Tis the Season …
What’s your purpose? For your writing … your publishing … for you, as an author? How about others?
We all have a purpose … sometimes it’s myopic; others, multi. I’m one of the “multis” … many items, concepts, events, and groups I care deeply about. Some that I support with my checkbook; others that get my time; others receive the value of my connections. Sometimes, all three.
Purposes can change over time. Purposes can be lifelong … or they can be for a select timeframe. Purposes are fueled by commitment, faithfulness, and dedication.
Purposes are a good thing. I’m sharing three of my mine below—November and December are the grateful and caring months.
What is your purpose?
TODAY in Colorado, it’s Colorado Gives Day.
Colorado Authors’ Hall of Fame
Celebrating and Honoring authors who make a difference!
The Mission of the Authors’ Hall of Fame is to honor and promote the works of outstanding published authors from all genres and generations to ensure their legacies will not be lost who are connected with Colorado in at least one of five ways. Either by birth, residency, writing within as a retreat, writing about, or using elements of Colorado in their writing.
The Hall is dedicated to recognizing and preserving the history about the accomplishments of past and present authors who have created and published books. Both historical and contemporary authors who have shared their words of wisdom, encouragement and entertainment are celebrated. The Hall ensures that their insight and visionary achievements will not be forgotten.
The Hall is an all-volunteer-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was originally founded in 2014 and will was fully implemented with its first Induction of 22 authors in 2019. Inductions are held in odd years.
If you buy ANYTHING via Amazon … did you know that you can support the Colorado Authors’ Hall of Fame? Now you do … all you need to do is add the AmazonSmile feature to your Amazon account – It’s a “feel-good shopping” shopping experience. Shop at smile.amazon.com and Amazon donates to your favorite charitable organization, at no cost to you. Get started here: https://smile.amazon.com/
Being able to read, and see, is fundamental. Being able to be warm is fundamental. Winter is coming. I’m sharing three I care about with you. Each are important at this time of the year. If you have supported them in the past, thank you. If you can help again, another HUGE thank you during the combo grateful and giving season.
Support visually impaired kids with the power of what Imagination Videobooks is doing for young children (and their parents!) Donate HERE:
CREATING & DELIVERING ACCESSIBLE VIDEOBOOKS
FOR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN
Imagination Books’ mission is to reinforce children’s core values, such as kindness and empowerment, through the creative forces of children’s book authors, illustrators, publishers and narrators.
Imagination Videobooks creates and distribute accessible video books and audiobooks of existing illustrated children’s books.
It creates and distributes unique and delightful video books that include audio description for children who are blind or low vision and captions for deaf children. Recently, it has added simultaneous ASL signing through the Described and Captioned Media Program funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
As an advocate for authors and knowing that the words and storytelling matter … that power of learning and success comes from accessibility to them. Creating a new book form for children who are blind or deaf is ground-breaking for parents and teachers. I’m honored to be a founding board member.
In a country that has seasons, socks matter. Sock it to ’em makes a social impact one pair of socks at a time!
Having warm feet … and protected feet is a fundamental need. Support men, women and kids throughout the year with making new socks available to them in so many ways.
Donate to Sock It To ‘Em HERE:
Socks are the #1 clothing need of those experiencing homelessness. The Sock It To ‘Em Sock Campaign aims to put new socks on the feet of men, women and children experiencing homelessness and/or are in need.
It’s motto is, “We’re making a social impact one pair of socks at a time!” Anyone in any location can participate by becoming a Sock Ambassador, getting others to donate new socks, or just sharing information about The Sock It To ‘Em Sock Campaign on social media and through the Ambassador’s spheres of influence.
There are Sock Ambassadors in 41 states—the youngest is 4 years old and the most senior in her late 70’s. Gathering spots can be found with Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Doctor’s offices, Real Estate Agencies, Athletic Clubs, Churches and multitude of others.
Their task is simple: put the word out, that they’re collecting socks.
I’ve been a Sock Ambassador for years. At all my Events and Experiences, participants are encouraged to bring NEW socks for donations. In turn, I collect and deliver to the Sock It to ‘Em warehouse that has now distributed over 800,000 pairs of new socks to men, women, and children. In 2020, Bomba Socks became a major sponsor.
The School Sock Drawer Campaign literally puts socks in the hands of children in need in area elementary schools. Multiple states are partners in the School Sock Drawer Campaign where “sock drawer containers” are stocked by Sock It To ‘Em volunteers
For health care, it’s essential to support, keep dry and warm feet. Socks make a difference.
Dr. Judith Briles is a book publishing expert and coach. Often, she must roll up her writing sleeves and become a Book Doctor, juicing up storylines and author words. She empowers authors and works directly with authors who want to be seriously successful and has been writing about and conducting workshops on publishing since the ’80s. Judith is the author of 43 books including Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms, Snappy Sassy Salty: Success for Authors and Writers, and How to Create a Million Dollar Speech. Her personal memoir When God Says NO-Revealing the YES When Adversity and Loss Are Present is a #1 bestseller on Amazon and her historical fiction debut Secret Journey. Collectively, her books have earned over 45 book awards. Judith speaks throughout the year at publishing conferences.
Throughout the year, she holds Judith Briles Book Unplugged in-person and online experiences: Publishing, Speaking, Marketing, and Social Media. All are two-day intensives limited to a small group of authors who want to be seriously successful. Join Judith live for the “AuthorU-Your Guide to Book Publishing” podcast on the Toginet Radio Network HERE.
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