Worth much more than a dollar


If you are a currently self-publishing author, chances are you’ve heard of April Hamilton. If you haven’t, then chances are you have benefited from her expertise indirectly. Her voice was among the first to dare suggest that self-publishing was a viable, respectable way for writers to get their work out into the world. She has dedicated years of her life to helping writers in practical ways through how-to posts on her blog (which was eventually published as The Indie Author Guide) and encouraging us personally by her successful example and positive attitude. Nearly two years ago she founded the website Publetariat, “an online community and news hub built specifically for indie authors and small, independent imprints…to bring [authors] the most valuable content in books, publishing, book promotion, authorship and more from all over the web.”

In other words, she has worked her ass off for us. Now she needs our help. Early Thursday morning, she posted the following plea on Publetariat:

I am in desperate straits, and as a result, so is Publetariat. In March of this year I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Two days later my husband announced he was leaving me, and did. We would’ve been married 19 years last month. The small business we used to run together, which was our family’s primary source of income, is now a thing of the past and has been for months. I’m trying to sell off what’s left of its assets, but in this economy buyers are scarce. To say I’m struggling to make ends meet for myself and my two children doesn’t quite cover it. The bank is preparing to foreclose; I and my children are facing homelessness.

Publetariat’s audience numbers in the tens of thousands, and if each one of them were to pitch in just one dollar, it could keep my children and I—and therefore, Publetariat—afloat for a few more months, while I try to get more work and make other financial arrangements. So please…if you’ve found anything helpful, informative or entertaining on this site over the past two years, if its content has inspired you to keep going when you were ready to quit, solved a problem for you or answered your questions…if it has saved you a dollar’s worth of time, effort or worry, please donate that dollar now. If you can afford more, it will be much appreciated.

So please, all of you – whether you’re currently self-publishing, are thinking about it, have done so in the past, or if you’ve ever read and enjoyed a self-published book – please consider donating a buck to help out April and her kids. If you can spare more than that, well that would be awesome, too.

To donate, scroll to the end of April’s post.

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About R.J. Keller

R. J. Keller is the author of Waiting For Spring. An avid independent movie enthusiast, she was Managing Editor of The Movie Fanatic website and created episodes of the writer-centric YouTube series, Inside The Writers' Studio, with author Kristen Tsetsi. She co-hosted Book Chatter with Stacey Cochran from 2011-2014. She lives in Central Maine with her family, where she enjoys gardening, collecting geeky memorabilia, and watching other people cook. View all posts by R.J. Keller

4 responses to “Worth much more than a dollar

  • April L. Hamilton

    Thanks so much for posting this, and thanks to all in your audience who’ve donated or helped spread the word. Donations are trickling in, and every single dollar really does help keep the wolves at bay for one more month.

    This year should’ve been my banner year. It’s clearly the year self-pub went mainstream (apparently, this is no longer a contradiction in terms), it’s the year my new book came out, and it’s the year I expected to be celebrating my 19th wedding anniversary. Instead it’s turned out to be a year I’m struggling to survive.

    Lots of people tell me there’s an excellent memoir in this, and maybe they’re right. But there’s a reason why “May you have an interesting life” is an ancient Chinese curse. Here’s to 2011: may it be so boring and uneventful that I scarcely remember it in years to come.

    Once again, thanks to you and your audience from me and my kids. It will be a spartan Christmas, but at least we’ll still be together, and with a roof over our heads.

  • RJ Keller

    April, this is the very least I can do. We’re going to be spreading the word on Book Chatter tonight as well, for anyone interested in tuning in.

    http://www.ustream.tv/channel/bookchatter

  • robinaltman

    That’s just awful. Smart and easy to donate through PayPal!

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