I've already posted a couple times about the flood in Nashville (read here and here), but I today I've got an update on how you can contribute to relief efforts—and get some awesome book-related prizes!

Local authors Amanda Morgan, Victoria Schwab and Myra McEntire are hosting an online auction called Do the Write Thing for Nashville.

You can bid on anything from a manuscript critique from professional authors, agents and editors, to signed books, to lunch with authors.

A few of the choice auctions that are active right now:


  • GotYAgirls will give you manuscript critiques from agent Emmanuelle Alspaugh of Judith Ehrlich Literary Agency; agent Taylor Martindale of Sandra Dijsktra Literary Agency; query critiques from at least three of their blog members; a guest blogging spot for the summer on the GotYAgirls blog; a signature banner (for use on forums like Absolute Write or blogs) and coordinating bookmark design from a graphic designer; and a copy edit from former Sourcebooks copy editor, Veronica Roth. (Current bid: $1,000)

  • Lunch with authors Tasha Alexander (also a BookPage reviewer!) and Andrew Grant—they'll fly to the winning bidder's nearest major city in the United States or the United Kingdom and take the winner and a friend out to lunch (plus give away signed books). (Current bid: $200)

  • Lunch with author Claudia Gray for the winning bidder and up to three friends—she'll meet you in a major U.S. city. (Current bid: $600)

  • A critique of a children's book concept, outline and manuscript from Molly Kempf, Senior Editor at Scholastic. (Current bid: $700)


And much more. . . have at it, bidders!

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