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The total I've raised pays for:
  • 2 birthday gifts
  • and 2 meals for clients

Donations

NameAmountLocationDate
S A Archer, Self$5Louisville, KY03/12/2012
Karen S., Family$50Louisville, KY04/14/2012

Goal

My goal for 2012 is to read one book by an indie author each month. Finding time to read is a challenge for me, with a full time work schedule and writing schedule, but I still enjoy reading. I’ll be sharing new indie authors I discover in the updates on this page, so you can check them out, too.

I am going to start things off by sponsoring myself by donating $5 for every book I read for this challenge.

Will you sponsor this challenge by the book? There will be 12 in all if I complete the challenge. Or will you support the cause and keep me on track by making a one-time donation? Every little bit helps!

I chose this goal because

There are a lot of amazing indie authors out there. Just because they didn’t jump through 40,000 hoops to get published by a traditional publishing house doesn’t mean they aren’t talented. The indies who are taking their careers seriously have professional editors checking their manuscripts and professional cover designers and formatting, everything they would get from a traditional publisher. Just like indie film makers and indie musicians, indie authors are creative people taking advantage of new technology to reach their audience without layers of corporate control forcing them into molds that they think will be the formula for the next big trend. I want to support indie authors in their creative efforts, but I also want to discover new voices, new worlds and new visions that don’t fit the NY publisher’s cookie cutters.

I'm helping because

As I said on the team page: At The Crossroads has a wonderful history of helping homeless teens get off the streets. When you look at the young people in your life, can you imagine what would happen to them if suddenly there was not a safe home and loving family to care for them? Most teens are either too young or don’t have the skills to find work. Without money or resources, what will they do? Where will they sleep? Where will they find food? What about clothes and hygiene products? Who will they come across on the streets? Someone who will introduce them to drugs or prostitution as their only option to stave off starvation? Or will they encounter one of ATC's councilors who will give them something to eat, clean clothing, a safe place to stay, and the guidance to completely turn their life around? ATC is the glimmer of hope for these kids who have nothing, no one, and no future. ATC is an amazing group of people who goes out onto the streets, finds these kids where they are, and brings them out of the darkness. And that young person in your life that you thought about at the beginning of this paragraph, wouldn’t you want that for them?

About At The Crossroads

ATC walks the streets of San Francisco, reaching out to homeless youth and young adults on their turf. We work with young people who others have given up on, who would not get help without us. Since we started 19 years ago, we have worked with more than 7,500 youth, helping them build outstanding lives.

Updates

I'm playing catch up on this challenge, since I started in March. So my first indie book is Blindsight by Kait Nolan. I really enjoyed this short story. So much so that I bought the rest of her series and it is waiting on the Nook app on my phone to be read some time soon!

This was a nice paranormal romance with great characters and emotion. The short story is a lead into the rest of the series.

In Blindsight we meet Isle, who is psychic and has been abducted and forced to work for a rather unsavory villain. The hero is Random (gotta love that name!) and he's got all the right 'bad boy' elements that make him both sexy and dangerous, an irresistible combination for Isle. There is a lot of action and really skillful characterization in this story, which is a sign of a talented author when you consider how short the story is. I highly recommend checking out Kait Nolan's series and Blindsight.

And because I know how important reviews are for any author, not just indies, I'll be posting this review and a 5-star rating on Goodreads, Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Umi wrote:

wow I love it, its soooo NYC.I love NYC, its an amazing city..have lots of fun while you are there, I'll be going there for my heoyomnon next year

Cindi wrote:

Googling has been my best friend. Of osurce, I've chosen to still try the traditional route but it's so fascinating to read about people's stories! It's amazing all the work and dedication that goes into being self published. Their strength and endurance is unlike anything I've ever seen! Twitter is a great place to get feedback! I have a ton of friends who've published traditionally then decided to self publish as well, with their agents approval. It's amazing to see writers branching out!Happy Friday!

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