As a self-published author, I have joined the ranks of other writers going the E-Book route as well as the traditional method of publishing. The latest statistics I have seen on the electronic publishing are so interesting! According to the Association of American Publishers, e-books sales are exploding, increasing from $287 million in 2009 to $878 million in 2010.
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|Sheryl Andersen, (left), was right there with me the whole time
as cashier during the Book Signing.
It’s amazing what can happen on Aisle 12 Women’s Wear in Walmart on a busy Saturday morning pre-Christmas. That’s where I was this past weekend for my book signing when it all started. First I had a couple come by and wish me well with my book. The husband and wife looked directly at me and said quietly they too understood about trauma becasue they had been held hostage in their home by a miltary extemist in 1989 in Atlanta, GA. The wife remarked, “It took us a very long time to speak of the incident.” They thanked me for my courage and moved into the crowd. Later, a whisp of a lady stopped at the table and asked me the essence of my book. The grief of her life was once being homeless and now being estranged from her grandchildren. As she was talking about how much she missed her grandchild, she indicated she would like to buy the book, but did not have the money. At that time, another woman who was waiting to purchase Room 939 offered to buy her a book. “I know how you feel,” the caring woman offered softly, touching the lady on her arm. “My child will not allow me to see my grandchildren either.” The two women hugged as hteir hurt temporarily subsided.
My teenage daughters love their TOMS shoes. CEO of TOMS, Blake Mycoskie, was inspired in 2006, when on a trip to Argentina, he starting wearing the national shoe: the alpargata. It was casual and comfy and when he returned to the United States, he founded the company TOMS with a simple promise: for every pair of shoes he sold, he would provide a free pair to a child in need. Thanks to his efforts, TOMS gave the One Millionth pair of new shoes to a child in need in September 2010.
In his book, “Start Something that Matters,” he shares, “When you have a memorable story about who you are and what your missioin is, your success no longer depends on how experienced you are or how many degrees you have or who you know. A good story transcends boundaries, breaks barriers, and opens doors. It is a key not only to starting a business but also to clarifying your own personal identity and choices.”
That’s what I feel I have done by writing “Room 939.” In releasing my story, I want to allow barriers to come down for people who may have pain and suffering in their lives. Can my story evoke emotion which leads to healing? I sincerely hope my book starts something that matters.
Can a cup of coffee with a colleague at Starbucks become the inspirational moment to decide to write a book? Yes! It happened to me. A year ago, Nov. 10, 2010, I met with Ric Mandes, retired Director of Institional Development at Georgia Southern University to talk about my future. He knew of my background and the assault I had lived through in 1990. At the end of our meeting at Starbucks, he said simply, “Jenny Lynn, I always thought you had a greater story to tell.”
With that kernel of truth and the Holy Spirit prompting me to share my story, I am now the author of Room 939 and Ric is the editor. We celebrated with our favorite baristas and showed them the prototype of the book yesterday. It’s less than a week from the launch and I am thankful the idea for the book perculated that cold morning last November.
I recently attended the International Public Relations Society Conference and heard Joe Rohde, Sr. VP and Creative Executive of Walt Disney Imagineering speak about how Imagineers create interactive experiences for Disney World guests. He is currently responsible for the creative design and content of Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa in Hawaii. His job was to make it a “unique” destination, more than just another hotel on the beach. In the same way, I have tried to make “Room 939: 15 Minutes of Horror, 20 Years of Healing” a unique experience — not simply a book, but a multi-dimensional product that can make you “feel and heal” through QR codes. Just like Disney’s Imagineers crafted a thematic message of what Hawaii truly is, I chose the theme of “Triumph of the Human Spirt” to guide the creation of my QR codes. Artists, singers, actors, composers and film producers bring magic to the world of Disney every day. It is my hope the QR codes in “939” bring my book to life as well.