And the final count is…

January 14, 2011 at 8:09 pm (Book Collection) (, , , , )

3,320 books!!!

Take a moment to pat yourself on the back, we did an awesome job, Pittsburgh!

It would have been great to get to 5,000, but let me tell you, I’m not sure 5,000 books would have fit in my house.  Take a look at the 74 boxes stacked in my kitchen awaiting pick up:

UPS came and picked the books up yesterday, so they’re off to Better World Books to be counted and sorted.  NaNoWriMo has yet to announce the book drive winners as far as I know (and I would hope they’d let all of us coordinators know!), but I’ll let you know if we win anything.

Once again I wanted to thank all my wonderful, wonderful volunteers. Jenn, Bryon, Casey, Stevie, Mike, and everyone else, you were amazing!

Go Pittsburgh!

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Spread the book driving word

October 31, 2010 at 2:09 pm (Book Collection) (, , , , , )

Fellow Pittsburgh Wrimos, we’re on the cusp of our great literary adventure through November!

That means late nights of coffee-fueled writing mania, plot holes bigger than the Liberty Tunnel, characters that won’t leave you alone, and the Great Pittsburgh NaNoWriMo Book Drive!  So far, we have collected about 250 books of our goal of 5,000.  We’re doing great so far, and I expect our book collecting volume to increase as we head into Nano month.  The book drive runs until December 15, so we have a little bit more time to reach our 5,000 book goal than we do our 50,000 word goal!

If we break it down into Nano terms, we have 45 days to collect 5,000 books.  That means we need to collect 112 books per day to meet our goal.  Compared to 1,667 words per day, that seems like a piece of cake, right?

And it will be, with your help!  Even if you can only hang one flier, that’s a bunch more people that will learn about the book drive that maybe otherwise wouldn’t have heard about it.  If each of us hangs just one flier, we can post nearly 1,500 fliers throughout Pittsburgh.  If 10 people see each flier, 15,000 people will hear about the drive.  Only 33% of them need to donate one book for us to meet our goal.

So head on over to Fliers, print one out and hang it up at your favorite hangout before you dive into your latest novel!  Once you’ve done that, copy and paste the template email on the same page into a blank email and send it to everyone on your email list.

Happy Noveling, Pittsburgh!

-Kelly

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