Author Donated Books….

Yesterday I wrote a blog about a little girl named Charlotte. About how she is holding an Geek-Themed internet concert on behalf of Worldbuilders, and encouraging people to sing.

Since then, her team page has raised over $10,000, and a lot of folks have been recording songs and uploading them to her playlist.

Thanks so much for showing her some love. She’s she’s come a long way from the 7-year-old girl who made a video because she wanted to raise $500 to buy a heifer back in 2014.

Which isn’t to say her first goal wasn’t admirable, given what a Heifer can do for a family:

(Did you see my awesome segue there?)

And as a reminder, every dollar in the fundraiser is being doubled. That means if you give enough for a family to receive a heifer, you’re not just going to improve their life forever. You’re effectively donating enough for two heifers, which means you’re twice as awesome, and you’re doing twice as much good in the world.

Also, have I mentioned that if you donate, you can win cool prizes? I’m pretty sure I might have brought that up a couple times over the last month.


Ever since I started Worldbuilders (accidentally) back in 2008, my brethren and sistren authors have been amazing in their support of the charity. They boost my signal on social media. They write blogs in support of Heifer, and perform silly stretch goals. They donate critiques and cameo appearances.

And, of course, they send us books we can give away to donors.

Without getting all maudlin here, it’s meant a lot to me over the years.

A lot of times…. well… I feel like I’m not a very good author. Don’t get me wrong, I know I’m good at putting words together. I’m good at telling stories. But I also know I’m kinda shit at doing those things on a consistent schedule.

To put it differently: I’m pretty good at writing, but I’m not very good at being a writer.

Despite this, I’ve met with a ridiculous amount of success. And that makes me feel like… well… it makes me feel like kind of an asshole. Because pretty much every other author I know is better at sitting down, producing text, and getting books out into the world than I am.

The fact that so many other authors come in and with this project…. It’s really kind. Authors whose books I love. Authors whose minds I admire and envy. Authors who consistantly do what I cannot. It’s so flattering that they would take time out of their busy lives to help.

And it’s more than flattering, really. And it makes me feel welcome. Like I’m really part of this community despite the fact that I only *barely* do enough to keep my union card.

Whatever their reasoning, I’m proud and excited that so many of them are willing to come and help out. This year we had over 40 different authors contributing to the fundraiser, donating well over 500 books.










(I’m horrified that I might have left someone’s name off the list. If I did leave your name off, I’m sorry. Please know that I still love you. I’m just so tired and frazzled at this point in the fundraiser. If it helps, know that I just now, in this final pass on the blog, saw that we’d left off Gaiman’s name. (I just added it.) So if anything, know that if we glitched on this list, you’re in the same brainspace I reserve for Neil, who I love and admire beyond all words.)

Some authors donated an entire series, so that a new reader would have everything they could want in one prize.


(Like Brent Weeks)


(Or Martha Wells)


(Or Kristen Britain)

A lot of our authors sent us a truly ridiculous number of books. We’re always happy to have a couple of books, especially because most authors who send us their books are going out and buying copies to send to us. Most folks are lucky to get a few author copies written into their publishing contracts, but those usually go to family and friends. What we get from authors is almost always above and beyond that.

We have shelves full of author donated books, and individual authors take up entire sections of our wall.


Like this shelf full of books from Brad Beaulieu.


Or this one full of cool stuff from Holly Black.


Or this practically-unknowable shelf of books from Paolo Baccigalupi.

If that wasn’t enough, some also sent rare, limited, or otherwise fancy editions that we’ve thrown into the lottery for you. We received ARCs, numbered editions, and books that have been out of print for a while. And a truly astonishing number of them to boot.


There are so many books that if I tried to show them all here, the blog would be twenty thousand words long, and… well… knowing me, I wouldn’t post it until 2018.

But you can see all of them if you go visit the Worldbuilders’ Lottery Library page….

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Only a few days left, folks. All of the auctions we’re going to have up are live, including some other author-donated books for those of you who don’t want to take your chances in the lottery.

