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