111% Funded

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Target: €6220

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€6,960 Raised

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150 Funders

See You in Two Minutes Ma!

By Linda Allen

description

"See You In Two Minutes Ma!" were the last words my 15 year old son Darragh spoke to me on the eve of his suicide. My story describes the impact and life after such an event.

Despite the difficult subject matter this book reflects on the healing power of music, nature and love; the unquestioning solidarity of family, friends and anonymous strangers.

Based on my journal accounts the story begins in the immediate aftermath as told by me, a mother thrown into turmoil as overnight my world becomes unrecognisable.

An ultimately uplifting story in that it shows how survival of even the most heart-breaking tragedy can be made possible through the support of family, friends and strangers and through a loving and honest relationship. A series of incredible synchronicities and experiences bring me to look at the afterlife and how those who have left us may be closer than we think.

A trip to Thailand for 6 weeks encouraged and supported by loving family and friends as my adventure almost brings me to join Darragh.

The book explores the relationship of his local teenage friends left reeling in the wake of his choice and how music becomes a platform for them and me to meet and share our pain. The potential for the youth and their innate sensitivity what is often perhaps missed and needs to be cultivated.

With Irish society in the grip of an epidemic of suicide, particularly among teenage boys, this in my opinion is a story that needs to be told. 

I would hope this story may bring solace and understanding to those left behind when loved ones move on no matter how they leave.

I have submitted to publishing houses and received good feedback from a couple but no offer of a contract.

Fund it makes it possible to bring this book to life through the self publish route.
In appreciation and anticipation of your support.

Self publishing costing:
Copy edit € 920
Publish x 1000 copies € 4700
Distribution € 150
fees € 450

rewards

activity

Launched and sailing. Book is in shops and available.

Hi there. "See you in Two Minutes Ma!" has been successfully launched at a wonderful night in Dublni in May and many smaller venues as I travel the country. I have contacted all of you supporters by mail. If for some reason you haven't received mails from me please log on to lindaallen.ie or email me at lindaallen940@gmail.com to make arrangements to collect or have your book delivered as I have some outstanding copies not claimed. Books can be purchased in Easons and many independent bookshops as well as on Amazon for those who may want to pass on the word. It is amazing to have made this happen. I salute all of you as without your help this may not have come to be.

Heading for the last fence

Hi all. This is a quick exciting update. The book will be heading to print tomorrow just awaiting to give the proof the the final sign off. Launch Date is May 11th around 6.30-7pm in Dublin so if you can put it in the diary. You will be receiving an email in the next week or so to arrange details for your rewards. Thank you so much for your help.

quick update

I just got the copy edit back and am currently working to finalise the manuscript for its next stage. It will take approx 8-10 weeks to have the book completed and ready to distribute I will inform you when I have a definite date for completion My appreciation continues to grow for your participation in making this book a reality. linda

Made it!!

I am excited to announce that I have reached target and can really get the wheels of publishing in motion now.Thanks to all you amazing funders:- family, friends friends of friends, those I know and love, those I have never even met I have run out of words to express my appreciation and gratitude to you all. It reminds me that people have an incredible capacity to support one another. I am blessed to find this is my experience in life. I will keep you all posted over the coming weeks as the book comes to to be.

Another short excerpt is available

For those of you who want to read a bit more as a preview, there are two short excerpts now up on line @ www.lindaallen.ie. in addition to the first chapter..They were a bit delayed due to a technical difficulty. I am deeply grateful to Maggie for organising all that for me. ( Please note these are un-edited) Continued appreciation for the incredible support I am receiving floods me. It is uplifting and exciting as this book can now come to life and maybe help others to live more fully in the aftermath of challenging events.

The wave of gratitude grows as does the fund.

Hi there to all you wonderful trusting people investing your support in me. Heartfelt thanks. The following link will bring you to the 'lust for life' website that has an amazing array of support and interesting articles for all things to do with mental health. A testament to the un-tiring work of "Bressie and his team. http://www.alustforlife.com/personal-stories/see-you-in-two-minutes-ma-a-mother-writes-her-story-of-losing-her-son-to-suicide This is an amended version of the first chapter.

Half way to target a big thanks to all!

A big thank you to so many now on my list of pledgers. I am completely amazed and delighted by the support. Over half way its fantastic. I look forward to sending you all your copies of the book an inviting you to the launch. I will be adding an excerpt from another chapter later in the week. Probably a less emotional piece than the last. Tipp fm interviewed me today check out podcast http://tippfm.podomatic.com Thank you to Fran Curry for the air time.

off the starting blocks

Thank you all for the surge of support from you all who have funded me and are spreading the word on Facebook and email. if you check out my website address (in profile) the first chapter of book is now available to read. I hope it will entice you to be excited about the book you are investing in. Also check out http://kildaretoday.podomatic.com/embed/frame/posting/2016-01-28T08_08_36-08_00? Kildare fm website for an interview I did on Thurs Jan 28th with Shane Beattie. With thanks Linda

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There are 135 public funders of this project


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