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I had a dilemma when launching ‘Search for the Pearl Inside Yourself’

My dilemma

I usually give two or three copies and prizes and a couple of mugs at the launch, but then was I going to raise money for charity this time, as I did for ‘The Healing Paths of Fife’? I wasn’t sure.

I would dearly like this new little gift book of mine to reach Young Adults to help some of them through this difficult, disruptive period in their lives and so I wanted to keep the costs down if at all possible. It is only £5.99 on Amazon.

To Reach out to those who would benefit

I came up with the idea of ‘read and pass it on.’ I decided to giveaway fifty books ~ a small print run with the wonderful Biddles Books, an old family firm of printers in Kings Lynn. In each book I would put a letter saying:

  • I would love to hear from them if they found the book useful
  • To pass it on to someone they think might benefit if they didn’t enjoy it
  • To pass it on to another person when they’ve finished with it

Cover Design

I have designed several covers for others and so I decided to do this one myself too. I know it is a ‘no-no’ in the writing world, but I designed ‘The Healing Paths of Fife’ and I’ve raised over £700. I requested quotes and received four of them for around £400. Now, I know designers have to make a living too, but it often appears that writers are at the end of the list to be paid, and so what I’ve saved in doing my own cover I am putting into giving away books for free to those who need it.

Why 50!

Once we’d organised the print run for ‘Search for the Pearl Inside Yourself’ I chose to giveaway 50 books and here are my reasons:

> I saved the money on the cover

> I will giveaway 20 paperbacks in July, 15 in August and 15 in September

> The majority of those given away will be local to here in Fife or in Bedfordshire, many delivered by hand but up to 5 maximum each month by post(UK only).

>All publishing companies of size giveaway many, many advanced reader copies for reviews, to bookclubs, on line book reviewers and individual. (I will also ask politely in my letter for a review, if they would like to do so, but this in no way guarantees getting them.)

How to recover costs

Although I will absorb some of the costs as my donation to a good cause, I will hopefully use the sales of the ebook published in August to cover the larger costs so far. The e book will also be at a low price, 99p, with free period, to reach as many as possible.

Then I have other decisions to make…

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Mental Awareness Week 10th to 16th May ~ Search for the Pearl Inside …

Reading about Mental Awareness Week on the Scottish Book Trust website there were two post which caught my eye:

The Callan Gordon Award is open for authors between between 18 and 35 years in memory of the tragic death of Callan, when he took his own life at 28 years through mental illness. Here’s Iain’s story, Callan’s Dad.

My heart goes out to Iain, who is still going through pain at the memory of events in 2011, ten years ago. Here’s the link to the award:

The Callan Gordon Award 2021

This is a way of supporting young Scottish authors too!

The second post on the Scottish Book Trust relating to Mental Awareness Week is how best to improve mental health by getting out and about in the natural world as described in Brian Kerr’s book How to Value a Skylark, The Countryside in a Time of Change.

The Scottish Book Trust describes 15 wonderful books and so, if you can’t absorb yourself in the natural world right now, then why don’t you settle down and relax and read one of these lovely books at home. I’ve only read The Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd in this list and it magically transports you to the wild places in the Cairngorms.

That brings me neatly to my little book of encouragement which I began writing as I was leaving my teaching post at Barnfield Further Education in Luton, giving young people a second chance; a book much needed as we emerge from lock down. The title speaks for itself:

Search for the Pearl Inside Yourself

A Gift Book of Encouragement for Young Adults


To be released on 25th June 2021

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“Search for the Pearl Inside Yourself”

“Search for the Pearl Inside Yourself

A Special Book of Encouragement for Young People”

will be launched on 25th June 2021


Do you know a young person, young adult, school leaver, college leaver who needs some help right now in believing in themselves?

You may be a friend, parent, aunt, grandparent or even a teacher or social worker. You may see the potential in a young person but not be able to find the words to say.

This little book of encouragement will be released at the end of the month. One of Diana’s ‘Motivational and Inspirational Series.’

(I apologize for the delay of this book launch. My Mum passed away at the beginning of March too (my Dad passed away in January) and I am finding it hard to get my head around it all at the moment)



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