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Thank you, early birdy people!

Thank you so very much to everyone who has already sent us their receipts and contact details. We will endeavour to send you all a confirmation over the weekend, as well as respond to any personal queries or messages you might have. Sit tight. We’ll get there! You are awesome.

What happens next?

Hi all,

Firstly, I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to this auction – the donors and the bidders. It’s made our hearts so glad to have had your support. From little things, big things grow, huh?

What we plan to do next is to contact the winning bidder with all the information they need to finalise their bid. Donors, once bidders have done their bit, we’ll be in touch with you with the information about how to send off your item.

As we had so many items and bidders, please be patient with us. We aim to have all bidders contacted by the end of the week – hopefully sooner!

Once again, big, enormous thanks to you all. We are so chuffed and we know that the recipients of your donations will be very grateful.

Fleur, Katrina, Kate and Emily

113 A signed copy of A Waltz for Matilda – Jackie French

Item: A signed copy of A Waltz for Matilda

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Book Information: Set against a backdrop of bushfire, flood, war and jubilation, this is the story of one girl’s journey towards independence. It is also the story of others who had no vote and very little but their dreams.

In 1894, twelve-year-old Matilda flees the city slums to find her unknown father and his farm. But drought grips the land and the shearers are on strike. Her father has become a swagman and he’s wanted by the troopers. In front of his terrified daughter he makes a stand against them, defiant to the last. ‘You’ll never catch me alive, said he…’

According to Jackie French’ Our nation was born from ideals and passions and the effects of a twenty year drought, wrought as much by the women of the sufferage and temperance movements as it was by constitutional lawyers. Without these women- and without the worst drought in Australia’s history- we might still be a collection of states. The land itself shaped our nationhood. ‘

Drawing on the well-known poem by A.B. Paterson and from events rooted in actual history, this is the untold story behind Australia’s early years as an emerging nation.

Brief Bio: Jackie French is a full-time writer and wombat negotiator who lives near Araluen, NSW. Her previous books, including Hitler’s Daughter and To the Moon and Back, have seen French awarded the CBC Younger Readers award and the Eve Pownall Award among more than 50 other awards in Australia and overseas. In October 2010 she was awarded a NSW Premiers History Award for her novel The Night They Stormed Eureka.

114 Manuscript Assessment – Jackie French

Item: A manuscript assessment comprising of a two page (non-detailed) report and suggestions for improvements. The manuscript can be any length, and any genre except poetry. After the initial two page assessment Jackie is happy to give more advice about publishers, or eventually- hopefully- a publishing contract. Please send a stamped self addressed envelope if you’d like the mss returned.

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Brief Bio: Jackie French is a full-time writer and wombat negotiator who lives near Araluen, NSW. Her previous books, including Hitler’s Daughter and To the Moon and Back, have seen French awarded the CBC Younger Readers award and the Eve Pownall Award among more than 50 other awards in Australia and overseas. In October 2010 she was awarded a NSW Premiers History Award for her novel The Night They Stormed Eureka.

139 Partial Manuscript Assessment – Maggie Alderson

Item: A constructive criticism of the first three chapters and outline of a novel, in the genre of Contemporary Women’s Fiction/Modern Romance/ Chick Lit. Submission should be by email, no more than 10,000 words, plus the outline for the rest of the book. Outline for the rest of the book should be no more than 1,500 words

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Brief Bio: I was born in London, brought up in Staffordshire and educated at the University of St Andrews. I have edited four magazines: British ELLE and ES (I was Editor of the Year for that – get me) in London, then Cleo (acting editor) and Mode in Sydney. I also worked on the Evening Standard and the Sydney Morning Herald. Newspapers are my spiritual home. My column in Good Weekend magazine has been running for over ten years and has been collected into three books.

I have written five novels, and co-edited three books of short stories for the charity War Child. I have most recently co-edited an absolutely filthy book of rude stories, with my writer pals Kathy Lette, Jessica Adams and Imogen Edwards-Jones. I currently live in Hastings Old Town on the south coast of England, with my husband and six-year old daughter, but I move a lot. I have about 150 pairs of shoes and I am currently writing another novel.

141 Day-long script clinic for a play or musical – Van Badham

Item: A day-long script clinic for a play or musical in development, in London or Sydney.

