“It seems almost every player — publishers, search engines, libraries, pirates and even some scholars — is vying for position at authors’ expense… The value of copyrights is being quickly depreciated, a crisis that hits hardest not best-selling authors like me, who have benefited from most of the recent changes in bookselling, but new and so-called midlist writers.“
As often happens at times like this, we are turning to you, the readership, and asking for help. Christopher Golden reports: “Rick’s sudden death could not have been more untimely. The life of a freelance writer is often one lived on the fringes of financial ruin, and Rick struggled mightily to stay afloat in recent years. Just within the last couple of months, that struggle became difficult enough that he could not afford to continue paying his life insurance bill, and allowed it to lapse.” To make matters worse, Rick’s social security benefits are not available to his wife, author Holly Newstein Hautala, until three years from now. If you were a fan of Rick’s work, or perhaps an author who he inspired, and you’d like to help the family with his final costs, you can donate directly via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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2013 – Deadite Press – All proceeds will go to Tom Piccirilli
As you all know by now, Tom Piccirilli is battling brain cancer. We raised over $23,500 for him via IndieGoGo, but now that the campaign is over, people are wondering how they can continue to contribute. You can donate money to Tom via PayPal to PicSelf1@aol.com. Tom starts six weeks of chemo and radiation treatments next week. The pills he will have to take for the rest of his life cost $14,000 a month. Luckily, they’ve been accepted into a program that will help pay for those. But as you can imagine, they can still use your help.
As previously noted, author Tom Piccirilli is battling brain cancer. The disease is aggressive, but so is Tom. Although the surgery was a success, he has a very long fight ahead of him. There are five ways that readers, fans, friends, and peers can help.
1. You can donate money directly via this fundraiser on IndieGoGo. The fundraiser has been set up by Tom’s niece. All proceeds will go directly to Tom.
2. You can purchase one of his digital books published by Crossroads Press. From now until the end of the year, they are waiving their percentage, and 100% of the sales will go to Tom.
3. You can donate money immediately via PayPal to Tom’s sister-in-law. This money will help Tom’s wife Michelle with living expenses now (as the fundraiser money won’t be available until the end of October). See the Donate button at the top of this page.
4. Following the lead of Crossroads Press, Chi Zine Publications have announced that until the end of the year, 100% of the sales for the digital edition of Tom’s Every Shallow Cut will also go directly to the author.
5. For the month of October, all proceeds from the sales of Fantastic Stories of the Imagination will be donated to Tom.
As some of you know, Tom Piccirilli hasn’t been feeling himself lately — headaches, vision problems, etc. He was admitted into the hospital Thursday after undergoing an MRI. On Friday, Tom learned that that the culprit is a brain tumor. He’ll be undergoing surgery this Monday to have the tumor removed, followed by weeks of chemo and radiation treatments.
Tom has been one of my best friends for the last fifteen years. I call him big bro. He calls me little bro. It’s meant, on both our parts. In an industry where people turn on you on a dime, Tom stands rock solid. I can’t think of anyone more mutually beloved by our peers than Tom is. I’m sure there will be a Kickstarter put together soon enough to help with his medical bills, but until then, I’d appreciate if ALL OF YOU could purchase something by Tom. He’s written crime, horror, westerns, bizarro, and more. (See below).
UPDATE: Here are two ways you can help Tom.