Monday, March 30, 2015

2nd Annual Writers For Hope Rules & Guidelines

Sub 48 hours until the Writers for Hope Auction goes live! I'm immensely excited and am hoping you're feeling the same.

We have a total of FORTY FIVE amazing donors and SIXTY ONE awesome auction items to bid on. These prizes have been mentioned briefly in the donor intros, but tomorrow a comprehensive list, including any genre restrictions or whatnot, will be going up first thing tomorrow. Comment sections in each auction item listing will remain closed until 12:00am EST on Wednesday, April 1st.

After that, let the bidding commence!

If you're interested in an auction item, you can bid right in the comment section starting at the stroke of midnight, April 1st. All bidding will start at $10, which is the amount of money needed for RAINN to help one survivor take the first steps toward reclaiming her or his life. 

Once you've placed your bid, be sure to check back in throughout the day. Bidding will continue until 11:59pm EST on the 1st, so you have twenty four hours to secure the highest bid on your favorite item or items. No bids will be accepted before 12:00am or after 11:59pm. 

On the morning of the 2nd, I'll be posting a list with all of the highest bidders and the prizes they've won. After the names are announced, I'll ask all winners to go to my RAINNmakers page and donate the money they bid. This way 100% of the money raised goes straight to RAINN without having to deal with any middleman. 

Once a winner's name shows up on the page, I will email her or him with further details regarding claiming whichever truly fantastic prize was won. And we have SO many wonderful prizes this year - for both writers AND book lovers.

Also, for you writers out there, you can win even more than the amazingness of a work critique - last year, I met one of my very fabulous beta buddies (and this year donor of awesome), Scarlett Cole, through the Writers For Hope auction. So chat with other writers on Twitter using #WritersForHope throughout the auction. Even if you don't have the highest bid, you'll have the opportunity to walk away with brand new writerly friends. Which is a jackpot all by itself.

If you're not a writer or book lover, but know one you'd like to do something nice for, feel free to bid! And if you are neither a writer/book lover, nor know any writers/book lovers, but are interested in helping a truly wonderful organization do some great work - first of all, THANK YOU - you are more than welcome to make a donation on the RAINNmakers page. Every little bit helps and is extremely appreciated!

Hopefully this is all clear enough, but if you need any further clarification, leave your questions in the comments section and I'll answer them as quickly as possible!



Last, but not least, here's a little info on where the proceeds are heading, in RAINN's own words:



Friday, March 27, 2015

Donor Intros: Day Thirteen!

We are ending strong, folks. With SIX truly spectacular people. So, it is now my complete pleasure to announce the final 2015 Writers For Hope donors!


Sonia Hartl

Sonia Hartle is a YA writer represented by Rebecca Podos of Rees Literary Agency. She's a member of SCBWI, and her work has appeared in The Writers Post Journal, Boston Literary Magazine, and the anthology Bearing North.

Learn more about Sonia on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Donation: Query, Synopsis and Full Manuscript Critique Package



Fiona McLaren

Fiona McLaren is a full time freelance writer and editor. She has published over 300 separate items - from articles, early learner books, short stories, ghost written novels, scripts, and web content (and much more!). She's interned with two literary agencies, reading everything from middle grade through YA, all the way to every adult genre going. She's previously written a script for a children's DVD, and is working as the script writer for a full length animation currently in production. She's a proud Pitch Wars Mentor, and Pitch Madness reader.

She lives in the sunny island of Cyprus with her parter Xristos, her sleepy German Shepherd Hugo, and her comical horse Roger. She will wrestle you for the last can of Coca Cola in the room!

Learn more about Fiona on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Donation #1: Query AND First Three Chapter Critique

Donation #2: Synopsis Critique



Gail Nall

Gail Nall lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her family and more cats than necessary. She once drove a Zamboni, has camped in the snow in June, and almost got trampled in Paris. Gail is the author of the middle grade novel BREAKING THE ICE (Aladdin/S&S). She is also the co-author of the upcoming middle grade novel YOU'RE INVITED, with Jen Malone (Aladdin/S&S, May 19, 2015). Her young adult debut is EXIT STAGE LEFT (HarperTeen Impulse) which will be out in Summer 2015. She is represented by Julia A. Weber of J.A. Weber Literaturagentur, and is a contributing blogger for Kidliterati and the Fearless Fifteeners.

Learn more about Gail on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Donation: Signed Hardcover of BREAKING THE ICE, along with a bag of book swag!



Stacey Trombley 

Stacey Trombley lives in Ohio with her husband and the sweetest Rottweiler you'll ever meet. She thinks people are fascinating and any chance she has, she's off doing or learning something new. She went on her first mission trip to Haiti at age twelve and is still dying to go back. Her "places to travel" list is almost as long as her "books to read" list.

