My novella has been on sale for a week and I still can't deal
Ready, my first novella, has been available on Amazon for seven. whole. days. To be honest, it's still kind of surreal that I have a book for sale and people are reading said book. You can buy it here.
As I mentioned on the Girl, Have You Read podcast - I never considered publishing anything before April of last year. It wasn't even an option, kids. (Side note: Girrrrrl, I was on a podcast. My favorite one at that. Ain't it crazy?)
For background: I wrote Ready for myself (writing what you want to see, etc., etc.). It was the first project I started after my decision to self-publish, so it felt different than all the other work saved in my notebooks or word documents. It's sweet, cute, tingly and everything I needed at the time I started writing and throughout the project.
The book includes my favorite genre and tropes: sports romance and friends-to-lovers. And more than anything else, I wanted the heroine to be an athlete. Turns out, I mentioned (what is now Ready) in an interview I did in August 2016.
This week I read:
- Between a Honeymoon and a Hot Mess by Phyllis Bourne. I loved it, obviously because I'm recommending it. Also check out the first book in the series, Between a Rock and a Hot Mess, if you haven't already. It's not necessary to understand/enjoy this book but it's awesome, too, and I really like Riley's character.
- Take Notes. A Short. by Alexandra Warren. This is the second installment, the first was called Take Flight. I can't wait to read the next installment of this - because, um, very juicy. Read both, and you'll get what I mean.
Also, I bought too many books (but they were super cheap, that's my excuse):
- Jamaica Kincaid's A Small Place
- Michelle Cliff's No Telephone to Heaven
- Zora Neale Hurston's Seraph on the Suwanee
- Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun
- Mary Beth Rogers' Barbara Jordan - American Hero
- Heather Andrea Williams' Help me to find my people - The African American search for family lost in slavery
This week has been a whirlwind:
Other than listening to SZA's CTRL on repeat, I was at Yale for a few days. I attended a Storytelling in Modern Media workshop/conference. Though the focus was nonfiction and my non-fiction work, so much of what I learned can be applied here.
I look forward to using what I learned to create nonfiction and fiction work centered around black women and their stories.
So enough with the updates!
Now... it's time to get back to work.