Help Birth Mitch Ditkoff's New Book

$3,959 of $12,500 goal

Raised by 103 people in 26 months
First things first, I am fine.  I do not have a terminal disease. Nor did my house burn down.  But I am feeling the heat.  And by “heat”, I am referring to a burning need inside me to unplug as much as possible from my day job and focus on writing my next book -- STORYTELLING FOR THE REVOLUTION.

Some people, I realize, may think this kind of fundraising campaign is frivolous. "Why give money to help someone write a book, when other people are dying?" Well... that’s a judgment I’m willing to endure in service to what is calling  me.  But if YOU believe in the power of one person (that's me, folks) following his muse,  keep reading.

In a world increasingly being defined by greed, chaos, and hopelessness, I believe the book I am on the cusp of writing will make a big difference – helping people from all nationalities tune into the beauty, sacredness, and wonder of life.

If you've read my most recent book on storytelling (winner of an Axiom Business Book Bronze Medal) or the one before that on the creative process (winner of a Silver medal), or my book of poetry , or any of my blogs , you know where I'm coming from.  And while none of my books have become blockbusters, each of them, in their own way, have made a difference in people’s lives.

“The pen is mightier than the sword."  As I gear up to enter my 69th year on planet Earth, I fully intend to wield that pen in the most powerful way possible. What is missing for me, right now, is the time to immerse – the opportunity to pull back from the day-to-day commerce of the world and really dive into my writing.

That’s why I’m launching this GoFundMe campaign. That’s why I’m asking for your support.  The $12,500 I am trying to raise will buy me the time and the support I need to get my book out there in a meaningful way.

What is my book about?  I think William Blake said it best: “To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palms of your hand and eternity in an hour.” 

In other words, my book is about the preciousness of life -- and how the so-called "promised land" is not in some imagined future, but right under our own two feet.  Here.  Now.  Today.  Like this moment I wrote about a few months ago in Mexico -- which will be one of the stories in the book  Or this one  --which will also be included. Or this one about my father’s last breath .

All of the stories in the book will be "slice of life" moments -- the stuff we often miss (or don't talk about) because we are rushing hither and yon.  "Moments of truth", you might say.  Or what John Lennon was referring to when he said "Life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans."

How am I feeling about writing this book?  Thomas Wolfe said it best.

As you will notice, I am offering contributors a variety of rewards in appreciation for their support.  At the most basic level of giving, you will in effect, be simply paying, in advance, for a copy of my next book. Other levels of giving trigger more exotic kinds of rewards.

Whether or not you decide to contribute to my  campaign, I wish you the courage to go for your highest aspirations -- be they inner or outer or both.  Towards that end, perhaps these quotes on vision, beginning , and risktaking will help you on your way.

Oh, one more thing... no matter how much money I raise with this campaign, I will give back in two ways:  10% will be donated to my favorite charity -- The Prem Rawat Foundation -- to help spread dignity, peace, and prosperity in the world.  And I will be on the lookout for  an aspiring young writer to mentor. 

And please, if my GoFundMe campaign moves you in anyway,  consider forwarding it to your friends and neighbors. It takes a village... and a few village idiots!

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DEAR GENEROUS GOFUNDME SUPPORTERS: Just a quick note to let you know I am coming down the homestretch and that "Storytelling for the Revolution" God willing, will be published by the end of may. We're i the final editing and book production phase. Below is a mock-up of the back cover, complete with some sweet testimonials about the book. A 3+ year project! Something things take time. Thanks, again for your faith in me and for helping me get to this point in time and space!
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DEAR FRIENDS: Here's where things stand with my forthcoming book, STORYTELLING FOR THE REVOLUTION:

1. I am 90% done with the writing. Aiming to have it completed and edited by February 1.

2. Will be self-publishing the book with the able assistance of Catherine Clarke, a wonderful write/editor and friend who helped me publish my previous book (Storytelling at Work).

3. We are aiming to get the book published no later than June 1, 2018 -- sooner if possible without stressing.

4. A wonderful publicist has offered to take on my book project -- for barter. In other words, we will trade services. No funding required. Hallelujah!

