Aspiring authors can get feedback on their work while helping build a home for the children living on the streets of Uganda.

For as little as £60, authors get a detailed critique from established authors, agents and editors. It’s the brainchild of  HarperCollins Editorial Director, Helen Huthwaite.

a4f632_e6e4801f2bdb4ca89bc1c8ebff39f318The project is part of a fundraising scheme for Huthwaite’s ‘Challenge 30’ initiative – a year-long campaign which aims to raise £30,000 for S.A.L.V.E International to build a home for children living on the streets of Uganda. She launched the campaign when she turned 30-years-old in March 2015 and has since carried out a challenge a month to “prove that hitting the big three-oh isn’t all that bad.”

Authors are invited to pick an expert who will read and review a synopsis along with the first 3,000 words of their manuscript. They will provide an honest and constructive in-depth report, giving editorial guidance on content, expert advice on how to improve your material, and an assessment of where each proposal fits in the current market.

Participating editors include Martha Ashby, editor at HarperCollins, El Ashfield, fantasy editor at HarperVoyager, Natasha Harding, commissioning editor at Avon and Catherine Richardson, senior editor at Pan MacMillan.

The agents offering up their services are Diana Beaumont, Christine Green and Claire Wallace, and the authors include Gill Paul, Allie Spencer, Jo Bartlett and Adrienne Dines.

The price to receive a critique from an author is £60 and prices for editors and agents are £70. Services can be ordered from the Challenge 30 website and donations can be made here.