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Author Evolving: That time I had to get all new ISBN’s

As a businesswoman, I’ve known for a long time that to be successful, change is necessary. The same applies to be being a multi-book author–change is inevitable, and it’s part of growth and evolution. My ultimate goal has always been to take my publishing house, Make A Way Media, to a national level. With this […]

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Banishing Book Deserts in the Louisville Community

For many years, Make A Way Media has worked hard to spread a love of reading and emphasize the importance of diverse stories and characters through publishing and distributing our work. It’s been my mission and passion to create and share stories that will resonate with kids from all walks of life and socioeconomic statuses. […]

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This is Me

This is me. Back when my hair was done. Back when one of my best friends and I could steal away on a Saturday afternoon and take silly pictures at a bookstore. Back when I got dressed every day and carried a purse. My name is Deedee Cummings, and I don’t think I’ve ever introduced […]

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Being Genuine: Candid Conversations about Race

Recently, I was lucky enough to have this thoughtful email appear in my inbox. Hi Deedee, I wondered if I could ask for your advice? Amy and I would like to responsibly and sensitively address the protests and the need for white people to educate themselves with books. We were thinking about inviting a black […]

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Tomatoes and Writing Books: Try, try again

You don’t know how magical these little berries in my hand actually are. Well, they’re not berries. They’re tomatoes. Or they will be anyway. I have tried to get tomatoes now for exactly four years. My family and I moved to our new home four years ago and one of my goals was to garden […]

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Supporting Black-Owned Bookstores

Post COVID-19 and the amplification on #BlackLivesMatter, I had read that independently-owned bookstores were flourishing after nearly being ignored into extinction. I think that speaks to the heart, dedication, uniqueness, and passion of the owners who have fought to keep these much-needed parts of communities afloat. Despite all of the setbacks that 2020 has offered, […]

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