Monday, 4 March 2013

Overcoming Adversity Launch Day!


It's here! A few short weeks ago, I invited my wonderful friends to contribute a short piece on the theme of Overcoming Adversity for a bloghop, following which I would compile them for an anthology to raise money for my stepson's college fund.

I never could have anticipated the overwhelming response I had, shining a light on the generosity and warmth of spirit of this amazing community. The final tally of flash fiction pieces, real life stories, and poems stands at seventy, and each is inspiring in its own right, adding up to a fabulous and uplifting book that I'm proud to release.

Andrew follows all his fundraising events with great interest and he also wants to extend his thanks. He loves the cover! Huge thanks to two talented ladies, DRC who designed it and Ella Wilson who originated the idea. Soon, I'll be revealing the full story behind the concept.

So, here are all the details for this lovely book...


Blurb:
A collection of seventy moving and uplifting original pieces - real life, flash fiction, and poetry - about battling against the odds and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit. The contributors include Amazon bestselling authors Alex J. Cavanaugh and Kyra Lennon, and the cream of upcoming talent.

The anthology is part of a fundraising effort to send the editor's stepson, Andrew McNaughton, to a specialist college in England. Andrew has cerebral palsy, and is a remarkable young man with a promising future. However, the free further education options offered in his own country of Scotland will not challenge him and allow him to progress. In order to access the education he deserves, Andrew will have to pay exorbitant fees, thus creating a situation of discrimination.

Help us get Andrew to college by buying a book that runs the full gamut of human emotions, ultimately leaving you inspired and glad to be alive. Whatever struggles you are going through, our sincere hope is that this book will help.

Purchase Links:

For those asking about paperbacks, this is in the works, and hopefully they'll be ready in the next couple of days. Watch this space!

All that remains is to once again say THANK YOU (not tired of saying this yet) and please consider spending a few pennies (or cents) on an inspirational book, and make a difference to Andrew's future and that of others with complex specialist needs.

56 comments:

Sally said...

Brilliant. I have downloaded my copy and am eagerly awaiting the paperback to purchase as well.
Good luck, Andrew and well done Nick.

Elise Fallson said...

Great job organizing this Nick. I can't wait to get my hands on a physical copy. Wishing you all the best, especially to Andrew! (:

S.P. Bowers said...

Congrats and good luck Andrew!

J.L. Campbell said...

Your a wonderful organizer, Nick. Of course, I'll be getting my copy.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations, Nick!!! Hope with all of our efforts, you sell a ton of books for Andrew.

C.M.Brown said...

Congrats, Nick, all the best for the launch!

J.L. Murphey said...

Good luck Nick! Uh you have me on the list twice # and #40...just so you know.

Elsie Amata said...

*jumping up and down with excitement*

This is so exciting, Nick! My blog is crowded with party goers but I stepped away to visit your launch party and see it's just as crowded.

Thank you for letting me be a part of this and best of luck to you!!

Julie Flanders said...

Congratulations, Nick! This is wonderful. I missed the sign up for the launch last week but have signed up now and will share later in the week. Off to get my copy now.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Nick .. I'm so pleased for you - I'll get the Kindle once I've set my device up ... this inspires me to do that.

Then I'm so pleased you're sorting out the paperback version out - I'd love to get some to hand out ..

many congratulations and I do hope your wife's ladies' night raised a goodly sum too ..

Brilliant news - cheers for now - Hilary

Al Diaz said...

I'm sure you will see your dream come true Nick and Andrew will have his college studies. I have faith on that. You both deserve it. My best to you!

L.G. Smith said...

You've done an amazing job with this, Nick. All the best to you and your family. I hope we sell a ton of books for you today. :))

Kyra Lennon said...

Congratulations, Nick! You did brillantly, putting this all together! I bought my ecopy the second I knew it was available, and I'll be going for a paperback as soon as they are released!

Maurice Mitchell said...

This is great Nick. Congratulations!

JeffO said...

Congratulations and best of luck!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Wonderful!!! Congratulations Nick and Andrew!!! I love the cover too!

Ella said...

Congrats Nick n' Andrew! I already have mine~ :D

Sorry, I am a bit behind. Internet has been down, since I woke.

It is gorgeous-Dawn did an amazing job with the cover. I was so surprised-beautiful!

YOU have Ninja skills-that was fast~

ATB to you and yours~
@>--------

Kelley Lynn said...

I only have a Nook so I'll have to wait for the paperback copy ;)

Thanks for letting me be a part of this!

Jamie Burch said...

Got my copy! So happy to have found out about this through Alex and DL's blogs. Best of luck to you and Andrew!

Mark Noce said...

Looks great Nick! Thanks for sharing this with all of us:)

Mark Means said...

I started reading this the other night and it's superb. Looking forward to the paperback!

Congrats and best wishes to you both, Nick and Andrew :)

David P. King said...

