We are participating in a blog hop appropriately titled “THE NEXT BIG THING.”
“THE NEXT BIG THING” is designed to raise awareness of our work or work in progress. We do that by answering ten questions about it. We graciously thank the person who nominated us, and tag other authors whose work could very well be THE NEXT BIG THING.
What is the working title of your next book?
Black Girls Guide: How to Be Like Michelle Obama is our new book, released as an ebook in December 2012 and just released in print this week.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
There are “how to” guides for everything. In fact, “how to” is the most searchable term online. Why not a “how to” publication that is specifically dedicated to Black girls and their self-development? These tools are important for everyone, particularly for girls who are bombarded with pop culture that is not always empowering. That is why we call Black Girls Guide “Mentoring in a Book.”
What genre does your book fall under?
Good question! The Black Girls Guide book series fall under a number of different book genres: psychology, self-help, personal transformation, self-esteem, success, education, reference, social situations, children’s books, teens and adult non-fiction.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Since the first book is about Michelle Obama, Kerry Washington could play her or a new, up-and-coming African American actress.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
From Michelle Obama’s agenda, style, family, sense of humor and strength, Black Girls Guide: How to Be Like Michelle Obama is a “how to” guide that explains what makes the first African American First Lady of the United States successful and how readers can be successful, too.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Black Girls Guide: How to Be Like Michelle Obama is published by Sisterhood Agenda Enterprises, LLC.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Because the first book of the series is about a living historical figure, it took about 3 months to research and write Black Girls Guide: How to Be Like Michelle Obama. There are approximately 50 working titles for the Black Girls Guide series and I am a natural writer. It will likely take a couple of months to write, edit and publish each title.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
There are a few books about Michelle Obama and one children’s book that I know of. Black Girls Guide: How to Be Like Michelle Obama is different because it targets teens and young women specifically in a way that they can be indirectly mentored by our First Lady by getting to know more about her, her journey and her choices.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
We need role models in our communities and Michelle Obama has a tremendous influence on the world, particularly Black girls who see themselves in her.
I believe that everyone can share a “how to” experience. This type of sharing helps us develop our full potential. In this spirit of sharing and sisterhood, I am inspired to share what I know how to do with Black Girls Guide readers. One thing that I know how to do is be myself and be like Michelle Obama!
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
There are little-known facts about Michelle Obama in the book, but I think that her relationship with her husband would definitely interest readers. In fact, her marriage is such a powerful image of Black love that it inspired me to write the second book of the series, How to Find & Choose the Right Man and start African American Matchmaking.
Other Sisterhood Agenda titles that might interest people are A Journey Toward Womanhood and Beautiful. (republished soon). I include these in my list Best Books for Black Girls: check out my Author Page and more information at www.blackgirlguide.com!
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Here are the fabulous blogs I’ve tagged to tell you about their Next Big Thing!