All it takes is faith…Sweet Georgia Brown had it…and so do I
As I sat in my writing office of my two bedroom apartment in Keller, Texas, a suburb wedged between Dallas and Fort Worth, in 2001, I had faith that I would fulfill my fifteen-year goal to write. Six months later, Memories of Yesterday was born. I made a decision to self-publish. What happened next was all God. An author referred me to a prominent New York agent. I sent her my novel and a month later I received a rejection through email that basically stated editors weren’t looking for “my kind” of writing. Now, I was a self-published author with hundreds of boxes of books piled up in my apartment that I needed to move; boxes that sat like furniture for awhile. That’s when I told myself, publishers may not be interested, but readers will be.
I visited black bookstores in the Dallas area, which at the time were Black Images, Black Bookworm, and Jokaes African-American Books. The store owners truly opened their hearts and resources to me, particularly Emma Rodgers. I had book signings at her store. I was able to speak at a local college and a church. I received a community award from Delta Sigma Theta Dallas Alumnae chapter. I received an order for fifty-six books from the Dallas Public Library without even soliciting them. I went on K-104’s morning show with Skip Murphy; all as a self-published author. In my mind, I had already accomplished big things. So when I received a phone call from a literary agent who stated he was interested in representing me and then two months later learned that he had sold the rights to my self-published novel, Memories of Yesterday, which was published by NAL Trade as If It Ain’t One Thing and also for the sequel It’s Like That, while I was elated, I wasn’t surprised. My goal was to one day get picked up by a major publisher. Despite what that prominent agent said. I feel truly blessed to have three books on the shelves and available wherever books are sold with another recently contracted. The rest I will achieve with faith.
Sweet Georgia Brown
NAL Trade, January 2, 2008
$13.95 US; ISBN: 0451222288
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