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Let us sell your soul....

So many of you are writers, and I'm here to ask you to auction yours(elf, ervices) off to the highest bidder in a writerly auction to be held over the course of April on behalf of Writercon scholarships.

Over the next six weeks, we'll be soliciting assistance in many ways from folks, but this one is my very, very favorite. Funds raised via this particular project will be applied exclusivelyto scholarship attendance at Writercon, and we'll be keeping the books public so that everyone can see where the money is going. As a state nonprofit corporation, also applying for federal 501c3 status, we've got to keep the books very open anyway, and I don't want there to be any unanswered questions about where the money goes or how it's being used.

At this point, we're hoping to send about 20 writers to Las Vegas using our efforts, at an average cost per writer of about $350 (individual requests have varied, and the only requirement for application and award is that the applicant be an active contributor to fandom, as demonstrated by fic, betaing, vidding, artwork, or other creative endeavor). That includes badge, hotel, and transportation. We won't make names public unless the applicants themselves choose to 'come out', and there's *no* request from Writercon that anyone do so.

As the month draws to an end, so will scholarship applications for writercon. I'm not great with sales pitches, and my sense of humor is...not exactly overwhelming. So I'm going to speak from my heart here. The scholarship program at Writercon is my personal baby. It means as much to me as having Writercon be cross-cultural, Whedon fandom-wise. Maybe even more.

I'm a huge supporter of campaigns that raise funds for charities in the names of stars, and I'm an even *bigger* supporter of all that campaigns like saving_angel are doing. And it encourages me to think that we're also capable of supporting fandom itself with our generosity.

So won't you comment here or send an email letting me know you'd like to offer your soul for sale?

Although I *swear* we started working on this plan many weeks ago, the concept is similar to the vidder auction mentioned in sockkpuppett's journal yesterday: You write the ad for what you're willing to auction off (anything you're comfortable with is fair game -- see mintwitch's journal for some examples, we set a time limit on bidding, and the winner of the auction makes a donation to writercon, while you deliver the goods. In the very end, a writer gets to come to Las Vegas who otherwise couldn't!

Many, many thanks (and yes, there will be other ways to contribute besides this auction, if you're not comfy with this concept) for your help, or your support. Feel free to pass the word that we're looking for volunteers!

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ladycat777
Mar. 28th, 2004 04:30 pm (UTC)
Um, not that I think any one's gonna want something of mine - I can be auctionable. Fic of any flavor so long as it's not nonfic, say 2-4k?
chrisjournal
Mar. 28th, 2004 04:35 pm (UTC)
Ha! I read the recent S/X hotter than hades "off the top of your head" piece. Yes, we want you!
wisteria_
Mar. 28th, 2004 04:40 pm (UTC)
What the heck -- I'll join in! I'm happy to do fic or even a custom screencap review (of an old ep) if anyone wants it. Not quite sure the demand is there, but hey. ;)

I do have some questions for you -- I'll beep you with them sometime soon....
chrisjournal
Mar. 28th, 2004 05:03 pm (UTC)
Woo-hoo! You know where to find me :-)
elsaf
Mar. 28th, 2004 04:48 pm (UTC)
I'm tentatively willing to participate. I don't really understand how this works. In short, do I get to specify what I'd be willing to write? I'm quite flexible, but there areas where I'm absolutely no good (slash), and I'd hate to commit to writing something that would most likely suck something terrible.
chrisjournal
Mar. 28th, 2004 05:03 pm (UTC)
Nods. You get to set the parameters entirely. We need to avoid specifically saying "fan fiction", although there's plenty of wink-wink room here. For example, you might offer to write any kind of fiction other than m/m slash, or you might offer to write only smutty poetry, or you might offer 'action adventure to your specifications'. You might also want to limit length, or genre, or any number of other things. I'm thinking that the ads themselves might very well be as entertaining as the fiction that results from them...
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soundingsea
Mar. 28th, 2004 04:56 pm (UTC)
I'm willing to participate too. I'm not sure if I'm supposed to come up with specifics or not. Say, 1-2K words of fic (probably Jossverse fanfic since I don't know any other canon really well) written to the bidder's requirements? Alternately I could help the high bidder configure postfix or qmail or sendmail. *tumbleweeds* Naw, didn't think so. Fic it is. :)
chrisjournal
Mar. 28th, 2004 05:08 pm (UTC)
LOL!