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Brief Bio: Van Badham is the award-winning writer of more than 30 internationally produced plays for stage, music theatre and radio. Her theatre plays have had seasons at the Sydney Opera House, the Wharf studio, the Seymour Centre, the Victorian Arts Centre, Perth’s Blue Room and the Adelaide Festival. She has had plays and musical theatre staged at seven Edinburgh Festivals, in London and on the UK touring circuit, in America, in Iceland, Switzerland, Slovenia, Austria and in Germany. MIT Press in the US published her 2003 Edinburgh hit Camarilla. Her scripts for radio have been broadcast by the BBC World Service, Radio 3 and Radio 4. In 2007, Van’s play The Gabriels became the first Australian play selected for New York’s Summer Play Festival.

142 Signed copy of ‘Document Z’ – Andrew Croome

Item: A signed copy of ‘Document Z’

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Website: http://www.andrewcroome.com/

Book Information: Canberra, 1951. The Cold War is at its height. Into an atmosphere of paranoia, rumour and suspicion, Vladimir and Evdokia Petrov are among a group of new arrivals at the Soviet Embassy in Canberra. Both are party loyalists, working for the MVD, Moscow intelligence. Yet all is not well in the new city of Canberra. The atmosphere in the Embassy is tense and suspicious; the Ambassador resents their presence, and is secretly working to have Vladimir disgraced and recalled. In the meantime, ASIO are determined to discover who in this new group works for the MVD. Only three short years later, Vladimir has defected and his wife Evdokia is held prisoner at the Soviet Embassy, waiting to be transported back to Russia to face punishment or death for his crime. How did it come to this?

Brief Bio: Andrew Croome was born Canberra but grew up in Hobart and Albury/Wodonga. In 1998, he moved to Melbourne to attend university and is yet to leave. He has worked as a computer programmer, creative writing tutor and copywriter, and is soon to complete a PhD in Creative Writing at The University of Melbourne. Document Z is his first novel.

126 Partial Manuscript Assessment – Sally Collings

Item: A constructive report on the first three chapters and outline of a non-fiction book (memoir, inspiration, whatever you’ve got). Email submission of up to 10K words from your book, plus the outline for the rest (up to 2K).

Brief Bio: Sally Collings worked in book publishing for almost twenty years, dividing her time between London and Sydney. Now based in Brisbane, she is a freelance writer and editor, working on books and magazines. Her work focuses on stories of inspiration in the broadest sense – from portraits of life after loss to accounts of academic excellence.

127 Free Advertising – Bug in a Book

Item: A years free advertising/promotions for a book industry business/publisher or Author/ Illustrator wanting to promote their book/s.

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Brief Bio: Website: http://buginabook.com/

Bug in a Book is an Australian/New Zealand literacy website. Supporting Authors, Illustrators and Publishers and promoting our great children’s books to the parent and teacher market.

We believe in the importance of literacy to the development of children and hope to help parents and teachers encourage this wonderful skill in our most important citizens, our children. We aim to bring a variety of quality children’s literature to our subscribers as well as informative and relevant articles to create a positive resource. We hope to affiliate with other like minded organisations to help create this resource, as well as businesses which are of good quality and whose products are of interest to this market.

Bug in a Book is created by Angela Hall (writing and promotions) and Danielle Bagshaw (design and illustrations). Both have a background in child care and early learning, where their passion and joy of children’s books began. Watching the children gain so much from the stories as they are told and retold over and over, and secretly loving the stories themselves. Angela and Danielle developed the website and began their venture into the world of authors, illustrators and publishers. Joined recently by Rachel Mason (creative columnist) who uses her skills with words to share selections of our books with others and make reading fun! Bug in a Book is growing everyday and there is much excitement about where it is headed.

111 A signed copy of a rare hardcover US edition of They Came on Viking Ships – Jackie French

Item: A signed copy of a rare hardcover US edition of They Came on Viking Ships (published there as ‘Rover.’)

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Book Information: As a puppy, Snarf is fortuitously rescued by a young girl called Hekja when he is badly injured, their simple but happy lives are changed unrecognisably when their village is raided by Vikings. This work is suitable for children aged 10-14.

