Saturday, May 7, 2011

Day 2 Items Are Closed!

Wow! Another amazing day of bids. Our grand total is already up to $5720! Thank you so much for your bids!

Winners have been mentioned by name in the comments of each post -- keep an eye out for an email from us with details on how to pay for and receive your item.

Days 3 and 4 are still open, and we do it all again tomorrow at 10:00 AM CST with even more great auctions!

Day 4 ~ Item 16: Apocalypsies Package


Members of the Apocalypsies (debut 2012 MG/YA/PB authors) have joined forces for this get-it-before-it’s-too-late package. The winning bidder will receive:

A critique of the first 50 pages of an MG or YA manuscript by Apocalypsies:
  • E.M. Kokie (PERSONAL EFFECTS, Candlewick Press Fall 2012)
  • Sarvenaz Tash (THE MAPMAKER AND THE GHOST, Walker, Winter 2012)
  • Jessica Spotswood (BORN WICKED, Putnam, Spring 2012)
  • Kathleen Peacock (HEMLOCK, Katherine Tegen Books, Summer 2012)
  • Gina Rosati (AURACLE, Roaring Brook Press, Summer 2012)

A critique of a query for an MG or YA manuscript by Apocalypsies:
  • Emily Hainsworth (THROUGH TO YOU, Balzer + Bray, Fall 2012)
  • Susanne Winnacker (THE OTHER LIFE, Marshall Cavendish, Spring 2012)
  • E.M. Kokie (PERSONAL EFFECTS, Candlewick Press Fall 2012)
  • Kathleen Peacock (HEMLOCK, Katherine Tegen Books, Summer 2012)
  • Robin Bridges (THE GATHERING STORM, Delacorte, January 2012)

A critique of a synopsis (up to three pages) for an MG or YA mansuscript by Apocalypsies:
  • Emily Hainsworth (THROUGH TO YOU, Balzer + Bray, Fall 2012)
  • Susanne Winnacker (THE OTHER LIFE, Marshall Cavendish, Spring 2012)
  • E.M. Kokie (PERSONAL EFFECTS, Candlewick Press Fall 2012)
  • Robin Bridges (THE GATHERING STORM, Delacorte, January 2012)

An ARC of STARCROSSED by Josephine Angelini (donated by Debra Driza) and a red-hot ARC selected from the buzzed about books at BEA (donated by Lenore Appelhans).

And, as a bonus, a critique of the first ten pages of a MG or YA manuscript by Stacy Cantor Abrams at Walker Books (Sarvenaz Tash’s editor).

As the Apocalypsies like to say, bid like there’s no tomorrow!

*E.M. Kokie will act as the winning bidder's contact and help facilitate the exchange of submission and critiques. (And given the propensity for the world to end, the submissions for critique must be made by the winning bidder within 6-months of the end of the auction.)

Day 4 ~ Item 15: "Hexy" Package

From Alabama girl and NYT bestselling author Rachel Hawkins:
A "Hexy Package" with HEX HALL and DEMONGLASS books, tote bag, t-shirt and more surprises!

Day 4 ~ Item 14: TEN Partial Critiques With Chance At Agent Consideration!

Don't miss this amazing opportunity!
  • Author Saundra Mitchell will read the first 10 pages of a YA novel (any genre) from the top 10 bidders, and offer general notes on those pages.*
  • If any of those pages are amazing and ready to be seen by an agent, she will personally forward them to agent Jim McCarthy of DGLM for his consideration.**
* Pages must be from a COMPLETED YA novel.
** Saundra does not guarantee to forward any pages, nor does Jim guarantee to request from any forwarded pages.  

Saundra Mitchell is a longtime screenwriter and author. Random House‘s Delacorte Press published her debut novel, Shadowed Summer, in 2009. Harcourt Children’s Books Children’s published her new novel for teens, The Vespertine, in 2011, with its companion novel, The Springsweet following in Spring 2012.

Jim McCarthy interned for DGLM while studying urban design at New York University. Upon graduating, Jim realized he would much rather continue working with books than make the jump (as he had originally intended) to the field of city planning. He is now a Vice President at DGLM, and represents a diverse client base including YA authors Danny Marks, Cyn Balog, Jackson Pearce, Suzanne Young, Jessica Spotswood, Saundra Mitchell and NYT bestselling authors Richelle Mead and Carrie Ryan.

Day 4 ~ Item 13: Query Critique

From author Rebecca Behrens:
"(Almost unlimited) query editing: I will edit (developmental and/or copy edit) a query letter as many times as the writer wants before s/he sends it out. (Up to 10 rounds. To prevent obsessing. Although, who doesn't obsess over queries?)"

Day 4 ~ Item 12: Personalized Children's Book

From Sara Baker at Luna Cat Books:

A personalized children's book.

Choose from a female/male story-- Princess in the Tower or Little Big Fred.
Enter child's name, personalized dedication and date, skin tone (light, medium, or dark), and hair color (black, blonde, brown, or red).

To see additional sample illustrations from the books, please visit our Facebook fanpage.

Day 4 ~ Item 11: ARC

An Advanced Reader Copy of THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin!

