Kickstarter Update #3: Amazed & Feeling Like Taylor Swift

I can’t believe we’re at the goal! A couple of people have pledged to back the project, so that puts us at the target. I am so amazed–especially since it’s only May 16th!

I’ve been coaching club volleyball with Karen Wright (who also helped me with my Kickstarter video). We had a discussion recently about seeing the best or worst in people and I realized something: I see the best in people when I’m coaching them on the volleyball court, but in real life, I tend to see the worst in people. I’m way too cynical and it’s terrible, but I feel like the fact that I see the best in my volleyball players shows that there’s at least hope for me to see people like Christ sees them, full of grace and at their best.

Continue reading

Kickstarter Update #2: And on the 8th Day…

I can’t believe we’re 8 days in and almost there! I’m once again so humbled by everyone’s generosity. Thank you SO much!

I realized the other day that I never said what I’d do if I raise money over my goal.  As you might know, authors have to pay to buy their own books. Granted, there’s a discounted rate, but much of publishing is out of the author’s hands, including being able to have polished copies of their own work. Any money I raise above my goal can help me buy books to distribute to different people that my story could help (from hospitals to college health centers and beyond), and it can also help me cover editing services and things like licensing fees for instances where I quote song lyrics in my book.

Continue reading

Kickstarter Update #1: We’re Halfway There

And I’m living on a prayer. Seriously though, when I set out to write this book, I knew that God would have to provide and show me how to move forward, so I’ve been praying that all year long. I’ve never written a book before, so I’ve been living on my prayers that God would lead me. I knew He would provide somehow, but I never imagined I’d have half of my money raised with 28 days to go.

Wow. I’m so floored by yall’s generosity. Every time Kickstarter sends me an e-mail with updates, I’m amazed. I mean, I believe in my book, but I’m biased, so I’m humbled that so many others believe in it, too. Thank you so much for your support and encouragement!

Continue reading

Time to Kickstart My Book!

So, “How’s that book coming along?” you might wonder. Well, it’s almost finished! I’m done writing it and now working through final, detailed editing. April was really great for writing and editing. I’m so much better at editing on actual paper—there’s something about being able to physically cross out errors or draw arrows to move paragraphs around that makes my process go much smoother than on a computer. So, when I realized that, the book took off! Hallelujah because it’s been an arduous process.

I’ve told a lot of people about my book and how I’m going about publishing it, but here’s a little more info. Basically, very few companies will publish first-time authors. Now, if you’re like me, you think, “Hmmm, so how does someone ever get published?” and that’s a good question…and one I haven’t mastered yet. But, I’m hoping to work with WestBow Press, which is the independent division of Thomas Nelson. The only issue is that they need money up front, and for those who know me well, I’m broke. Teaching high school in Hawaii didn’t exactly allow my savings account to build up.

Continue reading