Happy Friday and TGIF to everyone!!! I have some exciting book updates that I am itching to share and I cannot type this blog post fast enough to tell you!
Poka City Blues is set to hit book stores in the next coming weeks and the reality of it all is really starting to sink in. I often wonder how I would react upon seeing Poka City Blues in a major book store like Barnes and Noble. Knowing me, I would be skinning and grinning from ear to ear; that I am sure of. I may even stand there in disbelief because over a year ago I did not think this would even be possible.
You see, before I self published Poka City Blues on Amazon, I pitched it to a number of literary agents first. The responses I received were a little discouraging because most of them acknowledged that it was a good book, but they did not feel they would be able to market it. Why? Because Poka City Blues is too direct and blunt; their words, not mine. There was a time when I seriously wondered if I should scrap this book and forget about it, but then I would think about how hard I worked to craft this story.
The more I read over those rejection letters the more determined I was to tell this story. Seeing how this is a story that is inspired largely by my mother’s life and in part by my father’s, I was not going to “pretty up” this story just to get picked up by an agent. Not every life story is a fairytale and I refused to portray this story as such. Yes, I will admit, Poka City Blues will yank at your heart strings, but it is an inspiring story that will stay on your mind long after you read it.
I shudder to think of the regret I would have felt years on down the line if I did not self published this story. Looking back, I have no regrets whatsoever because I have found a reader base who appreciates my frank candor and unconventional writing style. I am still amazed at the number of readers who requested Poka City Blues to be made available in paperback and I am so happy that I was able to do that.
To all the aspiring writers and authors out there, do not let rejection hold you back or prevent you from telling what you believe to be a great story. You never know who may be inspired by it. Take it from me, just because someone may not like your particular writing style, that does not mean no else will appreciate it.
I am currently working on book signings and meet and greets, but what I am looking forward to the most is taking my mother to a major book store and showing her in person the book that was inspired by her life. My mother is one in a million and she is the strongest woman I know. It is hard to believe that a woman who has been through so much can find every reason to smile. I got NOTHING but LOVE and RESPECT for my Mama.
Until next time…