Sandy Rees – Author Interview

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

I wrote and published “Fundraising Buffet: A Heaping Helping of 101 Practical Ideas to Increase Donations and Deepen Donor Satisfaction” in 2006 for nonprofit fundraising staff and volunteers. It provides some simple, clear points that will help any organization to focus on the things that matter. The book us organized in such a way that readers can sample tips from various fundraising strategies without reading the whole book.

Tell us something about yourself.

I’m a native East Tennessean and I’ve been working in nonprofit fundraising for 11 years. I love helping nonprofit organizations raise money and change peoples’ lives.

What inspired you to write this book?

In teaching many fundraising classes, I noticed that I got very consistent feedback from my students – that I offered simple, practical ideas. I wanted to have a greater impact with my knowledge and writing them down seemed like a logical way to share what I know.

How did you publish this book? Why did you decide to self-publish?

I chose to self-publish this book for a couple of reasons. One is that I wanted total control over the publishing and marketing, and the other is that my target audience is so narrow and clearly defined, I knew I could sell these books myself. I usually sell books in the back of the room when I’m speaking, and I’m very pleased with sales.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

I’ve always had a talent for writing. I wrote my first short story when I was 6. (It was a VERY short story!!) Over the years, I’ve refined my writing skills and find them to be a big asset to me as an entrepreneur.

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?

For me, the hardest part of writing is the editing. I tend to get so caught up making the manuscript as good as it can be that sometimes I don’t know when to stop editing.

How do you do research for your books?

Research for me consists of listening to clients, reviewing articles and books by colleagues, and reviewing my own experience.

Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?

I learned that I know more than I give myself credit for!

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?

I tend to read a lot of business and marketing books. I like books that are easy to read, with plenty of white space. I don’t like books that are “thick” which I define as having too much text on the page and is tough to get through.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

Yes. I’m now writing a book that will tell nonprofit organizations how to raise all the money they need to fully fund their missions. It’s based on my signature process that I use when I work one-on-one with clients.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

If you really want to see the book in your head become the book on your shelf, don’t give up. Keep working at it and keep moving forward.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

Visit my website at to learn about my and “Fundraising Buffet.” The book is available in both paperback and ebook formats and starts at just $24.95.