Archive for May, 2016

Jeffrey Ford’s The Well-Built City trilogy

Item Name and Description: Ford made his reputation with short stories and these, his second, third, and fourth-published books. They are all first editions.

  • The Physiognomy. It has a little cover wear.
  • Memoranda. The page edges show some discoloration from age; Avon’s paper was not all it might have been.
  • The Beyond. The jacket has some rubbing.

Starting Bid: 15.00

Shipping: United States only (shipping this elsewhere would cost a small fortune)

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Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).


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Poster signed by Frank Herbert

herbertItem Name and Description: A poster of the cover art to Frank Herbert’s The White Plague, signed by Herbert.

As can be seen the poster has been folded (it came that way) and is somewhat rough around the edges. On the other hand, items signed by Herbert are a bit thin on the ground these days.

The poster is 18″x24″.

Starting Bid: 10.00

Shipping: United States for free, outside the US for an additional donation which could be steep (please ask first)

Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).


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Signed and numbered Michael Whelan print

whelanItem Name and Description: A signed and numbered (102/150) print of Michael Whelan’s cover for Isaac Asimov’s The Robots of Dawn.

This was purchased not long after the book came out, hung on a wall out of direct sunlight for a few years, then stored. Unfortunately the storage area had a brief humidity issue. The print was not badly affected, but there are a few rough areas on the mat where spots were removed, and the surface of the print is slightly warped (re-matting it might or might not fix this).

The flaws are honestly nearly invisible when the print is behind glass as it should be. (Note that the original frame is not included.)

The size (with the mat) is 16″x20″,

Starting Bid: 50

Shipping: United States for free, outside the US for an additional donation which could be steep (please ask first)

Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).


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Two Chris Ware-related books

Item Name and Description: Two books:

  • The US hardcover edition of his Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth.
  • Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern #13, which Ware guest-edited. This is a big anthology of comics, mostly new but with some historical pieces, plus a few articles on comics. Contributors include Lynda Barry, Chip Kidd, and too many others to list – see the Wikipedia page for the series for the full list.

These have both been read once and are in excellent condition. McSweeney’s has the jacket, which many cheap copies don’t; the jacket is actually part of the anthology since it unfolds to reveal two comics by Ware. Tucked in the jacket folds are two mini-comics, which are present.

Starting Bid: 20.00

Shipping: United States only (shipping this elsewhere would cost a small fortune)

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Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).


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True 1st of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest

Item Name and Description: A copy of the true first printing of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest. These are fairly rare, especially with a first printing jacket (you can tell the jacket is correct because William Vollmann’s name is misspelled).

It has issues, which is why the starting bid is low; copies in good shape sell for $200 and up. The jacket has a fair amount of edgewear. The spine has creasing and you can see that the lower edge of the front has discoloration from something, but probably not a liquid since it’s not warped and the front endpaper is not damaged (it does have a previous owner’s name and a stamp on it, as shown). The page block has some dirt and discoloration, mostly on the bottom (shown).

Starting Bid: 40.00

Shipping: United States only (shipping this elsewhere would cost a small fortune)


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Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).


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Personal Training Session – For Writers

Form 4 Entry 141 Fileupload 1Item Name and Description: Or maybe it’s book therapy? Story coaching? Whatever you want to call it, that’s what I’m offering. I’ll read up to 20,000 words of your original work – any combination of pages, outline, synopsis, query, whatever you have – and then we’ll talk about it. Phone, Skype, email, whatever you want to do – up to 2 hours. We can perfect your submissions package for an agent, work through a plot problem, clean up your first chapter – you know what you need better than I do! And I’d like to help you get there.

As for me, I’m a ‘rural fantasy’ author, writing instructor, and comma placement specialist. I’m the author of the Children of the Drought series – represented by Jennie Goloboy of Red Sofa Literary and published in the US and UK by Solaris. I teach for the Writers Path at SMU in Dallas, and make my living as an editor and professional speaker. I have a master’s in English from the University of Dallas, and am just devastatingly cool and personable and hilarious. Just ask my mom. Or failing that, my schedule.

So there you have it: I’m cool, you’re cool, and together we’ll be AMAZING. Hit me up, and I’ll help you out!

Starting Bid: $25

Shipping: no shipping

Other Notes: Will be happy to correspond as soon as the auction ends, and available to start work on June 15th or anytime afterwards. (This offer will not expire until I do.) Photo is an example of my own notes – I promise not to make you read my handwriting.

Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).


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Dreams of the Eaten – ARC

Form 4 Entry 140 Fileupload 1Item Name and Description: This is an advance review copy of Dreams of the Eaten, the last book in the Children of the Drought series, slated for release in December. From the back cover:

After trials by fire and thirst, Appaloosa Elim’s quest to bring home the body of the crow prince is finally nearing its end.

But the coffin is missing, the funeral party is hopelessly scattered, and the fishmen are hell-bent on revenge. Worse yet, the pilgrimage has disturbed an ancient power – and the earth is crumbling in its grip.

As the ground shakes and the crows gather, the final reckoning promises to unite the living and the dead in a battle for the land itself. One way or another, blood debts will come due, Elim will face his judgment, and the World That Is will be forever changed.

I’ll be happy to personalize the autograph for the winner. Happy bidding!

Starting Bid: $10

Shipping: I’ll ship for free to the US and Canada, and contribute up to $20 to the cost of shipping to other countries.

Other Notes: Delivery by end of June. Text may have slight variances from final print version.

Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).


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Medicine for the Dead – “Director’s Cut” Author-Annotated Copy

Form 4 Entry 139 Fileupload 1Item Name and Description: Medicine for the Dead is the second book in my internationally-published Children of the Drought series – a fantasy Western epic recommended for fans of Cormac McCarthy, George R.R. Martin, and Joss Whedon’s Firefly. I’ve annotated this copy (a UK trade paperback) with my own notes about the writing, characters, research, etc – including “Easter eggs” and other little in-universe secrets that readers have been asking about.

I’ll be glad to personalize the autograph for the winner. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Happy bidding!

Starting Bid: $10

Shipping: I’ll ship for free to the US and Canada, and contribute up to $20 to the cost of shipping to other countries.

sixes_2_zpsa1njre8uOther Notes: Delivery by end of June. Photo is from the annotated One Night in Sixes (first book in the series) – I’ll use the same format/style for this book.

Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).


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bronze and opal necklace by Laurie Edison

Item Name and Description: Elise gave seven opals of various types to Laurie, and Laurie made an amazing necklace in bronze. This is a stunning, one-of-a-kind piece.

Starting Bid: $500

Shipping: anywhere the winner pays for shipping to

Other Notes: Winner pays shipping. (Optionally, winner can pick up the piece at CONvergence, 4th Street Fantasy, or my dealers’ table at WorldCon.)

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Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).


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necklace-crown by Elise Matthesen

Item Name and Description: This auction is for one sterling silver necklace-crown. Here’s how it works: the winner talks with me and we settle on a color or theme (or both). I make three necklace-crowns. The winner chooses their favorite. The leftovers go into my regular stock in my Etsy shop.

Winner pays shipping. (Optionally, winner picks up the piece from my table in the dealers’ room at WorldCon.)

Starting Bid: $100

Shipping: anywhere the winner is willing to pay for, or the winner can pick it up at WorldCon

Other Notes: This item will be finished by August 17th (and quite possibly earlier).

Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).


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