2020 WLT Silent Auction

Bidding starts at 10am CST on Monday, November 30, and runs through Saturday, December 5.

More than fifty items - amazing offerings that include one-on-one time with literary agents and book professionals, manuscript critiques, private classes, gift bundles, and much more. We called in a lot of favors to make this auction as enticing as we possibly could. We hope you see lots here that's worth your attention - we are pretty impressed with each and every item. Bid early, bid often!  Every dollar raised goes to the WLT and its valuable programs and services. Help us make it through the challenging year ahead - we really do appreciate your support.

Below, you'll find a full list of our 2020 Silent Auction items. You can also cut to the chase, click on this link, and go straight to our auction platform where you'll find additional information on each item.

Let the bidding begin!

 

After Hours with the Authors
Christopher Brown, PJ Hoover, Leila Sales
Enjoy some sips and conversation with (count 'em) THREE published writers with lots of experience and smarts and inside baseball stories to share. There are five spots total open for this intimate 60-minute Zoom meeting with Christopher Brown, PJ Hoover, Leila Sales.

After Hours with the Authors
Donna M. Johnson, Michael Noll, Deanna Roy
Enjoy some sips and conversation with (count 'em) THREE published writers with lots of experience and smarts and inside baseball stories to share. There are five spots total open for this intimate 60-minute Zoom meeting with Donna M. Johnson, Michael Noll, and Deanna Roy.

After Hours with the Authors
Alison Macor, Stephanie Noll, John Pipkin
Enjoy some sips and conversation with (count 'em) THREE published writers with lots of experience and smarts and inside baseball stories to share. There are five spots total open for this intimate 60-minute Zoom meeting with Alison Macor, Stephanie Noll, John Pipkin.

After Hours with the Authors
Charlotte Gullick, Stacey Swann, James Wade

Enjoy some sips and conversation with (count 'em) THREE published writers with lots of experience and smarts and inside baseball stories to share. There are five spots total open for this intimate 60-minute Zoom meeting with Charlotte Gullick, Stacey Swann, James Wade.

After Hours with the Authors
Owen Egerton, Britta Jensen, Jessica Wilbanks

Enjoy some sips and conversation with (count 'em) THREE published writers with lots of experience and smarts and inside baseball stories to share. There are five spots total open for this intimate 60-minute Zoom meeting with Owen Egerton, Britta Jensen, Jessica Wilbanks.

Ask Us Anything with the Literary Agents
Jennie Dunham, Mark Gottlieb, Jessica Papin

This is your chance to spend some quality time with (count 'em) THREE literary agents, asking them anything you'd like (related to writing and within reason, of course). There are five spots total open for this intimate 60-minute Zoom meeting with Jennie Dunham (Dunham Literary, Inc.), Mark Gottlieb (Trident Media Group), and Jessica Papin (Dystel Goderich & Bourret).

Ask Us Anything with the Literary Agents
Michelle Brower, Kirby Kim, Kelli Martin

This is your chance to spend some quality time with (count 'em) THREE literary agents, asking them anything you'd like (related to writing and within reason, of course). There are five spots total open for this intimate 60-minute Zoom meeting with Michelle Brower (Aevitas Creative Management), Kirby Kim (Janklow & Nesbit), and Kelli Martin (Wendy Sherman Associates).

Bookkeeping 101
Have you always wanted to understand QuickBooks but weren’t sure where to start? Now’s your chance! The WLT’s bookkeeper, Millie Brown, would love to spend a little time (60 minutes via phone, to be exact) with one lucky winner going through the in’s and out’s of QB and answering your burning questions. Millie has been working with the WLT since 2005 and we can attest to her awesomeness.

Bookstore Gift Card: BookWoman (Austin, TX)
Spend some time browsing at Austin’s treasure of a feminist bookstore, BookWoman, and enjoy this $75.00 gift card towards your purchase.

Consultation: Audiobooks
Do you have questions about the audiobook market? Now’s your chance to get some answers from an industry professional! Spend 30 minutes with Lance Fitzgerald (VP, Content and Business Development, Penguin Random House Audio) talking about the business of audio publishing. He’s one of our favorite people around - this will be a guaranteed fun time. Hit play!

Lance Fitzgerald heads the Penguin Random House Audio editorial team as Vice President, Content and Business Development. Under his leadership, the team has acquired audio rights for the much anticipated new novel from Elena Ferrante, The Lying Life of Adults, the international sensation How Contagion Works by Paulo Giordano, soccer legend Hristo Stoichkov’s memoir, and more. He was previously Subsidiary Rights Director for over two decades, is a member of the Frankfurt Book Fair Foreign Rights Advisory Board, and has been a featured speaker at the Writer’s League of Texas, Authors and Artists Representatives, the Columbia and NYU Summer Publishing courses, the Young-to-Publishing Group, and at the Slice Writers Conference.

Critique & Consultation with Alex Temblador
Share up to 25 pages of a short story, memoir, nonfiction essay, or novel, with award-winning author Alex Temblador, and receive edits on grammar, story, and character, as well as big picture thoughts and suggestions for the rest of the piece.

