My pal Kate Nepveu reminds me that it’s time again for the Con or Bust auctions, which serve to help folks of color attend SFF conventions. The auctions are the main (and I think, only) source of funds for Con or Bust, so it’s good to have good stuff in them. Here’s a blurb Kate gave me about it:
Con or Bust helps fans of color/non-white fans attend SFF cons. It’s administered by the Carl Brandon Society, a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to increase racial and ethnic diversity in the production of and audience for speculative fiction. Con or Bust isn’t a scholarship and isn’t limited by geography, type of con-goer, or con; its goal is simply to help fans of color go to SFF cons and be their own awesome selves. And with the money from last year’s annual online fundraising auction, plus some donations from cons, over the last twelve months Con or Bust was able to help 25 different people of color attend cons 28 times (three people received assistance twice), which I am very proud of.
So: If you’re an author, or someone who is crafty/creative and/or happy to offer your talents and services, and you want to donate something to the auctions, now is an excellent time to do that. Here’s the page that tells you what you need to know about offering up something for auction. The auctions themselves will go live this Saturday, February 9.
(And yes, I’ll be donating something myself, namely, a signed ARC of The Human Division. So if you wanted one of those, here’s your chance. But this post is really more about other people submitting stuff for auction.)
So authors and creative types, if you’ve got something to donate, you know what to do. Thanks.