Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Day 9 ~ Item 18: Agent Critiques : TWO Winners!

Agent Sarah LaPolla of Curtis Brown LTD. will donate 1 partial critique (25 pages) with concept notes and line edits when necessary to the highest bidder.

The second highest bidder will receive a query critique!

Day 9 ~ Item 17: ARC of SHATTER ME

Photobucket From author Tahereh Mafi:

"An ARC of SHATTER ME, and a 10 page MS critique

Juliette hasn't touched anyone in exactly 264 days. The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal. As long as she doesn't hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old-girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don't fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she's exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting as The Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel."

Day 9 ~ Item 15: Custom Extra Scene!

From Stephanie Perkins, author of ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS:

"This auction is for one written conversation of your choice between Anna Oliphant and Étienne St. Clair, the main characters of my novel ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS.

If you win, you’ll send me a topic, and I’ll write a short scene in which Anna and Étienne muse upon it.

The scene will be added as a permanent “Extras” feature on, and I’ll list your name (and link to your website, if you have one) as the dedication. I will also print a copy, sign it, and mail it to you.

Your topic must be brief, like “kumquats” or “Dr. Who.” In other words, if you send this idea to me: “Étienne breaks up with Anna to date Michelle Huffernagle, aka me, the winner of this auction,” I will tell you to pick another topic.

I will also not write about anything that will spoil the companion novels to ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS. Your topic idea cannot be “Lola,” “Cricket,” “Isla,” etc.

I will be open-minded, but I do reserve the right to refuse any idea that I deem inappropriate and to ask you to select another one.

The winner’s scene will be on my website (and the paper copy mailed) within sixty days of settling on the topic.

Thanks for bidding, and good luck!"

Day 9 ~ Item 14: Signed FALLEN Trilogy!

From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Kate:

Signed/personalized hardcovers of FALLEN, TORMENT, and the just-about-to-be-released PASSION!

Day 9 ~ Item 13: FIVE Middle Grade Query or Partial Critiques

For our five top bidders: Project Mayhem team-member will critique either your query or the first 10 pages of your manuscript.

Project Mayhem is a group of middle-grade authors and bloggers who love all things middle-grade.  You can check us out at

Please note: Only increasing bids count!

Day 9 ~ Item 10: Super YA Critique from Real YAs!

From Noveltee(n):

"Write YA? Seven teen writer/readers want to help you out! The winning bidder will receive the following critiques/reads:

Query and first 20 pages:
  • Sarah Kressin
  • Kate Coursey (agented by Edward Necarsulmer)
  • A Writer Gone Mad (Authoress's assistant)
50 page critique and FULL read for "overall teen reader impressions":
  • Amanda Kurka
  • Renee Kurka
Full manuscript read for "overall teen reader impressions":
  • Lizzy
FULL manuscript critique:
  • Taryn Albright

All have experience critiquing or writing agented work."

Day 9 ~ Item 9: Signed MORTAL INSTRUMENTS Series!

From Nikki Meiggs at Wicked Awesome Books:

"A brand new paperback boxed set of The Mortal Instruments series (including City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass) all signed by Cassandra Clare. City of Ashes is also signed by Elka Cloke, whose poem, 'This Bitter Language,' is featured at the beginning of the book.

The set was opened only to get the books signed."

US only, sorry!

Day 9 ~ Item 8: TWO Full Critiques + THREE ARCs!

Two full MS critiques (YA, and up to 90K) from Abby Stevens and Sarah Enni 


Three "surprise" ARCs!

Abby and Sarah are both authors in the query trenches who have each critiqued several full-length books. We'll send you three surprise ARCs from the upcoming BEA and ALA conferences!

Day 9 ~ Item 7: Signed Poetry Collections

2 signed collections of poetry and essay by, collected by Katharyn Machan, Professor at Ithaca College. Books include "Redwing: Voices from 1888" and "One For the Road."

Donated by the author

Day 9 ~ Item 6: Partial Critique

From author Monica Bustamente Wagner:

"Manuscript Critique: First 10 pages

I’m a YA writer represented by Michelle Wolfson of Wolfson Lit.  And I’ll critique the first 10 pages of a manuscript—any genre, though I’m better betaing YA novels and women’s fiction.
The critique includes thorough line-by-line comments (sentence structure, grammar, repetitive words, etc) and overall suggestions (characterization, pacing, etc).

I would love to critique 20 pages if the bidding goes over $30."

