INVITATION TO BE FEATURED IN THE NEXT BEST-SELLING BOOK SERIES

Slated to be the NEW Chicken Soup for the Soul

One Book and One Message at a Time

Opportunity To Grow by Giving


From Foster Care to CEO

 

Chimene Van Gundy & CEO's who were formerly in Foster Care

From the desk of Lisa Charlene Williams.

Los Angeles, California 

 

Dear Former Foster Care CEO's,

 

We have chosen Chimene Van Gundy as the lead author for our new book project, From Foster Care to CEO.

 

I would like to invite you to join The Smart Hustle Agency & Publishing, LP, & lead author Chimene Van Gundy to participate in a legacy collaborative book series, A Message in a Bottle. This book From Foster Care to CEO is an opportunity for you to be a part of something bigger than yourself and contribute your knowledge, experience, or expertise by sharing your story, your path, and your success with business. From Foster Care to CEO will feature 

multiple successful CEO's from around the world, who were formerly in foster care, share their journey’s, knowledge, and successes.

 

Please join Chimene Van Gundy and other successful CEO's who were formerly in Foster Care​ participate in this book that is structured to position your experience, expertise & knowledge in a unique way. You'll share exclusive insights into how you formed a successful business alongside successful business leaders and CEO’s from around the world. 

 

The book is scheduled to publish on Amazon.com in May 2019, National Foster Care Month.​

ABOUT:  A MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE BOOK SERIES


Almost everyone remembers reading the Chicken Soup for The Soul series at some point. By sharing real stories about real people, the series became an instant classic with its ability to provide comfort and hope, just like a big bowl of chicken soup on a sick day.

 

That series was launched more than twenty years ago, and now the marketplace is begging for something fresh and just as meaningful. Readers crave guidance–they want to be taught and inspired by real stories. They want to know what worked and what didn’t. They want to hear from someone with experience, expertise and someone with tangible advice. They want to be educated by someone that has walked the road they are travelling and show them the path, including what to look out for. A Message in a Bottle books provides this information, and the guidance becomes readers’ GPS that gets them to their desired destination safely, early, and with less road blocks and delays. Ultimately, readers want to know how they, too, can reach their goals and make their mark on the world, and ingest the information in bite sized pieces.

ABOUT THE LEAD AUTHOR


LEAD AUTHOR

A Former Foster Care Youth That Beat The Odds​!

Chimene Van Gundy

 

Growing up, Chimene Van Gundy, the lead author of From Foster Care to CEO, faced some difficult experiences and turbulent times. As a teenager and for part of her childhood, she was in and out of foster care. Despite her childhood challenges, Chimene managed to beat the odds stacked against her. Though she lived in multiple foster homes, once she aged out, she went on to get a job and eventually graduate from UTSA with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. She has worked in several supportive capacities helping foster children as a social worker and providing foster care as a parent to 70 children.  After being laid off from her job, she decided to take a leap of faith into real estate investing. Today, she is a wife, mother of her own 5 children, and is known as the Queen of Mobile Homes as the CEO of successful real estate companies.

 

Chimene was chosen by the publisher due to her passion to lead the charge for this book and her commitment to encourage foster children. Regardless of how far the book’s influence reaches, Chimene would be grateful to reach and influence even one child.

 

Her inspiring transformation from foster care to CEO was fueled by her determination to follow her dreams and her ability to turn her experiences into her superpower. Chimene is now dedicated to sharing her story in the hope that it will encourage others from the foster care system to do the same.

FROM FOSTER CARE TO CEO​


From Foster Care to CEO will act as a resource and guidance for foster care youth and aged-out adults. The book comes at a pivotal moment in history as the opioid drug epidemic has caused a rapid increase in the number of children in foster care. Left with no clear path and nowhere to go after aging out of the system, aged-out adults often find themselves in trouble; a staggering 80% of people in jail were formerly in foster care.

 

With its real-life accounts, this book will provide inspiring stories to foster care youth and aged-out adults and encourage them to continue to hold onto their quest to follow their dreams. The book will act as a personal mentor by exposing them to a variety of successful people who were once just like them, have exited the foster care system, and now run their own companies as the CEO's. These mentors will affirm that they, too, can do the same. The stories will show foster care youth and young adults that their beginning does not have to determine their end; that when perseverance happens, success and fulfillment follow.

