My goal is to self publish a novel and sell it myself on my own website. With the funds I generate I will travel and blog about alternative medicine from around the world. The 25k is to be for publication and marketing.
Please see my latest blog on www.melissaweblog.com
Hello there! Thank you for visiting my "fundly" crowdfunding page. I am a new author trying to raise money for my first book. I have years of experience writing. That includes a lot of technical white papers, blogs, rewrites as a "ghost writer", dissertations, etc. I have also written several books but couldn't get them published so I got frustrated and focused on my main business, IT Procurement Management. (Not exciting but I get to play with new tech toys)
Well 2009 hit and I had a huge trifecta of trouble. I became so ill that even from home, I could not run my company properly. It required travel, and other things that at the time I just did not have in me. The company plummeted and then my husband lost his job for three years. We lived off of credit cards and happy thoughts. I am known for being prayerful, frugal, and creative so things eventually worked out.Fast forward to today. I am much happier and healthier. I lost 90lbs! Hooray! Unfortunately me and the hubster are getting a divorce but an amicable one. I finally finished one of the books that I have been working on for 3 years. I am itching to publish it!
I am also itching to do a two year overseas trip where I will volunteer as an English teacher. My goal is to publish the book and make enough money to sustain me while I do my volunteer work. Currently my aim is to work with refugees in a medical setting where I help the doctors and the patients. I am trying to learn French, in doing that I see how difficult it can be to quickly learn a foreign language but I will use that knowledge when I develop a curriculum for my students. I have several friends who are teachers here in the US and I will be consulting with them on how to take someone from 0 toward 100 in speaking capability.
Problem: One of my Current clients, non profit GlobalMusic4 Life founder Kiki Hurt M.D. has published a book recently. I am helping the company by doing a medical blog and administrative work. Publishing a quality book in a professional manner is very expensive. Dr. Hurt is giving her book away. I need to sell mine to earn a living. Ultimately my goal is to travel the world, blog about medicine and technology ( my three great loves are medicine, technology, and writing), and promote spiritual and physical well being. I want to do those activities - all while teaching English and learning a few new languages myself!
The Book: (working on a title: Lisa and Laila: Hot Sand ???)
I refer to my book as a "beach book" It is something fun to read on the bus, on the beach, during downtime. It is not great literature but it is a good read. It is the start of a series about two women who are fun and bright and their efforts to bring down a powerful law firm specializing in illegal activities. I had hoped to have it out for Christmas but things did not work out with the publishing house I was in talks with. They give a 5k advance. However the kicker is: ultimately you have to pay it back. They own the copyright to your work, they send you places to promote it, but just like a recording artist, all of that comes out of your share of the profits which are meager. If the book does not sell I am in debt to them. I have enough bills, don't we all? I have several authors I chat with on facebook who are published and have several nice books out. They are all working 9-5's. That tells me writing is a tough gig and very few earn a living off of it, especially off of a first novel. It also tells me I should consider publishing and selling it myself like Dr. Hurt does when she isn't giving hers away.
My take away with the experience with the publishing firm is "hey someone likes it and it has potential to make money so go for it!"
So I am.
I need to have the book professionally edited, copyrighted, and a publishing ready layout created. You would think that is easy and cheap but it is not. I also need funds to create an application so that I can have it on itunes, google play, and amazon. Then there is the publicity, marketing, advertising, and the actual publishing of an actual book. I love .pdf and iBooks but I am old school and like a paperback or even hard cover in my hands to walk around and read. My goal is to work 100% of the time as an author and volunteer teacher and close out my IT consulting business.
Please help with this creative endeavor!
For more info: www.melissaweblog.com
Thanks for the direct donations guys! Shout out to Robert Beally and Sandra Brookes for donating via my pay pal: Funwoman1@aol.com !!!
Every little bit counts toward the goal! The book is written just trying to raise cash to have it properly edited! and of course self published. This whole independent artist thing is super hard when you aren't rich but I love it so I march on!
Thanks for the private donations to email@example.com I appreciate it!
I am still working hard to get the book finished and published by summer.
Check out the video, it tells a bit more in regards to my goals for the book and the project.
Writing is a joy and a priviledge, unlike paying bills, when I can pay them on time, that is just a joy! Still tugging away at the book, I hope to be blessed with a lovely donation soon so I can start the publishing process!
On a budget so a natural is the only way to go!!!!
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