Day 9 ~ Item 11: Romance + $50 Gift Card

From author Paula Graves:

"Signed copies of all seven Cooper Justice books, my Harlequin Intrigue series, plus a $50 eGiftcard to"

Day 9 ~ Item 5: Custom Notebook

Writer's notebook with one-of-a-kind collaged front and back covers. Vintage stamps, international images, shopping lists from two continents and more. Can customize the subject matter.

Donated by S.L. (Sandi) Wisenberg

Day 9 ~ Item 4: Signed Book

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Signed copy of WAITING FOR AN ARMY TO DIE: The Tragedy of Agent Orange by Fred A. Wilcox. This first edition is no longer available elsewhere!

Donated by the author

Day 9 ~ Item 3: Partial Critique

From S.L. (Sandi) Wisenber, proprietor of Red Fish Studio Writing Workshops and co-director of Northwestern University's MA/MFA in Creative Writing program.

Critique (global or line-by-line) of first 10 pages of literary fiction or nonfiction

Sandi has taught writing for a quarter-century and is the author of a story collection, essay collection, and chronicle based on her blog.

Day 9 ~ Item 2: Picture Book

From author Douglas Esper:
"This is a picture book I self-published with a Columbus, Ohio artist named Jeff Fernengel. It follows a young, friendly creature named Sammy as he searches for his friends on his birthday. The followup, Sammy's New Neighbor, will be released later this year. This auction will include 2 signed copies of the book and as many bookmarks for your children's school as you would like.

My parents live in Birmingham, Alabama and though they made it through the storms unharmed, their friends and neighbors need our help!!!"

Day 9 ~ Item 1: Partial Critique

From best selling author Laura Kreitzer:

35k word manuscript critique/edit of any genre of fiction

*Manuscript must be sent by July 1st, 2011. Critique turn-around time will depend on the manuscript received.

Day 8 ~ Item 23: Manuscript Copy Edits

From Heather McBride:
"I will copy edit one full-length novel for the winner of the auction. My copy editing is primarily focused on grammar, punctuation, and spelling, but I will note any other concerns I have, should anything come up. My editing style includes at least two reads of the book, one for content, the other for in-depth editing. I don't do fact checking. I am available after the process to answer any questions or offer further guidance for that same novel."

Heather has edited:
Nyphron Rising by Michael J. Sullivan
The Emerald Storm
by Michael J. Sullivan
Wintertide by Michael J. Sullivan
Finding Reason by Bryce Anderson
Of the Ashes by Kristen Taber (not yet published)

Day 8 ~ Item 22: Signed Book from Neil Gaiman!

A signed copy of a surprise book from New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman, winner of 3 Hugos, 2 Nebulas, 1 World Fantasy Award, 4 Bram Stoker Awards, 6 Locus Awards, 2 British SF Awards, 1 British Fantasy Award, 3 Geffens, 1 International Horror Guild Award and 1 Mythopoeic.

Donated by the author

Special thanks to Samantha Mabry for soliciting the donation!

Day 8 ~ Item 21: Agent Partial Critique + Skype Chat!

Agent Liz Jote of Objective Entertainment will critique 30 pages of your manuscript over Skype chat!

Day 8 ~ Item 20: Agent FULL Manuscript + Query Critique!

From agent Weronika Janczuk at the D4EO Agency:

Query + full manuscript critique, up to 100,000 words, to be completed within one month of materials sent. Any genre.

Day 8 ~ Item 19: FOUR Partial Critiques ~ Science Fiction or Fantasy

Sarah Brand, Lara Donnelly, Rachel Halpern, and Kendra Leigh Speedling will all critique up to 10,000 words (about 40 pages) of the winning bidder's SF/F manuscript -- either a short story or part of a novel is fine.

Sarah, Lara, Rachel, and Kendra were all finalists in the 2011 Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing.

Day 8 ~ Item 18: ARC

Advanced reader copy of TEMPEST RISING by Tracy Deebs

Donated by:
Heather McBride

Day 8 ~ Item 17: YA Super Pack!

From Novel Novice:
Fallen by Kate Lauren
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Signed copy of The Space Between Trees by Katie Williams
The Rites and Wrongs of Janice Wills by Joanna Pearso
The Lovely Shoes by Susan Shreve
Bumped by Megan McCafferty

Novel Novice buttons
Novel Novice bookmarks
Eclipse buttons
New Moon pens
Wicked Lovely temporary tattoos

Day 8 ~ Item 16: Signed Book + Crit

From author Karen Kincy:
"A signed copy of my debut novel, OTHER.


A critique for the first 10 pages of a manuscript OR a query letter critique, whichever the winner prefers.

BONUS: If the bids pass $200, the winner gets to name a character in my third novel, FOXFIRE, though I reserve the right to veto anything too crazy."

