Thursday, July 15, 2010


Thank you everyone for your patience! I'm delighted to announce that the shirts have arrived!

Your checks will be in the bank this afternoon (I held off on the deposit just in case there were ANY snags) and the shirts will start shipping out tomorrow!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Hey guys!!

We'll be taking T-shirt order through THIS SUNDAY. Just a heads up!!

Thank you again. You're all inspiring.

ETA: So long as you LET US KNOW that a check is coming BY SUNDAY, you're fine :)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Jodi Meadows gloves and T-shirts

Hey all!

Just wrapping up a few items of business here.

First, one more item as yet unclaimed.

Day 6 Item 11: Jodi Meadows custom gloves! Julie, if you do not contact us in 24 hours, you will forfeit.

Also, t-shirt orders are still being taken! Hurry and let us know if you'd like one! (instructions in a below post)

Friday, May 28, 2010


I hate to do this, but we have no choice. If you've won an auction item and given us NO way to contact you, and have not come forward to collect your item, this might happen to you in the next couple days.


DAY 3: Chris: Winner of NUMB by Sean Ferrell.

Day 3: MrsJock: Winner or Kate Hart quilt.

DAY 4: Alysia: Winner of Cynthia Liu package.

If you do not come forward in the next 24 hours, you will forfeit your bid.

Thank you.


The above winners have officially forfeited their items. The runners-up may now claim them.

Saturday, May 22, 2010



These awesome shirts designed and donated by Nashvillian graphic designer Trent Thibodeaux!!

Here's the deal. Because we've had SO much trouble getting PayPal to cooperate, we've decided to do this old school, and use checks.

If you want a t-shirt, here's the steps.

1. Send a check for $18 (you can send more if you want but $15 will cover you shirt, shipping, and a donation of $10) here:

Victoria Schwab <--make the check out to me, as I'll be opening a special account for this.
1205 Woodland St
Nashville, TN 37206

In the "to/for" part of the check at the bottom, please put "Do the Write Thing Nashville".

2. Email us at dtwtfn at gmail dot com with:

Your name
Your address
Your shirt size

As soon as we receive your check, we will email you a confirmation.

We know this is a leap of faith, but we promise that every penny (minus production and shipping) will go to directly our charity.

We will be taking checks for the next TWO WEEKS, and then will place the order with our t-shirt provider.

Thank you, as always. And if you have any questions, please email.

Friday, May 21, 2010


Hello, all.

A couple pieces of business.

#1. Your hosts, due to "normal life", must go away for the weekend. We shall be checking email as much as possible, but if you don't hear back by Monday, DON'T PANIC.

Now, #2. #2 is VERY IMPORTANT.

Several winners have not claimed their prizes. Of those, some have left us NO WAY to contact them. If there's the slightest chance you won an item, CHECK ON IT.

ROUNDS 1-5: You have until Monday to claim your prize, or we will move on to the next highest bidder. PLEASE, PLEASE EMAIL US. If you must withdraw, EMAIL. If you have a question, EMAIL.

IF the next highest bidder doesn't claim the item, IT WILL GO BACK UP FOR BID. We will have a final round for these items.

The email: dtwtfn at gmail dot com

~Your loving hosts.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Attention Winners

All winning bidders who have contacted us have been emailed with the instructions needed to make their donations to The Community Foundation. If WINNING BIDDERS haven't received these instructions from dtwtfn @ gmail . com, please email again.

If you are a winning bidder and have sent us your RECEIPT from The Community Foundation and haven't been contacted by us yet, please email and let us know.

(There are a couple of you who have sent receipts who haven't been contacted yet because I'm waiting on confirmation from donators about which email address they prefer I use. But feel free to ping me anyway!)

Thanks so much for your patience!

All Items Now Closed

And so it comes to a close. The auction is officially over.

It's an amazing thing you all have done. As we said in the video, we can give up sleep and sanity, but without you, this would have never been. We are blessed and honored and eternally grateful.

Thank you for sticking with us.

