Thursday, January 5, 2017

Pens for Paws Auction Is On For April 24-28, 2017!

Cody, an alumnus/Happily Ever of Fat Kitty City

My own schedule is shaping up to be a little busier this year and I went back and forth on whether to hold the auction this year, but the kitties haven't stopped needing our help--so it was an easy decision after all!

I'll be holding the Pens for Paws Auction on April 24th through 28th this year, and I hope you'll join me in supporting Fat Kitty City, a cage-free, no-kill cat sanctuary in El Dorado Hills, California.

Check out the Donate page for instructions on how to donate an item for the auction, and the How It Works page if you'd like info on how to place bids once the items are live. And as always, there will be an Items Featuring In The 2017 Auction page, updated as donations come in.

Here's to a new year of keeping Fat Kitty City going as a refuge for kitties in need!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

2016 Wrap Up Post!

"Th-th-th-That's all, folks!" (This is not a pig, btw. It's my piggy rescued dog, Chloe)
We did it, folks! We raised a total of $1790 for the kitties at Fat Kitty City with this year's Pens for Paws Auction!

Jeff popping his head out to say "Thank you!" Really, he's more impressed than he looks.

We had the most items on offer this year--in fact, I had to turn some donors away because I just couldn't handle any more posts by myself--but there were a handful of items that didn't get any bids at all. I did hear from one person that they'd tried to bid, but Blogger was acting up for them. I may look into alternative hosting sites for next year.

Speaking of next year, I may have to change the timing of the auction--I took on the Illustrator Coordinator position for SCBWI CA North/Central, and our regional conference usually takes place in April or May. It was crazy enough this year to have both events back-to-back, when I was just stepping into the IC role and also my other volunteer duties at the conference!

What would really help ease my mind is if I could get some commitments from volunteers who would like to help, so that next year can be even better than ever! I'd need help with arranging donations (don't worry, the agents and authors are friendly), scheduling posts, monitoring bids, closing out items, and compiling a list of donors for Fat Kitty City to send out thank you notes.

This might be a good time to mention that out of respect for privacy issues, no one is added to a mailing list for FKC--but if you'd like to stay in touch, you can find a newsletter signup and social media links here

Thanks so much to those who donated items, and those who bid. A grateful Cindy from Fat Kitty City says: "This year is our 10th Anniversary since we started back in 2006, rescuing 73 cats from Pollardville, and we've managed to save over 3000 (cats, kittens and even a fair amount of dogs and puppies, too). Amazing what a difference people can make!"

Friday, May 6, 2016

Package of Books #4 From Agent Suzie Townsend

When agent Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary said she'd send me some books for the auction, I had no idea of the riches that would arrive on my doorstep! These hand-picked titles offer valuable insights into what an agent's tastes are. Suzie and her assistant Sara sent so many notable titles that I've had to divide them up into separate listings (not including the "New Leaf Prize Package," which is its own thing); this is the last of four packages and includes:
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Operation Awesome Package from the Awesome Operatives

Operation Awesome is a group blog of writers, both published and unpublished.

We blog regularly, sharing writing tips, hosting contests (like #OAFlash Fiction and #PassOrPages), and talking about books (like in our monthly #OABookClub).

For this year's Pens for Paws Auction, our members are offering an entire package that includes:
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Signed Copy of Death of An Assassin, Plus Query Critique by Ian Hiatt

Author Ian Hiatt is offering up a signed copy of his forthcoming debut novel, Death of an Assassin (Curiosity Quills Press, June 16, 2016) plus a critique of your query!
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Paperbacks of The Curious Cat Spy Club Series by Linda Joy Singleton

Author Linda Joy Singleton is offering up signed paperbacks of the first two books in her Curious Cat Spy Club Series, plus a CCSC badge!

Autographed Books by Author Nina Berry

Author Nina Berry has been a loyal supporter of Pens for Paws Auction, and she's stepping up again to offer a collection of her autographed books, plus some bookmarks! This is a great way to catch up on her Otherkin trilogy and try a new one, and this item includes:
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Critique of Query and 1st 30 Pages from Beth Phelan of The Bent Agency

Beth Phelan of The Bent Agency is offering a critique of your query, plus the first thirty pages!
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