In 2007, at the age of twenty-two, I moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina from New York City on a whim. I did not know anyone or speak the language, but those facts did not deter me from discovering who and what was on the other side of the globe. I came from a low-income family with very little money, so I spent an entire year working three jobs seven days a week to save up so I could live in Buenos Aires for six months. The hard work was worth every moment. My time in Buenos Aires is something I will hold in my heart and remember until my last breath. It truly changed me. Buenos Aires was for me what Paris was for Ernest Hemingway.
Immediately after returning home eight years ago and up to today, I receive countless emails from young black women, including some college students, who lived in Buenos Aires, were about to travel there for a semester, or who were inspired to go. They too were in the phase of their lives where they were breaking away from their families and venturing out into the unknown to find themselves. The ones who lived there had the same ups and downs that I did, and the ones about to embark on the journey had the same fears.
My name is Jennifer Poe and I am a writer. Recently, I completed my book, ¡Hola, Morocha! A Black Woman’s Adventures in Buenos Aires, book one in a four-part digital e-book series of travel memoirs about my experiences as a black woman in Buenos Aires, Argentina—the city that was once dubbed the “Land of Vanishing Blacks” by Ebony magazine. I have written the essays in a style that is casual and conversational, with the intention of making my readers feel as if they are consuming postcards or letters from a friend abroad. The book will be sold globally on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and Apple.com/books.
While the book is complete, the costs of self-publishing are exorbitant. I have come to you, friends on Kickstarter, in order to raise the $2,367 that I need to get this book into readers’ hands where it can start to make an impact. These funds would cover the front cover design, the back cover design, the interior design, the e-publishing formatting, the professional copy editing, the professional proofreading, the ISBN number registration, the limited edition paperback print editions, the book trailers, the marketing, the taxes, and the Kickstarter reward fulfillment.
In addition to making a contribution, you can help by sharing this campaign on your blog or social media accounts. The more people that know about this, the sooner I can get to self-publishing! From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.
For more information on who I am and an example of my work, please visit the following links:
Interview in the July issue of The Griots Republic (pages 75-77) http://www.griotsrepublic.com/portfolio-item/007-3/
About my travel blog http://imported-chocolate.com/about/
More of my writings on Buenos Aires http://imported-chocolate.com/black-girls-guide-to-buenos-aires/
Press about me and my blog http://imported-chocolate.com/press-and-other-writings/
Where you can follow and find me all over the web! http://imported-chocolate.com/contact-me/
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk for this project is the Kickstarter campaign not reaching its goal. If I fail to raise the funds I need for the publication of Hola, Morocha, it would cause significant delays in getting the book out into the world. But I am confident I will succeed!
My goal is to publish Hola, Morocha in September, but because of the schedules of book cover designers and editors, this is a tentative release date. I will do everything in my power to release Hola, Morocha in September without rushing the process and compromising the books quality.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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