Press Release

Author Group Runs Fundraiser to
Benefit Border Family Reunification

Auctions feature signed books, writing critiques, exclusive items,
and more with all proceeds going to charity

Authors for Families is a collective of authors and publishing professionals who raise funds to benefit organizations helping with border family reunification (known commonly as #FamiliesBelongTogether). Their website at www.authorsforfamilies.org offers a range of unique auction items and services from the authors, with all proceeds going to five different organizations including RAICES, CASA, Women’s Refugee Commission, and Kids in Need of Defense. The group has raised over $8,000 since summer 2018, and the January auction features offerings from 39 authors across many genres.

The fundraiser was founded by a group of 2019 debut novelists led by Kris Waldherr, whose debut, THE LOST HISTORY OF DREAMS, launches in April 2019. The group has since snowballed to include established authors, editors, and literary agents and is currently under the direction of a fellow 2019 debut author Sarah J. Sover. “The website was born out of the idea that creatives might be able to contribute to family reunification in a unique and effective way,” says Waldherr after noting a common feeling among the several online debut author communities. “We realized that as published authors, we have items writers and readers may want. Auctioning these as a fundraiser simply seemed like the right thing to do.”

The January auction includes more than fifty listings ranging from rare signed copies of soon-to-publish books to query letter and manuscript critiques as well as more specialized offerings. “We are overwhelmed by the positive reception this initiative has received,” says Sover, who plans to make the auction a quarterly happening. “This is our way of taking action, of showing support to the organizations combating horrific wrongs at our borders. The response from the writing community gives us hope.”

For more information and to see all auction listings, visit www.authorsforfamilies.org

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About Authors for Families

Authors for Families is comprised of traditionally published authors from the debut-author communities of Authors 18, Debut Authors 19, and Novel 19s. The group is 100% volunteer effort, and all proceeds from auctions and fundraisers will go directly to supported organizations. For more information, visit www.authorsforfamilies.org.

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