Monday, August 11, 2014

20 Days Left

A month ago I began my Library Campaign with high hopes.  In that month, those hopes have begun to sour.  True, there is still 20 days left - the campaign runs through August, but if the next twenty days are indicative of the past month, it will end with disappointment.

The whole focus behind the campaign from the very beginning has been to donate a healthy portion of digital book profits to a local area library (50%) that needs close to $2mil in order to begin construction on a new building that is needed in order to meet the changing times and technology.

From the very first day, I had hopes that the campaign would be a success.  I was sure that the support would be there.  I posted about it on my Facebook Author page, my personal Facebook page, and took to Twitter, where most of my focus was aimed, since Twitter has the potential to reach an unbelievable amount of people.

The catch with Twitter is that people have to respond.  They have to retweet in order to help spread the word.  Such a simple thing to do, nothing to lose and so much to gain for the library.

But the hard truth is that as simple as it is, only a few people have stepped forward and supported with retweets.  One person more than anyone else.  One.  Among how many?

'Why retweet?  There's nothing in it for me.' 'I don't have the time.'  'Someone else will do it.'  'I'm not interested.'  This is the general feeling I've gotten from the Twitter community.  And if I sound harsh, it's because I guess I had high expectations.

I thought others would feel as strongly about helping a community, doing something worthwhile.  I've been disappointed, and feel like there's more selfishness than selflessness in the world.  Part of the reason for the campaign was not just to help the library, but to turn heads and show the world that with all the bad that goes on, we are still capable of doing something great - together.

The pyramids weren't built by a handful of people.  Neither was the Great Wall of China.  These are extraordinary examples of what we can accomplish together.  Each person doing a small, seemingly insignificant part of the greater picture, but each one as important as the next person.

We are surrounded day in and day out by negativity, yet every day there are sparks of kindness throughout the world that are done.  And though these small acts of kindness are rarely seen by the masses, they are remembered forever by those that were affected by them.

Buildings are built every day, but for the most part they are funded by a company, or perhaps a small group.  That's why I had such high hopes for this campaign.  It went against the grain.  The funds would come not from a company or a small group of people, but by the masses that pulled together, each doing a small part.  Together, those small parts would add up to something extraordinary.  A single building that not only was funded by a mass of people, which in itself is an amazing accomplishment, but a building that would be a place for generations of children and adults to come to - to study, to read, to learn... to grow.

And maybe a part of this campaign could be looked at as a social experiment as well.  An experiment in humanity.  Do we exist for ourselves, concerned only with what we can get?  Or when an opportunity passes our way, do we seize the moment and do something that will benefits others?  The answer to that as I write this, is the former.

But we still have time.  Time to make a difference.  Time to do something extraordinary.  In all honesty, last month I thought that together we could hit that mark, that seemingly impossible amount of money needed yet for the library.  Do I think so now?  That would take a miracle, like winning the lottery.  It's possible, but sadly, I don't think practical.  It would take millions of people who truly care about making a difference as much as I do.

Is that harsh?  No.  It's hard truth.  We're all so used to the negativity that bombards us every day, that when something good and decent and worthwhile comes along, we're blinded to it for the most part.  Or we don't care, because there's nothing in it for us.

So, we have 20 days left.  20 days where we can still make a difference.  The opportunity is slipping through our fingers, but it's not quite out of reach.  We can still make a difference.  But it takes effort.  It takes people caring enough to take a few seconds to retweet, and pass the message on to their followers, who can pass it on to their followers, and so on.

And obviously, the retweets are not what increases that donation amount, but the digital book sales.  But the retweets gets the message out there.  It gets it to those who will choose to help do their own small part, either with their own retweet or perhaps picking up one or more of the digital books.

So we have 20 days.  If you want to help with a retweet, please follow me on Twitter @ScotttBorgman and retweet any of my tweets that deal with the library campaign or link to my blog.  If you choose to help increase that donation amount, all of my digital books are available on Amazon (5 in all, ranging from $2.99 - $3.99.)

