and a Safe and Happy New Year to you all!
Fran Keilty, owner of Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington, Conn., just informed me that “Streaks of Blue” has sold out at her store. That’s 16 copies, including 3 more toward next year’s donation to the Newtown Memorial Fund. And her store is donating a portion of its proceeds from the book to the 1214 Foundation, which is working to build a performing arts center in Newtown. Visit firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Two more Amazon paperbacks sold just under the wire. 78 copies of “Streaks of Blue” = $127.16, which I just donated to the Newtown Memorial Fund. Thanks to all my awesome and generous readers! Any copies sold from now on will go toward my donation on 12-14-14. The book is actually set in 2014 so I hope it does even better next year. God bless the angels of Newtown and their families on this sad first anniversary.
P.S. My radio interview with Larry Rifkin of WATR-1320 AM went very well on Friday — an interesting conversation about how we prevent the next one. Sadly, that very day, there was another shooting in Colorado, just eight miles from Columbine. Two more victims plus the shooter. Our struggle continues …
I am slated to talk about “Streaks of Blue” and the Newtown Memorial Fund on Larry Rifkin’s “Talk of the Town” radio show (WATR 1320 AM) at 11:10 a.m. on Friday.
Photos by Pat Moody from my book signing on Dec. 1 at the Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington, Conn. I’ve sold 13 paperbacks at Hickory Stick so far and a total of 74 copies of “Streaks of Blue” since its release on Sept. 27. That’s $122.14 raised for the Newtown Memorial Fund so far. Saturday is donation day as we sadly mark the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.
66 copies of “Streaks of Blue” sold = $107.15 raised for Newtown families with about a week to go until I make the donation on 12-14-13. If you haven’t bought the book and want to, please do so in the next few days so I can donate the max to Newtown Memorial Fund, which is all about helping the families long-term, not politics. Purchase links are in the left rail on this web page. Thanks!
It was a fantastic day at the Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington, Conn., on Sunday. I met some great people, signed some books and raised a lot more money for the Newtown Memorial Fund. Members from a book club in Northfield came to the signing and told me they have chosen “Streaks of Blue” as their next book club selection. They even invited me to discuss the book with them at a dinner party in January. I signed books for a ninth-grader all the way up to an elderly couple from Newtown. One woman bought three copies. Thank you to all who turned out and to Hickory Stick owner Fran Keilty for hosting this event. Fran also will be donating a portion of the proceeds to a Newtown-related charity.
The great news is I get 60 percent of paperback sales at Hickory Stick. That means those 11 copies sold add $79.13 to the $119.09 in royalties already collected.
“Streaks of Blue” has now sold 58 copies in just over 2 months for a total proceeds of $198.22. That’s $99.11 raised for the Newtown Memorial Fund!