Monday, November 12, 2012

Win a 50 Page Critique from Agent Sara Megibow

Okay guys, get ready for this...

You know how every few months there's an auction for a good cause and agents donate critiques that go for $1000 each?  How would you like to win an agent critique without the crazy price tag?



My agent, Sara Megibow, has decided to offer a 50 page critique on a finished OR unfinished manuscript, to help promote THE SECRET UNDERGROUND.  While we encourage all entrants to buy a copy of the book, (with all the profits going to help a sick baby boy named Jayden), purchase is not required.

All you have to do to win is leave a comment on this post.  

Easy peasy, right?




Here's Sara with the details:



  •  submission can be from finished or unfinished work
  •  sample pages (up to 50 pages) must be to me by Feb 28, 2013
  • Submissions must be in a genre I represent: middle grade, young adult, romance, science fiction or fantasy (no mystery, horror, picture books, memoirs, or nonfiction)
  •  You do NOT have to buy a copy of THE SECRET UNDERGROUND to win, however I've auctioned off critiques this year for $1200, so please consider that $8 (or $4 for the eBook), which goes to charity, is a REALLY GOOD DEAL. I've bought copies as holidays gifts, birthday gifts, party favors, house warming gifts, for my own bookshelf. Come on, help baby Jayden! Regardless of format (ebook, print book, audio book) - all sales help! If you'd like to buy a copy, there are links to booksellers on the sidebar.
  •  submissions can be your book OR someone else's (which means - yes, you can give this critique as a gift to someone for the holidays as long as that person's book fits my above mentioned criteria)
  • to enter, simply post a comment on Natalie's blog. Any comment. 
  • This giveaway will close Wednesday, December 12 at midnight PST, when Natalie will chose ONE winner using Random.org. Natalie will announce that winner on Thursday, December 13.


This is an amazing opportunity.  I speak from experience when I say Sara's critiques are always spot on and extremely helpful.

Good luck to everyone!








Sara Megibow is an agent at Nelson Literary Agency.

Sara is on Twitter @SaraMegibow


Sara is on Publishers Marketplace (with client info and general opinions and tastes): http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/SaraMegibow/

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Amy Lamont said...

What a wonderful thing both of you are doing! Thanks for the opportunity!

Andrea Pring said...

What a super opportunity and a good cause too. I'll be purchasing the book.

Cynthia D'Alba said...

A very generous gift! Thank you.

Best of luck with you book, Natalie.

a39a1b82-2061-11e2-9e82-000bcdca4d7a said...

This is a great opportunity!

Keisha Martin said...

I have mentioned a few times how wonderful and compassionate you are Natalie for publishing your novel and giving all cost to a deserving baby,what a great opportunity Sara is offering and I would like to thank her for the generous offer and will cross my fingers and toes also I purchased your novel and my daughter is reading it for her literacy homework so when she is done reading it I will ask for her feedback.

My deets are:
km43458@gmail.com

Katharine said...

Thank you for the chance to win. Best of luck to Jayden and his family. He sure is cute.

Holly Bodger said...

Count me in!

Jami Gold said...

I love Sara (briefly met her at RWA12 with Janice Hardy) and everyone at NLA. Please sign me up for the critique giveaway. Thanks!

*runs off to check out Secret Underground*

Pamela K Witte said...

I've got a rollicking fun MG action/adventure that could use a critique and representation! I'd love to be entered. Helping those in need? A total no brainer. I'll add The Secret Underground to my Kindle, today.

Keisha Martin said...

Great contest, huge thanks to Sara, crossing my fingers. My lovely eleven year old is reading your book as part of her weekly book report when she is done i will discuss the book with her.

KM43458@gmail.com

Lisa said...

I just bought a Nook copy of The Secret Underground. It sounds like something my 9 year old daughter and I would really enjoy.
I'd love to be entered into the contest! I've read several books by Sarah's clients and they're fantastic! (Especially Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker!!!) So the chance to (hopefully) win a critique by her is amazing!
I'm crossing my fingers!!!

Ashley Turcotte said...

Consider my copy of the book purchased! :)

V Brown said...

Thank you for this awesome opportunity!

amycip said...

Throwing my hat in the ring! Looks like a good book!

Nat said...

Love the cover on this! I'll definitely add the book to my shopping list.

Excited for the contest as well. Thank you for the awesome opportunity!

JC said...

