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Authors For Japan

Please visit the new Authors For Japan auction which is now LIVE – comments are open and you can start bidding!

To bid, you’ll need to leave a comment (with the amount of your bid) in the relevant comments box – just the same as the A4Q auction but this time in UK pounds.

The auction will close at 8pm on Sunday (the 20th).

At the conclusion of the auction the bidder who has made the highest bid in UK Pounds will be deemed the winner.

Winning bidders will be notified by email and instructed to make their donations to the British Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal. (International donations are accepted.)


$20k and counting…

We’re not far off being able to say that all 307 auction items have been paid for. In fact our total so far has exceeded the pledged amount! It currently stands at



Thanks so much to all of you who have made your payments.


However, we’re having trouble contacting a few bidders. Reminder emails have been sent out but because there have been some problems getting the emails through to people in some cases we want to give them another chance to pay their pledged amount and receive their item.


Therefore we’ll be sending out one more email, with a deadline for payment of Friday March 11th. After that time, we’ll offer the item to the second highest bidder, where appropriate.


If anyone would like to discuss this, please feel free to email us on


Also, if you are worried about missing emails – maybe you paid ages ago and have not received your item, or you’re a donor who hasn’t received notification to send the item – please do get in touch. A combination of our gmail address and the subject line has caused problems for some people but we’re on hand to rectify this.


Thanks and best wishes!


Emily, Kate, Katrina and Fleur


Receipts from the Premier’s Disaster Relief Fund are still coming in for our auction items – 241 paid for so far, which means that nearly $18k is accounted for. We’re getting closer to our pledged amount!


However, several donors and buyers have informed us that our emails have been going straight into their Spam folders. So please check the Spam for all email accounts you might have given us in case there are any emails lurking there.


Any queries, please get in touch at



One Week Later…

It’s been a week since our auction ended. Hundreds of emails have left our database, to highest bidders and donors, advising of your win – if you still haven’t received yours, please get in touch at and don’t forget to check your Junk Mail.


We’ve also received many receipts – 187 items have been paid for, with the money going directly into the Premier’s Disaster Relief Fund, a total of $12,687 safely deposited so far plus another $194 in extra donations as highest bidders in some cases rounded up their figures (thank you!).


We look forward to processing many more receipts and then announcing our final grand total – in pledged donations it is well over $20k now!


Thanks again to you all!



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.


Dear Buyers and Donors (that’s what we call you now, you know…),


Hundreds of emails are on their way to you right now but please don’t panic if you haven’t received yours yet, or if you’ve only received one and you actually bought 15 items (yes, I mean you at the back!), or donated several. We had to send individual emails for every item.


Some of them are getting stuck in the system (for example if a mailbox rejects one) and this holds up the whole process because we have to….well, that’s really dull so I won’t go into it but suffice to say it’s all happening! The email is from “Authors For Queensland” so do check your Junk mailbox just in case. We won’t take it personally. (We will.)


There is a line in the Buyers email to explain that although you are getting one email per item, you are free to pay into the Premier’s Disaster Relief Fund in one lump sum and send the receipt for that.


And the message to the Donors is basically “no need for any action yet”!


We have also included a dedicated email address for any queries. But it’ll still just be us answering them. In our pyjamas.


Thank you very much for your patience and, again, for your generosity. Over 100 emails have gone out but there are still over 100 in the queue, so no need to worry just yet.


Emily, Kate, Katrina and Fleur

Grand Total!

You’ve raised…


for the Queensland Flood Relief Appeal.

Thanks again for supporting this auction. We now have a comprehensive database of all the highest bids and will be sending out emails containing full instructions (to highest bidders and donors) very soon.

There are some other fantastic initiatives going on, please see our More Support For Flood Appeal page.

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

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.


Brief Bio: Website:

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.

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.


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

51 Signed Copies of 2 Aussie Bestsellers: Rachael Treasure

ITEM: A set of signed copies of the bestselling Australian novels The Stockmen and The Rouseabout by Rachael Treasure. 



