For those that have, or are about to, signed up to participate as authors in the 3rd Annual Dzanc Books Write-a-Thon, here is a good example of a sample letter that one of our participants from the past has used, emailing it all of her family and friends, and she's raised quite a bit of money in each of the two years:
I have decided to participate in the Dzanc Books Write-A-Thon which
will take place September 1st through the 4th. I plan to spend XXXXX
hours on those days, writing, only taking breaks to eat and other necessities.
Not only will it be a treat for me to have a dedicated time for my writing, but hopefully this will also benefit Dzanc. Dzanc is a wonderful non-profit independent publishing company that supports literary magazines, small presses, and publishes fantastic work. Also, Dzanc funds writing programs in public schools in both Michigan and New York, and is looking for funding to expand beyond those states, where creative writing classes are not offered. They also sponsor the Dzanc Prize which benefits not only the writer awarded it, but pays for a community based project like writing workshops in prisons, cancer centers, or working with immigrant populations.
I would be honored if you would sponsor my writing this year. Your dollars will help Dzanc Books to continue to support great writing and foster the creative talent of public school kids. If you'd like to pitch in, please click on the following link which will take you to a page where you can make a donation: http://dzancbooks.org/writeathon/
Thanks for your time!
P.S. If you would like to get involved in the Write-A-Thon, please email Dan Wickett at firstname.lastname@example.org."