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How Deesha Philyaw Built Her Writing Career From the Ground Up—and Landed a 7-Figure Book Deal

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author signed a with Mariner Books in September for her debut novel, The True Confessions of First Lady Freeman, and another short story collection called Girl, Look.

A seven-figure book deal is very impressive. But anyone who knows Philyaw knows that she has the hustle it takes to make writing a business.

In 2011, when I was a baby content writer looking to make a decent side hustle out of the only thing that I’ve ever been really good at, Philyaw taught me lots of tips and tricks—and always told me to never accept less than I’m worth.

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