Inspired by what's going on over on LiveJournal, DreamWidth, etc, Squidge.org and Peja's Wonderful World of Makebelieve is launching an auction to benefit The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Society, or their local country's Red Cross. Authors and artists can help out. Here's how:
Starting today, March 14th, 2011 and running through March 31st, authors and artists can post a new auction offer on the WWOMB. You post as you would a new story, but instead of the fandom "Hawaii Five-0" or "Stargate: SG1", choose the fandom "AUCTION". The data that you need to capture is similar to what they're using on LJ, and is below.
For Authors and Artists
Start by posting a "New Story". Put "Help Japan" as the title, plus what you're offering. For example, "Help Japan - Fanfiction Auction" or "Help Japan - Icons Auction" or "Help Japan - Artwork Auction". For the "Summary" put something like "An auction for Japan Relief". Choose "AUCTION" as the Fandom. You can leave Characters, Genres, Warnings, Challenges, Series, etc blank.
In the body of the story, cut and paste the following:
Username: (your username)
Email Address: (your email)
Examples of my work: (Links to your work on The WWOMB, LJ, IJ, DW, AO3, etc)
I Am Offering: (You can offer fiction, artwork, or videowork. If fiction, how long are you willing to write?)
Fandoms: (List the fandoms you're willing to offer)
Additional Information: (List your general limitations, if any, for what you write. For example, no slash, no BDSM, etc, etc.)
Starting Bid: (Recommended $5. Also, if you do not want to give to the Red Cross, list the non-profit charity you want your winning bidder to donate to.)
It's that simple. Then bidders come in and leave a comment for your auction note with their bid. What's even better? Squidge.org will be doubling the amount donated, so $100 from winning bidders turns into a $200 donation for Japan Relief (up to $250).
If you want to see an example offer, mine is up. Click this link to view it. Then, go "pimp" your auction with your friends, your flist, etc. Let's raise some money for charity!
Important Date: Auction submissions will be available until Thursday, March 24th at 23:59 PST!
For Potential Bidders
All auctions are listed under the AUCTION fandom tag, which you can find by clicking here.
Simply go through and find an author and offer that you like. To see current bids, click on "Reviews" and you can see what the bids are currently. Then, submit a bid for what you would pay for the story. If no bid exists, then we ask a minimum $5 donation. If a bid exists, then you must increase in increments of $1. All money is in American Dollars for this auction.
Important Date: Auction bidding will be continue from now until Thursday, March 31st at 23:59 PST! After this time, you will be contacted and asked for proof of donation, and the author will be notified of your winning bid. Details of your winning story/artwork can be worked out with your author. Remember, you will be making your donation directly to the charity, then providing proof. The WWOMB/authors/Squidge.org will not be handling any money - just your receipted proof.
Question: I'm auctioning a story. Do I have to write the bidder into the story, or do I write the story to the bidder's specifications?
Answer: It all depends on your winning bidder's request. If they request an NCIS Gen story with a mystery, no pairings, that's what you should write. Remember, you can specify what you are willing and are not willing to write.
Question: I'm auctioning a story. When I write it for the winning bidder, do they own the rights to it, or do I?
Answer: You absolutely own the rights to the story. The bidder is bidding on the subject of the story, setting, pairing, etc, but they are not buying the story itself.
Question: I'm a bidder. How can I tell what the highest bid is currently?
Answer: For each auction line item, there is a link called "Reviews". If there are no reviews, the starting bid is what the author states (suggested $5). If there are reviews, click on the link and read them. That lists the current bids.
Question: Who qualifies as the International Red Cross? Can I donate to my local country's Red Cross instead of the International Red Cross?
Answer: We want to keep donations going to the Red Cross. But we know that donations to the International Red Cross are not tax deductible, you can donate to your country's local Red Cross society. However, please remember that donations must be in US Dollars, or in the equivelent of your local currency. So $5 American is $5 Canadian or $10 Beliezien Dollars.
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