The Stockmen… Rosie Highgrove-Jones grows up hating her double-barrelled name. She dreams of riding out over the wide plains of the family property, working on the land. Instead she’s stuck writing the social pages of the local paper. Then a terrible tragedy sparks a series of shocking revelations for Rosie and her family. As she tries to put her life back together, Rosie throws herself into researching the haunting true story of a 19th century Irish stockman who came to Australia and risked his all for a tiny pup and a wild dream. Is it just coincidence when Rosie meets a sexy Irish stockman of her own? And will Jim help her realise her deepest ambitions # or will he break her heart? The Stockmen moves effortlessly between the present and the past to reveal a simple yet hard-won truth # that both love and the land are timeless . . .

The Rouseabout… Kate Webster is a loveable larrikin who likes to play hard now and worry about the consequences later. She can’t help mucking up the opportunities life gives her. Rocked by the death of her mother, she takes on a dare at one of Australia’s wildest rural social events – a Bachelors & Spinsters ball – to ‘scalp’ gorgeous farm boy Nick McDonnell. It’s a dare that changes everything. For just as Kate is ready to start her new life, away from her grieving father and the pressures of the family farm, she discovers she is pregnant. Now, several years later, with toddler Nell by her side, it’s time for Kate to come home to face the music – and the father of her child . . . Set on the beautiful island of Tasmania, where Rachael Treasure once kicked up her own heels at B&S balls, The Rouseabout is an unforgettable story about discovering the things that truly matter, and finding love that lasts.

See Rachael’s website.


CV: Rachael Treasure is the bestselling author of JillarooThe Stockmen and The Rouseabout, all bestsellers in Australia selling more than 100,000 combined copies by the end of 2007. She is a sheep and cattle farmer in Tasmania with her husband, John, and her children, Rosie and Charlie. The Treasure family has been droving cattle in the Dargo High Plains since the 1870s. Her latest book is The Cattleman’s Daughter.











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50 Signed Copy of Jasper Jones: Craig Silvey

ITEM: A signed-to-order C-format (no longer available!) of the novel Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey. 


DETAILS: Late on a hot summer night in the tail end of 1965, Charlie Bucktin, a precocious and bookish boy of thirteen, is startled by an urgent knock on the window of his sleep-out. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in the regional mining town of Corrigan. Rebellious, mixed-race and solitary, Jasper is a distant figure of danger and intrigue for Charlie. So when Jasper begs for his help, Charlie eagerly steals into the night by his side, terribly afraid but desperate to impress.
Jasper takes him through town and to his secret glade in the bush, and it’s here that Charlie bears witness to Jasper’s horrible discovery. With his secret like a brick in his belly, Charlie is pushed and pulled by a town closing in on itself in fear and suspicion as he locks horns with his tempestuous mother; falls nervously in love and battles to keep a lid on his zealous best friend, Jeffrey Lu.
And in vainly attempting to restore the parts that have been shaken loose, Charlie learns to discern the truth from the myth, and why white lies creep like a curse. In the simmering summer where everything changes, Charlie learns why the truth of things is so hard to know, and even harder to hold in his heart.

Awards for Jasper Jones

Overall Winner, Indie Book of the Year Award 2009
Winner, Indie Book of the Year 2009 – Fiction
Winner (joint), 2009 Western Australia Premier’s Literary Award – Fiction
Finalist, 2010 Sydney Morning Herald 2010 Best Young Novelist
Shortlisted, Miles Franklin Literary Award 2010
Shortlisted, 2010 NSW Premier’s Literary Award – Christina Stead Prize for fiction
Shortlisted, 2010 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards – The Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction
Longlisted, 2011 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award

CV: Craig Silvey grew up on an orchard in Dwellingup Western Australia. He now lives in Fremantle, where at the age of 19 he wrote his first novel,Rhubarb, published by Fremantle Press in 2004. In 2005, Rhubarb was chosen as the ‘One Book’ for the Perth International Writers’ Festival, and was included in the national Books Alive campaign. Silvey also received aSydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist Award. In 2007, Silvey released The World According To Warren, a picture book affectionately starring the guide-dog from Rhubarb. His second novel, Jasper Jones, was completed with the aid of an Australia Council New Work Grant. Outside of literature, Silvey is the singer/songwriter for the band The Nancy Sikes!



