I don’t know if I should be writing this post right now because technically it’s Friday and my day to blog here on The Debutante Ball is over. But it seems like these days, the time is slipping away so rapidly! Appropriately, I’m writing about dreams from the comfort of my bed, in my pajamas, minutes away from falling asleep…
Every writer who isn’t an author basically dreams of the same things: inclusion on book lists, interviews in prominent media outlets, their book in B&N. But the beautiful thing about publishing is that the closer you actually get to publishing your book the more you learn about all the other opportunities that you didn’t even realize you’d get. Yes, I’m saying there are even more exciting things than being put on a list.
Like–for example–seeing your cover for the very first time.
Earlier today, HelloGiggles revealed the cover of THEY COULD HAVE NAMED HER ANYTHING, designed by the amazing Ron Wimberly. Later that day, I saw ACTUAL STACKS of the galley in a photo on Instagram.
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‼️COVER REVEAL ‼️ Already a highly anticipated 2019 book, THEY COULD HAVE NAMED HER ANYTHING is from debut author Stephanie Jimenez. Racism, class and betrayal collide in this emotional debut novel about restoring the broken bonds of family and friendship. You can read it August 1st from Little A Books!
And THEN, as if that wasn’t cool enough, Cosmopolitan UK included the book in a list of books by people of coloUr that you should watch out for. I’m going international GUYS! Like Pitbull!
“Penned by [@estefsays,] a Latinx author, this arrestingly-titled debut is told from the perspective of two girls and their fathers…Racism, class, betrayal, family and friendship are all dissected by this fresh new voice.” — @CosmopolitanUK https://t.co/QpQ6uHnyao
— Little A (@LittleABooks) January 17, 2019
I still can’t believe that it’s actually real. THAT’S what feels like a dream. That I’ve written a book, that it actually seems to be coming to life, and finding its way into people’s heads and hearts and Twitter timelines…. that is the dopest, most dreamy thing ever.
I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful, fitting image for the book. The color palette, the abstraction, even down to the posture of the two girls… Everything is perfect, and that necklace too… how many of you would actually wear that if I decided to make some nameplates??? God knows I’ve worn sillier things!!
Sweet dreams! xx
Latest posts by Stephanie Jimenez (see all)
- Introducing Yodassa Williams to the Deb Class of 2020! - Thursday, August 29, 2019
- Why I’m Choosing to Celebrate They Could Have Named Her Anything - Thursday, August 15, 2019
- Today, finally, my book has been published. - Thursday, August 1, 2019
- TEMPER is a sizzling summer read! - Thursday, July 11, 2019
- Interview with Loan Le, Author of A PHO LOVE STORY: “One book doesn’t define our writing style.” - Saturday, June 22, 2019