Friday, March 27, 2015

Calling All Authors

For my writer friends. Most in our community know of Colleen Hoover's generosity of spirit. But in case you missed it, I'm repeating a post from her fb page, where she calls for donations. Here is her post:

"If you are a writer, a reader, a poet or a human, read this post! You won’t regret it. If you make it to the bottom, there’s some exciting news that includes you!
If you haven’t heard of The Bookworm Box, a program I created for charity, you can go to our website and read all about it. It’s a cute little box filled with signed books and swag, and 100% of the profit after cost is donated to charity.
Want to know how well we did this month? 
First, let’s talk about last month. We opened sales for the first time on February 20th and sold out in less than four minutes, raising $11,000 for our selected charity. 
That’s pretty incredible. If I’m not mistaken, that’s almost $46 every second! 
This month, we decided to split the donation between two charities. One of the charities is the Lake Charles, Lousiana chapter of The American Heart Association in honor of Britta Campbell. The second charity is a non-profit organization called Hayden’s Heart. You can read more about these charities on our website. 
Now for the total raised this month! 
Ready for it? 
Here we go. Thanks to all of the support and boxes purchased, we were able to raise
That’s $4,000 more than last month!
It gets better, though, because $15,000 is actually the amount raised for EACH charity! 
That’s right. In a span of less than ten minutes, you guys helped raise a total of $30,000!!!
I can’t even tell you how excited and frightened we are about this. Excited, because $30k dollars!!! And frightened because…that means more work! And more books! And more merchandise! And more volunteers! How is my dining room table supposed to continue supporting this huge worm?
I’ve been running The Bookworm Box out of my home for the past two months with one gangly employee and several full-time volunteers. We’ve received thousands of books and even more merchandise, which is amazing. But now I have no more room. I announced last week that I was looking to lease a space so that I can bring in more volunteers and have a place to house this growing worm.
I’m excited to say we found the perfect spot in Sulphur Springs, Tx. Lots of storage space, a huge room for volunteers to assemble the boxes and even dressing rooms for people who…I don’t know…maybe like to have outfit changes in the middle of volunteering.
But the best part is, the front of the space faces the most adorable street on the town square. Which means we are taking The Bookworm Box to the next level!
It is now going to be an actual, physical bookstore! 100% of the proceeds from books sold in the bookstore will go to charity and we hope to bring in a lot of volunteers to help us make this happen.
I can’t be more excited about the part where you guys come in to play. I started out as an indie author and still have a couple of self-published ebook titles. I’m a huge supporter of indie authors and our bookstore will be a place where indies, hybrid and traditionally published are celebrated as one!
The Bookworm Box bookstore will only carry signed books, and since profit from the sales will be funded back into the charities, we are looking for donations from any and all authors. If you want to contribute one or two of your books to the bookstore, make sure they are signed and ship them to:
The Bookworm Box 
PO Box 1400
Sulphur Springs, Tx 75483
Please note, unless you indicate whether you want your book to be used in a bookworm box or the store, any signed books we receive will be used for either/or.
I can’t believe how this charity program has exploded and it’s all thanks to you guys for spreading the word. I’m going to ask you to do that once more, as I want any and all authors to read this so those who wish to contribute can do so. 
Facebook visibility increases with every like, comment and share, so feel free to contribute by doing any of those things. And if you know of an author who might want their book to be included in this amazing charity, tag them on this post!

Once again, we can’t explain how much we appreciate the support.#‎catsofinstagram #‎TheBookwormBox"

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