Brief Bio: Jackie French is a full-time writer and wombat negotiator who lives near Araluen, NSW. Her previous books, including Hitler’s Daughter and To the Moon and Back, have seen French awarded the CBC Younger Readers award and the Eve Pownall Award among more than 50 other awards in Australia and overseas. In October 2010 she was awarded a NSW Premiers History Award for her novel The Night They Stormed Eureka.

112 A signed copy of The Tomorrow Book – Jackie French

Item: A signed copy of The Tomorrow Book

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Book Information: ‘That’s REAL LIFE, your royal highness,’ said the butler kindly.

‘Well…’ said the little prince. “I think real life could be improved.’

The little prince loves reading the books in the palace library, but somehow the real world never seems as good as he imagines. So, when his parents leave him in charge, he and his friends start to change the world using the ideas from the books in the palace library. Together, they believe, the world can be perfect.

Brief Bio: Jackie French is a full-time writer and wombat negotiator who lives near Araluen, NSW. Her previous books, including Hitler’s Daughter and To the Moon and Back, have seen French awarded the CBC Younger Readers award and the Eve Pownall Award among more than 50 other awards in Australia and overseas. In October 2010 she was awarded a NSW Premiers History Award for her novel The Night They Stormed Eureka.

299 Report on a children’s or YA manuscript – Kate Gordon

Item: a report on a children’s or YA manuscript

Details:  Manuscript must be no longer than 50k words. Report will be sent within 30 days of receiving the manuscript, unless otherwise agreed. Report to contain detailed feedback covering the areas of plot and structure; characterisation; writing and language; market potential; and other areas depending on the type of manuscript.

Brief Bio: Kate Gordon is the author of one published Young Adult novel – Three Things About Daisy Blue, published by Allen and Unwin, and one soon-to-be-published novel, Thyla, published by Random House Australia. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Literary Studies and has worked as a librarian and manager of the children’s/YA section of a major book shop. Kate currently produces manuscript assessments for the Tasmanian Writers Centre.

 

279 Signed copy of “Three Things About Daisy Blue” – Kate Gordon – 1 of 2

Item: One personally signed copy of Three Things About Daisy Blue, the new Young Adult novel by Kate Gordon.

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Book Information: Daisy Blue is not happy. She doesn’t want to go to Bali. And she doesn’t want to keep a diary of her trip. And she doesn’t want to hang out with Paulina Gifford. She does want to be a size zero and famous.
Paulina Gifford is very studious. She is excited about the Bali trip and is keen to use her journal solely for recording her historical and cultural investigations. She thinks Daisy Blue is some kind of alien species.
But Bali surprises them both – and soon they are in danger of falling in ‘like’ with each other. Is it possible that the fashionista and the earnest nerd might find something in common?

Age Range: 12-16

Brief Bio: Kate was born and raised on the North-West Coast of Tasmania, in a town known for its tulips, and where you can get the best fish and chips in the world. She is a former children’s librarian and manager of the children’s and YA section at a major book shop. Now, she is a FTW (full time writer).
Kate trained as an actor, but wasn’t very good at it. She writes on her couch, in the early morning, with her cat, Mephistopheles “Danger” Gordon sitting behind her making funny noises at birds.
Kate spends most of her time with her nose in a book, and when she’s not reading or writing, she likes bending herself into funny positions doing yoga, watching movies, playing Scrabble and listening to music you can headbang to. Visit her blog www.kategordon.com.au

280 Signed copy of “Three Things About Daisy Blue” – Kate Gordon – 2 of 2

Item: One personally signed copy of Three Things About Daisy Blue, the new Young Adult novel by Kate Gordon.

Details:

Book Information: Daisy Blue is not happy. She doesn’t want to go to Bali. And she doesn’t want to keep a diary of her trip. And she doesn’t want to hang out with Paulina Gifford. She does want to be a size zero and famous.
Paulina Gifford is very studious. She is excited about the Bali trip and is keen to use her journal solely for recording her historical and cultural investigations. She thinks Daisy Blue is some kind of alien species.
But Bali surprises them both – and soon they are in danger of falling in ‘like’ with each other. Is it possible that the fashionista and the earnest nerd might find something in common?

