From the Heart –

I’m always excited whenever I receive a new book or magazine that has something I’ve written in it–and receiving this wonderful anthology was no different. When I unwrapped the package of copies that arrived in the post today I actually gasped a little bit — From the Heart – A Collection of Stories and Poems from the Front Lines of Parenting is a simply beautiful book and photos of its cover don’t do it justice.

More important than the cover, of course, is the content. It’s packed full of short essays, poems, and personal vignettes about people’s personal parenting experiences–and from what I’ve read so far, I’m excited to read more. Its editor, Beth N. Davis, did a great job . . . . So yes, a very fun day for me. I’m looking forward to adding From the Heart to my rainy-stormy-crazy-weather to-read pile (Bring it on, Northcoast October, bring it on!).

The piece I have in From the Heart is “Simple Things” — a short essay about, if you can believe it, cud. Yes, you read that correctly: cud, “the stuff, like grass and stuff, that a cow chews and swallows and then regurgitates–that’s barfs up–and chews again for a long, long time . . .” Of course it might not just be about cud. You’ll have to die curious or buy the book! 😉

If you’d like to read more about the anthology, its authors, or the great cause its profits go to support, click on the cover picture within this post and explore the From the Heart website. There’s a buy-it-now link should you be interested in adding the collection to your collection.

Happy writing and reading, everyone.

Cheers,
Ev

p.s. I’ll be drawing for kc dyer’s books, FACING FIRE and THROUGH THE WINDOW on Friday, October 15, so if you haven’t already, comment in the post just prior to this one and get entered in the draw!

From The Heart . . .

Dear All:

A few months ago I came across a call for submissions from Write for Charity and their anthology, From the Heart. I was happy to have the essay I sent accepted–it’s great to be part of a good cause. If you’re looking for some great summer reading–from a book that will help kids get the medical care they need–maybe consider purchasing a copy. 🙂 And now, without further ado, I’ll let them explain a little more about the book.

Q: Tell me a little bit about this project.

A: From the Heart is the brainchild of the ladies at Write for Charity. After finding out that her youngest daughter needed surgery, our chief editor, Beth Davis, felt a driving urge to make a difference in the lives of children, particularly sick children. The idea of writing a book for charity had been thrown around our office for some time, but she jumped in with both feet to get it moving.

Understanding that writing a book in a short period of time would be an unrealistic task, the ladies went full steam ahead in search of collaborators. They searched magazines, the blogosphere and writers groups from around the country for the best and brightest writing talent they could find, extending invitations as they went. After sorting through over 300 submissions over the course of several months, From the Heart was born. The book is a creative collaboration of nearly 100 different stories and poems from all aspects of parenting. July 1st was the kickoff to our 90 Day Challenge and we’ve been moving ahead with book sales ever since!

Q. What is the 90 Day Challenge?

A: The 90 Day Challenge is a book sales drive that represents a goal that we set for ourselves and the collaborative authors who are choosing to participate. The goal is to jumpstart sales of From the Heart in the first 90 days by selling 10,000 copies of the book and raising a large lump sum of money for charity immediately.

The book is currently only available for sale on our website at http://www.writeforcharity.com, but it will be available at many other retail locations following the 90 Day Challenge.

Q: Why not make it available through a national distribution channel during your 90 Day Challenge?

A: We elected to sell the book at http://www.writeforcharity.com during 90 Day Challenge and wait to distribute the book into bookstores like Barnes and Noble and Borders and on website like Amazon.com due to the costs associated with a distributor. By selling the book on our website, we are able to control in house costs, raise profit margins and, in turn, donate more money to our selected charities.

Q. Who will benefit from this project?

A: The desire to contribute to children’s charities has driven this project from the very beginning. Since the minute we decided to publish this book, we knew that children’s hospitals and juvenile disease research foundations would be the beneficiaries when it came to fruition. All of the profits from this book will be split between various Children’s Hospitals and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Center.

Q: So, 100% of proceeds from this project go to charity?

A: One hundred percent of profits will go to our selected charities. Obviously with a project like this, you have printing costs, but other than that, we have committed all of the funds to our selected charities. Our authors have donated their work, our editors have donated their time and our graphics people have donated their talent. We are very lucky to have such a wonderful group of talented people involved in this project. For a list of contributors, visit http://www.writeforcharity.wordpress.com/the-authors.

Q: Tell us something we don’t know about your project.

A: Well, the biggest thing would definitely have to be the caliber of our contributors. We have several nationally recognized writers in our group of nearly 80 contributors and many of our contributors have been featured in nationally distributed publications, on popular websites or on television. Their willingness to donate their work to our cause is admirable and I know that everyone who reads this volume will enjoy their poems and stories. Together with our contributors, we have begun a grassroots effort to raise funds for our wonderful charities that is growing by the day. Their eagerness to help get the word out about the book is admirable and we appreciate their support.

Q: What’s it in for me to support this project?

A: The charity situation on a national level has taken a severe beating as of late. Many incidents of run ins with unsavory “charities” have appeared in the media in the past several years. Many individuals and companies have completely lost trust in those trying to do good work because of a few “bad eggs.”

Many individuals have contributed time and effort to put this project together. Our authors contributed their work out of the kindness of their hearts and our editor, layout artist and designers all contributed time as well. Because they believe in the mission behind this project, to help children in need, we hope you will take the time to support us and purchase a copy of the book. The book in itself is a fantastic product and by purchasing, you are helping a good cause.

Q: How can I support Write for Charity’s From the Heart?

A: There are a number of different things you can do to support the project. First and foremost, you can click here to buy a book! On our website, we have the ever popular blog buttons which I have starting seeing crop up all over cyberspace. You are welcome to download the “supporter” button for your own website if you are so inclined.

This is the first anthology we have done and with the success we are already seeing with it, we know it won’t be the last. Contact one of our editors at press@writeforcharity.com for more information on how you can contribute to one of our upcoming projects or help to support our current project.


Write

FROM THE HEART – an anthology for a good cause

I’m excited to be able to announce that the public presale of the Writers for Charity anthology From the Heart, edited by Beth Davis, is now open. All the profits from this book will go to children’s charities (specifically, Children’s Hospital and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Foundation).

Don’t feel pressured to buy, of course, but it is a good cause and I’m happy to have a previous column reprinted in within its pages–“Simple Things” an ode to my then little son and his song about, of all things, cud!

Public Pre-Sale Prices:
Single Book: $22.50 + S&H
Carton (six books): $130 + S&H

Books are regularly priced at $25 each.

To take advantage of the reduced prices please email the following information to presale@writeforcharity.com:

* Name
* Shipping Address
* Phone Number
* Number of Books Desired
* Payment Method
* Email (for invoice purposes)

You can also visit www.writeforcharity.com and click on “The Book” for more information.

And whether you’re interested in the anthology or not, I hope this finds you doing very well and enjoying your spring immensely! I will be posting a new entry later today or tomorrow, so come back soon.

Happy writing and reading,
Ev