(This was just posted by me on Facebook. A quick summary of what this is referring to: Last month, a family’s home im McAdoo caught fire while the father figure, who runs a local internet radio station devoted to the region’s independent music scene, was away on a gig. His youngest daughter perished as a result of the fire, definitely the biggest loss in an incident where the family lost everything.
Last Saturday there was a benefit concert to raise money for the family. At least $3000 (perhaps even $3500-$4000) was stolen by some scumfuck at the end of the night. I was shocked and sicked when the news broke early Sunday morning. Some friends of mine that I had been in a country-rock band with played their second show ever at the benefit and they were beyond disgusted by this incident, too.
I wanted to do something but wasn’t completely sure what or how until tonight. That’s when I posted the letter below on Facebook. The rest of the story unfolds below:)
In the wake of Jerry Fisher Jr and the Hazleton Our Town Radio family having their benefit money in their late daughter’s name stolen by some scumbag the other night, I have decided to help in my own way.
As many of you may or may not know, last year I released my first novel, “Resonant Blue”, on my own book label, TGML Press. The easiest and cheapest way to get it is as an e-book via the usual suspects (Kindle, iBookstore, Nook, and Smashwords). The book in this form is only $2.99. All you have to do to find it is search for either the book title or my name.
Between now and August 1st, I will donate $1 from every sale of the ebook from any of the above stores. I’ll know of sales from Smashwords almost immediately. Getting reports of sales from the big three ebook retailers takes a while longer, so if you forward a copy of the email receipt to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I’ll add that sale to the tally. I don’t expect to make up for the three grand lost to some greedy prick’s heartless anti-gesture, but it is something I can easily and happily do to help.
Feel free to share this with all of your friends. Do it for good karma. Do it to give the finger to the assclown who stole the money. Do it in the honor of a little girl who lost her life way too soon. But just do it!