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32: My Birthday Gift to You

According to the calendar dripping days onto my desk, today I turned 32 (June 29, 2013). To celebrate another year in the rearview, I’d like to give you a gift. And at the same time, I’d like to contribute to some kids who could benefit from our help.

Throughout my twenties when I was an aspiring writer, I never thought my words would be able to pay my debts. But now they have—quite literally.

Last year I published my novel, As a Decade Fades, and to my surprise it climbed into the top ten on Amazon’s Literary Fiction bestsellers list. While I certainly didn’t get rich from the book’s initial success, the money I earned allowed me to pay off the rest of my debt—to become 100% debt-free. Which goes to show that when you dedicate four years of your life to something, it can pay off.

It’s been a long, flawed 32 years, but I’m grateful for where I am—thankful for the life I’ve created. And now that my novel has been out in the world for a while, I want to be able to help other people with my creation. So for the rest of 2013, I’m going to donate 100% of As a Decade Fades’s revenues to 826 Valencia, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing skills.

Accordingly, I’ve lowered the price of As a Decade Fades on Kindle and in print.

Happy birthday! I hope you enjoy the book. If you do, an Amazon review would be lovely.

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