"I have a dream to create an organization with a message of love that celebrates the magic of childhood."
Arlo Jared Lorenz
Arlo Jared Lorenz
June was an exciting month! I’ve tinkered a lot with the website, and expanded my distribution model. Due to these efforts I have 20 copies to give away this month. My Little Luminaire has become our best seller since release and we are donating 10 copies. Duck Duck Grey Duck, and The Lonely Bench have each sold 5 copies.
Firstly I updated the website (https://feltitinmyheartpress.weebly.com/#/) to include a shop. I’m fulfilling orders, additionally I’m signing all books ordered on the website through August 1st.
Second I’m tinkering with a direct sales method.
So we have books to give! I never expected this to be the difficult part of the business, but there’s an old way of doing things here that’s hard to break through. The organizations that you naturally think about giving to are established within a system that makes donation difficult. The standard protocol for book donation is for Not for Profit organizations to take in monitory donations, buy books from the largest player on the block, and then give them away or shelve them. There’s a logistical accounting piece, and bar code concern that makes taking in free books difficult. When I approach these organizations, they either deny the donation of (free/unpaid) books, or they request quantities that we are not able to meet. I plan on building to a point where I can give on a massive scale, but we just can’t do that now. So, let’s focus on a grass roots effort!
I’m again going to ask for suggestions. This month I’m again supporting Christian Family Care as a Phoenix based partner. I absolutely love that they use my books in a gift basket for adoptive families. For future giving I just made a contact with Habitat for Humanity, so I’m excited about that. I’m trying to expand giving relationships with additional local partners like Boys and Girls club, Toys for Tots and the YMCA, however Covid 19 has effected the distribution channels with those entities.
Here are a couple of other thoughts. We need to be a bit creative as we grow.
Don’t feel limited to those selections if you have a specific need. Please let us know!
Thank you for your help! Let’s defeat illiteracy!
I'm writing for the love of writing and the joy it brings. I figure I can defeat illiteracy if I publish in a socially equitable way. To do this I give away one book, for every one purchased to an organization that supports at risk youth.