This is what we do

Introduction

D.E.A.R. was originally a part of a storyline found in the book, Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (pages 40-41) by Beverly Cleary. Harper Collins first published the book in their children's division, and they are the ones that created the DEAR event, which has been a part of schools and libraries for years. Texas Authors, Inc., a not for profit organization was inspired by the concept and added their own Texas touch to it, thus creating DEAR Texas in 2014, then added Dear Indie in 2018.

Our Growth

The DEAR Texas concept started with an annual event created in 2014 and then implemented in 2015. Texas authors were spotlighted around the state in bookstores, libraries, and schools over a two-day period in April to introduce their works to readers. The overwhelming response from this event demonstrated that it needed to be its own separate organization. Thus, Texas Authors, Inc., moved it out from under its organization and set it up as a separate 501.c.3 in Texas.

During the first year of operating, DEAR was able to arrange for Texas authors to get into Blackshire Elementary school, a title 1 school, to do reading programs to children. A total of 6 authors had the opportunity to read and talk with over 200 students during the year. Over the past two years, over 115 authors have been able to reach out to various Texas communities during its annual event. This outreach has been in over 36 cities across Texas, and with each passing year, our goal is to increase the number of authors and towns participating.

Our Future

DEAR Indie has teamed up with Book Festival Network to create new opportunities at their book festivals, which will last well beyond the one-day events that they create.

Through this partnership, the value of the book festivals will increase dramatically and impact many more lives than just those who attended the event. It is our goal to make DEAR

Texas the Gold Standard in book festivals for the future. With each passing year, our outreach continues to expand beyond the borders of Texas in many ways. Our creative endeavors add new and exciting programs that increase our outreach and help us reach our goal of getting people of ALL ages to read more. By accomplishing this goal, we not only help increase the educational value of Texas citizens but also increase the Texas Economy in multiple and long-lasting ways.

Each of us learned how to read at a young age. While most of us discover how reading can be beneficial and a great way to stimulate the mind, with today’s technology, fewer and fewer people read books.

In addition, for adults living even busier lives than the generation before them, reading again takes a back seat to day-to-day living.

It is our goal and desire to help people understand and learn how reading can help them to expand their minds and grow while also learning about other cultures, ideas, and even worlds. Reading can and does reduce stress while helping people become wiser about the world around them.

This is who we are

B Alan Bourgeois

B Alan Bourgeois is the founder of Authors Markegting Guild, LLC, Indie Lector, LLC, DEAR Texas Inc., DEAR Indie, and the Texas Authors Institute of History, Inc. All organizations that support reading, writing and indie authors.