Marianne Mancusi came back from Reno to find everything gone. Lightening struck her house and it burned down.
Here's a letter to pass along. Let's help all we can!!
From Lani Diane Rich:
As many of you know, author Marianne Mancusi (A CONNECTICUT FASHIONISTA IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT) returned home from the RWA national conference to discover that she had no home - it and all her belongings had burned to the ground while she was in Reno. While we're grateful that neither Marianne nor her dog were hurt, the loss of everything she owned - including childhood photos and mementos, things she can never replace - was simply devastating. Now there's a single girl in Boston who needs absolutely everything, so the girls here at Literary Chicks (http://www.literarychicks.com) are circling the wagons, and the writing community has come out like gangbusters to show their support by helping us set up this AMAZING auction to benefit Marianne.
Items include signed books from...
Mary Jo Putney
Lani Diane Rich
And many, many more...
Also, critiques (NOT submissions, but who doesn't want to get their name in front of these people?) from...
Chris Keeslar, Sr. Editor, Dorchester
The Knight Agency
Stephanie Kip Rostan, agent, Levine-Greenberg
Beth de Guzman, Editorial Director - Mass Market, Warner Books
Kelly Harms, former Avon editor, now an agent with the Jane Rotrosen Agency
Brianna St. James, editor for Ellora's Cave and Cerridwen Press
Steve Axelrod - agent representing authors Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Alesia Holliday and more top hitters
And many more...
Not to mention critiques from authors...
Lani Diane Rich
Anyone who would like to donate to Marianne independently of the auction can find out how to do so at http://www.literarychicks.com.
This could quite easily be among the best opportunity this year for aspiring writers to get their name in front of big hitters, and it's definitely a great opportunity for readers to get signed books from their faves. So if you can promote, we'll really appreciate it, and if you can't but would like to forward this e-mail to people you think might be interested, that would be fantastic.
Thanks so much for your time. We appreciate you beyond the telling of it. J Lani