This is a story of a woman taking things into her own hands. I like women like this. I particular like this woman, because what she took into her own hands was my book. And specifically, getting my book into other people’s hands.
I want to share this story for a few reasons. Because this woman is so cool, and she deserves the props. But more importantly, I’m sharing this because I hear every day from people who say they love the book … wait for it … but they have no funding.
I had such a conversation not very long ago with Sharon Leslie, a onco physical therapist from the Bay Area. She had found out about my book when a girlfriend she works with showed her the copy I had dropped off. Sharon listens to women “constantly” talking about their anguish over their treatment and their children. So she did something to bring together the women in need with the book she thought got it so right.
Here is what she did.
- Sharon hosted a party at her home one night. You know, a couple bottles of wine, some very nice nibbles and sweet things. (She even invited me over for dinner beforehand, so I got to meet her whole family!)
- She invited to this party her girlfriend Liz who sells Silpada jewelry (www.silpada.com), which is just like www.stellaanddot.com.
- She asked if that girlfriend would donate 25% of her receipts from that night to buying my book. The jewelry saleswoman was delighted to do that. After all, she was going to sell a bunch of jewelry that night, and who wouldn’t want to help support other women going through a tough time.
- She then invited about 100+ girlfriends to the party (about 50 did come). A night out. Shopping for themselves. Or for gifts for birthdays or holidays. And knowing that their shopping is going to help support other women.
- She also put out a basket for straight donations, if people just wanted to support the idea of giving money to purchase books.
I went to the party that night, because it was in Los Altos, about an hour away from my house. I signed 14 books that night for different guests who wanted to give them to personal friends. Combining the $1,285 from the “straight donation” basket, and the 25% of jewelry sales resulted in 181 MORE books. Sharon now gets the pleasure of handing out my book to anyone she thinks could use it. No strings attached.
It’s such a fantastic idea and a 5-way win that I just had to share it. May it inspire more such events!
Win: for the books. They get to work.
Win: for Sharon because she gets to hand out a book to someone in need RIGHT THEN AND THERE when the need arises.
Win: for the Liz, because she gets to sell her goods and feel really good about donating some of that windfall to a great cause.
Win: for the friends shopping, because not only do they get the chance to go shopping in a unique way, but a portion of their purchase goes to help other women. That they’ve never met. But could be just like them.
And finally a big ‘ol win: for the women with cancer. Because there is nothing so wonderful as an unanticipated gift that will help you deal with something so very important and difficult.
So three cheers for Sharon Leslie, who took life into her own hands and has made a huge difference in the lives of close to 200 women and their families.