Day 8 ~ Item 15: FIVE YA Books!

From author Jennifer Echols:

Copies of my YA novels:

Day 8 ~ Item 14: Nook + HUGE E-book Bundle!

You guys won't believe how huge this is!


1 Refurbished Nook (3G & WiFi)

$100 Gift Certificate to Samhain Publishing

(All ebooks in ePUB or PDF format for easy reading on the Nook.)

Cipher by Moira Rogers
Kisri by Moira Rogers
Rising, Freestyle by Vivian Arend
Silent Storm by Vivian Arend
Ghost Soldiers by Keith Melton
Push Pull by Joely Skye
The Seven Year Witch by Jodi Redford
Keeping Pace by Dee Carney
The Secret Guide to Dating Monsters by Sierra Dean
Something Secret This Way Comes by Sierra Dean
A Little Harmless Addiction by Melissa Schroeder
Negligee Behavior by Shelli Stevens

(All ebooks in ePUB or PDF format for easy reading on the Nook. Genres include: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Erotic Romance, GLBT Romance & Historical Romance)

Moira Rogers: A Safe Harbor, Undertow, Cry Sanctuary, Sanctuary Lost, Sanctuary Price, Sanctuary Unbound, Crux, Crossroads, Deadlock, Wilder's Mate, Sabine

Vivian Arend: Wolf Signs, Wolf Flight, Wolf Games, Wolf Tracks, Tidal Wave, Whirlpool, Turn it On, Turn it Up, Falling Freestyle, Stormchild, Stormy Seduction

Inez Kelley: Myla By Moonlight, Salome at Sunrise, Lipstick on His Collar, Sweet as Sin, Coming Clean

Lauren Dane: Trinity, Revelation

Vivi Andrews: Serengeti Sunrise

Lorelie Brown: Jazz Baby

Joely Skye: Wolf Town

Jorrie Spencer: Strength of the Wolf

Yolanda Sfetsos: The Soul Dealer: Redemption, The Soul Dealer: Deception

Jodi Redford: That Voodoo You Do

Owen Kennedy: Bound by Christmas

Keith Melton: Zero Dog War, Blood Vice

Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy: Love Tattoo

Ashleigh Raine: Lover's Talisman

Sonya Clark: Mojo Queen

C.M. Torrens: His Soul To Take

Stacey Kennedy: Whatnots & Doodads, Bless the Beauty - Special Agent Fang Book One

Rhian Cahill: Coyote Home, Coyote Wild

KT Grant: For the Love of Mollie

Alisha Rai: Veiled Desire, Veiled Seduction

Eliza Gayle: Untamed Magick, Malcom

(ARCs & ebooks provided by the authors. Nook provided by Moira Rogers. $100 gift certificate provided by Samhain Publishing.)

Day 8 ~ Item 13: Signed Book + Specialty Package from France!

From author Amy Plum:
"I'm an Alabama native. So I want to make this BIG!

I'm donating a signed copy of DIE FOR ME, complete with signed bookmark. AND...a box full of hand-picked French specialties from my local supermarket here in the French countryside. I can go really classy (spices, canned patés, fine chocolates) or really trashy (cookies and candy)...whatever you specify, and quality according to the bid. Shipping worldwide.

And I will match the bid with my own donation! Merci, and thanks y'all!"

Day 8 ~ Item 12: Signed Book + Partial Critique

From author Kristi Cook:

"A signed copy of my debut YA paranormal novel, HAVEN, *plus* a first chapter (up to 30 pages) manuscript critique."

Day 8 ~ Item 11: Original Manuscript With Notes + Manuscript Critique

From author Jeanne Kalogridis:

"The original paper manuscript of THE DEVIL'S QUEEN, my 33rd novel published by St. Martin's Press in hardcover a few years ago. Includes my typewritten notes to myself, my handwritten notes to the editor, and the editor's handwritten query flags.

I can also offer a detailed 2-3 page critique of someone's manuscript, limit 90,000 words."

Day 8 ~ Item 10: Signed Book + Partial Critique ~ YA

From author Trish Milburn (aka Tricia Mills):
Signed copy of WINTER LONGING and critique of the first 15 pages (double spaced) of a young adult manuscript.

Day 8 ~ Item 9: Signed Book

From author Alex Bledsoe:
"A signed copy of my latest novel, DARK JENNY, along with my personal DVD of the movie 'Excalibur.' (Both movie and my book are Arthurian-related, and the movie was a real inspiration for the book)."

Day 8 ~ Item 8: TWO Books

From editor Sacchi Green:

"One copy of Lesbian Cowboys: Erotic Adventures, edited by Sacchi Green and Rakelle Valencia for Cleis Press, winner of the 2010 Lambda Literary Award for lesbian erotica.


