Thursday, May 6, 2010

A Novel Idea: Writers, Editors, Agents Pool Resources for Unique Online Benefit Auction

Posted By on Thu, May 6, 2010 at 11:40 AM

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In times of natural catastrophe, people who write for a living often feel at a loss how to help. When the Hands On Nashville form asked what skills I had to offer, I doubted "movie reviewing" was going to help remove anyone's soggy drywall.

But here comes Do the Write Thing for Nashville, the brainchild of Victoria Schwab, Amanda Morgan and Myra McEntire. It's an online auction that gives bibliophiles and wordsmiths alike a way to pitch in, with proceeds going to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee's flood relief funds.

Authors, agents and editors have donated everything from signed editions and a Skype chat with a book club to a consultation about navigating the publishing industry. Some of the items up for grabs:

• An advance copy of best-selling Middle Tennessee novelist Sherrilyn Kenyon's new novel Infinity and a prize pack.

• Mystery novelist Bill Cameron will allow the highest bidder to name a character in his next book, County Line Road.

• Custom fingerless typing gloves from knitter Annika Barranti.

• Six copies of Nashville author Susan Gregg Gilmore's novel The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove and "a luscious homemade pound cake that ties into the book."

• Rachel Hawkins donates a copy of her novel Hex Hall and a T-shirt each to the two highest bidders.

New items will go up every day. If you're a publishing professional with items to donate, contact dtwtfn (at) gmail (dot) com. Check in with the group's Facebook page for updates.

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