Here’s the donation link, just in case you happen to need it for anything….

Be good to each other,


This entry was posted in a billion links, Worldbuilders 2016. By Pat13 Responses


  1. Posted December 14, 2016 at 7:31 AM | Permalink

    TIL “maudlin” (adj.) means “self-pityingly or tearfully sentimental, often through drunkenness.” It’s derived from the Old French Madeleine, from ecclesiastical Latin Magdalena. The sense of the adjective derives from allusion to pictures of Mary Magdalen weeping, either around the time of Lazarus’ death when Jesus wept or around the time of her mourning for Jesus himself.


    That’s why I think you’re a good author, Pat: you consistently teach me where others merely amuse me. Some authors keep me from thinking or make it harder to dig for insight. You help me entertain new thoughts immediately and that’s a different kind of author. I think I learn a new word almost every *blog* post.

    Maudlin. I’m going to savor that one.

    • Posted December 14, 2016 at 8:29 AM | Permalink

      I’m glad you like it. It’s a good word….

    • Karim
      Posted December 14, 2016 at 2:48 PM | Permalink

      This probably means you haven’t heard of My Maudlin Career, which is a fairly good band. Two birds, one stone.

    • Jess_malvalekker
      Posted December 17, 2016 at 4:45 PM | Permalink

      Oh, I have a related fact for you. In Oxford (UK) they have a lot of places named after Magdalen, and you can who is a local or a student by the fact that they pronounce the word as if it were “maudlin”.

      (P.S. This is my first comment on the blog – been a long time lurker and in the Twitch chat for a couple of years now so hello!)

  2. Mike Kremen
    Posted December 14, 2016 at 8:16 AM | Permalink

    I know we’re not there yet, but I’ve seen “all donation dollars are being doubled” a few times. Just curious, what happens after we pass $2 million?

  3. Laura Lilac
    Posted December 14, 2016 at 10:09 AM | Permalink

    Thank you so much to all of the generous authors! What a beautiful bounty.

    And – thank you, Pat. Thank you for caring so much about so much, and for giving all of us a well-doing direction to channel all of our passionate geekery through this fundraiser. Thank you for always being so honest, and so generous with sharing your truth, even when that means revealing your more fragile bits. It’s been a tough year for so many, and I know I myself am feeling brittle and weary. Your books bring me such delight and inspiration, and what you share of yourself–whether it’s anger, sorrow, determination, thoughtfulness or joy–kindles a sense of solidarity that is so welcome. Thank you for sharing your craft, your truth, and all of your incredible efforts. Very grateful for your you-ness.

  4. havfunonline
    Posted December 14, 2016 at 11:11 AM | Permalink

    Looks to me like you still forgot Neil Gaiman!

    • kkruit
      Posted December 14, 2016 at 3:46 PM | Permalink

      It’s there (at least now it is) but before the M’s.

  5. Hedgehog
    Posted December 14, 2016 at 12:14 PM | Permalink

    This is one of my favourite Worldbuilders ’16 blog posts. Not sure why.
    Also not sure why I feel like a douche for pointing this out: The Dyrk Ashton and Ernie Cline links got merged into one link.
    Pat, even though you write less quickly than some authors, I value you more than any of them. You’re the best.
    Go Worldbuilders!

  6. JeremyM
    Posted December 14, 2016 at 1:24 PM | Permalink

    Just got my donation in to take advantage of the doubling. Thanks so much for everything you and your team does Pat!! This has truly become one of my favorite times of the year because of this charity. It always manages to restore my faith in humanity and recharge me for the new year. I can’t help but get all squishy whenever I see a new blog pop up.

    Thank You!!!

  7. Jkalos
    Posted December 14, 2016 at 2:14 PM | Permalink

    You’re a good man, sir. And a lovely writer whose work I delight in reading, and don’t mind waiting for.

  8. Richard Dribble
    Posted December 22, 2016 at 1:42 AM | Permalink

    is that a hint? lol

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