Author Shelli Johannes is having a contest in order to pay back to the writing community.
You can read about it on her website http://www.faeriality.blogspot.com/
It's a fabulous idea for a fabulous community. I am amazed every day by publishing professionals.
Whether its editors and agents who offer critiques to raise money for charity or published and agented authors who reach out to those struggling amid the slush pile, the writing community gives back.
I've blogged before about Denise Jaden, author of Losing Faith. I met her at first conference I attended. I was nervous, naive and fairly ignorant about the publishing industry. She and I were waiting in line to get agent appointments. We were both writers of YA fiction, pitching to the same agents; yet, she was encouraging and willing to share all the knowledge she had gained with me. Though she got an agent and became busy with revisions and promotions, she never stopped encouraging other writers. It was through Denise's tweet that I heard of Shelli's contest. So thanks to Denise and Shelli. Here's hoping I'll be able to give back some day.