November 13, 2017
Since the founding of Chormeri Books and the publication of my first novel, Black Cat on a White Porch, I have been trying to figure out the next step. I am not alone in this, I know, but this is my version of events.
I want to thank everyone who supported Chikodili Agwuna, Hannah Korangkool, and myself while we worked to publish BCWP. The list seems to never end, but we are grateful for this. The experience of publishing a book, of any kind, is complex but, as we know now, rewarding. For me, writing and publishing my first novel was eye-opening. It was as if I finally proved to myself that I could do it.
Chormeri Books was not founded in self-interest, however. At the point in our lives when the company was conceived, we were fresh out of undergrad and unsure about our place in the creative world, where we had already wandered aimlessly for over 20 years. Chormeri Books is a project for all writers who feel that they will never be published, or, if they are, truly understood. We understand what it means to put part of yourself into a piece of art and yet feel that that part is the least important.
Two years have passed, yet our mission - to form a community of support for writers - continues to drive us. That said, we are in the process of setting up our submission requirements and deadlines for the first volume of The Chormeri Collection. We are excited to finally start this project and execute it with the help of our soon-to-be- chosen writers.
On a more personal note, my life took several turns this year and I am in the process following yet another of my dreams. Over the past few months, I have been applying to various screenwriting MFA programs. My applications are almost done and once they are submitted, there's nothing to do but wait. Here's hoping.
Thank you for your continued interest in and passion for literature and the arts. Without your support, whomever you are, I'd be in a very different place.
I ask one favor: If you have read Black Cat on a White Porch, I would be so thankful if you wrote a review on Amazon or Goodreads. Reviews like yours help small businesses and creatives and are endlessly appreciated.
My main website is currently under construction, and I hope it have it up and running (with a new blog ready to go) by the end of November.