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Author Candace McDuffie on Writing & Publishing 50 Rappers Who Changed The World by Candace McDuffie

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GrubStreet trainer and author Candace McDuffie shares her experience composing 50 Rappers Who Changed The World. You can discover more and purchase a copy of 50 Rappers Who Changed The World here

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Not just did I need to stabilize the pivot to teach preschool completely online while writing this book, I could not remain silent about the disproportionate effect Covid-19 was having on individuals of color. I wrote about it three separate times for three different publications. The cultural zeitgeist redirected itself to never-ending circumstances of cops brutality– which also disproportionately affects Black individuals– so I wrote about that, too. I believed that camping out on my moms sofa in upstate New York for a month, while all of this was taking place, would assist with the psychological health problems that would develop, but it didnt. I would start therapy to deal with debilitating anxiety in July– the exact same month that I formally revealed my book to the world

These subjects are essential to me, composing an entire book on such pressing matters was something I didnt understand if I had the capacity for. 50 Rappers Who Changed The World was right up my street and combined my enthusiasm for music journalism and Black culture; the reality that it would serve as an instructional tool was the proverbial icing on the cake

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My enjoyment for this task made it simpler for me to rearrange commitments in order for 50 Rappers to come to life in simply a years time. I cut down my hours at work (my full-time gig is that of a preschool teacher), cut back on freelance projects I would accept, and made a structured writing plan. Right when I hit the ground running, the pandemic altered and took place life as we understand it

I was initially in shock when initially asked to compose 50 Rappers Who Changed The World back in October 2019. Since I started freelancing back in 2006, all I d heard from anybody who discovered my side profession was how I need to write a book. Obviously, they avoided over the logistics of all of it: choosing a genre, writing then conceptualizing stated book, finding an agent, sending out the manuscript to numerous publishers. From the outdoors searching in, it seems easier than it really is. And while its not always every authors dream to become a released author, I thought a book would occur for me at some point in the distant future

2020 was the hardest year of my life while also being among the most professionally fulfilling. 50 Rappers Who Changed The World is in its second reprint and the feedback has actually been extraordinary. Considering that its release, Ive been mulling around the idea of composing another book down the line. But for now, Im taking it one day at a time, teaching preschool in-person, signing in with my therapist bi-weekly, and processing my willpower. If at one of the least expensive points in my life I could still in some way channel enough imagination to complete the biggest undertaking of my profession, whats stopping you from beginning yours?

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When first asked to compose 50 Rappers Who Changed The World back in October 2019, I was at first in shock. 50 Rappers Who Changed The World was right up my street and combined my enthusiasm for music journalism and Black culture; the truth that it would serve as an educational tool was the proverbial icing on the cake

GrubStreet trainer and author Candace McDuffie shares her experience composing 50 Rappers Who Changed The World. You can learn more and acquire a copy of 50 Rappers Who Changed The World here

50 Rappers Who Changed The World is in its 2nd reprint and the feedback has been phenomenal.

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