Gloucestershire writer Debbie Young has found a new way of using her specific talents to fundraise – she has pledged 25% of the author’s royalties from her new book to JDRF.
JDRF is a cause especially important to Debbie because type 1 diabetes affects both her husband and her only child. Gordon was found to have type 1 diabetes not long after they met in 2000, but this did not prepare them for the shock of three-year-old Laura’s diagnosis in 2007.
'I was devastated,' says Debbie. 'It was like a bereavement for my daughter’s perfect health. But as soon as I heard about the amazing research being funded by the JDRF, my depression started to lift. It was incredibly therapeutic to realise that there was something tangible I could do to help find a cure: I could raise funds. The first JDRF’s Type 1 Discovery Day I went to was a revelation to me and I remember walking home from the conference feeling totally inspired.
We immediately began the usual course of fun runs, walks and charity sales, but when I was commissioned to write a book, I realised that this could be a really good new way to raise more money without having to ask my family and friends for sponsorship.'
Published this month by SilverWood Books, Sell Your Books! is a book promotion handbook for self-published authors. It draws on Debbie’s long experience in journalism, public relations and marketing and is already earning excellent reviews, being hailed as a 'must-read' for authors everywhere.
'I’ve been amazed at how many people have told me they’re interested in buying a copy because either they are writing a book or they know someone who is writing a book!” Debbie reports, who runs her own business for promoting authors, Off The Shelf Book Promotions
'I was also very touched when one of the book’s first buyers, a lovely historical novelist, insisted on donating her change to JDRF. Laura came to the book launch party with me and I didn’t realise until afterwards that having her pump clearly visible over her party dress must have added extra poignancy to my speech about JDRF.
'My publisher, SilverWood Books, has been very understanding, agreeing not only to write the donation into my contract but also allowing me to add a paragraph about JDRF beneath the biographical blurb on the front page, including the website address. This means my book will raise awareness as well as funds.'
Debbie’s writing ambitions do not end with this book. She’s now working on a collection of short stories called Tuning In, which will be published in 2013, again with a share of the royalties to be pledged to JDRF. She also writes a personal blog about family life which frequently includes posts to raise awareness of diabetes and funds for JDRF – watch out for Debbie’s blog on World Diabetes Day.
SilverWood Books welcomes enquiries from any individuals or groups interested in publishing books to raise funds. More information can be found at www.silverwoodbooks.co.uk; email enquiries may be sent to [email protected]