Jane Wenham-Jones is an author and freelance journalist who has been widely published in women’s magazines and the national press. She has published three novels and two non-fiction books - Wannabe a Writer? – a humorous look at how to get published and Wannabe a Writer We’ve Heard Of? - a guide to hitting the publicity trail. She has also contributed to several anthologies. She writes regular columns for the Isle of Thanet Gazette,Woman’s Weekly Fiction Special and Booktime and is the “agony aunt” for Writing Magazine. www.janewenham-jones.com
A signed copy AND a critique – what more do you want? Getting your work looked at by a successful, published author is always a fantastic opportunity. A Sunday Times Bestselling one has got to be worth an extra-large bid
Your chance to perfect and immortalise yourself in fiction. You can tell Miranda you’re younger, slimmer and richer with a string of exotic lovers and a much smaller Writers’ Bottom. (If you’re very sensibly not a writer – you have been warned!) Unique offering from a great author.
An hour of phone coaching is always tempting. May well bid myself. Can Kimberly make me more organised, rich and successful and get me churning out a string of best-selling books instead of spending my days eating chocolate and posting on twitter? Worth a few quid to find out…
Hey this has got to be good. A whole new website – and someone else to do it for you! You can lose your entire life trying to do this sort of thing yourself – not to mention spend a fortune. Hurrah for Brendan!
This could be invaluable. I can’t be the only one who finds it difficult to write the squelchy bits without feeling sill (why I generally get their kit half-off then cut hastily to the post-coital sandwich). An amazing chance to get the once-over for your leg-over and a couple of mugs to boot. What with a signed copy of The 52 Seductions that’s the whole of the next year sorted. Terrific! :-)
It’s hard to imagine anyone who WOULDN’T want to be a character in a Doctor Who story. Especially when you find out that your character will be someone who has done a *very unwise deal* with some aliens…
This is an amazing offer, featuring books that I can guarantee will be a hit with teens, as I have two of them myself (teens, I mean) and they have read actual books included in this amazing giveaway.
This is a fairly blatant attempt to win bids by offering CAKE as well as literature, but I fail to see what’s wrong with that. You get to star in a story, you get books to read, and you get brownies to eat while you read them. Win/win.
I have chosen this because I am in awe of anyone who can run. And anyone who can run at the same time as writing a book about how to run, deserves at the very least, a bid, if not a medal.
I was at school with Keren, so obviously I am totally biased, but putting all this aside I can honestly say she is a brilliant writer, and having your name in something she has written would be an honour indeed.
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This thriller sounds like a brilliant read, short-listed for the Fabulous Book Award 2010 it’s definitely one to keep an eye on.
Sandra Jensen has been running this online writers’ workshop/support group for nearly four years and she’s offering a lifetime membership. It sounds like a great deal whether you’re a budding writer or a more experienced writer who fancies a fresh approach.
This is another book I really like the sound of, a crime novel set in the seedy underworld of Glasgow.
I think this is a really interesting lot. Ann Werner’s novel The People Next Door sounds wonderfully creepy, the kind of book that would leave you wondering as you tried to get sleep. The Virgin Diaries, co written with her daughter sounds like an intriguing project, collecting together the experiences of 72 men and women.
For anyone moving into a managing role or considering starting their own business this sounds like a great no nonsense title.
Anne-Marie blogs at Lovely, TV Canary and The Me-est Me (and can’t quite believe that in less than 2 years she’s managed to get three blogs, especially considering the amount of time she spends on Twitter). Here are her top picks:
“Chock-full of eccentric characters, beautifully detailed descriptions of her baking process, ceaselessly funny renditions of Hollywood nonsense, and recipes” YES PLEASE.
Sam is the editor of Red magazine, which I love love love with a passion, and I’ve got her first novel The Stepmothers Support Group on my to-be-read pile.
What a great offer – if I were about to write a sex scene I imagine I’d find it a tad….blush-inducing, so to have feedback from Betty (whose blog I’ve loved following) would be invaluable. Plus, cool mugs!
I’ve just started running myself so this sounds like the perfect book for a beginner like me.
