Writers for Hope Online Auction Kicks Off Monday

by Megan on Friday, March 31st, 2017 No Comments

For the fourth year, my PitchWars teammate, Kelly Johnson, is running a reader and writer-supported online auction to benefit RAINN.

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE, online.rainn.org y rainn.org/es) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

Kelly has a very personal reason for championing this cause and it’s incredibly inspiring to see how she’s turned that around and united the writing community to raise thousands of dollars each year for this cause.

Some of the auction items are geared toward writers, such as literary agents giving query letter critiques, while other items are geared toward readers, like book-inspired art and author-signed books. (Of special note, one of the auction items is Angie Thomas’s The Hate You Give, the current #1 New York Times YA bestseller.) The full list of auction items is here.

Kelly runs this auction herself, with 100% of proceeds going directly to RAINN. I can only imagine how much effort it takes—gathering donations, correspondence with donors, marketing, serving as auctioneer on auction day, and then coordinating the prize-delivery and payments when the auction is over.

I donated a beta read of an unpublished manuscript with the choice of written feedback or a phone call. My auction item can be used now, or anytime in the next year, so it’s a good one for writers who don’t have a manuscript ready yet.

For the uninitiated, online fundraising auctions are completely un-intimidating. They are a little like eBay, but much simpler. All you have to do is go to the item’s page and post a dollar amount in the comments box. The next bidder will post a higher amount in the comments box. Just keep checking back throughout the day and posting new comments to increase your bid. At midnight, when the auction ends, the person with the last comment box wins the item.

Some items go at market price (or above, considering that many of the auction items are not things that are typically for sale, such as award-winning authors critiquing your first chapter). There are also lots of steals to be had for savvy bidders keeping an eye out for quiet bid items! Kelly’s official description of the process is here.

If you support this cause and Kelly’s efforts but don’t want to participate in the auction part, Kelly has a page for making donations, as well.

So, in preparation for Monday, go visit the #WritersForHope website to plan your bidding strategy, and help Kelly by spreading the word to aspiring authors and readers! Bids open Monday, April 3 at 12 am ET (9 pm PT on Sunday, April 2).

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