6 months to publication and I am so thankful…

The Goddess Twins cover art

I just had my first call with my publicity team to discuss marketing and touring for my book. Yo, that sentence is WILD! After the call, I had to sit for a minute, my head swimming in the glow of gratitude. The fact that there have been so many people, including seasoned professionals, who have thrown in their passionate support for my novel has me gob smacked. I know they’re all supporting a book that will hopefully hit the market strong, but just personally, getting to this point in a process that was previously very solo feels incredible and a reward in itself.

I feel so grateful for the gathering of support that has helped this project grow wings. I remember when I was still working on the manuscript, and would talk with published authors at conferences. It seemed like it was a gamble. Some writers would go on and on about how wonderful their team or agent or publishers have been. Others would have warning in their eyes and a list of grievances about their team and journey. I had a lot of anxiety about so many pieces of this journey, especially factors beyond my control! I knew that with some things, I would just have to trust my team, and I was hoping my team would be worthy and not break my heart.

I am happy to report there has been no heartbreaks. This has actually exceeded my expectations. I mean, look at that cover art! It takes my breath away! I love how the twins both look ready for battle surrounded by the cosmos, goddesses in their element. It’s more than pitch perfect for the adventure that awaits inside, I feel so blessed by the talent and skill that went into it. Each person I have connected with on the SparkPress team has been on their game! But also kind and excited to support this project. Like, it’s almost too much niceness! My imposter syndrome was flaring up the other day like, “What if they are actually at the offices laughing about how crappy your book is,” and I was like, “Oh no, you don’t even get to talk smack about my team, my team is boss to the applesauce, take it back!”

So yes, I am thankful for the support and faith of my publishing team, my writing tribe, and my friends and family who have me here, glowing and full, 6 months before my publication date. The Goddess Twins is now on Amazon for preorder and I feel like I’m floating in a dream. Thank you to everyone who believed this work should be published! It’s coming!

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Yodassa Williams is a powerful conjurer of black girl magic (70% Jedi, 30% Sith). A Jamaican American writer, speaker, and award winning performing storyteller, alumna of the VONA/Voices Travel Writing program and creator of the podcast ‘The Black Girl Magic Files’, Yodassa (Yoda) launched ‘Writers Emerging' in 2019, a wilderness writing retreat for women of color and non-binary people of color. In 2020, Yodassa's debut YA Fantasy, The Goddess Twins, will be published by Spark Press. She grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and currently resides in the Bay Area.

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