Thursday, April 26, 2012

Deadline for Unsolicited Sample Chapter Charity Offer

Someone asked me about my unsolicited sample chapter offer that I offered up in a blog a while back.  They wanted to know what the deadline was.  The answer is June 3, 2012.  So what am I talking about?

My lovely wife, Nadene, has started training for a 1/2 marathon with Team in Training.  As a part of her commitment, she is raising funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Those of you who read this blog regularly may be aware that I've done five century or century+ bike rides with TNT and that Nadene has done a couple also.  In fact, we got engaged at the end of the first one we did together!

So here's the deal:  I hereby give you permission to submit an unsolicited sample chapter (not to exceed 25 pages and make it the first chapter in your book), along with a synopsis (not to exceed 5 pages, double-spaced).  It must follow our formatting guidelines, found here:  You must include a self-addressed, stamped #10 envelope for a response.  I will read your sample chapter and I will give you my feedback on what works and doesn't work.  If I love it, I'll ask for more. If I don't, you'll know why.  There will be no form rejects!

But here's the catch:  You must contribute $100 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in support of my wife's efforts.  You must do it by credit card at their site.  And you must include a copy of the receipt they send you so we know you made the contribution.  All contributions go straight to LLS.  They are 100% tax deductible.  Neither TZC nor me benefits in any way.  My wife benefits only because you help her reach her fundraising goal.  (Okay, I benefit if my wife isn't freaking out about reaching her fundraising goal, you got me there.)

Last but not least, please write "LLS offer" on the envelope when you submit.

Here's the link to donate:




Kate Brauning said...

Fantastic idea- thank you! Do you only take standard mail submissions, or will you take email submissions as well?

Andrew Zack said...

Only standard mail, please. All of my "electronic" reading is done on an eReader and it's actually far too much of a headache to use for just a chapter.

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