This is amazing- thanks so much for the opportunity. I would love to be entered for this critique!

Jessie Oliveros said...

Your book is on its way to my house! Thanks Natalie.

yaron said...

Wow, amazing opportunity! Best of luck, everyone. :)

Query Surgeon said...

Awesome. I'm hoping I get selected.

julez52 said...

Great Opportunity and all for a good cause, I'm in.

David said...

I will give it a shot.

Unknown said...

Natalie and Sara, thanks so much for the opportunity!

Ashley Maker said...

This is seriously amazing. Everyone involved in this book is so generous. I am definitely going to go pick up a copy!

TNC said...

What an amazing opportunity!
So glad I saw this on AW. :) Good luck with 'The Secret Underground!'

Lindsay said...

Just bought a copy of THE SECRET UNDERGROUND! Can't wait to get started!

Also, consider me a contestant! I'd love a critique from Sara. Thanks so much!

Kate said...

Going to go check out the book right away. Would love this opportunity, crossing my fingers!

Katrina S. Forest said...

I just read about little Jayden and it broke my heart. I don't have my Nook on hand, but I know what book I'm going to buy next. (Would you believe I was browsing yesterday for something new and just couldn't decide? You have excellent timing.)

Jayden and his family will be in my prayers for sure. I think you and your agent are just awesome for contributing your talents in this way.

Unknown said...

This is a terrific marketing idea. Very cool. I'm off to download the ebook as soon as I submit this.

db said...

It would be so awesome to win this! I have a dystopian romance almost finished and I would love to hear what.

This is a great cause, by the way. Best of luck with the book!

db said...

Sorry, my comment got cut off. I meant to say: "It would be so awesome to win this! I have a dystopian romance almost finished and I would love to hear what an expert has to say."

Melody Simpson said...

Looking forward to reading this around Christmas time!

A 50 page critique! How generous! Good luck everyone!

BadKitty said...

Will definitely buy the book, hope to win the critique.

Ian C said...

Sounds like a great cause!

I've just finished my first Science Fiction Novel and would love to win a critique by an expert!

Thanks for the chance

Veronica Bartles said...

Wow! What an amazing giveaway!! I've added The Secret Underground to my goodreads "to read" shelf, so I'll remember to get it the next time I get my book allowance :)

Jennifer Lynn Catz said...
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Jennifer Lynn Catz said...

Natalie, your book sounds so intriguing. I can't wait to buy it. Thank you, Sara for this fantastic contest! Good luck to baby Jayden. :)

Have a great day!

Emily R. King said...

I've got my copy of The Secret Underground. Awesome giveaway, Natalie!

slingsomeink said...

What a great opportunity! Sara is an industry superstar. I'll check out the book after posting, best of luck to Jayden and his family. What a heart-breaking story. I know Royal Children's Hospital is top notch, hope they find a solution soon!

Julia Munroe Martin said...

Great cause! And I would love to win the critique. Wow, what an opportunity!

Sunayna Prasad's blogs said...

A free critique sounds cool. Thanks for the chance.

DMA said...

Looking forward to reading the book! Thanks!

James Hansen said...

Thanks for the chance to get a critique from an awesome agent.

Jambo said...

Hi Natalie
I remember seeing a tweet about this book a few months ago. Such a wonderful guesture. I just popped over to Amazon to get my kindle edition. I would love a MG critique so very excited to be in the running. Thanks Natalie and Sarah, cheers Julie Anne Grasso

J.C. Hart said...

What a great prize! I just grabbed my copy of the book. Jayden's is a very worthwhile cause. Thanks for running this :-)

Rupert the Dad said...

What a wonderful offering, and I hope it generates some good help for Jayden. Now I'm going to order the book.

Lucaciu Tibi said...

Great idea!

DustySE said...

What a fabulous opportunity. Thanks - am looking forward to reading!

Agua said...

Dear Ms. Megibow,

Please consider my 10,466-word manuscript. “The Federales,” is the story of Gem Griffen, a motel maid who unintentionally becomes entangled in an intergalactic smuggling ring.

As an avid science fiction reader, I have tried to include all the essential elements that make an entertaining and realistic fantasy. With a believable main character, mysterious alien technology, and a strong story I feel, “The Federales” will fit with your audience.

Thank you for considering “The Federales.”

Josh Gonzalez

Aspiring Author said...

Totally cool cause. Totally cool agent and author.

Emy Shin said...