Age Range: 12-16

Brief Bio: Kate was born and raised on the North-West Coast of Tasmania, in a town known for its tulips, and where you can get the best fish and chips in the world. She is a former children’s librarian and manager of the children’s and YA section at a major book shop. Now, she is a FTW (full time writer).
Kate trained as an actor, but wasn’t very good at it. She writes on her couch, in the early morning, with her cat, Mephistopheles “Danger” Gordon sitting behind her making funny noises at birds.
Kate spends most of her time with her nose in a book, and when she’s not reading or writing, she likes bending herself into funny positions doing yoga, watching movies, playing Scrabble and listening to music you can headbang to. Visit her blog www.kategordon.com.au

58 Personally signed copy of Thyla – Kate Gordon – 1 of 2

Item: One personally signed copy of Thyla, the new young adult novel by Kate Gordon, published by Random House. Not out until April, but as soon as it is out, Kate will sign copies and send it. You might even get your hands on it before anyone else!

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Book Information: THYLA is a story of Tasmania: of darkness, of convicts, of devils and tigers, and of promises that stay true through the centuries. It is the story of what happened to Cat, and what Tessa really is.

“My name is Tessa. I am strong. I am brave. I do not cry. These are the only things I know for certain. I was found in the bush, ragged as a wild thing. I have no memory – not even of how I got the long, striping slashes across my back. They make me frightened of what I might remember. The policewoman, Connolly, found me a place in a boarding school and told me about her daughter, Cat, who went missing in the bush. I think there is a connection between Cat, me, and the strange things going on at this school. If I can learn Cat’s story, I might discover my own – and stop it happening again.”

Age Range: 13+

Brief CV: Kate was born and raised on the North-West Coast of Tasmania, in a town known for its tulips, and where you can get the best fish and chips in the world. She is a former children’s librarian and manager of the children’s and YA section at a major book shop. Now, she is a FTW (full time writer).
Kate trained as an actor, but wasn’t very good at it. She writes on her couch, in the early morning, with her cat, Mephistopheles “Danger” Gordon sitting behind her making funny noises at birds.
Kate spends most of her time with her nose in a book, and when she’s not reading or writing, she likes bending herself into funny positions doing yoga, watching movies, playing Scrabble and listening to music you can headbang to. Visit her blog www.kategordon.com.au

 

128 Signed Copy of The Ottoman Motel – new YA novel by Chris Currie

Item: A signed copy of my upcoming novel “The Ottoman Motel” (published by Text Publishing). It’s not out until May, but as soon as I get a copy, it’s yours!

Details:

Book information: Welcome to Reception…

Simon and his parents arrive in the small town of Reception and check in to the Ottoman Motel. Then, while Simon is asleep, his parents disappear.

Are they lost? Has something terrible happened to them? Have they simply driven away and left him?

All Simon knows is that he is alone in a strange town. And, as a desultory police investigation begins, he realises he is unsure who he can trust.

The local police constable is kind; a B&B owner gives Simon a place to stay. The citizens of Reception have taken him in—but why does it seem as if no one is trying to find his parents?

The Ottoman Motel is not just an intriguing character-based mystery, but a moving study of fear and loss. With this assured and nuanced debut, Christopher Currie proves himself to be one of the brightest young novelists in Australia.

Brief Bio: Christopher Currie is a 28-year-old writer from Brisbane whose fiction has appeared in anthologies and journals internationally. In 2007, his novella Dearly Departed appeared in Five Mile Press’s Love and Desire: Four Modern Australian Novellas. The Ottoman Motel is his first novel.

83 Signed copy of Graffiti Moon – Cath Crowley – 2 of 2

Item: A signed copy of Graffiti Moon

Book Information: It’s the end of Year 12. Lucy’s looking for Shadow, the graffiti artist everyone talks about.

His work is all over the city, but he is nowhere.

Ed, the last guy she wants to see at the moment, says he knows where to find him. He takes Lucy on an all-night search to places where Shadow’s thoughts about heartbreak and escape echo around the city walls.

But the one thing Lucy can’t see is the one thing that’s right before her eyes.

Brief Bio: I didn’t write books straight after high school. I went to uni and studied radio production and literature. I became a teacher and taught English. I traveled overseas.

