By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Writer selling cookie dough to finance books publication
Monica Cane is selling tubs of cookie dough to pay to have her latest book published. - photo by JASON CAMPBELL
It’s been several years since Monica Cane first got the urge to pen a Christian fiction novel that takes place in Manteca.

After starting the book, Cane – who operates an online ministry for freelance Christian writers – put the project aside to pursue other endeavors but always had the story and the desire to complete it in the back of her mind.

But last year she found the time to sit down and pour nine months into what would become the 290-page book The Lost Coin – a story that follows a young girl form Manteca named Elaina through a life of bad choices after she breaks away from her family and eventually learns that regardless of what she does she can always find her way back to God.

Now that it’s completed, Cane is selling tubs of Otis Spunkmeyer cookie dough to raise the necessary money to publish the book herself.

“At one time I did have an agent that was interested in the story, but later found out that the traditional publishing houses aren’t picking up too many authors because of the downturn in the economy,” said Cane. “So I started looking at the self-publication options and it’s worked out great because with this fundraiser I’m able to turn it into kind of a community project – people from Manteca that are supporting a local author and a story that takes place in Manteca.”

Between now and Feb. 16, Cane will be working to hopefully sell 350 tubs of the $15 cookie dough that will allow her to both publish and market the book both within the community and through her online contacts – allowing her story of redemption to reach as many people as possible.

“It’s really a story that tells us that no matter what choices we make, even though there are consequences we’re never too far out of God’s grace to come back,” Cane said. “While teenagers are always [looking] for a place to break away and be independent, this story kind of shows that sometimes being around family is a really positive thing.

“I think it’s something that a lot of people will be able to connect to.”

To find out more about the cookie sales to support the book, Cane can be reached at 612-4121. Those interested in Cane’s writing can contact her through her website – – or e-mail her at