So, we have a book. We have the 50 States in 50 Days tour. We have a clear mission. Now, we need folks to emerge and become champions of the cause. Kathy L. Patrick has emerged.
She is the founder of the Pulpwood Queen’s Book Club. She sold 1,000 copies of My Orange Duffel Bag-A Journey to Radical Change in the month of June. She dyed her hair orange. She rocks.
In researching her this morning…….I read her latest blog, and found it very touching. In particular, she publishes a letter from a girl who asks her to mentor her. The way they connected was truly what this tour is all about. One person affecting another’s life. Being THE one that alters the course of another’s life in a positive way. She is reaching out, stepping up, and mentoring folks. She is a hero.
From her Pulpwood Queens website:
The adventures and musings of Kathy L. Patrick, the Tiara Wearing, Book Sharing Founder of the Pulpwood Queens, the largest “meeting and discussing” book club in the world. Check daily for more info on Authors, Books, Music, Movies, Book Tour and the promotion of literacy!
Kathy very graciously answered some questions I asked via Facebook:
Kathy, how did you find out about My Orange Duffel Bag, and what made it stand out from all the other books that you must come across as the founder of the Pulpwood Queens Book Club?
Echo (Echo Montgomery Garrett) contacted me after reading a feature in Steve Harrison’s newsletter. She was surprised I think that I answered the phone but I asked her to send me a copy after watching the book trailer of which she had given me the link. I immediately knew the minute I read the book that this was going to be a bestseller. I have dubbed it “The Blind Side” meets “Same Kind of Different as Me” for the story is really one that needs sharing. What sold me on the book was it’s not just a memoir of what a terrible childhood I had, it’s a memoir that empowers children to just say, “I do not have to be like them” and then shows that child how to make the right choices for a meaningful and purposeful life.
If there is one thing I know for sure, it’s that we truly want to change the world, we have got to start treating our children better.
I then pitched the book with no major publisher housing takers and that upset me.
Now it was personal, I do not select a book for Pulpwood Queen and Timber Guy Book Club Selection without great care and thought. Is this a story worth sharing, is it discussable, will it change peoples lives and help them understand someone else better. I then decided that yes, like Sam Bracken, one person can make a difference so I posted on Facebook that if my name isn’t Kathy Louise Patrick, this is a book that everybody must buy and read. AND if I could sell 1,000 copies of the book in one month, I would color my hair ORANGE. I believe we sold like 331 copies the first day then in less than a month we had more than accomplished our goal. I WENT ORANGE! Now I wanted to continue this book’s story and message so I posted on Facebook that if I could sell another 1,000 copies, I would do my hair up like an ORANGE TROLL DOLL! We are on our way! Go MY ORANGE DUFFEL BAG GO!
I noticed on your most recent blog you agreeing to mentor a young girl that you met, and who subsequently sent you a letter explaining how one encounter with you had inspired her to write her own book. She explained how her dreams had been largely suppressed as a child, and how you had inspired her. You agreed to mentor her. Who was your mentor? Did you have THE ONE person that changed your outlook, and altered the course of your life?
Yes, I did agree to become a mentor because no matter how high you go on life’s ladder, you must always reach back behind you to help others up that are perhaps falling, or slipping. It’s no fun at the top alone! I plan to take all my reading friends with me. I have had many mentors but it was my teachers in school that truly inspired me to find my talents and then my librarians. My feeling is as they have charge of our world’s children often times more than the parents, they should be our highest paid profession in this country. Mrs. Boulden stood out to me in looking back, my 4th grade teacher. She was flamboyant, outspoken, enjoyed the arts and travel, wore capes, I loved her spirit and she took the time to really look me in the eye and figure out what made me tick! Funny thing is, I have become a lot like Mrs. Boulden. She was my Auntie Mame! She believed in ME! Really all my teachers . I owe them a great gratitude.
I’ve noticed you joined the “I Support Kevin Montgomery’s 50 States in 50 Days tour” facebook group, and you’ve been sharing this blog a good bit on your facebook page. If you are like me……I don’t just share anything. I have to be inspired. You have a “tribe” with your Pulpwood Queens. In your view, what should the Orange Duffel Bag/50 States in 50 Days tour “tribe” seek to accomplish?
Yes, I joined Kevin Montgomery’s 50 States in 50 Days because I SHARE what I believe is enlightening, educating, and empowering much like all my book club selections. I also feel that instead of everybody being out for their own agenda, life is truly about our relationships with others, not things, accomplishments, or power. The power is in God showing up that if we all work together for what is right in this world, we can truly live up to his promise of a life that will end with great reward. I have never been more passionate about a book or cause because people, it’s just simply important!
Thank you Kathy L. Patrick for taking the time to answer those questions. We also thank you for standing up and getting involved. Do you want to get involved? How? Here are a few ways.
- Check the Roadmap for the 2010 50 States in 50 Days tour, and host a house concert in your State?
- Join the “I Support Kevin Montgomery’s 50 States in 50 Days tour” Facebook group.
- Subscribe to the50statesin50daystour.com by Email
- Share, share, share this blog post!!!! Facebook, Twitter……by email!