Stories of Strength is a new book created by readers of AbsoluteWrite to support charities that deal with disaster relief. We hope that the proceeds from this book will provide long-term funding to the charities that help people survive and rebuild their lives after a natural disaster. Please consider buying a copy... or twelve.
The world seems like a callous place sometimes, with strangers cutting each other off in traffic, neighbors arguing about fence lines, and people fighting about everything from favorite sports teams to political views. But things change in times of crisis. Almost instantly, we forget our pettiness and remember that we all belong to the human race and are, in some way, brothers and sisters. And we long to help even when we donít have much to give.
This book was born on the AbsoluteWrite message boards, where many writers gathered during the days after Hurricane Katrina and agonized over how helpless we felt. Those who had money to give did so, but it didnít feel like enough. Those who didnít have money donated blood, or sold things on eBay to raise money, or gathered items to send to evacuees. But we kept watching those images on television, and the problem didnít go away. It became clear that it wasnít going to go away soon, and we wanted to find a way to help long-term.
I suggested this anthology project. If we could get enough compelling stories to fill a book, I figured, that bookís sales could go on for years to come and keep donations rolling in to charities to help with disaster relief. My simple suggestion was met with amazing enthusiasm and we got to work immediately. This project belonged to all of us, and we were going to make something beautiful happen.
What youíre about to read comes from writers the world over. Some are long-time professional authors whose names you may recognize. For others, this is their first publication ever. I asked writers to submit essays, poems, and short stories about strength, and within a week, we had more submissions than we could ever fit in this book.
But the generosity didnít end there. No one just submitted a piece and disappeared. Instead, people stuck around and offered help in other areas. A graphic artist offered to do our cover art. Numerous editors wrote to offer to share the duty of editing the work on a quick deadline. Writers spoke to their colleagues and friends to ask for help with formatting, advertising, publicity, corporate sponsorship, and bookstore distribution.
The book matters to us because people matter to us. This is one way for us to use our love for writing to help others, and we are so thankful that youíve become part of that effort.
May you always find the strength you need, and enough strength left over to lend to others. I hope the stories you read here will inspire you and remind you of just how little it can take for strength to blossom in unlikely places.
Jenna Glatzer, Editor
|How You Can Help||$3000 and Growing!|
$3000 - December 1, 2005
$2500 - November 22nd, 2005
$2000 - November 14th, 2005
$1500 - November 9th, 2005
$1000 - November 4th, 2005
|We have surpassed $3000 in donations and it looks like weíre picking up steam! The media mentions of this book are all over the place, and weíre thrilled.|
|Everyone working on this project (writers, editors, cover artist,
advertising designer, etc.) is a volunteer. We really are sending ALL
proceeds straight to disaster-relief charities, which means we have no "budget" for
advertising, sending out review copies, posters, etc. That's coming out of
the writers' pockets.
If you're interested, the best way you can help us is to let others know about this project. Tell your local librarian or bookstore manager that you hope they'll order it. Send a copy of our press release to your local newspaper or radio station.
Put up a flyer or two around town.
Many people have mentioned that this book makes a super holiday gift. Please think about buying copies for the people on your Christmas/Hanukah/etc. list.
It's a great, practical way to keep the donations coming in to help people rebuild their lives.
To follow the progress of this project, visit the Absolute Write forum thread here.
This site was last updated 11/15/07