I knew I was taking risks when I quit my job and pursued writing full time. Blogging doesn’t pay much, and getting books written and published takes time. I knew a year probably wouldn’t be enough to become self-sufficient, but would give me time to get things going. Then I could get a part-time job at the end of my year to make up any shortfalls, and wouldn’t have to go begging money from my readers. I’d have a book or two out, and have more started, and probably wouldn’t have to do the day job thing forever. Simple!
My plans were disrupted a bit last fall, when I came within spitting distance of dying from sepsis. It took a while to recover, and my funds took a hit. But I still had things under control. I struggled with the typical winter-spring depression, but kept plugging away at the writing, and got me first book released. Everything was going fine – until my apartment complex decided not to renew my lease.
They’re kicking me out so they can remodel. I asked for more time, and got until the end of this month. Then I’m sans home.
Moving into another unit here would be prohibitively expensive. It’s not going to be possible to find another apartment without a steady income considerably larger than the present unstable one. So I’m currently job hunting (if you’ve been wanting desperately to hire me, thinking I’d be a perfect fit for your Seattle-area company, now’s the time!). But I won’t have a job soon enough to save up the extra funds I’ll need for a move. I won’t be able to find an apartment quickly enough, either. B’s house doesn’t have room for me to move in, and it’s not possible for him to abandon his brothers.
So I need your help pretty badly. If any of you know of a private home or room I can rent that’s pet-friendly and within the Seattle metro area, that would be outstanding. Misha and I would be forever grateful.
I’ll also need funds to pay for this move, and possibly pay for storing my stuff while we’re in limbo.
I don’t want to beg you for money. I’ve never wanted to straight up solicit donations. Yes, you could argue that I already provide you a lot of material, and it’s no problem asking for a little moolah to support the work you enjoy. Thing is, I enjoy providing you that work! I sort of feel guilty asking for money for it, ridiculous as that is. So I’m offering incentives!
Donate $10, and I’ll send you one of my completed stories in electronic format (Word or PDF).
Donate $15, and I’ll send you a signed paper copy of one of my stories.
Donate $20, and I’ll send you your choice of one of the following:
- a piece of personally-blessed Holy Schist! (sans garnets, alas)
- a rock magnet
- a hand-collected rock sample (I’ll send you photos you can choose from)
- a hand-sewn cat toy with a refillable catnip pouch
- a hand-sewn scarf (while supplies last!)
Donate $50 or more, and I’ll send you your choice of three of the above items.
I’ve also got a special offer for one very fortunate donor who wants some great fiction-writing books:
These slender volumes helped me immensely when I was a young fiction writer just starting out. They got me over countless writing hurdles. I don’t want to part with them, but I haven’t cracked them open for years, and it’ll probably be years more, if ever, before I get back to writing fiction. So away they go to a new home! The first person who donates $50 or more and requests these will get them. [Update: They’ve been claimed! Apologies to everyone who wanted a set – I wish I had more than one!]
Right, so how is this all going to work? Easy-peasy! Make your donation using this handy button:
Then email me at dhunterauthor at gmail to let me know what name you donated under, and what nifty stuffage you want. Then I will send it to you! Yay!
If you can’t use PayPal, but still wish to donate and get some nifty stuffage, let me know. We can arrange an alternative.
There are other ways to help me get monies, and get something in return – in time for Father’s Day, even!
You can visit my Etsy store, where there’s some garnet-bearing Holy Schist! for sale, and for the long-haired people, there are lots of hand-sewn scrunchies. These scrunchies, btw, will last you ages. I sew them strong!
You can visit my RedBubble store for all sorts of goodies: prints, clothing, drinkware, stickers, and more.
You can visit my Amazon seller account, because I am selling so many books there. Check back often – I’ll be putting nearly a bookstore’s worth of books over the next week or two! I have far too many books I’ll never read again. Most of them are in fantastic condition, and I’m pricing them very competitively.
Speaking of books, you can, of course, get my very own book by me! If you’ve read it and you’ve got the time, please do review it. That would be outstanding!
If you can’t donate or purchase anything right now, it’s completely okay. Just please use the share buttons to get the word out. That helps immensely!
Thank you muchly in advance, my darlings! You’re the best readership an author could ask for.
You are amazing, my darlings! Thanks to those who have already donated and/or spread the word, Misha and I are on the way to not becoming homeless at the end of the month. I’m working hard on getting orders processed and shipped, and I’ll be sending individual thank-yous soon. I appreciate your help so much! Misha would, too, except she’s ancient and a cat.