Thursday, August 19, 2010

From the Heart...

A few months ago, I was approached about submitting an essay or two for a book in the works called From the Heart: A Collection of Stories and Poems From the Front Lines of Parenting.

The book's main purpose is to raise money for children's charities, with the ultimate goal being to help every child get medical care that he/she needs and find cures for some of life’s most devastating diseases.

I was beyond thrilled when I found out that two of my essays had been accepted for the anthology, which is now available for purchase by clicking HERE and will soon be available in retail stores nationwide.

All the proceeds from the book will go to selected children's charities and that's what made this is even more exciting for me, knowing that I'm playing a small part in making a difference in the life of a child.

Please continue reading the following Q & A for more information on 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, 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 during 90 Day Challenge and wait to distribute the book into bookstores like Barnes and Noble and Borders and on website like 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

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 for more information on how you can contribute to one of our upcoming projects or help to support our current project.

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Marcia (123 blog) said...

congrats, Helene - fantastic news. you're a published author!!!

BigSis said...

How very cool!

Eva Gallant said...

Congrats on being published! I'm so envious!

Merri Ann said...

Well, I'm not at all surprised that they chose you.


I'll definitely be buying the book ... these types of charities are my favorites to support.

Ashley said...

Amazing! Congrats, what a great accomplishment.

IASoupMama said...

Many congratulations! How exciting!

Did you buy a copy to keep for each of your kids and one for yourself? I do that with stuff we're in.

And I can't wait to read them!

Crossed Fingers said...

That is fantastic and a great honor! I can't wait to pick it up! What a wonderful cause!

Nezzy said...

WooHoo girl, your in the big time now. Congratulations on your wonderful accomplishment and a great charity cause to boot. Ya just got it all goin' on. :o)

God bless ya and have a terrific day!!!

varunner said...

How wonderful! I actually have one of their other books - awesome stories :-)

Kim said...

Congratulations on becoming published—what a wonderful way to share your writing!

McKenzie said...

Congratulations on being published! That is awesome. That is a great charity too!

Sadia said...

Awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome.

No, I didn't not cut and paste. I typed those out.


Meathead said...

Saweet! Now I can say I 'know' a published author! :P
What a great idea. Kudos to everyone involved!

Rhiannon said...

awsome!!! congrats and good job! I am gonna have to get one, to support the cause and of course because I love the name of the book!

MiMi said...

Congrats!!! You are a real life published author now! : )

Dysfunctional Mom said...

How exciting! Can I have your autograph? I knew you when!
It looks like a great book. Congrats!

Zeemaid said...

Congratulions on being selected. The book sounds wonderful and it's for such a good cause too! Again, congratulations!

Debbie said...

Congratulations on being included in such a worthwhile endeavor! That is an honor to cherish.

Twins Squared said...

Wow! That is fantastic - Such an honor!

Donna said...

I KEEP meaning to give you a big OLE - YAHOOZEE for this one!! AWESOME! Of COURSE you were invited to add to the book!! OF COURSE!!

You have SO much to offer the world! So glad you are sharing it!!

The Girl Next Door Grows Up said...

Oh man! I was approached too, but I thought it was some sort of scam and I didn't do it :-(

Good you for that you aren't cynical like me!

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr

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