Back in December 2015, I launched Sahno Publishing on a shoestring budget with little fanfare. I did, however, put out a couple of press releases, one of which dealt with my plans to give a portion of the proceeds of all book sales to charity.
Going full force into a marketing campaign throughout upstate New York for my novel Brothers’ Hand, I’d like to say a few words about the charity associated with it. My protagonist, Jerome Brothers, loses his hand in a tragic fall, then falls even harder for his physical therapist. However, as I mentioned on the Funky Writer radio show this past weekend, Jerome stubbornly refuses to test out prosthetic options, at least throughout the duration of the novel. Maybe some day he’ll change his mind.
But in the real world, millions of veterans struggle with the return from battle, traumatized not only by PTSD but also by the loss of one or more limbs. Back in December, I pledged to contribute to Intrepid Fallen Heroes for every copy of Brothers’ Hand sold. These guys have a great record of supporting wounded veterans as well as families who have lost a loved one in service to our country.
Now that I’ve ramped up the marketing campaign for the novel, I want to encourage folks to buy a copy. The more we sell, the bigger the check I can write to Intrepid Fallen Heroes on the one-year anniversary of the novel in December.
If you can’t afford to buy a book, ask your local library. Particularly in upstate New York, where the novel takes place, I’m looking to place it in as many library systems as possible. To date, several have agreed to give it a chance on their shelves: Binghamton’s Broome County Public Library; Vestal Public Library; Elmira’s Steele Memorial Library; Apalachin Library; and the Alfred Box Of Books Library.
Drop by one of these fine libraries and ask to check out their copy of Brothers’ Hand. If enough people do that, there’s a good chance the library will buy a copy or two for their collection. What better way to support veterans while supporting the arts?