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Gift Edition of The Shining by Stephen King
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

The_Shining_by_Stephen_King_Final_Cover_200_283Item Name & Description: A Gift Edition of The Shining by Stephen King. This an illustrated hardcover in a custom slipcase, published by Subterranean Press. This edition retailed for $95 when it was available, but was limited to 1,500 copies and is now sold out.

Starting Bid: $25.

Notes: Donated by Subterranean Press; ships anywhere.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Fiction critique (up to 10,000 words)
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Yoon Ha Lee. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: Critique of up to 10,000 words of story. This can either be a single shorter work, or the first chunk of a novel. In the latter case, please note that I am not a novelist and do not claim particular expertise in novels, but I’m willing if you are.

I’m best with sf/f. You may want to inquire first about other genres. For instance, I am unlikely to be any good to you if you’re writing conventional romance. (There’s nothing wrong with romance, but I don’t read or write it, so.)

If you have particular areas of concern, I’m happy to discuss those with you.

My short story collection Conservation of Shadows came out in 2013; I’ve had stories in Tor.com, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Clarkesworld Magazine, Lightspeed Magazine, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Examples of my work that you can read for free online: “Ghostweight” [Clarkesworld], “The Knight of Chains, the Deuce of Stars” [Lightspeed], “Effigy Nights” [Clarkesworld].

Starting Bid: $20.00

Notes: You’re welcome to cash in the critique at any point before April 1, 2014. I can read .doc or RTF files, and would rather work via email than physical manuscripts.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Signed ARC set of A Natural History of Dragons and The Tropic of Serpents
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Marie Brennan. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: Signed advance reader copies of A Natural History of Dragons and The Tropic of Serpents, the first two volumes in The Memoirs of Lady Trent

Starting Bid: $30

Notes: Personalized inscription on request

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Two signed sets of Mira Grant’s Newsflesh series
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: Two signed sets of Mira Grant’s Newsflesh series (Feed, Deadline, Blackout)

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Each book in this series has been nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel; find out more about the series at the author’s website. Orbit has donated two sets of mass-market paperbacks, each signed by the author.

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: Top two bidders win (new bids must increase over the last bid). Shipping limited to the US and Canada (because of publishing rights). Because the books are being shipped by the publisher, personalization is not available.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Two signed sets of Mira Grant’s Newsflesh series
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: Two signed sets of Mira Grant’s Newsflesh series (Feed, Deadline, Blackout)

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Each book in this series has been nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel; find out more about the series at the author’s website. Orbit has donated two sets of mass-market paperbacks, each signed by the author.

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: Top two bidders win (new bids must increase over the last bid). Shipping limited to the US and Canada (because of publishing rights). Because the books are being shipped by the publisher, personalization is not available.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Two signed copies of Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Leckie_AncillaryJustice_TP-220x325Item Name & Description: Two signed copies of Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice.

The Guardian calls this SF novel “By turns thrilling, moving and awe-inspiring”; Publishers Weekly calls it an “impressive debut.” Learn more or read an excerpt at the author’s site. Orbit has donated two signed copies of this trade paperback.

Starting Bid: $5.

Notes: Top two bidders win (new bids must increase over the last bid). Shipping limited to the US and Canada (because of publishing rights). Because the books are being shipped by the publisher, personalization is not available.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Two signed copies of Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Leckie_AncillaryJustice_TP-220x325Item Name & Description: Two signed copies of Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice.

The Guardian calls this SF novel “By turns thrilling, moving and awe-inspiring”; Publishers Weekly calls it an “impressive debut.” Learn more or read an excerpt at the author’s site. Orbit has donated two signed copies of this trade paperback.

Starting Bid: $5.

Notes: Top two bidders win (new bids must increase over the last bid). Shipping limited to the US and Canada (because of publishing rights). Because the books are being shipped by the publisher, personalization is not available.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Two signed sets of Daniel Abraham’s The Dagger & the Coin series
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: Two signed sets of Daniel Abraham’s The Dagger & the Coin series to date (The Dragon’s Path, The King’s Blood, The Tyrant’s Law).

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Publishers Weekly gave the first book of this epic fantasy series a starred review, and called the third “smart, absorbing, (and) fascinating.” Find out more at the author’s site. Orbit has donated two signed sets of these trade paperbacks.