She wants to bring something new to the world through her writing, but just giving a little piece of herself is more than enough.

Keep a look out for her debut novel NAKED, coming from Entangled Teen in July 2015.

Learn more about Stacey on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Donation #1: Full Manuscript Critique

Donation #2: Signed ARC of NAKED



Laura Zats

Laura Zats graduated from Grinnell College with degrees in English and anthropology. While completing her studies, she took advantage of her love of Young Adult (YA) literature and wrote a thesis on identity formation in YA. She’s been working as an editor since 2011 and has held positions at companies in both the US and the UK. In 2013, Laura joined Team Red Sofa as an intern but quickly became more of an apprentice, leveling up to Associate Agent in the same year.

Even though she loved YA books first, titles that are Middle Grade, romance, and Sci-Fi/Fantasy have been slowly taking hold. Picking a favorite genre now would be like choosing between puppies and kittens. In her free time, Laura likes to craft, swing dance, bake, and binge on Netflix marathons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Doctor Who.

Learn more about Laura on the Red Sofa Literary website and follow her on Twitter!

Donation: Query Critique



The Great Courses

The Great Courses are uniquely crafted for lifelong learners like you, with engaging, immersive learning experiences you can’t get in a lecture hall.

The secret ingredient is YOU. Our customers are involved at every step of the process, helping to choose course subjects and select professors from the thousands we screen each year.

The course creation process that follows involves so much more than just placing a camera in the back of a classroom. We surround the world’s greatest teachers with a team of experts who collaborate on crafting a customized and entertaining educational journey that’s both comprehensive and fascinating.

Learn more about The Great Courses on their website and follow them on Twitter!

Donation #1: The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals

Donation #2: Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques

Donation #3: Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write About Anything

Donation #4: Writing Creative Nonfiction



Thirteen days of donor introductions - my lucky number! And I do feel quite lucky to have gotten the chance to work with all the lovely, generous folks. 


So, there they are. All FORTY FIVE of our truly outstanding donors. Use the weekend to make sure you’ve gotten to know them all and come back on Monday for the auction rules!

And only one day left to get your Writers for Hope t-shirts! Check out the links below!




Want more information on the fundraiser? Visit my RAINNmaker page!

T-shirts for both writers and book lovers supporting this campaign are now available on Tfund!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Donor Intros: Day Twelve!

Welcome back, folks. We are nearing the end of this year's donor list and the awesome just keeps on coming!


Rachel Lynn Solomon

Rachel Lynn Solomon is a contemporary YA writer, tap dancer, and educator living in Seattle. Her background is in journalism, and she has experience as a producer at NPR and as a copy editor. She is represented by Molly Jaffa of Folio Literary Management.

Learn more about Rachel on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Donation: Full Manuscript Critique



Lauren Spieller

Lauren Spieller is a California girl living in Brooklyn. When she isn’t longingly gazing at interior design blogs, searching for Brooklyn’s best latte, unintentionally collecting owls, or complaining about the weather, she spends her time writing young adult and middle grade novels, as well as short stories for adults. She also works as a freelance editor, specializing in query and manuscript critiques.

Lauren is represented by Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich LiteraryManagement.

Learn more about Lauren on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Donation #1: Query Critique

Donation #2: Query Critique



N.K. Traver

As a freshman at the University of Colorado, N.K. Traver decided to pursue Information Technology because classmates said "no one could make a living" with an English degree. It wasn’t too many years later she realized it didn’t matter what the job paid—nothing would ever be as fulfilling as writing. Programmer by day, writer by night, it was only a matter of time before the two overlapped. Her debut, DUPLICITY, a cyberthriller pitched as BREAKING BAD meets THE MATRIX for teens, released from Thomas Dunne Books on 3/17/15.

N.K. is a Pitch Wars mentor and has done over 140 critiques for fellow writers. She is represented by Brianne Johnson of Writers House.

Learn more about N.K. on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Donation: Query AND First Five Pages



Only two donors left! Come back tomorrow to find out who they are.


Want more information on the fundraiser? Visit my RAINNmaker page!
T-shirts for both writers and book lovers supporting this campaign are now available on Tfund!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Donor Intros: Day Eleven!

We are officially one week from this year's Writers For Hope auction and I am about one second from spontaneous backflip levels of anticipation.

So, let the fun continue!



