One week on…

… and things are just starting to wind down on the admin front.

There are just a (very) few payments still outstanding (we’ve sent out a “gentle reminder” today) and lots of authors have contacted us to confirm that items have already been posted. We hope you’re all happy with your winnings.

The updated total is


(£13,467.21 including Gift Aid)

Thank you again for your incredible generosity.

Donors update and more auctions

Hello! We’ve now received almost all of the payments, which is just fantastic – thank you!

We’re plodding along with emailing the donors too, but it’s a bit fiddly and takes a while so don’t worry if you haven’t heard anything yet. We’re endeavouring to have emailed everyone by the end of this week.

In other news, you might want to check out Kidlit4Japan: a children’s and YA literature auction to benefit the victims of the earthquake and tsunami.

Also, lovely Jill Mansell advised us of Genre for Japan, a science fiction, fantasy and horror auction in aid of the Red Cross Japanese Tsunami Appeal.

Payments update

Morning! We tried to post this update last night, but WordPress was down.

Just wanted to say that we’ve already received payment on over 100 items, which is brilliant.

We’ll start emailing donors (with the details of the winning bidders) today.

If you haven’t yet paid and are a UK tax payer, please consider adding Gift Aid to your donation – it increases it by 28% and doesn’t cost you an extra penny.

Thank you! You’re amazing.

Update: Highest bidder emails

We’re still reeling after the excitement of the past week, but just to let you know that emails have been sent to the highest bidders with instructions on what to do now.

If you haven’t received one, check your spam folder and, if it’s not there, email us at

(N.B. These emails are to the winning bidders. Emails will go out to the donors once payment confirmations have been received.)

Thanks again for all your support

Grand total!

You’ve raised…


for the Red Cross Japan Tsunami appeal.

Thank you so much. You’re amazing.

We will now email the highest bidders with all the information they need to finalise their bid. Please don’t worry if you don’t hear anything immediately – we have a lot of emails to send. (We’ll keep updating this site with our progress.)

Donors – once the bidders have done their bit, we’ll be in touch with you with the information about how to send off your item.

* This may change once some bids have been finalised and we’ve had a chance to double-check our sums!

Auction is now closed

Please do not submit any more bids because they won’t be counted.

Thank you so much for all your incredible support.

We’ll be back later with the total raised and to let the winning bidders know what they need to do next.

Writer Diane Shipley’s top picks

Diane Shipley is a writer/journalist/blogger who contributes to books, websites, newspapers and magazines and spends too much time thinking about pizza. (She’s also offering lot 57, just FYI.) Here’s five of her faves:

4: Six months children’s/YA writer mentoring with Susie Day

My mouth literally dropped open when I read about this fabulous and generous prize that could kickstart a children’s/YA author’s career. “I’ll badger you into writing through the glum times, and I’ll cheer you on when it flows,” Susie says. If I wrote fiction for young ‘uns, I would jump on that.

32: Design, Build and Launch of a Book/Writing Themed Blog or Website by Brendan Gannon

Have you ever priced website design? I have, and it usually starts at “out of my league” and rises to “I’m choking here! ” As I write this, the highest bid is just £170 for a site that would normally cost at a least a grand. You can’t be a writer these days without a web presence, and prettier is always better. If you were going to budget for a site anyway, why not get one that’s a bargain and helps Japan?

26: Four week freelance journalism telephone mentoring sessions + signed books by LINDA JONES

All of the coaching auction items look fabulous but if you want to be a journalist, this one could seriously make your career. And right now it’s still a total bargain considering Linda’s years of experience and the individual feedback, encouragement, and kick-ass no-nonsense advice she will undoubtedly give.

23: Dedication in the front of JILL MANSELL’S next book

I know I’m about the three zillionth person to mention what a great opportunity this is, but I’m blown away by Jill’s generosity in devoting this space in her book, which could be used to thank someone close to her, to a stranger, in order to help Japan. And it seems like she thought no-one would bid on this wonderful prize! Think again…

90: Opening Chapter Critique for YA or Middle Grade novels by CANDY GOURLAY (1 of 3)

Candy Gourlay has been so generous: as well as donating two signed and drawn-upon copies of her highly-acclaimed book, Tall Story, she’s offering three opportunities to have your YA/middle grade fiction critiqued. Tall Story was shortlisted for the UKLA Children’s Book Award, the Blue Peter My Favourite Story Prize and the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize, so she knows what she’s talking about. See all her lots here.