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33 Set of 3 Signed Copies (2 of 3): Lisa Heidke

ITEM: a set of signed copies of Claudia’s Big BreakWhat Kate Did Next and Lucy Springer Gets Even, by Lisa Heidke 


Claudia’s Big Break is an hilarious novel about friendship, romance, laughter and loyalty. It’s also about three woman taking stock of their lives – with a bit of drunken karaoke thrown in to the mix.

For Claudia and her friends, life will never be the same after their much-needed holiday in paradise.

Claudia’s Big Break will be available throughout Australia and New Zealand, as well as online, from January 2011.

Courier Mail, Brisbane Jan 9, 2010 “Full marks to Heidke who ekes out (What Kate did Next) into a whimsical tale without the sting.”

“Heidke’s witty sophomore effort proves she’s got the depiction of the domestic battleground down to a fine art.” West Australian Jan 13, 2010

CV: After growing up in Brisbane, I ran away to Sydney, via London, and worked in book and magazine publishing. After many years living in the inner west, I was surprised one morning to wake up and find myself married with three children and living on the North Shore.

I’m not one of those people who’ve always wanted to write a novel…okay, I am one of those people. But it wasn’t until a few years ago I seriously challenged myself to do something about it. In fact, it was during an alcohol fuelled New Year’s Eve party where friends had been discussing the merits of a newly published novel.

‘I could write that,’ I blurted to anyone who’d listen. I’ve long forgotten the title of the book from that night, but the idea of writing my own novel, quickly became my New Year’s resolution. The next morning my husband poked me in the ribs, force fed me two Nurofen + and pointed me in the direction of the computer. I also have a vague recollection of him quietly sniggering.

I thought it would be easy. Why not? I had some ideas, so set myself up with several ‘how to’ books, a corner of an overcrowded spare room I could call my own – and was filled with great enthusiasm—confident that at the following New Year’s Eve do, I’d be one of the very few who’d managed to keep their resolution. I’d have written my first novel and would be well on my way to publication.

In my dreams! That was ten long years ago.

Along the way, This Wife’s Life was short listed for the Varuna/HarperCollins Manuscript Awards in 2005, and then in 2006, Lucy Springer’s Story was short listed. With a hell of a lot more writing, rewriting, editing, and several buckets of tears, Lucy Springer’s Story morphed into what is now Lucy Springer Gets Even, which was published in 2009.

In 2009, I continued re-writing This Wife’s Life which was re-named What Kate did NextWhat Kate did Next hit the bookshops in January 2010.

Am very pleased to announce that my third book Claudia’s Big Break will be available throughout Australia and New Zealand – and online – from January 2011.

See Lisa’s website.

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223 Feedback on a Picture Book Manuscript: Chloe Killen

ITEM: Assessment of a picture book manuscript up to 600 words long.

BIO: Chloe Killen is a PhD candidate investigating creativity in the production of Australian children’s literature. Her research examines the creative process of contemporary Australian picture book authors, illustrators, agents and publishers in an attempt to demystify creativity myths. In addition to teaching into the discipline of Communication and Media at the University of Newcastle, Chloe has worked as a copy writer, editor and production assistant for television and radio, as a project co-ordinator for a writers centre, a marketing assistant for an independent record label, and a research assistant for several academics.

Chloe’s feedback is sought after by published children’s authors.

‘Chloe’s feedback is brilliant. She knows the picture book genre backwards and has an ear for rhythm and detail. Chloe’s advice is invaluable.’ Katrina Germein, Picture Book Author.

295 Set of 2 signed Books: Bronwyn Parry

Item: Set of two books: As Darkness Falls and Dark Country.


As Darkness Falls: Haunted by her failures, Detective Isabelle O’Connell is recalled to duty by DCI Alec Goddard to investigate the abduction of yet another child from her home town. They have only days to find the girl alive, with few clues, a town full of suspects, and a vast wilderness to search. It soon becomes a game of cat and mouse, with Bella firmly in the killer’s sights.

For Bella, this case is already personal; for Alec, his best intentions to keep it purely professional soon dissolve, and his anguish over Bella’s safety moves beyond the concern for a colleague.

Their mutual attraction leaves them both vulnerable to their private nightmares – nightmares the killer ruthlessly exploits.

