Writing Dreams for my Debut Year

For years I dreamed of writing a book and getting it published. Now that I’m only months away from publication, I’ve been dreaming about my wish list for my debut year. Some items on the list are pure fantasy. Some others might actually happen.

Getting The Talking Drum reviewed in the New York Times Sunday books section—No elaboration needed

Winning The Boston Authors Club Julia Ward Howe Prize—The prize, named after the author of The Battle Hymn of the Republic, is awarded to outstanding adult and young books. The awards recognize exceptional books by Boston area authors in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young reader

Having a full-length feature in Bookpage magazine, in which I am interviewed about The Talking Drum—I pick up this free publication in the library on a regular basis and helps to guide me in my book-purchasing decisions. BookPage is a discovery tool for readers, highlighting the best new books across all genres. BookPage is editorially independent; only books the editors highly recommend are featured.

Doing an author interview on National Public Radio—The interviews are engaging, relatively lengthy and in-depth. The program has a broad listenership.

Appearing in O, The Oprah magazine–I’d like to appear in a feature about debut novelists in which I am part of a fashion spread and am talking about my novel.

Having my book optioned as a TV series focusing on The Talking Drum’s theme of gentrification—This may not be too farfetched. There has been a wave of TV shows about gentrification: “The Neighborhood,” “The Last O.G.,” “Shameless,” “Vida,” the list goes on.

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Lisa Braxton

Lisa Braxton is an Emmy-nominated former television journalist, an essayist, short story writer, and novelist. Her debut novel, The Talking Drum, is forthcoming from Inanna Publications in spring 2020. She is a fellow of the Kimbilio Fiction Writers Program and a book reviewer for 2040 Review. Her stories and essays have appeared in literary magazines and journals. She received Honorable Mention in Writer’s Digest magazine’s 84th and 86th annual writing contests in the inspirational essay category. Her website: www.lisabraxton.com