Friday, August 26, 2005

Brotherman got it going on!



Yesterday I had a book signing and it was special. I met a few people on the stormiest day of the summer. Lightning, thunder, fog and so much rain you couldn't see the cars in front of you and this was before dark. But I met a young man who had been in a serious car accident about 8 years ago and as a result had to go back to college and get his bachelor and masters' to survive. His speech was rather slow, but he was one of the funniest people I have met in a long time. To make a long story short he has written two books and has received many rejections from publishing companies causing him to decided to seek self-publishing. He was well verse in the book development process so it was great talking to someone who understands this industry. What was funny was this--he wanted me to read his manuscript and take him on but when I asked to review the first chapter only, he tensed up and the smile faded. It was funny seeing how hard it was for him to release that first chapter even in the presence of meeting my three authors. I just continued to visit with the other guests when two of the authors sat down and talked to him. I don't know what all was said but when he walked away, he said, "I don't want anyone to steal my work because I am just trying to get out of the ghetto with my words." But he was a funny intelligent brother who kept us all in stitches. I like seeing my brothers trying to do well. I was equally proud that he returned to school. Tonight I am going to read the first chapter but I wanted to say that I felt good meeting a brother who struggled to become healthy but did it plus educated himself on the way to healing. Much love. By the way, something I didn't know is this, more and more men are purchasing my book. I didn't know that men read fiction on that level. I am learning something everyday......


15 comments:

Deirdre said...

Yep, at least he is not on the streets knocking old ladies in the haed and stealing their purses. Good for him.

What is the name of your book? I'd like to pick it up. I love to read:)

Shirazi said...

Your About Me blurb is very impressive. I too have done almsot every thing there. Would like to know more about your books. Where does your column appear?

peachesncream said...

Glad that he is off the streets also. And also, where can I find your books? I would love to read them.

mytruth said...

It's always good to see ppl overcome

Rose said...

Hi Dee Dee, that's why it was so special, he was doing something positive. The name of my book is Backroom Confessions. It can be purchased on line at www.amazon.com. Thanks for your support.

Rose said...

shirazi, thank you for your compliments. The name of the book is Backroom Confessions. It can be purchased on line at www.amazon.com. I write for a local newspaper in Missouri in a town of about 21,000. The paper is the Spanish Lake Word Newspapers.

Rose said...

mytruth,
I love to see people in general progress and I try to offer my support anyway that I can.

jazeGma2 said...

I take my hat off to any brother that goes back to school. He put the car in drive and was able to stay focus on his needs that were most important.

Good Luck.

Brea said...

Awesome tale - I wonder if I have that kind of strength.

I would love to read your book - but to be honest I am so burned out from school that I have stopped reading for pleasure completely. I am sure you will still be writing after I recover and I will be sure to look out for your books then.

gramyactress@21 said...

That was nice Ithink your personality is what sell the books and of coarse the writing is good as well

Rose said...

Brea,
trust me I understand the feeling. I love to read and write, but sometimes I need a break from reading.

Gramyactress@21,
thank you for your comments and compliments. Your blogs are too great yourself...

Rose said...

shirazi,
my column appears in the Spanish Lake Word Newspaper. Spanish Lake is located in the state of Missouri. It is a small town of about 21,000. You can look on the internet for," Spanish Lake Word News and I am on page 8 of every issue. I also wrote for a year as an opinion shaper for the North County Journal, total number who received the paper 220,000.

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