Friday, May 25, 2012

Buy Me at the Brenda Novak Auction

The Classic cover
I have two offerings at Brenda Novak's auction.The first is all five of my books, including the hard copy of that first Sweet Romance from 1983.  I'll dedicate them any way you want.

This is the 1983 book
The auction doesn't say that I'm going to throw in about 10 pages of my draft of The Spymaster's Lady along with this.  The actual sheets with notes and writing on them.  It's the scene just AFTER Grey and Annique make love in the bathtub where Doyle and Grey and Adrian are in the office talking.   I found the pages stuffed into some old papers and I figger whoever buys the books might as well enjoy them.

The five books (and draft pages) are here.

The other offering is a 20-page critique of your manuscript.  I will try to be kindly and useful.  That's found here.


  1. Well, isn't this enough to tempt one to take out a home equity loan!

  2. In re the critique -- I don't even know why I offer this. I mean -- how much good can I do somebody? I'm going to be challenged by this.

  3. Hi my name is Danita and I'm one of the volunteers on the auction. Thank you so much for your donation and helping us spread the word about the auction. Together with donors like you, the shoppers, sponsors and volunteers we are making a difference. I would also like to mention that tomorrow Brenda Novak's Online Auction For Diabetes Research will be having a final Twitter Party on May 27, 2012 at 1:00 PM PST hosted by Julie Rowe from Carina Press and will last until 2:00 PM PST. One lucky tweeter who uses the hashtag #bnda during the hour will receive a $50 Amazon Gift Card. Be sure to follow @bnovakauction to be part of the Twitter Party.

  4. Jo, anyone who can respond to questions about writing the way you do on your blog is going to be a tremendous help to a writer. Maurice Sendak said he had no idea what a children's book was. "The more you know . . . "

  5. Hi Annie --

    We will hope I can help. I should get the 20 pages to critique in a couple weeks.

    I'll know pretty quick whether it's a
    'here are the first fifty pieces of advice for a writer and I wish someone had given them to me' sort of thing,'

    or a more specific
    'why are your characters so unpleasant I wouldn't spend ten minutes with them let alone 396 pages just stop it will you' thing

    or a
    'Holy Professional Writer, Batman, what am I going to critique in this clean, brilliant writing?' thing.

  6. I’ve always dreamed of being a writer. Since being a volunteer on the auction and seeing all the fantastic items that have been donated for writers I’ve made up an imaginary wish list of items if I were to live out my dream as a writer. I thought I’d share that with you: The Complete Author Package Book Collection from COOL GUS PUBLISHING (Bob Mayer & Jen Tatly) (Current Bid: $34), Contract Review from Agent Marisa A. Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary Agency (A) (Current Bid: $67), Submissions Workshop (3 Weeks Online) POLISH YOUR PARTIAL SUBMISSION from Document Driven (Current Bid: $30), NEW!!! Lawson Writer's Academy: Ten Online Classes! Donated by Margie Lawson ($350-$400 Value!), (Current Bid: $130), First Three Chapters of Your Novel Edited by Document Driven ($420 value!) (Current Bid: $42), Up to 20 HOURS of Consultation Time with Forensic Expert Tom Adair!! ($3500 value!) (Current Bid: $140), "MICROSOFT WORD FOR WRITERS" Workshop Lesson by Catherine Chant, (Current Bid: $35), YOUR BIO (Short!), Written by Donna Erickson of (Current Bid: $12). These are all the items I believe I would need to start my career as a writer.

  7. Sounds like an interesting list for writers.

    In the message above this, I point out some other lovely things up for bids.