I’m Miriam, I get great fulfillment from helping others believe in themselves and accomplish great things. Sometimes that means writing empowering children’s books, and other times it means working with new authors to publish their books. Seeing the “Aha!” moment in someone’s life is what I live for!
So, how did I get here?
In 2012, on the flight home from a Transformational Retreat taught by Jack Canfield, author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul™ books and The Success Principles™, I wrote the first draft to my first children’s book, I CAN Believe in Myself. I set a goal to empower 100,000 children to believe in themselves.
This goal scared me. I didn’t know how I was going to accomplish it, but I was determined.
Then, on May 7th, 2014 I set the Guinness World Record™ for “The Largest Online Book Discussion in a 24 Hour Period”. This meant that thousands of children from over 29 countries around the world read a copy of I CAN Believe in Myself and left a comment on our blog about what they CAN do – all within 24 hours!
I had achieved my goal of empowering over 100,000 children with my first book. Me! I had never planned on being an author. I had studied business in college. But, I had discovered something I was extremely passionate about, and I poured my efforts into it.
I CAN Believe in Myself was just the beginning:
- That book became the first in a series of books, all of which garnered awards and became #1 Best-Sellers.
- My mentor that had started this whole amazing journey, Jack Canfield, agreed to co-author a children’s book with me!
- The Big, Bad Bully (co-authored with Jack Canfield) did so well we co-authored a reboot of I CAN Believe in Myself the following year.
- I landed a four-book deal with the traditional publisher, HCI Books.
That’s when I realized that I wanted more.
You see, I knew that if I stuck to writing and publishing my own books, I could produce maybe one per year. But, if I help other people publish their books, together we could empower so many more children!
That’s one thing I was learning as I shared my books at schools and with children. Parents, teachers, grandparents, entrepreneurs - they all had wonderful ideas and messages that they wanted to share. Powerful messages! Beautiful stories that the world needs. They just didn’t know how, and the idea of self-publishing was overwhelming.
I completely understand that difficulty! When I decided to write in 2012, I would have given anything to have someone show me the way. Now, with my experience in the self-publishing and traditional publishing world, I could be that guide for others.
I founded my own hybrid publishing company, Miriam Laundry Publishing, in 2020 (yes, that’s right, in the middle of a pandemic) and the response was overwhelming. We published seven children’s books within the first year of the company, many of which received best-selling status.
As a mother who started out just wanting to make a difference in my children's lives, I ended up becoming an author and publishing CEO. More than that, I was able to impact hundreds of thousands of lives. I want to share my secrets with you. What are YOUR goals?
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Miriam Laundry is a best-selling author and educational speaker whose message empowers children, teens, and adults to believe in themselves. Her first children’s book, I CAN Believe in Myself, set a Guinness World Record™ in 2014. After self-publishing three award-winning, best-selling children’s books, Miriam landed a four book deal with HCI Books and is now distributed by Simon and Schuster (2019).