WHAT’S YOUR REASON TO LIVE?
If you’ve ever wanted to write and publish your own story but don’t know where to start, 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 20s, 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 was simple: to show each and every person reading that no matter where they are in their journey, it is absolutely possible to create a new, brighter, purpose-filled life…
…To let them know that they aren’t alone, and that other people have walked this road before and found their way out.
It was an incredible journey, and I was honoured to coach so many people (from international best-selling authors, to circus performers, musicians, and everyday inspiring community advocates) in the art of how to write their stories in a positive and empowering way, and to celebrate their triumphs with them.
“To be able to see 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.” – Miss Natalie, Singer/Songwriter & LGBT Advocate
Since its release, I’ve been flooded with incredible tales of survival and triumph over adversity…
From Scotland and Sussex, to Canada, California, Georgia, and all around Australia, Reasons to Live has touched the hearts of many, and inspired countless men and women to keep pushing through the darkness.
Even Kevin Hines (Filmmaker & Suicide Survivor) has a copy of the book!
So, one year on, I’m excited to announce that YES — I will be creating a second version! Even more exciting, is that applications will be accepted world-wide!
That’s right…Applications are now open for 15 people to work with me & take part in my writing mentorship packages!
“When it comes to telling people’s stories with heart and soul, Jas is your girl. She doesn’t have to do this work – she chooses to.” – Ocean Reeve , Managing Director – Ocean Reeve Publishing & Book Publishing Queensland/CEO – eMAGINE Academy
If selected, we’ll work together one-on-one to unleash your vision and craft your life story of triumph over adversity into a 2000 word memoir.
Throughout each step of the journey, I’ll be there to guide you through the process and help you create a powerful, beautiful, and inspiring chapter true to your life story.
It will then be published for you through an award-winning publisher, and immortalised forever in Reasons to Live Volume 2.
No need to waste months navigating the publishing sector, or struggling through another year of writer’s block. Make 2019 your year to shine. Your voice matters, and it’s time others heard it!
(And what better gift to give a budding writer for Christmas, or to suggest to a family member for yourself?)
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. BUT HURRY! Applications for the Silver Package are only open until Jan 1st 2019!
How much does it cost?
Because we are all at different stages in our journey, and everyone has a unique reason for why they would like to write their story, I have created 3 unique packages targeted to everyday awesome individuals, 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.
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 next week.
PS. Read below what some of my clients from ‘Reasons to Live’ had to say about working with me:
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
“It’s very personal [to share your story], and I think we spend a lot of our life hiding that away.
“It was easy to talk to Jas, because she’s been through similar things herself and is also very empathetic and understanding. I think the first thing I said was, ‘I don’t think I can write,’ but she gave me a skeleton of how to put my story together, and once I began writing it just flowed…It was very cathartic.”
Dan Price: Global Suicide Prevention, Mental Health & Wellness Speaker
“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’s professionalism and devotion to the suicide prevention cause.”
Ready to get started on bringing your story to life? Let’s chat!
WHAT PEOPLE HAD TO SAY ABOUT REASONS TO LIVE VOLUME 1:
“To know that people out there know your pain and can live through it, I don’t think anything has shown me more clearly that I should keep on going. All these people have my eternal thanks.” Austen, U.K
“It is through the offering of hope in the face of adversity, that this book of personal and real stories, might encourage others to also share their stories too… We live in a world where there can be so much pressure to ‘be strong’ and ‘tough things out’; it can be lonely at times, yet it is so important for us to connect with others. By leading the way on this, Jas and all of the various co-authors of the book highlight how important it is to share this message in our modern society and to connect with others. I commend this book to you, along with Jas’ message of hope.” Robert Sams, Regional Manager: Lifeline Hunter Valley and Central Coast, NSW
“Inspirational! Something I passed onto my 15yr old and intend to pass onto friends or family as a means to start the conversation of ‘it’s ok to not be ok, and we’re here to support you’! Just puts into perspective that we are all faced with demons in life’s journey and to be compassionate towards others in understanding their struggles and helping them reach the light again. Thank you. ” Anna, NSW
“Have just finished reading this great book. What struck me was the “everydayness” of it. These were ordinary people, telling in ordinary words, about what they have experienced, and the extraordinary things they have learned from it – coming out the other side. The thing I noticed most was the realisation that helping others and making a difference has an amazing power to help heal.” Verina, NSW
“Powerful…superbly disguised…a critical component in overcoming the darkness.” Dion Jensen, International Speaker, Author & Founder: Success For Soldiers