Well, this post is a little bit different, so please bear with me for a few moments…
I frequently mention my family in my “rambling” blog posts as they usually keep me grounded in reality. A 9th grade daughter and a 6th grade son keep my wife and me on our toes! As many of you know, since I have mentioned it a few times over the years, they are always looking for ways to start their own business, make extra money, you name it. They have always said they wanted to write a book and put it up for sale in the Amazon Kindle storefront. My usual reply was “sure, what’s your topic or subject?”
That usually started a conversation over the years of random things such as the relatively unknown (yet obviously in high demand) guide to crazy blue frogs, a book of limericks or riddles, a kid’s book review club, a pirate adventure book, or even a guide to playing Pokemon; I still don’t understand Pokemon after all of these years, and I doubt many parents ever will. As with many great ideas for both kids and adults, the idea was always there but the execution never seemed to happen.
All of that changed last year after our daughter approached me and said she wanted to go to Washington, DC for spring break with a group from her school. After I asked her how she was going to pay for it, she replied back she was going to write a book – little brother jumped in on the conversation, also, and so they did. Start to finish, and pretty much all by themselves.
I will tell you they spent days compiling and editing the book, collaborating, making corrections, you name it. Most important to me they learned a heck of a lot, did quite a bit of research, discussed what they wanted to do and compromised with each other (after a little arguing and some refereeing by Mom and Dad), worked on creating a book cover, and did what a lot of adults can’t do and figured out how to convert a text document to the Kindle format. Thanks to the generosity of many of you and lots of others, they raised enough to pay for our daughter’s spring break trip and our son to buy his very own laptop computer.
Why am I telling you all of this?
They have done it again – this time, they want to go on an as-yet to be determined trip over the summer as well as raise money for the Make-A-Wish foundation. Why did they pick the Make-A-Wish foundation? They watched a special featuring a wish child and, before the show was even over, they both said they wanted to do something to help another child get their own wish.
What’s the title or subject, you may ask (if you didn’t ask I was going to tell you anyway)? They have created a continuation of last year’s neat little book called Quote of the Day 2014, which provides a daily inspirational or humorous quote, and what they believe is something to inspire you each day or make you chuckle in your walk of life. Each quote was hand-selected by them, and features quotes from the famous and not-so-famous everyday people to begin your day.
Of course, I’d love for each of you to buy a copy not only for yourself but gift several copies of the Kindle version of the book to your friends and family! After Amazon takes their cut and the government demands their “fair” share, each copy sold will contribute $1.36 to their goal: 90% will go to their trip and 10% will go to the Make-A-Wish foundation of the Gulf Coast
In addition to my daughter and son thanking you if you purchase the book, my wife and I will be thanking you more as we try to teach them about putting in hard work in order to earn money to do the things you would like to do in life and families don’t have money trees growing in the back yard. If you do purchase or borrow (via your Prime membership) a copy, you have my appreciation – if this Kindle book venture of theirs is a success or otherwise, I’ll keep you updated on their status!
Thanks for listening, and your regularly-scheduled programing will resume soon!