BUDDING author Amy Maginnis is set to make her publishing dream come true, thanks to an anonymous well-wisher.
The single mum appealed for help through the Echo to raise the £600 she needed to self-publish her novel Thanks for the Memory.
The 28-year-old had agreed a cut-price deal with online publisher Author House but needed to raise the cash by Friday or risk missing out.
But within hours of a story appearing in Thursday’s paper and on the website, she had secured the money.
“I would like to thank everyone who has been in contact with me,” she said.
“The response has been truly heartwarming.
“I am pleased to say, with thanks to the Echo and someone who wishes to remain anonymous, I have managed to raise the money I need to make a good go of my book.”
And she vowed: “I will not waste the opportunity I have been given.”
She hit back at online criticism, after one poster wrote: “Here’s a thought, get a job, save the money and get it yourself instead of asking for more free hand-outs.”
Amy, of Perth Road, Plains Farm, said: “The negativity I encountered was minimal, however I will say this: “I was looking for help and not a handout.
“I have agreed a repayment plan with the person concerned, one which I will stick to because my word is my bond.
“Not everyone is out for what they can get, I just wanted the chance to give this my best shot.
“Thank you to everyone for renewing my faith.
“As idealistic as it sounds, if people were more prepared to help each other the world would be a much brighter place.”
Amy hopes publishing success will bring an end to a run of bad luck which stretches back to June 2010, when an electrical fault sparked a fire in the kitchen of the home she shares with son Declan.