Aside from my reports on the campaign to free Albert Woodfox, you haven't seen much of me lately. I've been here. Right here in front of my laptop with my fingers on the keys. Interminably. Dawn till dark. But I'm not blogging. I've been working feverishly on a mini-manual for managing diabetes. And I'm very nearly completely finished with the project.
I've been writing for publication my whole adulthood, but the kinds of things I write are not the kinds of things mainstream publishers are necessarily interested in. The times, they are a-changing, however! It is now possible with a very reasonable start-up fund to self-publish on Amazon.com using CreateSpace and make books available to the public they otherwise could not enjoy. I have three such book projects in the hopper more or less ready to go to press as soon as I can afford the basic set up fees. The $1600 I need to raise will cover formatting and cover design, galleys, copyright fees, promotion, and shipping costs for all three books. And I'm already one-third there, so the first book manuscript (the one on diabetes management) will go to be formatted on Thursday.
It's entitled Your Life Isn't Over ~ It May Have Just Begun! and is an 85-page mini-manual for managing diabetes. It's basically the book of tips, hints, and inspiration I wish I could have had when I was diagnosed myself seven years ago. Many diabetics don't even try to manage their disease because it seems so overwhelming. Worse, they think managing their diabetes will take all the fun out of life. This book is intended to help them prove that neither has to be true. I've also now contracted with a young man I know to write up his own experience with managing insulin-dependent diabetes without health insurance while going to college full-time and working two jobs! I'll be adding his piece as an appendix to my book so that young people similarly struggling will know it can be done -- and how to do it. This is the cover photo:
Photo by Crystal Boatenreiter
The second book will be entitled: Why Am I Not Surprised? and is a compilation of some of my best essays on race and race relations in the United States -- taken directly from this blog. If you haven't noticed before, it's had 420,000 hits over the past decade and has been read in nearly two hundred countries. My compilation will contain more than sixty essays unapologetically tackling a range of thorny topics, including how to better recognize the many manifestations of White Supremacy, how the Power Structure uses "race" to keep us dazed and confused about who the real enemy is, and how Whites can really be an ally to Black Americans and other People of Color -- in their own best interests. This is the cover photo:
Photo by Crystal Boatenreiter
The third book will be entitled: Reduced to Equality: My Odyssey to Renounce Racial Privilege ~ and Find Myself and is an auto-ethnography that uses my life to examine race relations in the U.S. from the sociological perspective. In it, I will outline, among other things, how I discovered after decades of fighting racial injustice and birthing a bi-racial daughter myself that my mother's ancestors were slaveholders of note in the early 1800's. This is the cover photo:
Yes. That's me front and center. Why am I not surprised?
Supporters have already raised enough to put the first book on Amazon by sometime the middle of July. But the second and third books, which are already written and ready to be formatted, still need their set up funded through GoFundMe. Anyone donating $25 or more will receive a signed copy of whichever of my books they choose after it becomes available. Anyone donating $50 or more will receive a signed copy of any two of my books after they become available. And anyone donating $75 or more will receive a signed copy of all three books after they become available. My goal is to have all three books on Amazon.com and in selected venues by November 1st or before.