So Reforming Arts has this fundraiser where some very cool writers and publishing industry professionals are donating services to raise money for a worthy non-profit that brings education into the Georgia prison system. Maybe you are a writer and you wonder which one is for you? Maybe you LOVE a writer, and want to give them a fine present? Find the kind of writer you are or love, and pick THAT auction for them, and then bid generously! Just follow the link to your auction love match.
The person who is not a writer and loves no writers but wants to help.
The Author with a Book Coming Out Soon
Bid on the auction from ALISON LAW, my independent publicist. She works for me and many other writers. She is offering a 60-minute phone or Skype consultation and beginning marketing and publicity plan. She does this for newly published and about to be published authors, and this package she is donating costs 350 bucks. The opening bid for this 150 bucks. SO. THIS DEAL IS CRAZY GOOD. If you are social media averse or technology-challenged and you need to build platform and learn how to help your book have more impact and reach, this package is for you.
The Writer who is ready to shop a completed MS
Bid on an auction by either Emily Krump (Senior Editor with Harper Collins/William Morrow Imprint) or Caryn Karmatz Rudy (a highly successful NYC literary agent with Difiore, a mid-size NYC agency with an impressive client list). They can help you revise before shopping and fix anything that would make an editor or agent STOP reading in the first 50 or 100 pages.
The writer who is starting or building up their publication record, or the short story writer who wants to improve their chances of placing their work. Choose the auctions from Anna Schachner or Sheri Joseph—-both are critically acclaimed, published novelists who also edit highly regarded lit mags. They can help you get that story ready to sub to editors just like them.
The writer with a difficult personal story that needs to be told
Hook up with Jessica Handler, a memoir-ist and writing teacher who LITERALLY wrote the book on finding your way through your difficult memoir. It’s called Braving the Fire: A Guide to Writing about Grief and Loss, and it’s a workbook that takes you through your OWN journey. OR you can just have her help you get it started right, personally.
The writer in the trenches, workign away at their book-in-progress who needs some feedback, fresh eyes, encouragement, brainstorming, and advice.
Sara Gruen — a #1 NYT bestselling novelist who has taught workshops all over the WORLD. Not the COUNTRY. The WORLD, y’all.
Lydia Netzer — A critically acclaimed bestselling novelist who has worked as an editor AND a book doctor.
Susan Rebecca White — The Two Time Target Book Club Pick author who has taught writing at elite Universities including Emory and Mercer.
Joshilyn Jackson— YOUR FAVORITE. Y’all know me, but let me mention I have taught at Emory and VCFA and am good at this. REALLY. Ask my writing groups and students.
All proceeds benefit REFORMING Arts, a non-profit dedicated to bringing arts infused education into Lee Arrendale State Prison, Georgia’s Maximum security facility for women. I believe that education = opportunity. I think opportunity reduces recidivism/crime, which hurts everyone, including the perpetrator. I believe reading (and writing) foster empathy, and empathy leads to gentler choices. I believe education empowers people by teaching creative and critical thinking skills that allow us to build sustainable lives. I believe in this work, and I believe in the beauty and value of my students. The money for your auction—or your donation— goes directly to support this worthy cause.