My Great Query News + Nudge DIY + Poetry by Jerrice J. Baptiste

6 min readApr 11, 2024
Jerrice J. Baptiste is a poet, educator and facilitator of poetry for healing and self-expression.

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Omg! Omg! Omg! My fingers are dancing across this keyboard as I write to you! Finally a bit of validation that the first of my three novels is as marketable as I hoped. After a concerted search and query campaign for a wonderful literary agent, one has asked to check out the full manuscript for Flamenco & the Sitting Cat — yay!!!

Much of the discussion over whether to self-publish or to go the traditional route does itself a disservice. Often, it mashes together anything involving words and pages. Seldom does the conversation distinguish non-fiction from fiction, and literary from genre, genre from niche.

To my inexperienced eye, self-publishing stardom belongs to non-fiction and narrow fiction genres. It’s easier for them to top of internet searches without…