I am thrilled to be working on an exciting new project that I think you might beinterestedin learning about and perhaps joining. It is a book called Five More Minutes, acollection of essays written by people like you.... from all walks of life, around the worldwho have experienced loss in one way or another and have something they would like toshare.
What would you do or say if you were given five more minutes with someone you loved, still love orperhaps even never loved, and lost? Someone who impacted your life profoundly.... What would you share, andwhere, and how? If death or an unfinished ending took someone precious and important to you ......a parent, achild, a friend or lover, partner or pet......and you still have something burning inside you that you want to tellthem, what would it be?
Well, here is your chance......We are in the process of gathering heartfelt essays of 500 words or less to collectinto a book of messages to our loved ones who have died. We invite you to shareyour own gift of expression with your beloved. If you know of someone that youthink might be interested to participate, feel free to pass along the invitation or have them contact me directly. You do not need to be a professional or published writer to participate.
This project was inspired by Dane Chapin, whose father was his best friend. After losing his father several years ago and wishing for five more minutes with him, he conceived of the idea of asking other people what their five more minutes would be. I participated with an essay written to Demo, my husband who died almost 13 years ago. This idea has now evolved into a book in which we welcome others to do the same. Together, Dane and I, hopefully with your participation, aim to publish this collection to inspire healing in those who have experienced loss.
Contributions may be submitted in a Word document using a 12 point font (Times New Roman) ideally before the end of June of 2015, although some submissions may be accepted after that date. In addition, we welcome relevant art work, cartoons, photographs or poetry. Please include with each submission a short bio of yourself and if possible, a photo of you and /or the person you are writing about. You may address the letter directly to them or not and anonymous submissions will also be considered.
We aim to publish the book by Easter next year. We will require contributors to sign a release form allowing the publication oftheir essay. Some editing may be necessary but it is our intent to share the essays in their original form as much as possible.
Along the lines of the Chicken Soup For The Soul series, it is quite possible that there will be enough wonderful essays for more than one volume in the future.
A portion of the proceeds of the book will be shared with organizations such as hospice, Camp Erin and grief support groups.
For further information, questions or submissions, please contact Debbie Hinman, firstname.lastname@example.org orcall me at 760.500.0469.We really hope you will choose to be part of this wonderful healing endeavour.