How this campaign ends, ultimately, is up to each one of us.  The opportunity to do something extraordinary is there, but it's fading fast.  Seize it, or let it slip away?  Let it slip away, and it will be forgotten in a matter of days.  Seize it, and what was done will be long remembered.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Update on the Library Campaign

Hello, everyone!

It's been about 2 weeks since I started the Library Campaign.  For those of you who don't know what that is, please check my blog on July 13th, titled 'Special Announcement' for all the info on that.

The campaign has started out slow - slower than I had hoped, but it is going until the end of August, so there's still time to really heat things up.

You can follow along and keep updated on how it's doing yourself by going to my Facebook Author page here:  www.facebook.com/saborgman.  Don't forget to give it a 'like' while you're there so you can check on the status easily!

My cover image on the page has the current amount that will be donated.  I do change the cover image when the amount increases.  Also, I altered the cover image slightly the other day, adding in the amount that the library needs, which is $1.9m.



Now, I know the amount they need is high.  That's why this campaign is SO important to me.  It's why I'm pushing so hard to get word out about this campaign to as many people as possible.

In all honesty, I want us to hit their needed goal. I know it's a difficult goal, but I don't believe it's an impossible one. It will take a lot of effort, but together, we can reach that star - no matter how high up in the sky it appears to be, we can reach it - together.

Some of you may be thinking 'I'm only one person.  One person won't make a difference.'  Imagine though, if one person thinks that, another one does - perhaps hundreds or thousands of others.  Those single drops of rain add up very quickly. 

The same idea applies to Twitter.  A single retweet on Twitter could echo out to thousands of others, ten of thousands... perhaps millions.

I also wanted to let you know that when this campaign is over, when it's all said and done, when it's time to hand that check over to the library, it will be you that is getting recognized for the effort, not me.

It has always been my intention from the moment this campaign began that I would not be taking any of the credit for whatever amount ends up being donated.  The credit doesn't belong to me.  It belongs to everyone who has helped this campaign with their shares on Facebook, their retweets on Twitter, and of course, the digital book purchases which increase the donation amount.

We have just under a month left in the campaign.  We have a lot of work to do in order to reach that goal.  But I know it can be done.

As Kaly says at the end of The Exiled: Infinity: "I have faith in you."

So take a moment to follow me on Twitter @ScottBorgman and help spread the word with retweets.  Give my Author page on Facebook a 'like' and share my posts.  And please, head over to your country's Amazon (different countries have different Amazon sites) and pick up a copy of one or more of my digital novels.  Just type 'Scott Borgman' in the search field and click on my Amazon Author page, which can get you to each novel's page easily.

You may enjoy them, you may not - but the donation amount will increase with those purchases regardless.  That's what this is all about.

If you don't own a Kindle, there are a lot of apps out there that allow you to read the novels on other devices such as iPhones, iPads, even personal computers/laptops.

Thank you, everyone.  I can't tell you how much this campaign means to me, and I honestly appreciate your support.  I think this campaign can really show what's truly important.  While governments spend money building bombs - we're building libraries.

All My Best,
Scott



Saturday, July 26, 2014

A Birthday Message

I'd like to take this opportunity to wish a Happy Birthday to someone very close to my heart, my youngest son, Cameron James Borgman.



Cameron James Borgman
7/26/07 - 10/18/10

Almost four years ago, Cami received his angel wings.  He would have been 7 today.  And though I and my family miss him more than anything, we are grateful for the short time that we had him in our lives.

Cami taught me that life is so precious, and so often we take even that simple miracle for granted.  We often define our lives by what we can get, but our lives are enriched and made extraordinary by what we can give back, what we can do for others.

It is for that reason that I feel so strongly about the Library Campaign I am running.  But it is not only my campaign.  It is all of ours - yours and mine.  Your shares on Facebook, your retweets on Twitter, and of course your purchases of my books on Amazon all help this campaign.

