Impact is what we create when we do something that leaves an impression. The ripples from the original action can travel across many miles, even years and touch a lot of people. You might not know the extent to which your actions have an impact.
We have been thinking a lot about the impact that we want to make with Indie Authors World but this week it is even more poignant for us. Friday 12thOctober marks 11 years since our son Calum died from meningitis at the age of 12years. Calum was a kind, loving, happy, caring, fun, sociable lad. He drew people to him with his big smile, easy manner and love of life.
The impact of his sudden death sent shockwaves through our family, friends and the wider community. But this is not the end of Calum’s story. You see, we can all create an impact on the world that outlives us. How you live your life, what you share, what you teach and how you love others will live on in those lives you touched.
So many friends and family continue to keep Calum close to their hearts but his influence has reached many who never knew him. From the families of the people he saved when his organs were donated, through to the readers of the books that we have helped to publish. Indie Authors World exists because Calum’s death unleashed a dream that Sinclair had to finish writing a book. That first book, The Reluctant Detective paved the way for us to help nearly one-hundred writers achieve their dreams.
The impact ripples out further to readers who have been entertained by the fiction books or been inspired to get out walking or cycling. The family tales have warmed hearts and encouraged people to share their stories. Many have found help, support and new challenges from our authors who write in the personal development field. And the ripples go on …
There are two particular books that have a direct connection to Calum. The Thirteen Stones by KT Finegan, and Diablo, The Fantastical Adventures of an Unloved Chess piece by Chris Tait were both published by us in Calum’s memory. Please watch the interviews with both authors to hear about the impact their books are having.
We are now working on plans to have an even bigger impact with Calum’s Legacy Project. This will help 12 young people lacking in opportunity to collaborate, write, publish and sell a book. We are really excited about this and will be sharing more about this soon.
So how many lives has Calum had an impact on? Thousands and most will never have known him. The positive ripples in the pond of life extend beyond what we can see. There is something wonderful and heart-warming in that legacy.
So what impact do you want to have in the world?
Your actions matter – so be kind, encourage others, share your time, your smile, your hugs. Your impact and legacy will live on beyond you – so what you do now matters.
If you have a story to tell, then do it. If you have wisdom to share, then write it. Your words matter and if you want your book to have an impact we would love to have you join our Indie Author World family. You can start with a free consultation with Kim– share your dreams with us and lets add some more ripples to the pond.