How do I bid?
Browse the items on offer (each item is detailed on a separate blogpost) and comment on the item with your amount in GBP sterling.
Can I bid if I am not in the UK?
Yes! But please identify your bid in GBP only to save confusion, unless the item is clearly marked as US-only or has a US$ reserve price. Basically, use common sense and stick to one currency on each item so everyone’s clear what’s winning!
Can I bid more than once?
You can bid on as many items as you like if you have the funds to fulfil all winning bids. You can bid on the same item more than once. I.e. if you are outbid, you can comment again with a new, higher, bid.
Who can bid?
Please check the item you are bidding and confirm whether the donor is willing to post to your country. If it’s not clear, please email us or leave a comment. Do check and note as well that some items have a reserve price or are over-18s only.
When does the auction start?
Bidding opens at 1:00 p.m. BST on Monday 19 June 2017.
When does the auction end?
Bidding ends at 8:00 p.m. BST on Tuesday 27 June 2017. Bids made after this time will be discounted. Please note that the auction is open internationally but all times are British Summer Time.
How will I know if I’ve won?
Keep an eye on the comments to make sure yours is the highest bid. Authors For Grenfell will verify all bids and contact the winner with the information they need to pay and finalise. Please don’t donate your bid amount to the Red Cross until you have had confirmation from us. Be aware that previous similar auctions have been hugely successful and it may take a little time before you hear from us. Be patient!
Can I add Gift Aid?
Unfortunately not. Gift Aid does not apply when donations are exchanged for goods.
How will the auction work?
New items are added all the time, via the admin team behind the site. Items are open for bidding between 1:00 p.m. BST Monday 19 June 2017 and 8:00 p.m. BST Tuesday 27 June 2017, and bids are made by comments on the item. After the auction closes, Authors For Grenfell will contact the winners and ask them to donate their winning bids directly to the British Red Cross London Fire Relief Fund. Winners should then email us their receipt, and address details for their item. We will pass on your address to the author, editor or publisher to send you your winning item directly.
Is this a scam?
Nope. Winning bids go directly to the Red Cross. British Red Cross, UK Office, 44 Moorfields, London EC2Y 9AL Phone: 0344 871 11 11. Fax: 020 7562 2000.
The British Red Cross Society, incorporated by Royal Charter 1908, is a charity registered in England and Wales (220949), Scotland (SC037738) and Isle of Man (0752).
Who are Authors for Grenfell?
Aside from all the authors, editors, agents and publishing people who have generously donated items and time for auction, the administration team behind the site is: Harriet Reuter Hapgood, author of The Square Root of Summer; Molly Ker Hawn of the Bent Agency; and Sara Barnard, author of Beautiful Broken Things and A Quiet Kind of Thunder. We’re inspired by and grateful to authors Keris Stainton and Keren David for their work in setting up similar auctions.
How can I help?
Please link back to this site from your blog, use the logo as a button if you want, use the hashtag #authorsforgrenfell on social media, email your friends, share this as far and wide as you can.
Authors, agents and editors who want to donate an item or a critique or anything else bookish can email us; anyone wanting to volunteer their time to help coordinate the auction admin, please email us too. The address is firstname.lastname@example.org, and we ask that you submit your donation in the Item/Details/Bio/Who Can Bid format used for all the items in the auction. Please include a headshot, and a cover image if applicable.
Please note: This auction is run by volunteers. We are updating the site as quickly as we can.
Bids must be in GBP and increase on the previous bid to be counted as valid. In the event of a last-minute tied bid, organisers will choose the highest valid bidder with the earliest date stamp.
After the auction closes on 27 June, It will take us several days to contact all the winning bidders and a few more to send the winners’ details to all the item donors. All winning bidders will be asked to submit their payment via our official justgiving.com page within 4 days of being notified that they’ve won. Full instructions will be emailed to all winning bidders.
We are relying on item donors to contact winning bidders and send items or schedule events promptly. The auction organisers cannot intervene if a winner does not hear from an item donor in a timely way.
Book covers are used for illustration purposes only and not necessarily indicative of the edition you will receive. Prizes are sent directly from the donor and organisers are not responsible for guaranteeing the edition, cover or format.
The organisers of the Authors for Grenfell Tower auction (Molly Ker Hawn, Harriet Reuter Hapgood, Sara Barnard) will record, store and process your personal data, including but not limited to your name and email address, solely for and to the extent necessary for the purpose of the functioning of the auction. By participating, you are giving us your consent to this data processing and, in particular, consent to record and store this data and to email you and to share your email address with the item donor should your bid be the highest. All copies of the personal data taken in the course of the auction will be retained only as long as is necessary to fulfil the function of the auction.