 

From Foster Care to CEO will be published in May, which is National Foster Care Month, and will be pitched for media appearance and social media campaigns to spread the word of the book and to gain more exposure. This increased exposure will not only benefit you by your name being attached to such an important book and your willingness to share your story, but it will benefit children in foster care too. A Message in A Bottle is set apart from Chicken Soup for the Soul because of its socially responsible model; the publishing company will be donating 100% of the retail royalties for all their collaborative book projects to a designated non-profit organization. Giving back and acting responsibly are truly the essence of this project.

 

CONTRIBUTORS ARE SELECTED OR RECOMMENDED 

 
 

PURPOSE/INTENT FOR THE BOOK:

From Foster Care to CEO will act as a resource and guidance for foster care youth and aged-out adults. This book will provide inspiring stories from successful people who used to be in the system to foster care youth and aged-out adults and encourage them to continue to hold onto their quest to follow their dreams.

 

THE INTENDED AUDIENCE FOR THE BOOK:

Foster care youth and aged-out adults who may be struggling to find the inspiration and confidence to follow their dreams and be persistent in their quest for success.

 

THE CHALLENGE FOR FOSTER CARE YOUTH AND AGED-OUT ADULTS:

The book comes at a pivotal moment in history as the opioid drug epidemic has caused a rapid increase in the number of children in foster care. Left with no clear path and nowhere to go after aging out of the system, aged-out adults often find themselves in trouble; in fact, a staggering 80% of people in jail were formerly in foster care, and 95% become homeless within six months of aging-out.

 

THE BOOK AIMS TO HELP BY: 

The book will act as a personal mentor by exposing foster care youth and aged-out adults to a variety of successful people who were once just like them, have exited the foster care system, and now run their own companies as the CEO. These mentors will affirm that they, too, can do the same. The stories will show foster care youth and young adults that their beginning does not have to determine their end; that when perseverance happens, success and fulfillment follow.

 

WHAT MAKES THIS PROJECT DIFFERENT:

From Foster Care to CEO will be published in May, which is National Foster Care Month, and will be pitched for media appearance and social media campaigns to spread the word of the book and to gain more exposure. This increased exposure will not only benefit you by your name being attached to such an important book and your willingness to share your story, but children in foster care too. A Message in A Bottle is set apart from Chicken Soup for the Soul because of its socially responsible model; the publishing company will be donating 100% of the retail royalties for all their collaborative book projects to a designated non-profit organization. Giving back and acting responsibly are truly the essence of this project.

 

THE NON PROFIT RECIPIENT:

Faith Bridge Foster Care
We believe the answer to solving the foster care crisis is the church.

This is why we partner with local churches. A Christ-centered foster care ministry not only allows churches to meet the biblical mandate of caring for orphans but also provides a way to support foster families and involve the local church and community in meeting the need.

There are more than 60 million evangelical Christians participating in over 300,000 churches nationwide. This provides an incredible opportunity to engage in foster care ministry. With its existing infrastructure and caring congregants, each individual local church and its community of believers can be the solution to the local foster care problem.

 FOSTER CHILDREN NEED YOUR HELP


  • The number of children in foster care continues to increase.The number of children in foster care increased 2.3% this year to 437,465—a figure that has risen every year since 2012. Of the 273,539 children who entered foster care this year, just under 47% were Caucasian, 21% were African American, and 20% were Hispanic. The number of Caucasian children entering care rose by 4% since FY2015, while the number of African American children entering care fell by 4%. The median age of children entering care this year is 6.3 years old.

  • The opioid crisis is continuing to affect foster care.

    In FY2016, 92,107 children were removed from their home due to parental drug abuse, a 7% growth over last year. 166,679 children—61% of those entering care—were placed in foster care due to neglect, which often is exacerbated by parental drug use. Neglect and child drug abuse cases have both grown by 3% in the past year. Many state officials say the surge of children entering foster care is a direct result of the ever-increasing drug epidemic. 

  • The number of children who “aged out” of foster care without a family dropped for the ninth straight year. In FY2016, just 20,532 youths were emancipated from care, which is a 45% decrease over the past decade. That means more teens entering adulthood with a supportive network in place has a significantly lower chances of homelessness, incarceration, and even death. Of the 250,248 children who exited the foster care system during FY2016, 89% were adopted or reunited with biological parents, other relatives, or a legal guardian.

