Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A Good Deed Goes a Long Way

Growing up, my neighborhood church did what it could to help those in need. Around the holidays a soup kitchen was set up to ensure no one went hungry. Participating in the distribution truly opened my eyes to the impact one’s generosity could have on another’s life.

I’ve also volunteered to help deliver food for the Meals on Wheels program when I was younger. This is a great organization. The elderly appreciate receiving a meal as well as seeing a friendly face. 

The number of children and seniors going hungry throughout this country is astounding. I don’t want to be “Debbie Downer” in this post. I merely want to help the hosts, Tina Downey and MJ Joachim, of this Holiday Food Drive Blogfest bring attention to the shortage at food banks across the nation this year.

Many of the individuals and families that receive meals from food pantries and food banks don’t qualify for government assistance such as W.I.C. or food stamps, yet are barely surviving.

For the past two years, I’ve donated money instead of my time because it’s easier. As my children get older, my husband and I plan to involve them in our charitable activities.

If you’re interested in helping out, I recommend donating food or your time to a local food pantry. Pantries usually have to purchase their food from a larger food bank, so if you donate to them directly, you cut out the middle man while saving a soup kitchen some money.

To find a food pantry in your area, simply click HERE

You can also check out Feeding America, a national food bank with local chapters throughout the country. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Shadow of Uncertainty

My publisher sent me a special box. My first book, Kindred of the Fallen, in print. I was thrilled to hold one for the first time.

I'm nine months pregnant, so don't think the belly is from eating too many brownies, lol.
Once the high faded, uncertainty quickly replaced my excitement. When I signed with Samhain, my one complaint was their policy on releasing print books one year after e-books. They had great answers to my questions regarding this. Their philosophy of focusing on e-book sales and higher royalties for their authors seemed to make sense.
In hindsight, I do wonder if I made the right decision. I had another offer from one of the big six (I think there are now only five) traditional publishers, but it was for their e-book line with print on demand and I had serious issues with the editorial vision.
A one year gap between the release of the e-book and print book forces the author to do double promotion. Personally, I find it a hassle, but it does keep the book “out there” longer, offering the opportunity for greater exposure.
I’m not big on regrets, so I’ll concentrate on the pros of a delayed print release. For now, I’m finally planning my giveaway on Goodreads. I’ll be sure to let you all know when it starts.
Today, I’m co-hosting the Insecure Writer’s Support Group founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh. I’m off to visit my fellow co-hosts for this month: Huntress a.k.a. CD Coffelt, Tina Downey, Michelle Wallace, and some other writers in need of support. If you’re a writer, definitely check out the IWSG.