How It Works

Welcome to the FWF Silent Auction blog! If you are interested in the items available for online bidding, please click here: Online Auction. The Online Auction will open Saturday, October 16 and close Tuesday, October 19 at 10pm Eastern.

Items labeled "Silent Auction" will be available for in-person bidding at the FWA Conference only. For information on how to attend the FWA Conference, click

Please support our wonderful donors and check out their websites where available.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

online bidding is now closed!

Huge congrats to the bid winners!
I'll email the winners tomorrow, or you can email me at
Huge thanks to our amazing donors! You rock!
(Sorry, I'm on my phone--i'll add winner names and final amount tomorrow).

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Online Auction is now OPEN!!!

Bidding is now open for the Online Auction!!!

To find Online Auction Items, click here, or click the "Online Auction" label in the sidebar.

Bidding is open from now (Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 10am est.) until Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 10pm est.  I will go by the time stamp on Blogger.

Please bid in the comments section of the post for the critique you are bidding on.  Starting bid for all online items is $20, and bids must increase by at least $2.

Winners can pay by check, or must be able to call with credit card information on Thursday, October 21, Friday, October 22, or Saturday, October 23. All monies collected go directly to the Florida Writers Foundation, a 501(c)3 charity benefitting literacy.

Please ask any questions here.

Happy bidding!!!

Online Auction Items:
J.A. Souders
Georgia McBride
Shelli Johannes-Wells
Gwenda Bond
Natalie Fischer
Elana Johnson
Myra McEntire
Elana Roth
C.A. Marshall
Jaclyn Dolamore

Friday, October 15, 2010

Miami Dolphins Pennant

Autographed by former Miami Dolphin #28 Gibril Wilson.

Gators Basketball

Voucher for 2 tickets to Jan. 8, 2011 game.   Florida v/s Ole Mississippi Men's Basketball.

Busch Gardens

2 one day passes to Busch Gardens valued at $160.40.

Ethos Vegan Kitchen

$25 gift certificate to Ethos Vegan Kitchen located at 1235 N. Orange Ave. in Orlando, 2010 Libby Awards Winner of the Best Independent Restaurant.

Bach Festival Package

2 vouchers for 1 ticket each to the Bach Festival 2010-2011 Season.  Includes Christmas in the Park CD and two books of the 75th Anniversary of the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park.  $120 Value.

Full Manuscript Critique by J.A. Souders

J.A. Souders has graciously donated a full manuscript critique!

 J.A. Souders was born in the heartland with an overactive imagination and an over abundance of curiosity that was always getting her into trouble.  She first began writing at the age of 13, when she moved to Florida and not only befriended the monsters under the bed, but created worlds for them to play together. 

Because she never grew up, she decided she’d put her imaginary friends to work and started writing.  She still lives in the land of sunshine and palm trees with her husband and their two children and is an active member of the RWA, CFRW, and the SCBWI.

She is represented by Natalie Fischer of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

Read more about her on her website and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and email.

*This donation is for the online auction.  Bidding will open on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 10am, and close on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 10pm Est.*

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Walt Disney World has donated four complimentary One-Day Park Hopper passes. These passes, valued at $544.00, are valid during normal operating hours and provide admission to a magical experience at our unique theme parks: the Magic Kingdom® Park, Epcot®, Disney's Hollywood Studios™, or Disney's Animal Kingdom® for one day.

Note: Will be split into two sets of two tickets.

Visit Disney World's website to plan your vacation:

Sunday, October 3, 2010

10-Page Critique by Caroline T. Richmond

Caroline T. Richmond has donated a ten page critique of nonfiction articles or middle grade consisting of no more than 3000 words.

Caroline Tung Richmond is a freelance writer based in the Washington, DC area. She has published over 200 articles in both print and online publications, such as Highlights for Children, Boys' Life, the Baltimore Sun, and
Along with her freelancing, Caroline also writes middle grade and young adult novels. Her MG science fiction novel, THE COSMIC CHRONICLES OF DANNY J. SINGER, received the grand prize in the Maryland Writers' Association's 2009 Novel Contest. Caroline is represented by Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Hanging on a Twisted Line Basket

A collection of deviously twisted shorts to
fire the imagination…. Suspense, mystery,
humor, romance, and ghost. A thought provoking
and fast paced mix of genres to provide punchy
satisfying reads for today’s busy lifestyles.
Available at, or may be ordered
through Barnes and Noble and other bookshops.

The value of a story is not based upon
its length, but its quality.

A corkscrew, …to signify the many twists and turns
in these creative little stories!

All stories should have a good “hook,” and
there are forty three sharp “hooks”in these

You won’t be able to stop at “only one,”
and will need this light to read on into
the night…

These unique little stories will “stick
with you” long after you have finished
the book.

Ahhhh, the proverbial twisted line!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Lia Sophia

Larissa Hardesty has donated a beautiful Lia Sophia necklace!