WINNERS: If you've emailed us more than 24 hours ago and haven't heard back, please email again now.

DAY/ROUND TEN WINNERS: Email us now and let us know what you've won!

Our email is dtwtfn at gmail dot com.

As far as t-shirts, the info will go up here on the site in a day or two, as soon as it's all shiny and working.

Thank you.

There are no more words, I fear, that we haven't already used to the point of excess. So thank you.


Do the Write Thing for Nashville.

Monday, May 17, 2010


Round nine winners, please email us at for further instructions before paying.

Thanks so much!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

A note from your hosts...

The auction is still on, with Round 9 closing tonight, and finally Round 10 tomorrow (t-shirts will go up after), but we have a few quick words to say...

Round/Day Eight closed

Round/Day eight is now closed!

Winners, please email us at for more information on how to claim your items!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Thank You, and Good Night

Your three hostesses are overwhelmed, amazed and eternally grateful for ... everything. We wanted to make the last items up personal, so, now up for bid: 

~ Because books started it all, a book that means something special:

From Victoria - JONATHAN STRANGE AND MR. NORRELL by Susanna Clarke

From Myra - THE WIZARD OF OZ by L. Frank Baum

From Amanda - ELLA ENCHANTED by Gail Carson Levine

~ Because writing is what we do, a first chapter critique from each of us

~ Because it speaks the truth, the photo (taken by Matt Drewes) pictured on our banner, framed and signed with a personalized thank you

~ Because we're proud of you, a *Do The Write Thing For Nashville* t-shirt

~ And finally, because we appreciate you so much, if you're ever in our spectacular and resilient city of Nashville:

Lunch. On us.* 

*includes cupcakes 

With MUCH, MUCH more love than we could ever express, 

Do The Write Thing For Nashville

Afternoon Delight

From the Twilight Lexicon: A signed copy of Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer.

Midday Surprise

From literary agent Jill Corcoran, a critique of your query and the first ten pages of your YA or MG novel via phone call.

Day 10 - Item 15

From author Jennifer Holm: A page from an original Babymouse lay-out and a skype visit from the author. 

Day 10 - Item 14

From conference organizer Chantel Acevedo: It's The Auburn Writers Conference and our theme this year is THE CHILD ON THE PAGE: WRITING FOR AND ABOUT CHILDREN. There's a day of workshops (including a query workshop with Holly Root and fiction workshop with Rachel Hawkins), and a day of seminars. Dinner, lunch and entertainment included. Whoever wins the auction must cover their own travel/hotel expenses, however.

Day 10 - Item 13

From USA Today bestselling author Rochelle Alers: A romance package including 10 signed books, lavender water, massage oil, candle and a CD with romantic music.

Day 10 - Item 12

From Disney*Hyperion editor Abby Ranger: middle grade or YA critique, up to 40 pages plus a 3-page synopsis, with an e-mail response as well as a 20-minute phone call. To be scheduled for a mutually convenient time between July and November.

Day 10 - Item 11

From Marianne Strnad: A signed, personalized copy of THE VAMPIRE AND THE VIRGIN by New York Times bestselling author Kerrelyn Sparks.

Day 10 - Item 10

From editorial director Stacy Whitman at Lee and Low/Tu Books: A one chapter critique. Tu specializes in publishing fantasy, science fiction, mystery and historical fiction for minority children and young adults.

Day 10 - Item 9

From bestselling, award winning author Deeanne Gist: An autographed hard back of her upcoming June release, Maid To Match, and an online video conference (skype or whatever) or a telephone conference with a book club. All members of the winning book club will receive book marks, autographed book plates from Deeanne and a "Dee's Circle of Friends" lapel pin.

Day 10 - Item 8

From Debbie Diesen: Two fun, rhyming picture books, signed by the author (made out to you or to a person/s of your choice):
  • The Barefooted, Bad-Tempered Baby Brigade features a protest crawl of babies. They're fed up with baths, bibs, and belly kisses, and they're not going to take it anymore! Silly and fun, the book is really a sentimental story in disguise, and makes a great baby shower gift.
  • The Pout-Pout Fish, a New York Times bestseller, features the perpetually pouty Mr. Fish. He resists his friends' efforts to cheer him up, but in the end he's transformed by a random act of smoochiness into... a kiss-kiss fish!
The author will also include in this lot 50 signed bookmarks.

