An Open Invitation

First of all, let me clarify something. The Worldbuilders fundraiser will be starting in a month or so.

It hasn’t started yet. We’re just gearing up for it.

(I Love our Logo.)

Now I know some of you are excited. I get that. I really do. But let’s not get crazy here. Let’s not go running around all higgledy-piggeldy.

I mention this because after I posted the last blog, some people got riled up and donated on last year’s Worldbuilders page, the one labeled Worldbuilders 2011.

In some ways, that makes me happy, because the money does go to Heifer International. But in other ways it makes me sad, because those folks are missing out on this year’s festivities. Including the matching donations Worldbuilders offers….

So listen when I say unto you: Be patient. We’re still warming up for the main event.

For example, today’s the day we’re officially making our open call for anyone who would like to help with the fundraiser.

What sort of folks can help? Well….

  • Are you an author who would like to donate some signed books to Worldbuilders?

Author-donated books have always been the backbone of Worldbuilders. We’d love to put them to use.

What’s more, if you have extra foreign editions taking up shelf space, we’d love to make them available for non-English readers in The Tinker’s Packs.

Drop us a line at donations (squiggly-at-thinger)

  • Are you a crafty geek-type person who would like to donate something cool?

Last year we experimented with Jane hats, hand-crafted bear steins, and hand-bound books. To our delight, they sold really well.

So if you’d like to donate your geeky crafts to the cause, drop us a line at donations (squiggly-at-thinger)

  • Are you a vast corporate entity looking for a tax write-off?

Did you know that Worldbuilders is a federally recognized 501(c)3 charity? Well we are. We’re bona fide.

What’s more, this year Worldbuilders is offering official corporate sponsorships, allowing you to exchange your dirty, dirty money for good publicity and positive karma.

Want more details? Contact us at donations (squiggly-at-thinger)

  • Are you a publisher who would like to promote your titles right before the holidays?

It seems to me that sending books to worldbuilders would be a great way to do that. We’re great at showing off books….

What’s more, if you’re willing to kick in enough books, Worldbuilders will hold you up as a glorious specimen of generosity by making you an official sponsor of the fundraiser.

We can make it happen, just drop us a line at donations (squiggly-at-thinger)

With authors like Neil Gaiman, George RR Martin, and Charlaine Harris involved, you know they’ll sell….

Drop us a line at questions (squiggly-at-thinger) and we’ll discuss details.

  • Are you a blogger, journalist, or member of the geek glitterati willing to spread the word about Worldbuilders?

We would love to make that happen.

Contact us at questions (squiggly-at-thinger)

  • Are you Batman?

Seriously. The suit looks cool and all, but it’s time someone told you. Everybody knows you’re Bruce Wayne.

We know your parents got killed, and we’re sorry as hell about that. We also know it must be pretty fun running around on rooftops, beating the hell out of the lower class, and boning Catwoman.

And we’re not implying you should stop that. Everyone needs a hobby.

But if you *really* wanted to help people, you’d take just a fraction of the money you were going to spend on Batarangs and give it to us instead. $120 bucks is all it takes to change someone’s life forever. Do you have any idea what we could do with some of that Bat-Mobile money???

We’ll make you an official sponsor of the fundraiser too. You don’t have to be a corporation or a publisher for that. We respect regular old-fashioned personal philanthropy too.

You can donate on behalf of your parents if you like. You can be anonymous if you want.

Seriously. We’re okay with that.

Just drop us a line and we’ll work out the details.

We’re at: donations (squiggly-at-thinger)



This entry was posted in a few words you're probably going to have to look up, calling on the legions, Worldbuilders 2012. By Pat35 Responses


  1. jackpyke
    Posted September 24, 2012 at 8:11 AM | Permalink

    Are there any bear steins left over from last year?

    • Posted September 24, 2012 at 8:14 AM | Permalink

      Nope. Stuff like that sells out kinda fast.

      That’s why we recommend that people sign up for the Tinker’s Packs page on facebook:

      • Posted September 24, 2012 at 9:44 AM | Permalink

        They were pretty bitchin

      • jayh
        Posted September 24, 2012 at 10:17 AM | Permalink

        So, I know they sold out, but I’d love to see what I missed. Anyone got a picture of a Bear Stein? Didn’t find it on the tinkers packs shop, I guess since it was sold out. Though they showed pictures of fortune cookies which were sold out. Which made me wonder, did all the fortunes in the sold out fortune cookies tell us to do unspeakable things to Anton Stout?

      • Cinnamon
        Posted September 25, 2012 at 11:29 AM | Permalink

        Do you just “Like” the Tinker’s Pack Facebook page to sign-up for it? I don’t really see anything else to click on to follow the page. I don’t normally use Facebook, though, so maybe I’m missing something?

        • Posted September 25, 2012 at 4:13 PM | Permalink

          Yeah. If you like it, you’re following it.

  2. Shmarshy
    Posted September 24, 2012 at 8:12 AM | Permalink

    I know that this has (almost) nothing to do with this blog, but i felt i should share.
    I just pre-ordered the Pin-Up Calendar! Excitement!
    I just hope it manages to find its way to South Africa!
    Thanks for being awesome, Pat!

