Growing Up Black in White is still alive and breathing. It has been awhile since I gave an update on the book. Since so many have asked about how they can get a copy when the book is completed, I thought it was important to give an update of the progress of the book.
As most of you know, I have finished the first draft and I am going back through and editing. The second time through I decided I needed to speak to a certain group of people for this book to be what it was designed to be. I am writing to those mothers who are considering or who have adopted transracially.
This new focus means the book is a lot better. In the first draft I was simply telling a story about growing up in a white family. This was interesting but lacked substance. The second draft tells more of how I felt, how I developed my racial identity, and what I was thinking in response to certain situations.
Filling in the blanks has taught me so much. Having to look back and ask myself, “how did that make you feel,” or “what was I thinking when this happened,” have been an interested exploration. Although this has required more work, it was what the book needed.
Please understand just because I am writing to the transracial adoptive mom, don’t think the book doesn’t speak to others. The book speaks about race and race relations as well which is a more universal theme. It is still a book a wide group of people will enjoy.
I am more than half way through the book the second time and hope to complete the second draft in the next two weeks. We will then forward to a professional editor to edit. After that we will decide whether we will shop around for a publisher or self publish the book.
Every now and then I will advise you as to what is going on.
Thanks for all the kind words and encouragement. I truly feel this is the start of something amazing and I am honored to share that with those that stop by and read the blog. When I question myself or am having a bad day, like clockwork I get a message from someone who has read the blog and enjoyed it and that inspires me to move on. I cherish the comments that are made and it convinces me this project is so much bigger than me.