One copy of Lesbian Cops: Erotic Investigations, edited by Sacchi Green for Cleis Press ."

Day 8 ~ Item 7: Nonfiction Proposal Critique

Erin MacPherson, author of THE CHRISTIAN MAMA'S GUIDE TO HAVING A BABY, will critique your nonfiction proposal.

Day 8 ~ Item 6: Signed ARC

A signed advanced reader copy of THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak

Donated by:
Jennifer Hoffine

Day 8 ~ Item 5: Critique

Aspiring author & current MA student Kristi Buckel is "more than willing to critique anything she can for a good cause."

Day 8 ~ Item 4: Signed Book

An signed and personalized copy of FREEFALL by Mindi Scott.

Day 8 ~ Item 3: Adorable Stuffed Animal!

From Anna Sylvester:
"My auction is for one, handmade, one-of-a-kind sock animal. I can make an elephant, unicorn, butterfly, walrus - anything you want! Most animals are about 9"-15" long, depending on what type of animal it is. The winner bidder will tell me what kind of animal, approximate size, and preferred color."

Day 8 ~ Item 2: Partial Critique + Nine E-Books

From author Christine Bell (Chloe Cole):

"An in depth, three chapter, query and synopsis critique. In order to give the bidder an experience as close to a true edit as possible, I will complete the initial critique, send it back, then do a second pass once the three chapters have been edited. PLUS a copy of all of my e-books (nine). I write romance under my name, Christine Bell, and erotic romance under the pen name Chloe Cole. I am published with Ellora's Cave, Carina Press, Loose Id and Cobblestone Press."

Day 8 ~ Item 1: SIX Signed Books PLUS Early Copy!

From author Christy Reece:
"Signed copies of all six books of my Last Chance Rescue series, RESCUE ME, RETURN TO ME, RUN TO ME, NO CHANCE, SECOND CHANCE, LAST CHANCE. Plus an early copy (when I get it) of my August LCR release, SWEET JUSTICE."

A Note of Thanks

This might be the hardest thing I’ve ever written. Being a writer myself, that truly says something. Often in emotional moments I deflect to sarcasm or humor, but this situation calls for neither. 

We’ve never met. The sad but realistic truth is, we likely never will. A few of you I might know from Absolute Write or an occasional tweet back and forth. You might follow the blog I write for, yahighway, and I might follow yours.

We’ve never met, but you’ve done something incredible for me.

Vilonia, Arkansas is a small town of around 3000 people, built along a stretch of highway in the center of the state. It has one stoplight. One grocery store. One school system. I lived there for twenty-four years, but no matter where I go, it will always be home. I wish nothing more than to be back there helping clean and rebuild, but the universe had other plans. 

Vilonia was only one small town touched by the storms and flooding. I can’t speak for other people and the horrible effects the storms have had on them, and will continue to do so for many months to come. Only that there’s been a great loss. I could go on and on relaying stories of tragedies, homes lost, and the sadness that echoes in every picture and video that surfaced after the storms. But this isn’t a post about that. It’s a post about how money raised through auctions like this support groups that have kept food, water, medicine, and morale in places that were without.

Gratitude is a strange thing. Much like when given a compliment, our automatic response seems to be to shy away from truly accepting it. To believe something we did changed another life might feel overindulgent. Maybe even too close to those dreaded posters in a guidance counselor’s office back in school, that one small act of kindness can change a world.

Help Write Now might not have changed the world, but the unbelievable amount of money being raised from the writing community will change lives. And for that, I’m whole-heartedly grateful to each and every one of you. 

Kate Hart. My fellow yahighwayer, and fellow Arkansan—even though you’re a sometimes traitor when rooting for a football team that shall not be named ;) When you first mentioned a charity auction with this scope, I thought you were insane. You have a family, your own writing, and without a second’s hesitation, you dove into planning something of grand proportions. Now, glimpsing just a taste of the time and work required, I know you are insane. You’re also a beautiful, inspiring woman with an amazing heart. 

To all the others who jumped on board to help: Bree, Cleolinda, Kaitlin, Michelle, Kody, Kirsten, Kristin(s), Lee, Leila, Kristin, and Emilia. For using your connections to gather donations, and your time and work seeing this thing through. 

To those who donated, whether it was an item or your time. To those who bid in the auction. For every person who tweeted, blogged, spread the word: Thank You. 

Don’t shrug the gratitude off, or pass it on to someone you think is more deserving. You did something selfless for places you might never go and people you might never meet. That’s no small thing.

~Amanda Hannah