I would love to be entered. Thank you so much for this opportunity, and thank you, Natalie and Sara, for the amazing things you're both doing.

SStokes said...

Great contest - thanks so much! And I'm looking forward to checking out Secret Underground!

Sarah Kuhn said...

Awesome! Can't wait to read the book.

angela said...

This is such an amazing act of kindness! I'll buy a copy of this book just to help baby Jayden. I work with kids who have s/s similar to his and from a medical standpoint, I understand the hard work and emotional roller coaster an ill child can bring. Thank you Natalie and Sara for this amazing gift to Jayden as well as hopeful writers.

joydawnjohnson said...

Very generous. Thank you for the opportunity.

Lucy D. Briand said...

Thank you for this great opportunity. I will definitely look into getting a copy of that book.

lucy(@)lucydbriand(.)com

ADAAN said...

This is supremely cool! :)

Slushpile Slut said...

This is a wonderful opportunity!! And I think it's wonderful the proceeds from the book sales will help Jayden!! Now I want the book even more :)

TXAnthony said...

Here's my comment, & yes will be purchasing a copy.

jpcabit.com said...

A critique from Sara Megibow? Sign me up! :)

Lara said...

This book looks really great and if I have extra $$ I will purchase it, but I'm not sure at this point.

I'd love to win a critique, however...

L-Mo said...

What a great opportunity. Thanks.

Nicole Mc said...
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Nicole Mc said...

I love that you are doing this with your book!! So inspiring.

I would nearly give a pinky digit for a Sara critique...so I'm in!! :)

Kaylee Tuggle said...

Thank you for this amazing opportunity!

Bryan Thomas said...

How generous of Sara. Best of luck to all.

jlmbewe said...

What an awesome idea for such a special cause. My hubby and I have thought about doing something similar for a charitable work in Africa. Very cool. And I would love to win the critique as well, what an opportunity! Now off to find some kiddos who I could give this too. Hmm....

Thanks!

kerrydwyer.net said...

I am a sucker for a good cause - hats off to you :)

PAL said...

How will you ever choose? I'm happy to buy a book for a good cause...or for any reason at all, really.

I follow you on Twitter and study your tips. I know you would do an amazing critique. If you choose my manuscript, you will not be wasting your effort because I will RUN with it! :-) Preview on my website under "Other Projects."

garviegirl said...

What a dream-come-true contest! Good luck to whoever wins! :)

DeadlyAccurate said...

You don't have to twist my arm to get me to buy a good book. Already purchased, and I can't wait to read it.

Paul Deane said...

Very strange, thought I had commented on this thread already, but can't find the comment. Fun looking book.

Kristina Pui said...

A young adult here who would love to win a critique for her young adult novel (:

Katie said...

Worth a shot... thanks for the opportunity!

EmilyR said...

Awesome! Thanks so much for the opportunity! Will definitely have to look for the book :)

Elle Blair said...

Thanks to you both for the opportunity. I'll be sure to spread the word.

Elle Blair said...
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Elle Blair said...

Thanks to you both for the opportunity.

Cordelia Dinsmore said...

Well, I figure my chances are pretty much zilch, but it's such an awesome opportunity that I'm not going to let it pass me by. Thank you so much.

Kathleen said...

Great idea. I'll check out the book.

Jack said...

I featured your book today 8-)
http://missjacklewisbaillot.blogspot.com/2012/12/they-switched-subjects-back-to.html

Lisa Aldin said...

What a great idea! Thanks for doing this!!

smushybird said...

Count me in always when it's fundraising to help a baby. My son is grown, but I'm happy to buy copies to give away. Thanks, Natalie. And thank you, Sarah.

:) said...

Wow what a great contest. Thanks for sponsoring it!

:)


Eric Dulin said...

Thank you for this opportunity!

Eric Wheeler said...

Pick me, pick me...Please!

Jessica McQuay said...

Amazing cause! I just purchased a copy. =) Best of luck to everyone! Thank you for the opportunity!

S. L. Wallace said...

I just picked up a copy of The Secret Underground. It looks like a book my students may enjoy. If I choose to read it as a read aloud, I may be in contact with you. Thanks for offering such a fantastic prize! It's going for a wonderful cause.

erica and christy said...

I won a "referral" from you to Sara a couple of years ago, but I'd LOVE the critique for my new co-written (with my blog partner) YA! I downloaded and read The Secret Underground a couple of weeks ago - well done!
erica

Katie New said...

