We would love for you to join us as a co-author in our 4th collaborative book in the #1 bestselling 365 Book Series!
It’s called Goodness Abounds: 365 True Stories of Loving Kindness, and it will be released in November 2017!
If you are interested in collaborating in this book, please be sure to sign up now for the waiting list. That way, you’ll be among the first to know all of the details about it just as soon as we announce them in February – the spots tend to go quickly! (You’ll also be eligible to receive a special discount when registration opens!)
Please sign up below!
We believe that we live in a world where goodness abounds. But sometimes, when you look at all the negativity and divisiveness in the news, it’s easy to feel discouraged. You might find yourself disheartened by world events, wondering what happened to the light-filled and loving universe you want to live in. What happened to all the goodness?
Well, we know that it’s still there! We know that the world is filled with light. We know that kind, loving people are everywhere. We know that GOODNESS ABOUNDS!
Now, more than ever, we feel that it’s so important to look for – and FIND and CELEBRATE – the many examples of good-hearted people expressing kindness…every day, in endless ways! That’s why we’re creating Goodness Abounds: 365 True Stories of Loving Kindness – to bear witness to the myriad examples of the goodness that surrounds us all!
This book will include 365 true stories (from over 250 contributing authors) of people expressing love, goodness, and kindness. The experiences will range from huge expressions of lifelong love (such as caring for a child or aging parent with severe challenges) to small acts of kindness (such as complimenting a stranger) – all sharing one thing in common: they add to an ever-growing mountain of evidence that goodness abounds!
It’s our hope that when someone picks up this book, they can flip to any page and find a true-life story that will provide inspiration, upliftment, and encouragement to reflect upon the kindness they’ve experienced in their own life…and to be on the lookout for more!
Some examples of goodness abounding include:
- Comforting someone in their darkest hour
- Volunteering at a soup kitchen, homeless shelter, or other facility to help people in need
- Fostering or adopting a stray animal
- One animal helping another
- Taking the time to really see someone
- Giving time, energy, or money to a worthwhile cause
- Paying for someone in line at a drive-thru, toll, or store
- Expressing appreciation for someone
- Standing up for those who could use a helping hand
- Earth angels who go out of their way to help a loved one or a stranger
- Behind-the-scenes helpers who make a positive difference
- Giving for the sake of giving, rather than for the sake of recognition
- Positive art, music, writing, or other creative expressions that bring light to the world
…or any other way that goodness expresses itself every day throughout the world – in an almost infinite number of possible forms.
While the stories themselves vary greatly, our hope is that each of them will leave the reader feeling inspired, amazed, moved, and deeply appreciative of the goodness all around us!
One of our favorite spiritual stories is the Cherokee tale of the man who tells his grandson that two wolves are fighting within him. When the grandson asks which one will win, the grandfather says, “The one you feed.” This story serves to remind us to “feed” the inner qualities we want to nurture, such as joy, compassion, and love. And how do we “feed” them? Through our attention and our focus. This teaching also applies to the world around us: we can feed the qualities and the actions that we wish to nurture. By shining a light on goodness, we celebrate it, we encourage it, and we help it grow and flourish.
Energy Flows Where Attention Goes!
We want to focus on goodness, and we believe that by giving our energy and our strong positive emotions to each of the examples of goodness collected in this book, not only are we saying “Thank you” to the universe, we’re also saying, “More like that, please.”
Turn on Your Goodness Radar!
Have you ever noticed that the more you look for something, the more you notice it? This principle certainly works with examples of goodness – the more you look for goodness, the more you’ll find it! One of our not-so-subtle ulterior motives for creating this book is to encourage all of us to turn on our “Goodness Radar” – to start witnessing kindness all around us. We hope that contributing to this book and also reading it will help us all be more likely to find examples of goodness in the world. It’s our hope and belief that as we shine a light on this goodness, it will grow and grow until it makes up the overwhelming majority of our experience!
And we would love for YOU to be part of this process – to help us create not only a love-filled book but also to be part of a “Goodness Abounds” movement that helps to create a more loving world!
