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Friday, October 5, 2012

10k Sales Wrapup and A Great Cause


The response to my 10k Sales PARTY was ... overwhelming? Awesome? Made me squee and tear up at several points along the way? I'm a writer. I should be able to describe this better. You moved my heart with your many congrats and well wishes and support. Thank you.

The winners have all been selected by Mr. Rafflecopter (see them here).

One of the (other) fantabulous things about the Blogosphere (besides awesome blog comments during Sales Parties), is the ability for many people to come together over the interwebs to support a great cause.

Justine Dell is doing just that in her Out of Darkness suicide prevention event. Justine is my publishing sister, and you may have noticed her recent debut was featured here on the blog a few weeks ago. Justine has amassed an EPIC AUCTION to support this cause. Because she's just that awesome.

  1. TODAY: You can bypass the auction of said epicness and DONATE STRAIGHT TO THE CAUSE.
  2. TODAY: You can ENTER THE GIVEAWAY. It's open until midnight Friday and includes EPIC amounts of books, swag, manuscript critiques, and even a $25 Amazon gift card! For every entry to the giveaway, Justine's friend Sarah Fine will donate to the Out of Darkness walk.
  3. TOMORROW: You can stop back Saturday 10/4 and PARTICIPATE IN THE AUCTION OF EPICNESS:

Out of Darkness Auction: October 6th, 11 am EST

Here's your color-coded guide to the bid items:
stuff that I donated
stuff that I'm bidding on, so don't bid on it, it's mine
hey, I know these people!
coolest prize ever

Group 1: Agent Crit 

Query critique by Kathleen Ortiz, literary agent with New Leaf Literary.

Group 2: Agent Crit  

1st chapter critique (no more than 20 pages) by Kathleen Ortiz, literary agent with New Leaf Literary. 

Group 3: Agent Crit 

 Query critique by Suzie Townsend, literary agent with New Leaf Literary. 

Group 4: Agent Crit

Query critique by Victoria Marini of Gelfman Schneider  

Group 5:YA Book Pack I
Sanctum by Sarah Fine (signed)
Open Minds by Susan Quinn (signed) w/bookmarks
Cracked by K.M. Walton (signed) [this will  be availible and sent after Oct. 16th]
My Adventure as Brother Rat by Lenora Good
Shades of Atlantis by Carol Oates
Ebook: Streamline by Jennifer Lane
Harcover (gently used) Shiver
ARC: Flipped
ARC: Dork Diaries

Group 6: YA Book Pack II
Wish I could Have Said Goodbye by Shari Brady (signed)
The Truth about Faking (signed) 
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (signed) Donated by Stina Lindenblatt
We Hear the Dead by Dianne Salerni (signed)
Ebook: Guardians Wildchild by Feather Stone
Hardcover (gently used): Misfit
Paperback (gently used): Perdido Street Station (speculative fiction)
ARC: Freaky Fast Frankie Joe
ARC: Winning the Team
ARC: Nanny Piggins & The Wicked Plan

Group 7: Adult Romance Pack I
Winner's Choice of Jennifer Shirk Book (signed w/Jennifer Shirk highlighter). 
Choose from: Sunny Days from Sam, Georgie On His Mind, and The Role of A Lifetime.
Grave Refrain by Sarah Glover (signed)
Three Daves by Nicki Elson (signed)
Ebook Set: Ember and Irridescent by Carol Oates
Ebook: Pieces of Us by Hannah Downing
Ebook: Passion Fish by Alison Oburia and Jessica McQuinn
Paperback: Seers of Light and Whispers of Light Jennifer DeLucy

Omnific Swag pack (this is in a sealed envelope and I don't even know what's inside!)
Group 8 Adult Romance Pack II 

Recaptured Dreams by Justine Dell (signed)
Melt Into You  by Ronnie Loren (signed)
Ebook Series: Jen Delucy's Full Light Series (three books)
Ebook Set: Becoming Sage and Saving Sunni by Kasi Alexander (erotic romance)
Ebook: Divinity by Patricia Leever

Ebook: Cocktails and Dreams by Autumn Markus
Omnific Swag pack (this is in a sealed envelope and I don't even know what's inside!)

Group 9 Writer Pack

~3 Chapter Critique (any genre) by Candace Ganger.
~Winner's choice of 1. Query Crit (any genre), 2. Chapter Crit (any genre), or 3. Full Picture Book Critique by Robyn Campbell. 
~Ten Page Crit by Sharon Mayhew
~Three Chapter Crit by Lenny Lee
~Super cool jewelry (winner's pick one of these two--initial of your choice for one on right). Designed and made (and donated) by Christina Lee. 

~Thirty dollar gift certificate to, donated by Vic Caswell. 

~ Book: Writing The Breakout Novel Workbook by Donald Maass. 

~Bottle of Channel #5 Lotion 

 100% of the proceeds from the auction will go to the 
Suicide Prevention Walk. 

Cool, yes? 


  1. It looks like I missed the 10K party. Not sure how that happened. Congrats, Susan!!!!

    I'm sorry I'm missing the auction tomorrow. It's Thanksgiving weekend in Canada and we're going to the mountains this afternoon for two nights. Sarah and Justine have done an amazing job with this!

  2. Awesome! What a great cause. Your celebration was indeed incredible!

  3. thanks for the charity update. Checking it out now.

  4. I'm so glad things went well with your Party. And I can't help giggling. You've staked claim on items for the auction :-) Too funny.

  5. Nice article, thanks for the information.


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