Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I Shall Not Be Moved...


Ya'll know I'm straight salty about those Black Weblog Awards, right? Salt. Y. Three nominations and not one diggity damn trophy? I hate to lose. Anything. An argument, an earring, a tennis match on the Wii. At least I lose graciously [pauses to grind teeth and kick over small plant], I will say that I was all "I'm so happy for the winners, it was an honor to be nominated" while in the background 3N was pouring shots and pelting me with cupcakes hoping my mood elevated.

AND, I'm tart I'm not on the New York Times Bestsellers' List. Okay, I know that's a stretch but if you're going to dream, dream big - right? A Michele Grant book in every household. Who knows how much better the world would be if our men were a little more like Grown Man Steven and our women less like Renee. If you have no idea who I'm talking about... Le Boo.

Moving on. So I was approached by a well-known publicist who told me that if I just made a few "tweaks" to my overall style,  I could have more pageviews, more readers, more fame, more fortune, more fabulosity all the way around. Her idea was to make me the next [insert name of popular writer that I don't I really care for here] but with a bougie twist. All I had to do was... be a little more sexy and a little more controversial.

"Instead of talking about what you don't like about Kim Kardashian, why don't you write some sex tips for her?"

**crickets**

"Instead of blogging about your love of black men, why not tell them what they can do to be better men for the sisterhood?"

**angry crickets**

"And in your books, instead of making all your characters so upwardly mobile, why don't you make them just regular people and add in some more drama. Maybe a sexy minister who cheats on his pregnant wife or a trash collector who is sleeping with the women on his route and they all find out about each other?"

**really. pissed. off. crickets**

"Michele, are you there?"

"Uh yeah, listen... I don't think we're on the same page. I'm not [insert name of any blog that gives out regular sex tips] - there's nothing wrong with that, it's just not me. I don't tell black men what to do unless they ask for my advice because I don't want them telling me what to do. And I don't and won't ever, ever, ever plan to write about cheating ministers and pimpin' azz garbage men. Not. That. There's. ANY. DAMN. Thing. Wrong. With. That. It's just not me."

"I think you're missing out on a great opportunity here. I'm talking talk shows and magazine articles and guest spots on the Steve Harvey show. Who knows, maybe you could write a show for BET or VH1. You could be huge!"

**praying brain doesn't explode** "Thank you so much, I appreciate the call. I don't think I'm ready for all of that. Buh-bye now."

Folks, I gotta be me. I shall not be blogging about the Mandingo Chronicles and my next book will not be titled "Pastor, can you spare a condom?" No. I can't. I shall not be moved. If that means I never win a damn thing and my books languish like left over King's Cake four weeks past Mardi Gras... so be it. 

What say you? Is someone seriously waiting on me to break out Bougie After Dark - The CocoaSmoothe Collection? 

118 comments:

Jazzy Jazz said...

NY times list is a joke to me. SNOOKI is on it. WTHECK? 

Sasha in Stilettos said...

Wait... what? Did she do any research about you at all?
What's the chance of gettin' a sneak peak at the Mandingo Chronicles, tho?

maureen said...

Chele, I was a bit tart that you did not receive a trophy, logged off immediately. Here I'm trying to  write like you and someone trying to change that! Le Sigh, Le'Nerve of some of folk.  I love your writing, no need to change to conform. They can kick rocks.
Harry Porter author was told her book could not be published and look her at now.

TheOneandOnlyMe said...

IMHO
You stated that you were approached by a well known publicist- PAUSE How did she become well-known? Is it because she chooses winners? or has an eye for helping a writer reach their full potential? Perhaps she sees how great you are and how much better you can become. Although her ideas are not new, she may have a point.  There is something sensual, erotic, and reaffirming about Black Love. I'm not talking the dirty dirty can't leave it out in case your mom picks it up book, but instead a intellectual erotic novel.

BB Waite said...

