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Graduate School, Here I Come!

DSCN2995Wow, so much has happened since I last posted. Now, I am a second-year graduate student at George Washington University pursuing a Master of Arts in Professional Studies in Publishing. I successfully completed my first year of graduate school (thank you, Jesus!). I’m gearing to go back on August 28. I already know that this semester is going to be a BEAST! Pray for me, y’all.

It is my goal and dream to start my own publishing house, La Muse Press, hence, why I am back in school after earning a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore. Yes, there are plenty of independent publishers out there. So what would make La Muse Press different?

I am committed to publishing the works of people of color and women. As a Black woman, I want to see our stories told and shared to the world. Our stories matter too. Representation is important.

Speaking about sharing stories, check out my latest short story “The Midnight Knock.” The story is about a young woman who recently lost her mother. Surprisingly, she receives a knock on the door. Who could the knock come from? Her mother? A ghost? You just have to read to find out. Click here to read it. 

Enough about me. What about you? What dreams are you working on? Remember not even the sky is the limit. Keep pushing and dreaming. You will make it! With Christ, He makes the impossible, possible. Stay blessed. 

 

 

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My Adventure at BookCon 2017

I know it’s been over a year since I last posted a blog entry. A lot of good things have happened since then: I have a new position working for the federal government in D.C. as a Technical Writer-Editor. This fall, I should begin my Master’s program in Publishing at George Washington University. Needless to say, I’ve been busy.

I’ll admit I let blogging fall to the waist side for several reasons:

1.) I thought it was a waste of time (like who is reading my blog anyway?).

2.) The time I spend blogging, I can spend writing fiction.

3.) I won’t expand my readership through blogging. 

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Mary B. Banks with award-winning author Jason Reynolds at BookCon 2017.

But I’ve been rejuvenated since my trip to BookCon on Saturday, June 3 at Javits Center in the Big Apple. I learned so much. My main reason for attending BookCon was to attend IngramSpark and BookLife’s “Indie Author 101” panel. I had an opportunity to get much needed advice regarding how to become a successful, business-minded writer. I became so inspired that I thought it would be imperative to start blogging back again. 

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When Being an Artist doesn’t Pay

9365641519_ab84697e21_nWhen it comes to technology, I am a bit behind. No, I’m not living in the Stone Age, but when it comes to e-books, I’m lost in the sauce.

I’ve always been a traditional reader and have never experienced reading a book on an e-book reader. I like to feel the pages, and actually turn a page. I am a huge fan of typography, and I noticed that the typeface used in e-books are pretty basic (it reminds me of a boring-looking Word document).

However, I want to call myself an entrepreneur, and one of the rules for business is to give the people what they want. By not having my book, Street Magic, available in an e-book, I am not tapping into the e-book market.

Some folks will never pick up my book if it isn’t in an e-book format. For that reason (drum roll, please), I am biting the bullet. I’m turning Street Magic into an e-book (gasp!)

Speaking about e-books, I’m not going to lie. At times, I have toyed with the idea of writing romance, science fiction, or paranormal (not because I love it, but because there is more money to be made).

I read one article that made my head explode. It said that these two self-published authors were receiving monthly Amazon royalty checks that ranged from $20,000 to $70,000. One author wrote romance while the other wrote about individuals preparing for the Apocalypse.

Shucks, with that kind of money, I might give genre writing a whirl. I am working on a gloom and doom piece with a religious bent, but I’m not writing it for monetary reasons.

With that being said, I can only be true to myself as an artist. I can’t sell out my craft for money. But one of my friends made an interesting point:

How many people go to work everyday and don’t really love what they do? They go there for a paycheck. So why can’t an artist bring that same mentality to his art?

Do you think it’s wrong for an artist to create a certain style of art just for the money? Or is it being business savvy? I want to hear from you.

 

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