Hello, martial arts friends! This is Melanie Gibson, the writer behind the blog Little Black Belt. I have some exciting news–I wrote a book, and I want to share it with all of you!
Want to know the story behind the stories? I have competed my taekwondo memoir Kicking and Screaming: a Memoir of Madness and Martial Arts. As of September 2019 I am now a contracted author with She Writes Press.*
Of course I would love for my dear readers to buy my book, but I’m really announcing it so you guys can hold me accountable by pestering me into holding up my end of the very interesting and involved publishing process: “Is it done yet? Is it done yet? When is your book coming out?”
Tentative publication date is 2021. Stay tuned!
Is the book just a bunch of blog posts jammed together?
NO. The book is based on some of the stories and teachings from my blog, but it goes much more into detail of my background, the serious challenges that drove me into the dojang, technical details of my taekwondo classes, funny stories from physical therapy, and the huge emotional and mental change that I experienced as I went from an anxious, alcoholic (kinda), anorexic (kinda) white belt to a strong, confident–and from what I’ve been told, funnier–black belt.
You get to learn my secrets to success and also see a not-so-savory side of me…but I’m still funny. That’s the important part.
I will keep you posted on updates with the book and of course will let you know when it’s out in print.
Friends, keep me encouraged. Let’s get this thing published!
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*”She Writes Press is an independent publishing company founded to serve members of SheWrites.com, the largest global community of women writers online, and women writers everywhere. She Writes Press is both mission-driven and community-oriented, aiming to serve writers who wish to maintain greater ownership and control of their projects while still getting the highest quality editorial help possible for their work.”
–She Writes Press Author Handbook 2019
Please take some time to learn about this wonderful women-driven company at http://shewritespress.com.