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As seems to be my way, I’ve quickly thrown together another TOTALLY IMPROVISED fundraiser for the Red Cross* this morning, this time because of the terrible events in Joplin, MO. So I am doing TWO THINGS, personally. And once again, I have invited other authors to participate, so this could swell. The two other times I’ve done this this year, we raised $15,000 each time.

Here are the TWO THINGS:

1. If you donate money and you tweet the amount with the tag #starforjoplin, you can win a PRIZE. You can donate ANY AMOUNT OF MONEY.

Prizes on offer as of 2pm on Monday:

An ARC of The Name of the Star, by ME
A copy of Among the Ghost and a personal thank you call from AMBER BENSON. Yes, THAT Amber Benson. (@amber_benson)

You can donate to the Red Cross by clicking here. Once you have done so, tweet the amount with the tag #staforjoplin. That’s it! You’re entered!

2. Also, we are auctioning off BOOK CRITIQUES. There are four auctions going at the moment, and I think more are on the way. You bid ON TWITTER by using the tag for the auction you want to enter.

ME: I will read your book. I will send back my notes. If you’re not done, you can send it later. If you don’t have a book, I’ll critique something else, like your life, or I’ll make up lies. Whatever. If you win and you pay, the critique is YOURS. To bid on a critique by ME, tag #mjcritique. The current bid is $500

I give good critique. I got an MFA and everything. *holds up degree*

ROBIN WASSERMAN: My friend @robinwasserman, who went to Harvard, will critique your book or college essay. Robin helped get her cousin into Harvard as well so this is no joke, people. Robin’s auction tag is #robincritique and the current bid is $275

BETH REVIS: The author of Across the Universe is offering a critique and a signed book! Beth’s auction just opened, and her tag is #bethcritique

CHERYL KLEIN: This is a very big deal. Cheryl is an editor at Scholastic, and was the continuity editor for the last two Harry Potter books. She is an AMAZING editor. If you are serious about your book, this is a chance to have an editor at a major house look at your work. Cheryl will do  a critique of material up to 5,000 words, for the first chapter of a novel or a short story, or a synopsis or outline, or a query letter or college essay. This is, no-foolin, a BIG DEAL. I have to START the bidding on this at $200. Her tag is #cherylcritique

The auction ends tomorrow, May 24th, at 2pm EST.

Also, LAURIE HALSE ANDERSON will be auctioning off a critique on Saturday, so I’ll have updates on that.


* Note: earlier today I was focusing on Shelterbox, but after speaking to Shelterbox, it seems the Red Cross is a more appropriate way to send the money raised today. OF COURSE anything you have donated to Shelterbox today for this contest TOTALLY COUNTS. I’m asking for the Red Cross from this point forward.


We have raised a total of $4913.90 for ShelterBox and the Red Cross! Great job!

The winners of the critique auctions were notified yesterday, but we might as well be thorough: @T3164 won Robin Wasserman’s critique, @munkdavis won Cheryl Klein’s critique, and @SteveHanmer won Maureen Johnson’s critique. Beth Revis is kindly awarding TWO critiques to her top two bidders, @arevolvingdoor and @LizzieVance.

Now, the winners of the #starforjoplin drawing . . .

Anatopsis by Chris Abouzeid goes to @daphnetoledo

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma goes to @owlby22

Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey goes to @Morphic

Small Town Sinners by Melissa C. Walker goes to @loveMeganAnne

The Secret Prince by Robyn Schneider goes to @hshort1199

The Boneshaker by Kate Milford goes to @PaperbackPixie

Among the Ghosts by Amber Benson goes to @soneil16

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson goes to @grlgoddess

Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to all the donors!

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Posted: Monday, May 23rd, 2011 @ 9:30 am
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15 Responses to “SHELTER FOR JOPLIN”

  1. Caroline Starr Rose Says:

    Hi Maureen,
    Joplin is my mom’s hometown. My parents now live fifteen miles south of the community. I would love to donate a verse novel critique or a pre-order of my January debut, MAY B. Let me know if this would work.

  2. Amy Garvey Says:

    I’d love to donate a critique. I don’t have a MFA, but I was an editor for years!

  3. sandra carrington-smith Says:

    Hey Maureen! I would love to donate some copies of either of my books for you to auction. If you go to my website you can read more about them. If you are interested, let me know how many you can use. :)

    Thank you so much for doing this!

  4. Beth Revis Says:

    I can throw in a query critique + a signed hardcover of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE! :D

    In other news, I think I’m going to have to hire ninjas to raid BEA and snag me an ARC of TNOTS!!!

  5. Jennifer Michelle Says:

    Hi Maureen,
    Its a bit disappointing that you didn’t do any fund raising for my hometown, Tuscaloosa, AL, when it was hit by a tornado last month. Glad you’re helping this city, though. I know we really need the help.

  6. Angela Sage Larsen Says:

    I’d love to donate a critique, and a signed copy of my new YA book, Fifties Chix: Travel to Tomorrow. It’s my 8th book and just launched this week. I’m a Missouri author and would love to help residents of Joplin however I can. Thanks for doing this!

  7. Heather Says:

    This is amazing. I live in Kansas City, Missouri and my boyfriend is a firefighter/EMT and went to Joplin in the middle of the night last night to help out there.

    I am literally in tears at the chance to have my writing critiqued by any of the amazing authors and editors listed, but I don’t have enough money to keep up with the auction. I will absolutely donate to Red Cross, though =)

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  9. Anna Says:

    Thank you for helping my hometown. It is heartbreaking! The town we know and love is no more and people are devastated. Many people are still missing and more bad weather is on the way.

  10. Serena Says:

    Maureen: This is a great idea and I applaud your efforts for these people.

  11. Chris Abouzeid Says:

    Hi Maureen,

    Thanks for including ANATOPSIS as one of the prizes. Should we contact the winners directly for their mailing addresses or will you send their addresses to us?


  12. K.T. Crowley Says:

    Great job, everyone!

    If more auctions for full MS critiques come up, I’d love to bid again. What a fantastic opportunity for a worthy cause.

  13. Cari Says:

    Thank you so much for your support both financially and spiritually. Joplin is in great need right now. My husband and I lost our home, cars, and “stuff” in the tornado, but we are both unhurt and safe. I know there are people in Joplin who are not as lucky as we are. Thank you so much for thinking of Joplin. I cannot tell you how much your support means.

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  15. Candy Says:

    Not to take away from the importance of this post, but I didn’t know where best to put this otherwise: I’ve been looking through the archives of your blog (specifically, the 2008 Christmas Live Blog entry) and after about 10 seconds on an entry the page will refresh and take me back to /blog instead of the post I was reading. Thought you’d like to know. I wondered if it had to do with posts made before you updated/revamped/changed something on your website.

    In case it matters to your web guru, I am viewing the site in Chrome on a machine running Win 7.

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