This here is the problem. No one is allowed to trail blaze or have a unique voice any more. "They" want cookie cutter junk they can feed to the masses. As one of the masses, I'm sick and tired of it. Last thing we need is another Pastor Gone Wrong story.

keishabrown said...

although...Mandingo Chronicles...i like the sounds of that! *snickering

on the real though...what's that saying about standing for something, falling for anything? fame and fortune is not what it's cracked up to be (esp in this day and age, it seems to make you more a target more than anything). changing who you are will only lead to mo money, mo problems in the end. 

call me naive (or Keisha Brown..whatevs..lol), but i believe in knowing your values, and maintaining ones integrity. hard work and the rest will follow. does luck sometimes play a role - sure, but that's not within your control! 

kudos and keep doing ya thing! 

ps: re the BWA's... i hope with time and feedback they adjust things to make it more balanced and fair. juggernauts shouldn't be nominated to go up against smaller blogs... matter of fact, the people shouldn't get to vote, they need a committee to vote (see Oscars, Grammys) and then part of the people's vote counts towards the final award. i've been meaning to write my feedback to them... 

thinklikeRiley said...

Now don't be hasty. Cocoasmoothe Bougie After Dark sounds like a winner. IMHO
IJS
C'mon now.

GrownAzzMan said...

"Is someone seriously waiting on me to break out Bougie After Dark - The CocoaSmoothe Collection? "

While that might be fun for some and may even make your pockets a little fatter, I say keep doing you the way you do. There is a reason we all skip all of the blogs and books that do that stuff and hang out here. Everything can't be about appealing to lowest common denominator. That's whats wrong with our media now.

 If she really wanted to help you blow up she should have suggested you go on Fox News and bash Obezzy. I hear they pay 30 pieces silver for that. GTFOH!

Sarah said...

In my humble opinion, the best thing you can do is write with your voice and words. They are your gift. Don't let anybody make you think you need to be somebody else. One of the reasons why I like reading so much is because it offers a window into another person's view of the world. It is fun, interesting, and often useful to see the picture painted by somebody else. 

Lady4Real said...

Maybe I'm biased because we share a bloodline and a gift. Maybe I'm young and naive or maybe just maybe I was raised to have some self worth, pride and integrity but I don't see anything wrong with BougieLand or with "Heard It All Before", "Sweet Little Lies" and "Crush". I love everything that you write, it is what our community and society needs, a blog that is positive and novels that are positive. Keep doing you, it will ultimately payoff.

Lady Ngo said...

Well im glad u are sticking to your guns...especially regarding that whole pimpin pastor thing cuz KLR wrote that storyline into the ground (not that im hating cuz i loved all of 'em).

Trey Charles said...

So it's wrong fro me to point out that you are beastly on that Wii tennis? I'm talking evil. She gets mad competitive and talks shit in the nicest vote. "Perhaps you should step up your hand-eye coordination game, Trey."
Boo.
What are we talking about? Oh - do you.

Lady4Real said...

All of Chele's books are black love and they can get quite quite steamy. They are books that make a young lady like me want to step my career goals up and look at my husband in a different light. The sensual parts make me blush but they are still classy. She is kind of like the Cosby of romance, just enough, very classy and uplifting to the black community.

Lady4Real said...

Mandingo Chronicles are in the novels, lol

Shah said...

That pure comedy took me out of lurkdom for a minute ...I am sure you are waiting with bated breath to do a guest spot on the Steve Harvey Show.

 O_o

Anyway, just continue to do you (as if you would do anything else?) and let the others languish in mediocrity.

Rosa said...

"Pastor, can you spare a condom"...love it!! I would read it...at home! just kidding (not really)

E.Scott said...

I love what you do, so please keep doing it the EXACT SAME way you have been! What's meant for you will come to you and changing who you are will not bring it any faster...or at all. (def learned that from one of your many posts:o) -@theteachERINme:twitter 

Jeannette said...

Miss Chele... be true to you... if you make any of those changes she suggests, be prepared to see screen names like: Keisha Imafivestarchickcuzgirlsruntheworldgettheebehindmesatan Jenkins.  Not here in Bougie land :)

mickmicki said...

Um.  Yeah.  I am crickets with you on the Kim K. sex tips.  From what I have seen  *raised brow*, she don't need no help (yep, I said "no help") with anything related to the cocoa (?) activities.

Ultimately, you have to stick to your guns and do what is in your nature.  Could you convincingly write about "regular cheating pastors and their thirsty congregation"? 

JaymeC said...

So you haven't played cards with her yet? #cutthroat

JaymeC said...

I can't think of anybody I worry less about when it comes to holding their ground.

Cherelle Mattox said...

