I’m very excited to announce that after weeks and weeks of editing, formatting and creating, the very first Mum Life Stories Anthology is done and ready to be released. My fingers are still tingling from a copious amount of typing and I am feeling that adrenalin rush that comes from accomplishing an end goal, mixed with a little anxiety at all the thoughts rushing through my brain. Did I do it right? I hope I didn’t miss anything. Will people like it? What if no one does? Will people buy it? Will anyone do a bad review? Is the release date too soon? Do I know enough about marketing to get eyes on it? etc etc. Not sure if any of you know this (or if it isn’t half obvious), but this is the very first book I have published and I am more than a little nervous about it.
Please note, the featured image is just a mock-up, the book will be a paperback, not a hardcover. It looks pretty good as a hardcover though, I must say!
When, when, when?
That said…my excitement outways my nerves, so much that I decided instead of waiting a week or two to launch the book, I would do it in just 4 days. That’s right, the official release will be this Monday the 8th of February.
I will post the link to ‘buy the book’ on Monday with some instructions on how you can help spread the word. Email subscribers will get a special email with images they can download and use on social media. If your not already on our mailing list, be sure to sign up HERE if you’d like to be a part of the campaign.
Here’s a sneak peak at the book jacket (P.S. I designed it myself):
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Why it’s important to help spread the word
There are a few reasons why I need your help to get the word out there about our awesome anthology.
- The more people who hear about it, the more people will buy it (this is the most obvious point)
- The more people who buy it, the more our friends in Uganda receive to help support their orphanage (see details below).
- The more copies we sell, the more money we have to give to the winners in the next round of competitions.
- Last but not least the more copies we sell, the more people get to read your amazing stories and follow your journey as writers.
What are the profits used for?
In case you’re wondering where the money from the sale of these books goes too, there are actually a lot of places. So in the duty of full-disclosure I’ve included some points from our competition terms and conditions (and then some), to help explain.
- Cost of ‘printing’ for paperback and ‘delivery’ for eBook (About 20% of the book price).
- Amazon commission (Can be up to 60% of profits) – they take a percentage of the sale price which can differ greatly between countries.
- $1AUD of each sale (paperback and eBook) goes to our chosen charity in Uganda (see below).
- Admin costs, including advertising, printed copies for winners, as well as postage fees, etc.
- The next competitions prize pool (How much we make will determine whether it can be increased or not).
- Reimbursement to founder of the previous competitions prize monies (This will be last on the list).
So as you can see, there are a lot of costs involved in producing an anthology (most of which will not be covered through sales), and that does not include payment for the huge amount of work that goes into making it happen. At this point in time, all that work is done for the pure joy of it, and it’s so worth it to see the end product and hear the happiness it brings to all those involved.
Who’s our charity?
Some of you may remember one particular ‘Mum Life Success Story’ back in October 2019 entitled ‘From Poverty to Provider‘ about an amazing woman and her husband in Uganda, who devote their entire lives to housing, feeding and educating, many, many, orphaned and abandoned children. This couple have been a true inspiration to me about what real love and sacrifice is. They live in one of the poorest nations of the world and fight everyday for their safety and survival, yet they put the needs of others ahead of their own, every single day. You can read more about their story HERE and visit the website of their not-for-profit ministry HERE, or follow them on Facebook HERE.
$1 AUD from every sale of the anthology (paperback or eBook) will go towards changing the life of these children that deserve to live a safe and healthy life, free from poverty and oppression. Future anthologies will also include this promise, so every single sale counts.
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