Alex Temblador is the award-winning author of the novels Secrets of the Casa Rosada (2018) and Half Outlaw, a magical realism novel forthcoming from Blackstone Publishing in 2022. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Central Oklahoma and has since been a freelance writer for the last five years. Her Starred Kirkus novel has won such accolades as the NACCS 2019 Tejas Foco Young Adult Award, MG/YA Discovery Prize Winner of Writers League of Texas Book Awards, and Kirkus' Best of YA Books of 2018. Alex has two upcoming anthology publications, her creative work has been published in PALABRITAS and Cigale Literary Magazine, and her articles have appeared in outlets like Architectural Digest, Lonely Planet, The Daily Beast, Travel + Leisure, Bustle, Texas Highways Magazine, D Magazine, Fodors, among many others. In addition to being the moderator and brains behind Dallas' newest author panel series, LitTalk, Alex travels the world for her writing career and offers writing presentations and workshops at high schools, universities, and conferences in the U.S.

Critique & Consultation with Christopher Brown
Receive feedback on a work or excerpt up to 20,000 words from author Christopher Brown.

Christopher Brown "looks to be cornering the market on future dystopias,” according to The Wall Street Journal. His debut novel Tropic of Kansas was a finalist for the Campbell Award for best science fiction novel of 2018, and he was a World Fantasy Award nominee for the anthology Three Messages and a Warning. His 2019 novel, Rule of Capture, combines “cli-fi” with courtroom drama in a story publisher Harper Voyager described as “Better Call Saul meets 1984.” The follow-on to that, Failed State, is forthcoming in August of 2020. Chris lives in Austin, where he also practices law.

Critique & Consultation with John Pipkin
Receive a written critique on a work or excerpt up to 30 pages from author and creative writing instructor John Pipkin and enjoy the opportunity to discuss the feedback in a 90-minute Zoom consultation.

John Pipkin is the Director of the Undergraduate Creative Writing Program at UT-Austin. Originally from Baltimore, he received a Ph.D. in English from Rice University. His first novel, "Woodsburner" (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday 2009) won the New York Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the Massachusetts Center for the Book Novel Prize, and the Texas Institute of Letters Stephen Turner Prize. His second novel, "The Blind Astronomer’s Daughter"(Bloomsbury 2016) was named Book of the Month by The London Times. John has received fellowships from MacDowell, Yaddo, and Dobie-Paisano, and he is currently completing a novel about the Tour de France during WWII.

Critique & Consultation with Leila Sales
Receive feedback on one of the following - your picture book manuscript, query letter, or the first 2500 words of a longer manuscript - from established children’s book author and editor Leila Sales.

Leila Sales is the author of seven young adult and middle grade novels, including This Song Will Save Your Life, Once was a Time, and the forthcoming political comedy The Campaign (Abrams, 9/29/20). She spent more than a decade at Penguin Random House, where she edited bestselling and award-winning fiction and nonfiction for children of all ages. She grew up in Boston, graduated from the University of Chicago, and now lives in Austin, where she runs the Book Engineer, a book development company. Learn more at leilasales.com, or follow her @LeilaSalesBooks.

Critique & Consultation with Mary Helen Specht
Receive a one-page written critique on your short story (under 30 pages) from Mary Helen Specht, author and Associate Professor of Creative Writing, along with email correspondence on up to five follow up questions.

Mary Helen Specht's first novel, Migratory Animals, was an editors' choice by the New York Times Book Review and the Austin American-Statesmen, an IndieNext Pick, and an Apple iBook selection. Migratory Animals also won the Texas Institute of Letters Best First Fiction Award and the Writers' League of Texas work of Best Fiction. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including: The New York Times; The Colorado Review; Prairie Schooner; Michigan Quarterly Review; The Southwest Review; Florida Review; Southwestern American Literature; World Literature Today; Blue Mesa; Hunger Mountain; Bookslut; The Texas Observer; and Night Train, where she won the Richard Yates Short Story Award. A past Fulbright Scholar to Nigeria and Dobie-Paisano Writing Fellow, Specht currently teaches creative writing at St. Edward’s University in Austin. Texas Monthly has named her one of "Ten Writers to Watch."

Critique & Consultation with Stacey Swann
Share your manuscript with author and editor Stacey Swann and receive a full manuscript edit, which will include in-margin notes for small issues of clarity and flow, a chapter-by-chapter breakdown, with suggestions for improvement, line edits on the first 5,000 words, and a 3-5 page single-spaced letter that covers the larger structural and craft issues in the work. This also includes an hour-long conference, after you’ve read the feedback, for follow up questions and discussion. Manuscripts may be up to 100K words.

Stacey Swann holds an MFA from Texas State University and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Her fiction has appeared in Epoch, Memorious, Versal, and other journals, and she is a Contributing Editor of American Short Fiction. Her debut novel, OLYMPUS, TX, is forthcoming from Doubleday in May 2021.

Critique & Consultation with Stephanie Noll
Share up to 15 pages of a short story, essay, or manuscript, with writer and creative writing instructor Stephanie Noll and receive a one-page critique, including notes of what is working and where the writing could use further attention. During the consultation, Stephanie will review the critique with you in a way that allows for a conversation to occur about the writing--no prescriptive lectures here! You will leave with a better sense of how to move the work towards a place of completion and publication.

Stephanie Noll studied fiction writing at Texas State University, where she earned her MFA. She is a frequent storyteller at The Story Department, a monthly fundraiser for the non-profit Austin Bat Cave, and has also told stories at Listen to Your Mother, Backyard Story Night, Hyde Park Story Night, and the Tellers. Stephanie has 18 years of teaching experience and is currently teaching high school English in New Mexico. She has written a novel about a standardized test cheating scandal at an inner-city Houston high school.

Critique & Consultation with a Literary Agent: Ann Collette
Share up to 10 pages of your work-in-progress with Ann Collette (Literary Agent, Rees Literary Agency) and have a 20-minute meeting via phone call. This item is appropriate for writers of crime fiction and women’s fiction for the adult market.