Oh heckie naw! I'm pissed off for you. Why would I want to take advice from a thrice married man and a sex video heaux? Where did writing about sex tips, what black women should do to find and keep a man, why black men aint crap, etc become hot in the streets? Here's to me wishing that all the Steve Harveys and Kim Kardashians go sit down somewhere.

You keep doing what you doing and don't you worry about what others think you should be doing. I love your books and blog.  God has something bigger and better for you. You just know that BnB loves what you are doing and that publicist can go kick rocks in this Kunta Kinte heat with her bare feet!

OneChele said...

Church lit is not my thing. I'm good to let others run with that.

OneChele said...

If one could learn not to overbid, one would not get set...

OneChele said...

Your net game, son! C'mon!

Sasha Iman said...

So let me get this straight.

All you have to do is Zane it up*, beat black men down, and keep the book characters regular yet swimming in shiggity?

Uhmmm, yeah, sounds like a plan. Wouldn't want books about well to do black folks and sane, healthy examples of black love (and truly good black men), infiltrating the media and black households. People might starting getting ideas...


* Can't lie, that CocoaSmoothe collection might be straight fire. I don't know about going all in with tips on how to make a good brew and stir it up right, or high fiving Kim K, but I must say, there's only so many places where black men whose opinion I would give two shiggitys about congregate and candidly give insight on the way they think and operate... Every now and then when the comments section starts getting a bit salacious, it would be nice to let the conversation play out.

blackprofessor said...

Chele, I feel you because this is the story of my life too!!  Folks always want to tell you what you can't do, why and what you should do differently.  As you say, crickets!

Success if the best revenge!  Do you and watch how you will be more successful for being you than trying to be someone else. 

md_KG said...

"Cosby of romance"....Love it!

BlackButterfly said...

I applaud you for saying, no thank you!  I am tired of the constant stream of ridiculousness that you have to be more and more salacious for anything to be "appreciated".  I like BnB just the way it is.

Brown Babe said...

Compromising your art, integrity, and brand for fame and fortune = S.No.B  Perhaps she just had not known?   Keep doing what you're doing, it may go un-awarded (for now), but it does not go unnoticed or unappreciated.

ASmith said...

I hope my point actually comes across here...

I have learned a LOT in BougieLand.  But perhaps most poignant has been that my theory that an individual in a group that has a thought pertaining to the group is usually not alone in that thought is right.  It's also true, per my time in BougieLand, that an individual thought in a group about said group is also not necessarily the majority thought and definitely not representative of the whole.  Follow me here?

So yeah, Chele, as you well know, that publicist was right.  Alladat would have you with Black Weblog Awards out the wazoo and sitting real pretty on the NY Times Bestseller list faster than you could thank God and all your fans, but it's not you and it's not going to have the same sorts of folks showing up and playing that you have now.

I shudder to think of what BougieLand would look like if you took those tips.  I might've just shaded some blogs/bloggers I actually like, but... *shrug*  Let's just say when I feel like going there, I know what blogs I should go to and BougieLand ain't it.  :)

So thank you, dear Chele, for doing what you've been doing because that works just fine.  I do believe you're still going to have awards out the wazoo and be all up in and on the NYT Bestseller's list, it'll just take a second longer a la a fine bottle of wine.

SingLikeSassy said...

Damn. So they are trying to auto-tune writers now?

md_KG said...

Oh, so what you have to do is sell trash and you get all that cash huh? Ok, got it. *Takes notes*

I will echo the BougieLand chorus to say we love what you write which have positive messages as well as the classy way you handle yourself.

rozb said...

The fact she said:  "I'm talking talk shows and magazine articles and guest spots on the Steve Harvey show." and perhaps write a show for BET or VH1 insults me! WDDDA in Bougieland? o_O

In other words, you must appeal to a stereotypical "Black" audience, with no sense of culture or community, to be successful. You need to develop loud, haranguing women characters, and shady, over-the-top male characters to appeal to Black folks. Tyler Perry and Michael Baisden have that stuff on lock, I think.

Your publicist is just lazy. Yeah I said it. Lazy, because a publicist should work with your best qualities, and have enough confidence in your brand (yes, Chele Bougie is a brand) and products to be able to cut through the shiggity and work in your favor. Her job is to mold the audience to suit you, not morph you into Laquisha the Cocoa Kitten whose book characters only represent the most ratchet and ghetto representatives. When is she gonna tell you to appear on shows popping gum wearing Skittle-colored and coordinated outfits?

