I'm hoping that by now, you've all heard of "Do the Write Thing for Nashville". As you may or may not know, during the early part of May, Nashville, Tennessee received a record amount of rain - nearly 13.5 inches in total. The city was drowning, old building and monuments destroyed, families lost their homes and people died.
Set up by three authors - Myra McEntire (Hourglass, 2011), Victoria Schwab (The Near Witch, August 2011) and Amanda Morgan (book currently in submissions), "Do the Write Thing for Nashville" was a way of raising much needed funds for Nashville and her citizens to help support and rebuild. All things writing related were auctioned off to the highest bidder - critiques, signed books, author visits, the chance to talk to industry professionals,you name it and they had it. It was amazing to watch and I will admit to having a few cheeky bids. Sadly though, the bidding went way too high for me and I couldn't afford to bid anymore :( I didn't mind the not winning part but I still wanted to help. I tried to donate a signed ARC but they were so inundated with donations that whilst extremely grateful, they could not use it. This is why I'm so glad that they now have t-shirts to purchase. This is a much more affordable solution for the masses of people out there who were too poor to bid on the items but still want to help. The t-shirts cost $18 and minus production and shipping, all the money goes directly towards the flood relief efforts.
Please click here to find out more about Do the Write Thing for Nashville and order a t-shirt. It may be small, but us little folks can still make a contribution :)
Whilst they are asking for payment in cheque format, obviously this is not appropriate for international buyers. Therefore, the suggestion is to e mail them at email@example.com to find an alternative payment method. I've ordered mine and I really hope you will order one too :)
Just so you know, almost $75,000 was raised through the auction and this was something that was set up by three women with NO experience in fundraising. At one point they were working 16 hour days on this and because of their efforts, lives will be changed. They have my utmost respect both as authors and human beings.