#IWriteBecause

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Emmanuel NatafMakerHiring@emmanuelnataf · CEO at Reedsy
Emmanuel Nataf, one of the founders of Reedsy here! If you don't know us, we're a community of 50,000 authors and freelance professionals. We started out 3 years ago. We're not a unicorn (and might never be one), but we've helped authors create over 2,000 high-quality books. Our objective is to inspire more people to follow their paths and share their stories with the world. To do that, we decided to launch #IWriteBecause and ask famous writers why they write in short 1-minute videos. For every video we receive, we will donate $10 to Room to Read, a non-profit organization that seeks to provide girls in Africa and Asia with access to education. To kickstart the campaign, we got about 40 influential writers to share videos with us, including David Heinemeier Hansson (NYT bestselling author of Rework and Remote), Mark Dawson (bestselling author of the John Milton assassin thriller series) and Hailey LeBlanc (BookTuber). The result is pretty cool: https://reedsy.com/iwrite. Now, we're going to find out if we can reach our target of 1,000 videos and make a $10,000 donation to Room to Read. Any questions? Ask me anything!
Shauli Daon@shauli_daon · Founder at Yoman.io
@emmanuelnataf A worthy goal indeed!
David Ryan@davedri · Creator of Corilla.
@emmanuelnataf This is wonderful. It's a shame we didn't get a chance to meet while I was in London, as we keep crossing virtual paths. Such a great project, and such a wonderful idea for content... loving the approach you guys are taking. Let's catch up soon :)
Eddie Wang@eddiepluswang · @ Scotiabank Digital Factory
Huge props for doing this. I love seeing projects that encourages people to get out and read books. Is there a specific type of author or genre you're targeting with this platform?
Emmanuel NatafMakerHiring@emmanuelnataf · CEO at Reedsy
@eddiepluswang Hey Eddie! Thanks for your question. #IWriteBecause targets all writers from any background: We've had Youtubers (https://blog.reedsy.com/iwritebe...), suspense book authors (https://blog.reedsy.com/iwritebe...), cookbook authors (https://blog.reedsy.com/iwritebe...), etc.
Jonathan Widawski@widawskij · Founder @mazedesignhq
Hey guys, long time fan and follower of your product! Who’s the most famous author who has contributed so far to this operation? Cheers
Emmanuel NatafMakerHiring@emmanuelnataf · CEO at Reedsy
@widawskij Thanks! We had writers from very different backgrounds contribute to #IWriteBecause. I guess David Heinemeier Hansson (Creator of Ruby on Rails, Founder & CTO at Basecamp (formerly 37signals), NYT Best-selling author of REWORK and REMOTE) is one of the most famous contributors! His video is here: https://blog.reedsy.com/iwritebe...
Sia Houchangnia@siahouchangnia · Portfolio Analyst, Seedcamp
Big fan of Reedsy and I love this project! How long are you running the campaign for?
Ricardo FayetMakerHiring@ricardofayet · Co-founder, Reedsy
@siahouchangnia We'll be running this until end of the month, and are already getting lots of videos :) The more funds we can raise for Room to Read, the better.
PedroHiring@pcbo · Co-founder @ Landing.jobs
Amazing idea - loved the $10 donation part! :) Keep it up Emmanuel & rest of makers!
Matt CobbMakerHiring@mattjohncobb
@pcbo Thanks Pedro! :)