5. So far, the following people have promised to provide book endorsements: Marshall Goldsmith, Tim Gallwey, Elizabeth Lesser, Michael Nouri, Luis Urrea, Gail Larson, Susan Page, and Elliott Landy. Still possible: Eckhart Tolle and Jack Canfield.

6. An excerpt of the book was just published on Baba Ram Dass' website ( Check it out!

Thank you for all your support and good vibes!
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Well... my agent's effort to sell my book to a publishing house came up empty. 12 rejections (the same amount Harry Potter J.K. Rowling got before she finally sold her manuscript). Anyway, I've decided to self-publish (as I did with my previous book) and have engaged the services of a wonderful editor/book producer who worked closely with me on my last book. That work will begin in mid-February. Between now and then, I will be completing the writing. Not yet sure about a publication date. Will keep you posted. And thanks for all your support so far! Mucho appreciated!
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DEAR FRIENDS: I am just days away from my fabulous agent, Joann Deck, shopping my book proposal to publishers. No matter what publisher takes me on, the reality is that marketing and promoting books these days is usually more up to the AUTHOR than the PUBLISHER. So... I am checking in with my FB friends to see who wants to be part of my grassroots outreach efforts. This might include posting my Amazon link on your FB page, writing an Amazon review, blogging about it, buying the book from Amazon on a specific "launch day". emailing my Amazon link to your friends, hosting a "Wisdom Circle" in your home, etc. There is no one right way to do this. Different strokes for different strokes. That being said, I am building my tribe NOW so I can stay in touch with everyone along the way. If you would like to become part of my grassroots "get the word out" tribal efforts, leave your name below, or FB message me, or email:
Thanks! It takes a village and at least a few village idiots!

PS: if you responding by LIKING this post, I am assuming you want to be part of my tribe. So... please don't LIKE this post unless you want to receive further email updates from me. Thx.
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Dbirdey Capozzi
17 months ago

How did I NOT know about this effort for 8 months!?? LOL! Glad I found it...

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$3,959 of $12,500 goal

Raised by 103 people in 26 months
Created March 31, 2016
Level 1
Donate this amount and I will email you a story from my recently published, Storytelling at Work.
Level 2
Thank you! Donate this amount and I will email you three stories from Storytelling at Work.
Level 3
Donate this amount and get a signed copy of my book
Level 4
A $40 donation gets you TWO copies of my book -- one for you and one to give away.
Level 5
Donate this amount and get 3 books -- two of the new one and one copy of Storytelling at Work (which, by the way, is also available on Amazon and in my garage).
Level 6
OK. You get the complete set of Ditkoff books: Awake at the Wheel, Full Moon at Sunrise, Storytelling at Work, and the book I am writing...
Level 7
$100! Hey, if 250 people each gave $100, my goal is achieved! If YOU are one of these high rollers, you get three books and an hour of coaching on your writing.
Level 8
Five books and three hours of one of the following: 1) Editorial consultation on a writing project of yours; 2) Home-cooked meal at my place; 3) Foot massage
Level 9
Five books and a brief article about you on one of my blogs.
Level 10
If I was giving away Ambassadorships, you would get one, but since I'm not, $1,000 will get you 10 copies of my book and four hours of my editorial services.
Level 11
If I have anything to do with it, you will be reborn as a close student of the Master of the time. Plus 20 books and six hours of my editorial services.
Level 12
Oy vey! As my grandmother would have said, "I'm plotzing!" How about I name my first child after you in my next lifetime?
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chris corbett
2 months ago

looking forward!

Michael Dorfman
2 months ago

Looking forward to reading the book!!

Faith Fuller
3 months ago

We support you Mitch. Go get 'em!

Joseph Bennett
3 months ago

Muchas felicidades, Mitch! We knew you could do it!

Paddy Noble
3 months ago

Oh Boy!

Tim Hain
4 months ago

Write on, man! As David Frost once said "Thank you for your support - I shall always wear it!" I appreciate yours, in person and on the page...

Dbirdey Capozzi
17 months ago

How did I NOT know about this effort for 8 months!?? LOL! Glad I found it...

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