… 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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
(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
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!
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.
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:
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.
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?
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.
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…
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.
I started reading children/YA fiction when I worked at Waterstone’s years ago and Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines (It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed of the old North Sea …) was one of the first books I was completely blown away by. I’m not ashamed to say that I did a little squee when I got Philip’s email.
Diane is not only a wonderful writer, she’s one of the most intelligent people I’ve ever met. If you’re interested in writing non-fic, her advice would be invaluable. Also? Glee!
Now I’m no Whovian, but even I can see what a fabulous, most likely once-in-a-lifetime, opportunity this is. Your name. In the Whoniverse (I have no idea if they call it that, but if they don’t they totally should).
I don’t think it would be overstating things to say that social media completely changed my life. You need to look at your online presence and Alison Norrington is an expert in the field.
I know Essie via Twitter and I’ve been excited about this book since I first heard of it. It sounds glorious. And the cover is beautiful too.
Andrea Wren is a freelance journalist and travel writer, and has written past and present for national publications such as the Guardian, The Times, The Independent, Wanderlust, Zest, Glamour and Spirit & Destiny, plus in flight magazines like easyJet Traveller and JetAway, and regional publications like North West Business Insider. She writes a travel blog called Travelling Wren.
Linda is a whirlwind – I’ve never known anyone as driven as her, but as helpful and supportive as well. Today’s freelance market is tough so anyone with a freelance writing career should JUMP at the chance of bidding for a place on this workshop. It will be a wonderful opportunity to learn from Linda.
What a beautiful and rare thing to own! Not a commercially published book, but a collection hand-made from the author and artist herself. And Rachel’s poetry is very rich, almost visual in itself.
I just think this would make a lovely and such an unusual gift for someone – who wouldn’t want to see themselves featured in a book? Especially a child. A very rare opportunity for the winner, in my opinion.
Need to brush up on your social media skills? Then look no further. Alison Norrington’s offer is one to be snapped at. I think there’s nothing quite like real live mentoring to work out a strategy for the virtual world!
This is a FABULOUS auction lot. You couldn’t ask for anyone more qualified to design your website, and there’s no place in today’s world to be an author without an online presence or blog.
Luisa Plaja is the author of several novels for teenagers, including the transatlantic parallel-life tale Split by a Kiss and its body-swap sequel Swapped by a Kiss. Her next novel, Kiss Date Love Hate, will be out in July. She blogs about books at Chicklish.
She was asked for five Children’s/YA picks and, ahem, she obviously can’t count, but in her defence there are somany great items to bid on…
This is a fantastic children’s series about ice-skating. I wish I could live in this world! Of course, the next best thing would be to own the entire series, signed by the lovely author…
The author’s original illustration of her defiant, brave heroine at a major moment. Wow.
A signed debut novel by a brilliant author – I want it, I want it!
Elen Caldecott’s books are perfect for young readers and I adore the feisty, realistic characters she creates. This is a wonderful lot – bid bid bid!
Who wouldn’t want a copy of this charming, magical book, signed with an original cartoon by its amazing author Candy Gourlay. I know I would… *scrabbles for extra pennies*
42 Chapter critique + character name + signed proof of LIA’S GUIDE TO WINNING THE LOTTERY by Keren David
I love Keren David’s books and I can’t wait to read her next one, Lia’s Guide to Winning the Lottery. This lot has everything: a guaranteed great read, the chance for your name to feature in a future Keren David novel, and sound writing advice.
33 Children’s YA manuscript report by EMILY GALE
Manuscript advice from Emily Gale? Utterly priceless.