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Sad Self Publishing Story to Reap Mucho Dollars at Auction

Elena Desserich was a six year old little girl who died of inoperable brain cancer. She lived out as many dreams as she could, like swimming with dolphins. Before she died, she left small notes for her family hidden around the house. Her parents decided to collect those notes and publish the story of Elena's life and her death with proceeds going to a foundation they created to help fund pediatric brain cancer.

The self published book sold 8,000 copies and is now being take to auction. I'll be buying the book as a gift for someone whose own child had brain tumor (operable thank god).

Via mediabistro 

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Shiloh Walker
    Jan 13, 2009 @ 18:22:18

    Wow. What an amazing little girl, and what a way for her family to honor her memory.

  2. MD
    Jan 13, 2009 @ 18:45:19

    Do you know the name of the foundation they created? I’d like to donate.

  3. Graham Storrs
    Jan 13, 2009 @ 19:36:19

    You know, after all the heart-rending but fraudulent books that have been published lately, my first reaction is to wonder if this is real or not.

    Now that’s sad!

  4. Jane
    Jan 13, 2009 @ 19:38:48

  5. Miki
    Jan 14, 2009 @ 00:29:55

    @Graham Storrs: I was thinkin’ the same thing…

  6. Emmy
    Jan 14, 2009 @ 02:48:41

    I’m with Graham. I just don’t believe “memoirs” any more, although the cause is good.

    Regardless of what it goes for at auction, it’s selling for $16 and some change at Amazon.

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