Starting Bid: $15.

Notes: Top two bidders win (new bids must increase over the last bid). Shipping limited to the US and Canada (because of publishing rights). Because the books are being shipped by the publisher, personalization is not available.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Manuscript critique up to 10,000 words
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Lynne M. Thomas. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description:

I will provide the winner with an in-depth critique of a manuscript of up to 10,000 words, either in-person if possible, or via email or Skype.

I’m the former editor of Apex Magazine, as well as one of the Hugo Award winning editors of Chicks Dig Time Lords, Whedonistas, Chicks Dig Comics, as well as Glitter & Mayhem and The Book of Apex Volume 4.

Starting Bid: [$50]

Notes: [Maximum 10K words; I will provide the critique within 90 days of verification of the auction being won and paid for.]

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Manuscript critique up to 10,000 words
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Lynne M. Thomas. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description:

I will provide the winner with an in-depth critique of a manuscript of up to 10,000 words, either in-person if possible, or via email or Skype.

I’m the former editor of Apex Magazine, as well as one of the Hugo Award winning editors of Chicks Dig Time Lords, Whedonistas, Chicks Dig Comics, as well as Glitter & Mayhem and The Book of Apex Volume 4.

Starting Bid: [$50]

Notes: [Maximum 10K words; I will provide the critique within 90 days of verification of the auction being won and paid for.]

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Care Package from New Orleans
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Maria. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: A box of goodies from New Orleans in a large priority mailer

This box of delicious awesomeness will definitely include coffee, pralines, and Mardi Gras beads, and can be customized to include anything else you want. I already have a very pretty mask!

Starting Bid: $25

Notes: [admin note: priority mail means US only]

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Pillow Cookies
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Maria. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: Pillow cookies are a fantastic cookie, where you take a base cookie (like, say, some nomtastic sweet and salty chocolate chip cookies) and wrap the dough around a delicious doughy concoction (like brownies, blondies, white chocolate brownies, or pumpkin brownies). Then: BAKING! You see them all the time at local county fairs — they’re the huuuuge, round cookies with the moist, soft, chocolatey center. These are ginormous cookies — so instead of a full dozen, I normally make 10 at a time. I’m offering to make 10 pillow cookies (combo of your choice), and mail them to you usps priority. NEW THIS YEAR: I’ve found a recipe for srichacha peanut butter cookies that I am DYING to try with a dark chocolate brownie. If the bidding goes over 30, I’ll include a batch of this experiment if you want — or another experimental recipe, since I actually have a queue.

Starting Bid: $15

Notes: If I can’t make something, I’ll work with you for a substitute. I make fantastic cookies! It’ll probably take me a week to put together the ingredients, but I’ll send it USPS priority and let you know when I ship.

Also: I can’t do a multi-type of cookie-mailer. The world would explode with awesome if two types of pillow cookies existed in one box. Also, the flavors might blend.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Custom-made Police Box bag or laptop/iPad case
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Jenni. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: I will make you a blue police box ['TARDIS'] themed bag of your choice, as below.

The image below is an example of a satchel-like bag with a front pocket and a very stiff front and back. Other bags I am willing to make with the same theme include a softer handbag, a slimline across-the-body pouch (good for walking around cons!), or a sleek-looking laptop bag or iPad case.

If you would like to see pictures of examples of these or other kinds of bags I have made, I can provide these.

I use specialist interfacing to make the bags tough and durable, and they will protect your electronic gadgets well. Happy to be flexible and work with your requirements for size, handle(s), closure and pockets, within certain limits.

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(Apologies for the poor quality of the photos.)

If the police box theme doesn’t suit, I can make a custom tailored bag in the fabric of your choice; though if your chosen fabric is significantly more expensive than the plain blue fabric I use for these bags, I would request that you increase your bid to reflect that.

Starting Bid: $30

Notes: Once we have agreed on the specifications, it will take me 2-3 weeks to complete the bag. Will ship anywhere.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Two signed sets of Kate Elliott’s Spiritwalker series
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: Two signed sets of Kate Elliott’s Spiritwalker series (Cold Magic, Cold Fire, Cold Steel, and The Secret Journal of Beatrice Hassi Barahal)

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The author describes this series as “an Afro-Celtic post-Roman icepunk Regency fantasy adventure with airships, Phoenician spies, the intelligent descendents of troodons, and a dash of steampunk whose gas lamps can be easily doused by the touch of a powerful cold mage.” Publishers Weekly calls it “a swashbuckling series marked by fascinating world-building, lively characters, and a gripping, thoroughly satisfying story.” Orbit has donated two signed sets of these trade paperbacks.