As Darkness Falls was a finalist in the Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year Award 2009, in the Romantic Elements category. Prior to publication, the manuscript won the Romance Writers of America 2007 Golden Heart Award, for best unpublished Romantic Suspense.

Dark Country:

From the international award winning Australian writer Bronwyn Parry comes a gripping novel of love and suspense.

They ve considered him a murderer for eighteen years, so no one in Dungirri is surprised when Gil Gillespie returns and a woman s body is found in his car. Wearied by too many deaths and doubting her own skills, local police sergeant Kris Mathews isn t sure whether Gil is a decent man wronged by life, or a hardened criminal she should lock up. But she does know he s not guilty of this murder, because she is his alibi. Gil isn t used to feeling anything for anyone. But there s a teenager here who has his eyes a daughter he never knew existed. And the sergeant s fiery tenacity stirs his blood. He can t acknowledge either. He s made too many enemies in the Sydney Mafia and amongst corrupt cops. Kris s alibi might have saved him from a murder charge but her dedication to finding the truth has made her a target. Gil is surrounded by wilderness, but there s no place to hide, because his enemies have most of the town on their side, and they know that the one thing most punishing would be harming the few people he cares about.

CV: Bronwyn Parry s manuscript, then titled Falling into Darkness , was awarded the 2007 Golden Heart Award by the Romance Writers of America, as well as winning the Romance Writers of Australia Single and Loving It! (STALI) Contest in 2005. Bronwyn s two other manuscripts, Shadows and Light and Dark Legacy , were placed second and third in the 2007 STALI contest. Bronwyn s background includes an honours degree in History and English and twelve years in senior professional development positions. She is also undertaking a part-time PhD, researching online communities of romance readers and writers. She is a member of the Romance Writers of Australia and the Romance Writers of America. She lives in country New South Wales.

130 Signed Copy of novel: The Everything Theory: Dianne Gray 2 of 2

Item: One signed copy of the novel The Everything Theory x2.


Book Information: A thriller based on ancient mythology, archaeology, world religions and indigenous cultures. The protagonist is Luke Canning, an amateur astronomer who discovers evidence that ancient civilisations have left intelligent messages for future generations. With the return of the 10th planet, Luke is caught up in deadly race to seek out the secrets of the ancients and carry them safely into the next age.

Brief Bio: Dianne won the Cairns Post Writers award in 1995 with her first short story ‘Set-up’ which now features in her latest book of award winning short stories Manslaughter and Other Tears.

Dianne’s stories are renowned for their dark humour and twists in the tail and you can preview some of her award winners on the Short Stories page of this website.  Dianne has been published by Harper Collins, Vintage MIRA, and Ginninderra Press. She has also won prizes for her short stories in the HQ awards, the Australian Scarlet Stiletto awards, the Australian National University short story awards and the Ginnindera Press awards.

Dianne’s novel Let Sleeping Gods Lie was Highly Commended in the Australian/New Zealand IP Picks award in 2007. View judges comments

In 2009 her novel The Everything Theory won a Commended award in the Australian/New Zealand IP Picks and is now available for sale.

132 Signed copy of the novel Redback – Lindy Cameron – 1 of 2

Item: A signed copy of the novel Redback


Book Information: A force to be reckoned with

Tribal warlords or international warmongers; insurgents or terrorists; rebels or elected politicians; the only real differences are scale, ideology, and how close they get to the action.

While world leaders and faceless power brokers remote-control wars on a global scale, their political big-pictures translate to personal tragedy for those on the other end of the shock and awe of surgical strikes, rolling tanks and interminable detention.

And as western governments manipulate their War on Terror to stay in power, individuals the world over respond in different ways to the fear being generated; depending on whether they’re fearful of the message, or the messenger.

Being alert rather than alarmed is good advice, until people begin to wonder who they should be watching and whether they’ve been had.

Brief Bio: Lindy never grew up to be the famous scientist she’d always dreamt of being. Instead she spent time as a journalist, a traveller and a book editor before turning happily to a life of crime. She is now the author of five crime, mystery and adventure novels.

Lindy is an unashamed Xenite, Xenaphile, XWP buff – you get the drift; a Buffy, Angel, Stargate, Dr Who, Torchwood, Smallville, Battlestar Galactica fan; a Trekker; a closet warrior princess; and a philogynist, who obviously doesn’t mind being labelled. She is also a National Co-Convenor of Sisters in Crime Australia and editor of its magazine Stiletto.