Ann Collette was a freelance writer and editor before joining the Rees Literary Agency in 2000. Her list includes the New York Times bestseller The Art Forger (Algonquin) by B.A. Shapiro;The Muralist (Algonquin) by B.A. Shapiro; the Amory Ames Mystery series, including Edgar nominated Murder at the Brightwell (Thomas Dunne) by Ashley Weaver; Hollow Man (Seventh Street) and the Hugo Marston mystery series (Seventh Street) by Mark Pryor; Newport (HarperCollins) by Jill Morrow; Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin, and A Perfect Union of Contrary Things by Maynard James Keenan and Sarah Jensen.

Critique & Consultation with a Literary Agent: Cameron McClure
Share up to 10 pages of your work-in-progress with Cameron McClure (Literary Agent, Donald Maass Literary Agency) and have a 20-minute meeting via Zoom or phone call. This item is appropriate for writers of genre fiction for the adult market, especially science fiction & fantasy, crime fiction, and horror.

Cameron McClure joined the Donald Maass Literary Agency in 2004. She represents a small and select group of authors and specializes in fiction. She is especially looking for projects that combine genre style plotting with literary quality writing. She’s up for anything speculative, and is interested in seeing science-fiction and fantasy, literary fiction, mystery and suspense, and projects with multi-cultural, international, environmental, and LGBTQIA+ themes. She’s also drawn to projects that explore subcultures or topics that haven’t quite broken into the mainstream. Some of her clients include Robert McCammon, Robert Jackson Bennett, Ada Palmer, Amy Alkon, Emily Winslow, Brian Francis Slattery, Molly Tanzer, Randy Henderson, Sarah Pemberton Strong, and Steve Bein.

Critique & Consultation with a Literary Agent: Claire Anderson-Wheeler
Share up to 10 pages of your work-in-progress with Claire Anderson-Wheeler (Literary Agent, Regal Hoffman and Associates) and have a 20-minute meeting via Zoom or phone call. This item is appropriate for writers of middle grade and young adult fiction as well as book club fiction (or upmarket women’s fiction) for the adult market.

Claire Anderson-Wheeler started her career at the Christine Green Authors' Agency in London in 2008, before crossing the pond to New York. She has been at RHA since 2013. Claire has a Law degree from Trinity College, Dublin, and a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. She's glad to consider submissions across a range of genres, the common thread throughout being a meaty narrative and a confident voice. At the commercial end, she is a sucker for psychological suspense with great characters and twists you never see coming, whether standalone novels (think Ruth Ware) or the first in a crime/procedural series (think Angela Marson's Kim Stone series, or Tana French). Other genres: brainy, grounded sci-fi (e.g.Jeff VanderMeer, or Adrian Tchaikovsky's 'Children of Time'); book club fiction with an intriguing "what would you do" hook or highlighting contemporary issues/moral dilemmas (e.g. 'Small Great Things'). For literary fiction it's harder to be prescriptive, but if it's unexpected, ambitious, and resonant, please send! Across all genres, diverse and under-represented voices are most especially welcome.

Critique & Consultation with a Literary Agent: Jennie Dunham (Children's Market)
Share up to 10 pages of your work-in-progress with Jennie Dunham (Literary Agent, Dunham Literary, Inc) and have a 20-minute meeting via Zoom. This item is appropriate for writers of books for the children’s market, from novelty and picture books through middle grade and young adult.

Jennie Dunham has been a literary agent in New York since May 1992. In August 2000 she founded Dunham Literary, Inc. She represents literary fiction and non-fiction for adults and children. Her clients have had both critical and commercial success. Books she has represented have appeared on the New York Times Best Sellers in adult hardcover fiction, children’s books, and children’s book series. Her clients have won numerous awards including: New York Times Best Illustrated Book, The Schneider Family Award, Boston Globe Horn Book Honor, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist. She is a member of AAR (Association of Authors Representatives) and SCBWI. She worked at three different literary agencies before she founded Dunham Literary, Inc. She graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Anthropology and has a master's degree in Social Work from New York University.

Critique & Consultation with a Literary Agent: Jennie Dunham (Adult Market)
Share up to 10 pages of your work-in-progress with Jennie Dunham (Literary Agent, Dunham Literary, Inc) and have a 20-minute meeting via Zoom. This item is appropriate for writers of literary fiction and narrative nonfiction for the adult market.

Jennie Dunham has been a literary agent in New York since May 1992. In August 2000 she founded Dunham Literary, Inc. She represents literary fiction and non-fiction for adults and children. Her clients have had both critical and commercial success. Books she has represented have appeared on the New York Times Best Sellers in adult hardcover fiction, children’s books, and children’s book series. Her clients have won numerous awards including: New York Times Best Illustrated Book, The Schneider Family Award, Boston Globe Horn Book Honor, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist. She is a member of AAR (Association of Authors Representatives) and SCBWI. She worked at three different literary agencies before she founded Dunham Literary, Inc. She graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Anthropology and has a master's degree in Social Work from New York University.

Critique & Consultation with a Literary Agent: Jessica Errera
Share up to 10 pages of your work-in-progress with Jessica Errera (Literary Agent, Jane Rotrosen Agency) and have a 20-minute meeting via Zoom or phone call. This item is appropriate for writers of young adult and middle grade for the children’s market; romance, romantic comedy, women’s fiction, magical realism, and millennial fiction for the adult market.

