Indie Author Angel Hilson's Quest to Find Her Place in the Publishing Industry
Atlanta, GA May 17, 2018 Debut author, Angel Hilson is excited to announce the release of her new contemporary romance, ELECTRIC IMPULSE - Love, Life & Sex, out June 19th. But just as her novel is a story worth reading, so too is the journey to founding her own small literary press.
“Free at last!” she recounts. “These words hung over my head in a thought bubble as I happily packed up my desk and left my tiny corporate cubicle for the last time.” Inspired by the tidal wave unleashed by E.L. James, she set off to live her dream and make a splash of her own.
A year later, Angel had written a New Adult novel and queried choice agents with the hopes of getting signed. When the agent that topped her list of must-haves requested the manuscript, she was over the moon. In her enthusiasm, she delved in, learning as much as she could about this dream agent.
But what she found, she wished she had not.
"NO AFRICAN AMERICAN was listed in bold lettering under works to never, under any circumstances send. But that is exactly who I am, and it was what I wrote," she says. She had committed the mortal sin of writing romance starring non-white characters. The unexpected find knocked her off her equilibrium. Angel admits, it was a time of deep reflection and self-doubt. It came as no surprise, when she received the decisive no.
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