I wont pretend that I don’t bend
to fashion’s funny game
Like I don’t strut for perfect cut
and color cloth and name
Though black and poor my mother wore
The silks and linens too
My father known for custom sewn
and tassel on his shoe
But what they taught besides what’s bought
is all I’ve truly got
They’d say fabric tears with many wears
but baby you must not
So…yeah. Simon & Schuster offered me a two-book deal. I feel unbelievable and a little strange only because this means that if I’m focused, my career and life could go to the next level. All I really want is for people everywhere to read my work, and to buy my mother something nice, and this definitely a HUGE step in the right direction. I haven’t really processed it all yet, so forgive me.
Tomorrow I’ll explain why this is such a big deal and how a few years ago I had to hide from people who knew me, because I was working in the stockroom of Lord & Taylor.
Today, I just…yeah.
Shouts to my agent Elena for doing an excellent job, the in-house editor, Joan for guiding me, the boss lady of the agency, Holly, and my fairy godmother and former editor at Harper, Joanna.
And to all my folks out there who’ve held me down, even if only by kind thoughts. Thank you all so much.