Jessica Errera has been with JRA since 2014. She is looking for commercial women’s fiction with a fresh and fun hook, all genres of YA (especially diverse stories), contemporary romance, mysteries and suspense, the occasional historical fiction, and anything that might be read in a day on the beach. Jessica is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she spent four years cheering on the Tar Heels and a few fantastic months interning with Algonquin Books.

Critique & Consultation with a Literary Agent: Jessica Papin
Share up to 10 pages of your work-in-progress with Jessica Papin (Literary Agent, Dystel Goderich & Bourret ) and have a 20-minute meeting via Zoom or phone call. This item is appropriate for writers of narrative nonfiction, literary upmarket fiction, and literary thrillers for the adult market.

Jessica Papin first joined DG&B in 2003, after spending eight years as an editor at Warner Books (now Grand Central). In 2004, she moved to Egypt, where she spent three years working for the American University in Cairo Press. Upon her return to the United States, she rejoined DG&B. With a background on both sides of the desk, she loves working collaboratively with clients to shape and refine their work. Her stay in the Middle East has given her an abiding interest in the history and politics of the region, as well as the broader Islamic world. She is interested in plot-driven literary and smart commercial fiction, and narrative non-fiction across a range of subjects, including history, medicine, science, economics and women’s issues. In every case, she looks for passion, erudition, and storytelling skill. A wry sense of humor doesn’t hurt.

Critique & Consultation with a Literary Agent: Kelli Martin
Share up to 10 pages of your work-in-progress with Kelli Martin (Literary Agent, Wendy Sherman Associates) and have a 20-minute meeting via Zoom or phone call. This item is appropriate for writers of romantic comedy, domestic suspense, psychological thrillers, marriage dramas, friendship dramas, and beach reads for the adult market.

Kelli Martin has worked in book publishing for twenty years. She started at Simon & Schuster and rose up the editorial ladder at HarperCollins, Harlequin, and Amazon Publishing. At Amazon Publishing, Kelli was the launch editor and public face of Montlake Romance, and Executive Editor at Lake Union (the general fiction imprint). Now as a literary agent, Kelli is passionate about signing authors in contemporary romance, romantic suspense, women’s fiction, domestic suspense and psychological thrillers. For Kelli, guiding writers, perfecting manuscripts and building a list of beloved books that satisfy publishing houses and readers are the loves of her life.

Critique & Consultation with a Literary Agent: Michelle Brower
Share up to 10 pages of your work-in-progress with Michelle Brower (Literary Agent & Partner, Aevitas Creative Management) and have a 20-minute meeting via Zoom or phone call. This item is appropriate for writers of literary fiction, book club fiction (including with a speculative twist), and literary suspense for the adult market.

Michelle Brower has represented National Book Award finalist Erika L. Sánchez, the New York Times bestseller The House Girl by Tara Conklin; bestselling historical fiction author Hazel Gaynor; the Barnes & Noble Discover Pick The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler; and After Disasters by Viet Dinh, which was named a finalist for the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Prize. After graduating from New York University with a MA degree in literature, Brower began her career in agenting at Wendy Sherman Associates. Before joining Aevitas, she was a Senior Vice President at Folio Literary Management. Brower represents fiction and narrative nonfiction. Her interests include book club fiction (a commercial concept with a literary execution), literary fiction (including with an element of genre), and smart women’s fiction. She also represents select young adult, middle grade, and memoir projects. Some of her favorite non-client writers are Emily St. John Mandel, Maggie Shipstead, Tana French, and Barbara Kingsolver. She splits her time between New York and Seattle.

Critique & Consultation: Deluxe Package (Agent)
Share up to 10 pages of your work-in-progress (plus your query letter, if you have one) with Kirby Kim (Literary Agent, Janklow & Nesbit) and have an extended meeting (45 minutes!) via Zoom or phone call. This item is appropriate for writers of upmarket thrillers and speculative fiction.

A native of Los Angeles, California, Kirby Kim got his first job in publishing working for Charlotte Sheedy Literary, at that time an affiliate of Sterling Lord Literistic. He then moved to Vigliano Associates, followed by Endeavor which the following year merged with William Morris. He stayed at WME for five years before joining Janklow & Nesbit. Kirby represents both literary and commercial authors. He’s most interested in receiving manuscripts that straddle the fence a bit, with upmarket expression combined with a genre element or plot device. When it comes to straight literary work, he’s alternatively drawn to rich, sweeping stories that try to encompass a time or a place or tightly written, narratively innovative stories or voices with award potential. His commercial interests include thrillers and mysteries, speculative fiction, and young adult.

Critique & Consultation: Deluxe Package (Editor)
Share up to the first three chapters and a synopsis (1-3 pages) with Beth deGuzman (VP, Paperback and Digital Publisher, Grand Central Publishing) and have a 20-minute meeting via Zoom or phone call. This item is appropriate for writers of commercial fiction in all genres (excluding science fiction & fantasy) for the adult market.

Beth deGuzman is VP, Digital and Paperback Publisher at Grand Central Publishing, where she oversees eBook publications and trade paperback and mass market programs, and acquires fiction and nonfiction. She works with James Patterson and Michael Connelly; sits in meetings with David Baldacci, Sandra Brown, Harlan Coben, and Nicholas Sparks; and is a proud Texan.

First Chapter Critique: Yellow Bird Editors
Ready to have a professional editor’s eye on your opening pages? Now’s your chance! A Yellow Bird editor will read your first chapter or prologue (up to 3,500 words) and provide a substantive feedback letter (of approximately 1-2 single-spaced pages) addressing the strengths and weaknesses of the submission. The feedback letter may touch on any or all of the following issue-areas: concept; hook; voice; character development; dialogue; pacing; flow of narrative; audience; potential market. This item is appropriate for writers of fiction (for both the adult and children’s market, excluding picture books) and memoir.