71 Signed copy of the poetry book ‘Gil Scott Heron is on Parole’ – Maxine Beneba Clarke – 2 of 2

Item: A signed copy of the poetry book ‘Gil Scott Heron is on Parole’


Book Information: “Opening the book is like turning on the radio to something quite funky. It sets you moving in its own time. The translation of rhythms from music into print; that’s the achievement, impressive, as the many who write poetry will know, the significance, of Clarke’s collection. Turn to any title. You’ll find its movement gets into your own, into your foot against the chair leg, your fingers on the keypad. It gives you an idea of the strength to be found in Clarke’s live performances…Even not carrying the revolution under its arm, her book should certainly make the streets.” -Greg Westenberg, Crikey.
Brief Bio: Maxine Beneba Clarke is a West Indian-Australian writer & poetry slam champion. Her essays, fiction & short stories have been broadcast & published nationally, including in Voiceworks, the Age, the Big Issue, Overland, Kunapipi, Peril & Going Down Swinging, on 3CR radio’s Spoken Word and Hip Sista Hop and on RRR radio’s Aural Text and Max Headroom. Maxine’s second poetry collection Gil Scott Heron is on Parole was published by Picaro Press in 2010.

80 Signed Copy of ‘Bubble Gum Trouble’ – Helen Ross – 2 of 2

Item: Signed Copy of ‘Bubble Gum Trouble’


Book Information: There’s a lot to laugh about in Bubble Gum Trouble… Yucky stuff of everyday life, like smelly socks and mouldy drink mugs, and funny stuff, like cats tangled up in toilet paper and underpants! There are ordinary things that Helen makes comical, like making breakfast and rainy days inside. Bubble Gum Trouble is a great little book of fun poetry for kids of all ages, which has been brought to life with Dee Texidor’s bright, bubbly illustrations.

Brief Bio: I was born in Melbourne, Australia (nee Helen McKenzie) and have always loved drawing, arts and crafts; winning my first drawing competition in grade 6 for designing a sausage sizzle poster. But my love of writing began with a gorilla named Lulu. As part of a drama assignment, I had to perform a piece about a gorilla. So I penned my first poem called, ‘Lulu the Gorgeous Gorilla. Little did I know that a poet was soon to be born.

In March 2006 I published my first book, Ten Yellow Bananas and followed up with my second book, Santa is in the Chimney in September of that year.

Also, during my years as a primary teacher my primary school students used to refer to me as ‘Miss Helen’, so I developed the ‘Miss Helen Books’ brand name. Both of the above published books bear the original logo ‘Miss Helen Books’.


First prize (Children’s poetry category) in the 1993 OZ waves Award and University of Queensland Press Book Prizes for my humorous poem, Magpie Mania. Yes, I know that is a long time ago now, but haven’t submitted many poems since then.

Recent Publications

10 Yellow Bananas Published December 2009

Bubble Gum Trouble and Other Giggle Poems was released early 2009

184 Written Critique of Memoir or Children’s Sci Fi: Karen Tyrrell

ITEM DETIALS: A written critique of either

The first three chapters of a Children’s Science Fiction book


The first two chapters of a memoir (children’s or adult).

CV: Karen writes “I’’m passionate about  mental health  and I’m ambassador for SANE Australia. Beyond Blue has supported my book ME AND HER: a Memoir of Madness and  invited me to join the bluevoices program.  A compressed excerpt from my Memoir of Madness was published on the Beyond Blue website, titled ‘The Panel’ between August 2009 to July 2010.

I’ve had an article published by The Happiness Institute and currently have a new story of hope on the Beyond Blue website. My short story Price of Freedom will be published in an anthology in 2011 by Trellis Publishing.

A TOP Literary Agency is now considering  ME AND HER: a Memoir of Madness and JOSH AND THE IT,my Kids Sci-Fi fantasy adventure book.

I’ve now resigned from Teaching to become  a full-time writer. I’m determined to see all three books published and my pro-active quest to Publishing continues.

My next writing projects include writing short stories based on my bipolar experiences as well as the Sequel to Josh and the It.”

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