GET FEATURED IN MAJOR MEDIA


The Opportunity - Exposure, Visibility and Increased Credibility

PUBLICITY BENEFITS:

Exposure ... Credibility .... Visibility

 

EXPOSURE ON A LOCAL TV TALK SHOW: 

The lead author will be interviewed on a local TV talk show that will acknowledge your participation in the project closer to the publishing date on one of the affiliates of ABC, CBS, NBC, or FOX.

 

This is a unique business profile enhancement opportunity that will further establish you as a trusted professional and endear someone to you when they Google you and learn of your participation in this book project.

 

You will be featured in several press releases that will be nationally syndicated, and you will stand out from others in your industry by the nature of the content that can be found about you.     

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GIVING BACK


Smart Hustle Agency & Publishing, LP:

  • Smart Hustle Agency will donate 100% of retail royalties from this book to our non-profit recipient and 10% of the publicity packages.

PERSONAL SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY MATTERS

Millennials make up the fastest growing group in the marketplace

Giving Back

 

The Publisher has pledged 100% of the royalties from the retail sales of the book to be donated to a TBD non-profit.​

 

The philanthropic nature of the project and your name being tied to it will help you further stand out in your space. Also, every time a book is gifted, given, sold or purchased your name and your brand will receive exposure.

 

PUBLISHING


  • Your chapter will be up to 2,000 words
  • Your chapter will share your knowledge, experience (story), and/or expertise and the success and trials you overcame to reach a level of success
  • No writing required!  Don’t worry about writing anything; you will be given the questions ahead of time, and you will speak (talk your answers) via a technology platform 
  • You will receive author credit

Publishing

 

The book will be listed in the Amazon Marketplace and will also appear in all major online book outlets (Barnes & Nobles, Ingram Sparks, etc.). 

 

Best Seller Launch Details

 

We will launch a private campaign to help the book reach best-selling status on Amazon.com 

Is there an Investment

Will I receive author credit and/or royalties?

How Will Contributors Benefit ?

ABOUT THE PUBLISHER


Lisa Charlene Williams is the CEO and founder of the Smart Hustle Agency. Lisa Williams works with various media outlets to provide content and quotes from subject matter experts. Her specialty is to reposition her clients as subject matter experts in a niche within their industry.

 

Lisa Williams is a publisher, radio show producer, and best-selling author. She helps her clients leverage what she calls the new "Ps of marketing" (positioning, publishing, publicity, public speaking, platforms, partnerships, and personal social responsibility) to grow their business. Her mission is to help people stop working themselves to death! by implementing her #Smarthustle #Smartgrind system. 

 

Lisa C. is also the founder of the #SmartHustle #SmartGrind movement, an initiative to help female entrepreneurs make their mark, make more money and get back their me time and become the doyennes of their industry: a woman who is the most respected or prominent person in her respective field.

 

Williams and her colleagues have helped over 400 professionals become best-selling authors. Williams personally has helped over 50 professionals become a published author and/or reach best-selling status.

 

 

TESTIMONIALS

THE GOAL FOR A MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE BOOKS?

 

The publisher's goal is to give 1 million copies of each book away as gift to the intended audience through support from contributors, companies, and sponsors.

 

THE HOPE:  

 

The publisher hopes that each book arrives to a person with the information or inspiration they need at that given time.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” 

Margaret Mead

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Fast Acting Bonuses if Publicity Package is secured by March 31, 2019:

 

 

  • You will receive a thirty-minute (30) consultation call after the book publishes to help you maximize your participation in this project
  • A press release will be written and published about your willingness to support foster youth & aged out adults on a high authority news site.

For the First 5 People that Secure their Publicity Package:

 

• You will be featured on the cover of Business Innovators Magazine, an online magazine and your spotlight interview (the call/interview you will have with the publisher) will be added to the back of your custom cover and can be used for marketing purposes. A $697 value.

