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 The Novel - To Dance with Ugly People - is Available Now!

Amazon Kindle:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075X4KH15 

Amazon Paperback:   http://www.amazon.com/dp/1519175485 

Amazon UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1519175485

Website:  lorenestunsonhillworld.com

Video: Produced by Rukia Publishing Book Promotions, Music by Kenan Hill (K9)  

Imagine feeling proud as you watch the next best thing blossom knowing you were in on the ground floor. Have you ever wanted to be part of something that is relevant that will stay relevant for years to come? I want my backers to feel proud!

Who:

Hello:  I am Lorene Stunson Hill, a self published Author of the novel, "To Dance With Ugly People," published through the CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, and am seeking funding to launch a good  Marketing Campaign to get my book out in front of the public.  I'd like to have an active Marketing Plan in place, adapt my book into a screenplay and an Audio Book.  

"To Dance With Ugly People," is a story of life struggles, hardships and joys. Also, about what happens when one feels they are not accepted and the trauma that can occur. I began to envision my own dysfunctional relationships as drama written on the pages of a book early in life. It became my way of coping. 

The story, "To Dance with Ugly People," an epistolary novel, is based on my experiences, fictionalized. It includes human parasites, infidelity, the 1967 Detroit Riots, and drug addiction all tied together by a final romance. The good is written sensitively, the bad as the reality of life and the ugly as things we hope will never happen to us.

What:  

I love engaging with the projects I work on, diving headfirst into my own experiences, investigation, and production of stories that I feel are worth writing about. I am a curious and proactive Author, interested in preserving the foundations set by classical literature, modernized.  

“To Dance with Ugly People,” understands and is related to Best Selling Novels turned into Award Winning Movies such as “The Color Purple,” by Alice Walker, “ “for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf,” by Ntozake Shange – Movie - “For Colored Girls, “ “PUSH,” by Sapphire – Movie - “Precious,” among others. 

It is time for a new heart wrenching story to come out, so "To Dance with Ugly People," can be added to this list of prominent novels turned into movies. 

"To Dance with Ugly People," is one of those shocking stories, a difficult read, at times, in an Urban setting, and surely will bring you to tears. It will become a salute to strong black women, who survives adversity. I hope that readers, and eventually movie goers will learn from the experience, share the experience and those living in or on the verge of displaced lives will reconnect with themselves, so their fate will not be the same as my protagonist.

When:  

I Need to Develop a Marketing Plan and move To Dance with Ugly People to the next levels, as soon as possible:

To do that I will need:

A Head Shot by a Professional Photographer                               $150

Hire Editor and re-issue Novel                                                 $1,000

Hire a book publicist.                                                                       $500 

Paid advertising  Pay for Advertisement and Press Releases, etc. countrywide                                                                                      $750

Hire a digital marketing consultant                                                 $1,000

My Professional Marketing Plan: Invest in a marketing package    $1095 

Pay for a blog tour                                                                   $250

Pay for a giveaway on GoodReads                                         $300  

Two 'One-Sheet' for the book: (a single piece of paper with a glossy print of the book cover on one side and a one-page Overview).   $50

Develop and Produce Sell Sheets                                         $75 

Professional Logo.                                                               $200

200 Business Cards -                                                           $150.  

200 Flyers                                                                             $200

Schedule appearances, including bookstores, libraries, speaking engagements at book clubs and be able to provide a crowd drawing environment and refreshments.                                            $1,000

Professional Audio Book                                                        $1,500

Buy 50 Promotional and Vendor Copies of Book, 2 Copies for Copyright office, 3 copies to Library of Congress and the cost of mailing 55 books @ $8.50 each   plus Mailing                                                          $650

Join The Authors Guild                                                              $125 

Kickstarter Fees                                                                          $500                                

Reward Shipping Costs and Taxes                                             $505

Attend The AWP Conference & Bookfair for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers on March 07, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. $1,000

Where?

I live in Central Florida and "To Dance with Ugly People," opens in Detroit, Michigan and migrates to Orlando, Florida.

Why?

The African American woman's strength through difficult situations has been a hot pop culture phenomenon throughout the years. I’ve always been passionate about storytelling and impressed by the influence it has on people and the decisions they make in life. 

To Dance with Ugly People Achievements:

The Kindle version of "To Dance with Ugly People," reached No. 1 in 2014 on Amazon's Best Seller's List for African American Women's Fiction in the U.K.

“To Dance with Ugly People,” has been listed as - 2017 – Read the best of DRAMA Novels! ...on the Novel Writing Festival website. 

About Me:

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Lorene Stunson Hill was raised initially in St. Louis and then Detroit, Michigan. In a visit to Sardis, Mississippi (hometown of her ancestors) in her teens Lorene experienced the cruelty of racial discrimination, but she stayed steadfast in her unshakable faith and belief in the values of the traditional African-American family, community, and culture. She currently resides in the Central Florida area. 

Along her path in life she completed Creative Writing Courses at the University of Central Florida under the esteemed guidance of Professor Wyatt Wyatt, who taught her that, if you want to write you cannot be a coward. 

Finally, in 2014 she has put words and actions from deep in her soul on paper, releasing, “To Dance with Ugly People,” to energize the readers with passions and feelings, liberate the readers minds to become aware of the struggles of others outside of what we perceive on a daily basis, and to heal her own heart.

"To Dance with Ugly People," Reviews:

By Rukia the Reader on October 21, 2014  An emotive and memorable read! This is an emotional and captivating novel, which is cleverly written. It is formatted using a unique style that enables the author to portray stories relating to some of the struggles of daily life for the main character Dani and the heartache endured. As it covers emotive subjects like drug abuse, and abusive relationships, it is obvious that the author has invested emotionally in this book and this gives it a sense of honesty and integrity. It is an intense read in parts and is an enjoyable book to read.

