Important Books by Black Authors

Today I want to take the opportunity to use my platform to showcase some amazing authors of color. I may not have a large following, yet, but I want to help any way I can. All of the books have links, so if any of them sound interesting, please check them out.

Friday BlackNana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Friday Balck is his debut novel and was named a “5 under 35” honoree by the National Book Foundation. This book is filled with satirical stories about the psychic and physical trauma of black life in America. It paints racism in a new light and is a must-read.

Wandering In Strange LandsMorgan Jerkins

This is Jerkin’s second book, and in it, she recreates her ancestor’s migration across the country.

Such a Fun Age – Kiley Reid

This is Reid’s debut novel and immediately hit the New York Times bestsellers list. Emira Tucker, a young black woman, is accused of kidnapping when a security guard assumes she has abducted the white girl she is taking care of. You will get to experience the uncomfortable mess that Emira’s boss makes of the situation as well.

Well-Read Black Girl – Glory Edim

This is an inspiring collection of essays by black women and curated by Glory Edim.

I Almost Forgot About You – Terry McMillan

This book is from the same woman who brought you How Stella Got Her Groove Back. It is an inspiring story about a woman who shakes up her life to discover more meaning.

Loving Day – Mat Johnson

This book is hilarious and moving wrapped in one, just like it wraps the opposites in the world bound in love.

Behold The Dreamers – Imbolo Mbue

This is another debut novel. It deals with marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors within the American Dream. This is all about Cameroonian couple creating a new life in New York during the Great Recession.

Luster – Raven Leilani

This is Raven’s debut novel and is a sustaining coming of age story. Edie is a young painter who is stumbling through her 20s, making questionable decisions. She soon starts a relationship with an older man who is in an open marriage. He invites her to his home where she meets his adoptive daughter, Akila.

The Vanishing Half – Brit Bennet

This new book by Brit Bennet focuses on twin sisters who escape their black community in pursuit of two different futures. One sister gets pulled back to the black community while the other passes as white and hides her past from her husband. Their daughters cross paths, which forces them to explore any lingering trauma they may have from their past.

Long Way Down – Jason Reynolds

His book has been decorated with awards, for good reason. The entire novel takes place within 60-seconds as the narrator takes an elevator ride to meet his brother’s murderer with a gun tucked into his pants, and wrestles with whether or not he should kill the man.

How to Make Money As a Beginner in Writing

You want to become a professional writer? Not a problem, and I’m serious about that. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that it’s easy, but it is achievable. There are lots of different ways to make money with your writing. You could easily make a little extra money on the side, and you just might be able to make it your full-time job.

The following nine things are a great way to get started making money as a writer.

Blog

All writers need to have their own blog. This is the best way for them to create an audience. There are also different ways that you can make money through your blog. This can be done through ads or a hire me link.

Guest Post

You’ve probably got a list of blogs that you like to read, why not try pitching them an article? There are a lot of blogs that will accept guest posts and will pay you for them. Make sure you familiarize yourself extremely well with the blog so that you can pitch something that they would actually want on their site.

Pitch Your Alma Mater

Your college’s alumni magazine has to have writers, and they really like having past students write for them. Read up on your Alma Mater’s pitch guidelines and then once you know what they want, pitch something to them. One great tip: if you are able to get an interview with an alumnus that is doing really well, you’ve got yourself a pitch.

Listicle and TopTenz

Sites like these will pay people for their most clever top ten lists. There are also other sites that like these pop-culture lists that are filled with GIFs. Try to find the ones that are hiring and pitch to them.

Self Publish

I’ve written a blog on this before. Publishing with Amazon couldn’t be any easier, and it’s a great way to get your writing out there. This way you don’t have to adhere to anybody’s rules but your own.

Sign with a Content Site

Content writers write things like how-to articles, and they even pretend to be invisible boyfriends. (It’s a thing, look it up.) Make sure you familiarize yourself with the website and that your writing is mistake free. You will have to take an entry test for some, so make sure that you are prepared to pass it before you start it. Some sites are better than others. These are great places to check out to make money as a freelance writer.

Copywrite

After you have learned how to write clean copy for websites, the next logical step is to become a copywriter. You can check out websites, such as Get a Copywriter, to find work.

Writing Contests

Contests don’t discriminate between beginners and experts. There are a lot of contests out there. Some are free and some require an entry fee.

Pitch for Jobs

This is probably obvious, but one of the first steps any beginner freelance writer can take is to submit some applications. Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to succeed as a freelance writer with base level skills and a willingness to work.

If you are serious about making money as a writer, try these nine tips. See which ones work the best for, and go from there. Above all else, don’t give up. Work hard, and you will succeed.

We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect. – Anais Nin