I’ve had the pleasure of working with the iconic women’s fashion retailer The Limited this year. The Limited has posted some impressive gains in market share recently under the vibrant, progressive leadership of CEO Linda Heasley. However, I think what impresses me most is the company’s investment in the communities their stores call home.
For example, here in Kansas City The Limited gave fashion makeovers to clients of the Women’s Employment Network and donated a share of opening weekend proceeds to this vital non-profit organization dedicated to helping women help themselves.
In Dallas the Dress For Success store received a makeover from the pros of The Limited:
That kind of commitment to being invested in a community speaks volumes about the heart and soul of a company. We’re all taught in Sunday school or its equivalent to give of ourselves, and in a cynical age it’s refreshing to work with a company that takes that lesson to heart and lives it.
Check out this interview I did with the Kansas City NBC affiliate about the road I took to independently publishing my novel, Pilate’s Cross. The reporter had read an earlier blog post about my decision and thought it would make a nice story. I think he did a great job and thought you might enjoy watching it–whether you’re into marketing, writing, ebooks, mystery thrillers or just PR guys with very small offices.
I’ve enjoyed writing and marketing my book. Several book clubs have read it and it has received generally favorable reviews. As I work on the sequel and other writing projects (when work and life allows) it’s really gratifying. Sales have been okay (I had a book signing in Omaha–what a blast!), and though I may not be getting rich I’m having a great time.
So to all you “Someday I’d like to write a book” folks out there…there’s never been a better time to do it and actually have a shot at getting your work in the hands of potential fans. Go for it.