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Started this discussion. Last reply by Stacy-Deanne Jul 13, 2010. 3 Replies

Help She Writers,I Just discovered another book with practically the EXACT same story line as the novel I'm currently revising with a late August deadline. What do I do?Continue

 

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Follow Up on the call for White Ambassadors

Posted on October 11, 2010 at 7:25am 2 Comments

Fellow She Writer Amy, who blogs at The ManyShadesofLove sent me this message in response to my Call for White Ambassadors post. I've already raised the call for a Shelf Elf Revolution to combat "segbookgation" at the book stores and libraries, but Amy's post makes me think I still have a lot to do. But I am not giving up. I've received fabulous reviews of Substitute Me… Continue

Countdown to Publication:Welcome to the Morning After

Posted on August 25, 2010 at 7:24am 6 Comments

Hi She Writers,



Yesterday, August 24, I officially became a novelist. I made it to Pub Day. The book made it to store shelves and was released from download embargo.I received more than 45 emails of congratulations, a bunch of Facebook 'likes' and a whole lot of Tweets wishing me a happy Pub Day. By the end of the day, after I disseminated my first "From the Desk of Lori L. Tharps" newsletter (for those of you new to email marketing check out MadMimi.com) I'd also received two new… Continue

Countdown to Publication: Focus on the Good

Posted on August 18, 2010 at 6:38am 2 Comments

Hi She Writers,



I’m writing to you from a quiet part of the world where I’ve come for a spiritual retreat. I needed to get away from real life for a few days so I could mentally prepare myself for the upcoming school year, transition to a new school for my kids, oh, and the official launch of Substitute Me next week.



Right before I left, I was simultaneously trying to figure out where to hold my release party, convince my publisher to send me to Miami in October, and… Continue

Countdown to Publication: Other Venues

Posted on August 11, 2010 at 6:45am 6 Comments

Once upon a time, soon after I’d left the protective walls of my single-sex college in New England, I became a publicist in Manhattan. I worked for a high profile, multinational company that boasted several different divisions. My client list included a major candy company, a family friendly cruise line and a podiatrist who wanted to give Dr. Scholl’s a run for his money. I hated my job but I learned a lot about running a successful publicity campaign.



Almost twenty years later I’m… Continue

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Lori L. Tharps commented on the blog post 'Stop, Fellow Authors! Before You Take That Book Deal, Please, Read This.'
"Thanks, Kamy for explaining all of this so thoroughly, especially the financial aspects. Now I feel like we can all really evaluate our options with real knowledge. "
Nov 12, 2013
Joanne C. Hillhouse commented on the blog post 'Countdown to Publication: Wanted: White Ambassadors to Help Me Cross Over'
"I read this as a humorous approach to a serious topic. As a black female writer (author of Oh Gad!) from the Caribbean who believes in the power of art to cross over all kinds of barriers but who sees and experiences the unnecessary barriers that…"
Jul 26, 2013
Lillian Ann Slugocki commented on the blog post 'Countdown to Publication: 70 Days & Counting'
"Hi everyone, how does this work?  My book, The Blue Hours, comes out on August 17th, and want to do countdown to publication"
Jul 13, 2012
Adela Crandell Durkee commented on the blog post 'Countdown to Publication: Wanted: White Ambassadors to Help Me Cross Over'
"I need some black people to interview for my blogs.  I moved from my very eclectic neighborhood to gain some wide-open space.  Now everything is vanilla.  I'll read your book.  Would you agree to an interview."
Jun 27, 2012
Sarah Paul commented on the blog post 'Countdown to Publication: Wanted: White Ambassadors to Help Me Cross Over'
"Best to you, Lori! Would you like to trade product reviews at Amazon or other online bookstores with a dozen white girls? come on over to our Mutual Product Review Group and start…"
Jun 26, 2012
Lori L. Tharps commented on the blog post 'NaNoWriMo: Why Taking a Break and Saying "No" to the Frenzy Can Help You Begin Again'
"OMG, today was hard. Why? because in my frenzy to write, I've left off a lot of those little details that help you tell the story. So today, I actually went back and filled in some pieces of the story. Like you, I also went back to my notebook…"
Nov 15, 2010
Lori L. Tharps commented on the blog post 'NANOWRIMO DAY 11: Feeling the Burn? Writers Tools (Scrivener!) and Toys (Pandora!) That May Save the Day'
"I'm with you Andrea. It's so hard. But feels good to be in good company. I'm supposed to be writing now, but as you can see, I'm procrastinating with you. I took the weekend off, which was bad. Now I'm behind. I like your…"
Nov 11, 2010
Rachel Unkefer commented on the blog post 'Countdown to Publication: Other Venues'
"Don't forget about writers' groups. In Charlottesville, we have WriterHouse (www.writerhouse.org) where we host 1-2 authors per month to talk about some aspect of their craft. Last night Dylan Landis talked to an audience of about 30 and…"
Oct 22, 2010
Lori L. Tharps commented on the blog post 'African American Section....'
"Thanks, Amy! And this is such a silly practice. My book is about two women, one White and one Black. So why does my book end up in the AA section? Is it because I'm Black? I have no problem with my book being shelved in the AA section, but why…"
Oct 14, 2010
Karen Simpson commented on the blog post 'Follow Up on the call for White Ambassadors'
"I was wondering the other day how things were going with your novel. I'm glad to hear the reviews and sales are going well. I'll have to check where they put your book in the Ann Arbor Book stores:)"
Oct 12, 2010
Amy Wise commented on the blog post 'Follow Up on the call for White Ambassadors'
"Lori, You are so welcome! I still can't believe where the book was located. I literally stood at the computer and laughed when I saw it was filed in the African American section! Not a "funny ha ha" laugh, but more like a "you…"
Oct 11, 2010
Lori L. Tharps posted a blog post

