How does that sound for a marketing line? I am 99% finished with my first published book, Images of America: Woodlake.
I hate to SOUND so proud, but I AM proud. I can’t believe this is really happening.
In the process, I have found that so many organizations, even schools, don’t know anything about their history, and don’t know where to find the information either. As I dug for Woodlake history, I found some amazing treasure chests of people, who were just waiting for the opportunity to share what they had with someone who could use it. I now have more adorable pictures than I can use, but with permission to share them, they can go to the library and to the museum, where other writers (or me) have access to them. My new friend Robert Edmiston calls me with new finds and new questions. His enthusiasm for this project has increased the fun exponentially.
Sally Pace and I walk often, and she shares new leads almost daily. I love Sally. I have followed them all – more treasures, one of the most recent – Lisa Kilburn who just sent me 155 pictures that her father took. This picture from one of Sally’s birthday parties in the seventies is much too risqué to go in the book!
Ellie Cain took the time to put together a book and send it to friends and relatives. Robert Edmiston shared it with me. I contacted the address pasted in the back of the book, and she emailed me. She is sending me a CD of pictures for my book. Her family will live on, and people will be blessed to enjoy adorable pictures like this one.
This picture was glued on a poster board in 1984. The ink from notes written on the back has soaked through. These pictures were all the church had to share with me. Only one of the 14 churches in our little town have their history written. The little church my first husband pastored – no history that I know of – (but I have tons of pictures that no one knows about). One church took a picture for me, and one church gave me pictures a book and video about the history of their church. Which one got the most face time in our Woodlake history book?
So I see a need, and maybe you do too in your neighborhoods and areas of interest. Organizations need a history. CCSS has one book of our history. Yeah! SJVCSS does not. Huge need! Without history – even if we are still there, no one knows who we really are. I guess that’s good if we are dishonest, but for most organizations, they are just too busy to take the time.
That’s where I can come in. How does that sound for my new business venture? What new ventures are you trying this week?