186: Critique of first 20k words of a Non-Fiction Work by Pulitzer Prize winner Bob Drogin

Curveball by Bob DroginITEM: Editing help from Bob Drogin, Washington deputy bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times and a Pulitzer Prize winner

DETAIL: I will read the first 20,000 words of your non-fiction manuscript and give you a critique by e-mail.

BIO: Drogin is the author of “Curveball: Spies, Lies and the Con Man who Caused a War,” which won the Overseas Press Club of America’s Cornelius Ryan Award for best non-fiction book on international affairs in 2007. He was the LA Times bureau chief in Manila from 1989 to 1993 and is married to a Filipina, so is especially saddened by the typhoon’s devastation.

About Candy Gourlay

Growing up in the Philippines, Candy Gourlay wondered why all the books she'd ever loved didn't resemble her steamy, tropical home in Manila. As a result, it took her years to fulfil her dream of becoming an author – and years to learn that Filipino stories, too, belong in the pages of books. Her latest novel is BONE TALK, set in 1899 and told from the point of view of a boy from a headhunting village during the US invasion of the Philippines. She has just published her first picture book, IS IT A MERMAID – about a dugong who thinks she's a mermaid. Candy's other novels, TALL STORY and SHINE, have been listed for many prizes in the United Kingdom such as the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Book Prize. Both novels won the Crystal Kite Prize for Europe and Tall Story was awarded the National Children's Book Award in the Philippines.


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  2. If you can wait five months to critique it and don’t mind that it’s for 7-9-year old children, I’ll bid £40. (And it’s only going to be about 1000 words,) Thank you. What an incredible offer. Thank you.

  3. Melanie

    £50 An excuse to spice up the first quarter of my old thesis!

  4. Whisks

    £60 – what an incredible bargain, Bob.

  5. £80 – would love to have the 2nd draft of my historical non-fiction reviewed. Thanks!

  6. £120 – for my husband. He says “I would like Bob to look at my book examining assumptions on a technology as an unqualified good and questioning the ethical basis of the whole technological enterprise with a view to a humbler and healthier stance towards progress”.

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