Follow Up on the call for White Ambassadors

Fellow She Writer Amy, who blogs at The ManyShadesofLove sent me this message in response to my Call for White Ambassadors post. I've already raised the call for a Shelf Elf Revolution to combat "segbookgation" at the book stores and libraries, but Amy's post makes me think I still have a lot to do. But I am not giving up. I've received fabulous reviews of Substitute Me and…See More
Oct 11, 2010
Lori L. Tharps commented on the blog post 'Five Questions for...Linda Villarosa'
"I'd just like to say that Linda's explanation about the leap from journalism to fiction is dead on. I also think that revising fiction is a real challenge for us journalists b/c in journalism and/or non-fiction you know when you've…"
Sep 7, 2010

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Who I am:
www.loritharps.com
www.myamericanmeltingpot.com
#loritharps
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
Author: Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America

Kinky Gazpacho: Life, Love & Spain

Substitute Me
My writing is:
Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Journalism, Blog Posts
Outlets where I review books, TV, or film:
Books, Television and Films
Services I offer to other writers:
I review books on my blog and for other publications.
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
Yes.
My professional associations:
NABJ

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At 2:52pm on August 25, 2010, Katrina Toshiko Grigg-Saito said…
Hi Lori! We met at the Loving Day conference (I made fishbird, a belated thank you for linking to it on your blog), anyway, this is a crazy coincidence because I just finished Kinky Gazpacho and then saw you in the She Writes newsletter! I'll add you as a friend and send you a longer note later. Hurray! Congrats on Substitute Me.
At 8:40am on August 4, 2010, Maddie Dawson said…
Lori--just wanted to say congratulations! I saw the mention of your book in Entertainment Weekly, and I was so thrilled for you! That's going to sell a LOT of copies! Wonderful, just wonderful!
At 4:40pm on July 27, 2010, Evelyn N. Alfred said…
Hello. Thanks for adding me. #TeamSubstituteMe
At 9:22am on July 24, 2010, Olyvia S. Taylor said…
I did indeed! I guess I have the same misunderstood humor.
At 8:00pm on July 22, 2010, Tracy Slater said…
Thanks, Lori. I know the feeling of trying to be funny and it falling on flat ears. When my husband (who is Japanese) and I (who am lapsed-Jewish) agreed to have a blessing in front of my mother's rabbi, I agreed only because he marries gay couples (a big social/human rights issue for me). I made some quip that this must the first time he has ever married "two JAPs who are straight" and he didn't even crack a smile. I was pretty pleased with myself, though.
At 6:13am on July 18, 2010, Tayari Jones said…
Did you see this? Nanny Lit strikes back.
At 10:09pm on July 17, 2010, Dionne Ford said…
Hi Lori. Thanks for the friend request. I look forward to reading your book!
Best,
Dionne
At 7:36am on July 17, 2010, Chandra Hoffman said…
Thanks for the friend invite. I'm very interested in reading your work and I feel your pain on the negative, but as everyone has assured, it is best to just move on and remember that every reader brings their own perspective to a story.

xo Chandra
At 11:03am on June 17, 2010, Ananda Leeke said…
Hi Lori. TY for the friend invite. Congratulations on your new book! Looking forward to reading it. I loved loved loved the first memoir! Are you doing any DC workshops in 2010 or 2011? I always talk about how your All Souls Workshop in Fall 2008 changed my writing. Your love of six-word memoirs really helped me. Thanks.
At 11:24am on June 16, 2010, Deborah Siegel said…
So excited to have you counting down here at She Writes Lori - thank you, and looking forward to reading about your experience!
 
 
 

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