I really enjoyed Night Music, and The Ship of Brides is one of my favourite books of the last five years so I can’t wait to read this.
So there you are. Can I just say it was really really hard choosing? There’s so much great stuff here!
Harriet Evans, a former publishing executive in the U.K., is the author of four novels. She lives in London where she is writing her next novel.
Kelly Rose Bradford is a writer and journalist penning self indulgent, first person pieces for the national press and parenting news and features for AOL’s Parentdish. She is also prone to talking rubbish on the radio, embarrassing her eight-year-old son, and drinking too much cheap wine. And she may have ONCE mentioned she has a puppy…
Eve Menezes Cunningham is one of the most inspiring and genuine coaches out there – her compassion, kindness and dedication shine through in everything that she does, and her people skills and ability to get the best from people are second to none – this is an amazing lot for one lucky bidder!
I am very proud to be a contributor to this book, which was put together by my friend and colleague Elaine Everest to raise funds for a breast cancer charity. Elaine is a breast cancer survivor of thirty years standing, and this collection of stories from some of the biggest names in magazine fiction is a truly sparkling smörgåsbord of short tales.
Diversifying is the key for a successful journalistic career in the current economic climate, and who better to show you how to do it than Linda Jones? She’s been there, done everything and got several hundred t-shirts. Whoever wins this workshop place will be learning from a total pro.
I know nothing of this book, and frankly, the sex scenes that my depraved mind drums up are, for now, staying between me and my laptop, BUT LOOK AT THOSE MUGS! Surely EVERYONE will be bidding hundreds and hundreds of pounds just to get their mitts on those beauties?
Some people name stars after their loved ones or get awful pastel blankets embroidered with their kids’ names. Or WORST OF ALL, have the names of people they love tattooed up their forearms. Please do none of those things. Instead, bid on this listing and have your significant other, offspring, dog, secret crush, sworn enemy, milkman or pet stick insect immortalized in print. My ego is SO badgering me to flash some cash…
Keren David started out in journalism as a teenage messenger girl, and after a career in national newspapers, turned to writing books for teens. Her first book When I Was Joe was published last year and won the North East Teen Book Award.
Just reading the bids in so far testifies to the great love pet-owners have for their animal friends, and the daft names they give them. I am calculating how much I’d pay to immortalise our beloved guinea pigs.
Anyone who’s read Sarra Manning’s adult novels knows there’s a great chance here for your character to have fabulously interesting sex and a satisfyingly damaged past. Irresistable.
Not many writers could splice urban grit with a pony book and get away with it, but Sheena Wilkinson’s YA debut is a triumph. Five copies on offer here, perfect for a reading group or gifts for favourite nieces.
Love Ellen’s books, and Tobias is my favourite character. He’s brave, resourceful and straight-talking - and Ellen gives him lots of troubles to test him. I’d love to see what he looks like.
She’d tell it as it is, but she’d do it in a really nice way.
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Looking to develop your business? Business leadership consultant Kimberly Wiefling is offering one hour of phone coaching, and you can also bid on the following titles from her Scrappy About series:
Budding journalist and author Louise Jones, 17, is the writer of award winning blog Teen: Dreaming She’s was Channel 4 News’s Young Blogger of the Year 2010 and has spent time working for Heat magazine and various journalists, and will be working with HarperCollins in May.
This is easily my best pick. Sarra’s my favourite author, with Nobody’s Girl being my favourite book EVER. Imagine having a character named after you?! Yes please!
A literary agent AND author is perfect if you want to write a book. You’ll get to know a more about getting published as well as writing itself… and you get cake.
Um, okay, so how about having a story written ALL ABOUT YOU by a best selling author? Immortalised forever with signed books on the side. Pretty amazing.
As well as one of the loveliest people on twitter, Jojo is an amazing award winning author – most recently picking up Romantic Novel of the Year. I love the cover. Prettiful.
Getting critiqued and mentored by a brilliant author is such an amazing opportunity, and even better that it’s all for charity! Not that I’m biased because it’s Young Adult or anything…