This is me at the base of Mt. Everest some years ago. It was this trip that convinced me that I could do anything I put my mind to. It took me 7 weeks of walking to get up here to 19,000 ft. Everest behind me is only 7,000 ft higher! I thought I couldn't beat that, and then I published Strum!
In June 2013, Strum was launched... it was my first book. I published it independently because it seemed like the right thing to do. The industry was changing... authors could keep control of their rights and bring a book to the public with their own vision, words and aesthetic in tact. I liked the idea of being part of a revolution.
Since then, Strum has gone on to win six (6) independent publishers book awards, including one which competed with mainstream publishers - and came out a Finalist! But, in the end, it's still a self-published book and it has to finance it's own publicity, as well as get itself out to the public.
Strum needs to reach more readers so they can share in it's beautiful epic story that traces one mixed-race family's legacy of love, loss, war, tragedy, and, finally, redemption, all within the magical realm of ancestral spirits and music. It has guitars, it has voices, it has Eastern instruments that blend and meld with the Western instruments. They are symbolic of our modern world culture which takes the best of both worlds.
If I could do it again, I might have considered seeking a mainstream publisher to bring it to the reading public, because it takes a whole lot of time and money to market a book, neither of which I have lots of. Darn-it, it takes a whole village to raise a book!! And You are my Village!
I've been asked by a lot of potential readers to please bring out an Audible version so they can hear it in their cars as they drive in traffic -- commuting to work, delivering kids to school, or while on vacation. Time is so rare these days. To be able to enjoy a good story, people need to fit them into their busy, sometimes hectic lives.
So, I would like to do just that - to bring beauty into their lives. Strum is a special book that features very special music, which brings the story to life! When I launched Strum, I had a movie special effects orchestra to back up my various readings and it was fantastic!! The rest of the world needs to hear this version, so I am asking you to help me fund this new musical endeavor: "Strum: An Audible Book with Music."
Won't you please help with whatever you can contribute. Whether it's $5 or $500, consider it your investment in the future of publishing - or being the support crew for a local Author. You will receive recognition in the Strum Audible Version and the next book in the Strum series.
THANK YOU SO MUCH! NAMASTE!
Nancy MC Young
www.nmcyoung.com - Official Author Website
Winner of Seven Book Awards and Distinctions:
- Library Journal - Top Five Most Read Ebooks (2nd in Fantasy) 2016
- USA Best Book Awards – Finalist: Literary Fiction 2014
- Independent Publishers Award - Silver Medal Best Regional Fiction (Canada East) 2014
- Hollywood Book Festival (Hon Men - Fiction) 2013
- New York Book Festival (Hon Men - Fiction) 2013
- San Francisco Book Festival (Hon Men - Fiction) 2013
- Great Northwest Book Festival (Hon Men - Fiction) 2013
- Peggy Tom
- Joane Hugh
- Tim Hennings
- John Young
- Bart Garcia
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