So, I was thinking today of all that happened in 2017, and my journey of becoming a published author. My intention of writing The Wish, and then having it turn into a 4 book series was always meant to be for the pure entertainment of my own kids. But, when I found a publisher who believed not only in me but my story, I became ecstatic! And one thing hasn’t changed from the beginning either, I never wrote for monetary gains. I feel very lucky to have the life I have, from my wonderfully supportive husband and 6 children to a job I love and of course, all of our good health. These are all things money could NEVER buy. That’s not to say we don’t have bills and debt, but in the grand scheme of things, we are lucky. With that thought in mind, I set out on a goal to help others through my writing. I outlined those that could benefit from my writing and discovered 2 ways I could support 2 very important areas: schools/students and organizations. I’ve developed a campaign to benefit schools by offering free author visits that were developed using the Common Core Standards. My visits are educational, informative and interactive and fun. Teachers have used my visits during their editing and revisions curriculum, which has proven to be an eye-opening experience for students to hear the trials and tribulations an author goes through in the publishing process. But, in addition, they see the same obstacles they face in writing mirror my own in many ways.
The second campaign I became passionate about was to some how benefit organizations that cater to children in need. In 2017, I committed 100% of ALL proceeds I earned in book sales to be donated to Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope, an organization that supports children diagnosed with cancer and other life threatening illnesses. For 2018, I’ve continued my vision of supporting others by deciding to donate 100% of all book proceeds to go to St. Jude’s Hospital. This is an absolutely remarkable hospital that never charges a penny for its treatment and care of children. How can anyone NOT want to support such an organization. My hope is that book sales for 2018 will continue to increase so that St. Jude’s can benefit from my sales. I ask that you continue to share my information in your social media circles and consider purchasing a copy of The Wish in support of St. Jude’s Hospital.
Finally, teachers, when I’m booked for an author’s visit (I also Skype), I will include free book markers and personalized autographed posters for your students. I’ve only added one stipulation to my free visits, that is that you commit and order 10 books. Yep, that’s it! Schools/teachers have been some of my biggest supporters and their support through book orders will be passed onto St. Jude’s Hospital for 2018!
My hope is that each of you have a healthy, happy new year filled with joy, surprises and magic!
Til next week….