October 2 used to sound like a long, long way in the future, but here it is: the publication date for my first novel, MISS DREAMSVILLE. I've heard other writers describe pub date as being like Christmas or your birthday, but I'd say it's more like graduating from college when you don't have a job lined up. You're torn between celebrating a huge milestone in your life and freaking out about what comes next. Actually, pub date was much more anxiety-producing back in 1993, when I published my first book of nonfiction, HAVING OUR SAY: THE DELANY SISTERS' FIRST 100 YEARS. At that time, it was nearly impossible to predict how a book would do. Thanks to social media, MISS DREAMSVILLE already has wings of her own.
Diary: One Author's Life
October 2, 2012