I am so ecstatic, I just had to share my good news. First, my article, "From Masters to Moms: Writing Tips for Beginners" came out in the second issue of Inner Circle Writer's Magazine, which was released today. I am not exaggerating when I say it is one of the best writing magazines I have read in quite a long time. It is well designed and the content is outstanding. In fact, the first article, "A Guide to Traditional Publishing" by Dennis Doty, I swear, was written for me. The analysis on large versus medium versus small publishing houses was beautifully explained. So, get yours! The price for the subscription is very reasonable; look, the second issue alone is 144 pages.
Where else are you going to get such a great deal?
Onto other bits of good news. I have been invited to read my poetry at a social justice event here in Chicago, in late March. As many of you know the housing crisis in the U.S. is unconscionable, inexcusable, and destructive.
Here, in Chicago, we are no exception. I invite all of you to attend this event, "Without A Roof For The Height Of Your Dreams" linked on Facebook!
When? Thursday, March 28, 7p.m. – 9p.m.
Where? The Preston Bradley Center 941 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago,
I hope you can come and support this worthy cause because everyone deserves a dignified place to live.
Plus, all of my book sales for that event will go to the People's Tribune, a press which elucidates the major political, socio-economic, and grassroots issues of the day.
Finally, speaking of the People's Tribune, I am happy to brag that they published one of my poems, "Magical Realism Nopales," in the March issue. I am deeply honored by this acceptance. The poem itself has been well received by many of my author friends and acquaintances. I hope you will explore this important newspaper AND consider submitting your work.
Well, my next freebie calls for me to finish writing it! Just another quick invitation, I will be having a virtual release party for that free story to test the process of having a virtual party, before my first-ever major book launch of Not Your Abuelia's Folktales, a magical realism collection of short stories for young adults, scheduled for Saturday, April 13, time TBD.
But, the first party will be on April 1, 6p.m. to 7:30p.m. central time, and I won’t just be reading my work, I will be giving away some of my favorite-books! I simply ask that you subscribe to my newsletter, follow my author site on Barrio Blues and Other Totally True Stories on Facebook, AND/OR review my books on Amazon or Goodreads. (I am trying to get favorable reviews so that La Bruja del Barrio Loco gets shelved in the L.A. and New York Public Libraries.) Yes, you will need a Facebook account to attend the party as I will be Live Streaming it. Of course, you have to "attend" to win. Please join me for some good literary fun.
Well, I hope you are having an amazing day. I know I am.
Celebrate your writing victories! #barrioblues
Dr. Jesú Estrada,