You never know what folks might want...I'd bid on Python services at ridiculous rates!

We'll get creative with the ads to keep them copyright neutral, but still get the desired end-result. The ads themselves might just be a big part of the main attraction...
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pepperlandgirl4
Mar. 28th, 2004 04:59 pm (UTC)
I'm willing to partcipate.
chrisjournal
Mar. 28th, 2004 05:07 pm (UTC)
::snoopy dances::

Big, big, big snoopy dances, with much whirling and twirling!
xanphibian
Mar. 28th, 2004 05:00 pm (UTC)
but what if no one bids on me??
chrisjournal
Mar. 28th, 2004 05:06 pm (UTC)
Yeeehaw!!! I guarantee that at least one somebody will bid on you ;-)

And, you bring up a good point! We'll offer up only a few auctions at a time, to limit the number of folks up for bid on any given day...that'll make it even more fun.

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miggy
Mar. 28th, 2004 05:22 pm (UTC)
Can I offer to do a piece of artwork (like Vamp Willow)? I don't know who'd bid on anything I'd write, but this'd be something different and fun. :) (And I want to help put money into the scholarship fund that I'll be drawing from, after all. Ahem.)
xanphibian
Mar. 28th, 2004 05:41 pm (UTC)
Dude, Vamp Willow is hot. Do you do erotic art? Because I would SO bid on you for some S/X.

*evil, evil laugh*
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10zlaine
Mar. 28th, 2004 05:35 pm (UTC)
What about bidder privacy, say how much is paid for a particular piece? I mean, obviously some disclosure is warranted, but I think you know what I mean.
chrisjournal
Mar. 28th, 2004 05:38 pm (UTC)
When we talked about this in committee, we ultimately decided that we'd run it similar to the way eBay runs. Registration with handles would be possible, as long as there was an identity on the backside... Make sense?
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kita0610
Mar. 28th, 2004 05:45 pm (UTC)
You got me baby.
chrisjournal
Mar. 28th, 2004 05:51 pm (UTC)
::SMOOCH::
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chrisjournal
Mar. 28th, 2004 06:54 pm (UTC)
Ah, but every stroke of your pen has a bit of your soul in it...
And I'm very glad to have yours in service!!

(see, this is *so* going to work!)
telaryn
Mar. 28th, 2004 06:58 pm (UTC)
I'll do it. 3,000 - 5,000 word fic to the winner's specification, *or* they can bid on a few NC-17 fics I'm going to be hammering out as soon as I finish my query package (Lilah/Darla, Faith/Willow, and/or Faith/Buffy).
chrisjournal
Mar. 28th, 2004 07:21 pm (UTC)
Wheeeeee!

I'm so very, very sad you're working that weekend. Would love to meet the Anti-Drama Queen...
seablue
Mar. 28th, 2004 07:10 pm (UTC)
I could do something...S/B-ish, smutty. Or not. I'm afraid I'm a little limited by my strong shipping preferences.
seablue
Mar. 28th, 2004 07:15 pm (UTC)
...Smutty or not, I mean.
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chrisjournal
Mar. 28th, 2004 07:35 pm (UTC)
*snickers*

You like 'em wide, eh?

"One writer for sale. Like's 'em short. Wicked sense of humor. High bid gets services for a week"
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chrisjournal
Mar. 29th, 2004 04:57 am (UTC)
Yay!!!!!!

*squeee* Kalima's going to do it!
spikewriter
Mar. 28th, 2004 08:17 pm (UTC)
Okay, I'll offer up my services -- minimum 3,000 words, no slash, preferably some S/B fun willing to do another ship.
chrisjournal
Mar. 29th, 2004 04:57 am (UTC)
Ahhhhhhhhh. Carofic! This just keeps getting better and better.
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