Books, Books, Books!

Agent Rita Rosencrantz has donated the book 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life by Cami Walker:

The amazing Salina Yoon has donated a box of preschool books valued at $70!

The wonderful Danette Haworth has donated a signed copy of her book, THE SUMMER OF MOONLIGHT SECRETS.

Deborah Shlian has donated signed hardcovers of her books DEAD AIR and RABBIT IN THE MOON:

Richard McClure has donated a signed copy of his book WINDER HOLLOW:

Signed ARC of Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry:

Set of Historical Books donated by Arcadia Publishing:

My Thirty One Certificate

Mary with My Thirty One has donated a $25 gift certificate.

Visit Mary on the web at

50-Minute Therapeutic Massage

Kim Pullen of Studio One Wellness has donated a 50-Minute Therapeutic Massage.

Visit Studio One online at

Full MS Critique by Shellie

The fantastic Shellie has donated a full manuscript critique for the Silent Auction. 

Shellie has an Honorable Mention in the 2009 RPLA Competition and is a 2010 RPLA Finalist. 

Shellie blogs at

Seminole Book and Hot Pad

Just in time for November, Native American Month, Jan Godown Annino has donated

her autographed picture book from National Geographic Society, SHE SANG PROMISE:

The Story of Betty Mae Jumper, Seminole Tribal Leader.  For our silent
auction only, the

book is yours also with a stylish Seminole Patchwork hot pad.

Photography By Kolbe

The wonderful Kolbe has donated a photo session and one 8x10 worth $80.00.

You can view more of her work here: Photography By Kolbe

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Vampire Beach Tote

The amazing Nancy Haddock has donated a fun beach tote filled with great items and two signed books!

10-Page manuscript critique by Dianne Ochiltree

Dianne Ochiltree has donated a critique of up to ten pages of a picture book manuscript.

Gift Certificates and Such

We have an awesome array of gift certificates for the Silent Auction:

Rave Motion Pictures: Two Tickets

$15 iTunes gift card donated by Jessie Harrell

Two $50 gift cards to BooksAMillion and two $25 gift cards to Starbucks donated by Angela Bennett

$25 gift card to Barnes & Noble by Carolyn Evans

Bread for a Year Certificate donated by Panera Bread

$25 gift card to shop at Publix

$10 gift card to Bed, Bath & Beyond.


The Christie Cookie Company has donated a gift certificate for a gorgeous tin of fresh cookies!

Visit the Christie Cookie Company to see all the yummy things they have to offer:

Query and Synopsis Critique from Georgia McBride

The amazing Georgia McBride has donated a query and synopsis critique with a 30-minute Skype call! Since August Georgia's query critiques have resulted in eight requests from agents and one offer of representation.

Georgia McBride is author of the YA urban fantasy series, PRAEFATIO and founder of the popular weekly #Yalitchat on twitter and interactive online community. Georgia founded the teen-focused blog The YA-5. She is currently adapting PRAEFATIO for the screen.

*This donation is for the online auction.  Bidding will open on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 10am, and close on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 10pm Est.*

Query Critique OR Marketing Consultation with Shelli Johannes-Wells

The amazing Shelli Johannes-Wells from Market My Words has donated either a query critique OR a one-hour marketing consultation!

Shelli is a MG/YA Author represented by Alyssa Eisner Henkin (Trident Media Group); Marketing Consultant

*This donation is for the online auction.  Bidding will open on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 10am, and close on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 10pm Est.*

Thursday, September 16, 2010

50-Page Manuscript Critique by Gwenda Bond

The amazing Gwenda Bond has donated a 50-page manuscript critique! She says: "This will be a generous critique, and I'll happily spitball ideas with the writer about world-building and the structure of the rest of the book if they like."

Gwenda Bond writes young adult fantasy. She is a contributing writer for Publishers Weekly, and her nonfiction work has also appeared in the Washington Post, Kirkus, Strange Horizons, The Nebula Awards Showcase 2009 anthology, and in the Awake! A Reader for the Sleepless anthology. Her short stories have appeared in the Journal of Mythic Arts and The Journal of Pulse-Pounding Narratives. In association with her blog, Shaken & Stirred, she has been a guest on NPR's Weekend Edition. She holds an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts' program in writing for children and young adults, and is a veteran of the critique mines, having participated in several science fiction and fantasy peer workshops, including the Rio Hondo Writers Workshop, Turkey City, and Blue Heaven. Readers of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet may know her as everyone's Dear Aunt Gwenda. She is currently guest editing a YA-focused issue of Subterranean Press's online magazine to appear next year.
She lives in a hundred-year-old house in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband author Christopher Rowe, and their menagerie. She is represented by Jennifer Laughran of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

*This donation is for the online auction.  Bidding will open on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 10am, and close on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 10pm Est.*

50-Page Critique by Agent Natalie Fischer

Awesome agent Natalie Fischer has donated a 50-page critique!

