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.

YA Author Keris Stainton’s picks

Keris Stainton is the author of YA novels DELLA SAYS: OMG! and the forthcoming JESSIE ♥ NYC. She spends her days tweeting, drinking tea and thinking about David Mitchell.

50: Signed first edition hardback of SCRIVENER’S MOON by Philip Reeve

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.

57: Non Fiction critique up to 3000 words by Diane Shipley + copies of FILLED WITH GLEE, A TASTE OF TRUE BLOOD, and HOUSE, UNAUTHORIZED

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!

174: Character name in NAOMI ALDERMAN’s new novel DOCTOR WHO: BORROWED TIME

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).

60: One to one social media mentoring with Alison Norrington

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.

179: Signed pre-publication proof copy of ESSIE FOX’s novel The Somnambulist

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.