Maybe you’re a grownup who spins bedtime stories so thrilling or hilarious, your kids or grandkids have begged you to turn them into a book. Or maybe you’re a kid who likes to write and draw your own fantasy stories or comic books. This session will help set you on the road toward making those dreams a reality through self-publishing. Joining us for this candid conversation is Candelaria Silva, whose debut picture book is the playful Stacey Became a Frog One Day. We’ll also be joined by two self-publishing veterans. Delanda Coleman is a self-publishing success story; she’s published fifteen books, most recently What’s My Superpower, and her very first self-published book sold more than ten thousand copies! Valerie Foxx is the author of several books for adults but recently published the middle-grade mermaid novel Merissa’s Sea-cret Powers in collaboration with three young cousins, ages eight and nine. Speaking of young people, during this session we’ll also hear from Coleman Luse, who’s following in the family footsteps by self-publishing his own comic book, X•Man and the Big Adventure. This session will be hosted by artist and co-founder of Comics in Color (and Coleman’s dad) Cagen Luse. Show up to learn and get inspired!
Self-Publishing Your Children's Book
Delanda Coleman has spent over a decade as a leader in product marketing for some of the world’s largest and most innovative software companies. Having seen the fast-paced and evolving nature of technology, she was surprised by the lack of urgency or innovation in recruiting and developing women of color in the software industry. Inspired by the birth of her daughter, she and her husband, Terrence, decided to create Sydney and Coleman Publishing to expose young black girls and boys to concepts and careers in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math).
A native and resident of Boston, MA, Coleman holds an MBA from New York University and a bachelors’ from Northeastern University. She is an avid reader and world traveler.
Valerie Link-Foxx is the CEO of Butterfly Foxx Productions, Amazon #1 Best Selling Author of four books, including three memoirs: Love Lives On! Life Before and After Death Came “A Knockin,” The Unfinished Book: A Glimpse Into My Mother’s Incredible Life’s Journey, Our Love Story: Our Life’s Journey, and her most recent children’s book, Merissa’s Sea-cret Powers, co-authored with granddaughters Aviella, Nevaeh, (9-year-old twins) and 8-year old great-niece, Cadence. She is also an actress, poet, entrepreneur, and motivational speaker, the creator and host of Global Authors Network Radio (GANR), Phenomenally Speaking, (a blog–talk radio show), and creator and host of Authors Spotlight Series, a virtual online event showcasing aspiring and published authors, providing an excellent opportunity to promote their books and share their writing journey.
Cagen Luse is an illustrator and entrepreneur. He’s the creator of Lunch Time Comix, a biographical rendering of his family and childhood, which includes the comic strip “The New Normal,” tackling daily life in the pandemic. Installments of the series have been published in the local alt-weekly DIG Boston and various social media platforms. He also runs his own business, 950design, (950design.com) that produces hand-made items such as t-shirts, art prints, buttons, and note cards featuring his original artwork. Luse is also a member of Comics In Color (CiC), an organization that promotes comics by and about people of color in Boston who love comics and comic book making.
Candelaria Silva-Collins is a writer and arts administrator who lives in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston. She has designed and facilitated workshops on a wide variety of topics, including parenting education. She also coordinates programs that reach out to BIPOC artists (Creative Entrepreneur Fellowship) and the BIPOC community (Fellowes Athenaeum Trust Fund of the Boston Public Library for the Roxbury Branch). She was formerly Director of ACT Roxbury, a cultural economic development program, under whose auspices she founded the Roxbury Film Festival, Roxbury Literary Annual, Roxbury Open Studios, and Roxbury Discussion Series. She has had essays, short stories, children’s stories, and poetry published in such publications as Write on the Dot, Glue magazine, New Words Journal, Sojourner, Roxbury Literary Annual, the Horn Book, the Dictopedia, the Boston Globe, Ebony, Jr., and School Library Journal. Her first children's book, Stacey Became a Frog One Day was self-published in October 2020. Her second children's book, Jump! Jump! Jump! Stacey, will be published in December 2021.