To keep ticket prices low and fund member activities throughout the year, Austin SCBWI holds a Silent Auction every year at its annual conference. Silent Auction Coordinator Sandy Powers is busy collecting a great list of items for the 2015 Writers & Illustrators Working Conference.
She can still use your help to make this Austin SCBWI's best fund-raiser ever. If you would like to donate a piece of art, a gift basket with your critique group, or a gift card that can be put into a gift card tree, email Sandy. You can also help by asking your work or friends to donate something from their businesses, as appropriate.
Here are some of the things you can look forward to seeing on the table in 2015:
* Signed hardcover of Mark of the Thief and a 30-minute Skype visits to the class, book club or other group of the winner's choice, from New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Nielsen
* Critique of up to 25 pages of a novel or two short picture book texts or one text/sketch dummy and 20- to 30-minute consultation with literary agent Victoria Wells Arms
* Written critique of 10 pages, double-spaced, by Andrea Welch
* Online author platform critique: evaluation of website, social networks and additional gatekeeper/reader/ professional outreach on the Internet, culminating in a 30-minute phone call or in-person consultation (depending on distance, respective time constraints and schedules), from New York Times best-selling author and host of the award-winning and popular children's literature blog Cynsations, Cynthia Leitich Smith
* 30-minute phone consultation with Author Guild attorney Stevie Fitzgerald
* One weekend stay Friday through Sunday for one to three writers, or a mid-week Monday through Thursday stay at The Writing Barn's Cabin, redeemable between the months of July to September 2015. The Cabin: is a comfy quaint hideaway that sleeps 3 to 4, complete with unique lighting, an all white-bath, and a galley kitchen with refrigerator, oven/stove, coffee maker, microwave etc. There is a screened in porch for outdoor dining and writing. Donated by Bethany Hegedus and The Writing Barn
* Nacho the Party Puppy picture book and T-shirt, from Emma Virjan
* Signed set of author Jo Whittemore's Aladdin books
* 2 signed picture books by New York Times best-selling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld
* Sculpted cake by cakelustrator Akiko White (check out the amazing cake she donated at last year's conference in the picture above)
* One hour photo shoot and CD with the best shots by photographer Sam Bond ($300 value)
* Kindle Fire HD 8G from Austin Family
* One night stay and breakfast for two at the Austin Marriott South
* Original watercolor painting by Sue Cleveland
* Framed art from Amy Farrier
* Gift baskets from the Lucky Ducks critique group, Cynthia Levinson and friends (nonfiction and historical fiction), Amy Reynolds and her Up! Corp. (beauty products), Jeanette Larson (Hummingbirds basket), Christina Soontornvat (Take Care of Yourself basket) and Nikki Loftin (Fairy Tales basket).
And lots more!
Email Sandy to donate an item — art, book sculpture, nesting doll, basket, gift card or whatever. You can also bring your donation to the conference Saturday morning during registration.
Thank YOU to our generous faculty and our amazing SCBWI members!
Y'all make the silent auction a success! We look forward to seeing you at the 2015 Writers & Illustrators Working Conference in March.