 By K.W.C on June 18, 2014 Great read! I enjoyed this story. The author Ms. Hill, has an excellent way of "drawing you in" to the story. Very well done! I felt emotion as I read it and the "To whom it may concern," piece, really had me connecting with the primary character!

By Marie Buck on July 20, 2014 Thought Provoking Read! To Dance with Ugly People really drew me in with the author's concept of basing each 'chapter' of life on an African dance. I found this to be a thought provoking, emotional and a very clever read.

By Melissa72 on April 18, 2015 This is a story told in a series of letters written by Dani, beginning in the year 1955 when she was just a small child of only 4 years old,and continues on through until the fall of 1983. Dani's story is raw and emotional in it's honesty and truth. Dani is forced to grow up early, with a mother who left her in charge, basically abandoning her to raise her siblings and care for the household as a parent should. Dani suffers from abuse and neglect, not only as a child, but throughout this entire tale. I felt for this girl, I kept hoping that things would take a turn for her, kept looking for her silver lining.

Dani eventually grows up to be a strong woman, with the courage to keep going, to keep striving, and believing that her true "someone" was out there, waiting to appreciate all that she has been through, and the person that she has become. It is hard to read through Dani's trials and tribulations,hard to look into the face of the hand that this poor girl was dealt. This author did an excellent job in crafting Dani and her story, and all of the characters that come in and out of her life and affect it. She makes you understand the pain and suffering that Dani goes through, and helps the reader to see how she comes to the point that she finally is at.

By Tassy Trip The Light Fantastic! To Dance with Ugly People by Lorene Stunson Hill is an inspirational and emotional drama of the life and times of Dani growing up fast from 5 years old. Told in diary format this remarkable story squeezes every drop of emotion from the reader without being preachy or overbearing. Well done to the author for tackling such a subject in a way that is totally unique. Very Highly Recommended!

By Sabrina Hundal  A good read!

By Sheree Started reading it. I like it. 

By Diane Coto August 22, 2014 Who is to know human nature? There are so many different personalities; it becomes difficult to understand how one will react to their environment. And then there's fate. How much of one's life is altered by fate? This is a story of Dani Dobson from the age of four in 1955 to September 1983. Dani had a very difficult life. Her very favorite person in the world was `Big Mama' a name she called her grandmother. When she was five, she lost Big Mama. Her mother had little time for her,leaving her to take care of the house and siblings. Because of the abuse she endured, she became very introverted. She found solace in reading and when she was a teen, she loved skating. During her teen years, she met Dane Ransom. He pursued her romantically and she fell deeply in love with him. Her marriage to Dane would not ease her abuse.

By Robin Squire on October 2, 2015 This is the most wonderfully entertaining and powerful book,written with great sensitivity, guts and feeling. I urge you to read it, it will enhance your life. 

By Amazon Customer on March 12, 2016 Format: Paperback I loved the book, you could really feel the pain, joy, and longing for someone to just love Dani, and the inner strength she had to overcome all of her trails and fears, this book is truly worth getting and reading, I feel you will enjoy it, as much as I did. 

By Anonymous A great read, captivating throughout, would definitely recommend!

By Simon Okill on Mar 18, 2015 To Dance With Ugly People by Lorene Stenson Hill is an inspirational and emotional drama of the life and times of Dani growing up fast from 5 years old. Told in diary format this remarkable story squeezes every drop of emotion from the reader without being preachy or overbearing. Well done to the author for tackling such a subject in a way that is totally unique. Very Highly Recommended! 

By John Lock (My First Publisher) on Aug 04, 2014 This is the sort of book that 'draws' you into the story. Written as a series of letters, it is a frank, sometimes harrowing story of a girl's life from her childhood through to her adult years. You will live the anxiety, fear, pain, laughter and fulfillment and it is easy to see how this reached No. 1 Best Seller in the African American/Women's Fiction genre. 

By Jenny Dunbar:  Lorene, writes and speaks from the heart with eminent pace and passion. To write with such moment requires a provenance that includes rich courage. That 'truth' is what moves the reader and the way that is woven into the language so effectively.  

By John Lock: (My first publisher) Trying to find the correct starting place to recommend Lorene is proving to be quite difficult. Do I start with her literary skills which have enabled her to write a very compelling novel?

Do I begin with her tireless efforts to promote and market her work? Or do I mention about the time, effort and dedication she applies in raising her grandchild? Despite her circumstances, she has still managed to write a realistic, down to earth story of a young girl growing into an adult with all the trials and tribulations that entails. To Dance With Ugly People is her first novel and reached No.1 Best Seller in the African-American Women's Fiction category. 

Her efforts to promote her work, whilst restricted with her family commitments, have been exemplary and if anybody deserves to be rewarded for her efforts then Lorene should be top of the list! 

To sum up Lorene Stunson-Hill, she has an amazing skill of accurately portraying life in her literary work. Her marketing efforts put most of us to shame, she knows what she wants and never loses focus on what she could achieve. If you read her novel you get the impression that the pain, anticipation, love, fear and despair may be borne out from personal experience, but it is a book that you will definitely want to finish.  

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Risks and challenges

I've written the book and published the book three times, searching for perfection, which takes determination and diligence. I need to hire seasoned professionals so I can take it to the next levels. I can't guarantee it will be a best seller, but it is a fascinating story. I can't guarantee the professional marketing will be successful nor that my Screenplay will be purchased and adapted into a movie.
Marketing has been a challenge, for me, and I have worked very hard. I've done everything that I have been able to do with my limited finances: Developed a website, had a book trailer done, developed business cards and more. I have joined endless groups, gathered emails, etc. I have marketed on all the social media outlets, in the US and UK and received excellent reviews but the reach still has been limited.

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