Posted January 31st, 2011 by

After two and one half years of thinking, working, writing, planning, proposing and nail biting, we are confronting the reality of what the next two years will bring. We received our signed contract from Beacon Press a few weeks ago. We now have until December 1, 2011 to deliver our final manuscript.

Once published, we will be part of the Beacon stable that includes such luminaries as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Ntozake Shange, Paul Robeson, James Baldwin, Marian Wright Edelman and Octavia Butler, amongst many others. Just saying those names invokes reverence. These are some big footsteps to follow. We can only pray that we succeed in honoring a 150 year old tradition of excellence in publishing.

My humility says we don’t deserve the honor of being published by such a prestigious press. My arrogance says it’s about time. My pragmatism says we better get busy because there’s a lot of work to do between now and the manuscript delivery deadline.

As soon as we had our contract in hand, we headed for Tobago, where we spent two weeks celebrating and writing. We came back yesterday with three chapters in hand (first drafts). Preliminary review by our editor was very positive.

Sharon is ready to roll

That means we’re off to a good start!


  1. Vanessa says:

    You guys will be brilliant. So much depth plus lots of humor. I can only imagine the difficult and loving conversations that will be part of the process (plus lots of good food and music). Wishing y'all all the best!

  2. […] now, you can learn About the Book and About the Authors there. Sharon wrote the first essay, “Let’s Get This Party Started” about our successful first steps together as co-authors. I’ve since also posted my […]

  3. Nyla Rease says:

    Congratuations….wishing you nothing but the best of success! Can not wait to read what I know is going to be a GR*8 book!!

    Still waiting for the connect next time you are in Chi Town OR heck, I will meet you any where in the world (like TABAGO)…just give me a heads up!

    Again, Congratulation!

  4. Gayatri says:

    Great picture, Sharon! This is how I'll think of you now…


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