Grief Diaries: Grieving the Missing

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With over 84,000 active missing cases as of January 2015, the FBI is doing their best to find our loved ones.  But what happens to us in the meantime?  How do we juggle the demands of keeping our case active on social media, posting fliers in our communities, answering endless questions from news agencies and law enforcement, while grieving our loved one's absence?  

Help others understand the unique journey faced by those who live with a missing loved one by sharing your journey in Grief Diaries: Grieving the Missing.


TO REGISTER:  It's easy to join the project and share your story! You have two options: contributor or co-author (limited to two co-authors per title). Simply read information below including contract and indemnity agreement, which gives us anthology copyright permission to publish your answers (you retain ownership of your story). Then follow these simple instructions:


Contributor: Select Contributor ($0). Select Add to Cart. Select CheckoutComplete Billing Information, then select Continue. Select Place Order

Co-Author: Select Co-Author (+$450). Select Add to Cart. Select Checkout. Complete Billing Information, then select Continue. Select Place Order.  SOLD OUT

Within a few minutes, you will receive an email receipt. Within 72 hours, you will receive a welcome email containing further project instructions.


QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

What is an anthology?  An anthology is a collection of responses from a variety of people about the same subject collected into one book. To date, over 350 people have submitted their story to the Grief Diaries series.

Who can participate?  Anyone who lives with a missing loved one.

How does it work?  This is a guided project. You'll receive three questions per week for six weeks. 

What kind of questions will I have to answer?  The focus of the questions will be about your journey. If a question doesn't apply, pass over it.  You can always come back to it later.

Can I use a pen name?  Yes, but please register in your real name first.

Does it cost anything?  Participation is free for contributors. Co-authors pay $450 (per title) and, in return, receive a share of royalties. 

What are the benefits of co-authoring? Becoming a published author, royalties for life, credibility to your career, and more. Please note that each title is limited to two co-authors.

Why don't contributors receive compensation?  We are a humanitarian-based publisher focused on raising awareness and offering comfort. We don't charge writers to submit their story like some publishers, nor do we pay for stories. To thank you for contributing, you become part of our Community Give Back program that grants you wholesale rights to purchase any AlyBlue Media anthology title for the purpose of re-sell.  You keep all the profits you earn from re-selling the title, and AlyBlue Media books get into the hands of those who need it. How does AlyBlue Media earn profits? Royalties from booksellers and bookstore retail sales (Barnes & Nobles, Amazon, etc).

May I participate in more than one book?  Yes. Simply select KEEP SHOPPING and register for the next book you wish to participate in. There is no limit as long as you have personal experience with each subject.

May I participate on behalf of someone else?  No. All submissions must be first-person accounts.

I would like to participate as a co-author, but can't afford it right now. May I make payments? No, but you can apply as a contributor and upgrade your status to co-author any time if that option is still available.

Can I buy my book to resell?  Yes. Both contributors and co-authors are granted wholesale privileges for the title(s) they participate in.  Through AlyBlue Media you can buy a few books for family and friends, or a caseload for resell via your own website and/or book signings and keep the revenue. There is no minimum quantity of books you need to order. Co-authors will also receive royalties from books sold through major distributors.  Royalties are paid quarterly for life.

Where will the books be available?  It will be published both in print and digital formats, and available to all booksellers around the world. 

Who is the principal author? Lynda Cheldelin Fell, the creator of Grief Diaries. To learn more about Lynda, visit www.lyndafell.com.

Who is the publisher?  AlyBlue Media.  For more information, visit www.AlyBlueMedia.com.


CO-AUTHOR CONTRACT:  
By completing and submitting this application, I hereby apply to be a co-author in this Grief Diaries book.  I, and the company I hereby represent (if any), understand that upon acceptance by the publisher, AlyBlue Media, I agree to adhere to the contract and Indemnity Agreement printed below.  Furthermore, I hereby release my submissions to AlyBlue Media, and grant full anthology rights to the Grief Diaries book series. I also understand and grant full editing rights to AlyBlue Media to ensure a quality publication.

CONTRIBUTOR CONTRACT:  
By completing and submitting this application, I hereby apply to be an unpaid contributor in this Grief Diaries book.  I, and the company I hereby represent (if any), understand that upon acceptance by the publisher, AlyBlue Media, I agree to adhere to the contract and Indemnity Agreement printed below. Furthermore, I hereby release my submissions to AlyBlue Media and grant full anthology rights to the Grief Diaries book series. I also understand and grant full editing rights to AlyBlue Media to ensure a quality publication.

INDEMNITY AGREEMENT:  
By completing and submitting this application and agreement, and if my application is accepted, I agree to participate in the Grief Diaries series as outlined above.  As such, I hereby agree to release my submissions to AlyBlue Media with full anthology rights.  I also agree to at all times hereafter indemnify and hold harmless AlyBlue Media and its agents, employees, directors and officers, against any and all suits, actions, proceedings, claims, liabilities, and demands which may be made or alleged as a direct or indirect consequence of my contributions, errors or omissions, of any kind whatsoever, resulting from or caused by the exercise by my contributions of any of its rights under this agreement.  This indemnity provision shall include all liabilities and losses including, but not limited to, claims asserted or made against the author or publisher directly or indirectly resulting from the sole or concurrent negligence of the author or publisher and/or damages of any kind whatsoever, including without limitation reasonable attorney’s fees and court fees and court costs incurred by AlyBlue Media.  If a court of competent jurisdiction rules invalid and/or unenforceable any of the provisions or interpretations of this indemnity clause, each of such provisions or interpretations ruled invalid or unenforceable shall be disregarded, but the remainder of this indemnity provision shall be given full force and effect.