Helping Financially: Donating, Purchasing, and Promoting My Writing
Here's the hardest part to say in public. We are going to have some substantial medical, pharmaceutical, physical therapy, and psychological counseling bills as we move into this adventure. We've got pretty good health insurance, but we're guestimating $25,000-$30,000 in out of pocket expenses in just the first year, not including medications (chemo, radiation), which we hope will be covered by insurance.
My dear high school friend, Kelly Bentley, has set up a "Go Fund Me" site to help raise money for my medical bills. Any contributions you can make would be a huge blessing.
To complicate matters further, Marshall's law firm of 16 years unexpectedly disbanded on December 31, 2015. He just started a new solo law practice about two weeks before my diagnosis. The timing of my illness is exceptionally poor in this regard (I had just started helping him out in his office), and we may not have enough cash flow to cover our monthly living expenses after mid-March. This is particularly stressful for Marshall. I am worried about him.
I've contemplated how I might be able contribute to our family's income during this time, and have decided to
1) Ask for donations on this blog,
2) Offer some of my downloadable contemplative essays and lectures on writing for sale on this website,
3) Ask people to buy, give, donate, review and promote my novel, When the Whistle Blows, so I can generate royalty payments for income for my family's future, and
4) Ask any children's book editors who visit this site to contact my agent, Linda Pratt at Wernick and Pratt Agency, to take a peek at a couple of my picture book manuscripts that she has for sale, in case they might fit your list. What the heck.
The idea of using my writing to help generate income for my family is an empowering thought for me right now, so please spread the word however you feel comfortable and can. If When the Whistle Blows can become a best seller, it would help secure the future for my family and ease my mind. Thanks.
How to purchase my books and spread the word.