  3. Aerron
    Posted September 24, 2012 at 8:20 AM | Permalink

    I have it on good authority that the lovely Amanda has another batch of hats that is nearly ready to be turned into livestock.

    Just sayin’


  4. Rachel
    Posted September 24, 2012 at 8:37 AM | Permalink

    Where does the WorldBuilder money come from for the matching donations? Do people donate to that separately? Is it from the publisher? I’m sure this was covered once, but I couldn’t find it.

    • Marcus Cox
      Posted September 24, 2012 at 10:29 AM | Permalink

      If I’m not mistaken that would be Patrick’s check book.

      • Blarghedy
        Posted September 24, 2012 at 11:53 AM | Permalink

        That’s how I understand it… and he was caught by surprise the first time he did WorldBuilders, ’cause there was a LOT more money to match than he expected.

  5. Posted September 24, 2012 at 9:13 AM | Permalink

    Just to clarify – does a calendar purchase qualify us for the contest? I’ve already pre-ordered, I just like weighing my odds and wondering how many more goodies I need to gobble up from the Tinker’s Packs in my quest for a golden ticket.

    Many thanks for what you do, Pat.

    • Amanda
      Posted September 24, 2012 at 11:47 AM | Permalink

      Tinker’s Packs purchases don’t count toward the lottery. It’s our “sure thing” option, so instead of donating money to the team page and only HOPING to get something cool at random, you pay money and get something cool that you KNOW you want. All those proceeds go to Worldbuilders, so you can still feel all warm and fuzzy inside plus have a guaranteed package sent to your doorstep :)

  6. Posted September 24, 2012 at 9:52 AM | Permalink

    If we’re artists/illustrators/painters, is there anything we could donate or do? Donating a painting perhaps? Or is there something that needs designing? We like designing things. And painting things; especially for good causes.

    • Posted September 24, 2012 at 3:26 PM | Permalink

      You can drop us a line at….

      You guessed it: [email protected]

      • adam.7oews
        Posted September 24, 2012 at 5:09 PM | Permalink

        I not really clever that way..

      • IvoryDoom
        Posted September 25, 2012 at 11:33 AM | Permalink

        Is there by chance a deadline to contact Worldbuilders about items you’d like to donate for the event or will you be accepting donations through out and putting them up as they become available?

        • Posted October 1, 2012 at 5:58 AM | Permalink

          Sooner is better. But there’s no deadline.

          The worst that will happen is that we end up using it for next year….

  7. Neville Longbottom
    Posted September 24, 2012 at 9:55 AM | Permalink

    I’ll be patient.

    But I’m going to run around all higgledy-piggeldy about something today….

  8. Tait
    Posted September 24, 2012 at 6:04 PM | Permalink

    We’re in!

    Stuff will be coming late October/early November.

    Tait and Loren
    Esoteric Garage

  9. Bat Man
    Posted September 24, 2012 at 6:33 PM | Permalink

    What? Who told you my name? Where did you get that information? Tell me what I want to know, or the next time you find yourself getting mugged I might not be there.

    The Bat Signal! I must go.


    … Vanishing doesn’t have the same effect in text.

  10. drnaah
    Posted September 24, 2012 at 7:02 PM | Permalink

    Sounds like a damn fine way to spend some money. I’m in.

  11. Robo
    Posted September 24, 2012 at 9:05 PM | Permalink

    Just out of curiosity, how do they prepare the hand-bound books? Do they stretch the skin of one hand to cover the book or do they stitch several hands together?

  12. 214314
    Posted September 25, 2012 at 2:58 AM | Permalink

    I think I’ll throw in several volumes of TNOW in Chinese…
    I’ll write an email. :)

  13. ljkeats
    Posted September 25, 2012 at 7:15 AM | Permalink

    Typo in the first link

    “have extra foreign editions taking up shelf space, we’d love to make them available for non-English readers in The Thinker’s Packs.”

    Guessing that it should be The Tinker’s Pack, not “the Thinker’s Packs”?

    • Robo
      Posted September 25, 2012 at 11:02 AM | Permalink

      The Thinker packs, all right. Rodin wouldn’t have it any other way.

  14. AuttieB
    Posted September 25, 2012 at 12:55 PM | Permalink

    Will there be an option set up to do Worldbuilder donations as Christmas presents? My family and I discussed after last year and this is what we’re all getting one another.

  15. Mantra
    Posted September 25, 2012 at 9:26 PM | Permalink

    Looking forward to hearing how many emails you get from Batman.

    • Posted October 1, 2012 at 5:59 AM | Permalink

      We’ve gotten quite a few, actually.

  16. Jhou41
    Posted September 25, 2012 at 11:25 PM | Permalink

    I was really happy wen i found the Tinker’s Pack, i’m from Brazil and i’m really happy that my Eolian T-shirt has arrived, also very glad about in some way help Worldbuilders….

    Also… Pat i could swear that i saw you at chatroulette some months ago…

  17. QueenKatieMae
    Posted November 10, 2012 at 12:17 PM | Permalink

    Hey!!! I just got my calendar and it’s awesome! I tried to explain the concept to my husband, but he was too busy drooling over the drawings of gorgeous women. Anyway, thanks to all the book geeks for their support of Heifer International. (I think I tried to explain that part to my husband, but at that point he was comatose with delight.)

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