Have you been following the news regarding family separation and detentions at the U.S. borders? I know several of you are against it, against the inhumane treatment the families are under, and have taken various actions to show your support and to keep our government accountable, from donations, to protests, to writing to your elected representatives. I also warmly thank all of you, including many authors and publishers, who supported and donated to the immigration book drive that took place at the end of last year, for the people imprisoned at the Yuba City County Jail in California.
There is a wonderful initiative taking place right now on 32 Auctions website, with a chance for everyone involved to win query and manuscript critiques, customized book trailer music and more. This will run until July 22, 2019. Click on this link to participate in the live auction. See below for an excerpt from the website:
“Authors, illustrators, and other publishing professionals are banding together and saying NO MORE to the detainment camps at the US border, by donating the following biddable items and more:
- Artwork / Illustrations
- Books (ARCs and finished copies)
- Book Swag
- Page critiques
- Query critiques
- Synopsis critiques
- Sensitivity reads
- Translation services
100% of the proceeds from this charity auction will go to RAICES, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees. You can read more about them here: https://www.raicestexas.org/about/.”
Drawing from years of doing socio-cultural critiques and editorial work for various authors and academicians, I donated a sensitivity reading on a full picture book or 50 pages of a manuscript set in West Africa. If you’re interested in bidding on that item, click here.
I thank Brittney M. Morris and the #DebutAuthors19 for spearheading this initiative. Thank you all for your support!