Twenty years ago this week, my first book, "The Sistahs' Rules: Secrets for Meeting, Getting and Keeping a Good Black Man" was published. I got the deal based off a story I wrote for the New York Daily News, a piece about how that book "The Rules" would never work for black women because black men would never go for the manipulative games those women were advocating. The day the story ran, my editor put it in the cover of the features section, with a colleague posed up in a superman suit on a mock book cover, titled, "Rules For the Sisters: Can Black Women Find True Love?"--a graphic that made it seem like it was already a book. An editor at William Morrow, Doris Cooper, saw the vision and made the call: by 3 pm that day, I had an agent, a book deal and a month to knock out a book about how to get a man.
Like I knew. 🙄
With the blessing of my then-editor Pete Hamill, a renowned author who understood the pull for this journalist to explore a new kind of writing--I took off from my job as a political-turned-entertainment reporter and wrote my book, which went on to become a bestseller on several lists. That advance also paid for my wedding, which occurred just a few weeks prior to the publishing date to great fanfare, with People and the New York Times at our ceremony, and Newsweek and Time on our European honeymoon. Folks knew how to celebrate a book back then. 😏
I hadn't envisioned writing a book that day--didn't have any grand dreams of being an author. But God saw something different for me. Something I couldn't have seen for myself. Twenty years later, with 27 books (including six NY Times bestsellers), and my own imprint, @denenemillnerbooks, under my belt, I'm just grateful, y'all. Grateful that something so much bigger than me saw something so much bigger for me. God willing and the creek don't rise, I got 27 mo in me.
Watch. Me. Work. #SoAmbitious