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Rossandra White commented on the blog post '[SWP: BEHIND THE BOOK] The Long and Grueling Birth of a Book'
"As someone who just published a memoir (SWP, April 2014) I feel your trepidation. Do I ever. In my case, I knew I had to write the book. No doubt. Buoyed by this knowledge, I headed into publication. But then halfway through,…"
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Rossandra White commented on the group 'Baby Boomers'
"I'm doing a Goodreads Giveaway for Loveyoubye: Holding Fast, Letting Go, And Then There's The Dog. A total baby boomer story, with a little bit of Africa thrown in. Ends  tomorrow morning at 8 am. Enter here. Good luck!"
Jul 19
Rossandra White posted a blog post


I'm giving away ONE AUTOGRAPHED COPY of my memoir Loveyoubye: Holding Fast, Letting Go, And Then There's The Dog on Goodreads. The giveaway ends on Sunday morning at 8am GMT Good luck! …See More
Jul 18
Rossandra White commented on the blog post '[TIPS OF THE TRADE]: What makes a winning memoir? Hint: Try a logline.'
"My writing journey before my memoir Loveyoubye (released April '14), began back in the 90s when I wrote a giant rambling memoir with a billion flashbacks about my childhood back home in Africa. In trying to shape the story, I found myself…"
Jul 17
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Nina Gaby commented on the blog post '[SWP: BEHIND THE BOOK] Loveyoubye'
"Same here. And now I'm like you a year ago- "Decision made. And then it struck me: I had committed to having my heart, guts, and soul laid out in print." Glad I found this post, it sucks to feel like the only person…"
Jul 12
Rossandra White liked Brianne Hogan's blog post Why I Left A Dream Job For My Real Job
Jul 11
Rossandra White commented on the blog post '[SWP: Behind the Book] KDP Select: How to Make Your Free Promo a Success – Part 2 of 2'
"Hi Jennifer, soo very helpful. Thank you! A little further help if you please. As we no longer have KDP Select, what I need to do first is contact Cait to arrange for a free Kindle for a certain period of time, right? What do you suggest?…"
Jul 5
Rossandra White liked Rita Gardner's blog post [SWP: BEHIND THE BOOK] Whose Voice is it Anyway?
Jun 27
Rossandra White liked Brooke Warner's blog post Goliath vs Goliath: Why the Amazon v. Hachette Debate Is Really a War of Allegiances between Supports of Traditional vs. Self-Publishing
Jun 12
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Rossandra White liked J. Dylan Yates's blog post [SWP: BEHIND THE BOOK] Happy Accidents
May 6
Rossandra White liked Jessica Vealitzek's blog post [SWP: Behind the Book] Launch Party Tips
Apr 29
Rossandra White commented on the group 'She Writes in California'
"My memoir Loveyoubye: Holding Fast, Letting Go, and Then There's the Dog just launched last week (SWP) here in Laguna Beach. I know, long title, add baby boomer in there and it kinda says it all. Just got interviewed by W3Sidecar, you can…"
Apr 17

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Who I am:
I'm a fourth generation South African who finally made it to America, country of my dreams where I now write about the wild old days of my childhood as well as the wild new days of my chosen life.
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Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
I’ve written two YA novels set in Africa, Monkey's Wedding and Mine Dances, and a memoir: Loveyoubye. An excerpt of the latter appeared in the anthology, Interstices in May of 2010.
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My writing is:
Fiction, Memoir, Blog Posts
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Posted on July 18, 2014 at 1:19pm 0 Comments

I'm giving away ONE AUTOGRAPHED COPY of my memoir Loveyoubye: Holding Fast, Letting Go, And Then There's The Dog on Goodreads. The giveaway ends on Sunday morning at 8am GMT Good luck! …


The Final Reckoning--LOVEYOUBYE

Posted on February 10, 2014 at 4:30pm 2 Comments

Three weeks ago, I arrived home to find a box tossed just inside my gate. (the beasties—my two Staffordshire Bull Terriers—can make a fuss if they spot a delivery man). I hadn't ordered anything, it had to be for my body shop neighbor; it happens. I hefted it up, headed back out the gate and stopped. The box was addressed to me. From She Writes Press.  My book Loveyoubye: Hanging On, Letting Go, and Then There’s the Dog, in print: Advance Reading Copies—ARCs…


How and Why I Began Writing

Posted on August 1, 2013 at 4:30pm 2 Comments

At 49 I felt compelled to write a book. Not something I’d always wanted to do. I figured maybe it was just time to finally record all those stories about my ancestors who had been in South Africa since the 1800s, as well as my own stories about growing up in a small Zambian copper mining town, plus a two-year stint on a sisal plantation in Zimbabwe. This was before the two countries were independent, when colonial power held sway, when the bush was full of animals. And then there were all…



Posted on July 29, 2013 at 8:00am 35 Comments

By the time I was ready to submit my memoir, Loveyoubye, for publication I was already burned out from my efforts to get my two YA African-based novels, Monkey’s Wedding and Mine Dances, published. A real sob story, that one. At the last moment my publisher merged with another house and I was…


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At 6:14pm on February 13, 2014, Rita Gardner said…

Hi Rossandra - thanks - delighted to be one of your friends, as we go through this journey (gulp!) together.  I look forward to reading your book too!

Yes, Kaye's working away on my project - thank goodness; I can't do any of that publicity stuff myself!

At 7:20pm on November 19, 2013, Laurie Buchanan said…

Thank you. I'm glad to be here. I came by way of Leanne Dyck.

At 3:11pm on October 29, 2013, Francine Huss said…

Hi Rossandra. Glad to be in your fine company for April 2014 book launch by SWP!

At 9:27pm on October 15, 2013, J. Dylan Yates said…

Hi Rossandra. Nice to see you here!  I really like your book title and cover as well. This is very exciting and I'm looking forward to my next steps.

At 3:25pm on October 15, 2013, Mary Adler said…

Hi Rossandra,

Thank you for thinking of this.


At 8:32am on October 15, 2013, Kay Rae Chomic said…

Hi Rossandra,

Thanks for being my 'friend.' I really like your book title and cover:-)

Looking forward to sharing this exciting publishing process with SWP authors!


At 6:56pm on July 30, 2013, Linda Rosen said…

Thanks! Now if only an agent/editor/publisher would get hooked. Keeping SWP in my head though.

At 11:20am on February 14, 2013, Judith Newton said…

HI Rossandra.  I did go with She Writes, and I'm very pleased.  They've been great on design and process and there's a wonderful sense of community among the first wave authors. It's a classy operaion.

At 6:23pm on November 25, 2012, Thelma Zirkelbach said…

Hi, I know you've been invited to participate in the blog hop on writing, but I'm inviting you as well.  Could you put a link to my blog on your answers to the 10 questions?  I'll list your link, too.  Hope you had a great holiday.  TZ

At 12:47pm on September 27, 2012, Jean Ellen Whatley said…

Hi Rossandra,

I would simply reach out to Blank Slate Press and ask if they're changing their submission requirements. Honestly, I don't think they are -- I was referred to them by another writer and I guess it just felt right. But I might just be the first. Their contact info is on their site. Good luck ! 


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