NATALIE M. FISCHER is a Literary Agent and Assistant at the Dijkstra Agency. She is in charge of managing permission requests and foreign tax, among other things. An honors graduate of the University of San Diego, California, Natalie holds a BA in Literature/Writing. She started as an intern at the Agency in 2007, after which time she left to write author profiles and book reviews for the San Diego Union Tribune. Finding that journalism was not for her, she returned to work full-time at the Dijkstra Agency in April 2009.
Natalie is actively seeking new clients, and is especially interested in talented, hard-working new authors with a fresh, unique voice and hook. Her specialty is commercial fiction, with an emphasis in children’s literature (from picture book-YA/Teen), romance (contemporary and historical), historical fiction, multi-cultural fiction, paranormal, sci-fi/fantasy in YA or romance only, fairy-tale/legend spin-offs, and “beautiful dark” novels. She will also consider select memoir (has to be really unique) and that amazing project she never even knew she was looking for! She is always drawn to an open and positive attitude in an author, good grammar, and fantastical, engaging and sexy plots.
Natalie is not interested in thrillers, "boy" books, ABC books, bug books, spiritual guides/novels, and books geared toward the Christian market.

*This donation is for the online auction.  Bidding will open on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 10am, and close on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 10pm Est.*

Consulting – Certificate

New to publishing? Have a book ready to go to print? Do you need help with marketing ideas? Still trying to decide whether to publish traditionally, go Print-On-Demand, or become an Independent Publisher? Consult with Book Coach, Rik Feeney for unique ideas, solutions, and guidance on your path into the world of publishing. Let his experience as author, consultant, and publisher save you time and money.

Book Cover Design – Certificate

Your book cover is one of the most critical elements in the success of your book! No matter what others say, a book is judged, and the buying decision often made, because of the book’s cover. Book Coach, Rik Feeney will work with you to design a book cover that effectively represents the topic of your book, gets it picked off the shelf, and opened for a serious buying consideration.

Web Page Design – Certificate

Imagine becoming a paperless publisher! You can write the book and let others collect the money and fulfill the order while you sit back and relax when you have a web page designed by Book Coach, Rik Feeney. Once the web page is set, the only cost to you is the cost of your domain name each year. Get your web page design now!

50-Page Critique by Elana Johnson

The fabulous Elana Johnson has donated a 50-page critique!

About Elana: Elana Johnson’s debut novel, Possession, will be published by Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster) in Summer 2011. Her popular ebook, From the Query to the Call, is also available for download. School teacher by day, Query Ninja by night, you can find her online at her personal blog or her website. She is a co-organizer of the popular online children’s conference WriteOnCon, a founding author of the Query Tracker blog and a contributing author of the League of Extraordinary Writers. In addition to that, Elana is a member of the Girlfriends Cyber Circuit, a group of successful YA authors, and The Elevensies, a group of 2011 debut authors. Elana is represented by Michelle Andelman of Regal Literary.

Elana loves many things, but most notably bacon, Adam Lambert, dying her hair, fall weather, and reality TV. Oh, and writing. She kinda likes that too. She lives in central Utah, where she divides her time between mothering her two kids, teaching 800 others, and relaxing with her husband.

 *This donation is for the online auction.  Bidding will open on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 10am, and close on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 10pm Est.*

25-Page Critique by Myra McEntire

The amazing Myra McEntire has donated a 25-page critique! 

About Myra: Myra McEntire lives in Tennessee with a husband, two boys, two cats and two dogs. The four pets are a lot easier to manage than the husband and two boys.  Her young adult novel, HOURGLASS, debuts with Egmont USA on May 24, 2011.

 *This donation is for the online auction.  Bidding will open on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 10am, and close on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 10pm Est.*
Visit Myra on her blog.

30-Page Manuscript Critique OR Website/Online Presence Consultation by Agent Elana Roth

Super-Agent Elana Roth has donated a bidders choice! The bid winner can choose either a 30-page critique OR a website/online presence consultation!

Elana began her career at Nickelodeon Magazine, which made her fall in love with children’s publishing. Afterward, she spent nearly 5 years as an editor at Parachute Publishing, a packager specializing in children’s book series. There she was lucky to work on R.L. Stine’s ROTTEN SCHOOL among many other series for kids of all ages. She’s spent the last two years as an agent, and loves working with her clients closely, being very hands-on editorially to get those existing (and already fabulous) manuscripts just right. Elana is a graduate of Barnard College and the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she earned degrees in English literature and Bible.

Bidders, please note Elana's preferred genres when bidding:
Elana Roth is focusing her list on children's and young adult books, and is primarily looking for high concept middle grade and YA fiction. She will consider picture books from author/illustrators* only. She'll also consider a select number of adult projects in the areas of narrative nonfiction, pop culture and pop science. No vampires.

