Expanding My Writing Career

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Raised by 86 people in 31 months
My name is Mandi Bean, and I am currently an English teacher at the high school I graduated from ... which is an entertaining and bizarre as it might sound. But all my life, honestly for as long as I can remember, I've wanted to be a writer: a career author.

In October of 2012, in the midst of Hurricane Sandy, my first novel was published by Martin Sisters Publishing. It's called HER BEAUTIFUL MONSTER, and outside of friends and family and colleagues, I didn't sell many copies. The same publishing company is working with me to publish a second novel, called MOODY BLUE, but to make a splash in the publishing industry, it is necessary to network and make connections.

Recently, my application was accepted to attend the St. Augustine Author-Mentor Workshop which could revolutionize my career and change my life. The goal of the workshop is to prepare my current work-in-progress for commerical publication. I'll work one-on-one with representatives from major publishing companies. The cost to attend is around $3,000 which includes materials, resources, room and board for the four-day event. The event is at the end of February, so I'm in a bit of a time crunch.

This would be a major step in the right direction for attaining my lifelong dream. I've never taken so large a step and I need help. I have 3,649 fans of my Author page on Facebook; if everyone donated just a single dollar, I'd be more than set! It's so rare that such opportunities come along to help someone achieve their wildest dream, and I would be forever indebted to each and every donor regardless of the outcome of the event, because a donation is a tangible sign of support, that you believe in my talent enough to support me in this way.
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Just one last THANK YOU to my AMAZINGLY SUPPORTIVE, GENEROUS and LOVING donors!
A final THANK YOU and an excerpt (NSFW)
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JUST $40 AWAY!!! The person (or people) who help me hit $3,000 I will personally wine and dine upon my return from this experience. ;)
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Hey all! If I hit $3,000, I'll share an excerpt from what I am currently working on. Please help me hit that magic number! I am SO close!!
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It is SUPER cold in New Jersey as I'm up and getting ready for work, but my heart is SUPER warmed by the love and support and generosity from all of YOU! Donations are STILL trickling in, and that is WONDERFUL, so don't let them STOP! Let's finish this strong! <3
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Ashley Ann
31 months ago

Best of luck! You are brilliant and I can't wait to see what kinds of great things are ahead for you!

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Raised by 86 people in 31 months
Created January 5, 2017
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DA
$60
Dejah Adams
31 months ago
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You deserve it❤️

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Anonymous
31 months ago
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CB
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Cassie Bonder
31 months ago
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NW
$25
Nicole Ward
31 months ago
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Im so happy to be able to help you chase your dreams! Can't wait to read Moody Blue!

CR
$25
Cassie Ruger
31 months ago
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JV
$50
Justin Varga
31 months ago
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I don't read books, but you can read it to me when you're done :)

DK
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Dana Knoepfel
31 months ago
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You got this girl!! You're sharing your verse! What a thing to do!

MP
$25
Matt Pennucci
31 months ago
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I hope there aren't any word pairings with "Bean" and "is" in your novel but if there are I hope this workshop shows you how to include spaces between words ;-)

MW
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Melissa Wagenhoffer
31 months ago
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Good luck Mandi! Love, The Wagenhoffer's

DP
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Doug Van Pelt
31 months ago
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Follow your dreams. Don't ever quit.

Ashley Ann
31 months ago

Best of luck! You are brilliant and I can't wait to see what kinds of great things are ahead for you!

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