I have read Sweet Little Lies twice, and recommend it to all my fellow Bougienistas (they have to buy their own copy though, or how else you gonna make money with one copy floating everywhere?). Do you have the potential to do some Zane-type ish, or Sister Souljah-type genre? Of course you do, but you don't because that may not be your core audience, and that's the point.

Do you, and Bougieland faithful is here for ya. BTW - Is your publicist new at this?

NY2VA said...

You already have a brand and your brand is dope.  The OneChele/Michele Grant brand is what keeps us coming back.  If I wanna read a crass sexual account, I go somewhere else; however, when I want bougie tales, alluding ever so bougily (is this a word) to stirring cocoa, and where heauxs get owned by quick wit rather than fisticuffs, I COME HERE.  If you change the brand, I'll have to quit you.  That might not mean anything to you, but it would hurt me to have to quit you.  Improve the brand... yes.  Upgrade the brand... hell yes.  Flip the script?  Hell to the nawl, Bobby.  I needs me bouge and the OneChele brand is definitely my preference.

Oh yeah... Eff that publicicst's couch!

rozb said...

Chele is fine wine, but they want her to be Cisco! *yes I know about Cisco - grape and red-flavored*

Lady4Real said...

YES! YES! YES!

Reecie said...

I agree with all of your points, I don't think you should change your style in that manner either. and I too voted for you and expected you to win some Black Weblog Award(s)-- yes plural. 

NY2VA said...

THE NEW GOSPEL STAGE PLAY BY MICHELE GRANT!!!!  STARRING CLIFTON POWELL AS BISHOP LONGSTROKE!!!

I'm writing in all caps because the announcer will yell the entire commercial.

rozb said...

Ouch. Who reneges?

NY2VA said...

(yes, Chele Bougie is a brand) 
I just wrote the SAME THING!  Thanks for the confirmation...

Lady4Real said...

I would pay money to see her go in on Steve Bougie style. He wouldn't know what hit him, they ain't ready for Chele, she's too real for them, too logical and too positive for all the fake, phoney and negative people out in the world.

NY2VA said...

No country for wine with screw tops.

Ivory T said...

Because I know and understand this entertainment business like you do, I can see where you would be hesitant to go that route ( had the same struggle myself) but if you want it all you know either one or two things have to happen, some Good good drama that has your name in it or a big blessing from some other notable source.
 I would love for you to write a bougie after dark or something with some good ratchness cause you are a great story teller and the angle and perspective that you would come from would be totally different from whats currently out there. Something to think about!

Penny said...

The publicist thinks a guest spot on the Steve Harvey show would be a step up for you career wise?? 

TNDRHRT said...

To thine own self be true.  Don't flip the script for higher fame or fortune.  I like your blog/books just the way they are.

michaeldavis said...

NO MADAM PUBLICIST.  you will NOT turn Michele into *insert trite relationship "expert/sexpert" Got it? Gone.

Exactly the same thing that's happen to music, TV, movies.

rozb said...

Why do I have an urge to punch a publicist?

La said...

I think half the battle in finding someone to work on your dreams with you is getting them to understand your vision. Most people are looking for the tried and true (read: easy and guaranteed) way of doing things; hence trying to make you blogger 64,927 doling out relationship/sex/sexual relationship advice. It's rare to find someone who not only respects your lane, but figures out how to apply their skill set to keep you in it and promote it.

You did the right thing.

PS- BET, VH1, and Steve Harvey? Because you're black you MUST want to go the way of the most popular colored folk of the day, right? Not that there is ANY difference between any of your messages, because, well, you're black. You all think the same stuff, right? *hands the wheel over to Jesus*

Regina said...

"I'm talking talk shows and magazine articles and guest spots on the
Steve Harvey show. Who knows, maybe you could write a show for BET or
VH1. You could be huge!" --> DEAD! Like that's the big time? You've made it when you write for the hood TV networks? I can't...

Chele, keep spreading BougeNation and eventually the rest will migrate.

Earthangel172 said...

Newsflash: There's so many facets to the black experience! Some people will never understand that.

I'm glad you turned her down graciously though because I would have let at least one cuss word slip! Just reading this mess struck a serious nerve with me.

