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UP TO YOU: A call to action and a book marketing plan

With the publication of my latest book,  “How Will You Create Positive Change?”, I have created an initiative to encourage community volunteerism and maybe even sell some books along the way.  It is called Up To You, because we each have to BE the change we want to see and it really is up to us. Volunteering is an easy way to create a better world which includes safer and healthier communities for ourselves and our families.

So far, I have a logo, a Facebook page, and a marketing plan already done. I am asking all 16 of the featured people in this book to create a short video about their work and this initiative. I am creating banner ads, sending out press releases, and soon will print some shirts with the logo (below) to giveaway. The logo is an arrow for UP, a peace sign for TO(two) and a U for you.  I love this logo. It’s now in the top ten of my designs.

changeisup2u, up to you, volunteerism

volunteer organization, local volunteer opportunities

The Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/changeisup2u

I started volunteering in college and love to see the rewards of helping and supporting my community.  It also happens to be a good way of making friends and networking. This ability to help without expectations of return is a wonderful aspect of life. I believe we are ALL capable of it. Even the monsters of my past have done amazingly kind acts for others. Don’t bother trying to convince me that anyone is incapable of volunteering. They may not be willing, but that’s a different story.


Empowering Discussions

When I am a Best Selling Author like John Scalzi

Selling a million books is my long-term goal in life. This isn’t so I can buy a private jet and diamonds or be in the New York Times(though that last bit does sound great). I want wealth to share with others. Because yes buying shiny, fun, or beautiful things feels good, but they don’t last like love, compassion, and sustainable solutions.  I want to be as rich as Scalzi, Oprah, or even that 26-year-old that just sold her millionth Ebook. There are so many great organizations that could use some funds for resources with a little publicity thrown in for their efforts.

However, even on a limited budget I can still help and so can you. One of the most valuable resources needed to help others and improve our communities is completely free. That resource is people. We are the best resource money cannot buy. This Spring I have been working on an initiative to get people involved and inspired to give their time and skills to those in need and those who are offering fulfillment of those needs. My call to action is “Up To You” and will launch next week. I always end my self-defense classes by telling the participants that preventing violence is up to them. Because we truly must be the change we want to see in the world.  That is how I chose this name. The name also inspired me to create this really cute logo which I hope will become as popular as the Nike swoosh or the Life is Good logo…. It could happen. Life is full of possibilities.

You can see how John Scalzi is using his fame and money to support RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) on his blog. http://whatever.scalzi.com/2013/04/18/gamma-rabbit-t-shirt-donation-update/