Get Your Manuscript In The Door - An Aphrodisia Charity Raffle

Bitchery reader Lucinda Betts sent me a link to an amazing raffle so I’m spreading the word: The Aphrodisia Authors are Raffling Off Editors to raise money for author Dawn Thompson’s hospital and medical bills, which are beyond the reaches of her insurance coverage. Fellow author Deborah Macgillivray is organizing the raffle, and really, the prizes are pretty incredible.

For $100, you are entered in a chance to win, and there are fifteen first prizes. To quote the entry: “15 people with completed or nearly completed manuscripts (any genre!) will have their manuscript read by Hilary Sares. All 15 will get a one page critique of their manuscript.” There are also runner-up prizes as well – so go have a look at the entry on that page for complete details.


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    Not interested in the contest myself (Leah has my manuscript already), but I do know Dawn, so I’ll be sure to spread the information about the contest!  Thanks.

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    For writers out there who think the cost of the raffle is too much, author Joy Nash as an idea!

    She’s sponsoring a contest through Nov 30 and the prize is one $100 entry fee in Deborah’s raffle to help Dawn Thompson.

    Details are on her blog at

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    Amy Struh says:

    This is a scam.

    This author currently has seven books in print with Dorchester and Kensington.

    The author’s son lives nearby and does help her out. 

    The author receives [ personal details removed by request by SB Sarah]

    Deborah MacGillivray, who is running this circus, is on the author’s payroll as promotions director. How many struggling authors with no income stream can pay a promo director?

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    Rowena Cherry says:

    Gosh, Amy,

    Are you a friend of Dawn’s?

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    SB Sarah says:

    With friends like that, who needs enemies?

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    Catroina Hunter says:


    We have words to people like you-beard, parrot and TSTL.

    I hope the people behind you paid you well but then again, people like you sell yourself dirt cheap.

    Not only are the facts in direct contradiction to what you state, you bitterness comes shining through.

    What kind of person misrespresents the facts, twists them to their own benefit? A person without friends or compassion.

    Excuse me, I think there is a dog across the street you missed kicking.

    I’d light a candle for you but I fear it is too late to be of an consequence.

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    Gee Amy,

    I heard about this raffle from one of the editors herself, and I’m pretty sure she’s not in on any scam. Did you check with them?


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    It is not often I have the misfortune of encountering someone as bitter and vile as you. Your attack on Dawn Thompson and Deborah MacGillivray is unscrupulous and without foundation. 

    What rock did you crawl out from under? 

    God help you if you ever need the aid and friendship of others.

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    wow says:

    and all these months later…. maybe Amy wasn’t a monster after all.

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    wow says:

    (PS just to be clear—I would have joined in the chorus of BAD Amy, BAD)

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    Your comment was too cryptic for me.

    For those who don’t know, Dawn Thompson lost her struggle some months ago without ever seeing her home or her beloved cat again.

    The Steven King Haven foundation helped, but it was not enough to provide the in-home nursing that Dawn needed (or would have needed).

    Being hit by an uninsured driver can be catastrophic, and unfortunately it can happen to anyone.

    Rowena Cherry

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    Trubs says:

    Kate’s comments are meant to bring to light that maybe when someone questions the motives of a charity, it isn’t bitterness or cynicism at all, but someone with a different point of view.

    Just because it is labeled charity, does not mean it IS such. There is much discussion now being brought to light that while you may have donated in good faith… your money may have lined the wrong coffers.

    I did not read anywhere in Amy’s post that she wished Ms. Thompson any ill will. I DO have to wonder why having the strength to question someone’s intent brings such ire these days.

    Fraud and misrepresentation depend on just that kind of emotional backlash.

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    Strength… yes, Amy deserves respect for that, because she did at least have the strength of character to put her name behind her allegations. It seems that everyone who disagreed with Amy’s views also had the courage of their convictions.

    By the way, has everyone who’s interested voted for Mr Cyber Romance? I’ve put the url above, instead of my own site’s. Voting ends at 5pm this evening.

    Best wishes
    Rowena Cherry

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    Trubs says:

    So if I sign a post with L.L it makes the point more valid? I was just impressed that Amy didn’t go for polly ana. My mom has always said that’s why God makes so many flavors of ice cream.

    Having had my emotions abused for the sake of someone elses need for both cash and worse attention, I just found the idea that someone could attack another for questioning an event as kindda sad.

    My point was simply to comment the issue of being cryptic. I think it is a sign of emotionally maturity to question things rather than react from emotion. Unfortunately our emotions can be a little more easily manipulated.

    I looked for the link but could not find it:( Will look again tonight after work… signed

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