3rd Annual Writers for Hope Auction

by Megan on Monday, March 28th, 2016 No Comments

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Kelly Johnson, founder of the Writers for Hope Auction

My Pitch Wars teammate Kelly Johnson’s annual Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) Writers for Hope Auction is just eight days away on Monday, April 4, 2016. I’ve been involved in the auction for two years by helping to spread the word and being an auction bidder. I find Kelly’s work with this auction to be incredibly inspiring not only because of her personal story, but because the auction is a triple-win situation for the prize-donors, prize-recipients, and RAINN.

The Writer’s for Hope Auction is a collection of donated prizes from writers, authors, agents, and editors. In years past, the prizes were mostly geared toward writers (like manuscript evaluations), but this year, there’s lot of prizes that will appeal to readers (like copies of books from writers like Diana Gabaldon, Jojo Moyes, Marie Meyer, Jenny Lawson, Dahlia Adler, Brenda Drake, and Tessa Dare).

Writers for Hope websiteMy favorite prize that I won was a query letter critique by an agent I had previously pitched to. It was an extra-valuable auction prize because I was able to ask her WHY she did not request the manuscript AND she gave me great tips for improving my query letter.

This year, for the first time, I’m thrilled to be donating a prize to the mix. I decided to donate something that I would love to win: a beta read of a full manuscript, with either a phone call or filling out a written Q&A document afterward. Also, I gave a long timeline on the prize, thinking about people who don’t have a manuscript ready right now, but are expecting to by the end of the year.

There are fifty critique/consultation prizes up for auction this year and another fifty prizes that are books or reader gear. The full list is here. Take lots of time to read through the prize offerings so you can get in on the bidding action on the prizes you want most. And I should mention, the “bidding” is in the form of blog comments and runs for a full 24 hours, so the whole process is very mellow and not intimidating.

Please circulate, share, pass around, advocate, etc., this post or the link to the auction website!


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