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Do your part to help out starving artists and help me write my second novel!

I have just finished writing my first novel, and...
Do your part to help out starving artists and help me write my second novel! I have just finished writing my first novel, and...
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Do your part to help out starving artists and help me write my second novel!

I have just finished writing my first novel, and I am now going through the slow process of trying to find an agent for it. I am getting good signs so far, but I think it will take months for me to actually get representation. I want to continue writing in the meantime.

The only problem is money.

I live on maybe $500 a month. If I get $1,000 I have two solid months of uninterrupted writing. Which means that I will get my novel finished in no time.

The novel itself is about an amnesiac ninja trying to save the world from a demon invasion, but I don't want to spoil any more of the plot, so I can't tell you any more.

I have worked for the Utne Reader and the American Prospect. When I was 16 my very first novel was selected for the Varuna/Harper Collins award for manuscript development, which was a pretty big deal. The next oldest winner of the award was in their mid-thirties. I took time off writing so I could go to college, but now I want to write fiction full-time. You, with a nominal donation, could help me.

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    You get a PDF of the novel, when it's finished. (I'll be finished by December 31st, 2009)

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    You get a PDF of the novel, when it's finished. (It'll be finished by December 31st, 2009 at the latest.) AND you get a PDF of my first novel, the Journey of the Prospect, right now! It's a cool post-apocalyptic steampunk adventure set in the Mississippi basin.

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    You get BOTH books, AND I will write you a fake fact, to your specifications. (See http://bmackie.blogspot.com/search/label/facts for examples of my facts.)

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    You get the books, of course, plus I will name a minor character whatever you want. Within reason. No Purpledick McStinkblossom or anything.

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    The books, plus I will write you a short story, not under 1000 words, about anything you want at all.

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    You get to name one of the major characters in the novel. Within reason. And--guess what? You still get the books.

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    I will become your personal writing monkey for a month. I will write anything you want, every day. Short stories, poems, college or high school essays, blog posts, grant applications, screenplays, your biography, the biography of your cat, homemade ghost stories for the kids, anything. I can just help with research, even. If you don't have any preference for what written material you want on a given day, I will just write something I think you will find amusing. I will also be your penpal, and be available for phone-calls whenever. The only limitation is that the work can't exceed four hours each day. And of course you get the books. Think of what your friends would say! They’d be pretty jealous, I think!

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