Literary Auction to Benefit Team Jender

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We are holding an auction on eBay to benefit the leader of Team Jender, otherwise known as Jennifer Derilo, who is currently kicking Hodgkin’s Lymphoma’s arse (does Hodgkin’s even have a butt? Well, we’re kicking its fictitious butt, then).

The community around Jennifer (aka “Team Jender”) includes some amazing writers who have, out of generosity and a recognition of her fight, offered up some unique items. These items include manuscript critiques and signed books and signed galleys and artist books, all of which are listed below at the bottom of this post. Even if you don’t know Jennifer, the items are of incredible value!

As of September 9, 2010, we have more amazing auction items up for bidding! They are listed as follows:

(manuscript pages are to be double spaced, 12 point font, with 1 inch margins).

I do want to take a bit of space here as to the beneficiary of this auction…(the LA Times Book Blog featured our auction and cause the other day):

Remember your 20something and 30something years? (And if you’re in your 20s and 30s, think about all that you’re up to right now, about all your hopes and the freedoms you have).

Now think about having Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, which is a name for cancer of the lymphatic system, which is part of your immune system, which means something very important in your body. Think about how scared you might be, how you would have to brace yourself for the arduous fight for your life. Think about what kind of strength you would need to fight for your health, something you’d taken for granted uptil then, something that 30somethings aren’t supposed to normally confront.

And now think about having to wage this war without medical insurance coverage. Think about not having any savings to fall back on. Think about kicking off your early 30s with a massive debt.

My friend Jennifer Derilo is in such a situation.

If you are a regular reader of this blog, and find her name familiar, it’s because she contributed to the Literary Blog Relay here, writing about her battle with Hodgkin’s. She is a talented writer, one we need to save and help.

I know you might be busy, that you might not have the funds…but I am hoping we can collectively help defray some of her medical costs. I am hoping you will still say yes, you can help.

Please check out the eBay auction! And please spread the word about this auction.

If you would like to make a direct donation via paypal, the fundraising account (aka Jennifer’s account) there is teamjender AT gmail DOT com.

If you need to EMAIL us, please do NOT use that account, as that account was created purely for paypal account purposes and is not checked regularly. Leave a comment here instead. 🙂



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20 responses to “Literary Auction to Benefit Team Jender

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  2. Alexandra

    This is good you are doing this, Christine! Saw it on facebook. Good luck.

  3. Excellent!! Thank you for organizing this. Are you open to more donations from Mills writerly types?

  4. charles bock

    If it will help, I’ll happily donate a signed first edition hardback of Beautiful Children, and/or a 25 page manuscript critique, to the cause.

    Charles Bock

    • Dear Charles–you are amazing! We are overwhelmed by last minute donations (as you can see, I just added a few to this round)–it is highly likely we’ll be holding a separate auctions at a later date. May I contact you then, to participate? 🙂

      • A n-d neighbor of mine from a few years ago fought this off (and is still doing well, I’m please to say). I wish Jennifer all the best.

        Please add my name to the list for future donations. I’d be glad to donate things like signed copies of my last book (on disaster preparedness) or of my book of Washington State trivia or help assembling a non-fiction book proposal or author coaching or heaven-knows-what to help the cause.

        You can reach me at or through my professional blog at

        Yours truly,

        John Hedtke

  5. erika

    please send me paypal information for a direct donation. thanks!

  6. Pam

    Would like to email you!

  7. Hello from a fellow lymphomaniac!
    Would love to help out with ms critique (memoir or fiction) and/or a signed copy of “Bald in the Land of Big Hair”, the story of how my becoming a writer was a side effect of chemotherapy. It was published by Harper Collins ten years ago, Jennifer, and I’m continually astonished by the turns my life has taken since then. So if you’re wondering “What’s possible for me after cancer?” I’m here to tell you, the answer is: “Everything!”
    Peace, love and grooviness ~

  8. You are all SO SO AMAZING! Jennifer and I are feeling naked, because our inner-cynics (until this week, a large part of our psyches) have been quieted by the amazing generosity and goodwill we have witnessed and experienced this week. (we decided that my cynic is pouting in a corner, hers is passed out under the dining room table).

    Your generosity is INCREDIBLE. We are blown away by the offers to donate items to the auction, by all the bidders, by those making private direct donations, by the media for spreading the word, by all of you tweeting, blogging, and sharing this link on FB, by all the positive comments here.

    You will be blessed.

  9. charles bock

    Sure Christine. Whenever, whatever, my offer to help has no expiration date. Email me and we can refine it, or improve it.

    Best of luck with all the excellent auctions that are already on here. And please send along my best wishes and encouragement to Ms. Jennifer Derilo.

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  14. I would like to offer as an auction item a free full-page ad in an upcoming issue of Shelf Unbound indie book review magazine ( How do I add this item to the ebay list? — Margaret Brown, publisher, Shelf Unbound,,

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