Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah on Oprah’s OWN

I just found this short video that Oprah recent­ly did on Emmanuel Ofo­su Yeboah, the sub­ject of my man­u­script ONE IS ENOUGH. I’ve been work­ing on this sto­ry, in some form, since I first heard about it in 2005, and I still find it inspir­ing. I hope you will, too.

An Update on Emmanuel Ofo­su Yeboah

Three years after Emmanuel’s Gift was released, Emmanuel Ofo­su Yeboah shares an update on how his life has changed since that time. Find out about Emmanuel’s sports acad­e­my, his pas­sion for soc­cer, his fam­i­ly and how he’s changed the lives of mil­lions of peo­ple in Ghana.

If you’d like to read more about Emmanuel and his mis­sion or find out how you can help, please vis­it his foun­da­tion’s web page here.
You can also read about him:

in this book

or this documentary.

Good news: ONE IS ENOUGH won an award!

In my last post, I was so busy gush­ing about the con­fer­ence awe­some­ness I for­got to men­tion the best news of all!
My man­u­script for ONE IS ENOUGH, a pic­ture-book biog­ra­phy about Emmanuel Ofo­su Yeboah, was one of those nom­i­nat­ed for the SCBWI West­ern Wash­ing­ton 2010 Out­stand­ing Work-in-Progress awards! Here’s the offi­cial slide:

This award is giv­en by the fac­ul­ty man­u­script con­sul­tants, who select their favorite manuscripts–those they feel show the most promise of being even­tu­al­ly published–for the hon­or. I am espe­cial­ly tick­led because my con­sul­ta­tion was with an edi­tor I real­ly like per­son­al­ly who works for a pub­lish­ing imprint whose list I would be incred­i­bly hon­ored to be a mem­ber of. Bet­ter yet, her revi­sion notes make per­fect sense to me. Of course, I still have to find a way to imple­ment them.
Con­grat­u­la­tions to all of the hon­orees! Now let’s get back to our key­boards, use what we’ve learned to pol­ish those man­u­scripts until they shine, and then sum­mon the courage to send them out into the world. I’ll be keep­ing my fin­gers crossed!