What you need to know
Official release date: Thursday, July 16 | $15 | Available on Amazon, as an ebook and all of that good stuff.
A limited number of copies are currently available for pre-sale here at a discounted rate of $12. The book will be shipped by yours truly with a personal note during the week of July 19.
Book Launch Party | Thursday, July 16 | 7 p.m. | Culture Coffee Washington, D.C. RSVP and buy tickets here. (Selling. Signing. Spitting spoken word. Indulging in adult beverages. Thanking every God you ever served that I am finally done with this maddening process.)
Official press release available here.
It’s absolutely absurd and scary and nerve-wrecking and exhilarating and WTF that this post begins with the phrase “book release.”
But, that is indeed the reality.
I have been locked up for months finishing my first book Twenties Unscripted: A Journey of Womanhood, Writing, and Relativity.
That is why I have been dropping cryptic tweets and going off the grid for two weeks at a time. The secret is finally out.
After years of blogging and nearly 600 posts, it occurred to me that my book was right there on my blog. Buried underneath a lot of inane things I’d written from a place of millennial angst, there was a book. I just had to sift through thousands of words, and pluck the essays I felt stitched together the fabric of my ever-evolving journey.
“Everything will change. The only question is growing up or decaying.” –Nikki Giovanni
This book is only a wrinkle in time. Like Nikki Giovanni said, everything will change. I’m still a work in progress and a woman in her mid-twenties who screws up all of the time. But, like Giovanni also said, I have chosen to grow up, not decay. I have also opted to document the best and worst of growing up on my blog and in this book.
If you’ve been reading my work since the beginning of time, there are essays in the book that you’ve probably read before as well as a sprinkling of new ones.
I’ve also included “Beyond the Essay” commentary through the book. The “Beyond the Essay” snippets unveil a little bit more about what was going on in my life while writing those pieces as well as some of the aftermath that ensued once the pieces were published.
Putting this bad boy together has been no small feat. Revisiting my work has been cathartic and maddening. Rereading some of the absurd things I have written really made me question my sanity and intelligence. But, I am happy with the essays that made the cut. I can confidently say that these are the hallmark pieces of my journey. These are the pieces that best exhibit how I have changed and evolved as a woman, writer, and twenty-something.
I hope that there’s a little something for everyone in this book. It would boost my ego to no end if you read this thing cover to cover. But, I know it’s the 21st century, so it’s hard to hold anyone’s attention beyond 140 characters or less. So, I split the book into three sections that most represent my identity and work:
Womanhood: Essays about growing up and becoming the woman I want to be
Writing: Essays about writing and finding my niche as a writer
Relativity: Essays about seeking and sustaining a connections to others (namely men)
I do not even think I have processed what I’ve done enough to put it into words. I wanted this to be some profound post about this process of pulling together the essays that have been the connective tissue of my blog for the past three years. I wanted to talk about the process of writing new essays. I wanted to tell you about the dozens of manuscripts I have printed and how the people at Fedex now know me before I even ask for my order. I wanted to tell you about this miracle that happened recently in the form of a mass order of the book for a conference, someone exhibiting that kind of faith in me before the product was even done. I wanted to tell you how crazy and uncertain and lost and unsure I have felt during this entire process. I wanted to tell you how I really didn’t know what the fuck I was doing. I wanted to tell you a lot of things. I still want to tell you a lot of things. I still will tell you a lot of things. But, right now I am just exhausted and so happy that I can finally tell you this: my first book is done. So, I hope you’ll join me for a wild ride this summer and into autumn as I party, push this thing and promote like crazy.
Thank you, whoever you are and wherever you are, for making this possible. Thank you for reading Twenties Unscripted when it only received 20 hits a day. Thank you for showing up to brunches and showcases. Thank you for commenting and retweeting and emailing. Thank you for signing up for Sunday Kind of Love and snail mail. Thank you for allowing me to finally believe in the power of pulling together my work and elevating my product. I couldn’t list everyone by name in the acknowledgements section of the book, so this is my hymn of gratitude. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, to the tips of my toes, and back to the crown of my head. Thank you.
Now go get one of the few copies available for pre-sale. See you on July 16.