Tea and Advice with Rose Fox

Item Name & Description: Publishers Weekly senior reviews editor Rose Fox will take you out for tea (or an equivalent beverage) and at least an hour of advice and conversation on anything related to publishing. (Top four bids all win!)

Rose will gladly share their expertise on topics including finding an agent, navigating trad publishing, self-publishing, crowdfunding, writing, revising, fixing story problems, assembling a collection or anthology, freelance writing and editing (within and outside of the genre), book reviewing, balancing a day job with creative work, organizing successful and safe conventions, and thriving within the publishing industry and SF/F community as a marginalized person.

In addition to writing and editing SF/F, horror, romance, and erotica book reviews for PW since 2002, Rose coedited the anthology Long Hidden, which was crowdfunded with a very successful Kickstarter and was a finalist for the Locus Award and World Fantasy Award. They spent many years as a freelance book editor and copy editor, working with indie authors and major nonfiction publishers. They were program chair of Readercon for three years and drafted Readercon’s extremely comprehensive current safety policy and procedures.

Rose lives in New York City and will be at Readercon in 2016 and 2017 and WaveCon in 2017. Face-to-face tea dates can happen at any of these places. If you live elsewhere or can’t do an in-person tea date for any reason, virtual tea dates over text chat or video chat can be arranged.

Starting Bid: $50

Other Notes: Rose is queer, genderqueer, Jewish, and eager to support marginalized people within SF/F, especially people of color, people with low incomes, people early in their writing/editing careers, and young people, so the starting bid is low and the top four bids will win. If bidding goes over $100 but is still within your budget, please consider gifting this opportunity to someone who would greatly benefit from it but has limited funds.

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).


  1. I’d like to bid on one of the four ‘Teas’ up for auction. I haven’t done this before and I can’t figure out how to tell what current bids might be or how to enter my own bid.

    Can I bid for one of the four at $50 if that’s where things stand here at the beginning of the process?

  2. If there are no comments, there are no bids yet! All you have to do is comment here with your own bid. Here’s more information. Thanks!

  3. I bid $50 on a ‘Tea and Advice fromRose Fox’.

  4. I bid 50

  5. Thank you, Nayland, but each bid needs to be higher than the one before! More info here:


    (Note from Kate: an overzealous spam filter kept this comment in moderation; I’m releasing it so you all know that Rose was on this problem well before I was.)

  6. Joanne Albertsen

    Having read the linked post about consecutive bids when there are multiple items up, I must confess that I’m a little confused! There are so far 3 bids at $50 each for the four teas. If I read the linked post correctly, each consecutive bid must nevertheless be more, even where there are multiple items up for bid…? I’m definitely going to bid but would like to know whether I need to increase at this time. Thanks!

  7. Make that 60!

  8. (Thanks for sorting out the problem with bids–sorry I didn’t catch it before! So we have job at $50, Nayland at $60, and Courtney at $75 as the current valid bids.)

  9. I bid $80!

  10. Joanne Albertsen

    I bid $85!

  11. I’ll bid $95. This replaces the bid for $50.

  12. job, I’m sorry, bidding is over and you have been outbid. (I have spent a LOT of time trying to find a way to mass-replace the damn misleading countdown timer, which is now counting UP after the end, and have failed. Very sorry.)

    (Edit: I have kludged in an automatic footer, at least, which I hope will stop misleading others.)

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