Giving back through Locally Grown Words

I had the pleasure of exhibiting my YA book series, The Geneva Project, at Bookmark It Orlando’s Locally Grown Words book fair on Sunday at the East End Market. I shared a table with two of my favorite children’s authors, N. Jane Quackenbush & Jaimie M. Engle. There was a wide range of authors, publishers and services displaying their work and as always I met so many amazing people. Attending events like these, no matter what end of the book you find yourself on, are always so eye opening. I learned a great deal from discussing different services and option available for indie authors. I made new friends and connected with old ones. And I couldn’t ask for a nicer environment to do it in.

If you haven’t been to East End Market, it’s a must. Their eclectic mix of shops celebrate some very talented local businesses. One of my favorites is Bookmark It. Owner Kim Britt and her wonderful team do such a great job at featuring incredible Florida authors. I’m so honored to have my books there and I’m even more excited to be working with them on my One-for-One program.

I’ve both lost and found myself in the magic of words.Wether I’m reading or writing, books have always been a source of unexplainable comfort for me. I’m so grateful for the opportunities that have been brought into my life through literature and I want to do what I can to give back and make books available to everyone who craves them.

That thought has spurred me to start a One-for-One campaign for 2015. I want to donate 1000 books to local schools, libraries, and literacy groups in need. For every book I sell on my website, at school visits or through local book stores, like Bookmark It, I’m matching those sales and donating one of my books back into the community. I’m so excited to announce that I’m 25% to my goal and 230 books have already been reserved for donation.

I’ve also set up book donation sites at local area businesses to collect children’s books to add to the books I will be donating. Bookmark It and Writer’s Atelier are donation sites in the Orlando area. If you have a new or gently used children’s book you’d like to donate, please do so. It will put a smile on a young reader’s face and could make a big difference in their lives.

Words have so much power, thank you for sharing them.

If you’re interested in having a book drive box at your place of business, please contact me here.


About cbenjamin79

I love animals, music, travel and writing about all of it.
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2 Responses to Giving back through Locally Grown Words

  1. jaimiengle says:

    Reblogged this on Jaimie M. Engle and commented:
    What could I add? Check out this awesome blog post…

  2. BJ says:

    It looks like your dog (Vinny) is becoming as well known as you are. Love all that you are doing. Bj

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