I know Cami is proud of me for following my childhood dream to be an author.  And I am proud of him - and of each and every one of you who chooses to help such an important campaign with your shares, retweets, and your purchases.

Life isn't about what we can get, how big our homes are, how fancy our cars, or how much we make.  It's about making a difference in the lives of others.  It took the loss of someone very close to my heart to see that.  That is why I want this campaign to succeed.  The new library will make a real difference in the lives of countless people, which means we will make a difference in the lives of countless people.  And that is something we can all be proud of.

Please take a moment to read my Special Announcement blog (July 13, 2014), and help support such an important cause.  Thank you, everyone.  I am truly proud of each and every one of you.


All My Best,
Scott A. Borgman

Sunday, July 13, 2014

*** Special Announcement ***

This is a very special blog for me, one that I've been looking forward to writing with excitement and anticipation.  As an author, I have the privilege of being able to reach out to people all around the world.  Now, I want to take that one step further.

In the area where I live, there is currently a project running to raise money needed for building a new library.  I want to help out, and being an author gives me such an amazing opportunity to do so that I simply cannot pass up the chance to give something back.  One of the most fulfilling things in life is not what we can get, after all - it is what we can give.

My latest digital fantasy novel, Darkness and Dragons, Volume I, will be going live on Amazon within a matter of days, on July 15th.  In conjunction with that novel, I am running a campaign where a portion of the sales will be donated to the library project.

From July 15th, 2014 to August 31st, 2014, I will be tracking my sales on Amazon.  All of my books will be included in this campaign, not just the new release.  Those books are:


The Exiled


The Exiled: Continuation


The Exiled: Infinity


Province of a Thief


Darkness and Dragons, Volume I



Here is a breakdown of how this will work:  For every digital book sale in the Exiled trilogy, $1 will go toward the donation fund, which is a little under 50% of what I receive.  For each digital book sale of Province of a Thief, it will be $1.25 (about 51%).  And for every digital book sale of Darkness and Dragons, Volume I, $1.50 will go to the donation (just under 55%).

During the time while I'm running this campaign, I'll keep everyone updated through Twitter and my Facebook Author page with how much will be donated, along with the link to this blog.  So if you're on Twitter, follow me @ScottBorgman and give me a like on my Facebook Author page at (www.facebook.com/saborgman).

This is where I need your help: Retweet, share my Author page on your own Facebook pages, and of course, pick up a digital copy of one or more of the books!  While I certainly hope you enjoy reading them, the goal of this campaign is focused on donating a healthy portion of those book sales to the library project.

I've been in touch with the library's Director, a wonderful lady named Lori.  I'd like to take this opportunity to give a personal thank you to her for providing me with the information about the library project, and where they're currently at.  Right now, the library project still needs just under $2mil in order to reach it's projected goal.

Below is a link to the library project.  Please take a few minutes to take a look at it.  There are several other links on that page as well that will give you in-depth information on the plans and goals for the library.  One of those links in particular is the Case Statement, which I highly recommend taking time to look at.  Here is the link:

http://mplcc.marshfieldlibrary.org/

In all honesty, I would be ecstatic for my campaign to go viral.  I truly believe our lives are defined not by what we can get, but what we can do for others.  In this day, when technology is such a large part of our lives, when our kids are spending more time staring at the TV, playing video games, and texting, I believe libraries are needed now more than ever.  Books have evolved from traditional to digital, and the library must evolve as well to meet the changes.

I'm honored to have such an amazing opportunity.  Please, follow me on Twitter and my Author Page on Facebook so you can stay updated on how the campaign is going.  Share the link to this blog on your own Facebook pages, tweet the link to your own followers.  And of course, from July 15th to Aug. 31st, head on over to Amazon and pick up a digital copy of one or more of my books.

I'd love to help the library get closer to reaching their goal.  Okay, I'd love to be able to not just get them closer to their goal, but to reach it.  Is that hoping for something that seems impossible?  I don't think so.  With your help, I believe it can be done.

