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!

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