Day 10 - Item 7

From The Trades: THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB - THE SUMMER BEFORE (ARC copy, softcover, signed by Ann M. Martin) and ALICE'S JOURNEY BEYOND THE MOON (limited edition hardcover, signed by R.J. Carter and Lucy Wright, re-signed and dated by Carter).

Day 10 - Item 6

From New York Times bestselling author Nancy Holder: All three books in the WICKED YA dark fantasy series, personalized and autographed for the winner, a container of Wicked green apple mints, purchased by Nancy at Disneyland, and both books in the POSSESSIONS YA horror series, personalized and autographed for the winner.

Day 10 - Item 5

From Robin Bridges, author of THE GATHERING STORM (Bantam 2011): New copies of these YA titles: MISTWOOD, WHITE CAT, SHADE, and THE BODY FINDER, two sample packs of organic granola from, a twenty-five page critique, and a Nashville mug.

Day 10 - Item 4

From author Cyn Balog: "A copy of FAIRY TALE, a fortune cookie necklace, and the opportunity to name a character in my book, LIVING BACKWARDS, which is coming out in 2012. The rules are only that I have final say over the use of the name. Because it can't be anything like Scoobydoo Humperdink or whatever."

Day 10 - Item 3

From award-winning, non-fiction author of picture books for kids, Kelly Milner Halls: A critique of a complete nonfiction proposal or up to 20 pages of a nonfiction manuscript (preferably with a finished outline).

From award-winning, bestselling author Chris Crutcher: A swag bag with books, posters, bookmarks and other fun signed Crutcher goods inside.

Day 10 - Item 2

From freelance editor C.A. Marshall: An exhaustive edit and a copy edit, in addition to a query critique.

Day 10 - Item 1

From author Kristin Tubb: A signed hardback copy of Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different and a signed ARC of Selling Hope.

Note from Kristin: I'd like to add a detailed synopsis critique. (Synopses are my strong point.  Love em.  That probably makes me sick and twisted, but whatever... ;-)  ) 

From author Laurel Snyder: Signed copies of her three books Any Which Wall, Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains, and her last (personal) ARC of Penny Dreadful, a middle grade novel set in Tennessee. 

Note from Laurel: I will also name a character in my new book, "Bigger than a Breadbox" after the person of the winner's choice (them, their kid, grandpa, etc).  I'm also happy to add a half-hour chat with the winner about the ins and outs of getting published, or promoting their books, or whatever.

Round/Day SEVEN is closed!

Ladies and gentlemen,

Day/Round seven is now CLOSED.

I wish we had time to check every comment thread to see if you've won and write down your email address, but we don't! So winners, please email us at

DAYS ONE THROUGH FOUR--if we haven't responded to your email, WE DIDN'T GET IT. Please resend! We want to get your items to you as soon as possible.

Other winners--try to give us at least 24 hours before you check in to see if we received your email. This auction keeps us busy, and with line edits, copy edits, and a full time job between the three of us, we're pretty slammed.

Lastly, THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH! Our winning bidders are awesome. The people who donated the items rock. And all of you spreading the word? This wouldn't have been possible without you!

Friday, May 14, 2010


From artist and author Delilah Dawson: Custom artwork - a 6" square woodburned and painted wood block of any book character (retails for $40).

Visit Delilah's etsy shop here:

Day 9 - Item 17

From Karen Mahoney, author of THE IRON WITCH (Flux, 2011) a signed copy of THE ETERNAL KISS, which contains her story, "Falling to Ash", a query letter + 3 chapter critique + email consultation regarding querying.

Also, either a signed ARC of KISS ME DEADLY (due to be published late July) if the author can obtain one (they are in short supply ahead of BEA) OR an author copy when she receives one.

