***$1 BUY IT NOW HINTS!!! The $1 Buy it Now items are hidden on the Novak Auction site now! Ask Brenda questions she can answer w/ a YES or NO for hints where they might be! $23K already's been raised for Diabetes research today! You go, BN!***
From Brenda Novak: I’m SO excited! My 5th Annual Online Auction for Diabetes Research begins today, May 1st (at brendanovak.com) and it has over 2,000 fabulous items, many of which you can’t get anywhere else.
I started this fundraiser in 2005 and have made it an annual event in an attempt to help my twelve-year-old son (diagnosed at 5) and the many, many others who struggle with diabetes. The need is there, and thanks to my many, many generous donors (including Michelle and the Bellas!), we’re doing what we can to help.
Last year we managed to raise over $250,000. In 2009 we’re shooting for $300,000. And judging by the increase in donations and web traffic, I think we’ll get there. Not only do I offer fabulous items like original paintings, handmade quilts, trips and stays and autographed books and baskets from Big Name authors, I offer fabulous opportunities. How would you like to have lunch with one of your favorite authors, maybe Barry Eisler or Janet Evanovich? Or name a character in John Lescroart’s next hardcover? Or own a quilt made by NYTimes Best-selling Author Anne Stuart? Or take a trip to Seattle to see Bestselling Author Jane Porter? Or visit the Tuscan countryside for one week courtesy of Author Tom Gabby? If those items don’t grab you, maybe you’d like to bid on the baseball autographed by President Obama. Actually, there are too many items to list here, but I know the Bellas won’t want to miss the RBTB & Friends offerings, which can also be found on the auction. So hop over and check it out.
For those of you who have never participated in an online auction, don’t worry--it’s easy (just like E-Bay). And the person who places the highest number of bids over all, even if that person doesn’t win a single item, will be awarded an amazing prize package that includes a brand new giant touch screen Hewlett Packard computer (the one where they’ve done away with the tower and is completely wireless), as well as an Advanced Reading Copy of my new book, THE PERFECT COUPLE, due out July 28th.
We also have something new this year. I’m going to be posting random $1 Buy it Now items (in no particular category). Some of these items will be extremely valuable, but after I post one, if you’re the first to find it, you’ll get to buy it for a buck! For aspiring writers, these will include evaluations by top agents and editors (one by my own agent, Kim Whalen at Trident Media Group). But there will be $1 Buy it Now items that should appeal to everyone. It’ll be like going on an Easter Egg hunt. I’m all for making you feel like a kid again.
One other thing I should mention. To help promote the auction, I’m currently holding a drawing for a fabulous Trip for 2 to Sonoma, California (wine country). This trip includes airfare and hotel stay. To enter, visit brendanovak.com and click on the Contest link.
Here’s hoping I see you at the auction!
***Brenda returns to RBTB May29 with an Auction update and last-minute Auction News!***