Author: Kristin Richardson Jordan

As an author which would you prefer?

Which would you prefer… A) an all-included publishing package (cover design, editing, formatting, book marketing plan template [free, $200 value] pdf ebook, 100 print copies, monthly author’s pow wow for 6 months and various other free tools [free, $1080 value] for $954 OR B) a step by step publishing process with cover design cost at $134, editing $204, book formatting $148, book marketing plan template (free, $200 value), pdf ebook $84, book printing of 100 copies at $384 and monthly author’s pow wow for 6 months plus various other free tools (free, $1080 value). Mainly the question we are grappling with over here at Pens Up Press is should we combine all services into one package (A) or split them up (B)?

Sharing new poem written by Kristin Richardson Jordan

I am a living legacy To my ancestors and family To the loss and recovery Of my own spirit To endless hope In a world of unfilled expectations I am a living legacy To my people and my god To my own integrity That sometimes waffles Inside my own humanity Never perfect I am a living legacy To all my mistakes And my parents’ parents’ parents’ And all their mistakes Translated into lessons learned And I am a living legacy To all their triumphs too To all the traumas overcome The breakdown of ceilings And the building of bridges too Yes I am a living legacy Of what all my parts and paths and pasts Compel me to do Constantly held accountable to my ancestors And what I know to be true I am also a living legacy To poetic lines scribbled on napkins saved into published works That I stumbled on in pre-teen years and began to feel less alone Lines like “still I rise” I am also a living legacy To harder lines …

Proud Of My Black Body

had to share this article… “I’m proud of my body that is subject to ridicule. I am proud of who I am, what I have been through. I am proud of my ancestors who were slaves and now I am their wildest dream….I love my black body. I’m tired of having to explain that pride in my black body is not hatred for any other race. I’m tired of worrying that I may be shot driving to work. I don’t hate police. I don’t hate White people. I don’t hate anyone. But, God, I love me. And I want that to be enough.”