#AuthorsForFireys guest blog: Nick Gadd

This entry is part 8 of 31 in the series #AuthorsForFireys firefighting fundraiser series

This guest blog is by Nick Gadd who is donating to the #AuthorsForFireys auction to raise money for the fire fighting effort here in Australia. The full set of #AuthorsForFireys interviews and guest blogs will be here as soon as they are published.

Nick Gadd says:

I’m a Melbourne novelist, essayist and blogger. Like everyone, I’ve been horrified by the impact of the bushfires. A good friend of mine has lost her house in Mallacoota, and we’ve all seen the scary and heartbreaking images on the news.

I’m participating in #AuthorsForFireys because it seems like a creative way that authors can make an additional contribution on top of our own personal donations.

I’m auctioning a hardback first edition of my new novel Death of a Typographer – the hardback has sold out so you won’t find it in the shops. The Age called it “Clever, stylish and very funny.” It’s a beautiful book with design by Stephen Banham, one of the country’s top designers. He’s picked out more than 30 fonts for the internal pages and created a cover in the style of 1960s Penguin books. The book is a stylish artefact for anyone who appreciates design. I’m going to sign a copy for the top bidder and write them a personalised font joke. I’ll also match whatever their donation is with one of my own.

You can find me on my website nickowriter.com and on Facebook as well as Twitter.

Nick Gadd’s offer

I’m auctioning a hardback copy of Death of a Typographer for #authorsforfiries #AuthorsforFireys. Beautifully designed book, I’ll sign it and write you a personalised font joke. #typography.

Update: new donation information.

As originally wanted by @EmilyGale and @NovaWeetman, this fundraiser is now officially for ALL fire services in Australia. The official Authors For Fireys Website will be updated accordingly. Winning bidders or auctioning authors can nominate funds to the fire service of their choice. #AuthorsForFireys.

Want to know if this is legit?

Yes, it is legit. The whole community — Australian and global — is rallying together to support Australian firefighters, wildlife recuse and bushfire victims. Here are some reports on this effort.

Fundraiser information from Emily Gale

The #AuthorsForFireys auction is taking place only on Twitter from Monday 6th January. It ends at 11pm AEST on Saturday 11th January. Scores of authors, illustrators and book industry people will host their own individual auction under the hashtag #AuthorsForFireys. (Also #AuthorsForFiries and now #AuthorsForWildlife). Bids will take place on each tweet. At the end, the highest bidder donates the amount directly to the firefighters fund or the Wildlife fund. After receiving proof of donation, Authors will dispatch or arrange delivery of the goods/services.

Items up for auction include signed books, original illustrations, one-off fan-art and craft, unique gifts and manuscript critiques for writers.

There is a supporting site, explaining how it works, at this address: https://authorsforfireys.wixsite.com/website.

Given the $18million fundraiser (and climbing, thanks Celeste Barber) for the NSW RFS this week, proceeds from the fireys’ auction are going to the CFA (Victoria).

Death of a typographer by Nick Gadd 

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