As you’re all aware if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, I’ve been included on the panel for Whedonistas at Gallifrey One this year on the Saturday at 4PM! So not only is Whedonistas the first thing in which I’ve been published that can be purchased where actual, hard-copy books are sold, but Gally – the biggest Doctor Who convention in North America – will be the first time where I’ll actually be on a panel! I was so excited when I was told the news. Did I mention that I’m going to be on this panel with Lynne Thomas, Deborah Stanish, Christa Dickson, Lars Pearson, Jane Espenson, Kelly Hale, Nancy Holder, Racheline Maltese, Jenn Reese, and Katy Shuttleworth?! I know, right?!
However, I’d told my editors I could attend long before one of my part-time jobs decided to passive-aggressively fire me by not giving me hours on the schedule for a month without explaining why. So now, finances are an issue, and I can’t really afford a flight anymore.
As this is way too amazing an opportunity to pass up, I’m reaching out to the geek community, who would be the most likely to understand how important this opportunity is. But I’m not just asking for donations.
What I’m asking is that you buy my chapbook, and get other people to do the same.
I have friends in LA to stay with, so it really is only the flight I need to pay for (though extra spending cash would be nice), and I’m looking to raise $350. As I would want to leave Feb. 13th, I would need to know this is happening and book my flight by Saturday, February 5th.
$350 by February 5th. Can it be done??
The base price for my chapbook is $5.00. So if 70 people bought just the chapbook, I’d make my goal.
If 59 people bought a signed copy ($6.00), I’d make my goal.
If 50 people bought a personalized copy ($7.00), I’d make my goal.
And I’m going to kick this Send Teresa to Gally effort Kickstarter-style. Meaning that, if I don’t make my goal of $350 by Feb. 5th, everyone who sent me money via PayPal will get their money refunded to them (unless you specify that you want the chapbook regardless). So there’s no risk in supporting the effort if I don’t end up actually being able to go.
As for why I deserve this opportunity and your support? Well, for starters, I write good. And I should be able to show a room full of people that I write good.
In all seriousness, I’m extremely proud of having taken the initiative to pursue Whedonistas in the first place, I’m proud of having been chosen to be included in the anthology, and I would love to see the journey of this little essay I wrote to its end, by being able to attend the Whedonistas launch with my publisher, my editors, and my fellow contributors. It might seem like a silly, small thing, but this is the first time I’ve ever had the chance to do anything like this, and I’d hate to not be able to do it because of money.
Also, if you read any of the websites I write for, you might be interested in my reportage of the event, particularly over at Tor.com, where I do the majority of my Doctor Who writing. So, you know, there’s that.
If you’re at all interested in what I do (which I’d assume you are if you’re reading this blog!), and you’ve been thinking about getting a copy of my chapbook, NOW’S THE TIME. Consider purchasing your copy of On the Ground Floor between now and February 5th, and help Send Teresa to Gally!
Thank you, from the cockles of my geeky little heart.