It’s Con or Bust time again! This auction raises funds to help fans of color attend science fiction and fantasy conventions. Naturally, I think this is a terrific cause, and I’m happy to support it and the Carl Brandon Society, the non-profit that runs it with the mission “to increase racial and ethnic diversity in the production of and audience for speculative fiction.” Good mission, right?
Last year, I was thrilled to contribute a signed ARC of my first novel, Fair Coin, which raised $25 for the fund. This year, I get to offer a signed first edition of the hardcover!
Fair Coin is in its second printing, so this is your chance to get the first edition, first printing for your collection. Shipping is international-ish (read the item description for more details), and even though it isn’t on the auction page, I’ll even throw in some signed bookmarks, postcards and a rare Fair Coin promotional coin case for the winner–I only have a handful of these left.
The auction ends on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 11:59 p.m. EST. There are tons of other great items and services being auctioned, so bid early and bid often!
Please bid on Fair Coin here. The bid is up to $20 so far, but I think we can do better…
I’m offering up a short story critique (up to 5000 words) or a critique of a query letter and the first 30 pages of your novel, in the Pens for Paws Auction to raise money for Fat Kitty City, a no-kill, cage-free cat sanctuary in El Dorado Hills that also rescues dogs (as foster homes allow). I am happy to aid our feline overlords, even at this great personal sacrifice.
If you’re wondering what makes me qualified to critique anything you write, that’s a very good question! I have at least a little bit of experience with writing and publishing short stories, through the rigorous Clarion West Writing Workshop (in the incredibly talented class of 2005); my participation in New York’s finest team of superwriters, Altered Fluid; and as a submissions reader for Sybil’s Garage and several editions of Ellen Datlow’s Year’s Best Horror. Many of the stories and novels I have critiqued have been published and received awards and critical acclaim, and I’m totally claiming some of that credit.
I also wrote a query letter and a novel that fooled at least one agent into taking me on as a client, which eventually resulted in my novel getting published, so let’s call that a 100% success rate, shall we? I’ve heard from more than one person that I’m pretty good at writing query letters, which are tricky things. My “specialties” are in science fiction, fantasy, and young adult fiction, but whatever your genre, this is a rare opportunity to get feedback from someone who should know better than to critique a stranger’s work. But hey, I’ll do almost anything for money that will support a good and worthy cause.
In any event, you’re almost guaranteed to get value for your dollar, depending on how much you bid and some definitions of value.
Bidding is open internationally through May 11, 11 p.m. EST. Please spread the word to anyone who might be interested and consider bidding. If you don’t have a story or novel ready yet, you can claim your prize whenever you do.