Shannon Parker

Shannon M. Parker lives on the coast of Maine with her husband and sons. As a young adult, she was lucky enough to travel the world, though her stories tend to explore themes closer to home. She works as a literacy advocate and holds degrees from three New England universities. Shannon spent two years working behind the scenes as a reader for two literary agencies, one boutique and one industry giant. She has evaluated and edited manuscripts for debut authors and bestsellers. On any given day, she can usually be found rescuing dogs, chickens, old houses and wooden boats. Shannon has a weakness for chocolate chip cookies and ridiculous laughter, ideally, at the same time. The Girl Who Fell is her first novel, a YA Contemporary releasing from Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse on 3.1.2016.

Learn more about Shannon on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Donation: First 30 pages Critique



Laura Salters

Laura Salters is a YA/NA suspense author (represented by Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary &Media Inc) from the northernmost town in England. Her debut novel, RUN AWAY, will be published by HarperCollins (Witness Impulse) on 19th May 2015.

Learn more about Laura on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Donation #1: Query Critique

Donation #2: Get a Character Named After You in Laura’s Next Book!



Mandy Schoen

Mandy Schoen is a freelance editor specializing in young adult and new adult fiction, the managing editor of Swoon Romance (YA, NA, and adult romance) and a senior editor of Month9Books, LLC (MG, YA, and NA speculative fiction). She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband and dog in a house full of books.

Learn more about Mandy on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Donation: First Three Chapters Critique



Caitlin Sinead

Caitlin Sinead’s writing has earned accolades from Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Glimmer Train, and Writers & Artists. Her work has appeared in The Binnacle, Jersey Devil Press, and USA Today, among other publications. Carina Press is publishing two of her new adult books, Heartsick and Red Blooded, in 2015. She has a master’s degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University.

Learn more about Caitlin on her website and follow her on Twitter!


Donation: Query AND First Five Pages Critique



More donors to introduce tomorrow! Also t-shirts for the event will only be available to buy through this weekend. Check out the links below!


Want more information on the fundraiser? Visit my RAINNmaker page!
T-shirts for both writers and book lovers supporting this campaign are now available on Tfund!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Donor Intros: Day Ten!

I'm going to have to start off this week's donor introductions with a quick mea culpa. Somehow today's first donor ended up between two "N" names on my Donors of Awesome spreadsheet. Maybe I decided it would be more interesting to alphabetize based on the the last letter in the last name. Who can say?

The main reason I'm bringing this up is to say that if any of our illustrious donors want to donate "rudimentary alphabet studies," know that I'll be a high bidder.

Now, down to the real business!



Anya Kagan

Anya Kagan is a fiction editor who works directly with authors as well as with Entangled Publishing and Pandamoon Publishing. She has a Creative Writing degree from Brandeis University, which ultimately taught her that her real talent lies in helping others shape the gems of their writing. She has worked with authors such as Simon Quellen Field, Gabriel Böhmer, Aubrie Dionne, and many more. Anya is also the founder of the community writing project Scripting Change.

Learn more about Anya on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Donation: Editorial Letter



L.S. Murphy

L.S. Murphy obsesses about St. Louis Cardinals baseball, fangirls over her favorite authors, and watches every episode of Doctor Who like it’s the first time. When she’s not doing those time-consuming things, the former farm-girl turned city slicker turned suburbanite writes sweet romances for teens and adults.

Learn more about L.S. on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Donation #1: Query AND First Fifty Pages Critique

Donation #2: Signed copies REAPER and ONE MORE DAY



Marieke Nijkamp 

Marieke is a storyteller, dreamer, globe-trotter, geek. She holds degrees in philosophy, history, and medieval studies, and wants to grow up to be a time traveler.

In the midnight hours of the day she writes young adult stories as well as the occasional middle grade adventure. Her debut young adult novel THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS will be out from Sourcebooks Fire in 2016.

Marieke is proud to be the founder of DiversifYA and VP for We Need Diverse Books.

Learn more about Marieke on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Donation: Query Critique


Jami Nord

Jami has interned for Entangled Publishing, Bree Ogden, and another NYC Agency she’s pretty sure is Voldemort, since she’s not allowed to say their name. She has experience handling extensive amounts of slush and evaluating hundreds of manuscripts in reports, and helps with #PitchMadness and #PitchWars. A love of books led her to a BA in English. She adores stories with a strong voice no matter the genre, and routinely reads all forms of speculative fiction, romance and erotica, thrillers, mysteries, contemporary (especially dark ones), and pretty much any random novel that transports her to another world. She’s followed the publishing industry for over a decade, though only had the courage to risk a professional move when she upended her life to move cross country from Texas to Philadelphia in 2012. She currently freelances as half of Chimeraediting.com.

Learn more about Jami on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Donation #1: Query Critique


Donation #2: Query Critique



There are still another three days of donors! Don't miss a one!



Want more information on the fundraiser? Visit my RAINNmaker page!
T-shirts for both writers and book lovers supporting this campaign are now available on Tfund!