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Announcing: The Halloween Anthology Title and Contributing Authors!

It’s happening! It’s really happening!

I am SO proud to announce the following amazing authors as contributors to the YA Halloween charity anthology from Unknown Press:

Kathryn J. Benson
S. Carys
Jennifer Diemer 
Bridget Essex
James C. Femmer
Madeline Claire Franklin
Julia Heller
Debbie Manber Kupfer
Michael Leali
Jesse William Olson
Leslie Teel
Diane Telgen
Amanda R. Woomer

Congratulations to all the authors! Send them love and red balloons and cider and donuts! These stories are fun, twisty, spooky, hilarious, and damn fine works of fiction. I’m so pleased to have these amazing authors in our inaugural anthology!

Speaking of vaguely titled projects!

The OFFICIAL TITLE for the anthology is……………..

13 candles title reveal

Are you excited? I’m excited!

There is also an official informational page about the project HERE, including how you can help us get more money to charity, faster.

Remember, 50% of all proceeds from the sale of this anthology will be donated to Global Giving, “the largest global crowdfunding community connecting nonprofits, donors, and companies in nearly every country.” Global Giving is a respected and recommended charity for those who are looking for somewhere to donate in the face of the recent natural disasters that have struck at home and abroad, leaving thousands of people devastated and without homes.

I’m SO thrilled for the opportunity to work with these talented authors and illustrator to do a little good (maybe a lot of good?) while bringing some excellent short fiction into the world!



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Real Talk: How This Whole Charity Anthology Business* Became A Thing

one of the mini-buttons you can get when you back the kcickstarter campaign!

one of the mini-buttons you can get when you back the kcickstarter campaign!

(*By “business” I mean “activity or concern,” not industry!)

So, 2017 has had many of us feeling pretty powerless–especially if you’re not in a swing state, and/or don’t have enough disposable income to donate to reputable charities every month. The world is a hot mess sundae, and the US is a steaming pile of cherries on top. What is there to do?

Like many of you, I don’t have much extra income to donate to charity, but I do have a skill set. I can donate my time and effort to creating a product that will produce sales, and I can donate sales from that product to the charities that speak to my heart, and hopefully yours as well. That is how I decided to embark upon this Halloween anthology project. For this anthology, (which is hopefully the first of many charity anthologies I’ll be editing over the next few years) I’ll be donating 50% of the proceeds to Girls Not Brides, a global charity working to put an end to child marriages, something that affects over 15 million girls every year.

I’ve decided to publish this anthology not just because I enjoy the process of publishing, and not just because it’s fun to work together with other authors on a creative project, but because I see this as an opportunity for a group of us to make a little bit of a difference in the world, starting with one of the most vulnerable, but potentially powerful, demographics: young girls.

But I’m not doing this alone. The authors writing their stories and submitting their work are contributing. The amazingly talented illustrator is contributing. All of the friends helping me spread the word are contributing.

Can you help us reach our goal by backing this Kickstarter campaign, or sharing the link? Every dollar and every share is deeply appreciated.

And if you are a YA author, would you consider submitting to the anthology?