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Support the Community

A push toward small, locally owned establishments has become more mainstream in the last five years. I support this movement, because the individuals behind small businesses are often passionate, hardworking people that by default enrich the community around them.

This statement couldn’t be more true for Patty Cryan, owner of Annie’s Book Stop of Worchester. She has owned the book store for the past three years and in that time has become a well-loved member of the literary community. Her support of local authors is stalwart and her dedication toward horror writers specifically deserves mention.

Due to unforeseen medical expenses, Patty needs help from her community, our community. Please consider donating toward an establishment and a business owner who has so passionately supported those around her. Even a small amount would help.

If you cannot donate, please share this post with those who can. There are four days left of the fundraiser, and this Totemite would love to see Patty reach her goal.

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With Regard to Donations

On the right side-panel you may have noticed something new: a DONATE button. A few people have asked us about it, so I figured it’d be a good idea to discuss it a bit.

Asking for donations is a tricky thing. Many people view it as a symbol of a failed business model, or worse, a scam. I understand that. I’ve seen e-zines asking for donations when they don’t pay a dime to their contributors. They’ll sight hosting costs or some other such cost that we all know is so minimal that it in no way justifies asking for donations. If you can’t afford less than $100 a year for hosting costs and domain registration, you have no business calling yourself a publisher.

Over the years, countless people have wanted to donate to us, but I always turned them down. Thanks, but no thanks, you know. I truly appreciate the gesture, that people like what we do so much that they want to contribute to our continued existence, but I didn’t want to take handouts. That’s how I saw it—handouts.

But recently someone said to me, “It’s not a handout, you dork, it’s a thank-you. It’s my way of saying thanks.”

That comment, as you can imagine, made me very grateful. And the more I thought about it, the more I understood it. I’ve donated to Apex for the same reason. I donated to John Skipp’s recent push to get Rose made (though unfortunately it failed in the end). I also donated to By Blood Alone’s recent campaign to raise funds to finish mixing and mastering their new album, Thunderbirds. I buy everything certain small-press publications or bands/musicians put out, even if it’s something I may not be too interested in. Why? As a thank-you, as a way to help support and contribute to their continued success.

So I get it. Thus, we now have a DONATE button. And I’d be lying if I said donations wouldn’t help us.

But I wanted to take it a step further. I’ve decided to match from my personal savings 10% of all donations we receive and donate it to Duotrope. Most of us use Duotrope, but few of us donate to them. I have in the past, but probably not enough. Yet for years, numerous times per week, I’ve used the service they provide for free. Seems wrong to me. So I want to give something back as well.

As always, the best way to support Shock Totem and our authors is to buy our magazines, but if you want to support us monetarily, you now have that option. And if you do, please know that we humbly and greatly appreciate it.

Thank you!

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