Mina B. said...

Steve Harvey show...BET... VHI... minister cheating on his preggo wife? This publicist needs to have a seat-------------------> over there. promptly. After reading the blog I bought Sweet Little Lies...after reading that I bought Crush! Why fix what's not broke? Being true to yourself is the most rewarding thing you can do.  FYI- "Heard It All Before" is not available to read at the iBook store for my iPhone :(

thinking that... said...

i have a revolving door of blogs listed as favorites.  yours is the only one who has never been deleted since i started reading blogs about a year ago.  i look forward to your post and say thank you for staying true to your game (style)....

keishabrown said...

ROLLLLLLING @ this screen name. 
I'd adopt it..but i want to get e-hired. ;)

keishabrown said...

*kicks the couch for good measure. 

J B said...

We all know, however, that if Michelle chose to accept this assignment, it would be the bomb.

Do they still say that?  Oh well.

Oh heck, use another pseudonym.  We won't tell.  It'll be our bougie secret.

Angela said...

Thank you, Michele. There are more than enough alternatives to quality, yes I am a responsible adult materials available for those who choose to partake. Not that there's anything wrong with that. However, it is as you say, not for me.

GuessImJay said...

Homie I'm wi'cha.

Jubilance said...

I loved both of your books (and told you so on the Twitter) but what I really loved about both of them was how I could relate to the characters. I don't read the latest hood/street lit or even the books that have drama on every page - my life isn't that crazy & just reading about all that drama makes me tired.

I love that you have a lane & you stay within it. Too many ppl try to jump on every bandwagon & capitalize off it. More ppl need to be true to themselves & be happy with that.

Christine Peele said...

Ok I work with book and authors for a living.  Not too many AA authors are finding sucess with that plan at all. There is one Steve Harvey, one Zane .The 3 authors that I know of that are on top of the AA Christian Fiction game are working super hard traveling to book events and using social media to sell books. There has been much debate on facebook about AA authors and their future with the closing of Borders and many AA writers are real worried but I have read your books and belive me you have a growing audience.  Oh by the way this is my first post. I have been a long time lurker!!

GuessImJay said...

Homie I'm wi'cha.

GuessImJay said...

Homie I'm wi'cha.

OneChele said...

Welcome out of lurkerland!

CorettaJG said...

BWAHAHAH!  What is WITH those handles??

datdudeincali said...

What you do works. Remember when Coca-Cola fiddled with the formula? No ma'am. Stay original.

Cha Keziah said...

so, bougie mandingo chronicles are a no go? okay.

For real though, let me join the Greek Chorus: we wouldn't be here if you weren't awesome - because we're pretty awesome people who don't have tons of time to throw around. Do you. Persevere. There are so many of us "youngers" who aspire to bougenificence that we need you to hold fast and blaze trails. All that good stuff. And, you know, you're pretty funny too.

Oh, and, I love me some Grown Man Steven.

Andrea M said...

Sistah Girl -
No offense but ain't nobody up in Black 'n Bougie for you to became the Drake of Bloggers.
No ma'am - we like your Will Smith swag. Let's keep it bougie round here. We have so few places to gather.

CorettaJG said...

I find a similar problem in the wedding industry that I moonlight in. Things get so cookie cutter because that's easier for the venue or vendor becasue they've done it that way before. No ma'am.  We're trying to be different, unique and special. Please and thank you.  Do you Chele.

Cocoa Winston said...

She said the "Drake" of Bloggers.
iQuit.

Cocoa Winston said...

I swearfore God after reading about Grown Man Steven, I looked at my man sideways. I handed him the book and said "Do Better."

Cocoa Winston said...

Dammit Jeannette, I had to read that TWICE!

OwenCinDallas said...

Jayme is the Queen of "Oops - what that a club or a spade" "Did I say 3 books? I meant 6"

Earthangel172 said...

"trying to make you blogger 64,927 doling out relationship/sex/sexual relationship advice"

This and it's tired!

Jeannette said...

