A Facebook friend sent me a post about Gary Sinise’s Foundation. I heard of it and knew nothing about except that it helps veterans and anything helping veterans gets a nod from me, so I reposted it to my timeline.
Another friend picked up the post on my timeline and encouraged me to investigate.
I did, and was in tears.
Susan and I decided to donate a portion of The Augmented Man‘s royalties to Gary Sinise’s Foundation. After all, the book deals with PTSD and recovering from trauma, Sinise’s foundation helps veterans overcome such ordeals, duh!, huh?
In a section we pulled from The Augmented Man and will use in the sequel is the line
To our Brothers-In-Arms:
Those we’ve forgotten
and those we’ve tried to forget.
and in The Augmented Man‘s marketing material is the line “…the horrors of war never stay on the battlefield. They always come home.”
Anyone who’s experienced combat – real you’re-gonna-die combat – wants peace and rest. That’s what The Augmented Man is about.
So we’re giving part of our proceeds from the book in tribute to those who’re part of the story.
A Challenge to Other Authors
I’m told nobody starting out authoring today is going to get rich from it. I hope that’s not the case. There are some benefits to being rich. Detriments, too, I’m sure. I’ll let you know when I get there.
But I’m challenging other authors: Does your book deal with a social/cultural issue? Does your book’s story deal with people and/or animals suffering and demonstrate ways out?
Then make it real and help make it happen.
Donate part of your royalties to those who suffer.
Heck, even if your book’s not about such stuff, donate part of your royalties to making the world better for others.
I mean, you’re not going to get rich, right? Might as well do something with the few sheckles your making beyond supersizing those fries, right?