Monday, April 4, 2011

Bookanistas Give Back

Okay, so today we're going deep and personal and hopefully awesome. It all started with Myra McEntire (HOURGLASS, Egmont, June 14), who all by herself deserves a post of amazingness. She's a member of The Bookanistas, and she's spearheading our very first "Bookanistas Give Back" event.

About a year ago Myra had a crazy writer dream.

Charlie Bewley, Demetri from the Twilight Saga films, walked into it. He promptly demanded that she cast him as the villain in the book she was working on.

Since then, through several sets of strange circumstances, Myra has gotten to know Charlie Bewley. He's wickedly smart, very kind, and all-in-all a precious human. A few weeks ago, Myra learned that he was running an ultramarathon in an attempt to raise funds for a cancer hospital. Read this gorgeous post to learn why. His heart on the matter came through so truthfully and authentically, that Myra wanted to find a way to help.

And she recruited all of us, inspiring us to go beyond ourselves. Brilliant.

Charitable donations are a very personal thing. There are so many ways our hard earned money can help others, and lately our world seems to be breaking into pieces around us. Needs are many and great. The Bookanistas want to give back, so in the coming months, we're going to be looking for ways to pour into communities, both bookish and worldwide.

Logo by Elle Sharp
For the month of April, we've chosen to spotlight Run For Your Life, largely because the framework is already set up (we'd like to keep it simple our first time out), and also because of personal connections to the cause. Most everyone knows someone who has battled cancer or lost a loved one to it.

To encourage you to donate, we're going to give away some sweet prizes! Here's how it will work:

1. Go to the Run For Your Life page.

2. Make a donation. $5 is suggested, but lower or higher is fine. (Also know that for every dollar you donate, you'll be entered to win a private, advance screening for twenty people for Breaking Dawn. The Bookanistas have NOTHING to do with that part - that's all Charlie and Summit Entertainment.)

3. Come back and fill out the entry form on this page.

We're trusting you to be honest about giving, and about the amount you give.

4. The Bookanistas will be giving away a selection of prizes (see list below). You will be entered one time for each dollar you donate ($5 = 5 entries). If you wish to be entered to win a specific prize, let us know in the designated section of the entry form.

5. We're following the guidelines set forth by Run for Your Life, which means this particular event will only be open to those in North America. Entries will be closed on April 30th, and we will contact randomly selected winners shortly thereafter.

6. Spread the word. Tweet, post the Run For Your Life logo (code below) with a link to Charlie's site on your blog, or Facebook about the event, and receive an extra entry. Place a link in the place provided on the entry form.

Tweet here! Easy as clicking.

Badge: simply copy the code to put in your sidebar.

Run For Life

From Shannon Messenger:
A signed copy of WHITE CAT and a signed copy of RED GLOVE by Holly Black

From Carrie Harris:
A 50 page manuscript critique

From Jessi Kirby:
A signed copy of MOONGLASS

From Gretchen McNeil:
A swag pack of POSSESS goodies and a query critique

From Corrine Jackson:
A 50 page manuscript critique

From Stasia Kehoe:
A signed ARC of AUDITION

From Shana Silver:
A query and first chapter critique

From Lisa and Laura Roecker:
A signed copy of LIAR SOCIETY and bookmarks

From Shelli Johannes-Wells:
A box of ten mystery advance reader copies

From Megan Miranda:
Query letter + first chapter critique

From Christine Fonseca:

From Myra McEntire:
A signed copy of DEMONGLASS by Rachel Hawkins, a signed copy of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis, a signed copy of TORMENT by Lauren Kate, a unicorn, AND a one of a kind, signed and annotated advance reader copy of HOURGLASS.

From Veronica Rossi:
A 50 page manuscript critique

From me, Elana Johnson:
A Dystopian Trifecta of Awesome - a signed copy of THE DARK AND HOLLOW PLACES by Carrie Ryan, a signed copy of MATCHED by Ally Condie, and a signed ARC of my own POSSESSION.

Enter below, and THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY. It takes so little to help make a difference.


Natalie Aguirre said...

Great way to help a good cause. I donated.

Anonymous said...

Wow, super cool!

Kelly Polark said...

You ladies are so generous in your philanthropies. I donated and I support you all!!!!

Christine Fonseca said...

Yep! I love being part of this group.

Author Joshua Hoyt said...

Great project and I will gladly promote it!! I think it so important to give back BTW.

Patti said...

What a great way to give back.

Matthew MacNish said...

What a beautiful idea!

Tere Kirkland said...

Very cool, and charitable. I have no desire to see Breaking Dawn, but I'd love to donate to Run for Your Life.

I was just glad to see there was no actual running involved. ;)

Lola Sharp said...

I love this. This is an excellent cause and I'm happy to donate and promote it.


Anonymous said...

I love how you use your popular blog for positive things, Elana. I'm truly impressed. This is a great cause. My MIL was recently diagnosed with liver cancer so I'm starting to put my foot into the world of cancer organizations, etc.

Thank you for this.

Angela Kulig said...

What a wonderful thing! I just wish I had more to give, everything in the world these days seems to be draining the donation funds faster and faster. This just proves however, that ecerything helps~

Christina Lee said...

Uh huh--awesome- I donated BB! :-)

Lindsay said...

What an awesome cause. Off to donate now...

Myra McEntire said...


YOU are the awesome one.


Theresa Milstein said...

What a wonderful thing you all are doing, Elana.

I'm going to link you on Facebook because I didn't know how to put my Facebook promotion link here. I'm not very techie.

Heather said...

What an awesome cause! You ladies are beyond awesome.

Ishta Mercurio said...

Bookanistas and Charlie Bewley FTW! (And of course I donated - what a great cause!)

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