Wednesday, July 3, 2019

IN THE BOSTON GLOBE on July 4, 2019 #AuthorsAgainstBorderAbuse + updates

Graphic created by Jenna Blum 
THANKS to the Boston Globe article and your incredible response and efforts,  #authorsagainstborderabuse is 125+ strong. See list below for authors donating consultation or Book Club virtual visit time in exchange for clients' donations to organizations fighting kids in cages and border abuse. (ACLU, RAICES, PenAmerica + others.) 

UPDATE (7.21.19): In two weeks, we are closing in on $8000. raised of our initial $10k goal so far, with a real potential to raise $30+K.

Note: Authors (writers, and everyone) unable to engage in a consultation may donate $100 or more to one of the orgs working against border abuses and will be listed under Key Supporters. Please email me your donation receipt to: Jessicakeener1(AT) This can also be a team donation of $100 or more and I'll list your team's name. THANK YOU!

Answers to commonly asked questions: 
1) Can clients give to an organization they favor? YES.
2) Must the consult take place in July? Not at all. You can book your consults (one-hour consults for $100/hr for total of 3 consults max) months from now, but please go ahead and donate to the organizations NOW. 
3) Is it too late if you are an author and want to donate your writing/editing/biz expertise? It’s never too late. DM me and go for it.
4) Once the client shares the receipt w/the author for the consult (via email), what's next?  Book your consult. Authors will let me know the amount of their clients' donations so I can track our total raised. No need to send the receipt to me. 
5) Why will a client enlist an author? Example scenarios: To get help tweaking a letter to an agent or feedback on part of a novel, memoir, short story or essay, or proposal; also, BOOK CLUBS can BOOK AN AUTHOR to visit (via skype/conference call or in person if local) in exchange for a $100/hr donation. 
6) How do clients find authors? Find authors on Facebook, Instagram,Twitter, and author websites, which typically have contact info. 
7) Clients: consultations can take place on the phone or via email. Geography is not important. 
8) Clients: When an author is booked up, I will mark "booked" next to the author's name on this list, so you can seek a consult with others on the list. 
9) More questions?  I'll continue to address them and update.  

AUTHORS:  We are novelists, essayists, memoirists, journalists, playwrights, poets, short story writers, NYT Bestsellers, award-winners in every genre. Thank you for making this happen:
Heather Abel
Bethany Ball
Jennifer Banash
Sage Blackwood
Ellen Baker    BOOKED
Karen E. Bender
Sheila Blanchette
Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg
Jenna Blum BOOKED
Gayle Brandeis
Jennifer S. Brown
Jennifer Joan BillockBOOKED
Andi Buchanan
Chris Cander
Cassandra Carr
Meg Waite Clayton
Diane Lopresti Chamberlain   BOOKED
Jon Clinch
Tish Cohen
Paula Coomer
Gemma Cooper-Novack
Jeanine CumminsBOOKED
Ed Davis
Anita Diamant 
Ronlyn Domingue
Kimberly Elkins
Pamela Erens
Kris Faatz
Amy Ferris
Lucy Ferriss
Barbara Fischkin
Patry Francis
Gina Frangello
Dreama Frisk
Lisa Genova
Alex George
Elizabeth George
Steven Gillis
Lisa Gornick
Amy Gottlieb
Heather Gudenkauf
Lise Haines
Jennifer Haupt
Amy HempelBOOKED
Billie HintonBOOKED
Erica Jong
Lesley Kagen
Marjan Kamali
Jessica Keener
Beth Kephart BOOKED
Crystal L. King
Anne Korkeakivi
Sandra Lambert BOOKED
Holly LeCraw
Caroline Leavitt BOOKED
Marie Myung-OK Lee
Marianne Leone
Larry Lindner
Jessica Lipnack
Judy L. MandelBOOKED
Bianca Marais
Louise Marburg
Alex Marzano-Lesnevich BOOKED 
Eric McNulty
Ellen Meeropol
Roland Merullo
Elena Mikalsen
Lisa MartinBOOKED
William Martin
Susan Merrell BOOKED
Roland Merullo
Randy Susan Meyers
Kate Milliken
Angela Mitchell
Maria Mutch
Amy Sue NathanBOOKED
Eva Lesko Natiello
Ruth Nemzoff 
Maryanne O'hara
Amy Phillips Penn
Peg Alford Pursell
Virginia Pye BOOKED
Dawn Raffel
Holly Robinson
Roxana Robinson
Amy Rogers
Renee Rosen 
Bev Katz Rosenbaum
Roger Rosenblatt
Jordan Rosenfeld
Elizabeth Rosner
Carolyn Roy-Bornstein
June Sylvester Saraceno
Rabbi Sandy Sasso
Whitney Scharer
Linda Schreyer
Suzanne Strempek Shea
Amy Shearn
Jacqueline Sheehan
Masha Shukovich
Priscille Sibley
Douglas Silver
Ed Simon
Julie Skinner
Jason Skipper
Leora Skolkin-Smith
Gina Sorell
Cindy Lynn Speer
Rene Steinke
Emily Strelow
Alexandra Styron
Rosie Sultan
Grace Talusan
Jean Trounstine
Mary Volmer
Alison Wallis
Brooke Warner
Linda K. Wertheimer
Mary Vensel White
Joan WilkingBOOKED
Ellen Marie Wiseman
Mark Wisniewski
Julie Wu
Steve Yarbrough
Kathleen Yearwood
Danielle Younge-Ullman
Peter Zheutlin
Zoe Zolbrod


  1. I don't do consultations, but I will have a book sale and send all July profits to RAICES.

  2. Working on memoir collection of essays. Is there an author you recommend for this consult?

    1. If you are on FB/Twitter/Insta--you can DM me there and I'll see how I can help you. Thanks. Jessica Keener

  3. Jessica, Please add me to the list of authors. Jacqueline Sheehan. Let me know if I've been added and I'll post on FB.

    1. Hi. How did I miss this? Pls get in touch via FB. Thanks.

  4. Hello Jessica,
    I would like to join your list of authors donating consults. I will post it when you add me. Thank you for doing this!!
    Judy Mandel

    1. Hi Judy. Glad you are on board. Pls DM me on FB if you can.

  5. Hi I pm-ed you on Facebook, I'd like to be on the authors list- kathleen Yearwood