*This donation is for the online auction. Bidding will open on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 10am, and close on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 10pm Est.*

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

50-Page Critque By C.A. Marshall

The awesome C.A. Marshall has donated a 50-page manuscript critique!

C.A. Marshall is a freelance editor, lit agent intern, YA writer, and loves to play with her dog Mollie. She dreams of one day owning a small house near the water, preferably in England, with a shelf full of books she has written and has helped others to write. She can be found in Emmett, MI and at


First 50 pages, 12 pt TNR, double spaced, one inch margins. Must be sent within a month of auction win. You will receive back both notes in your document and an editorial letter. Must be willing to sign standard editorial contract (to protect both of our ideas).

I prefer YA but have edited and read lots of queries for all genres. :)
 *This donation is for the online auction.  Bidding will open on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 10am, and close on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 10pm Est.*

Thursday, September 9, 2010

20-Page Critique by Jaclyn Dolamore

The fabulous Jaclyn Dolamore has donated a 20-page manuscript critique!

Jaclyn Dolamore was homeschooled in a hippie sort of way and spent her childhood reading as many books as her skinny nerd-body could lug from the library and playing elaborate pretend games with her sister Kate. She skipped college and spent eight years drudging through retail jobs, developing her thrifty cooking skills and pursuing a lifelong writing dream. She has a passion for history, thrift stores, vintage dresses, David Bowie, drawing, and organic food. She lives with her partner and plot-sounding-board, Dade, and two black tabbies who have ruined her carpeting.

*This donation is for the online auction.  Bidding will open on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 10am, and close on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 10pm Est.*

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Autographed MAGIC Basketball

The ORLANDO MAGIC graciously donated this J.J. Redick signed basketball, valued at $350.

Visit the MAGIC's website.

Beautiful Journal

The Paper Shop has donated this fabulous journal, valued at $25.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Beautiful Top

The fun store Bebe's in Winter Park has donated a women's XS red sequined top!

Visit them at: 311 South Park Avenue Winter Park, FL 407-628-1680

Downeast Orvis

The Downeast Orvis shop in Winter Park has donated a men's XL Plaid Ralph Lauren shirt!

You can visit the store at: Orvis Downeast, Park Avenue, Winter Park, Florida

Stella & Dot

Mercedes Brown has donated a beautiful Stella & Dot necklace!

Spectacular Salon

The awesome Bonne Vie Salon in Winter Park has donated a $75 gift certificate!

Visit their website to check out their wonderful services:

Pamper Yourself or a Friend

The amazing YOLO Salon in Winter Park has donated a spa package: Swedish Massage, Haircut, Facial, Manicure and Pedicure.

Visit their website to schedule your own pampering session:

Great Gifts

The fabulous Timothy's Gallery in Winter Park has donated a $25 gift certificate!

Visit their website to view their fun and quirky collection:

Amazing Art

The Scott Laurent Collection in Winter Park has donated a $50 gift certificate!

Visit their website to check out their amazing art collection:

Creative Memories

Creative Memories Consultant Larissa Hardesty is putting together a fantastic scrapbooking items!

#1 - A Pre-Made Album:

#2 and #3 - Calendar Kits:

Visit Larissa's website:

Pampered Chef

Pampered Chef Consultant Melissa Goebelbecker is putting together an amazing basket!

Pictures to come soon!

Please visit her website:

Sea World

Four SeaWorld and Aquatica combo tickets

Current value of tickets is $468.40

Admission for 14 consecutive days to SeaWorld and Aquatica in Orlando !

SeaWorld Orlando takes families below the surface, above the waves and beyond their expectations. More than 200 acres of up-close animal encounters, thrilling attractions and lavish performances immerse guests in the mysteries of the sea. Whether coming face-to-face with Shamu, petting dolphins, counting the teeth on a shark or feeding seals and sea lions, vacation adventures become lifelong memories at SeaWorld Orlando.

Now open -- MANTA! Find out what it's like to spin, glide, skim and fly like a giant ray when you ride the only flying roller coaster of its kind in the world. It's a seamless blend of up close animal encounters with a head-first, face-down thrill ride. Manta. Only at SeaWorld in Orlando .


From high-speed water slides and exhilarating wave pools, to tranquil beaches and the remarkable animal habitats that are the hallmark of SeaWorld, Aquatica delights all ages and interests. This one-of-a-kind water park is home to some of the world’s most thrilling water rides, featuring 36 slides, six rivers and lagoons and more than 80,000 square feet of sparkling white, sandy beaches. Aquatica’s exclusive attractions promise unlimited fun, sending guests on amazing undersea adventures and through breathtaking animal exhibits.

Please Note: This donation will be split into two sets of two tickets.

Visit Sea World's website to plan your vacation: