Sunday, April 14, 2013

E-book progress

My e-book version of This is a Good Day to Live is now pending publishing. That's good news! After a few setbacks, Elizabeth has successfully downloaded my book into Smashwords, who will in turn place it with those sites who handle e-books. I will keep posting the progress and hopefully will be able to say its ready to buy online! The cost will be $9.99 and proceeds will still go to the Amber Carter Memorial Scholarship account.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

E-book in progress, finally

After trying to download my pdf file of This is a Good Day to Live, I turned to a professional, Elizabeth Beeton, and to help me put the original file into the correct form for translating to e-book.  Who knew it would be so complicated? Certainly not me! Smashwords itself is a company that helps authorIput their new books on the e-book market. I thought self-publishing was hard, this is much easier if you are a computer geek, which I am not. So, hopefully this will be completed by the end of this month.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013 , the year of the Ebook

Yes, I am working on getting This is a Good Day to Live on the e-readers.  My friend, Sue, and I are going to work together to get our books to the public so they can download them onto their Kindles, Nooks, Ipads, Ipods, etc. We took a class at the Cuesta Writer's Conference last year called Self Publishing Boot Camp. I am very excited about this, and will set my goal to have it online by February. Look for it then! Until then, send me an e-mail at if you have any advice/suggestions for this new venue.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Scholarship News 2012

Good news! This year we are awarding two scholarships to worthy AGHS seniors.
Kyle Compton and Hannah Goldman.  They each will receive $1000.00 to put towards their higher education.  We are always proud of our recipients and hope they use the money wisely. We don't require it to be for college only. Our goal is to help dancers hone their skills, whether that means going to a dance studio in L.A. or a college of Fine Arts. Good Luck, Kyle and Hannah!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Scholarship is back

We had some time to re-group since Debbi Simms retired as the Dance Company director. The good news is that Shelby Videl and Ms. Varvel at AG High School, are keeping the Dance Company going. That means the Amber Carter Memorial Scholarship will be given next year to deserving seniors in that company who apply. We will keep fund raising, adding to the cache until the time comes to award these students and help them further their education.  Thanks to Fins restaurant in Grover Beach, and PG&E for helping make these awards possible.  Book sales have also contributed and I am very proud of that.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Amber is proud!

We have a balance of over $2500 in the scholarship fund. In June, PG&E (Pacific Gas and Electric, Tom's employer) will match those funds. We will be half way to our goal to make it perpetual. That means there will always be enough money to give away to graduating students of Arroyo Grande High School. The fundraising has been difficult, but rewarding, and now we can see the fruits of our labor. Even though there will be no awards this year, it is for a good reason. Also, the dance department is still up in the air at the high school since Debby's retirement. Change is good and we hope for a perfect group to attach the awards to. Meanwhile, Amber's honor and memory is still in our hearts!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Scholarship News

Now that the Dance Company has retired from AGHS, We have been pondering the scholarship and what it will mean for its future.
For the time being, it will be on hold while we continue to put money into it by selling more books (sold 2 more recently, thank you, Jayden and Tom) and by having PG&E match the funds.
Right now our goal is to make the scholarship perpetual, meaning the interest paid annually will become the amount we will give to the recipients. The amount needed to do that is
$10,000.00  and we will be half way after this year. So, there will be no awards this coming year nor the next in order to add to the fund.
This is exciting news! Our wish has always been to make the Amber Carter Memorial Scholarships solid, annual, and prestigious. In this way we can accomplish this goal and no matter what the economy dictates, there will always be awards for those in need to further their education. Thanks to all who have donated, bought books, flipped coins into the wishing well at Finn's.