Gift Bundle: Haiku Austin
a haiku package
seventeen syllables’ worth
of pure Austin love

Do you love haiku?
Do you love Austin?
Do you love haiku about Austin?
If this describes you or someone you know, then you’ve got to get this package of goodies featuring "Haiku Austin," the photographic gift book that’s an ode to the River City, filled with light-hearted haiku and beautiful images of iconic Austin sights and experiences. Along with the author-signed book, you’ll get a pair of "Haiku Austin" t-shirts, plus a set of 8 blank greeting cards and 4 blank holiday greeting cards – each featuring a humorous haiku and photo on the front.
"Haiku Austin" package includes:
1 "Haiku Austin" book (signed by Carlotta Stankiewicz)
2 "Haiku Austin" t-shirts
Set of 8 "Haiku Austin" everyday greeting cards
Set of 4 "Haiku Austin" holiday greeting cards

Gift Bundle: Malvern Books (Austin, TX)
Become an official Malvernian with a Malvern Books mug for the perfect cup of joe, and write down your scribbles in a new journal. This bundle also includes a gift card to the store (redeemable by making a personal shopping appointment at malvernbooks.com).
This item includes:
- $25 gift card to Malvern Books
- Journal
- Mug

Night-In Write-In with Hopdoddy Burger Bar (Austin, TX)
Enjoy a night in and take the time to work on that writing project you’ve been itching to get at. To get the creative juices flowing we’ll send you a signed copy of one of our favorite craft books by one of our favorite people. Then, get ready to jot down your brilliant ideas in a new notebook (with a LePen pen that will have you saying "ooh la la" in no time). Finally, don’t let the worries about dinner interrupt you - we’ve got it covered!
This item includes:
- "The Writer's Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction" by Michael Noll (signed copy)
- A lovely journal and LePen pen (Becka O’s personal favorite)
- $25 gift card to Hopdoddy Burger Bar

Night-In Write-In with Home Slice Pizza (Austin, TX)
Enjoy a night in and take the time to work on that writing project you’ve been itching to get at. To get the creative juices flowing we’ll send you a signed copy of Michael Noll’s book, The Writer's Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction. Then, get ready to jot down your brilliant ideas in a new notebook (with a LePen pen that will have you saying "ooh la la" in no time. Finally, don’t let the worries about dinner interrupt you - we’ve got it covered!
This item includes:
- “The Writer's Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction” by Michael Noll
- A lovely journal and LePen pen (Becka O’s personal favorite)
- 1 Large Pizza, 1 Regular Side Salad, 1 Slice of NY Cheesecake from Home Slice Pizza

Night-In Write-In with Komé Sushi Kitchen (Austin, TX)
Enjoy a night in and take the time to work on that writing project you’ve been itching to get at. To get the creative juices flowing we’ll send you a signed copy of one of our favorite craft books by one of our favorite people. Then, get ready to jot down your brilliant ideas in a new notebook (with a LePen pen that will have you saying "ooh la la" in no time). Finally, don’t let the worries about dinner interrupt you - we’ve got it covered!
This item includes:
- "The Writer's Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction" by Michael Noll (signed copy)
- A lovely journal and LePen pen (Becka O’s personal favorite)
- $50 gift card to Komé Sushi Kitchen

Night-In Write-In with Pinthouse Pizza (Austin, TX) - 4 available
Enjoy a night in and take the time to work on that writing project you’ve been itching to get at. To get the creative juices flowing we’ll send you a signed copy of one of our favorite craft books by one of our favorite people. Then, get ready to jot down your brilliant ideas in a new notebook (with a LePen pen that will have you saying "ooh la la" in no time). Finally, don’t let the worries about dinner interrupt you - we’ve got it covered!
This item includes:
- "The Writer's Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction" by Michael Noll (signed copy)
- A lovely journal and LePen pen (Becka O’s personal favorite)
- $25 gift card to Pinthouse Pizza

Night-In Write-In with Via 313 (Austin, TX)
Enjoy a night in and take the time to work on that writing project you’ve been itching to get at. To get the creative juices flowing we’ll send you a signed copy of one of our favorite craft books by one of our favorite people. Then, get ready to jot down your brilliant ideas in a new notebook (with a LePen pen that will have you saying "ooh la la" in no time). Finally, don’t let the worries about dinner interrupt you - we’ve got it covered!
This item includes:
- "The Writer's Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction" by Michael Noll (signed copy)
- A lovely journal and LePen pen (Becka O’s personal favorite)
- $25 gift card to Via 313 Pizza

One-on-One Coaching Session with Alison Macor
Meet with author and collaborator (aka ghost writer) Alison Macor for a 1-hour consult about your nonfiction project (memoir, narrative, etc.) and a read of up to 20 pages of material (draft chapter, diary entries, interview transcription, etc.) that will include feedback for next steps.

Alison Macor is the author of Rewrite Man: The Life and Career of Screenwriter Warren Skaaren (2017, UT Press) and Chainsaws, Slackers, and Spy Kids: Thirty Years of Filmmaking in Austin, Texas (UT Press), which won the 2012 Peter C. Rollins Book of the Year Award from the Southwest Pop­ular/American Culture Association. She holds a PhD in film history and taught for more than 20 years at the University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University, Austin Community College, and the Austin Museum of Art. Alison is also a freelance writer and ghostwriter who lives in Austin, TX with her husband and son.

