I want to tell you a little bit about what they do and the goodies I’ve won so far (I say so far, because I’m already saving my pennies to bid again this year!)
Leave A Mark started in 2009 and is run by the fantastic and hard working Lauren and Chelsea! What makes these auctions unique are that the books are “marked up” by the authors. That is – the authors writes notes throughout the book – explain why they chose characters names, inspirations for certain scenes etc. It is a great way to get an inside peek at the writing process of your favorite author.
All the proceeds go to charity. Since they began the auctions in 2008 they have raised over $1000.00! Last year and again for this year’s auctions the proceeds will go to FIRST BOOK, a fantastic charity that gets new books to kids that wouldn’t otherwise have access to reading.
I won three books last year. Willow by Julia Hoban, Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready and an ARC of Vintage Veronica by Erica Perl. The winning bids have been as low as $20 and as high as $135 so there is a chance for everyone to win!
The auctions will start again in August this year and in addition to books being marked up by the authors they hope to add notable people from other areas such as music or acting marking up their favorite books.
Since I’m celebrating the paperback release of Willow this week and I won the “marked up” copy of Willow, I will be sharing excerpts this week so you can get an idea of what Leave A Mark is all about.
photos: top left - Willow by Julia Hoban, center right - Vintage Veronica by Erica Perl, bottom left - Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready