I'm not surprised that your readers were unaware of this. Everyone thinks of California as one of the most liberal, tolerant places but just as African Americans migrated from the south for better opportunities, many of their white…"
"As a Bay Area resident, I am very much interested in this book. Very few people now about the Port Chicago incident and this book sounds like it would inform as well as give a historical context. Additionally, most people here are unaware that the…"
"I didn't finish my thoughts. How can these "sites" post books that were pirated and distribute to others? Is it only illegal when you get caught and threatened with litigation? How do they make money if the ebooks are free? What is…"
"Okay, I hate to sound naive, but how can you pirate a book other than obtaining a PDF link that someone sends out? What other ways are there? Is that file sharing? Several years ago, a link to a PDF went out in a group I'm in for a current NYT…"
"Dera, I have a question for you. I've about finished the novel I've been working on for the last seven years. There is an editor who was interested in my first novel but could not get collegial support to buy it. I want to ask her if she…"
"This is so inspirational I hope this becomes a feature blog for She Writes. Wonderfully, bravely written.Words of wisdom for so many audiences. I am happy that you are in my neck of the woods and looking forward to our visit."
"I agree Kristen. After all we are talking about fiction. If one is writing about an actual historical event or person as nonfiction, then of course one must be accurate and be able to document their findings. The novel gives a writer the license to…"
I'm Dera Williams and one of the moderators for Southern Writers. I am writing a novel set in the south in the 50s and 60s culminating in 1963 with the March on Washington. Right now I am trying to decide what to do as I feel it is…"
Dera, I have a question for you. I've about finished the novel I've been working on for the last seven years. There is an editor who was interested in my first novel but could not get collegial support to buy it. I want to ask her if she could suggest some agents who might work for this second novel, which is quite different from the first, lighter, one. I knew this editor from sequential conferences when my oldest child was little. Is is kosher to ask an editor for agent suggestions on a novel she has not yet read? (Agent for first novel was not interested when it didn't sell, no matter how many times it Almost sold.)
Glad to be friends here. I'm not on SheWrites very often. Many of us here moved to Facebook. I even started a group called "A Purely Accidental Writer's Group." We talk to each other about every day. Join us if you like.
Dera, I just wanted to let you know how beautiful and moving your Father's Day blog tribute to your dad was to me. My grandfather was from Tennessee and I was so reminded of him as I read about your father. As he called Richmond his home after WWII, he became a part of fighting for civil rights here - eloquently with words to the local and state government. His methodical, patient way of approaching the world is still with me. I mentioned him a bit in my Veteran's Day post last year, but I'll probably do another one to feature him. I've always been proud of him too and he's also one of the reasons I embrace the old-fashioned, country side of me! I know I'll also be on the lookout for your work in Our Black Fathers soon.
Hi Dera! Oh how I wish it were staff position at examiner.com. It's an independent contractor spot, so the more we produce and aid in marketing efforts for readership helps our pay. The pay can be good based on output, which is why I need to get to cracking more at it. But, alas its part time for me. My research and the oral history I'm blessed to have helps me a great deal with the articles and certainly my novel.
Thank you so much for reading my blog! :)
I'll keep posted on the book. How is yours coming along? I love Southern lit so much. The range in voice is so vast, its mesmerizing. Right now I'm reading Faulkner's As I Lay Dying.
"Today I wrote how I needed to get me some nature - and when I got home the universe confirmed it with several sources saying Nature is one of the 8 things we need for well-being.
Nature! Are we getting enough?"