Those of you who have been reading the blog for a while know we did a fundraiser for Heifer International last year.
For those of you who are new to the game, you can see some of the details HERE.
In a nutshell, I started what I thought would be a little fundraiser, offering prizes and various other incentives to get people to donate. Things quickly spiraled out of control, other people in the Fantasy and Sci-fi publishing world pitched in, and by the end of it we had raised over 100,000 dollars.
Have I mentioned yet that Heifer is my favorite charity? It's my favorite charity.
So imagine my delight when Heifer's publication, World Ark, showed up this week and I found this inside:
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They're using us as an example of good fundraising. Go team us!
Seeing this has made me think of several things...
1. My hair looks pretty good in this picture.
2. We still need a good name for the fundraiser.
So far the best we've come up with is "Geeks for Goats" or "Worldbuilders Ink." I kinda like the second one, but it's punny. (Ink = Inc. Get it? Yeah. Not that funny.) What's more, the pun makes me wonder if the possessive apostrophe is really appropriate. Should it be "Worldbuilder's Ink" or maybe even "Worldbuilders' Ink?"
And as for "Geeks for Goats" well... it's kind of a silly name. While I'm not opposed to silliness, a fundraiser with a goofy name does not inspire confidence in donors. And we want donors. Many, many donors.
That means we need something clever, catchy, and subject-appropriate. Penny Arcade's "Child's Play" is a good example of a this.
3. In a couple months we'll be starting fundraiser version 2.0. That means....
- If you're interested in participating, start saving your pennies.
- If you're going to *raise* money to donate, start gathering your troupes.
- If you'd like to donate something, like signed books, collectibles, or a cool service, drop me a line at paperback.contest (squiggly at thinger) gmail.com.
Last year most of the prizes were Sci-fi and Fantasy books, given out lottery-style. This year, with more time to plan, I think we'll be auctioning off some specialty stuff as well.
Some of the auction items will be things like signed books and one-of-a-kind manuscripts. Or services like having a pro author read your book and give you feedback.
Don't get me wrong, we'll still have the lottery prizes for people that want to donate. But in addition to that we'll be running auctions for the specialty items: things like, say, getting your name into The Wise Man's Fear.
So if you have stuff you'd like to donate to the cause, drop me a line. (Not money. That will come later. Right now I'm looking for stuff like signed books, memorabilia, stuff like that we can use as prizes.)
So stay tuned folks. It's going to be a good time.
P.S. If you have any clever ideas for what we could call the fundraiser, comment below. We're creative people, right? We should be able to come up with something....
posted by Pat at 11:36 AM