Those of you who have been following the blog for a while probably remember last year's fundraiser.
For those of you that are new to the blog, here's the short version: Last year I thought I'd try to raise a couple thousand dollars for my favorite charity. However I underestimated the awesomeness of my fans and the geek community at large. Things quickly spiraled out of control, and in the end we raised over $110,000 for Heifer International.
(If you want the long version of the story, you can read the blogs from last year.)
While last year's fundraiser was a success, it wasn't very well organized. I was just too overwhelmed. I told myself the next time I did something like this, I'd make it better, more streamlined. I might even have a name for the fundraiser other than "The Heifer Fundraiser."
So, Ladies and Gentlemen, without any further ado, I'd like to introduce you to Worldbuilders.
Last year, in less than a month, a bunch of fantasy and sci-fi geeks raised over 100,000 dollars to help people all over the world improve their lives.
This year, things will be even better.
How is this year going to be different? Well I'm glad you asked....
Way more prizes.
Last year we had hundreds of books to give away as prizes. This year we have way more. Way way more. Over a thousand. Maybe close to two thousand.Auctions.
Last year, all the prizes were given out in a big raffle. This year, you'll have the chance to bid on certain special items and services.An official sponsor.
Want a professional agent to read your fledgling manuscript and give you feedback? No problem. Want a rare signed book or a manuscript? We've got those too.
We're going to be auctioning off signed, limited edition stuff from Neil Gaiman, a piece of iron that fell from the sky, and a rockstar's guitar. I'm not even kidding.
One of our best donors from last year, Subterranean Press, has stepped up to the plate with gusto for the launch of Worldbuilders. Not only are they donating over 10,000 dollars of gorgeous signed and limited edition books as prizes, but they're also going to be helping me match donations.More stuff available for sale.
This is really nice, as it means I won't have to sell my house.
For those of you looking for Christmas presents, I'll be offering some stuff directly for sale. You can get copies of the Name of the Wind, or rare copies of the out-of-print College Survival Guide or Tales of Dark Fantasy. All of them signed however you like.
Maps. Gorgeous posters. Worldbuilders t-shirts. All manner of things I'm just dying to show you...
The official launch of the fundraiser will be on Monday. I'll be giving all the details then. I just couldn't let thanksgiving go by without giving y'all a little peek at what's to come.
The truth is, last year's fundraiser was the best thing I've ever done in my life, and I'm thankful that I get to do it again this year. With your help, I'm hoping it can be even bigger and better than before.
Have a good Turkey Day, and remember: We are the music-makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.
P.S. More news about the raffle winners soon. I'm still getting in touch with people and working out the details.
P.P.S. If you just can't wait until Monday, you can donate a little early on my Heifer page over here.
posted by Pat at 3:06 AM