Starting Bid: $15.

Notes: Top two bidders win (new bids must increase over the last bid). Shipping limited to the US and Canada (because of publishing rights). Because the books are being shipped by the publisher, personalization is not available.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Two signed sets of N.K. Jemisin’s Inheritance trilogy
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: Two signed sets of N.K. Jemisin’s Inheritance trilogy (The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, The Broken Kingdoms, The Kingdom of Gods)

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Publishers Weekly gave starred reviews to the first two and said that the third showed that “Jemisin is as talented as ever”; in another starred review, Library Journal said of the first, “An engaging heroine and a fresh take on traditional dynastic fantasy make this trilogy opener a delight for the fantasy reader and introduce a strong new voice to the genre.” Learn more or read excerpts at the author’s site. Orbit has donated two signed sets of these trade paperbacks.

Starting Bid: $15.

Notes: Top two bidders win (new bids must increase over the last bid). Shipping limited to the US and Canada (because of publishing rights). Because the books are being shipped by the publisher, personalization is not available.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Two signed sets of N.K. Jemisin’s Dreamblood duology
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: Two signed sets of N.K. Jemisin’s Dreamblood duology (The Killing Moon and The Shadowed Sun)

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In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called the first a “gripping series launch [that] immerses readers in an unfamiliar but enthralling world as well as a rousing political and supernatural adventure”; of the second, Library Journal said, “The author’s exceptional ability to tell a compelling story and her talent for worldbuilding have assured her place at the forefront of fantasy.” Learn more or read excerpts at the author’s site. Orbit has donated two signed sets of these trade paperbacks.

Starting Bid: $15

Notes: Top two bidders win (new bids must increase over the last bid). Shipping limited to the US and Canada (because of publishing rights). Because the books are being shipped by the publisher, personalization is not available.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Handspun, Handwoven Scarf
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Susan Palwick. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Custom Handspun, Handwoven Scarf

I will design and create, in consultation with you, a handspun and handwoven scarf. “Handspun” means that I’ll be laboring for hours at my spinning wheel to make the yarn for your scarf. “Handwoven” means I’ll be weaving it on my rigid heddle loom.

Some notes:

If you’re allergic to wool, this isn’t your item. Handspun wool is much less allergenic than its commercial cousins, but I can’t promise that you won’t have a reaction to it, and wool’s the fiber with which i’m most comfortable (a silk blend is possible, though!).

I don’t prepare or dye my own fiber: I’ll buy roving for this project, but will run it past you first to make sure you like it. Picking out the colors is half the fun!

This is a non-smoking home with three cats. I store fiber carefully and wash all finished pieces, but I can’t promise that there won’t be a cat hair somewhere in the mix.

Images for Susan Palwick's Handspun, Handwoven scarf offer I’m working on a simple loom, but I can produce solid colors (obviously!), stripes, plaids, houndstooth, log-cabin, and more free-form clasped-weft designs. The geometric blue and white scarf to the right is an example of that last technique; it’s also possible to do curves, only there can only be two colors going across any point in the scarf.

If you aren’t sure what these terms mean, ask me; there are lots of images available on the net. If you feel adventurous, you might want me to spin up a multi-colored roving, which can produce a pleasingly irregular striped effect like this pink and green one.

Please note that these two scarves are examples only, and aren’t available in this auction!

Also, because I’m a busy academic, this project will probably take me a few months.

I ask that you pay shipping, if applicable. (I can hand-deliver in northern NV and CA.)

Starting Bid: $100

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Signed Copy of MENDING THE MOON
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Susan Palwick. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Signed copy of MENDING THE MOON: I’ll send you a signed, personalized copy of my fourth novel, MENDING THE MOON, which was published in hardcover by Tor Books in 2013.

Starting Bid: $25

Notes: I ask that you pay shipping, if applicable; I can hand-deliver to northern NV or CA.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.