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Dera R Williams liked Brooke Warner's blog post Leveling the Playing Field—Why All Book Reviews Should be Pay-for Reviews
Apr 1
Dera R Williams commented on the blog post 'She Writes Press News: Announcing IN THE SHADOW OF LIES by M.A. Adler'
"Hi Mary, 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…"
Dec 13, 2013
Dera R Williams posted a status
"Had a great session of about three hours meeting with my writing partner to set our schedule and goals for 2014."
Dec 11, 2013
Dera R Williams commented on the blog post 'She Writes Press News: Announcing IN THE SHADOW OF LIES by M.A. Adler'
"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…"
Dec 11, 2013
Dera R Williams liked Caitlyn Levin's blog post She Writes Press News: Announcing IN THE SHADOW OF LIES by M.A. Adler
Dec 11, 2013
Dera R Williams replied to the discussion 'Find your fellow SheWriters on Twitter' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"Dera Williams- dwilliamsfrequent@gmail.com https://twitter.com/dwillwrite "
Sep 30, 2013
Dera R Williams commented on the blog post '[REALITY CHECK] THE TRUE COST OF EBOOK PIRACY'
"Thanks Jim. I have a better idea of what is going on. And thanks Tasha for your input. Wow, I had no idea. I'm working on an ebook;lots to think about."
Sep 13, 2013
Dera R Williams commented on the blog post '[REALITY CHECK] THE TRUE COST OF EBOOK PIRACY'
"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…"
Sep 12, 2013
Dera R Williams commented on the blog post '[REALITY CHECK] THE TRUE COST OF EBOOK PIRACY'
"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…"
Sep 12, 2013
sara selznick left a comment for Dera R Williams
"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…"
Jul 14, 2013
Dera R Williams commented on the blog post 'How to be a Super SHero'
"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."
Jun 21, 2013
Dera R Williams commented on the blog post '[REALITY CHECK] Publishing for Profit -- It’s Gonna Get Harder'
"Great article Zetta"
Jun 10, 2013
Dera R Williams liked Zetta Brown's blog post [REALITY CHECK] Publishing for Profit -- It’s Gonna Get Harder
Jun 10, 2013
Dera R Williams commented on the group 'Historical Novelists'
"Congratulations Marcy. This is fantastic news."
Jun 3, 2013
Dera R Williams replied to the discussion 'Historical accuracy - Bendable? Or Deal Breaker?' in the group Historical Novelists
"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…"
Mar 19, 2013
Dera R Williams commented on the group 'Historical Novelists'
"Hello all, 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…"
Mar 19, 2013

Profile Information

Who I am:
www.derarwilliams.blogspot.com
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
Publications

Mother Wit: Stories of Mothers and Daughters, Mamm Productions, FL 2010 (Co-author)

Go, Tell Michelle: African American Women Write to the New First Lady, SUNY Press: 2009 (Contributor)

Our Black Fathers: Brave, Bold, Beautiful, Five Sisters Publishing: 2008
(Contributor)

Coming of Age in 1963, Museum of African Diaspora (MOAD) I've Known Rivers Project- online 2006- http://www.iveknownrivers.org/allstories/?volume=004

Contributor, The Encyclopedia of Slave Resistance and Rebellions: Greenwood Publishing Group, Fall 2006
http://www.greenwood.com/

Letters To My Teacher: Tributes to the People Who Have Made a Difference, March 2006- Adams Media
www.adamsmedia.com (Contributor)

My Mother, Myself, Help! I’ve Turned into My Mother: Strebor Books, November 2005,
http://www.streborbooks.com/ (Contributor)

Profiles of African American Writers, Encyclopedia of African American Literature: Greenwood Publishing Group, November 2005
http://www.greenwood.com/ (Contributor)

Life’s Spices for Seasoned Sisters, Epigraph: In the Company of Women, published Spring 2005
http://www.nubianimagespublishing.com/index.htm

My Blackberry Summer, Peralta Press, published February 2004
www.peraltapress.com (Contributor)

Quilting a Legacy, A Cup of Comfort for Women, Adams Media Corp, September 2002
http://www.cupofcomfort.com/ (Contributor)

The Journal of Dera R. Williams: A Room of My Own (Blog) http://www.derarwilliams.blogspot.com/

Affaire de Coeur, reviewer bi-monthly - General fiction, nonfiction, romance (over 200 reviews); author interviewer and articles, 1997- present
http://affairedecoeur.com/
Media outlets that I currently write for:
Affaire de Coeur- book reviewer, interviews and articles
Reviewer/editor for APOOO Book Club review team
My writing is:
Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Journalism, Blog Posts
Outlets where I review books, TV, or film:
Books
Services I offer to other writers:
Yes, mentoring. Have been co-facilitators of writing groups and mentoring to emerging writers.
Editing of articles for journal
Editing others' writing
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
AAGSNC Genealogy writing group, critique group
My professional associations:
Alumni of Squaw Valley Writers- 2001
V.O.N.A. (Voices of Our Nation) Writing Program, University of San Francisco
African American Genealogical Society of Norther California- board member

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At 5:57pm on July 14, 2013, sara selznick said…

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.) 

At 7:42am on January 9, 2013, Jacqueline Malcolm said…

Thanks for reaching out - looking forward to getting acquainted with your work :)

At 4:55am on June 23, 2012, Emily Kennedy said…

Hi Dera!

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.

Best,

Emily

At 12:06pm on September 11, 2011, Rebecca Elswick said…

It's nice to "meet" you! Can't wait to check out your book!

Rebecca

At 10:04am on August 9, 2011, Tara Betts said…
Dera, thanks for the kind words about my publications! I see you're a Squaw Valley and a VONA alum as well. It looks like you've published quite a bit too.  It's an ongoing process, right?
At 11:38am on July 18, 2011, Tonya Rice said…

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.

At 5:27am on July 18, 2011, Tonya Rice said…
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.

Do stay in touch!
~Tonya
At 5:32pm on July 17, 2011, Tonya Rice said…
Hi Dera! Thanks so much for your friend invite. Just looked through your bibliography; I'd love to read your piece, I've turned into my mother! Me, too. Scary stuff! :)

~Tonya
At 11:45am on June 18, 2011, Rukhpar Mor said…

Hi Dera,

I think I will attend the anniversary meetup in Laguna Beach, OC. The details have not been established.

At 6:08pm on June 17, 2011, Yejide Kilanko said…
check your inbox :)
 
 
 

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