Hi there readers and fellow authors. I am Willie Tee and I send out newsletters from time to time to keep you informed of the progress I am making in the promotion of my book, The Winds of Destiny, 2nd Edition. I will mention in my newsletter book festivals, speaking engagements and book signings that I attended or will attend in the future. I also inform readers of other fellow authors that I have met and the titles of their books. Importantly, I want to encourage others to become authors, a dream come true, and to provide them guidance on how to become skillful authors.
Newsletter Dated: 10/26/2009 6:17:02 PM
Subject: The Panel, Overcoming, Book Em Event
On Saturday, 17 October 2009, there was a Book Em Event at Waynesboro, Virginia and I was one of over fifty authors that attended. This event was held by the Waynesboro Police Dept. You can check out this event at www.bookem.org. I have attended this event about five times and donate a considerable portion of my book sales to the Book Em Foundation. The foundation uses the funds to purchase books for school students, who take the books home and have their parents read to them to improve their reading literacy. The objective is to book em (give the children books while they are young) to avoid booking (arresting) them later as teen or adult offenders.
Below is a partial listing of discussion panels that numerous authors participated on, which includes myself. You may find some of these authors' stories interesting and motivating, particularly those authors who overcame substantial obstacles as myself to be successful. I have spoken at several events or forums, including Youth Clubs, about my book and overcoming obstacles. Some of the authors, who are listed at the Book Em internet site, visited schools at Waynesboro, Virginia. No doubt, these authors could visit other schools during the future to promote literacy and motivate students.
I was on a great panel (overcoming) which included a former career criminal, Mr. Jonathan Z. Queen, who went straight, a victim, Mr. Fredic A. Almond, who was stabbed 39 times as an 11 year old and his mother killed in front of him, a Vietnam Veteran, Mr. Tom Lacombe, with war memories and myself, Willie Tee, a person made strong because of his family’s tragedy. I am promoting this panel as motivational for youths because it shows how people get involved in crime, how they ruin lives (victims), how it is possible to stop being a criminal, and how to recover both as a victim and a criminal. Mr. Jonathan Z. Queen, who stated that he was a career criminal by age 23, after being incarcerated three times, explained that he spent time in prison. Mr. Queen then pointed out that the other three members on the panel also did time in prison; Mr. Almond was imprisoned by fear after being brutally stabbed, Mr. Lacombe lived in a prison of nightmares from war time trauma, and myself was imprisoned (extreme student misconduct) while working at the school until we three learned how to free ourselves of the negative situations. Mr. Queen further explained that he imprisoned his 8 year old daughter and other relatives who were stigmatized by his criminal behavior. Mr. Queen stated that deep in the “hole” of the prison, where he added more years to his initial prison sentence because of bad behavior, his 8 year old daughter sang a beautiful Christmas song (Joy to the World) over the telephone. Mr. Queen was not able to attend his daughter’s Christmas Play, and he stated that this was the defining moment, which caused him to end his career as a criminal. Mr. Queen, who is now a much sought after motivational speaker, explained that you end a career as a criminal when you avoid places where you can commit crimes, and when you avoid hanging out with criminals. He stated that drug users can use the same methods to stop using drugs. I admire Mr. Queen, because he offers the simplest advice for improving one’s lifestyle. Coupled with will power and self determination, his advice would work. You can use Google, or link to these author’s books at www.bookem.org (Authors Appearing).
After working two years at a middle school, which was very similar to the school in the movie, Lean on Me, and involved in daily discipline and control, the school is now a much safer place to learn, teach and visit. In short, we took back the school from some teenage thugs who were failing students. There are workable strategies for accomplishing this, but we teachers showed extreme courage when confronting mobs of students and we did not retreat or run, not even one inch. We have reminded adolescent students that adults or teachers run schools and not children. Now the stage has been set for the students to achieve at even higher academic levels, but the teachers and security personnel continue their hard fought quest to make schools a safe place for education. I refuse to be held hostage by members of today’s misled youths. I will devote time towards promoting programs and panels that will take back our schools.
Authors: Jonathan Z. Queen, Fredric A. Almond, Sr., Willie Tee and Tom Lacombe
Moderator: Chief Doug Davis
Description: The 4 authors on this panel have all had to “overcome” major obstacles in their lives. This will be a fascinating panel that will amaze you to hear what these authors have gone though. This discussion will be sure to MOTIVATE you in your own life.
Author: Marliss Melton
Topic: Personality types in your characters.
Description: Using Myer - Briggs 16 Personality Types is a helpful and fail - proof way to know your characters inside and out. When you “type” your characters you will know how they reenergize; how they view the world; how they process what they view; and how they will act based on their perceptions. Personality affects inner thought, dialogue, career choices, behavior, relationships and so much more. It ought to be the basis for every interpersonal conflict.