 

 

 

PUBLICITY PACKAGE INVESTMENT $1,997

Package Details


INTERVIEW: 

  • Chapter Interview on our interview technology platform
  • Interview edited and featured in book chapter (Kindle)
  • A thirty (30) minute interview with the Publisher

MEDIA MENTIONS:

  • Local TV Talk Show Acknowledgement – The lead author (Chimene Van Gundy) will be interviewed on a local TV talk show in May, National Foster Care month (city TBD) and will discuss the book project. Contributing author’s names will be listed during TV appearance promoting you as a community supporter and someone who was willing to “give back”
  • “Signed a Book Deal” Press Release - We will publish a press release  sharing who you are, what you do, and what you will be discussing in your chapter.  This press release will be professionally written and syndicated to ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and hundreds of media outlets – includes media report
  • One (1) Press Release will be written about you and your current business to further establish your digital footprint. The press release will be professionally written and published on a high authority media outlet and submitted for syndication to ABC, CBS, NBC & Fox affiliates and other major online news outlets.
  • Name Inclusion – We will include mention of you/your company in three (3) National press releases.  All three of these news releases will be submitted for syndication to ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox affiliates.
  • QR code at the end of your chapter - Since people take in information differently, we will record content that you are willing to share with Foster youth that will be downloadable from the QR code.

SOCIAL INFLUENCE:

  • Dedicated website for the book to create a community of successful CEO’s who were formerly in foster care, sponsors and other professionals
  • Book landing page featuring all contributing authors
  • Five (5) day social media post & graphics campaign for book launch
  • Social media marketing ad campaign to “Get the Word Out” about the book project
  • Promotional Video – All contributing authors names will be listed in a video

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY MATTERS:

  • “Community Supporter” graphic to share on social media
  • A social media campaign to share over a fifteen-day period.  We will provide you with post & graphics to share promoting the book launch
  • Nonprofit organization named as nonprofit recipient – authors waive rights to retail royalties – publisher will donate the royalties from the retail sales of the book
  • A (TBD) numbers of copies of the book will be donated to a non-profit organization(s) and given to foster care youth and young adults

PUBLISHING:

  • You will receive a pdf of the manuscript 
  • Best Seller Campaign – We will run a campaign to launch the book to best seller status
  • Each author will be listed in the Amazon.com description as an author – NOTE – If you choose the Marketing & Recognition package, your name will be listed with the lead author at the top of the Amazon book page
  • Publishers discount offered to contributing authors that will include a direct link to order copies whenever you want for $7 per copy plus shipping - No minimum quantity required
  • You will receive x20 soft cover physical copies of the books for your use

BONUS:

  • Webinar Training - 9 Ways to Build Buzz Around Your Book (chapter) & Leverage Your Participation

Gift for Contributors:  Trophy


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MARKETING & RECOGNITION PACKAGE - GET AN UPGRADED CUSTOM COVER and more…

Custom Cover Mock Up

MARKETING & RECOGNITION PACKAGE - $997 

  • Custom Cover – All of your books will have your name and picture on the front
  • YOUR chapter moved to the front of the book– First position
  • Additional press release announcing something you are involved in. This press release will be professionally written and syndicated to ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and hundreds of media outlets and will include a media report
  • You will be listed on the book marque on Amazon as an author
  • 10 Additional Custom Cover copies of the book
  • PDF of your Chapter
  • We will set up and optimize your author central page on Amazon.com and link this book to it
  • Custom Social Media share graphics.  Some graphics will include only your name and others will include your name and picture
  • Subject Matter Expert Audit - We will give you a report that will tell you how you are positioned in the eyes of the public
  • Book Monetization Consultation – We will discuss your subject matter expert audit and show you how to humbly promote your participation in this corporate social responsibility project to further establish your know, like and trust in your industry

BONUS:

  • Interview on Game Changers Radio
  • Business Innovators Magazine Cover with your picture and interview about you on the back – Note if you were one of the first five who received this bonus, we will provide you with a different bonus.

 

PLATINUM PACKAGE = $2,497 

All of the MARKETING & RECOGNITION PACKAGE​ plus: 

  • Local TV Talk Show Appearance - We have relationships with tv news outlets around the country, we will work with you to determine where your appearance will take place

NOTE – Local TV Talk Show Appearances range from 2-5 minutes depending on the network

  • Behind the Scenes photos – You will receive three (3) TV appearance photos of yourself
  • 20 Additional Custom Cover Copies of the book
  • Spotlight Article written about you published on Small Business Trendsetters
  • Interview about your business that will be published in “Expert Profiles Book”

 

BONUS: 

  • Press Release - About your Local TV Appearance that will be syndicated to major media affiliate outlets 

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