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 RAINNmaker 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 RAINNmaker 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:

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