It seems unreal that three years ago we sold the first copy of Begin Here. The hard work continues to pay off and the most rewarding aspect of this process has been the heartfelt thanks I get from survivors who were lost and had no idea where to start after the death of their loved one. It is especially gratifying when they tell me (and many have), “Everyone should have this book!” I always reply “I know!”
If you think you only need one, remember, it is a great gift for you to complete for your survivor(s). It is also a great gift to have on hand at a moment’s notice for a friend who has suffered a loss; rest assured, they will appreciate this book much more than flowers.
So much has happened in these past three years. We have reached 1,800 units sold. Although we still need to reach more people, it appears as though word of mouth and social marketing do work, at least for this product.
I want to thank each of you for your support and kind words and encouragement. Many of you are entrepreneurs yourselves and you understand the hard work involved starting and growing a business. I am optimistic that I will be able to nurture this one for the rest of my life continually helping survivors manage, eventually in all languages, countries and death circumstances.
Some more info, if you care to read further:
We now have the book available in PDF format (available online website).
If you have not already found us, we are on
–Twitter at BeginHereHSM, please follow us
–Facebook at Begin Here, a user’s guide, please Like us
I am actively looking for a literary agent and have sent query letters to three agents, fingers crossed on obtaining someone who can help me spread the word about the book. The pond for finding an agent who represents self-help, small; those who rep self-published, even smaller! Fingers and toes crossed and why didn’t I already think of this?!
I am still doing speaking gigs and am starting to attend book festivals this year. If your group or church would like me to speak, event price is $20.00 ($4.00 off retail) per book, tax included.
There have been several new glowing reviews of the book, all of which can be found on the website under the “Media” tab. If you know anyone who would like to review the book, please let me know.
Thank you again for all your support!
“Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of (wo)men, but from doing something worthwhile.” – Sir Wilfred Grenfell (food for thought, What is worthwhile to you?)
Enjoy the fall and take care!