SHELTER FOR JOPLIN
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.
MORE TO COME. KEEP COMING BACK TO THIS PAGE. IT COULD CHANGE YOUR LIFE.
* 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.
UPDATE: GRAND TOTAL AND WINNERS! (by Felicity Disco)
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!