I just launched a new site for authors to spread the word about their books. It’s called Odessa Rose Presents The Pitch. Check it out and be sure to read the submissions guidelines so you can pitch your book. I have a bunch more video pitches to add. I’m so excited. I can’t wait to hear your pitch.
The beautiful and loving Etosha Bakari accepted the In The Mirror Challenge.
I will be on Dr. Patty Live on Sunday, June 1, 2014. Please tune in and listen/watch us talk about the other woman and the release of In The Mirror.
This video blog is about a bookstore that is near and dear to my heart. It’s called Everyone’s Place. I discovered it in my twenties and have been going there ever since. Watch and you’ll understand why this bookstore is so important to the community.
The CityLit Festival was wonderful, as it always is. I met a lot of new people and ran into some old friends. One of the new people I met was a writer named Jason. He is working on an futuristic anthology about Baltimore. He was looking for writers. So if you are interested, please visit his web site: http://www.newfuturism.com/
This is a picture Jason took of my display for my upcoming book Kizmic’s Journey:
Writer LaDonna Smith, author of I Married Satan, snapped this photo of me at the festival. When you get a chance, visit her site. http://www.wix.com/ladonna/102010
I’d like to thank Gregg and the Enoch Pratt Library for putting on such a fantastic event. I”m looking forward to being there for its Tenth Year!!
Dr. Catiliotti, Me, LaTrice Curtis, Karen Drake and Professor Cobb
What can I say about Coppin? Well, I can say that my Alma Mater did it up for me again. When Water In A Broken Glass was published back in 2000, my professors gave me not one but two booksignings. On Tuesday, November 8th, my professors gave me not one but two booksignings again. And the support was just as wonderful.
Tara Turn from the alumni association put the signing in the electronic newsletter. And the next thing I know, I’m getting hits from everyone who saw it. LaTrice Curtis and Karen Drake who work and attend Coppin contacted me and come out to support.
Professor Ann Cobb and Dr. Cataliotti, who taught me how to read and write about litature organized the signing for me. They were so proud of me, but I am honored to have been in their classes, because I wouldn’t write the way I do if they didn’t teach me about Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, James Baldwin, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Toni Cade Bambara, Paule Marshall, Octavia Butler, Richard Wright and Zora Neale Hurston. They sparked something in me that I didn’t know was there. Even though I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was 9, I didn’t believe I had what it takes. They, along with so many other great professors at Coppin, pushed me until I decided to give it a try. That’s when I wrote Water.
Some people believe Coppin is a low rate school. I believe Coppin is as great a school as you want it to be. You have to be willing to work. No one is going to just give you anything. That’s one of the great things I learned while attending Coppin. And it is because of this that I was able to do well at the University of Maryland College Park. Professor Cobb, Dr. Catalliotti, Professor Collins, Professor Courts didn’t cut me any slack. So when I got to Maryland I was ready to step my academic game up some more.
I will always love Coppin and the professors for helping me write the way I do.