All Things Writerly: Jeff’s Novel in New York City
As you may or may not know, I am returning to New York City this June for many reasons, chief among them being an agent search. I’ll be attending several events, conferences, workshops, readings, and personal one-on-one agent meetings with the hope of FINALLY finding a home for my first born novel, Dead Facebook Friends, a ghost story that involves a school shooting prompted by a social media mishap gone too far, as told by a journalist interviewing not only the ones left behind, but those who did not survive the massacre. I will also be workshopping my new novel, Dead Week, a slasher parody that takes place on the coldest week of the year on a small college campus right before winter finals, as told by the rotating cast of a campus tabloid queen with little-to-no journalistic integrity, a tenure-track professor who is sleeping with his students, and the man who dons a clown mask at night and stalks the town.
The tentative game plan is to attend the Writer’s Hotel in Manhattan for a week, meet up with some agents and friends and couch-hop for a while, and then return to the Sarah Lawrence College Seminar for Writers for a week. I will also be continuing said writerly adventures after the conferences conclude and will be staying through July. That being said, all the scholarships in the world could not fully fund such shenanigans. And that’s where you all come in.
(Begin shameless plug.) At the suggestion of my editors I’ve set up a GoFundMe campaign, which is apparently all the rage with youngsters in the art world nowadays. I am trying my best to raise as much money through this as possible, in order to off-set some of the finances still needed to pursue my dream and make it an actual real-life possibility. Publication is the end goal, and this is the best shot I’ve ever had at reaching said goal. Any donation is helpful, even if it is a dollar. Another way to help would be to forward this email to anyone/everyone you may know who might be interested in donating and/or continuing to forward the original message and its link. Or blasting it on social media. After all, that is how crowdfunding was first created.
Here is the link: http://www.gofundme.com/jeffhillwriter
I greatly appreciate all of the help and support from all of you over the years. And as much as I do not like campaigns like this out of sheer principle, I understand that there is a reason people set them up in the first place: they work. As the artist Amanda Palmer once said, “American culture in particular has instilled in us the bizarre notion that to ask for help amounts to an admission of failure. But some of the most powerful, successful, admired people in the world seem, to me, to have something in common: they ask constantly, creatively, compassionately, and gracefully. And to be sure: when you ask, there’s always the possibility of a no on the other side of the request. If we don’t allow for that no, we’re not actually asking, we’re either begging or demanding. But it is the fear of the no that keeps so many of our mouths sewn tightly shut.” She’s a pretty neat gal and wildly successful in her own right, so I’ll take a page (or at least a quote) from her book and give it a whirl.
So there you have it. A long-winded way of saying thank you all, giving a quick update, asking for a little help, and then saying thank you all yet again. Brevity is hard for us would-be novelist types. Some writer I turned out to be. Ha.
But seriously, though. It is with the utmost sincerity and, for once, not a single ounce of snark or sarcasm, that I say to you all, thank you.