Friday, August 12, 2005

how to make your mark in the literary world

Well.. you don't need to be a writer to make your mark in the literary world. why slog when you can just bid to have your name in books by established authors (all in the name of charity)?

There are several authors who are auctioning characters and names in their upcoming books.

From Neil Gaiman's website


Have you ever wanted to be in a Stephen King book? (You must be female in order to die, though.) What he's offering:"One (and only one) character name in a novel called CELL, which is now in work and which will appear in either 2006 or 2007. Buyer should be aware that CELL is a violent piece of work, which comes complete with zombies set in motion by bad cell phone signals that destroy the human brain. Like cheap whiskey, it's very nasty and extremely satisfying. Character can be male or female, but a buyer who wants to die must in this case be female. In any case, I'll require physical description of auction winner, including any nickname (can be made up, I don't give a rip)."When you can bid:September 8-18

Or a Lemony Snicket book? What he's offering:"An utterance by Sunny Baudelaire in Book the Thirteenth. Pronunciation and/or spelling may be slightly 'mutilated.' An example of this is in The Grim Grotto when Sunny utters 'Bushcheney.' Target publication date is Fall 2006."When you can bid:September 8-18

Or a Jonathan Lethem-written Marvel comic? What he's offering:"I need the name of a Columbia University professor for a comic book I'm writing for Marvel. It can be your name or the name of a friend -- but if it's a friend, I need to hear from them with their permission."When you can bid:September 8-18

From Neil Gaiman himself? What he is promising to put your name onto a gravestone in his next children's novel, THE GRAVEYARD BOOK.

The schedule (and the complete list of authors) is as follows:
September 1-10: Michael Chabon, Amy Tan, Peter Straub, Andrew Sean Greer, Karen Joy Fowler

September 8-18: Stephen King, Lemony Snicket, Dorothy Allison, Jonathan Lethem, Ayelet Waldman

September 15-25: John Grisham, Nora Roberts, Neil Gaiman, Dave Eggers, Rick Moody, ZZ Packer And all the information is up at (or at It's a perfect birthday present, graduation present, retirement present, way to impress a boyfriend, girlfriend, parent, child. And it's for an extremely good cause.

anyone want to bid and put olkgal in the neil gaiman/lemony snicket/amy tan/stephen king (prob i'd never read his book)books???!!!!????

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