**shameless plug** i'm 1 short of 100 likes .. #justsayin :)

Donell Creech said...

steve harvey, bet...piiish. now, if she had said the maury povich show...*ducks*


farealtho... re: the bwa's - i did go check out the big blog winner when the awards were announced - idk. no shadin or hatin (http://www.verysmartbrothas.com) i read them a coupla few times. (just now again matta fact) but their blog still hasnt made it into my rss feed.

shamin the devil- bnb got rss'd after the very first post i read. methinks perhaps im more bougiefied than i would like to admit. (this is normally the point where a le sigh would be inserted, but im not that bougie.) ((excuse me, what does a river in egypt have to do with this post?))

OneChele said...

SMH ;-)

Sasha Iman said...

May I submit "Down by the Riverside" as the location for the opening act and man whoring, as well "I Need Thee Every Hour" as a possible open song remix to set the stage? 

IJS, we could really make this thing happen.

Mykeia said...

Co-sign me too!

Mykeia said...

Girl, you and your Cisco!

Mykeia said...

"Laquisha the Cocoa Kitten" only you Rozb, only you and I am dead right now!  Just dead.

Michele said...

Thanks for keeping it bougie and telling the publicist to kick rocks.

Singlelif said...

I am, and will forever be - BOUGIE !  When I stumbled across your blog, it was like Christmas for me...and for real, it was June.  Awards will eventually come from where you want them to come from.  In the meantime, #DoYouBoo !

Singlelif said...

Oh, and by the way, both of your books are on my eReader.

R&G said...

There are a lot of people who sell out to make money. In your case just stick to who you are and keep pumping out product and sooner or later people will notice the difference between trash and trophy.  We got enough damn drama which only seeks to destroy our view of ourselves. Sure it sells well because everyone loves to look down on people but it never really lifts anyone up.

Mykeia said...

I just co-sign with what everyone else said.  Don't change, everything that you are doing is STILL working.
*I voted for you on the BWA like from four different emails...you were robbed.  I looked at some of the other blogs and haven't been back.  :-(

SassyJJ said...

Shoooot, gospel stage plays are Clifton Powell's bread and butter. smh

mojitochica said...

Hah, I don't even believe you typed that second question with at straight face!  Tell that chick to kick rocks with no socks on in true bougie fashion and stay true to yourself.

Veronica Miller said...

"Pastor, Can You Spare a Condom."

*flies off cliff*

Also, my head exploded when I saw the words "Steve Harvey." I wish... WISH!!! ...someone would mention Steve Harvey in Veronica Marche Plan for Success. I WISH!!!

AND I'm pissed at the "could you not make your characters so upwardly mobile?" bit. I've been angry about this since people were complaining about the Huxtables! For damn real, y'all, really impossible to be simultaneously black and upwardly mobile? Please tell me, and I'll stop studying for my master's right now. I'll wait.

....*kicks soapbox*

GammasWorld said...

Well I was a little salty after reading your post this morning.  Glad I couldn't post a comment from work.  Imma just say the Publicist saw a chance to work with some real talent.  The mistake was not becoming an expert on her "target" and not being able to see your vision.   The whole approach was S.No.B.  Well known or not, you still have to do your research.  Spend a day or 1/2 day reading BnB and anyone will know that that ratched approach was not your thing.  A smart publicist will recognize the gem that is BougieLand and Michele Grant and work to to enhance that.  Nuf said.  

Sueboney1125 said...

Thank you sooo much for the laugh today, I soooo needed it.  Now, Girl Bye!  You know I would have hung up on her ratchet azz as soon as she started with that Steve Harvey ish! (and I actually like and  listen to him -don't judge me!) I'm sorry you didn't win any awards at the Weblogs (because you truly deserved some) but anyway what was in those shots because I was so waiting for the "Nicesty" Chelle to light her up (especially since libations were involved). Don't ever change, we love you just the way you are. \
P.S. and for what it's worth, and I know I can't put you on the NYT best seller's list but I have all of your books and loved them all.

GrownAzzMan said...

Card smack talk in the bougie timeline? WTH? Have all of you reviewed my instructional DVD?

GrownAzzMan said...

Dead @ "Drake of Bloggers."

Please have them play "My Soul's Been Anchored" at the services...LOL

tiffanyinhouston said...

Stay true to yourself, Chele and stay true to your core audience. I support you 1000 trillion and when it's good content, the work will sell itself. Truth be told, I'd pay to read your blog if you started charging for it. Your writing is just that good and the comment section is just that deep. In fact, let me go find Crush on my Nook and download it. I put my money where my mouth is.

rozb said...

