Bid at the SFWC Online Auction; take a peek at the 2013 SFWC Schedule

Published: Mon, 02/04/13

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Annual SFWC Charity Auction on eBay!

It's that time again for the San Francisco Writers Conference exclusive online auction. Bid on prizes writers will love and, at the same time, you will help SFWC do even more outreach from special sessions to scholarships.

What do we have for you this year?  Well, how about a consultation with Mark Coker, the founder of Smashwords; a chance to pitch your book to Katharine Sands, the agent who wrote the book on making a perfect pitch; or a phone call with Writer's Digest's Chuck Sambuchino?

The San Francisco Writers Conference online auction offers 15 items ready for you to make your best offer.  The auction runs ONLY through February 11th.

Here are the 2013 Offerings. Click on the numbered item title to go straight to the eBay auction and bid!  Items are also listed in more detail on the website (click on Conference and the auction is on the drop down list) or directly on eBay, of course!

1.. Half Hour Consultation with Mark Coker
Consult with Smashwords founder Mark Coker at the San Francisco Writers Conference, February 14-20, 2013, at The Mark Hopkins Hotel. Bid on a meeting with 'Mark at the Mark'. Remember, it's all for charity!

2. Half Hour Consultation with Laurie McLean 
Half-hour consultation with literary agent Laurie McLean (at the San Francisco Writers Conference or via telephone) Laurie specializes in adult genre fiction (romance, fantasy, science fiction, mysteries, thrillers, horror), middle grade and young adult children's books. Laurie just sold a 7-figure multi-book deal for her YA client Julie Kagawa. Don't you wonder what she could do for you?

3. Half Hour Consultation with Jill Schwartzman
Consult with Dutton editor Jill Schwartzman (at SFWC or via telephone). She acquires platform, publicity, and voice-driven nonfiction, with a focus on pop culture, memoir, humor, music, biography, and narrative non-fiction.

4. Half Hour One-on-One with Annette Pollert
Simon Pulse editor Annette Pollert (at SFWC or via telephone) consults with you! 30 minutes one-on-one with one of the most respected editors in young adult literature. Pitch your book to her and see if she's interested!

5.  Half Hour One-on-One with Andrea Brown
Literary agent Andrea Brown (at SFWC or via telephone) is an icon in children's literature, and her agency consistently ranked #1 in juvenile sales by Publishers Marketplace. She knows it all and you can pick her brain to learn the secrets of success in children's publishing.

6. Half Hour Online Brand Audit With Rusty Shelton
Half-hour one-on-one online brand audit with marketing guru Rusty Shelton at the San Francisco Writers Conference, February 14-20, 2013. Randy has helped many big name brands with their online image, including Chicken Soup for the Soul, Harvard Health Publications and others.

7.  Twenty Minute Phone Consultation with Chuck Sambuchino  Chat with Writers Digest editor Chuck Sambuchino plus get a critique of your query. Chuck is wise in the ways of platform building, social media marketing, how to get an agent, humor writing, and so many other things. Twenty minutes on the phone with him will certainly help your writing career.

8.  Half Hour One-on-One Pitch with Katharine Sands  Half-hour one-on-one pitch analysis with agent Katharine Sands (at SFWC or via telephone). She's been called "incomparable", "amazing", and "one of a kind". Katharine Sands is the author of Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent's Eye.

9. Half-hour consultation with Martha Alderson
Half-hour plot consultation via telephone with The Plot Whisperer Martha Alderson. This plot phone consultation can take place before you even begin your writing project and just have ideas; during the writing process; or as a final check before sending out the manuscript

10. Half Hour Consultation with Michael Larsen
Chat with nonfiction literary agent Michael Larsen who is also the San Francisco Writers Conference co-director. He literally wrote the books on literary agents and non-fiction book proposals...How to Write a Book Proposal and How to Get a Literary Agent, and co-author of Guerrilla Marketing for Writers: 100 Weapons for Selling Your Work.

11. Dinner at LUCE at the SF InterContinental Hotel
Dinner Tasting Menu for Two with Wine Pairing. Luce's Chef de Cuisine Daniel Corey offers a dining experience that is the perfect marriage of local flavors and global inspiration focusing on modern American cuisine. One word: AMAZING!  The certificate is valid until 09/05/2013.

12.  Half Hour Conversation with Charles Spicer
Half-hour private conversation with St. Martins Press Executive Editor Charlie Spicer (not for pitching your work) Bid on this if you want to sit at the feet of (or in the chair across from) a master and listen to his words of wisdom to learn and grown as a writer. A priceless 30-minute private consultation.

13. Manuscript Critique by Donna Levin
A 3-chapter manuscript critique by Donna Levin, a well-respected author, editor and writing teacher.

14. 3 Chapter Children's Manuscript Critique by Pam van Hylckama Vlieg
Bookalicious Pam is a tour de force among middle grade and young adult authors and publishers.

15. Dramatica Pro Software for Mac and Windows
Got a great story but don't know where to start? Dramatica Pro software is your creative writing partner.

Bidding is now open. Good luck!
2013 SFWC Schedule
FINALLY!  The 2013 is up on the website.  Yes, there is a slim possibility there will be some minor edits in the next 10 days.  But take a look and get ready to see the best program ever.