Thank You!

I just made my donation to support Shauna & Ang’s babies, and every dollar I was able to give was a testament to the giving spirit of my community of friends and readers.

For those of you who picked up the book, I hope you enjoy it, and thank you so much for helping me support these amazing women and their babies. What a wonderful thing, to be born into so much love and generosity.

Paying It Forward

Imagine that you are carrying graduate level loans and working tirelessly as a social worker, advocating for those who are marginalized. Maybe you’re not paid well, but you are passionate about what you do.

Imagine your spouse enduring a layoff, and then the relief of finding a new job they love.

Imagine the joy—and gut-wrenching uncertainty—of learning you are expecting twins.

Imagine strict bedrest to protect your babies, your spouse expected to carry the financial burden of a family of four on a single salary for the foreseeable future. Imagine that, eight months pregnant, you and your spouse must sell your home and relocate to relieve some of that burden.

Imagine your savings decimated by an unforeseen act of nature.

Imagine the galling unfairness of then facing an expensive and privacy-invading legal proceeding to guarantee your spouse’s right to parent the children in the eyes of the government, because your state doesn’t recognize the validity of your marriage.

marriage equality, crowdfunding, books for a good cause, Cameron D Garriepy, adoption fundraiserI write love stories. I believe in love. I believe fiercely that everyone should enjoy the same rights which I was so easily handed: marriage, family, the secure knowledge that my partner is my child’s safety net in every sense of the word.

Buck’s Landing exists because a group of people believed in my dream, supported my goals, invested in my future.

My dear friend Shauna and her wife Ang are the people I ask you to imagine. They are facing very real financial hardships, even while they are awestruck and overjoyed, awaiting the birth of their twins. I recently learned that a friend of theirs has started a crowdfunding campaign to support Shauna and Ang through the birth and Ang’s legal adoption of her children.

I wish I could simply be their fairy godmother and write them a check. Lacking the resources to do that, I’m putting my book where my beliefs are.

Starting now and running through the next seven days, I plan to donate $1 for every copy of Buck’s Landing sold to support my friends. I’m asking you to read about Shauna and Ang on and then click one of the links below to buy your copy—or, of course, make a donation directly if you are so inclined. I’m asking you to pass the word along.

Thank you.

Let’s help two remarkable people write the next chapter of their love story.

Buck’s Landing on Amazon, in paper back or for Kindle/Kindle App
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IndieGoGo and Buck’s Landing

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Buck’s Landing is past the halfway point, and I am looking at post production and promotion.

In that spirit, I am asking you, friends and readers, to be the village that helps raise my manuscript up to be a full-grown novel. Yesterday, I kicked off a funding campaign at Indiegogo.

For those of you not familiar with crowdfunding, it’s really just grass roots investing. From the Indiegogo Learn site:

Everyone should have the opportunity to raise money. Now everyone does. People all over the world use our industry-leading platform to raise millions of dollars for all types of campaigns. […] At Indiegogo, creating a campaign is simple. Tell people what you are doing, how they can help and what unique perks they’ll get for becoming contributors. You keep 100% ownership of your campaign and you don’t owe us a cent until you raise money.

In order to start Buck’s Landing off right, I’m hoping to raise $1200 over the next four weeks. The funds will go firstly towards hiring my friend and colleague Roxanne Piskel to edit the manuscript, after that, they will help me to create promotional materials and kickstart a public relations plan.

In order to succeed, the campaign needs to reach as many eyes as possible, and that, friends, is where you come in. I would be beyond grateful for your help spreading the word: tweeting, sharing via facebook or Google+, pinning, Stumbling, talking about it with the guy behind you at Starbucks.

Every little bit helps.

Sharing the campaign is super easy, Indiegogo has sharing buttons right on the campaign page.

As I said to a friend earlier, you guys are why I hit publish. If I just wanted to write for myself, I’d have a huge stack of dusty journals. Thank you all for coming here and reading, for supporting every step of this journey.