One-on-One Coaching Session with Britta Jensen
Meet with author and instructor Britta Jensen for a one-hour Zoom or phone consultation to discuss a manuscript in progress, revision questions, or an indie publishing plan. You can submit up to 3500 words before the meeting.

Britta Jensen’s debut novel Eloia Born was long-listed for the 2016 Exeter Novel Prize and reviewers are calling the book “both a dystopian narrative and a quest story; consider it a spiritual successor to Lois Lowry’s The Giver and M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village.” The sequel, Hirana’s War releases October 2020. Her stories have been shortlisted for the 2017 Henshaw Press and Fiction Factory prizes and she was published in the following anthologies: Stories for Homes, volume 2 and Sakura Dreams. Britta’s plays have been performed in New York City, Japan and South Korea. She holds a BA in Acting Performance from Fordham University and an MA in Teaching of English Literature from Columbia University. She taught middle and high school English, Theatre and History for thirteen years in New York City public schools and taught for a decade overseas with DODEA. Britta spent twenty-two years overseas in Japan, South Korea, and Germany before moving to Austin, Texas.

One-on-One Coaching Session with Deanna Roy
Meet with Deanna Roy (Self-Publishing and Author Marketing Instructor) for a one-hour Zoom or phone consultation to discuss publishing, marketing, and advertising your book.

Deanna Roy is the six-time USA Today bestselling author of women's fiction, nonfiction, and middle grade books under four pen names. She is a regular speaker and instructor for authors who choose the self-publishing route for their books. Her April 2020 romantic comedy earned a spot on the top 100 of Amazon.

One-on-One Coaching Session with Gillian Redfearn
Meet with Gillian Redfearn, National Account Manager at Macmillan, for “Sips with a Sales Rep,” a 2-hour session over Zoom to talk about how books are sold into retail outlets. A $20 gift card will be sent to the winner for the beverage of your choice (wine, coffee, tea, whatever!) to enjoy during the conversation.

Gillian Redfearn has been in the book business since the ripe old age of 15-1/2 years old, actually has a degree in publishing from the University of Georgia, and has been a sales rep for the last 28 years after a very short stint as a publicist. She is a National Accounts Manager for Macmillan Publishing and works closely with the national retailer Books-A-Million. Her account base also includes etailers that are not Amazon, truckstops and Independent Booksellers in Utah. When not selling books and reading, she can be found teaching fitness or hanging on the football field with her one perfect son.

One-on-One Coaching Session with Jessica Wilbanks
Meet with author and instructor Jessica Wilbanks for a one-hour “Nonfiction Book Proposal Boot Camp.” You’ll learn the process of selling a nonfiction book on proposal–from writing a query letter and finding an agent to structuring and drafting different parts of a book proposal. Jessica will share a sample proposal with you and answer any and all questions you might have about the process. If you have a draft query letter, synopsis, overview, or other materials, Jessica can also review those (up to 10 pages) and offer feedback before or after your call.

Jessica Wilbanks is the author When I Spoke in Tongues, a memoir about losing faith. She has received a Pushcart Prize as well as creative nonfiction awards from Ninth Letter, Sycamore Review, Redivider, and Ruminate magazine. She lives in Houston and is currently working on a novel.

One-on-One Coaching Session with Stephanie Barko
Meet with Stephanie Barko, Literary Publicist, for a 45-minute Zoom or phone consultation to discuss how to market your upcoming or recently published release.

Stephanie Barko is a historical fiction and nonfiction book marketer and publicist whose award-winning clients are published in all three publishing tracks–traditional, hybrid and independent.
Subgenres that Stephanie promotes include:
how-to, history, autobiography, psychology, career, biography, social science, self help, spiritual, memoir, historical fiction, coming of age, and body mind spirit.

Original Work of Art: Carol Dawson
An original watercolor of a Painted Bunting, our country's most colorful bird, photographed by Greg Lasley and re-interpreted with his permission by Carol Dawson. Dimensions, unframed, are 35" x 27". This item is on offer with much thanks from the donor to the Wally Workman Gallery.

About the artist:
Carol Dawson aims to transform the perception of commonplace natural scenes into one of new wonder. She demonstrates how a small piece of our everyday world is filled with detail and life, turning the micro into macro. In this body of work, Dawson employs birds as well as botanicals as her subjects. She depicts the birds on a human-like scale. The effect not only captures their immediate beauty but lends each an inescapable presence. As iconic as birds have been throughout human cultural development--occupying an archetypal place in our psyches—they are often seen as small, distant creatures, forever flitting beyond reach. However, in Dawson’s work, they confront the viewer eye-to-eye, ensuring a new consideration. Dawson hopes that the viewer will perhaps feel as if he or she is facing an equal--a bird meeting another bird on its own ground--and remember that the conservation of this dwindling population is of primary importance to us.

After studying English Literature and Anthropology at The University of Texas in Austin, Dawson went on to launch her writing career, live abroad in Europe and New Zealand, and formally train under the tutelage of painters Ray Vinella and John Koenig in Taos, New Mexico. She is the author of four critically acclaimed novels and two non-fiction books. In addition, she has published numerous articles in national magazines, while simultaneously exhibiting her watercolors in galleries and shows in New Mexico, Washington, and Texas. She has also served as the official Writer-in-Residence and Visiting Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at The College of Santa Fe, and continues to instruct writing workshops and classes.

Dawson has been focusing on watercolor for thirty years. Her visual work is represented in public and private collections across the country.

