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NaNoWriMo Sponsorship Drive and Mega Prize Giveaway!

Fellow writers, once again National Novel Writing Month is nigh upon us. Those who know me know how much I love NaNoWriMo, both as an event and as an organization. This year, NaNoWriMo is working with gifttool.com to make it easy for people to encourage people to sponsor their efforts, and I’m jumping in to support a cause I truly love.

You remember the March of Dimes walk-a-thons? This is like that, but with typing.

Click here to sponsor. My goal this year is to raise $1000.00 for NaNoWriMo. It’s a lot, I know, and it probably makes you wonder why. That’s a question that deserves a good answer.

The best one I have is joy.

NaNoWriMo has brought a lot of joy to my life. That joy comes in many forms. There is the original joy of writing. NaNoWriMo is what led me to rediscover that joy after a decades-long absence. It is the joy of doing something creative, of learning a new skill. NaNoWriMo also led me to a new career and a new direction in my life. It’s not an exaggeration to say that I wouldn’t be putting myself out there as a freelance book doctor if it weren’t for NaNoWriMo. Once I started swapping critiques with other writers, they kept telling me I gave great critiques until one day somebody said “Wow, you could charge for advice like that.”

As a vocation (and an avocation) book doctoring brings me much more joy than any other job ever has. I like helping other writers hone their skills. I enjoy getting sneak-peeks at novels that may someday be published. And there’s much joy in taking control of my own life in a way that wasn’t really possible when I was “working for the man.” All in all, I’m a lot happier and more satisfied with my life, as a direct consequence of NaNoWriMo, than I have ever been.

When I put it that way, I should probably set my fund-raising goal at ten times that amount.

But I’ve put it at $1000, and we’ll see what happens. I do it in part to repay NaNoWriMo for all that it has brought to me, but for another reason as well. I know that they’ll use the money to bring that one, original, life-changing joy—the joy of writing—to others. They’ll use it to help adults and kids, worldwide, discover and revel in their own creativity.

Of course if you all want to make both me and the good folks at NaNoWriMo deliriously happy, by all means let’s make it to ten grand! Because, really, don’t you think the world use a bit more joy in it?

So, what am I going to be writing this November?

This year, as has become almost a tradition for me, I’ll be trying something new for NaNoWriMo. This year, I’m writing an adult, literary novel centered around the question of “how far will one man go to gain respect, when he knows respect doesn’t come cheap?” Click here for a synopsis of the novel (and an excerpt, once November starts), and click the “Novel Info” tab on that page.

We’ll see how it goes. I’m pretty optimistic about this one, although if you can think of a better title than “LX” please share it down in the comments. Until then, I thank all of you who choose to sponsor me in my writing effort, and sponsor a truly unique and wonderful organization in the process.

If that’s not enough, prizes!

If joy itself isn’t sufficiently motivational, how about prizes! I’m offering the following prizes to generous sponsors:

The Wallet Quick-Draw winner: the first person to donate (other than me; I chipped in a bit to get things going) gets the very first copy of the book, signed and everything. I will produce a limited number of copies through a Print on Demand service for prize purposes.

The ESP winner: This gets tricky, so pay attention. The person whose donation amount is closest to the average donation amount, in recognition of your superior abilities to anticipate the behavior of your fellows, gets a signed copy of the book and an invitation to be a beta-reader. So, if you want a sneak peek at this story and the opportunity to tell me how I can make it better, figure out how much you think everyone else will donate on average, and give that amount.

The Luck of the Draw winner: From the list of sponsors who don’t win any other prize, I’ll pick a random person in traditional raffle-style fashion. That person shall receive all of the above and a free book doctor critique of ten pages + a synopsis of your own novel.

The Grand Prize winner: Whomsoever shall donate the single largest lump-sum to this sponsorship drive shall receive all of the above-mentioned benefits, plus a free book doctor critique and analysis of your entire novel. I’ll read it cover to cover and write a report you can then use as a roadmap to guide you in producing a revised draft.

The Everybody’s a Winner winner: Finally, because everybody who contributes deserves to be thanked, I will acknowledge all donors, by name, in the book’s Author’s Note. Unless you don’t want me to. I’m cool with that. [Edit: Why didn’t I think of this yesterday? Everybody who donates will also get a copy in eBook format (not sure whether it’ll be Adobe Digital Editions, ePUB, or what, but something you can read with freely available software).]

Click here to sponsor my novel, and my very great thanks in advance to all who do. Winners will be announced in early December.

ADDENDUM: If you contribute, please leave a comment here with your real e-mail address in the appropriate field. Otherwise, I have no way of contacting you when you win a prize; the GiftTool interface shows me your name, but for obvious reasons, doesn’t show any other contact information. Thanks!

October 12, 2010 19:01 UTC

Tags: NaNoWriMo, LX, it's for a good cause

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