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.