Original Work of Art: Sue Cleveland
An original watercolor, "Iris," by Sue Cleveland. The mat measures 16" x 21".

About the artist:
Sue Cleveland is an award-winning artist across several different mediums, including watercolor, pastels, fiber arts and sculpting. She has been featured in galleries across the country, as well as run a number of successful ventures selling jewelry and custom tiles.

Pitch Session with an Agent: Mark Gottlieb
Ready to practice your pitch on a literary agent? Now’s your chance! Spend 10 minutes with Mark Gottlieb (Literary Agent, Trident Media Group) pitching your work. Mark will give you feedback on your pitch and answer any questions you might have. This item is appropriate for writers of upmarket and commercial fiction for the adult market; middle grade and young adult fiction (including graphic novels) for the children’s market.

Mark Gottlieb is a highly ranked literary agent both in overall deals and other individual categories. Using that same initiative and insight for identifying talented writers, he is actively building his own client list of authors. Mark Gottlieb is excited to work directly with authors, helping to manage and grow their careers with all of the unique resources that are available at book publishing’s leading literary agency, Trident Media Group. During his time at Trident Media Group, Mark Gottlieb has represented numerous New York Times bestselling authors, as well as award-winning authors, and has optioned and sold books to film and TV production companies. He previously ran the agency’s audiobook department, in addition to working in foreign rights. Mark Gottlieb is actively seeking submissions in all categories and genres and looking forward to bringing new and established authors to the curious minds of their future readers.

Private Class with Charlotte Gullick
Join writer and instructor Charlotte Gullick for “Deepening Memoir: How to Add Depth and Dimension to Your Work.” This 3-hour class will help participants add complexity to their memoir and nonfiction. Class will offer lecture, in-class writing activities, and discussion of assigned readings. The winning bidder will receive this private class for themselves and up to four friends.

Charlotte Gullick is a novelist, essayist, editor, educator and Chair of the Creative Writing Department at Austin Community College. She graduated with a MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the Institute of American Indian Arts in May 2016.

Private Class with Christopher Brown
Join author Christopher Brown for "Establishing Yourself as a Novelist While Maintaining Another Career." Too many writers have a fantasy that selling books will allow them to quit their day job and earn a middle class income, but that's not always what reality looks like. Thinking about a writer’s life that is partly supported by another job you enjoy is a better path to fulfillment on both fronts (and a rich working life can provide great material for your writing too). This 90-minute class by a writer who the Wall Street Journal credited with “cornering the market on future dystopias” while he maintained a busy law practice will help you figure out how to balance your writing career and your day job. The winning bidder will receive this private class for themselves and up to four friends.

Christopher Brown "looks to be cornering the market on future dystopias,” according to The Wall Street Journal. His debut novel Tropic of Kansas was a finalist for the Campbell Award for best science fiction novel of 2018, and he was a World Fantasy Award nominee for the anthology Three Messages and a Warning. His 2019 novel, Rule of Capture, combines “cli-fi” with courtroom drama in a story publisher Harper Voyager described as “Better Call Saul meets 1984.” The follow-on to that, Failed State, is forthcoming in August of 2020. Chris lives in Austin, where he also practices law.

Private Class with Donna M. Johnson
Join author Donna M. Johnson for “Transforming Personal Experience into Personal Narrative.” This 3-hour generative class will focus on how writers shape the quieter as well as the more dramatic moments of our lives into compelling stories. Through the use of short readings, writing prompts and associative exercises, we will explore expanding the personal to reflect the universal. The winning bidder will receive this private class for themselves and up to four friends.

Donna M. Johnson is the author of Holy Ghost Girl, a critically acclaimed memoir deemed “enthralling” by the New York Times and “compulsively readable” by Texas Monthly. Oprah named the book to her Memoirs We Love list. Holy Ghost Girl won the Mayborn Creative Nonfiction Prize and took top honors at the Books for a Better Life Awards in Manhattan. Donna has written for Huffington Post, The Rumpus, Shambhala Sun, Psychology Today, and other publications. Donna is a Ragdale Fellow and was recently awarded a fellowship at the Lucas Artist’s Residency. She is currently at work on a memoir that combines investigative reporting with personal narrative.

Private Class with James Wade
Join author James Wade for “The End & The Beginning: Finishing Your Novel and Starting Your Career.” This 2.5 hour class includes motivation and mental health tips for authors, notes on craft, guide to finding an agent, and resources to help demystify the publishing industry. The winning bidder will receive this private class for themselves and up to four friends.

James Wade is an award-winning fiction author with twenty short stories published in various literary journals and magazines. His debut novel, All Things Left Wild, was released on June 16, 2020 from Blackstone Publishing. James spent five years as a journalist, before serving as a legislative director at the Texas State Capitol during the 83rd Legislative Session. He also worked as a lobbyist on behalf of water conservation in Texas. James lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Jordan. He is an active member of the Writers' League of Texas.

Private Class with Michael Noll
Join author and instructor Michael Noll for “Learn from Your Favorite Authors.” In this 1.5 hour class, participants will each submit the opening 2-3 pages of a favorite novel, story, essay, or other nonfiction work, and the instructor will lead the class in an exploration of what makes those pieces great and what writers can learn from them to use in their own writing. The winning bidder will receive this private class for themselves and up to four friends.

Michael Noll is the author of The Writer's Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction and numerous short stories, which have been published most recently in Crazyhorse and The Best American Mystery Stories anthology. He also edits the website Read to Write Stories, which features more than 150 writing exercises based on published work and interviews with authors.

