The Self-Publishing Trials and Triumphs of Chinedu Achebe

The Self-Publishing Trials and Triumphs of Chinedu Achebe

My writing routine started around 11 PM after relaxing and shrugging off a long day at work to the music of Fela Kuti, John Coltrane, and Jay-Z. I started as a very reluctant writer, spending hours anxiously surfing Amazon for authors who might have already written a story like the one I had in mind. Soon enough, literary agents got back to me saying that my book did not fit neatly into any genre recognized by mainstream publishing, making it hard to market. It was neither purely a Nigerian immigrant story nor an African American romance, not even an urban tale. There was, according to them, no clear audience it might cater to. Reader, I decided to self-publish.

5 Fun Facts with Lizzie Damilola Blackburn

A blend of Queenie and The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives with a healthy spoonful of Bridget Jones’s Diary, Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband? will make you laugh as you cheer for a loveable heroine looking for love, and herself, between her two cultures. From the blog post that inspired her to Yinka’s abiding love for her local chicken shop, Lizzie Damilola Blackburn gives us five fun facts about one of the first Black British romantic comedies.