26 Sep 2018

I have a book deal! (+ blog updates)

I cannot believe that I haven’t posted this news on the blog yet, but if you follow me on Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube, you probably already know that I HAVE A BOOK DEAL!! I have a middle-grade novel, called THE FORGOTTEN GIRL, coming with Scholastic in Fall 2019. I feel incredibly thankful, grateful and blessed! You can add it on Goodreads here.

I’ve known for months now, but the announcement officially went out on Publishers’ Weekly the day before my wedding weekend started, and the title was just finalized last week. I officially started writing this novel during our engagement, on top of moving out of NYC, starting a new job, and planning the wedding. I’m still working on another project as well, so it took me a really long time to update my BookTube channel and now my blog with the news.

The novel is dual-perspective and follows two 11-year-olds, Iris and Daniel, through their sleepy, southern, small town during the wintertime. The two stumble upon a segregated/formerly Blacks’ Only/abandoned graveyard and awaken a ghost who is fed up and ready to be recognized properly. She enlists the help of Iris, but Daniel isn’t too such that the ghost has great intentions… and rightfully so.

I’ve talked about this both in my Book Deal video and on the novel highlights on my Instagram page, but this story was very loosely inspired by 1. The formerly segregated graveyard that my late Uncle and Great-Aunt are buried in, and 2. My two, 11-year-old cousins.

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I have ALWAYS wanted to be an author, so I just feel so blessed to have a book coming out next year. I never thought it would be a spooky, MG novel BUT! as they say, some of the best things in life are on the other side of your comfort zone.

Please follow along on my social media for quicker updates! I actually just did a huge Q&A on writing and all of the things here. I will still be updating this blog, but honestly I’ve been having mixed feelings with the direction of my blog and where I feel like it should go.

I started blogging in college, and it has changed soo much, from music/entertainment, to lifestyle, to more of a books/writing/goal focused blog. When I first started, I was playing with the idea of full-time freelancing and blogging. When I realized that I wanted to return to my original dream of being an author, I stopped freelancing as much, but still kept the blog as a way to connect with people instantly through the written word. Of course, I’ve been updating y’all with my wedding and other things, but I find that with more book-writing, I feel like I want to blog less when I’m NOT book-writing. But, I still want to connect in a way that’s faster than publishing, so where does that leave me?

I’m thinking of starting a newsletter, along with a website with a blog TAB on it. That way, I can update the blog with author stuff, writing tips, etc. The newsletter will be infrequent, with book news, a few personal things, giveaways, etc. What do y’all think about that? Let me know!

Thank you for reading this blog, regardless! Whatever I decide, I hope I can still count on your support (and you can count on mine!) In the meantime, I’ll be updating this blog a LOT more frequently with book news, especially as it pertains to cover reveals, preorders, etc.

Don’t forget to add THE FORGOTTEN GIRL on Goodreads! 

 

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  • Still swooning over this @galmeetsglam dress and @kendrascott jewelry 😍 @whitv is a creative directing genius!
  • I met the Planner Queen @emilyley today and she is just as sweet and warm as you’d think! I had the pleasure of participating in the @simplified planner photoshoot and planner gals: y’all are NOT ready for the new covers. I already have mine picked out lol! Today was such a fun day with so many amazing and hardworking women. 💕 #simplifiedsisterhood
  • So this is the first true bookshelf I’ve had since I’ve started Booktube like FIVE years ago!!! These aren’t all of my books, I need another shelf, and I don’t know if this shelf will stay organized like this (I’ve already arranged one), but for right now, I’m soo happy with it. Two of these rows are TBR shelves - I haven’t read the books on them yet! Do you see any faves? 💕📚 #shelfie #shelfiesunday
  • The cover of my debut novel, THE FORGOTTEN GIRL, publishing with @scholasticinc on November 5, 2019! The full interview including the inspiration behind the story and some fun facts about me are at the link in my bio! I LOVE this cover so much and how it perfectly embodies the story! The cover focuses on our ghost, Avery, who was buried in an abandoned and segregated graveyard. 👻❄️She wants to be remembered by any means necessary. Iris and Daniel try to help her but ... to what end? Thank you so much to @maevenn for such a BEAUTIFUL cover. A bonus is that blue is my favorite color! 🙌🏽💙 #TheForgottenGirl
  • I’ve uploaded my 2019 Bookish and Writing Goals and a Copyediting vlog to my channel, and a bpost all about @purebarrelkn and how it made me love working out again to my blog! The links to all of these are in my bio. I’ve turned in first pass pages for #TheForgottenGirl too! 😍 I can’t wait to show you what the cover and inside pages look like! This past week was pretty busy, so I felt this shirt from @clutchcowork was pretty fitting. Here’s to an restful Sunday to prepare for the start of the a new work week. ❤️
  • Happy New Year everyone! I took the day yesterday to set goals for the year in my #powersheets, and figure out my Word of the Year. I decided on Steadfast. Here’s why. ⬇️ Steadfast: fixed in direction; steadily directed: a steadfast gaze. firm in purpose, resolution, faith, attachment, etc., unwavering, as resolution, faith, adherence, etc.

Last year I spent a lot of time dwelling on decisions - from big ones to small ones like figuring out which book to read next. 😂 I was easily distracted by worry, stress or social media. 
This year, I’ll have tunnel vision and focus on what matters. I’ll be able to make a decision and stick to it. I’ll focus on my debut author year without the noise. I’ll be so strong in my faith that I won’t think to worry or stress. I’ll be intentional in both work and play time! 
And there’s this Bible verse: “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” Isaiah ‭26:3‬ ‭NIV‬ 
Here’s to a fruitful and exciting year! 🙌🏽🎉What’s your Word of the Year?
  • This month marks 6 years since I chopped my hair off and went natural! Every December, I get my hair trimmed and straightened (this time, I got around 3 inches cut bc i wasn’t that kind to my hair this year.) Swipe for the blowout I got right before I got it straightened, and some other fun pics through the years! ❤️ the very last pic is a length check. Thinking of doing a natural hair journey video on my channel! 🙆🏽‍♀️
  • Merry Christmas from us and our 3 different types of plaid. 😂🎄🎁 ❤️#PajamaChristmas