Over the years, we’ve written several books and have experienced how wonderful it feels to see our words in print and know that they are inspiring others. And we also know firsthand how books have the power to change lives. We’ve been so grateful to have received beautiful feedback about how our own books have helped others embrace their lives, and we wanted as many people as possible to experience this as well.
We began this series in 2015 with our first book, 365 Ways to Connect with Your Soul. It immediately became a #1 international bestseller and thousands of copies were sold! Our second book in the series, 365 Moments of Grace, came out in June of 2016 and instantly become a #1 international bestseller, too! And our third book in the series, 365 Life Shifts, will be released in February, which we’re super excited about! Compiling each of these books has been such a soul-nourishing experience for us and also for the co-authors. We love the community that has been created – it’s filled with hundreds of special souls who truly want to share their words and impact the world in a positive way. We all have such powerful stories to tell, and we want to make sure that everyone has an outlet to share their voice.
For these reasons, we’re so happy to invite you to contribute to this latest book in our series!
We have complete faith that your loving words will help so many others, and we look forward to sharing the pages with beautiful souls who, similar to us, truly want to make a difference in others’ lives.
Contributing to our book is super easy! Here are the steps:
Write your submission
You’ll have the option of submitting 1, 2, or 3 pieces. Each piece will include one soulful message that you’ve personally received in your life. Each piece will be between 300-350 words. You’ll reserve your spot(s) as soon as registration opens and then will have until July 1st to submit your piece(s).
Write your bio
To help you gain extra exposure, we’ve created a section in the back of the book where each contributor can share their short bio (including a link to their website).
Send us your photo
Your photo will be featured in the back of the book next to your bio. It’s always nice to put a face next to someone’s writing, and this is a wonderful way to help others get to know you!
Submit your bonus gift (optional)
Each contributor has the option of submitting a bonus gift (e.g., ebooks, videos, meditations) for the book launch. (Please note that each gift will have to be approved to make sure it fits in with the launch as a whole.)
Share about the book on launch day
We’ll be providing each contributor with copy and graphics to use in emails, websites, and on social media. As a contributor, you agree to share about the book when it comes out, which benefits us all.
Give a gift to someone special…and to the world!
By sharing your story of goodness, you’re making an offering of love to everyone who reads your piece…and to the entire world! Also, you may like to write about someone who is special to you and to share an example of the goodness that they have put into the world (possibly to you directly or possibly to others). If you’d like, you can surprise them with the story and give them the book as a gift. What a beautiful way to say thank you, I see you, and I appreciate you!
Become a published author!
Being a published author is a dream that many have, and we want to make that dream possible for you! We know how hard it is to write an entire book. It could take years and countless hours to create it from start to finish. And then just when you think you’re finished, you’re just getting started. You have to hire an editor, a book designer, and sometimes even a publicist. You have to build a community and learn about marketing and do all sorts of things that many authors never even think of – such as buying an ISBN number and learning how Amazon’s self-publishing platform works and putting together launches so that others will hear about your book and be able to read it. It’s definitely not easy, which is one of the greatest benefits of being part of this collaborative book. All you have to do is submit the piece and then agree to share about it when the book comes out. That’s it! We’ll do the rest!
Share your words and inspire others!
Like we mentioned above, there’s something truly special about seeing your own words in print and knowing that they are making a difference in someone else’s life. We would guess that the majority of us have read a book at some point in our life that changed the way we thought about something – that gave us a new perspective and helped us shift in a positive way. That’s what we know this book will be able to do for others – what your words will be able to do for others. We are all constantly learning and growing together, and we can’t wait for you to be offering such loving support to someone else!
Expand your audience!
One of the great benefits of being part of a collaborative project such as this one is that the amount of people that your words will reach is huge! Everyone who is a contributor will be sharing about the book at the same time with their communities. Because of this, hundreds of thousands of people will learn about the book and will have the opportunity to learn more about you. If you’re like us and want to continue to reach more people with your heart-based message, then this is wonderful exposure for you! We’ll be giving you a platform to share what you’ve always wanted to share and inspire those you’ve always wanted to inspire.
