Like most authors, I love to support my local arts organizations and sometimes fantasize about writing a big check to endow an alliance, sponsor a scholarship, or underwrite a performance. Unfortunately, I am not at the big-check level of success, but that doesn’t mean I can’t contribute in my own way.
To benefit the Newark Arts Alliance, and its upcoming Bohemian Night fundraiser, I offered to put together a box of books by Delaware authors. It’s an easy way to help the area arts scene and to promote work by writers living and working in the state.
How complicated is it to put together a box of books for donation? Not complicated at all!
First, you buy an attractive box:
Second, you contact writers who have benefited from the work of the arts group. You remind them of all the good works and ask for a donated book–autographed, if possible–to support the group and its plans for the future.
I used email (bcc!) to reach out to my author contacts. After the initial go via email, I made a follow-up announcement on Facebook in case I’d missed anyone. I kept all communication private. Not all authors can contribute or respond to every request, and no one likes a guilt trip.
Next step: Once the books start rolling in, store in the box. If you are like me, you cannot simply stack books in a box. I employed the doily method of prettying up the book box.
When all of the books are gathered, add a few extra goodies, such as blank journals, a collection of vintage area postcards, some note cards created by area artists.
Finally, arrange in an irresistible display for the silent auction goers.