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Seventeen years ago, I shared the initial draft of “Give an Inch a
Foot” with a client of mine at Nestle who had turned into a trusted colleague
“You’re going to publish
this,” she said after reading it.
“Oh, I don’t know if I’ll ever…”
“No, I mean 'YOU’RE
GOING TO PUBLISH THIS!'”
was the first person I ever shared the story with and she would be the only
person I shared the story with for at least 10 more years. After I left MS&L and the Nestle
business, Tricia and I stayed in touch.
Every time we talked or emailed she would always either start the
conversation or end the conversation with “So, how’s Inch?”
It was Tricia who first told me "Inch" was a story that touched
people’s heart. It was Tricia who first told me I needed to share my writing...I certainly didn't believe her back then about my writing, but I did believe there was something special about 'Inch.'
For 17 years, I've heard Tricia's voice cheering, poking, prodding, reminding and supporting. Before I launched the Indiegogo campaign to
get my children’s books published, I emailed Tricia with the link and “All because of you…”
Having someone believe in you…having someone be consistent
and steadfast with that belief can mean the difference between making a dream a
reality or keeping it just a dream. I will forever be indebted to Tricia for
her openness, patience, stubbornness and love.
I dedicate this campaign and these books to Tricia Bowles. It only took 17 years!! With love, appreciation, respect and
Have you ever worked on something for 15 years -- not because someone was asking you to do it or paying you to do it -- but because you felt there just might be something worthwhile to share with the world? Thus is the case with a series of books for kids of all ages that I've been developing and fine-tuning for the past 15 years. These six books -- all are inspired by idioms and adages (ex "that's just the way the ball bounces," etc) -- and are a part of a series called "Six of One Half Doz of the Other." I've decided that it's now or never to see if there really is something worthwhile to share with the world.
The goal of the series is important to our world today: to help reconnect young and old ... to be that thing to which everyone can relate; that catalyst that can cause children and parents and grandparents to sit together and take a journey together...without a Tweet or a post or a like or an on/off switch anywhere to be seen. But I need your help to make it happen.
I've been studying and participating in Webinars and symposiums about self-publishing and marketing children's books for the past year. I know what it will take to make a splash, I know the formats, the channels so I believe I can be successful once they all are completely finished. But I need your help to make it happen! I need to hire an illustrator for the 2 books that are in their final form, I need to finish the third one, have it illustrated and then start publishing the books and getting them on Amazon.com.
I know the economy sucks right now and if I didn't truly believe our world needs a little more face-to-face, eye-to-eye QT, I wouldn't be asking you for a thing! But I am passionate that we need to reconnect. With stories about a Ball that can't find his bounce, an Inch worm who sees a different world thanks to a shoe stuck in the mud, an ant and Black Widow who are best friends and super heroes, a set of skateboarding twin squirrels who are supposed to be gathering acorns with everyone else but instead find something much more priceless,etc., there's something for everyone.
If you can't contribute money at this time, but still want to help, let people know about the campaign in your own personal networks. That type of support is priceless.
I've attached a link to a video that quickly explains the campaign, and showcases the first book in the series, "If You See Ball in a Tree" so you can get a flavor for the series and my writing. I would love your feedback, and I can't thank you enough for anything you might be able to do.
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It's the 2nd weekend for "Jurassic World" to make more than $100 million...oh, by the way, last weekend it opened to a record-smashing $208.8 million JUST IN THE U.S. So add the $102 million it raked in this past weekend and in two weeks -- just in the US -- it's made more than $310 million (in 2 weeks...just in the States).
Pixar's critically acclaimed "Inside Out" debuted to $91 million which made its own history -- the biggest opening weekend for an original property (not a sequel and not created from a book, another movie, a short story, etc.). That sounds amazing and the voices inside our heads should be singing loudly...except at Pixar.
Starting in 1995 with Toy Story, every movie that Pixar has released debuted at #1. Until this weekend. Yes, those crotchity dinos were too much for the little voices so Pixars almost 20 year streak was stopped dead in its really big tracks. (BTW, it also was the 2nd biggest opening ever for Pixar just behind Toy Story 3...does that help the situation or make it more carnivorous?)
"Inside Out" has a consumer rating of "A" and great reviews so don't feel too sorry for the Pixar gang...they're gonna forget all about this when the year-end books are all said and done! ("Jurassic World" is already at almost $1 billion worldwide, btw)
When the Queen of Pop's first single from her Rebel Heart album "Living for Love" reached #1 on Billboard Dance charts, it became her 44th #1 song on that chart. Reaching that pinnacle tied her with the King of Country George Strait for the most #1s on a single Billboard chart of any other artist in any genre in history.
As the remix from her latest hit "Ghost Town" earns Greatest Gainer accolades moving from #6 to #3 on Billboard Dance charts, Madonna is poised to be sole heir of the most #1s on a single Billboard Chart -- with 45 #1s then she'll surpass the King of Country and own that record all to herself.
MADONNA HAS ALWAYS BEEN CONTROVERSIAL AND THERE ARE AS MANY DETRACTORS AS THERE ARE FANS. HERE IS JUST A GLIMPSE AT THE TYPE OF IMPACT THE ICON HAS HAD ON POPULAR CULTURE -- AS TOLD THROUGH "THE COVER OF A MAGAZINE"