Okay so I’m already having a hard time shutting up about the release of my first poetry book, but I just want to yell a bit more.
“a black and white rainbow” will, as stated above, be available for purchase on February 24th. I’ll be releasing an ebook version as well and that will be available the very next day for $9.00. Also, if you buy the print version first, you can get the ebook for $1.99! I’m in the process of reaching out to expanded distribution channels so anyone interested in the book can find a copy in their local bookstore. The ebook version is slightly edited so tablets and cellphones will support the text itself. Because of this, I highly recommend purchasing a print copy for yourself and taking advantage of the lowered ebook cost so you can experience both works. The ebook version of “a black and white rainbow” will also have Kindle Book Lending available. This way, you can share the book with other people that want to read it without them paying a penny.
I have pledged to donate 20% of all income gained from this book to LGBT organizations in South Carolina with the possibility of expanding into the Georgia and North Carolina regions, depending on the amount of books sold. The ebook version will have an additional $0.03 charge along with it. This charge will allow for less of your own money going to Amazon and more coming directly to me, the author, which ultimately results in more money being donated.
“a black and white rainbow” is essentially my story. Some of you may have read in my previous posts my coming out story. I grew up in a very religious household, went to church, and attended a private Christian school. These conditions tend to be incredibly unhealthy for LGBTQ youth, especially if they’re in a typically conservative area. Families and friends can become emotionally, mentally, or physically abusive to children and teens who identify within the LGBTQ community. This has become more common than not receiving some kind of hate for who you are. It’s the sad reality of LGBTQ youth, and I’m telling my story so I can help change that.
With my story out in the world, I’m encouraging LGBTQ youth to be happy with who they are and love themselves unconditionally. I am a rock for the youth of my area. I am here now, and I’m going to fight for LGBTQ acceptance in the south. Through my story, I am going to educate oppressors while lifting up my community. By the time I’m dead, I want my community parading the very street I grew up on. I want boys to be able to hold other boys’ hands and girls to kiss other girls’ lips in public. What I want to see is a completely normal thing become, well, normalized.
I’m planning a book tour for July and August of 2018. This is still incredibly underdeveloped, therefore I can’t give out any details yet. However, as soon as I have a few meet-ups planned, They’ll be released immediately. They’ll be completely free of charge. You don’t even have to own a copy of my book. I want to meet more of the LGBTQ community in my area and the bordering states. My ultimate goal is to connect with people and spread more love. I’ll be fulfilled if I only get to make a change in one person’s life and never make a single dollar.
Marnie L. Mercer’s poetry book “a black and white rainbow” will be available on Amazon and other expanded distribution channels February 24th, 2018. For updates on her work, visit her Twitter.