A Pause Before the New Year Approaches


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In September I released two projects of which I’m extremely proud: PĂ©inate: Hair Battles Between Latina Mothers & Daughters, and Declaraciones: the Zine.

I’m in love with these covers!!

Both are beautifully designed and feature some amazing talents. Promoting these has been difficult–when you’re a small operation like La Pluma Y La Tinta, you can’t afford to just take out ads and whatnot–and wrangling the 20+ authors who contributed to both pieces has been a chore the likes I wasn’t prepared for. It seems the more I work with other authors, the more I realize what a selfish, bratty, inconsiderate bunch we are. Still, I push on.

Every year around this time I contemplate shutting down my literary organization, and trust me I have a million legit reason why I should/can/would. Instead I’m going to sit back, take a deep breath, and then plan out a smooth 2019 season that depends less on those who tend to lack follow-through skills, and more on myself, my brand, my work, and what I can contribute to my communities.


In the meantime, I’d love your support for La Pluma y La Tinta: sign up for our mailing list | buy a book (or review it on Amazon) | attend an event

It all means more than you know.

Raquel Ivelisse

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