It's here! It's here! Pleased to see the anthology up a running! Congrats to you guys for all your hard work. :)

Tammy Theriault said...

*squeals* ill be getting mine tonight! And posting this for wed blog post!!

Christine Rains said...

Congratulations! This is an awesome anthology. Best wishes. :)

Nick Wilford said...

Thank you all for the incredible support!

Kelley, there should be a Nook version available through Smashwords. :)

Annalisa Crawford said...

Congratulations on creating this collection - such a great idea from start to finish - and I've bought my copy! :-) I hope it achieves everything you want it to.

Carrie Butler said...

Congratulations, Nick! I bought my copy, and I'm sharing the link everywhere. :)

M Pax said...

Nick, I hope you sell millions! And I'm looking forward to making some noise for you later this week. :) Have a wonderful Monday.

Suzanne Furness said...

Hi Nick, I'm sure it's going to be brilliant. It is certainly all over the blogosphere today.
Downloading my copy this evening.
Take care and congratulations.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Yay! I was going to ask about paperbacks, but you answered the question. :)

Linda H. said...

That was quick!

I'll be waiting to purchase the print edition. I still love the feel of holding book and turning pages.

Wendy aka Quillfeather said...

What a fantastic cause! Absolutely marvelous. I will be 'sure' to pick up a copy!

Leigh Covington said...

This has all turned out so excellent Nick! Already have my copy!

kmckendry said...

Congrats Nick! It looks great. I can't wait to get the hard copy! Good luck with the sales.

Anne said...

You don't know me, but I follow Elsie and read about your stepson and the book launch on her site. I purchased the book from Amazon just a minute ago. I wish you the best.

Slainte!
Anne O'Leary

DL Hammons said...

Snagged my copy early this morning! When the physical book arrives I plan on getting a copy and having as many authors as I can sign it! :)

Krista McLaughlin said...

Congratulations Nick! I snagged my copy today! :) Hope it does amazing things for Andrew!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Good for you! You really got this together and published in record time, and I hope you sell a bazillion of them. (I've got mine!

Heather Holden said...

Love the cover image! (I've always been fond of sunflowers.) Hope this sells well! :)

Michael Pierce said...

This is so awesome! I already downloaded my copy. I guess I missed the actual launch day, but I'll mention the anthology on my IWSG post. Congrats! :)

Dani said...

I love the cover of this! So uplifting! Youand everyone else did a wonderful job! I will mention this tomorrow!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Congratulations Nick. You are a true hero. Hope the book does super well.

Melissa said...

I'm so glad I took part in this. I got my ecopy (hurry up with the paperback! LOL), and I'm sharing the info everywhere I can. Best of luck! :)

cbwentworth said...

I'll be adding this to my "to read" list! Congrats on its release!

michelle said...

Nick I can only imagine how excited and proud you must be!
Well done!
Thank you for bringing us together in this special way and for such a worthy cause!
Best wishes to you and Andrew!
I can't wait for my paperback copy!!

Michael Di Gesu said...

ALL THE BEST with this, Nick. I really hope it helps raise enough for your stepson.

Bought my copy this morning already...

Gwen Gardner said...

I got my copy! I'll help spread the word, too. Good luck and God Bless Nick and Andrew!

Sara Biren said...

Congratulations, Nick, and best of luck to Andrew. What a wonderful thing you've done. I'll be purchasing a copy this week. <3

Charmaine Clancy said...

Looks like your release has been a huge success! Well done :)

VikLit said...

Duly purchased! Congratulations to you for putting all this together and best of luck with Andrew.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Nick, what a great idea! I will be buying a copy.

Kathy M.

Laura said...

Congratulations on putting this together- and I'm very sorry that I didn't know about the hop in time... but I'll certainly post the details and links later on in the week in the hope that it helps a little. I work for Lifeworks, a charity based in Devon, I am their community fundraiser and we have started a specialist college for young people with learning disabilities. So I'm all too aware of your needs and frustrations! I hope that you raise the funds you need - the very best of luck! Off to nab my copy
Laura x

Pk Hrezo said...

Got my copy and the eBook looks great! Congrats on such a successful launch, Nick! And all the best for you and Andrew!

Nicole said...

Um, I just realized I've visited this page about a dozen times in the last couple days and hadn't actually commented yet. Oops! Big congrats to you, Nick. It's been great to be a part of it, and I hope it helps Andrew so much!

The Golden Eagle said...

Congratulations, Nick! :) I hope this anthology raises enough to meet your goals.

Roberta Goodman said...

This is a wonderful idea, Nick! Congratulations :) I’m ashamed to say I’ve been too busy to read your blog and this is the first I’ve learned of Overcoming Adversity! I will make sure to include a link about this worthy cause on my Twitter posts! I will also post something on my FB author page! Good luck with it!