About the enigmatic William Spivey…

The most magical things happen when you simply converse with a perfect stranger. And so the story goes like this… Facebook friends for well over a year… Never chatted. Just one of those things where you follow some of the folks who follow your friends because they often show up intelligent, funny and interesting.

One great conversation  about writing and writers and books and story telling led to about 365 conversations; all leading to that faithful suggestion: Why aren’t you doing this for money? You are quite good. And so a literary agency and publishing house just appeared! Like well-oiled magic! Well actually it was a long-held dream deferred, a story to be told later.

Now, about the writerly Mr. Spivey. I would say in my professional opinion he has a fine eye for reporting stories. He is now learning the fine art of telling the story. He has the best listening skills I’ve ever witnessed… Second only to God. Seriously, he has great recall, which for a writer can be golden. He has an amazing ability to listen intently, and remember with little effort and  without prompts. I remain impressed; and very careful what I say, lest it comes back to haunt me.

He seems to be drawn to romance writing. Maybe because some of the stories are lifted from his own life. He writes romance with a softer hand than expected…He is a man of great height and girth…6’6″ I beleive. Anyway, he cares what is said and how it’s said. He would argue the point that I believe he has a sweeping romantic nature, that can be and has been coaxed out of him (and when I say coaxed, I mean DRAGGED). But just as he is embracing romance writing, he always walks on the wild side. An affinity for the  macabre lurks just at the breaking surface of intelligence and sardonic humor. He takes a bit of pleasure in ending characters with a few sentences. I try to allow for some of that to show up in stories and works-in-progress. Who knows, a thriller may spill out of him in the very near future.

The everyday writing takes place on his blog www.EnigmaInBlack.com Here is where he takes on the topical newsworthy pieces making their cycle around the world-wide web. He is quite at home waxing poetic on issues of politics and justice and grandchildren shenanigans. Blogging is about discipline. Content has to be put out. So far, he’s been ahead of the game. Growing a readership is no easy feat, and often the heady topic of our discussions. What else can we do? Patience grasshopper… You just write I say. Just write.

And then there’s that whole Fisk University thing… HBCUs are their own universe and we are some of the most loyal college educated folks on the planet. However, Fisk University  famously known for their loyal and deeply caring alumni. This is important because, here is where you can trace the roots of William’s writing and story telling by these early life shaping experiences.  If the moon is properly aligned and he’s feeling jovial, you may get a beauty of a Fisk story out of him. Or maybe not… Often not.

Here’s an interview from 3 months ago when Will was my guest on LoveBabz LoveTalk WNHH 103.5-LP Community Radio. I’m not sure he liked the interview very much, I thought he did a good job, although a bit nervous. But not noticeably so. Just like anything, the more you do it the better you become.

In the days, weeks, and months ahead. There will be more updates about the writing career of Mr. Spivey and the other talented writers joining this adventure.

Note: This photo is how I imagine he looks whenever I call to talk writing and more writing and demanding write more damn it! Oh, I can just hear the tone in the voice denoting annoyance.

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Additional Note: I run a Black newspaper. Editor-in-chief, The Inner-City News in New Haven, CT. Mr. Spivey is a contributing writer and we are delighted to have his voice reflected in our publication.

 

 

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William Spivey Said YES!

Seed and Source Literary Group was a dream long deferred. Ever since I was a teenager I wanted to work in producing books, cultivating writers… Publish things I found interesting and enjoyable. Over the years I danced around this idea. When I grew up I continued to dance around this idea. I currently run a Black newspaper that affords me a job and connection to publishing Black folks. Some of my best friends are writers, authors and book hustlers. The people I most admire in the world are authors, like Octavia Butler… whose “Parable of the Sower” had a profound effect on me. So much so, this literary agency is a nod to her. As is my publishing house Earth Seed. Yes, the time has come to launch my dreams!

Will Spivey is a very talented writer who has entrusted me with the care of cultivating and nurturing and prospering his writing life. He said YES! To allowing me to represent him. By happenstance… Or better still the universe is giving me what I desired. He was pondering seriously writing not as a hobby, but as a career. I was already coaching and nurturing several writers as a hobby just because I liked doing it. We connected. After frequent and lengthy conversations over this past year, of pros and cons. Here we are. True partners in the creative process. A great collaborative spirit exists…One that I hold dear.

William is currently blogging at www.EnigmaInBlack.wordpress.com. He is the founder and contributor to Average Citizen Forum, a Facebook Community where politics is the order of the day. He is working on a romantic-thriller series. He is working on a romance novel with a working title called “Letters”. There will also be a small chapbook of poetry, a children’s book and several other writing projects in the works.

It is my great pleasure and honor to welcome him to the Seed and Source Literary Group.

In the coming weeks, we will announce all the writers who have said yes to me and this journey! Press releases will roll out. Authors will be highlighted and their work shared.

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And the word is Sacred…

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For me words are holy. They have the power to start a revolution, squash beefs, quiet babies and convey undying love. My life’s goal has been to hold words and wordsmiths sacred.

Welcome to Seed and Source Literary Group. We exist to hold words and wordsmiths sacred.

I was sitting in church one Summer Sunday morning. My minister played a song written by James Taylor… New Hymn. It was a song that I’ve never heard. I was stunned… I thought I knew ALL his music. But this one got by me. I was moved beyond words, as I was sitting there letting those lyrics wash thru me and over me. I was caught off guard by Seed and Source. I knew immediately that these words would change my life and be the catalyst for a piece of my life’s dream.

If you are a writer and have something to share with the world that is greater than your whole self, consider us as your possible literary agents. Or maybe you have no idea where to start, but you know you have a story to tell.  Allow us to represent you and your work. Allow us to help guide and manage your writing career. We invite you to look at us as your extended family on your writing journey!

Write The World Baby!

Maybe you write to calm your nerves… Quell those voices inside. Maybe you write to work things out… Solve what ails you. Or maybe you write for the sheer pleasure of feeling the pen glide over nice paper. Whatever your reasons, I invite you to WRITE IT Baby! Write the World. Write your world! Write what you know. Write what you don’t know. Write it!

We at Seed and Source Literary Group wholly support your rationale for writing. We are not in the convincing business. If you want to write and share it with the world… We got you! And if you want to write and stay anonymous we got you there too! We are about writer support. Sacred is the word… Your word!

 

Say it!

What is that long held writing dream? What is it that you wanted to say to the world… Give to the world? Writers are often the last ones to acknowledge their passion and their talent. I don’t know what that’s about. Maybe it’s a s;ef worth issue. Maybe it’s a respectability issue. Who knows? Writers are their own worst critics!

I do know that if you have some long held literary dream… Some unrequited love of writing. Now is the time to break free and write with abandon!

“If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it”. Toni Morrison
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/t/toni_morrison.html

I believe this quote more than anything. Write what you are missing!