Day 9 - Item 16

From author Leah Cypess: A signed copy of MISTWOOD. 

Day 9 - Item 15

From agent Joanna Volpe of Nancy Coffey Literary Agency: Lunch with Jo and MISS SNARK, to take place any time the bidder can be in New York City.

Day 9 - Item 14

From authors Tasha Alexander and Andrew Grant: "We'll fly to the winning bidder's nearest major city in the United States or the United Kingdom and take the winner and a friend out to lunch. Also will include signed copies of our latest titles for both of them."

Day 9 - Item 13

A MASSIVE prize package from the GotYA girls. This would be perfect for an aspiring author who really wants to whip their book into shape:

-From agent Emmanuelle Alspaugh of Judith Ehrlich Literary Agency: A query and 15 first pages of mss critique.

-From agent Taylor Martindale of Sandra Dijsktra Literary Agency: A full ms read.

-Manuscript critiques from at least 3 of our blog members

-Query critiques from at least 3 of our blog members

-A guest blogging spot for the summer on our blog (topics must be YA or writing-related)

-One signature banner (for use on forums like Absolute Write or blogs) and coordinating bookmark design from our resident graphic designer. Winner has option of providing photographs which they would like used. If winner does not have photos, we will select stock photography (iStockphoto, excluding Vetta collection) for them based on a summery or query for their ms and using our own discretion and judgement.

EDIT: I've left out an item!!
A mss copy edit from former Sourcebooks copy editor, Veronica Roth.

EDITED AGAIN (LAST TIME): One of these, YA book themed:

Day 9 - Item 12

From Christine Lee of tags-n-stones: The two highest bidders have their choice of one item each from Christine's site. All are hand-stamped sterling silver or gold filled necklaces or bracelets (or even wine charms) with a choice of freshwater pearl or Swarovski crystal. 

Day 9 - Item 11

From author Lisa Mantchev:

"Personalized/signed copies of Eyes Like Stars and Perchance To Dream (finished hardcovers, US or Canada; paperback ELS/ARC of PTD, international)

Backstage Pass bracelets and assorted swag

Mention in the acknowledgments of So Silver Bright (Theatre Illuminata, Book 3)

Should the bidding go over $100, I will add one of the following (winner's choice):

Half hour authorly phone call from me (US) or Skype session (International)
500-word custom flash fiction scene of the auction winner with the fairies.

Should the bidding go over $200, both will be included!"

Day 9 - Item 10

From writing teacher and author, Laurie Alice Eakes: 1-hour plotting lesson by phone. 

Laurie is the author of The Glassblower, The Heiress, The Newcomer from Heartsong Presents, Barbour Publishing, 2010; Better than Gold in large print from Thorndike Press, 2010; When the Snow Flies from Avalon Books, 2010; Lady of the Mist from Baker/Revell, 2011.

Day 9 - Item 9

From agent Michelle Grajkowski at Three Seas Literary: A three chapter/50 page and synopsis critique.

Day 9 - Item 8

From New York Times bestselling author Vicki Lewis Thompson: Her books Blonde with a Wand and Chick with a Charm (signed), and critique of a synopsis and first chapter.

Day 9 - Item 7

From author Laura Wright: The very first bound galley of her October release from NAL/Signet, ETERNAL HUNGER, Mark of the Vampire, signed and personalized.

From author Alex Bledsoe, signed trade paperbacks of his two vampire novels set in 1975 Memphis, BLOOD GROOVE and THE GIRLS WITH GAMES OF BLOOD. Also, a Tuckerization -- the act of using a person's name in an original story as an in-joke -- in his fourth Eddie LaCrosse novel, due out in 2012.

Day 9 - Item 6

From professional illustrator and author Josh Ferrin: A consultation and character design for one character, including design and high-res images.

Day 9 - Item 5

From Carrington Fox of the Nashville Scene: Accompany the Nashville Scene's restaurant critic on a review of a Nashville restaurant. Up to three people can attend. (That makes a table of four.) Does not include alcohol.

