FLYING ON BROKEN WINGS a memoir

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My book is coming out this October! As many of you may know, I have decided to use my lived experience with the intention of becoming a beacon of hope for others lost in the sorrows they harbour in their mind as a result of past abuse. I want people to know that recovery from deep personal trauma is possible and feelings of hopelessness and despair, fear and shame can be absolved. That you can do so much more in life than just survive. And so it is with a mixture of nervousness and excitement that I introduce you to my upcoming memoir, entitled ‘Flying on Broken Wings’. 

Screen Shot 2014-08-01 at 10.12.30 AMAll of us are broken to some extent but I am speaking to the possibility of rising on our broken wings and soaring. Stepping out of victim and transforming that mentality. What I have found, is I am reaching people who are the ones…

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Little Known Black History Fact: Ralph Ellison

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Originally posted on Black America Web:

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Author Ralph Ellison is perhaps best known for his 1952 landmark novel, Invisible Man. What some might not know is that Ellison was also a musician, educator, and a World War II veteran over the course of his rich life.

Born March 1, 1914 in Oklahoma City, Okla., Ralph Waldo Ellison was named after journalist, Ralph Waldo Emerson. Ellison lost his father, Lewis, when he was just three years of age, leaving his mother to raise him and his brother alone. Reading, music and education was a hallmark of the Ellison home. As a a young amen, Ellison enrolled at Tuskegee Institute as a trumpeter with hopes of becoming a symphony composer.

A trip to New York in 1936 changed Ellison’s fortunes. Ellison visited the city to earn enough money to pay for his college expenses, but ended up moving there. He joined the New York Federal…

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Quick Tips: Self-Editing Your Book

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Originally posted on Crownless Publications:

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The temptation to release our finished creations on the public is strong. This is the Dark Side. First, you have to edit that beast.

After the joys of writing, many find spell checking their work pretty tedious stuff. Unfortunately it is just so important. Many self published eBooks have been sunk on that one review, amid a sea of praise, that simply states: ‘I liked it but the spelling and grammar was awful.’

You may, or may not, be surprised about the number of manuscripts we look at that are woefully unedited. On the upside, if you are releasing your book into the online market, by thoroughly editing your work you are already better than a few of your potential competitors. Editing just makes good business sense.

Tip One: Leave it alone!

I am a firm believer in this. You’ve probably read your manuscript a thousand…

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Memoir Tips, Quotes, & Books

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Originally posted on Difficult Degrees:

Working on my memoir, I’ve turned to many, many (many many, too many) books with tips on how to get started, organized, and inspired.  I also read a lot of what other authors say about the process and will share quotes here, as well.  I’ll begin with my favorite quote, well, one of them.

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love questions themselves like locked rooms or books written in very foreign tongues.  Do not now seek the answers which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them…live the questions now.  Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”  –Rainer Maria Rilke

So here’s a list of the books on writing creative nonfiction/memoir that I’ve found to be the most helpful.  Sadly none of them are writing my book for…

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Review: Ghost of Sangju: A Memoir of Reconciliation

Originally posted on Harlow's Monkey:

imgresMemoirs are tricky business. I have known for a long time that I would never attempt to write a memoir because they are so difficult. They must draw the reader in, excite without being overly melodramatic and yet be approachable so the reader can relate and empathize. Ghost of Sangju: A Memoir of Reconciliation by Soojung Jo, meets these criteria in both ways.

I first came upon Soojung Jo’s writing when she was blogging at Faith and IllusionsI’m not quite sure how I stumbled upon her blog, but I recall being interested in her take as both a Korean adoptee and as an adoptive parent. I was disappointed when she stopped blogging, but found her through other social media sites and remember when she reunited with her Korean family. Ghost of Sangju details her reunion but for me, it is her description of her childhood with her adoptive family…

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Writing Tip: Add A Bit Of Wisdom To Your Writing

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Originally posted on Creative Talents Unleashed:

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Writing Tip: Add A Bit Of Wisdom To Your Writing

What little bits of advice did you hear along the way? Use it in your stories, as straight up advice, or as the thread beneath the action, a guiding force. You want to hear the only advice my father gave me about sex? “Be like the trains and pull out on time.” Thanks, Dad. There is wisdom in the Bible, in Buddhism, enlightenment from your stoner college buddy, your teachers along the way, your parents—you name it. Think about those guiding forces, those mantras, and use them however you can.

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Reader Question: When Should Indie Authors Publish a Second Book?

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From Jennifer Mattern on February 26, 2015 in Book Marketing & PR

Don't wait to release your second book.

Last week, a question from Sunayna Prasad came in about building a fan base and how it affects series publishing. Basically, she wanted to know if she should publish the second book in her new series right away, or if she should wait until she has more fans or readers of the first.

Here’s her question:

“I am writing a sequel to my published book. It didn’t sell a lot, but it got a lot of positive reviews, all from strangers. How many fans should I have (whether they bought the book or I gave it away for free) before I publish my sequel. I sold somewhere around 53 copies since a year and a half ago. My goal is to have at least 800 fans before publishing my sequel. The title includes the phrase, book 1, so…

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10 Books That Shifted Society

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Originally posted on Black America Web:

African-American literature is bountiful in its unique and varied genres ranging from slave narratives, to the artistry of the Harlem Renaissance era, down to its perspectives on race, politics and culture.

Thousands of books have crossed through the hands of readers that are significant in impact, here are only 10 of them below.

The Souls of Black Folk, 1903

We kick off the list with W.E.B. Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk which is an American literary classic and an iconic piece in African-American literature.

The Weary Blues, 1925

The Harlem Renaissance is synonymous with poet Langston Hughes. Hughes incomparable career began with the release of his first book, a collection of poems, titled Weary Blues which would hold just one of the many timeless poems from the poet.

The Known World, 2003

The Edward P. Jones novel is a modern-day gem in African-American literature. The…

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Writing Tip: Something Has to Happen

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Originally posted on Creative Talents Unleashed:

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Writing Tip: Something Has to Happen

Don’t kid yourself, anything we write/post/publish and offer to their world as our own combination of words ultimately has to be thought of as entertainment. If this makes you cringe, read on. Your writing does not have to make the reader happy, sad, angry or relieved, but it does have to take the reader somewhere and it does have to move the reader in some way.

Your main character(s) have to move towards something. S/he can progress or regress but there has to be change. There can be movement towards birth, rebirth, revelation, disappointment, death or disaster, but the work must move in some way. Something has to happen.

It is possible that the essence of the work is a simple revelation: The character remembers something, or sees something, or does something, and it can be a very small thing, but the impact must…

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Social Media: It’s About Engagement

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Originally posted on Lauren Simonis:

When I first got my Twitter account, I used it to follow other accounts. I hadn’t planned on tweeting much myself – I just felt obligated to be part of Twittersphere being a journalism major. But as I figured out more what I wanted to do professionally, and how to be that person on Twitter, I wanted to find a following. I wanted people to engage with me. That’s the tricky thing about social media, at least, that’s what I think is the tricky part.

I’ve realized through the years that I have been on Twitter and other social media, that if you want engagement, you also need to engage with others. I can’t just be the account that posts things and expect others to interact with me if I am not interacting with others.

So it has become a goal of mine to not only try to post regularly…

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