pointe is here!

I have a book out in the world, as of today.

Surreal doesn’t seem like the right word, and yet. I started the first draft of POINTE in 2009, sold it in 2011, and it is now officially published, in 2014. Publishing a book takes a long time, and some take longer than others, but the wait was worth it.

From my agent to my editor to my critique partners, friends, and family, I have so many good, loyal people in my corner, and I’m very grateful for all of you. To anyone who has encouraged me and/or spread the word about my book in any way: thank you. Your support means the world to me. I’ve wanted to have my fiction published since I was seven years old, and I’m not exaggerating when I say this process has been an absolute dream.

If you’d like to pick up a copy of POINTE, you can find it here, here, and here. Libraries are great, too!

And to any writers stuck in the beginning, querying, and submission stages—do not give up. Don’t. Your publishing journey might take longer than you think, and it might not go exactly as you thought it would, but someday, someone will publish your little book about abduction and ballet and sexual abuse and relationships. And you will be very glad that you worked so hard.

9 thoughts on “pointe is here!

  1. Brandy, I’m so proud of you and happy for you!! You have to come to Springfield and do a book signing 😉 Can’t wait to read it!!

    1. Thank you, Shelly! I’m definitely planning to do a signing in Springfield, I just have to figure out when I can make it back there. I’ll definitely keep you posted, and I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

  2. Though I already shared my review on Goodreads and Twitter, I wanted to come to your blog and leave a comment so I could tell you how much your book means to me. First, as a fellow African-American writer who is trying to get my YA novel about Black teens from the Chicago area published, it gives me so much hope that it is possible. Second, I wanted to applaud you for calling attention to the fact that Black girls get eating disorders, too. You are helping so many girls who will now see they are not alone.

    When I was a teenager in the 90’s, there weren’t any books like Pointe. I remember reading good books about teenagers, and reading good books about African-American adults, but never any about African-American teenagers. The only ones I found were written in the 70’s and seemed concerned with racial identity as the main theme. Of course it’s an important theme, but I quickly tired of it.

    I wish you success with your book and hope it gets the acclaim it deserves.

    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment! I’m so flattered by your kind words, and I really relate to what you said about the lack of YA books featuring black teens. I was also a teenager in the ’90s, and if it’s difficult to find books about brown kids now, it was almost impossible back then. I’m so glad Pointe worked for you on a number of levels. I wish you the very best of luck with your writing, and thank you again!

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