Publitariat are in dire straits and needs your help

The editor of Publetariat posted a plea this morning. She’s in dire need of funds, and I’m hoping you can help. You can donate money to by visiting through Paypal (the link is at the end and also on her blog).

Here’s her post:

I am in desperate straits, and as a result, so is Publetariat.

In March of this year I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Two days later my husband announced he was leaving me, and did. We would’ve been married 19 years last month. The small business we used to run together, which was our family’s primary source of income, is now a thing of the past and has been for months. I’m trying to sell off what’s left of its assets, but in this economy buyers are scarce. To say I’m struggling to make ends meet for myself and my two children doesn’t quite cover it. The bank is preparing to foreclose; I and my children are facing homelessness.

Before the business, I was a software engineer. I still have considerable skills in that area, but again, the economy is killing me. Too many people are out of work, and many of them have fresher or broader skill sets than I do. I am trying to make a go of freelancing, and you may have noticed I’ve tried to run more advertising on the Publetariat site, too. It’s not enough.

This morning when I booted up my computer and immediately went to check Publetariat to make sure it’s up and running normally, as I always do, it occurred to me that if I lose my home I probably won’t be able to keep running Publetariat and its sister sites. Then it occured to me that Publetariat’s audience would probably be very disappointed if this happens.

And it further occurred to me that Publetariat’s audience numbers in the tens of thousands, and if each one of them were to pitch in just one dollar, it could keep my children and I—and therefore, Publetariat—afloat for a few more months, while I try to get more work and make other financial arrangements.

So please…if you’ve found anything helpful, informative or entertaining on this site over the past two years, if its content has inspired you to keep going when you were ready to quit, solved a problem for you or answered your questions…if it has saved you a dollar’s worth of time, effort or worry, please donate that dollar now. If you can afford more, it will be much appreciated. And those of you outside the U.S. – your foreign currencies are welcome too, and will be automatically converted to U.S. funds.

If you find yourself in such financial difficulties of your own at this time that you really can’t spare even one dollar—and I know there are far too many in those circumstances right now—, please at least spread the word by sharing this link on Twitter, Facebook, your blogs and sites: Is Publetariat worth a dollar to you?

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

1 Comment

  1. April L. Hamilton16 December, 2010

    Thanks very much for sharing this with your audience. Donations are trickling in, and I really do appreciate every single dollar.

    I probably should’ve put my plea out earlier, before things got quite so desperate, but I know plenty of people are out of work and struggling. I wanted to exhaust all other possibilities before resorting to passing the hat.

    Again, thanks to you and your audience for helping to spread the word, and thanks also to everyone who’s donated.


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