Make some money!
As a contributor, you’ll be able to order printed copies of the book for approximately 1/2 price. This means that you can sell them to your community and make some extra money! We also have an affiliate program where you’ll be able to receive a 25% commission for every new referral! (You can sign up as an affiliate here.)
Be part of a soulful community!
We love being part of a community where we can constantly feel the love pouring in. One of the benefits of contributing to this book is that you’ll be part of this love bubble, too! You’ll get to experience firsthand how beautiful our world becomes when we join together and support each other from such a high vibration. We have a private Facebook group for the book where you can share your submission ideas, ask questions, stay up-to-date on specific timelines, edit each other’s pieces, make friends with other authors, and receive support along this journey! Plus, we have created a private Facebook community that’s open to the hundreds of co-authors in our book series. It’s a beautiful place to share at the heart level. We offer lots of ways to connect, including regular live events and parties!
Help animals and our planet!
Because we both admire all of the goodness that Jane Goodall and her charity continue to put into the world, we’ll be donating 5% of all profits from book sales to the Jane Goodall Institute. (You can learn more about this charity here: http://www.janegoodall.org/.)
Someone who is heart-centered
Someone who loves helping others
Someone who lives a soulful life
Someone who knows how powerful words truly are
Someone who cares about the world
Someone who wants to make a difference
Someone who looks forward to sharing about this book
Someone who embraces collaboration and also the editing process
Someone who is excited about reaching new people with their message
If this sounds like you, we would love for you to join us!
This book will allow you plenty of room for creativity, self-expression, and sharing goodness in your own unique way. We only have a few basic guidelines:
- Each piece will be between 300-350 words (so that they each fit on a single page).
- Each piece will be an original true story in prose form that has not previously appeared elsewhere.
- Each piece will center around an example of goodness – a kindness you have either received or witnessed (rather than something good that you have done).
Although we can all come up with numerous examples of the goodness we have put out into the world, this book will focus on others. (To put it in social-media picture terms: it’s about “themmies” rather than “selfies.”)
This can include experiences where others have exhibited kindness toward you or times when you’ve witnessed kindness in others, even if you weren’t directly involved. This can also include stories you’ve heard through people you know who have experienced examples of goodness – as long as you hear the story from a witness or someone directly involved (rather than, for example, through a forwarded mass email or viral video – so we can be assured that it’s actually a true story and that most people haven’t already heard it).
This doesn’t mean that you can’t share how this experience affected you (for instance, by inspiring you to become more giving or more compassionate). In fact, this may be the most powerful aspect of your story! We just ask that the example of loving kindness you focus on be something that began outside of you.
While we are completely in favor of self-promotion and people “tooting their own horn” by sharing about their good deeds, this book will turn our focus outward – to look for examples of goodness in the world around us. There’s something truly special about shining a light on someone else’s goodness, and that’s what we’d like to celebrate in this collection.
The Triangle of Goodness
A life coach once introduced us to a wonderful concept: “The Triangle of Goodness.” She said that when someone is kind or giving, three parties benefit: the recipient, the giver (because it is such a joy to give and put more goodness into the world), and the witness – because, even if we’re not directly involved, just seeing or hearing (or reading) about goodness helps to bolster our faith in humanity and to see the world as a more loving place.
In this book, we will use examples where we were on the receiving or witnessing sides of this triangle – as we celebrate ALL aspects of these experiences and the good people involved. What a beautiful gift for us all!
We’re thrilled that some truly beautiful souls have already signed up to be part of this special book, and we’re happy to share some of them below. We look forward to adding you to the list of contributors, too!
If you’re just meeting us for the first time, we’re so happy that our paths are now connected!
We are Jodi Chapman and Dan Teck – a husband-and-wife team who loves living soulfully and joyfully.
Since 2005, we’ve been living our dream of creating products that inspire others to connect with their soul and live fully and passionately. We love the community that we’ve built – it’s filled with heart-centered souls who also focus on spreading love everywhere they go.
