50 pages + a synopsis
Reply time: up to 3 months (but I’ll try my best for 1!)
Auction reserve: $390
AUTHORS FOR FARMERS is an initiative by Australian author Josephine Moon (www.josephinemoon.com) to band together fellow authors from around the country to help with drought relief fundraising for Australian farmers. All money raised goes to BUY A BALE (registered charity, http://www.buyabale.com.au).
(Please note: Ebay charges fees for using its platform and these will be will be deducted from the total donation amount at the end.)
I have exciting news! Are you an aspiring writer? Now you have a chance to get your work directly into the hands of someone who might be able to help you make your dream come true!
As part of the ‘Authors for Farmers’ fundraising that I’ve been doing for Buy a Bale (raising funds for farmers affected by drought), I have been overwhelmed with generous offers from top Australian publishers and and authors, who are donating their time to look at partial or full manuscripts and offer feedback on its development.
Yes, that’s right, you could get your manuscript in the hands of an actual real life publisher! Aside from three top publishers (Annette Barlow (Allen & Unwin), Ali Watts (Penguin Random House) and Sophie Green, there are half a dozen or so published authors who are also offering their time to look at your manuscript. All these authors have agents and publishers and you just never know… they might decide your manuscript is worth passing onto their people. But at the very least, you can get valuable, personalised feedback on your project.
This is an incredible opportunity!
The manuscript assessment opportunities will be auctioned off via eBay, starting on 15 October, auctioned in three rounds, beginning…
Round 1: 15 October, 6pm
Round 2: 17 October, 6pm
Round 3: 19 October, 6pm
More details to come on each of our wonderful publisher and authors and auction reserves.
Auction reserves start at $99 for a manuscript assessment from an author with one published book, $149 for a manuscript assessment from authors with multiple books published, and $390 for a manuscript assessment from industry publishers.