Authors for Farmers: It’s a Wrap!

Screen Shot 2018-10-30 at 8.43.49 amWell, what a whirlwind that was! All the Ebay auctions have now finished and every single manuscript assessment on offer sold! Ten lucky writers out there are getting themselves one-on-one manuscript assessment with a leading Australian publisher or author.
 
I want to say a HUGE thank you to the publishers and authors who put themselves up for auction! As I was putting those profiles together and listing them I thought, wow, this would be really scary! To put yourself out there like that takes great courage and I am so grateful so many people did it. THANK YOU, Sophie Green, Ali Watts, Annette Barlow, Lisa Ireland, Michael Trant, Louise Allan, Melinda Tognini, Annie Seaton, Katie Rowney and Jenn J McLeod!
 
Books are still flowing over to the winner of the giant book raffle, who is in turn sharing her books with her friends. Thank you to all the authors who contributed books (far too many to list out here). You helped make this the biggest book raffle around and raised nearly $20,000 for Australian farmers in need through Buy a Bale (Rural Aid).
 
The auctions raised another $8,000, though I’m still waiting for ebay to calculate the fees before I can get a final figure and do the transfers.
 
But whatever the final value is it is a big win for our farmers and I’ve no doubt will be much appreciated when it gets into their hands.
 
I’ve decided I will do this again next year, for a different charity and I can’t wait to see what turns up then.
 
THANK YOU ALL for buying tickets and bidding on auctions. You are STARS!!!!
 
Jo x

Win Writing Mentoring for Family History or Community Stories, or Young People Writing Fiction, with Author Melinda Tognini

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This is a special auction in our fundraiser to raise funds for Buy a Bale. Author Melinda Tognini is offering up to ten hours of mentoring for you or your family or community group. Being interested in the ‘hidden stories’ of our society, Melinda would love to work with you to help you get your story down on paper.

Melinda is also happy to work with young people who are writing fiction.

Here is some information about Melinda and what she is offering.

If you have a story to tell, then make sure you keep following along and bid, bid, bid to win Melinda’s attention!

Melinda’s offer will be on eBay in the THIRD round of auctions, starting 19 October 6pm.

Welcome, Melinda!

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Bio: Melinda Tognini is the author of Many Hearts, One Voice: the story of the War Widows’ Guild, and has been teaching and running workshops for more than 20 years. She is passionate about telling ‘invisible’ stories and empowering others to find their voice.

Why are you excited to mentor? Other than wanting to help our farmers, I love sharing what I’ve learned from listening to people’s stories, and researching community, local history and family history projects.

Genres: family history, community, history, autobiography, biography, general non-fiction.

Length of mentorship: up to 10 hours (reading and mentoring)

Communication: phone, email, Skype, in person

Reply time: by negotiation

Auction reserve: $149

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Interested? Of course you are! Stay tuned by following me on Facebook, Twitter or here on this blog to make sure you get all the news in the lead up to this exciting event!

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AUTHORS FOR FARMERS is an initiative by Australian author Josephine Moon (www.josephinemoon.com) to band together fellow authors from around the country to help with drought relief fundraising for Australian farmers. All money raised goes to BUY A BALE (registered charity, http://www.buyabale.com.au).

(Please note: Ebay charges fees for using its platform and these will be will be deducted from the total donation amount at the end.)

Manuscript Assessment Opportunities for Aspiring Writers

I have exciting news! Are you an aspiring writer? Now you have a chance to get your work directly into the hands of someone who might be able to help you make your dream come true!

As part of the ‘Authors for Farmers’ fundraising that I’ve been doing for Buy a Bale (raising funds for farmers affected by drought), I have been overwhelmed with generous offers from top Australian publishers and and authors, who are donating their time to look at partial or full manuscripts and offer feedback on its development.

Yes, that’s right, you could get your manuscript in the hands of an actual real life publisher! Aside from three top publishers (Annette Barlow (Allen & Unwin), Ali Watts (Penguin Random House) and Sophie Green, there are half a dozen or so published authors who are also offering their time to look at your manuscript. All these authors have agents and publishers and you just never know… they might decide your manuscript is worth passing onto their people. But at the very least, you can get valuable, personalised feedback on your project.

This is an incredible opportunity!

The manuscript assessment opportunities will be auctioned off via eBay, starting on 15 October, auctioned in three rounds, beginning…

Round 1: 15 October, 6pm

Round 2: 17 October, 6pm

Round 3: 19 October, 6pm

More details to come on each of our wonderful publisher and authors and auction reserves.

Auction reserves start at $99 for a manuscript assessment from an author with one published book, $149 for a manuscript assessment from authors with multiple books published, and $390 for a manuscript assessment from industry publishers.

Stay tuned!