A note from Zelda: One of my philosophies is that you haven’t finished your work until an audience receives it.

To that end, in 2006 I started my own publishing company LaVenson Press after acquiring my novel Cold Running Creek from Simon & Schuster. Two years later the novel won a Black Caucus of The American Library Association Finalist Award and was the Text in Community Read for all incoming students at North Carolina A&T University. I went on to publish my novel Fifth Born II: The Hundredth Turtle which was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and has had excerpts published in Chautauqua, Obsidian, the North Carolina Literary Review, and SouthWrit Large.

I tell you this because as writers we haven’t finished our work until we have delivered the work to its anonymous audience that anxiously awaits the food, medicine and kinship of our words. Sometimes this means creating the vehicle for delivering that work to its audience.

My latest book, The Soul of The Full-Length Manuscript acts as creative companion for those with or without writing experience. It is designed to take the psychological “stuff” that has been making a mess of your life and use it to make art, to seek closure (temporary or perhaps permanent) all the while producing a full-length work of fiction, poetry or memoir. 

I look forward to connecting with you, via our creative works.

 Titles by Zelda Lockhart:

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