While I was in Europe I wrote letters to my brother, who later turned them into a musical called The Journey Girl. After that I studied professional writing at TAFE. I wrote articles for papers and magazines. Then finally I wrote The Life and Times of Gracie Faltrain and things took off from there.

Now I spend my time writing young adult fiction and fiction for younger children. I like reading, TV marathons, the planetarium, politics and hanging out with my friends.

84 Signed copy of SAMUEL’S KISSES – Karen Collum – 1 of 2

Item: A signed copy of SAMUEL’S KISSES

Brief Bio: Optimistic, energetic and enthusiastic, Karen is passionate about books that celebrate togetherness, embrace individuality and empower each reader, no matter how small, to do their part in making the world a better place.

Karen currently lives in Brisbane with her husband, three sons, two dogs, two chickens and an upside-down swimming goldfish named Gus.

Book Information: Samuel loves going shopping with his mummy. He smiles and blows kisses to all the unhappy shoppers. Samuel delights in spreading fun and happiness to all those around him. A warm, sparkling story that will make your heart soar.

159 Get your name in a romance novel! – Nikki Logan

Item: Harlequin author, NIKKI LOGAN, will use the name of the succesful bidder (or their friend/family if it’s a gift) as hero/heroine in her next romance (modest ‘heat’ level) It’s not every day you get to star in your own romance. (www.nikkilogan.com.au)

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Brief Bio: Nikki Logan lives amongst a string of wetlands in Western Australia with her long-suffering partner and a menagerie of furred, feathered and scaly mates.
She studied film and theatre at university, and worked for years in advertising and film distribution before finally settling down in the wildlife industry.
Her romance with nature goes way back, and she considers her life charmed, given that she works with wildlife by day and writes fiction by night–the perfect way to combine her two loves.
Nikki believes that the passion and risk of falling in love are perfectly mirrored in the danger and beauty of wild places. Every romance she writes contains an element of nature, and if readers catch a waft of rich earth of rhte spray of wild ocean between the pages she knows her job is done.
Nikki debuted for Harlequin Enterprises (writing for the Romance line) in February 2010.

160 Signed copy of “Find Your Tribe” – Rebecca Sparrow

Item: A signed copy of “Find Your Tribe”
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Book Information: The little black book of information that every teenage girl should read.

Everybody knows high school can be tough.  There are days when your favourite teacher tells you off. When the person you have a crush on fails to notice you even exist. When your best friend behaves more like your worst enemy. And when even the C-grade netball team thinks you’d be a dead weight and have the defending skills of a stapler. So how do you get through it? Glad you asked.  From the author of The Girl Most Likely comes Find Your Tribe (and 9 other things I wish I’d known in high school), a practical, humorous, guide for girls to help them negotiate their teen years and beyond.

Laugh along with Rebecca as she reveals a few of her own less-than-shining-high-school-moments (like the time she accidentally set fire to her fake finger nails) but know that whether it’s finding your tribe, your classroom or your confidence, this little black book will be an invaluable guide.

Brief Bio: In 1993 Rebecca graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Business (Communication) and started writing media releases, feature articles, speeches and newsletters for a living. After three years on magazines (and a dodgy Vegas wedding under her belt), Rebecca decided to have a go at writing her first novel. The Girl Most Likely is a comedy about a former travel writer who tries to put her life back together after secretly getting married in Vegas. The novel was published by UQP in March 2003 and spent 16 consecutive weeks in the Mary Ryan’s Top 10. AFI award-winning Australian actress Pia Miranda (Looking for Alibrandi, Garage Days, Secret Life of Us) has optioned the film rights with Icon Films and hopes to turn the book into a feature film.
Rebecca’s second novel, The Year Nick McGowan Came To Stay, is the prequel to The Girl Most Likely and was released in May 2006 in Australia and April 2008 in the US. It debuted as a stage play at Brisbane’s La Boite Theatre in May 2007. Rebecca’s third novel, Joel and Cat Set The Story Straight, was published in August 2007 and co-written with her good friend Nick Earls.
When she’s not writing novels, Rebecca writes a weekly column for The Sunday Mail newspaper and she gives motivational talks and runs writing workshops in schools and businesses across the country. Rebecca is an Ambassador of War Child Australia and The Pyjama Foundation.

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