Help Birth Mitch Ditkoff's New Book
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!
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 ( www.ramdass.org). Check it out!
Thank you for all your support and good vibes!
Thanks! It takes a village and at least a few village idiots!
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