Thursday, May 01, 2008

The Brenda Novak Juvenile Diabetes Auction...


...held annually by author Brenda Novak, began today and lasts all of May. It's a good cause, and there's lots of cool stuff up for auction for readers, writers and everyone else. In the For Writers/Editor Evaluations section, EE is offering the editing of a complete book; in the For Writers section: the four-pack of EE's books. In the One Day Auction section (scheduled for May 24), I'm offering to make an amusing book trailer for your book. There's a big prize for making the most bids, to encourage early and frequent bidding. Check it out, there's sure to be something you'd like to win. Auction Home Page

24 comments:

Kiersten said...

Ah man...if only we hadn't blown that $130,000 on law school.

Seriously, that's such a great cause and I wish that I could be involved. Kudos for donating your time and talents, and I'm already jealous of the highest bidder.

Kiersten said...

Sheesh! I tried to bid on your item (don't tell my husband) and it's already so far out of my budget I couldn't get a bid in high enough to even register. And it's only been open a few hours...

I'm proud of you, EE.

Sarah Laurenson said...

Yeah, EE. You've got the second highest bid in that category. Already adding a good deal of money to the cause and there's a lot of time left.

Anonymous said...

I did some scouting around to try and find information about last year's auction, as my budget is not robust during months without an R in them, and I wanted an idea of how much I should be expecting to bid for a proposal read. I think that EE's full MS edit went for $2K. While I consider writing-related auction bids to be business expenses rather than frivolity, and will thus cheerfully spend at least a month's worth of student loan payments (don't tell my lender, thanks!), that's sadly out of my budget. Congrats to whoever wins it.

Also, FYI, the 'most bids' winner last year had close to 6,000.

Kiersten, I'm with you. That pesky master's degree tuition could have been put to such better use!

- Yank in Scotland

BuffySquirrel said...

Sigh.

An edit by EE is of course priceless, but I have no money. Well, except the 27p profit I made selling a book on eBay. Don't suppose you would raffle an edit to the minions, EE? I have this 27p I'm not using!

Anonymous said...

buffysquirrel -

I got twenty Euros, a bag of chocolate chips, half a pound of cat hair (and counting), and a few Muppets out of Happy Meal boxes. Think he'd edit me for that?

Unfortunately, Brenda said in an e-mail that she'd been hoping to raffle off some of the items but that this would have run afoul of gambling laws. Damn feds, ruining our fun.

- Yank in Scotland

BuffySquirrel said...

Cat hair counts? I have a whole cat full of that!

Kiersten said...

Forget cat hair, I've got a foot of human hair!

Oddly enough, I'm not kidding.

Kiersten said...

Someone must have put in a really high bid to start out with, because I have been entering in higher amounts and the same person always automatically outbids them. Of course, I'm going to draw the line, lest I enter in too high an amount and find myself legally liable to pay. I'd be thrilled, but we'd be homeless.

Some of the other things look great, too. I hope she keeps this up for the next few years and I get to a point when I can actually afford to bid on things.

Robin S. said...

Hi EE-

1- Did you ever hear back from the author you helped out last year?

AND

2-If someone by some chance bids on you and goes pretty high, does their manuscript have to be all the way finished, or can they send it you either a)in sections or b)in a little while?

AND

3- Do you have to mention it to their husband?

Just checking.

Anonymous said...

I don't have a manuscript ready for a pro to look at it. I hope EE does this again next year, though. I'll scrounge up the ducets then!

But I want to meet you in person, EE. I'll buy dinner and I won't even dream of sneaking in with a camera. Or a lasso. Or that hot fudge sauce... (kidding. really. Just channeling robin...)

Evil Editor said...

1- Did you ever hear back from the author you helped out last year?

I contacted him recently; he said his pages/query got him several requests for partials/fulls, but no offer of representation, and then he put it in a drawer to ripen, planning to try again this summer. He wrote: "I told Brenda last fall I was really pleased with how everything worked out (I think I sent her a blurb for this year’s auction) but if there’s a testimonial that would be helpful, please let me know. (Maybe the Minions could come up with a good analogy: “Winning this item at the auction was like buying a pig-in-a-poke and getting…”)"


2-If someone by some chance bids on you and goes pretty high, does their manuscript have to be all the way finished, or can they send it you either a)in sections or b)in a little while?

Anything goes. Keeping in mind that your check will be expected at the end of the auction, and if I die two months later and you haven't sent it...

AND

3- Do you have to mention it to their husband?

I believe last year's winner was concerned with how he would explain his sudden interest in juvenile diabetes to his wife, but I didn't hear back about that.

Evil Editor said...

I wonder how much money dinner with EE would raise for Juvenile diabetes.

Kiersten said...

I was thinking the same thing. It would definitely show us which minion has the most money. It might actually be scary how much money that would get.

Robin said...

Kiersten,

1- Your kids are darling.

2- I agree with you on the money thing. Absolutely.

Talpianna said...

And poor Dave! If only he hadn't spent his life savings on EE's
fingernail clippings!

BuffySquirrel said...

...getting a poke from a pig?

kidding! kidding!

Kiersten said...

Robin, this comment has been lost twice, but thanks for thinking my kids are cute! I'm quite fond of them, myself.

Evil Editor said...

Many editors don't read manuscripts that aren't submitted by an agent, so this would be an opportunity to get your work in front of them if you don't have an agent.

Robin S. said...

Aren't there boatloads more editors in Brenda's auction than there were last year, or is it simply that I ignored them last year?

Evil Editor said...

Possibly there are boatloads more of everything.

Julie Weathers said...

Holy moly! $1,000 for EE already?

Robin S. said...

Holy moly indeed. Check now.

danceluvr said...

I was toying with the thought of bidding on Brenda's offer to WRITE my query for me, but that, too, went out of my budget.

Sigh.

I guess I'll have to fumble around with my own version...