I am sure you are aware of J.K. Rowling’s “rags to riches” life story, in which she progressed from living on state benefits to billionaire. However, did you know that before becoming a published author, Rowling saw herself as a failure? Moreover, that during the years prior to being published Rowling was diagnosed with clinical depression and contemplated suicide?
We all love rags to riches stories. We love getting behind the underdog. We are hard-wired (or so it would seem) to lend a hand whenever possible, to come to the aid of others after a tragedy has befallen them.
Why even though we may not admit it, we secretly love being “a night in shining armor” or riding with the Calvary as they charge in to save the day . . . but, alas, too often after being part of the Calvary, we move on without ever knowing if our donation truly helped.
Did the $20 we sent to Haiti or the Philippines, after a natural disaster, accomplish anything? Are the people still living in tents?
I have always been the person you see putting money into the cup being held by a man in his fifties who looks much closer to seventy; placing dollars into an outstretched hand at the corner; tossing change into the Salvation Army kettle. I have also been looking for a way to do more, to give in a way that caused change. With that in mind, I put together “A Hand Up.” A program designed to give people living in poverty a chance to become published authors. To give them an opportunity to share their stories with the world. To give them money, not because our paths happened to cross, but because maybe, just maybe, holding that book in their hand will remind them that they can contribute to society and that their life does matter.
“if you give a man a fish he is hungry again in an hour. If you teach him to catch a fish you do him a good turn.” (Anne Isabella Thackeray Ritchie in her novel, Mrs. Dymond, 1885).
What “A Hand Up” does is teach.
It is not a handout.
The authors that we have published under this program (12 to date, with more in the works) all had to work for it. They had to write their book; they had to work with us on the edits; many had to go to the public library to send us their manuscript; they had to go to bookstores and the local media to help promote their book. In short, they had to earn their pay and in so doing they gained more self-respect and pride!
Contributions to “A Hand Up” go toward paying for the production of the book from beginning to end (from editing the draft to creating the book’s cover) and purchasing copies of the book which the author can use for marketing, as well as sell at book signings. (We create a website for each author since they make more money when selling directly to the public—we fulfill the orders for them.)
If you would like to help,
no amount is too small.
Anything you can give will help us bring smiles to souls who have known their fair share of hardship. The more money we raise, the more individuals we can help and who knows somewhere amongst them there just might be another J.K. Rowling. And if there is, your name just might appear in the book as one of the supporters that helped make the writers dream of becoming a published author come true.
Please check out the authors in the program and purchase their books
(67% to 91% of the profit from each sale goes directly to the author).
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