Private Class with P.J. Hoover
Join author P.J. Hoover for “Goal Setting Focus Group.” One of the best ways to reach goals is to be open about them and accountable for them. When it comes to being open, that can be hard. You may not want to stick your hopes and dreams out on social media. I sure don't. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't share them with a select group of others. Here's where the accountability part comes in. A goal-setting focus group is small, with a maximum of 5 people, and the idea of the group is that each week we meet and check in. Does this sound like what you need to get on the right path with reaching your goals? Don't let any more time slip away from you. The winning bidder will receive this experience for themselves and up to four friends.

*Meetings will take place over the course of four consecutive weeks and will last about 1 hour each week. Time and dates will be chosen based on instructor and participant availability.

P. J. Hoover is the award-winning author of over 20 books including The Hidden Code, a Da Vinci Code-style young adult adventure with a kick-butt heroine, and Homer's Excellent Adventure, best described as Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure meets The Odyssey. For more information about P. J. (Tricia) Hoover, please visit her website www.pjhoover.com.

Private Class with Stuart Horwitz
Join Stuart Horwitz, Founder of Book Architecture for “The Art of the Letter” a 1.5 hour class that will introduce writers to the art of letter writing, a practice which can help a writer both communicate truths and uncover material that can blossom into independent pieces. The winning bidder will receive this private class for themselves and up to four friends.

Attendees will experience the process of:
- choosing the right addressee, such as a child leaving for college, a person with whom there may be a difficult legacy; or a once intimate connection who has passed away/moved away—storytelling has always thrived on having (at least) one particular person in mind;
- finding the scenes that ground the discussion through sensual detail and point-of-view;
- using recovered memorabilia to jog the memory into recall of specifics;
handling the emotions of grief, anger and shame that might arise during true confessional moments;
- using an overall message—the theme—to select elements from your draft to construct a finished product that is a unified whole.
- Writing a letter can often put into perspective material that is usually kept secret.

As founder and principal of Book Architecture, Stuart Horwitz has spent over twenty years helping writers become authors, signing with top literary agencies, sealing deals with coveted publishing houses, or forging a successful path through indie publishing. Book Architecture’s clients have reached the New York Times best-seller list in both fiction and non-fiction, and have appeared on Oprah!, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, and in the most prestigious journals in their respective fields. Stuart’s approach is a synthesis of academic theories of narrative structure and his hands-on experience as an independent editor, book coach and ghostwriter. He has written three highly acclaimed books which together comprise the Book Architecture trilogy: Blueprint Your Bestseller: Organize and Revise any Manuscript with the Book Architecture Method, Book Architecture: How to Plot and Outline Without Using a Formula, and Finish Your Book in Three Drafts: How to Write a Book, Revise a Book, and Complete a Book While You Still Love It.
Stuart has toured the Book Architecture Method through over one hundred venues in North America. He is also an award-winning essayist and poet, and has taught writing at Grub Street of Boston and Brown University. He holds two masters degrees—one in Literary Aesthetics from NYU, which helps him a lot with this work—and one in East Asian Studies from Harvard with a concentration in Medieval Japanese Buddhism, which helps him get out of bed in the morning.

Signed 1st Editions
John Pipkin’s Books

Get signed 1st edition hardback copies of author (and instructor, and amazing writer, and fab FoWLT) John Pipkin’s first two novels, “Woodsburner” and “The Blind Astronomer's Daughter.” Signature will include a personalization as requested by the winner, and a one-of-a-kind hand-drawn doodle.

John Pipkin is the Director of the Undergraduate Creative Writing Program at UT-Austin. Originally from Baltimore, he received a Ph.D. in English from Rice University. His first novel, "Woodsburner" (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday 2009) won the New York Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the Massachusetts Center for the Book Novel Prize, and the Texas Institute of Letters Stephen Turner Prize. His second novel, "The Blind Astronomer’s Daughter"(Bloomsbury 2016) was named Book of the Month by The London Times. John has received fellowships from MacDowell, Yaddo, and Dobie-Paisano, and he is currently completing a novel about the Tour de France during WWII.

The Author to Influencer Accelerator Program
If you've ever....
Felt overwhelmed with the options and unsure where to start..
Been afraid to put yourself and your book out there for the world to see...
Wished you had a budget-friendly way to get the world to know about your book...
The Author to Influencer Accelerator is for YOU!

It's a membership community of authors, led by a book PR expert, who want to take a hands-on approach to marketing books. And it's your step-by-step guide to making your book launch a success.

Receive a 3-month membership subscription to The Author to Influencer Accelerator program. The program library includes 50 workshops ranging from preparation, to platform development, product, planning and promotion. During this membership you will get access to a private Facebook group where we share tips and you have an opportunity to network and share ideas with other AIA members.

Yoga for Writers Private Class
Writers know better than most how good it can feel to stretch it out after a long day (or night) of sitting and writing. Treat yourself and up to ten friends to a private 60-minute yoga class via Zoom with yoga instructor Heather Holland, curated especially for writers, including gentle movement for all levels and writing prompts throughout. Ommmmmm.

Heather Holland is a freelance writer and certified yoga instructor. She loves sharing her practice as a way to hold space for others. While her favorite style of yoga is Yin, she also enjoys and serves up a playful vinyasa flow. She holds a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training and advanced study in sequencing, Yin Yoga, and mindfulness facilitation. Heather currently serves as the Treasurer of the Board of the Writers’ League of Texas. When she’s not on the mat, she’s on the Green Belt. For more, follow Heather on Instagram @floatlikeaheather.

 

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