Archive for May, 2009

Three months, twelve hours

My countdown time is showing us close to three months from the beginning of the 2009 Unleash Your Story event.

Time for us to get the website in shape. Time for all of our participants to start setting goals, getting the TBR pile ready and thinking about the stories they are going to write.

Make it more fun by putting a team together. Your friends can support each other in your goals–reading, writing and seeking donations. The time is near. Get ready!


May 29, 2009 at 5:54 pm

Getting the word out

I’m checking in from Uruguay to talk about getting the word out for our 2009 Unleash Your Story event. We’ve started on Facebook where our list of fans has grown from 25 to 66 overnight. Sure that’s a long way from the 1,000 fans we hope to have before our event starts at the end of August, but it is a great start.

Let’s take a minute to talk about our goals. Last year, we made over $11,000, which was great for our first year. This year we will raise over $20,000. How can we do that in a down economy where people have tighter budgets and little left for charitable giving? We continue with our philosophy of many small gifts. The beauty of our event is that we don’t rely on a few large donors. Instead, we spread the wealth to a lot of small donors.

Did I really say spread the wealth? Of course! Because we all know just how good it feels to give to a great cause. To feel as though we are a part of something bigger than ourselves. To truly make a difference in the lives of others and contribute to making the world a better place. Honestly, there is no better form a wealth than simply feeling content.

Now for the math. Last year we had around 140 participants to raise that $11,000. That works out to around $80 per participant. Let’s assume that this year the average will go down to $50 per participant. To reach $20,000 we will need 400 participants. Let’s hedge out bets by aiming for 500 participants and be sure to make our goal.

What can you do to help? First, start by helping us get the word out. If you are a Facebook user, you can start by becoming a fan of our page. Then encourage all your Facebook friends to become fans too.


Next, start talking to your reader or writer friends about forming an Unleash Your Story team. Think about your reading, writing and fund raising goals. Help us reach our goal of 500 participants and we will meet or exceed our $20,000 fund raising goal.

Together we can make a difference in the lives of young people with cystic fibrosis.

May 10, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Brenda Novak Diabetes Research Auction

In support of fellow author Brenda Novak’s efforts to raise money for diabetes research, the authors of Romance Unleash have donated an Unleash Your Story tote bag full of books.

You can bid on our bag of books and lots of other fun items at:

Our bag is item number 1389142. Bidding continues until May 31.

May 6, 2009 at 6:10 pm

Donate now!

Support for your fellow readers and writers while you help fight cystic fibrosis! It's easy to donate online. Thanks in advance for your support!

How we’re doing…

In 2008, Unleash Your Story raised $11,366 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Our 2009 goal is $23,000. Dollars Raised
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What is Unleash Your Story?

A combined read-a-thon and write-a-thon that challenges readers, writers and published authors to unleash their stories and make a difference.

Our 2009 goal is to raise $23,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the leading organization in the United States devoted to cystic fibrosis. Register now!.

Questions? Check out our FAQs.

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Can't participate in the read/write-a-thon? Click the UYS logo to donate directly to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.


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Pacesetter Author

Lori Wilde is our 2009 Pacesetter Author.

Lori has sold 47 books to 4 major New York publishers--5 books coming out in 2009. She's prolific and dedicated to writing regularly to keep up with all those deadlines!

Lori promises to set a sizzling pace for all our writers to follow! Her goal for the event is 60,000 words!

To learn more about Lori, visit her Pacesetter Page

Michelle Buonfiglio Pacesetter Reader

We are proud to have Michelle Buonfiglio as our 2009 Pacesetter Reader.

Michelle hosts Barnes &’s new “Heart to Heart” (H2H) daily romance fiction blog and is the creative force behind (RBTB), a fun and positive place where readers and writers hang to talk love, sex, family, life -- and, of course, romance novels

Michelle's goals are to read 10,000 pages and write 10,000 words in her blogs and comments.

To learn more about Michelle, visit her Pacesetter Page