The Birth of a Daughter

By on Jun 16, 2013 in Poetry and Prose | 0 comments

A night of flirting with dreams began a love affair with hypotheses.  She was conceived.  I carried her in my soul incubating her and keeping her safe from the world we know; one of harsh truths, missed blessings, and harbored resentment.  She dwelled in me until there was no longer room inside. When she was born to me years ago, she was everything an infant is – small, fragile, needy.  I was all that a mother can be – attentive, nurturing, protective.  As she grew, she began to know herself and carve out her identity.  I had my ideas but she’d become something separate from me and conversely what I wanted didn’t always fit who she was. We struggled. We debated. We understood.  More than that we grew.  I matured in the shadow of her growth.  It was the metamorphosis of me, through her. She is my first daughter. Dorchester’s...

From Word Doc to Paperback

By on Jun 16, 2013 in Resources | 6 comments

For many people, who see the finished product on the shelves of local bookstores, department stores, or web retailers, the process is a mystery. Publishing is the process of production; making information available to the general public. Traditionally, the term refers to the distribution of printed works such as books and newspapers. A book publisher takes a manuscript from a Word document to retail readiness – steps along the way include; acquisition, copyediting, graphic design, marketing/distribution, and sales. Acquisition is the act of sourcing new material for the purpose of production. Depending on the press, acquisitions are either solicited or unsolicited. Submissions sent directly to a publisher are referred to as unsolicited submissions, and the majority come from unpublished authors. Many book publishing companies prefer to solicit their works and maintain a strict “no...

Hello and Welcome

By on Jun 9, 2013 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

 Welcome! Founded in 2009,  The Dorchester’s Daughter Project seeks to celebrate and amplify marginalized voices through story.  The Dorchester’s Daughter Project helps writers to produce and publish blogs, novels, essays, memoirs, and poetry compilations that reflect a more prolific, conscious message.  In addition, in our role as an urban literacy think tank, we seek to collaborate with community organizations committed to increasing literary in marginalized communities. At the heart of our philosophy is the notion that marginalized communities ought to own their voice. By encouraging others to discover and refine their personal writing style, we create a counter narrative that speaks louder than the existing voice in today’s media.  Our belief in self-expression as a key to being heard also extends to reading.  One can develop a passion for reading when they are given a...