The Fiction Fund

This is a solicitation.

Writers, by and large, do not have cushy offices or corporate benefits like paid vacations or medical benefits. While I’m fortunate enough to be married to a man who is supportive of my aspirations (and gives me access to his employee health plan), taking a week off to attend a writers conference/workshop in San Francisco means I don’t work for a week, and that impacts my income.

I’ve got generous parents who gifted me with the price of the conference itself, because they believe in my talent and my dream, but San Francisco is not an inexpensive city, and I’m a little bit stressed about expenses, because I still have to offset airfare, hotel bills, and food while I’m there.

That’s why I’m asking you, my friends and readers, to help out, by donating to The Fiction Fund. This isn’t a charity. Your donation is not tax deductible. I had to do a lot of soul-searching to even ask, but if you don’t ask, you don’t get.

Here’s how it works:
– I’ve got a PayPal “donation” button in my sidebar.
– If you donate anything between $1 and $5, I’ll write a 100-word “verbal snapshot” or “distilled moment” based on a keyword you provide (keep it clean, please). At the bottom of the post there will be a line reading, “This post inspired by YourName.”
– If you donate more than $5, the attribution line at the bottom of your post will include a link to your website or blog.
– If you’d prefer to be an anonymous donor, that’s fine with me.

Posts will appear at:
Itinerant Imagination dot Com

Please don’t:
– tell me this is tacky
– offer criticism that isn’t constructive

Please do:
– Offer supportive notes, even if you can’t contribute cash.
– Tell me your favorite places in San Francisco
– Wish me lots of luck. My goal is not to come home without an agent.















CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 The Fiction Fund by Melissa Bartell is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

3 thoughts on “The Fiction Fund

  1. Fisherman’s Wharf, the Museum of Modern Art, the view of the Golden Gate Bridge…lots of things to see and do in SF. Lots of inspiration in the people you’ll see everywhere, too…odd inspiration at times. LOL You might not believe what you’re seeing sometimes.

    And yeah, SF is insanely expensive…anyone out there reading this, if you believe in fostering talent *at all* please cough up a buck or two. Then you can take partial credit for her success :)

  2. Coit Tower, the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park, and a little lookout spot on the opposite side of the bridge that you have to drive up a twisty, turny road to get to.

    Melissa, I’m only too proud to make a donation to your adventure. I believe you have what it takes – that special “it” factor that is bestowed on only a few – and fully expect to see your novel on the shelves in Barnes and Noble. You don’t need to write anything for me…just sprinkle some fairy dust my way, so perhaps my words can reflect a touch of your magic :)

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