For those of you who are frequent readers of this blog, my Twitter, listen to my podcast with Samantha Clarke, or in any other way have heard my voice in the past six months, you know I wrote a book. It’s called An Epilogue to Innocence and it’s available on Amazon and CreateSpace.
You’re also likely aware that while I’ve managed to sell some copies of the book that sales haven’t exactly been perfect. As of today, counting all book sales and discounting editing/shipping/other costs, I’ve made approximately -$20 on my book. Yes, that’s a negative number, albeit a small one.
So. Why would I tell you not to buy my book? Sounds like a self-destructive plan for an independent author.
While I’d love to make money off of my book, I’ve come to the realization that there are people who would benefit from the money I could potentially make off this book far more than me. While I’m spending the money on Chipotle, ice cream, getting titanium rods in my mouth, Chipotle, video games, unnecessary random items for myself, and Chipotle, that money could go towards an organization that makes a difference in countless lives.
So…what am I going to do about it?
Last week was Mental Illness Awareness Week in the USA (October 2-8) and yesterday (October 10) was World Mental Health Day. As someone who has had numerous people in my life who have been impacted by mental illnesses, I’ve always tried to do my best to raise awareness about mental illness, mental health, and suicide prevention. Two of the stories in An Epilogue to Innocence – “Use As Directed” and “Tia” — deal with the concepts of mental illness and suicide directly.
Instead of just trying to use AETI to create awareness, I’ve decided to use the profits from the book to help a group that can make a tangible impact in this fight.
From November 1st, 2016 through December 24th, 2016, 100% of profits from the sales of An Epilogue to Innocence will be donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Northern Ohio branch. This includes all sales of the physical book and the ebook, regardless of if those copies are purchased through Amazon, CreateSpace, Kindle, or resellers. If I can track the profit/know about it, it will get donated.
I recognize that sales for my book haven’t been going the best. With that said, I also recognize that money made from my book would be better served going to an organization that can make a significant impact on the lives of others, both within my community and in the nation as a whole.
What does this mean?
Don’t buy my book until November 1st. Really. Do not do it. Don’t buy An Epilogue to Innocence until November 1st.
How can I help?
I need help getting the word out there to help make an impact. If there is anyone that would be willing to help — whether that be by sharing the link for people to purchase my book, purchasing a copy yourself, or something else entirely, please do so. More importantly, if you’d prefer to make a donation to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention directly, you can do so here.
There are plenty of ways you could help, including the following.
- Share this post with your Facebook and Twitter friends
- Retweet my (or others) promotional tweets
- Leave reviews of AETI on Amazon or Goodreads
- Buying a copy of the book for yourself/a friend/whoever (buying directly from CreateSpace makes the most money per copy, however every venue except resellers generates profit)
- Donate money to the AFSP yourself
On December 25th, I’ll be totaling up all monies donated during the donation period and making a donation to AFSP of Northern Ohio. I’ll share the amount here for those interested in seeing how much we’re able to raise. Even if I don’t sell a single copy of the book, I’ll still be sending some money their way, as the work they do matters.
As we get a bit closer to the charity drive’s date, I’ll be doing quite a bit of marketing on my own to try to help get the word out there. I’ll be keeping a running tracker on the site as to how much will be donated to AFSP of Northern Ohio.
Thank you all for taking the time to read this post. I hope this plea, as silly as it may be, is the first step to raising money for a group that has the ability to change the lives of so many.