Romancing the Runoff: Auction Items to Swoon Over


Have you heard about Romancing the Runoff? It’s an epic auction raising money to fight for good in Georgia. From their website:

“We are romance authors who care about the future of this country and are inspired by fellow romance author Stacey Abrams to help Georgia elect two Democratic senators. Democracy only thrives when every vote can be cast and counted, and we are fighting to help dismantle the legacy of voter suppression in Georgia. All funds raised through our project will go to Fair Fight, the New Georgia Project, and Black Voters Matter.”

Incredibly, they’ve raised over $300,000 and counting. It’s not too late, either! Check out the below for some amazing items you can still snap up before it’s too late!

Stacey Abrams’ OUR TIME IS NOW

Autographed book plus gift basket with Atlanta goods, from Shannon Donahue

Barbara Cartland MASSIVE collector’s fan pack

Signed autobiography, books, pictures, chicken recipe, and so much more

We Can Do Hard Things Quilt

Made by Leah Koch of The Ripped Bodice

Signed 3-book Collection and a Swag Bag

The Uptown Collection by Ruby Lang

Premium Gift Basket from Farrah Rochon
Signed Book, Kindle Fire, Gift Card, Drink Mix + Swag
Gray Glass Jewelry Set
Mama Cole’s Earring (and Autographed Book) Emporium
Love All Year gift basket-Multi author!
Handmade Bumblebee Jewel Tone Baby Quilt

by Andrea Martucci

Autographed and Annotated Copy of LOVE LETTERING
Signed Becky Albertalli ARCs


Gorgeous Purple and Teal Shawl

Crafted by Sara Marks

Lucy Eden Swag Box
Sparkly Custom Cosmetic Swag

Let’s make custom sparkly cosmetic swag for your event, characters, web site, brand, or personal self (I don’t judge, everyone deserves sparkles)! I will work with you to develop up to 12 totally unique, handmade mineral-based eye shadows, lipsticks, nail polishes, and/or soaps — combination sets are super fun — that you can use however your glittery delightful heart desires.  

Manuscript critique (plus!) by John Jacobson, a freelance editor at Carina Press

A manuscript, synopsis, & query letter critique for any author looking to get into publishing or trying to sell their book. I’ll do a full read of your MS, synopsis, and query letter and provide a broad editorial critique letter along with a 1 hour online video call to discuss your authorial career, the direction of your manuscript, and anything else you’re interested in.

I’m also happy to make this a sensitivity read for anyone interested in the representation of queer cis men, queer trans femmes/feminine nonbinary folks, etc.

Pitch and 10-Page Critique + Zoom Call with literary agent Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency

A pitch and ten-page critique, followed by a half-hour Zoom meeting with Lucienne Diver.

Lucienne Diver is a literary agent with The Knight Agency with over twenty-seven years of experience. Over the course of her dynamic career she has sold many hundreds of titles to every major publisher, and has built a client list of more than forty authors spanning the commercial fiction genres, primarily in the areas of fantasy, science fiction, women’s fiction/romance, suspense, and young adult fiction. Her authors have been honored with the Hugo and Nebula Awards, National Readers’ Choice Awards, RITA, Colorado Book Awards, and more, and have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists.

She’s particularly interested in books she can’t pluck off the shelves right now – novels with new perspectives, fresh voices and unique storylines.

Full Manuscript Read + Video Call with Kristin Nelson of the Nelson Literary Agency

A full manuscript read (up to 350 pages) and a 30-minute video conversation with Kristin Nelson, the president and founding literary agent of Nelson Literary Agency. 

1-month writing mentorship with Jeannie Lin

I’m offering a month-long private mentorship that we can tailor to where you are in your writing journey and what you want to work on.

I’m a hybrid author who has worked with traditional and independent publishing with an intense interest in writing craft as well as marketing and self-publishing. Most importantly — I love to teach!

The mentorship will include weekly e-mails and/or video chats and optional critique of your current work. Once the auction is done, I will coordinate with the winner to determine a starting time for the mentorship that will work best for both of us.

3 hours of research  by research librarian Karen Viars

Ever wanted someone else to do your research for you?? I am a reference librarian with 10 years of experience offering three hours of time and expertise for you!

Interested in my qualifications? Here you go: I have a Master’s in Information Science and have proved reference services for a wide range of subjects at a community college, a small liberal arts college and a large research university. I can do general and historical research, or spend all the time on that one thorny question you just haven’t been able to sort out.

What I can do for you: three hours of dedicated detail-oriented research on any topic or topics of your choosing (within reason). This can be collaborative — I can teach you research skills that you can use on your own — or I can deliver information organized in a way that’s helpful and accessible to you.

Alternatively, if you are writing about a librarian or libraries, you can use some or all of this time to consult about what being a librarian and working in a library is really like (please note: most of my experience is in college an university libraries, with a smattering of archives experience).

1 hour of Basic Stats Coaching by Renee Perry
What are numbers? What is statistics? Renee Perry offers one hour to talk about or coach you in basic statistics (no fancy Baysian models) She will talk with you about sampling, bias,why correlation is not causation, but is still important. Renée has a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Bio from Cornell.  
1 hour of chemistry tutoring by Robin Bond, Ph.D.; chemistry faculty at Evergreen State College

1 hour of free chemistry tutoring by PhD chemist who’s won teaching awards. Can be used many ways: high school, college gen chem, analytical chemistry (quantitative analysis, instrumental analysis), environmental chemistry.  

TV Pilot Consult

Sheryl J. Anderson, the showrunner of Netflix’s hit romantic drama “Sweet Magnolias,” will read your one-hour original pilot and offer feedback in a one-hour Zoom/Skype call.  

TV Pilot Consult

Ann Kim ( co-producer on Star Trek: Lower Decks and has also written for New Girl and High School Musical: the Musical) will read your original pilot, spec television script, or feature script and offer feedback in a one-hour Zoom/Skype call.  

Amanda Idoko (The Mayor, The Goldbergs) wants to help you with TV and/or feature writing.

The winner of this auction will get to choose one:

• Got a script ready? Amanda will read it and have a notes call with you.

• No script but have questions? Amanda will talk with you about her writing process, tips for pitching your idea, making it as a woman in Hollywood–whatever you need to know!

• Have an idea that’s not fully formed? Amanda will do a one-hour story breaking session to help flesh it out.

*Chat will be one hour, scheduled by availability of both participants and must be completed by the end of 2021.

Jennifer L. Armentrout Tote of Awesomeness
Signed 1st Edition of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Neil Gaiman’s NEVERWHERE–signed limited edition

Bound in genuine leather, collector’s edition

Treat yourself before this incredible auction closes!


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