Monday, June 10, 2013

KidLit Cause and Contest!



M.T. Anderson was part of our charity event.


After the Boston Marathon bombing, I wanted to do something different to help. I belong to a group called KidLit Drink Night.  (We’re all adults who like kids lit and work with kids. We can drink off hours, right?) Our group consists of librarians, writers, editors, agents, and booksellers who meet in Cambridge.

I asked the founder of the group, Sam Musher, if we could use our group to raise money for Boston Marathon victims. She liked the idea. But she felt we could expand the charity to include more victims of violence. She suggested Peace First. 

We sent out a call for books and even signed books. We got together a few weeks ago and people gave $ to get their name put in a raffle. We gave away a book about every 30 minutes and raised over $150.

A big success!

One problem: we had more book donations. Sam and I decided to take the raffle online. She’s put the word out to our group. I want to spread the word here.


Details:

Time for Book Raffle Round 2: Online Edition! Buy tickets via Theresa Brown Milstein's PayPal: theresamilstein at gmail dot com. $5 per ticket or 6 tickets for $20. Indicate book preference(s) if you like in the comments and we'll try to make every winner happy. Ticket deadline: June 13.

Remaining books include:


The Wanderer by Sharon Creech (signed)

My Dog Lyle, a picture book by Jennifer Pulver Goldfinger (signed)

Tracing Stars by Erin E. Moulton (unsigned)

Stealing Air by Trent Reedy (unsigned)


Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (signed)

Jennifer Government by Max Barry (signed)

Set of 3 Phoebe Stone books (Deep Down Popular; the 2 Romeo and Juliet Code books) (signed)

Dear Life, You Suck by Scott Blagden (signed)

Enter to win by donating to my PayPal. Or if you’d prefer, donate directly to Peace First http://peacefirst.org/ and email me a copy of the receipt.



You can earn two EXTRA raffle tickets each way you spread the word:

Twitter (+2)
Facebook (+2)
Blog Post (+2)

Please provide links.


Thank you for your support!

xo,

Theresa

48 comments:

  1. That's cool you raised money - and had extra books so you can raise more!

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    1. I agree, Alex. There are many generous people in this kid lit community.

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  2. Wait, you got a hug from M. T. Anderson? I love his novels. Octavian Nothing is genius.

    Ooh, and I think I'll have to try and get that Fight Club book. :)

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    1. L.G. Smith, it was very cool meeting MT Anderson. He's such a nice guy. I got nervous, so I babbled a lot. I'm surprised he was willing to get that close to me!

      If you enter, I wish you luck.

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  3. What an incredible cause, Theresa. You achieve so very much; there's no way you can ever be bored with what you have going on.

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    1. Susan, thank you. That's so nice of you to say.

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  4. How great. I hope you exceed your expectations.

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  5. I think it's great that you're raising money; it's good that you're all doing something to help other people. I wish I could donate, but I'm really broke this summer. It sounds like a fun contest with good prizes, though.

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    1. Neurotic Workaholic, grad students are exempt from donating. Thanks for visiting!

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  6. Wow, Theresa, this is a great idea. And cool that you have this network of people! I'll spread the word via facebook :)

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    1. The Words Crafter, I have met some great people the last few years. Thanks for much for sharing on Facebook!

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    1. Sharon, thank you for spreading the word about the contest.

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  8. What a great way to raise money. If I post again soon enough, I will include this~

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    1. Shelly, if it works out, that would be wonderful!

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  9. That's so awesome that you're raising money for such a good cause. And it sounds like you belong to an awesome group.

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    1. Natalie, I think it's an awesome group too!

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  10. Yay! Awesome stuff, Theresa. I'll be spreading the word soon.

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    1. Crystal, thank you. I appreciate it!

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    2. Oh, and I nominated you today. ;)

      http://crystalcollier.blogspot.com/2013/06/awards-coming-out-my-ears.html

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  11. Awesome cause, Theresa. You did great.

    Nas

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  12. you are made of awesome! I'll spread the word!

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    1. Samantha, you are awesome for spreading the word!

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  13. Lovely Theresa!!!! Yay for you and KidLit Drink Night!! :-) Peace!! Take care
    x

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  14. wow. It's amazing what you and your groupmates have accomplished. And MT Anderson! Holy wow!
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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    1. Nutschell, meeting MT Anderson was very cool. I got to meet Grace Lin, Sharon Creech, and MT Anderson in one month. May was pretty amazing. I think I babbled and embarrassed myself with MT Anderson though. Actually, I may have with Grace Lin too. I think I kept my cool with Sharon Creech. Probably because I was her handler for the keynote. Had to be professional!

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  15. Great cause. You're all awesome putting this together and I'm spreading the word.

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    1. Thank you, Medeia. I appreciate you spreading the word on Facebook.

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  16. What about Dear Life and Jennifer Government...they sound interesting. Thanks for the opp! Now to bed!

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  17. The Words Crafter, thanks for letting me know your selections. Good luck!

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  18. Sounds like a great cause! Thanks for the info. :)

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  19. This is such a wonderful thing you've done. The Boston Marathon bombings were such a horrible tragedy. I'm glad they caught those responsible, and I can't believe how cold-blooded they were/are.

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    1. Michael, thank you. The Marathon bombing was hard to understand. I don't look forward to it going to court.

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  20. So cool when writerly types join forces for a good cause.

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  21. Hi Theresa .. what a lovely way of helping us gain more peace - delighted you achieved $150 towards the cause. Your group sounds fascinating .. and must be so helpful to you as a writer ...

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary, they're an awesome group. I enjoy getting together with them.

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  22. What a wonderful idea, Theresa! I'd still like to donate!

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  23. We were commenting on each other's blogs at the same time. Weird.

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