What can I do that’s different from other fund-raising ideas? How about donating the proceeds of all sales from my novel and series of poetry books? Sound good? Okay, it’s a deal – and for the cynical among you, no, I’m not joking!
“I pledge that for a limited period, the proceeds from sales of my novel ‘Ten Days’ and my series of ‘Rhyme Scenes’ poetry books will be donated to the Comic Relief 2013 fund.”
Now we need some parameters to work from. 1. The figures will be calculated from Monday 14th January 2013 up to and including Friday 15th March 2013.
2. All monies will be added to the funds raised by other Ryman Limited employees. I now work for our local branch on a part-time basis. The Ryman stationery company is owned by Theo Paphitis, entrepeneur, millionaire, philanthropist and all-round good bloke.
On alternate years the company sponsors Comic Relief or Sport Relief as appropriate. Cash is raised by selling sponsored items like ‘Red Nose’ pens. ‘Comic Relief’ T-shirts are bought by the employees to increase the funds. Hundreds of thousands of pounds is raised by individual employees and groups within the Ryman company – some of whom do very strange things for sponsorship.
If anything particularly eye-popping comes up I’ll mention it here. With the best will in the world I could put my hand in my pocket and make a moderate donation, but I would much prefer to give more and with the help of my e-Books and the generosity of lots of other people I can do that this year. Sales of my e-Books would be nice, but it would be more gratifying for me to be able to build a sum of money to donate to Comic Relief 2013.
So, what do you, my prospective fund-raising buddy need to know?
1. In order to make it easy I intend to maintain the individual prices of the novel and three of the poetry books at only $1.99 each. It seems fitting that the first poetry volume, ‘Humour’ is a mere $0.99. Any cash payable to me (after the tax man gets his cut), will be donated to the fund. At time of writing $1.99 is approximately £1.30, which to most of us, is not a lot …
2. The novel, ‘Ten Days’ is a romantic thriller, but can be enjoyed equally by male or female readers (honestly, I know).
3. The four books of poetry are: ‘Humour’, ‘Love and Romance’, ‘Natural History’ and the latest release, ‘Military Matters’. There will be more books to come, but at the time of writing these are available immediately for download.
By using Smashwords to publish, my novel or poetry books, they can be downloaded as: .mobi (for Kindle), Epub (for Adobe, Nook, Sony, Kobo, iPad, iBook), PDF (for PC or Laptop), RTF (for wordprocessors), PDB (for Palm readers/apps).
Direct link to the eBooks on my Smashwords homepage: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/TomBenson
No pressure, but please remember, all the money paid for my eBooks between Monday 14th January 2013 and Friday 15th March 2013 will be donated to Comic Relief 2013.
Thank you on behalf of those who survive to become the eventual grateful recipients of our fund-raising. Tom