As a self-published author of two books and a long-time blogger, Ciara Jiminez is familiar with the process of writing and publishing a book. She wants to help people in their writing ventures by providing the editing, publishing, and marketing an up and coming author needs. With a micro-grant from Fortitude, Ciara can begin to launch the publishing process and help others achieve their writing dreams.
Since 2015, Jay Johns has been helping people create audiobooks and podcasts. Jay recognized the need for a sound booth designated for these specific audio recordings when he realized the cost and availability of renting one was not viable or cost-effective. When an audiobook is over 10 hours, for example, the cost is well beyond what an indie author could afford. With the grant from Fortitude, Jay will be able to purchase the materials he needs to begin building a sound booth, jumpstarting the eventual goal of multiple sound booths for recording.
The Fort 806 podcast is a show created to help listeners rediscover the diverse city of Fort Wayne, highlighting local events and activities around the city. Sonya (33) started the show over a year ago, and hopes the show will help people see their community and their neighbors as beautiful and diverse. With the micro-grant, Sonya can help fund giveaways on her show, which will help fund events and activities within Fort Wayne.