This one's for Jayden!

S. Wunsch said...

Thank you for such a wonderful opportunity and for such a worthy cause.

Jeffrey F. said...

What a wonderful prize! Thanks for offering this! I will add The Secret Underground to my book list and hopefully get it soon!

Teri said...

Wow! This is a great contest. Thank you!

Teri Herbert

Teri said...

Wow! This is an amazing contest. Thanks! Teri Herbert

Stuart said...

Looks like a book my niece will enjoy. And for a good cause.

Thanks Natalie and Sara for doing this.

Brandon Alston said...

Great cause! Ordering book now!

rachelatarms said...

What an amazing cause (and such a lovely opportunity to support it)! This book is definitely going on my buy list. Thanks to you both for this wonderful cause and opportunity!

vkaniluver said...

Wow what a great opportunity, just so happens I started writing something new today. Will definitely have a good amount by feb. This book will be added to my wishlist and prayers to baby Jayden. Very Generous, Thanks! ariher91744@ aol(dot)com

Ben & Becca said...

Thank you for this opportunity! May God bless little Jayden.

ccarpinello said...

I'm always proud of how generous and caring writers are. A common misconception out there is that we are aloof and loners. Will be giving Secret Underground as a gift this year.

Hoping for the critique.

Thanks for all.

Nathan Hart said...

A great opportunity. I'll be praying for little Jayden.

Alison said...

Thanks for this opportunity and prayers to Jayden and his family.

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authorssmith said...

I definitely want to read this book!

Maria Buscher writing as Maria Michaels said...

My Twitter feed says today is the last day to sign up. If I'm too late, that's fine. Thanks for the opportunity. I have a full request out with an editor at Harlequin but have never queried an agent so I would love the opportunity.

Elodie said...

Wow!!!! That´s an amazing chance :D I´m definitely going to buy this book, and crossing my fingers that Random.org plays nice to me!
Thanks so much to both of you!

Kate said...

Wow, what an incredibly generous thing for you both to do.

adriannejames said...

This is a great cause and a great contest! Heading over to get the Ebook now!

*fingers crossed!*

CharlesWrites said...

That's great! And for an awesome cause as well. Would love a critique, and will pick up the book right away!

Lauren S said...

yes please!

Tanya said...
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Oh! Paper Pages said...

What a great way to promote a book/cause! I am hoping that little Jayden gets all the help he needs!

Angela Campbell said...

What a great opportunity and worthy cause to promote. I'm off to purchase my copy of the book now.

angelamcampbell@aol.com

Tanya said...

This is an amazing and super generous offer! Not to mention, for a wonderful cause.

Thank you for the opportunity and Merry Christmas!

I'll be gifting the book to someone on my Christmas list right after I post. :)

Tanya

Loberto said...

Wow. :)

Jarred said...
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Jarred said...

I just saw Sara tweet this on Twitter! This is definietly going to make somebody's day tomorrow!

Stephanie said...

What a great opportunity! Thank you, Sara for being so generous. I'll definitely pick up a copy of the book.

Lauren Fraser said...

The book sounds like something my daughter would enjoy. I'll grab a copy when I'm done here. Great cause.

Thanks for the opportunity Sara and Natalie.

Anna Dickinson said...

And to think I've been moaning about my boys getting winter vomiting bugs. Jayden's story really puts that in perspective. Thinking of him and his family.

I'll happily buy the book and I can't say how much I would *love* a crit from Sara.

Lori A. Goldstein said...

The generosity of the publishing/writing community continues. Thanks so much!

Pamela K. Kinney said...

Will check out the book on Friday, since have money then. And thanks for the critique prize.

Elle said...

This is fantastic! Winner winner chicken dinner, right here! :)

Checking out the ebook right now!

anneatea said...

Thanks so much for the opportunity-- and it definitely worked to promote it. Now that I've heard about it it's on my to-read list!

catherinelawrence said...

Thanks for such an amazing opportunity! Kudos to you both. The book looks like a great pick for the MG readers in our family :)

Metallic said...

I'm game. Please count me in. I'd love to recieve some critism from a expert. Thanks so very much for doing this.

The Housework Can Wait said...

I love what you're doing with The Secret Underground! Looking forward to reading it, and great contest!

thehouseworkcanwait(at)gmail(dot)com

A.C. Thomas said...

This is an amazing opportunity. I applaud both of you for what you are doing

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