BONUS! From Michelle Hodkin:
"If the bidding reaches $50, I'll sign the ARC to the winning bidder.
If the bidding reaches $100, I'll sign the ARC to the winning bidder AND include a quote from the sequel which is under wraps for at least another year.
If the bidding reaches $250, I'll do all of the above AND throw in a copy of the very, very first draft of the first chapter of MARA, which I wrote the very first day I began writing, on May 15, 2009. Just how much is my personal humiliation worth? I guess we'll find out."

Donated by:
Cindy Chok

Day 4 ~ Item 10: TEN Novels + Tea

From author Christine Merrill:
A basket of at least 10 backlist and current books by Regency Historical, with china tea cup and tea to enjoy while reading.

Day 4 ~ Item 9: Signed Book


Donated by:
Taryn Albright

Day 4 ~ Item 8: Manuscript Critique ~ Adult Paranormal Romance or Urban Fantasy

FULL manuscript critique of an adult Paranormal Romance or Urban Fantasy, not to exceed 100K words, from author Amanda Bonilla, who lives in rural Idaho with her husband and two kids. She’s a part-time pet wrangler, a full-time sun worshipper, and only goes out into the cold when coerced. When she’s not writing she’s either reading or talking about her favorite books. Her urban fantasy romance, SHAEDES OF GRAY, debuts December 6th, 2011 from Signet/Eclipse.

Day 4 ~ Item 7: Signed Book

Personalized signed copy of FALLING UNDER by Gwen Hayes.

"Theia Alderson has always led a sheltered life in the small California town of Serendipity Falls. But when a devastatingly handsome boy appears in the halls of her school, Theia knows she's seen Haden before- not around town, but in her dreams.

As the Haden of both the night and the day beckons her closer one moment and pushes her away the next, the only thing Theia knows for sure is that the incredible pull she feels towards him is stronger than her fear.

And when she discovers what Haden truly is, Theia's not sure if she wants to resist him, even if the cost is her soul."

Donated by the author

Day 4 ~ Item 6: Partial & Query Critique PLUS Name a Character!

From Jessica Spotswood, author of Born Wicked (Putnam, 2012):

"A query critique & critique of the first 50 pages of your ms
I'll name a girl arrested for witchery after you in BORN WICKED!"

Day 4 ~ Item 5: Custom Blog Header or Logo

One custom blog header or logo from author Jess Byam.


If the bidding reaches $100, she will throw in up to 5 matching buttons!

Be sure to visit her design and illustration gallery -- it is under construction so she is happy to take further pre-bidding inquiries at jestkeptsecret at gmail dot com.

Day 4 ~ Item 4: Partial Critique ~ YA

From Erin Bowman, author of The Laicos Project (HarperTeen, 2013):
"A 30-page critique! Send me the first 30 pages of your YA manuscript (any genre) and I will give you some honest, constructive feedback, ranging from in-line notes to top level thoughts on pacing, character development and world building!"

Day 4 ~ Item 3: Book

From author Karin Lefranc:
"A Quest for Good Manners: Discover the secret why we need to be polite.
Rosalind is not your typical princess—she and her pet dragon, Sparkler, are very rude. "What’s the big deal with manners anyway?” the princess asks. “Why do we always have to say please and thank you? And who cares how we use a napkin?”

Appalled by this behavior, the queen banishes the impolite pair from her castle until they find Good Manners. Percival, the wizard, sends them on their quest with the help of a magic fork, facing several challenges along the way. Not until the final test do Rosalind and Sparkler discover the real secret behind Good Manners.

Manners are more than mere rules of etiquette—good manners make others feel at ease and are the foundation of compassion and gratitude. It is a never-ending quest for parents and teachers to instill in our children the importance of good manners. This book is a precious tool in achieving that goal. Children and parents alike will love—and learn from—this story."

Day 4 ~ Item 2: Book

From author Jim Higley:
"An inspirational account of one dad’s extraordinary journey through cancer, fatherhood, and several forgotten life lessons—and the discovery of one life-changing gift.

JIM HIGLEY WAS A FORTY-YEAR-OLD BOBBLEHEAD. Just like those collectible figurines with oversized, bouncy heads, he’d put on a smiling face and bobble through his hectic, overflowing days.

Higley’s bobbling came to a screeching halt with the diagnosis of cancer, surgery, and a summer of healing. More than a cancer story, however, Bobblehead Dad puts the reader in a front row seat as the author discovers the illuminating parallels between events in his childhood and his adulthood. Higley, whose weekly fatherhood column appears in the Chicago Tribune’s TribLocal, unwraps poignant lessons from his family history with rich, vivid detail. His story reveals meaning in simple moments and the people who fill them—including the surprise discovery of his most important lesson, which had been quietly waiting for over thirty years.

Written in an informal but eloquent style, Bobblehead Dad keeps readers laughing, crying and—most importantly—thinking. Higley’s distinctive storytelling rhythm, combined with a knack for handling heavy topics with an embraceable voice, quickly draws readers into his experiences—while launching them on their own journey of self-discovery and reflection."

Day 4 ~ Item 1: Signed Book

From author Keri Ford:
Autographed copy of UNINHIBITED IN APPLE TRAIL, ARKANSAS, Volume 1. Anthology includes Through The Wall, On The Fence, In The Hay.