Every tweet and every share that links to this blog helps, and every digital book sale on Amazon will get a little bit closer to the library project's goal.  Ultimately, that's what this is all about - giving something back.

My deepest thanks to each of you.
 

All My Best,
Scott

Friday, July 11, 2014

Cover Reveal

Here it is, the cover reveal for my latest fantasy novel, the follow-up to Province of a Thief.

Releasing in a matter of days:  Darkness and Dragons, Volume I





A special announcement will be following in a few days!  Don't forget, you can find me on Twitter as well @ScottBorgman and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/saborgman



Saturday, July 5, 2014

Special Plans in the Works!!!

Hi, everyone!

I just wanted to let everyone know that I will be having some very special news coming up within the next few weeks.  I can't reveal anything right now, as I still have some details to work out, but I can let you know what's coming up.

First, there will be a cover reveal for my next novel, 'Darkness and Dragons, Volume I' which I will be posting on here, on my Twitter (@ScottBorgman) and on my Author page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/saborgman).

After that will come the announcement, hopefully about a week before the book goes live on Amazon, which I will of course write a blog up for, as well as mention on my Facebook page and tweet about.

I want to let everyone know beforehand though, that this is something that I feel is very important, something that I feel very strongly about and am fully dedicated to doing.  I'm truly excited about it... I wish I could say more right now (believe me, it's hard not to reveal much info right now, as much as I would like to!) but I will keep you updated.

I'm going to try and pair the cover reveal with the announcement, so stay tuned!  If you're on Twitter, pop on in and give me a follow @ScottBorgman.  If you're on Facebook, drop on by www.facebook.com/saborgman and give me a 'like' so you can stay up to date!

I hope you'll be as excited as I am when the time comes.  Keep an eye out, the cover reveal will be coming shortly!!!

All My Best,
Scott

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Think About It

The other day a story went viral - chances are you saw it, but for those that may not have read it, here is a link to a follow-up story.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/julia-wykes/the-disturbing-trend-i-noticed-when-my-breastfeeding-story-went-viral_b_5551589.html


Take a moment to read the story.  Don't worry, I'll wait :)
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Okay, I assume you've read the story, or already knew about it.  I'm writing this blog because I feel that I should voice my thoughts on this incident.

First, to the barista of that Starbucks, my thanks go out to you.  To the mother, my deepest thanks and respect to you for having the strength to stand proud against the backlashing you received from this incident.

Of course there are those out there who for one or more reasons find that seeing a mother breastfeeding in public offensive, disgusting, and not something they want to see.  There are those that fully support the practice as well.  I count myself among the second group, personally.

In the center of this story, we had an infant who was hungry.  That is the most important issue here.  An infant that needed to be nourished/fed, however you want to describe it.  Surrounding that infant, there was a woman (and possibly others in the store) who was disgusted at seeing the infant's mother breastfeeding him and wanted her to leave, go somewhere else, cover up... do SOMETHING so she didn't have to see it.

And that is the point of this blog.  For you Trekkie fans (and even if you're not a fan you've probably heard this famous line) remember Spock's line in Wrath of Khan?

'The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.  Or the one.'

I'm altering that line slightly for this situation.  On one end, we have an infant that needs to be fed.  On the other, we have people that don't want to see the mother breastfeeding in public.  Infant needs, peoples' wants.  Needs and wants.

'The need of the one outweighs the wants of the few.  Or the many.'

We all have wants, and we all have needs.  We want material things, money, etc etc.  We need the basics:  food, water, air, clothing... you get the idea.

To the mother who put her child's needs above someone else's wants, you have my thanks, my respect, and my best wishes.

I hope the next time this kind of thing takes place, that there will be a pause, and that someone who doesn't want to see a mother breastfeeding her child in public for one reason or another will realize that the needs of the child outweigh their feelings of not wanting to see it.  Think about it.