I know times are tough and writer-types are not rolling in dough, but I hope someone out there can help out three worthy causes.

Ottawa bookseller Collected Works looking for a buyer

Collected Works is a bookstore in Ottawa just west of the downtown core. It has been very good to Ottawa’s specfic community. But recently, owners Christopher and Craig posted to Facebook they are looking for a buyer. The price is only $1.00, but the new owner would need to take on liabilities. If they don’t have a buyer by December 24, they will be closing the store.
Times are tough and I hope a buyer can come through. I know it’s doubtful a buyer will see this post, but I’m asking if you’d please spread the word.

Help turn Michael Kelly’s Apparitions 2 from dream to reality

Michael Kelly, who has edited the Chilling Tales anthologies (Edge) and the dark fiction journal Shadows & Tall Trees (Undertow) is turning to Indiegogo to fund a second volume of Apparitions. The first volume was a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award.
Michael has already lined up stories from Glen Hirshberg, Kathe Koja, John Langan, Sarah Langan, Mark Morris, Reggie Oliver, M. Rickert and Simon Strantzas. If funds can be raised, there will also be an open reading period from Feb. 1–28, 2013. But Michael needs to hit his $5,000 goal by January 15, 2013.
Michael is an amazing editor and put together some great works. He’s also a great dude in his own right. Help him out?

fearfulEllen Datlow and ChiZine Publications team-up for a Kickstarter-funded anthology

Editor extraordinaire Ellen Datlow has turned to Kickstarter to fund a new horror anthology Fearful Symmetries. Set for publication in 2014, Ellen has tapped ChiZine Publications to produce the book.
“This project is close to my heart,” says Datlow, “which is why I’ve decided to appeal to the public through Kickstarter. And while I have a stable of writers whose work I love, I want to give a chance to new talent that I may not be aware of. I want them to write the stories they’ve always wanted to and perhaps couldn’t because there was no venue for them.”
This campaign has to raise $25,000 by January 10 for it to happen. I know that’s a lot, but it goes to editing, layout, design and production costs. And they’re offering some great pledge options. They’ve already raised about $5K as I write this, so they’re on their way but need your help.
Okay, I’ve asked for enough of your money. Even if you can’t spare anything this close to Christmas, please spread the word.