I’ve volunteered in fan organizations a couple of times, and it is a hard job, made harder by freeloaders who feel entitled because of their “special” love for the literature. Being a desperate writer is nothing special either, unless we use our powers to help others in our community.
For genre writers such as me, the best online market resource is Ralan’s. This guy keeps up this website and offers it to the public for free. It’s a lot of work and he has some expenses that make it difficult to keep up.
So, writers and friends of the obsessed, instead of watching that movie or buying that next book, donate to Ralan’s.