Jodi has a BA in English/Technical Editing and Dan has an MFA in Creative Writing. Together, we have over 30 years of experience with editing and publishing. We have sold over 35,000 books, and together have written 20 books, 10 ecourses, and over 1,000 blog posts/articles. We have thousands of loving souls in our community, each of whom we’re truly grateful for.
Our publishing company is called DandiLove Unlimited, and we’ve been self publishing our bestselling Soulful Journals series through it for years.
We are passionate about writing. And we are also passionate about helping others. This collaborative book project helps us do exactly that!
We are a small company with a huge heart. And when you publish with us, you will be working directly with us.
When will the book come out?
The book is scheduled to be released in November 2017. We will create a launch for it and will send copy (e.g., pre-written emails and social media posts) to all contributors beforehand to send out to your friends/communities.
How long should my submission be?
Each submission must be between 300-350 words. This allows us to have consistent formatting across the entire book. You will also submit a short bio and a photo that will be in the back of the book.
What format(s) will the book be released in?
The book will be released in paperback (6″x9″) and also as an ebook. The paperback book will contain approximately 450 pages. We will be using CreateSpace (Amazon’s trusted publishing platform).
Will I be able to order multiple copies of this book at a discount when it comes out?
Yes! You’ll be able to order author copies through us for approximately 50% off the retail price! We’ll share all of the specific pricing details for you once the book is complete.
When is my submission due?
All submissions are due by July 1st, 2017. This allows us time to edit it and format it in time for the launch.
Will you edit my submission?
Yes! Part of what’s included in your submission is having us edit them for you. It’s always a good idea, though, to have someone else look at it before turning it in. Make sure it doesn’t have any typos or spelling errors and is something that you feel really proud about. Remember – your name will be on this piece, and we want you to feel great about it! We will edit the piece once and will send it back to you for one final check.
I don’t know what to write. Can you help?
We completely understand that sometimes it helps to bounce ideas off of a writing coach/editor before submitting your piece. We can definitely help with that! When you sign up, you’ll receive a Contributor’s Guide that includes topic ideas, submission examples, and writing tips. Dan will be hosting a FREE 90-minute virtual workshop in 2017 for any contributors who would like some support with their piece. You can also set up a 60-minute coaching session with Dan where you can meet on Skype one-on-one to talk in more detail. (The details will be in your welcome packet after you register.)
How much will it cost?
The normal registration price includes contributing to our book, having your bio appear in the back and your name listed on our main book page once it comes out, receiving author’s copies at approximately 1/2 off the retail price, being able to participate in live writing workshops and events, plus being part of our private Facebook communities. The regular prices are: $147 (1 submission), $247 (2 submissions), $297 (3 submissions). As a thank you for signing up for our waiting list, we’ll have a special discount for you when registration opens in February! (We’ll email it to you then.)
Do you offer a payment plan?
We do! If you would like to pay the total amount in installments, please email us the following information: 1. How many submissions (1,2, or 3) you would like to reserve, 2. How much you would like your payments to be (keeping in mind that the first payment must be made right away to reserve your space and the full amount must be paid by July 1st, which is when the submissions are due), 3. What time increment you would like to pay in (weekly, every other week, monthly). Please send your email here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I sign up for more than 3 submissions?
If you would like to write more than 3 submissions, please start off by signing up for 3 when registration opens and then email us that you are interested in more: email@example.com. Starting on April 1st, if there are still spots available, we’ll open it up to additional submissions and will notify you then. (This is to give new authors a chance to join our community when registration first opens.)
Can I sign up for 2 or 3 submissions and give them to friends?
We would love for you to give your friends spots in our book! If you would like to do this, you’ll need to sign up each friend separately though since we aren’t able to combine them. (For example, if you wanted to write a piece and then give one to a friend, you would order one submission for yourself and then come back and order a separate one for your friend.)
Why should I pay to be in a book?
