Cool Stuff in DCI’s Online Auction!

I’m thrilled to be supporting the latest fundraising effort for Deaf Camps, Inc., a nonprofit I have been volunteering with since 2001.

To support its 2018 Scholarship Fund, Deaf Camps, Inc. is holding its 2nd annual Online Auction from April 15-May 15.  Check out the many handmade items, travel packages, gift certificates, and event tickets – but especially these items of interest to the bookish:

Critiques from my amazing agent, Steven Malk of Writers House 

Known for his sharp editorial eye, Steven Malk represents a wide range of authors and illustrators, including 2016 Newbery Medal Winner Matt de la Pena, 2017 Newbery Medal Winner Kelly Barnhill, and luminaries such as Jon Klassen, Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith, Mac Barnett, Marla Frazee, Kadir Nelson, Ruta Sepetys, Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis, Jennifer Donnelly, Cynthia Rylant, Adam Rex, Sara Pennypacker, Loren Long, Christian Robinson, and Jillian Tamaki. There is simply no one like Steve for unlocking the potential of a manuscript and giving you the feedback you need to get it to the next level – and the knowledge of the market to know where to pitch it.

Critiques from the incredible Andrea Morrison of Writers House

Andrea Morrison is an Junior Agent at Writers House, where she started as an intern in 2009. She’s had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of bestselling and award-winning authors and illustrators in genres ranging from picture books to middle grade and YA to adult literary fiction and nonfiction. Having studied Literature/Writing at University of California, San Diego and having earned her MFA in Fiction from Columbia University, Andrea is hands-on editorially. She is hungry for YA that blends crazy-beautiful language with characters navigating the nutty, magical, and hard parts of being a teen, middle grade that is whimsical and magical, laugh-out- loud funny, or heartbreaking, and picture books that, whether funny or sweet, will be read multiple times.

Critiques from the inimitable Hannah Mann of Writers House

Hannah Mann is a Junior Agent at Writers House. She grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and has always loved stories. She got a BA in Narrative Studies from the University of Southern California, where her career goal morphed from doctor to writer to editor to agent. She has been assisting Steven Malk in the San Diego office since 2013 and began building her own client list in 2017, focusing on Children’s work from young picture books through YA.

Exclusive Sword and Verse/Dagger and Coin Book Package

This exclusive package features a signed hardcover of Sword and Verse, a signed bound manuscript of the sequel, Dagger and Coin (which will be published by HarperTeen in October 2018), AND a special collection of extra stories and scenes from the world of the novels. This collection includes all of the extra stories found here PLUS five new scenes and stories not available anywhere else, including a novella from Mati’s point of view.


$100 toward any Stories By Hand Program

My Stories By Hand programs bring basic American Sign Language to libraries, schools, camps, childcare centers, and homeschool groups through stories, songs, and fun activities.  Find out more about the range of programs available at



More about Deaf Camps, Inc.:

deaf camps inc logoDeaf Camps, Inc. is an entirely volunteer-run non-profit organization dedicated to providing fun, safe, communication-rich camps that promote the physical, spiritual, and social development of Deaf/hard of hearing children and children learning American Sign Language.


Check out all the items for bid  here and make your bids, knowing that every dollar raised goes straight to Deaf Camps, Inc.’s 2018 Scholarship Fund. Thank you for helping us bring needy kids to camp!

The DCI Online Auction is run through A credit card is required to register and bid.


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