Ben Eads, a dear friend of mine, someone who has helped so, so many in our community (writers and Presses) without asking anything in return, needs help.
If you’re lucky enough to know Ben, you already know what a great man he is. A talented writer and generous editor. A man with a kind heart. Willing to help writers out. Will gladly, without question, bust his ass for free because he believes in you and your talent. Regardless who you are, Ben will make time to offer guidance, experience, support and friendship.
Now, through no fault of his own and despite all his sincere, consistent efforts over many months to change the situation, he’s in very serious financial straits. And this is where we can help.
Here’s his PayPal address: BENLEADS@GMAIL.COM Please consider doing what you can. The smallest amount could make the biggest difference. Seriously, $5, $10, $2 … it doesn’t matter. Whatever you can give will get him through the next two weeks and put food in the fridge for him and his ailing mother.
Again, I’ve never done this — and Ben didn’t ask me to do this — but I know how much he’s done for this community, how much he’s done for other writers and Presses and friends, and how desperately he needs help.
He’s paid it forward for so long. I think it’s now time he got a little back.