Day 9 - Item 4

From Diana Gill, executive editor of Eos (imprint of Harper Collins):

"I will edit and critique the first chapter of a novel (genre, especially sf/f/h, preferred), or the first couple of chapters, up to 30 pages total. Author should include a synopsis of the entire story as well. This edit includes line and story edits, and notes on the overall storyline, plot, market viability, etc.

Please note that due to work considerations, it will take me at least 3 weeks to respond, and probably more than that."

Special note: Dianna Gill launched the careers of bestselling authors Kim Harrison, Vicki Pettersson, and Jocelynn Drake, with whom she still works. Other authors with whom she has worked include Jonathan Barnes, Brom, Trudi Canavan, Richard Kadrey, Sarah Langan, Patrick Lee, Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Mary Stewart, and more.In addition to sf and fantasy, her interests include horror and supernatural thrillers, alternate history and steampunk.

Day 9 - Item 3

From Matthew Mahoney, agent with Ralph M. Vicinanza, Ltd. (Vanderbilt grad and former Nashvillian): A thirty minute phone call answering any and all questions about the industry.

Day 9 - Item 2

From Jennifer Laughran, agent at Andrea Brown Literary:

"I will hand-pick a basket of a dozen excellent YA or Middle Grade books and galleys by Andrea Brown Literary Agency clients. The winner can tell me if they have any preferences (and if they prefer YA, MG or a mixture) and I will tailor the basket to them.

exact contents of the basket will have to be a mystery for now because it will be tailored to the winner, but I can say that it might contain all kinds of YA or MG books, including recent award winners such as FLASH BURNOUT by LK Madigan, gorgeously written fantasy like MAGIC UNDER GLASS by Jaclyn Dolamore, finished copies of awesome upcoming books like HARMONIC FEEDBACK by Tara Kelly, or hotly anticipated advance reader copies, possibly like FALLOUT by Ellen Hopkins, SUGAR AND ICE by Kate Messner or MERMAID'S MIRROR by LK Madigan."

Day 9 - Item 1

Donated by Jen Lameroux: Here, There Be Dragons, signed, paperback; and The Indigo King, signed, hardback by James A. Owen.

From author Beth Kanell: A signed copy of The Darkness Under the Water (Candlewick 2008), a YA historical thriller.

Round/Day Six Items Now Closed--and a TWIST!


Round/Day six items are NOW CLOSED.

WINNERS:  Email us at and we'll hook you up with your winnings.

AND, if you've been watching the blog at all, you know that we here at Do the Write Thing for Nashville like twists.

So here's one.

Mary Kole of Andrea Brown Literary Agency will be critiquing the top FIVE bidders, if they're still interested, for a donation of $2,125, which was the bid of the fifth highest bidder.

A HUGE thanks to Mary and our wonderful bidders!

*price subject to change based on lowest of the top five bids

Thursday, May 13, 2010

A Note to our Winners

Hey Winners,

Please email us to receive instructions before making a donation, even if you've made one before.  It helps us out a lot. :)

Happy Bidding,

Amanda, Myra, and Victoria

Day 8 - Item 19

From Julie Weathers: Two custom made genuine catch ropes bowls - one to each of the two highest bidders. Winners will get to choose the color of the bowls and either barbeque or sweet Texas treats to fill it.

Barbeque treats: Shiner Bock salt and pepper shakers,  Claude’s Brisket Sauce, a selection of Fiesta seasonings, and Carroll Shelby’s Chili Seasoning.

Sweet treats: Texas Trash (nuts, cereals and pretzels coated with white chocolate and dusted with powdered sugar), Pecans Scandia, Orange Pecans and Chocolate Mint Pecans.

Winners also receive a copy of the short story A Woman Scorned, a perfect life lesson from an old west, Texas woman, and an original western drawing.

For more details, see Julie's blog post here.

Day 8 - Item 18

From New York times bestselling author Mark Di Vincenzo: A signed copy of my book, Buy Ketchup in May and Fly at Noon: A Guide to the Best Time to Buy This, Do That and Go There.