Monday, January 23, 2012
This is my second year entering the Amazon Break Through Novel Award contest. The last time around I entered 'Onyx and Eggshell' and made it until round two. Let's see how far I make it this time :) I will keep you all updated. Literally submitted my entry within the last half hour. I'm excited. This time I entered with 'Sankofa.' I'll past the back cover description below though I know that the few of you on my blog follow list already know all about it ... and thanks so much for your support. Last night Charlie went on a bender. Today he woke up with a tattoo of the mythical African sankofa bird on his right shoulder blade. The solid black tribal tattoo was probably too dark for his pale white skin, but he hadn't actually chosen the tattoo himself. The sankofa bird looked back over its shoulder as it flew forward justifying its meaning - one can not move intelligently into the future without paying attention to the past. Contrasting again with the too dark tattoo and the too light skin was the pretty brown face of the little girl peaking over her father's shoulder as he cradled her. What on earth was he going to do with this little life? Two days ago he didn't even know she existed. Yesterday he woke up with this strange tattoo. Today he decided to go to the hospital and take responsibility for his daughter. He didn't even know what the tattoo was and why those men had taken it upon themselves to have it given to him. Today it was just some dumb bird that he was contemplating having removed. It would be quite a while before he would find out why he had gotten it and what the significance of it really was. He repositioned her into his arms and tenderly kissed little Sankofa on the forehead. "We can do this."
Last Thursday I finally was able to get the Sankofa tattoo that I have wanted to get for so long. As you know, it is the same tattoo that my character Charlie has in my first novel 'Sankofa'. It is my first tattoo and I got it as a tribute to how serious I am about this novel and my love and desire to be a successful author. I feel that strongly about this thing that I do and realizing my dream. I also have to mention my best friend Dirt Adams for being their in support of me and giving me that all so nervous ride to the next city north of the border to get the tattoo. It meant so much to me. It all still hasn't actually set in with me. Still working the A&D ointment and saying 'wow' over and over and over again :)
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
I am very appreciative of my first international book review. The review was 4 out of 5 stars. The big complaint was getting lost or confused during the constant jumps through time. That was a great review because the internet was exactly that. I didn't want the reader to be sure when was the present. It just exemplifies the Sankofa concept and the whole story is circular. It is mean to be one of those works that you enjoy the first time but you catch more and more that you missed every time you read it :) Thanks again!!!
Friday, December 16, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
"Sankofa" = Wyatt Bryson They are running a pilot program where you can offer the novels for free for 5 days every 3 months (Kindle exclusive digitally). It is like a free promotions thing because you make some royalties if the books are lended through their lending program. i put both novel's up for a free 1 day (today). "Onyx and Eggshell" sold about 150 copies today. "Sankofa" has sold over 1,000 today. No money for me of course, but it could be a foundation for good things to come. Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154 Free in Kindle Store #2 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Advice & How-to > Parenting & Families #9 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Lifestyle & Home No money in my pockets but I'm still really really excited about this. The next free day is Christmas day. :) Wyatt Bryson