I wasn't planning on posting on here this weekend, but I wanted to bring people's attention to a really good cause. If you have the money to spend on some fantastic items AND help out people at a time of need, please check out the fabulous Authors for Philippines auctions organised by Keris Stainton.
Some highlights from authors who've been kind enough to post on my sites or be interviewed by me in the past. All bids are correct at of 3 o'clock GMT or so on Sunday afternoon. Bidding closes on Wednesday at 8pm GMT.
A rare US hardback of Wereworld: Rise of the Wolf, signed and doodled in by Curtis Jobling - This is one of my all-time favourite fantasy series, and the first one - rare even WITHOUT the signature/doodle - currently just £25!
A night down the pub with Anthony McGowan and Andy Stanton - I have no idea what the latest bidding for this is; there are cartels and EVERYTHING. The comments thread is awesome, though.
Signed copies of Undone, Torn, and Entangled by Cat Clarke - Three really good YA contemporaries from a brilliant author, going for £40.
Signed copy of ACID and 15,000 word critique by Emma Pass - ACID is fab, and getting good feedback on your work can be incredibly difficult, so this is an opportunity far too good to miss for anyone who's interested in writing. (And given it's NaNoWriMo, isn't EVERYONE interested in writing?) Just £50 atm!
Several different auctions for Rose Under Fire signed copies. The companion book to the wonderful Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, this is a great read. US hardback just £20 at the moment!
FIVE signed copies of Hayley Long books and an extremely limited edition print of a working cover for Lottie Biggs Is Not Desperate. This is £80, but look what you get for it!!
Signed US hardback of Gillian Philip's fantastic Firebrand and a signed cover of Bloodstone. Only £40!
A character named after you in Keren David's next book - plus a signed, personally dedicated hardback first edition of Salvage (check the comments for the additional part) - just £110.
Also from Keren, a two chapter and synopsis critique at £50.
Phone chat/coffee with Non Pratt - Non is one of the nicest people I've ever met and as Commissioning Editor of Catnip Publishing and a soon to be published author, she's in a wonderful position to give you some tips! This is £50.
Signed copies of Phil Earle's 3 books - I've read 2 and they're both brilliant - plus other swag, plus your name in the acknowledgements to his fourth book. £100 currently.
Signed Hardback of Threads by Sophia Bennett - £20. (This is me, so part of me was tempted to 'forget' to include this but Sophia has been so generous in giving me stuff for the blogs that it wouldn't feel right to leave her out of this round-up. And, of course, with it being such a great cause it would be cool to see it go for even more money, even if that's to someone else.)
Critique of YA manuscript up to 60k words, plus submission package, plus signed books, from Keris Stainton. Keris writes wonderful teen novels and gives outstanding feedback. The chance to get your hands on signed books and advice isn't to be missed! Currently £110.
Critique of 1st three chapters of a novel, or complete short story, up to 10k words, by Stephanie Burgis. Stephanie has written one of my favourite series of the last few years, the Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson, and one of my favourite short stories, The Wrong Foot. At £75 at the moment, this is another that's really cheap!
Manuscript and synopsis critique of children's or YA book by Susie Day - I'm not sure if Susie is the most consistently wonderful author of the last few years, but between Pea's Book, Big Woo!, My Invisible Boyfriend, and The Twice Lived Summer of Bluebell Jones, she can't be far off. Advice from her would be worth a huge amount, and is somehow just £65 at the moment.
Three day writing/reading/artists retreat by the Sussex coast at Peacehaven B & B, courtesy of KM Lockwood. This is £200, but that's working out at less than £70 a night for what looks like a truly gorgeous location - surely it'll go for much more than that?