Sunday, May 9, 2010


Round II auction ends at midnight central time! Bid now!

These Bids Too Rich For Your Blood?

Never fear.

We're busy restructuring day ten so everyone who wants to contribute will have an opportunity to do so - and possibly get something in return. In addition, a graphic designer has been alerted. T-shirts (and maybe more) are in the works.

So sit back and enjoy all the crazy, cutthroat bidding going down in the comments, and don't blow your budgeted fun money on lattes, bubblegum and cupcakes this week.

And because it can never be said enough, THANK YOU.


Lunch with NYT bestselling author Lisa McMann for you and your friends!

Lisa McMann will fly to your nearest major US city, meet you and up to three of your closest friends at or near the airport for a late lunch/early dinner (Lisa's buying). She will bring each of you a personalized, signed copy of GONE (the final book in the WAKE trilogy), and spend  time with you chatting about whatever bookish things the winning bidder wants to talk about -- the publishing process, how to be a better writer, books in general, tales of Miss Spoobin, how to roast a pork butt...whatever! In addition, the winning bidder will be presented with the amazing Miss Spoobin. (For the story on Miss Spoobin, a very special spoon friend, go here: )  Get your friends to all pitch in and bid, or surprise your teen, spouse or BFF with this unique opportunity!

More deets from Lisa:
1. I can meet you any day of the week and would like to make our lunch happen sometime this summer. I can work with you to determine a date that is suitable for everyone involved.

2. Definition of a major city: Basically, one to which I can fly directly (or with a very quick layover) on Delta from Phoenix. Please feel free to email me with your city choice before you bid if your nearest big city is questionable, and I'll let you know if that city works.


Day 4 - Item 16

Midday madness!

From acclaimed YA and MG author and former SCBWI Midsouth RA Tracy Barrett, THREE autographed hardcover books from The Sherlock Files series, including THE 100-YEAR-OLD SECRET, THE BEAST OF BLACKSLOPE, and THE CASE THAT TIME FORGOT. 

Please note there will be a slight delay in shipping because Tracy has yet to receive author copies for book III.


From Joanne Levy, two SIGNED copies of Lisa McMann's New York Times Bestseller WAKE (paperback).

Watch for another post to tie in with this one LATER!

Day 4 - Item 15

From screenwriter, producer, director and all-around expert Carolyn McDonald, a Be Your Own Studio Writing Workshop, which takes place in Nashville, TN.  Workshop takes place Tuesday evenings from June 8-August 24.

For more information (and to see all of Ms. McDonald's amazing credentials that wouldn't fit on here) please visit http://

Day 4 - Item 14

From Bonny Anderson, a beautiful, handmade necklace of freshwater pearls with a large Swarovski crystal pendant.

Day 4 - Item 13

This is a biggie!

Russell Davis, author, editor, packager, and President of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, will read (1) complete novel manuscript and reply with a detailed editorial letter in response. In addition, Russell will do a detailed line edit on the first three (3) chapters. Lastly, he will do a phone call with the person, after they've had a chance to look everything over, to answer any questions.

Day 4 - Item 12

From Alison Janssen, Senior Editor at Tyrus Books, a subscription to the 2010 spring AND fall lines (
  This is an AMAZING value. 

Day 4 - Item 11

From historical fiction author Kathleen Y'Barbo, a one page synopsis critique and up to 20 pages of a manuscript as well as a copy of one of her novels (winner's choice).

Day 4 - Item 10

From Michelle McLean, author of the forthcoming ESSAYS AND TERM PAPERS, non-fiction query and proposal assistance, which includes step-by-step hand holding throughout the process of writing a proposal and query from start to finish.

Day 4 - Item 9

From super agent Janet Reid, a thirty-minute manuscript consultation via telephone. The auction winner will send a completed MS by email for Ms. Reid to read before consultation. 

Day 4 - Item 8

From YA and MG novelist, writing coach, and founder of AUTHORS NOW Cynthia Liu, author of PARIS PAN TAKES THE DARE , THE GREAT CALL OF CHINA and the forthcoming WHAT I DIDN’T TELL YOU, a ten page critique.

Day 4 - Item 7

From romance and YA author Trish Milburn/Tricia Mills, signed copies of THE FAMILY MAN (Harlequin America) and HEARTBREAK RIVER (Razorbill) and a critique of the first 30 pages of a romance or YA manuscript.

Day 4 - Item 6

From Kristin Sevick, an associate editor at Tor/Forge, a critique of a query letter and the first 30 manuscript pages.

Kristin edits mysteries, thrillers, and women’s fiction.

Day 4 - Item 5

From middle grade author Lindsay Eland, a signed, hardbound copy of SCONES AND SENSIBILITY and a ten page critique.

Day 4 - Item 4

From Kate Schafer at KT Literary, a package of books by KT Literary clients, including SCARLETT FEVER by Maureen Johnson, POWERLESS by Matthew Cody, BAND GEEKED OUT by Jody Bloss, and more!

Day 4 - Item 3

From Rick Fine, a signed copy of Michael Crichton’s ANDROMEDA STRAIN.

Day 4 - Item 2

From The North Carolina Writers’ Network, three scholarships to the 2010 Fall Conference, taking place November 5-7, in Charlotte, NC. For more information, please visit

Day 4 - Item 1

From paranormal author Dina James, THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF VAMPIRE ROMANCE.  Authors include Sherri Erwin, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Jenna Black, Jenna Maclaine, Raven Hart, Delilah Devlin, Keri Arthur, Kimberly Raye, Alexis Morgan, Lilith Saintcrow, C.T. Adams, Cathy Clamp, Susan Sizemore, Dina James, Colleen Gleason, Barbara Emrys, Savannah Russe, Shiloh Walker, Vicki Pettersson, Rebecca York, Rachel Vincent, Amanda Ashley, Karen Chance, and Nancy Holder.  Signed by Dina James.

Round One Winners!

Hey all!

Congratulations to all of the winners of the Round one auction!  Comments are now closed.  If you're a high bidder, please email us at with the subject ROUND ONE WINNERS in all caps so we can easily find you and hook you up with your item.

AND SECONDLY, a surprise, since you've probably figured out that the organizers here kind of have a thing for surprises.


So the TOP FOUR bidders can email us because the awesome Miss Mosk has agreed to critique all of you.

Thanks, everyone!  And stay tuned tomorrow for more surprises!