Always dreamed of writing & publishing your own story, but don’t know where to start? …
Want to use your story to inspire others, but don’t have time to write an entire book?
THEN THIS IS FOR YOU!
In 2017, inspired by my own journey to wellness after surviving a childhood of family violence, losing my dad to suicide, and then experiencing sexual assault along with a chronic pain disorder in my twenties, I decided to write and release my first book… ‘Reasons to Live One More Day, Every Day’: Stories of triumph from everyday Australians who refused to give into darkness.
The purpose? To show each and every person reading, that no matter where they are on their journey, it’s possible to find that glimmer of hope; even in the darkest of times… To find the courage and resilience, to push on even when life feels too much.
It was an incredible journey, and throughout the process, I was honoured to coach 9 Australians (from international best-selling authors, to circus performers, musicians, and everyday inspiring community advocates) in the art of writing their stories of triumph over adversity.
Since then, ‘Reasons to Live’ has touched the hearts of many people across the globe (from Scotland and Sussex, to Canada, California, Georgia & Australia!) and has been featured by countless podcasts & media outlets (including news.com.au & Daily Telegraph)!
And even Kevin Hines (Filmmaker & Suicide Survivor) has a copy of the book!
BUT… HERE’S THE EXCITING NEWS!
Due to countless requests, I’m now working on a 2nd volume… which means, you have the opportunity to work with me & have your story printed in ‘Reasons to Live: Volume 2!’
While I predominantly work with people who are looking for a writing coach to help them achieve their dreams of writing a full-length memoir, I understand that not everyone has the time or money to write a 200 page book…
Which is why, I’m once again offering my 3 month mini-memoir mentorships!
IF YOU ARE SOMEONE WHO…
Has always dreamed of writing & publishing your story, but writing an entire book is too much effort/too expensive…
Knows your story could change lives, but you need a mentor to help you get it out of your head & onto paper in an inspiring/powerful way…
Has a dream to use your life experiences to help others who are struggling with mental health challenges or adversities…
Wants to use your life journey to grow your business brand/message in an authentic way...
THEN THIS IS FOR YOU!
THIS OPPORTUNITY IS NOT FOR YOU, IF:
Telling your story, or recounting your trauma, is still too triggering at this point in your journey
You are a great writer who can easily write a full book, publish it, & handle all the marketing by yourself
You are not prepared to invest the time, finances, or energy to work with a professional editor & writing coach to craft your story into an empowering short story
Who can apply?
Anyone 18 years+ with an incredible story of triumph over adversity.
Whether you’re a community advocate, a CEO, an artist, a uni student, a hospitality worker, a stay at home parent, or just an awesome person doing your best to chase your passions, what matters most is your story, and the reason behind why you want to share it.
Do I need to be a celebrity, or have a huge profile?
Nope! Reasons to Live is all about giving a platform to ANYONE who has struggled with adversity (or is still on their journey) and is working toward a future they can be proud of. Whether you have 50 followers, or 50K, I want to hear from you!
When will my story be published?
Applications are now open, and stories will be published during 2019 (eta).
How much does it cost?
Because we are all at different stages in our journey, and each person has a unique reason for writing their story, I have created 3 affordable packages – targeted from everyday community members, to small business owners and those with a larger platforms.
(You can view my writing mentorship packages here, as well as the benefits/inclusions of each)
Why do I need to pay to share my story?
As a writing coach, I provide a unique & professional service (just like any other service provider, be it a photographer, masseuse, or business coach). I have a BA degree & 10 years experience, & like any professional, I need to charge for my time.
Many times during the year, I give my time for free (often through feature & news articles, podcast interviews, & pro-bono charity copywriting). However, my writing coaching services are very in-depth & time consuming… And as a result, I have to charge for my time.
Reasons to live Vol. 2 is also far more than a collection of memoirs, & includes several essays from myself around various types of trauma, as well as mental health resources written & collated by myself.
The cost involved for each mentorship covers:
- The time spent working 1 on 1 with each individual (phone calls, chapter templates, editing, ghostwriting, revisions). I spend a minimum of 10 hours with each person, but quite often, we exceed this.
- Publishing & printing costs. Most traditional publishers can take up to 18 months to put a book on shelves. This is why I self publish, as I want to reach people with this message of hope NOW. Every day delayed, is another day too late for someone struggling with mental illness.
- Marketing & PR costs. All the money I have raised so far from mentorships, has been reinvested into helping ‘Reasons to Live’ reach as many people as possible
Who have you worked with in the past & what are you passionate about?
I’ve been pretty lucky to work with some amazing and inspiring individuals, including best-selling author/international speaker Michael Crossland, globally renowned artist L-FRESH The LION, paraplegic circus performer Lauren Watson, and many others!
Over the past 8 years I’ve supported a variety of NFPs and charities through my writing and advocacy, including Women’s Legal Service, Working Women QLD, Project Karma, Cerebral Palsy League, Pink Cross Foundation, and Destiny Rescue (who I also sponsor a rescue home through).
I have a BA in creative writing and psychology, and am especially passionate about supporting grassroots organisations and charities tackling domestic violence, mental health, and human trafficking. You can read more about my life journey on my home page.
Can you make me a best-selling author?
Just as no marketing company can guarantee you the top spot in Google’s search rankings, no writer can guarantee to make you a best-selling author (and if they do, RUN AWAY. Because dude, they are out to scam you).
BUT, what I can do is help you to write and publish a piece of literature that deeply fulfills you on a creative and emotional level, and also helps attract clients/people who deeply admire your message and want to know more about your journey/work.
Many of the people whose work I published in my first book have reached a wider audience, and been offered exciting opportunities, as a direct result of their story being published in a high-quality book.
For example, even though Michael Crossland is well known across the globe, by ghostwriting his story and pitching that chapter to one of my news contacts, his story reached over 120K readers in one weekend!
Michael received hundreds of supportive messages (including from many who had not yet heard of him), and was featured on Channel 10’s ‘Studio 10’ the following week.
“WHAT IT’S LIKE TO WORK WITH JAS…”
Miss Natalie: Brisbane Singer & LGBT Advocate
“To be able to hear my story written so beautifully in a way I don’t feel I could express all on my own was really amazing. It made me feel as though the traumas I had experienced in my life have actually made me stronger and shown me the value in sharing my story.I have been able to sing at more LGBTQ events, and Jas’ work helped me get more exposure to people I wouldn’t have reached otherwise.
“The most fulfilling parts were hearing about how other people related to my story and the sense that they weren’t alone in the events in their lives was a great feeling.”
Graeme Bint: Cairns Photographer & Former Aid-Worker, Paratrooper & Paramedic
“I wrote in this book with no expectation. Perhaps more as a cathartic exercise for me to perhaps release my demons! It worked and now I hope it can help those whom read it free theirs.
Thank you Jas for the opportunity to tell my story. What you have produced with this book is truly fantastic tool for people wishing to heal and those whom just wish to understand more. “
“I am very proud to be a part of such a positive, inspirational and powerful book, which is shining a light in the darkness; something our world desperately needs more of. Sharing my story for the book was a seamless process, largely due to Jas’ professionalism and devotion to the suicide prevention cause.”
Ready to get started on bringing your story to life? Let’s chat!