This is a great question! Like we mentioned above, writing a book is quite an endeavor. It could take years and countless hours to create it from start to finish. And then just when you think you’re finished, you’re just getting started. You have to hire an editor, a book designer, and sometimes even a publicist, which all cost money. You then have to build a community and learn about marketing and do all sorts of things that many authors never even think of – such as buying an ISBN number and learning how Amazon’s self-publishing platform works and putting together launches so that others will hear about your book and be able to read it. It’s definitely not easy, which is one of the greatest benefits and values of being part of this collaborative book. You get to pay a small fee to be included in the book, and you don’t have to worry about the formatting, uploading, editing, etc. We do all of that! Plus, it’s a wonderful form of advertising. You’ll be exposed to hundreds of thousands of people who will potentially read your words and also your bio. It’s a wonderful way to share your message and expand your brand without having to pay a ton of money. We also have created a private Facebook community that is open to all of the co-authors in our series. It’s a beautiful place to share and connect, plus we regularly have live events and parties that help bring us even closer together and open up lots of ways to collaborate!
Am I guaranteed to be in the book if I pay to reserve my space?
We go under the assumption that if you reserve your space, you’ll be in the book. If you write your piece according to our guidelines, turn it in on time, are open to having it edited by us and potentially revising it, then you’ll be included in the book. We see this as a true collaboration, and we feel that we’re all on the same team and are working toward the same goal of bringing a book to life. We want you to feel good about your piece and the entire process.
What are the benefits of working with you specifically?
We’re extremely grateful to each author who has trusted us to publish their stories in our books. We realize that there are many publishing options available, so we wanted to share what we feel makes us unique. We know how special and heartfelt these pieces are, and we take great care of them throughout each step of the publishing process. We are writers as well as publishers. We’ve been on both sides of this process and do our best to treat each author how we would like to be treated if we were in their position: with love, respect, professionalism, and warmth. We care deeply about this series, and we do everything we can to make sure they are professional-quality books that are well edited and contain a ton of heart when they are released into the world. We do everything in-house, which includes designing the covers, formatting and editing the book, and publishing it. We love working directly with our authors and have made many wonderful friendships along the way. We’ve been writing, editing, and publishing our own books, ecourses, and articles for years. We both have degrees in English (technical editing and creative writing) and also have worked professionally with other authors – editing, formatting, and even ghostwriting their books – and have professionally designed books and other products since 2005. We also have many years of experience in building a loving community of tens of thousands and are very skilled in the marketing side of business. We’ve sold over 35,000 books so far, and we love putting all that we’ve learned into this collaborative book series. This is our fourth book in this #1 international bestselling series, and we feel confident in our process and know that it truly works and is a positive experience for everyone involved. So far, over 500 co-authors have joined us, and we love sharing our success with such an uplifting community! We love sharing our hearts, and we love creating opportunities for others to share their hearts with others, too! (If you would like to see an example of the heart and quality that we put into our books, please click here and then click on the cover to see a preview.)
What types of writing do you accept?
We accept prose, and we prefer it to be mainly in first person (just like you’re sitting across from us and sharing your story). Please note that we are not currently accepting poetry or artwork.
Who retains the copyright?
You will retain the copyright for your original, submitted piece. Our publishing company retains the copyright for the book as a whole.
Do you have an affiliate program?
Yes! If you join, you’ll be able to receive a 25% commission for every new person you refer who signs up as a contributor and uses your unique link once registration opens to the public in March! (You can learn more and sign up as an affiliate here.)
If you are interested in collaborating in this book, please be sure to sign up now for the waiting list. That way, you’ll be among the first to know all of the details about it just as soon as we announce them in February – the spots tend to go quickly! (You’ll also be eligible to receive a special discount that only those on our list will be able to receive!)
Please sign up below!
We look forward to welcoming you to this special book, to our series, and to the loving community that’s continuing to grow around it. And we are so excited to share our stories of the goodness that abounds in our world – to shine a light on it, to bear witness to it, to affirm it, to celebrate it, and to nurture it…so that it can continue to grow and flourish throughout this love-filled world!
Through our words, we truly can make a difference.
Hugs and love,
P.S. – If you have any questions, please email us here: firstname.lastname@example.org.