UPDATE (OCTOBER 6, 2013). I received great news from a publisher. They want to seek out a contract for Scars. I am very excited. I know this is a lot to ask, but would anyone be able to donate their copyediting services to me? The publisher would like me to have it professionally copyedited with other small additions (i.e. 2-5 page abstract to explain why the book is good for academic audiences) by around the 1st of February 2014. Please email me privately at sistahvegan (at) gmail (dot) com if you could do copy-editing pro-bono.
UPDATE (September 18, 2013): My book was supposed to be released on February 26, 2013. Unfortunately, without any warning, the press I signed the contract with decided to close the press and never communicated with me during the month of March, April, May, June, and July when I sent inquiries about why my novel had never been published. I am deeply disappointed and very upset about this. The publisher still has not answered my request to even take down the title from Amazon.com so I can pursue other publishing houses. You can read below about what I’m referring to and how I initially thought I finally had a press to publish a book that took me 8 years to write. If you know of a press that would love to consider this for publication, please let me know. I finished it in 2008 and it 5.5 years later, it is quite disappointing that I can’t secure a contract for this book that comes through! Those who have read the book have loved it and feel that it is a creative way to convey high end critical theories such as critical race theory and whiteness studies to a more lay audience.
(OLD NEWS IS BELOW. Just incase you you need to know what was up, last year….)
So excited! My new book is ready for pre-order. The novel focuses on 18 year old Savannah Sales, an African American closeted lesbian who is growing up in rural white New England. Through her character and the relationships she has with others, I explore: internalized racism, normatie whiteness, internalized homophobia, racialized-sexualized violence, connections that food/consumption has to ‘liberation’, and the search for self-love. Her best friend is vegan and encourages Savannah to rethink her sense of justice by pointing out Savannah’s carnicentric and pro-corporate-capitalist consumption habits. This novel is based on my personal experiences growing up in New England and my award winning Dartmouth College thesis research (1998) that focused on black feminism, queer theory, and rural geographies.http://www.amazon.com/SCARS-Breeze-Harper/dp/0985476958/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1351228806&sr=1-1&keywords=%22breeze+harper%22 .
Black Coffee Press publishers took the project and I have a ‘real’ cover design for it and real editors…. it’s even going to be available on Kindle. Go me! The artwork was specially designed by the brilliant Sarah Dorsey whose art encapsulates pushing the boundaries when it comes to ‘mainstream’ ideas about gender and sexuality. Her art reminds me of a fusion of bell hooks, Octavia Butler, and Donna Haraway on a canvas.
This novel good for all ages past 18, but in particular, 18-23 year olds. Could be great reading material for college courses focused on sexuality, rural geographies, queer theory, women and gender studies, and Black Studies. It is rare that I find novels exploring the ‘black experience’ that is not in an urban setting and not heteronormative. When I have read about the ‘black experience’ within a Northeast USA context, it always takes place in a city. Scars explores this in rural and white environment.