I bet you all play a hilarious game of Spades!

keishabrown said...

#sofargone
#thanksyoulater

;)

JojoRaze said...

If you make any of those changes she suggests, be prepared to see screen
names like: Keisha
Imafivestarchickcuzgirlsruntheworldgettheebehindmesatan Jenkins


Why Jeannette, why?  *Faints after crying tears of laughter*

Brenda Kay said...

Chele ~ as it's been said more than a few times in this thread "write what feels true and honest to you!" There are more than enough unoriginal people out there in the world, simply parroting and imitating what someone else has done much better. By the way Chele, your books are one of the few books that my two sisters and I jointly agreed were a pleasure reading - that rarely happens with us. :-)  

CaliGirlED said...

Stand your ground Chele! Cee-Lo 'em!!! Six letter of the alphabet 'em!!!...Let me see what GAM and Leon had to say. LOL

CaliGirlED said...

Nothing like family to have your back!

CaliGirlED said...

Chele writes fiction, the pastors are doing the most in real life. We're good!

CaliGirlED said...

"Everything can't be about appealing to lowest common denominator. " *waits for the offering plate to come around*

CaliGirlED said...

I gave up on it, my eyes are too tired!

CaliGirlED said...

Don't forget the orange flavor!

CaliGirlED said...

Cause you're gangsta like that!

CaliGirlED said...

Chele Dude likened you to Coca-Cola! That's big!

CaliGirlED said...

LMAO!!!

CaliGirlED said...

Grown Man Steven is da bidness!!!

CaliGirlED said...

GAM that song was sung at my dad's funeral and it was like Sunday morning worship!

rozb said...

Hey CaliGirl!

lawsoncomp said...

Without reading the comments, I can say that there's a reason why I read your blog and books and not the aforementioned products.  Please keep doing what you're doing.  You have accomplished amazing things in a the last two years. Many people dream of making a living as a writer. You embody the dream.

MichelleG said...

I couldn't comment from my BB yesterday. Everyone has already said what needed to be said just wanted to add my voice so that any publicist that may be reading this will see there are plenty of us supporting you & you need not ever change to the ri-dang-diculous "suggested" direction.  Your books were the first purchases on my Kindle - looking forward to the next. Your time will come.

Nadette said...

"pouring shots and throwing cupcakes" <---iDied!

"sexy pastor cheating on pregnant wife?? whoring garbage man?? sex tips for she who shall not be named<--REALLY THOUGH?? *jaw agape* *angry typing* NO. BUE. NO!

I'm half tempted to ask the name of this publicist, so I can send them some well phrased bougie thoughts on that shiggity. And perchance, would this popular writer's name begin with a Z? [ugh] I really wouldn't know, I haven't read black fiction since early undergrad because I got tired of the nonsense (though your books are on my list, but I'm currently working my way through Harry Potter (don't judge me, please, lol).

I'm gratefuly you know who you are, and refuse to sell out. I just wish more folks would be more willing to make such a stand.

Keep on Keepin' On Chele. Even if the rest of the world doesn't catch on, we'll still be here for you

Melzie said...

High five, Chele! So many have fallen into the awful "let me mold you and make you a staaaaaah" trap. You've succeeded this far on your own merits, talent and with your own special bougelosity. The heck with the cookie cutter, let me grab you attention for a second with drama and sex bullshiggity. Continue to be the Chele you are and we love, no other way is acceptable ;-)

Jeannette said...

LOL..i see it on facebook all the tahm! :)

Leo the Yardie Chick said...

*blinks*

(a la Tweety Bird) She don' know you berry well, do she? Slow and steady, Michelle. You'll get recognition without having to dumb yourself down for the masses. :)

rikyrah said...

PLEASE don't ever lower yourself.

I know that you were being polite, but I don't have to be polite

YOU REFUSE TO LOWER YOURSELF TO EVERY DAMN NEGATIVE STEREOTYPE OUT THERE

just so you can GET PAID.

THANK YOU
THANK YOU
THANK YOU

AndreaPlaid said...

Dang it, rozb, this right here:

When is she gonna tell you to appear on shows popping gum wearing Skittle-colored and coordinated outfits?::instantly reincarnates::

AndreaPlaid said...

I read that, too, and just thought, O_o.

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