Today I received a rejection letter for the my novel-in-progress: "GATHERING OF WATERS is a very powerful novel; I remember the passion with which another editor brought it up at an editorial meeting. As beautifully written, lyrical and contemplative as it is, I don't have a vision for how to publish it. The market is making a come back from a slump the likes of which I had not previously witnessed but my sense is that with fewer and fewer print review options, a book gets the most attention when you we can get "off the book page" attention and I wasn't sure my publicity team and I would be able to secure that for this from what I've read of this particular novel."
I sighed, shrugged my shoulder and went on about my day, most of which is spent right here at my computer trying to combat exactly what the editor writes about in her letter. Then Voila -- good news followed the not so good news. My computer sounded the "ping" that allows me to do know that I have mail. The email was from my publisher and the subject said: Glorious in O Magazine...
"Bernice L "Mcfadden's riveting novel, Glorious (Akashic), starts in the Jim Crow South and moves to the Harlem Renaissance, and finally to the same civil rights era Stockett chronicled, but it's a grittier, more brutal tale. Easter Bartlett, a young black woman, flees Georgia after seeing too much, including a mob lynching of a pregnant woman. Easter is no victim, though. In Harlem she encounters a world where crowds gather to cheer the "Black Moses" Marcus Garvey and publishers enthuse about the exotic genius of "Negro" writers. Still, it's hardly a postracial paradise. McFadden--in vivid vernacular--brilliantly skewers the vanity of self-congratulatory liberals. A white woman returning from Paris with her black lover gushes, "Before our encounter, I had never even spoken to a Negro. They were invisible to me and now I see them everywhere!" Easter achieves some brief literary fame, but by 1961, she is tired, and battered by stubborn racial attitudes. In confronting one final injustice, she doesn't just survive; she triumphs--gloriously."
God has a sense of humor..............and I like that about him..!
Causes Bernice McFadden Supports
Hurston Wright Foundation
Girls Write Now
Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS)