Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Unleash Your Story and Make A Difference - Debbie Macomber Pacesetter Author

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Unleash Your Story & Make a Difference -

Attention Canadian participants! There is a glitch in the CFF website that won’t allow it to accept Canadian address. We do encourage your participation and apologize for this problem.

To register you can use the CFF office address at:
Your name c/o CFF
2990 Cahill Main
Madison, WI 53711

Please e-mail your mailing address to: so that we can send you any prizes you win.
Thanks so much for your participation! It’s not too late!

Sign up to participate as an individual or as a team at the special Unleash Your Story event page set up by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Send your writing goals to and reading goals to

About us:

We’re the authors of Romance Unleashed. Twenty women who all jumped on the publishing roller coaster between 2004 and 2006. We’ve ridden the ups and downs together and become good friends. Besides our love of romance, writing and chocolate we also have a common interest in supporting our community. We figured together we could help make a difference in our world.

The idea: An annual event that will Make a Difference for an important cause. We decided a write-a-thon would combine our love of writing with our desire to raise money for charity. This idea became the Unleash Your Story event, a month long write-a-thon that will be fun, help writers set and meet writing goals and encourage both readers and writers to donate as they root for their favorite author or team.

To add to the fun we decided to invite readers to join us for a read-a-thon that will combine their passion for reading with a desire to make a difference.
That’s right-meet your writing goal for the month and raise a heap of money, too! Or if you’re a reader, curl up with a good book for a great cause! It doesn’t get better than that, does it?

Our goal for 2008 is to raise $10,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Two ways to help:

Readers and Writers can join a team or work as individuals to set a goal for the Unleash Your Story month. We’ll have certificates for individuals and teams who meet their goal as well as for those who keep up with our guest Pacesetter author.
Supporters can donate in the name of their favorite team or individual participant and watch word count totals and donation totals grow. To keep things simple, we are asking donors to donate a single amount rather than a per word or per page pledge. This way donors will know exactly what they are donating and writer or reader participants will not need to go back to collect pledged amounts at the end of the event.

A donation in any amount is a great way to show support for your favorite writer or reader and to support the important work of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation!
Every participant will also have a chance to win great prizes. Watch for special prizes offered each week!


We’re thrilled to have best-selling author Debbie Macomber as our 2008 Pacesetter Author. She is famous for her persistence and dedication to writing daily. As a result she is one of the most prolific writers of our time with millions of books in print. Find out more about Debbie on our Pacesetter Page.
Debbie’s goal for September 2008 is 30,000 words. We’ll have a special certificate for those writers who keep up with the Pacesetter.

How to Participate

Unleash Your Story–work toward your reading and writing goals and make a difference in the lives of others. The 2008 event will go from September 1 through September 30, 2008.

Readers or Writers

1.) Register at the CFF web site. If you have questions or run into any problems, e-mail us at:

2.) Join or start a team (this step optional). Teams can be made up of readers or writers.

3.) Set your individual or team writing or reading goal! Writing goals will be in word count, reading goal in pages read. Send your writing goals to and reading goals to

4.) Keep track of those words written or pages read and report them weekly to

5.) Get out the word – Post a Bumpersticker on your blog or web site, email your friends. Get them to make donations directly to you or to join your team. Your donations and donation goals will be tracked on the CFF site, so all you have to worry about is your reading or writing progress.

6.) Win prizes – The individuals and teams with the TOP Five donation levels will be named Our Heroes and receive a special reward! See our Prizes Page for more information on prizes you can win.

7.) If you are an RWA Chapter member, let us know so that we can tally your donations along with those of your fellow chapter members. The RWA Chapter that raises the most money by September 30 will win a complete set of MP3 Audio files from the 2008 RWA National Conference for the chapter library. If you are a member of multiple chapters, choose one to support for this special chapter prize. We will be tallying the chapter donation totals by hand, so we rely on participants to give us accurate information.

We’ll also have certificates and special virtual awards for participants to post on their websites or blogs.

How to donate:

Donation is optional for all participants. However, we encourage you to make a donation through your team or individual portal to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. These donations will count in your team or individual donation tally.

To donate without participating in the read-a-thon or write-a-thon? Go to the Unleash Your Story Event Page and donate directly to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Your donation will count toward our overall event goal. Designate your donation in the name of a particular author or team, or send it without designation. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, 100% of all donations made through Unleash Your Story go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Thank you for your support! With your help we can make a difference in the lives of those living with cystic fibrosis.

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