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I’m Writing A Book and AAHHHH! EXCITEMENT!

I can finally yell it from the rooftops. I AM WRITING A BOOK. I, Luvvie of House Ajayi, First of Her Name. Wearer of sick ass shoes and eater of rice. Giver of no dambs and thrower of epic shade and side-eye sorceress. I am writing a book and it’s called I’m Judging You, coming out in 2016. It will be a collection of side-eyes and lessons on life, culture and social media.

I signed my book deal with Henry Holt, one of the oldest publishers in the United States. They’re an imprint of Macmillan and I could not be giddier.

I announced it yesterday on Twitter after it was placed in Publisher’s Marketplace.

I have wanted to write a book for so long but I wasn’t ready, even when I was first approached to do one years go. I knew I was not in the place to write something good. Now I am.

When I was signing my contracts, I signed my signature twice: one in red ink and one in black. My literary agent, Michael, just shook his head and laughed at my extraness. He knows how it is. He was also subjected to my random “OMG OMG OMG” squeals as I did it. He didn’t judge me.

Luvvie Book Deal

But yeah, THIS IS SO SURREAL! It’s a real dream come true. It’s prayers answered and it’s a longtime coming.

Shoutout to my agent, Michael Harriot of Folio Literary Agency. Working with someone who gets my writing, finds value in it and trusts my vision is priceless. And props to my editor Allison Adler of Henry Holt, who understood the book I want to write and champions it. I’m really looking forward to working with her and giving y’all some goodness in book form.

And to YOU all. I love y’all. Over the years, your support has pushed me onward and upward. Thank you for showing me so much love. Thank you for reading my words, for sharing them, for laughing with me and for cheering me on. YOU are a big part of this deal for me. I have nothing but gratitude for my online community. We go together so tough, and I’ll make you proud with this book.

The dope folks of Tea and Breakfast wrote a piece excited about my announcement and that made me feel EXTRA love (Wayment! Does Awesomely Luvvie Have A Book Coming Out?). They even GIFFED me. It was the first time I’ve ever been giffed and I am so amused by it.



Anywho, the real work begins NOW. If I disappear for a couple of weeks this summer, it means I’ve quarantined myself somewhere to write. I cannot keep up the pace I’ve been at AND write these words on my deadline so I will be slowing down a little on the content here as I prioritize this project. But I won’t stop blogging.


This occasion calls for Brother Franklin because GOD IS GOOD ALLATAHM.

Pre-ordering of my book won’t be for a while but I will let you know the moment it’s ready. I NEED Y’ALL TO BUY MY BOOK WHEN IT COMES OUT NEXT YEAR! Pinky swear that you will!

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  1. May 15, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Awesome, awesome, awesome news! God just be out here spranklin’ blessings over you, and you dancing in the rain with no umbrella. I can’t wait for the dramatic book reading brunch party! <3

  2. Desmonae
    May 15, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Congratulations!!! Super excited for you, and so proud of you!!! I’ve been a fan of your blog for YEARS now, and I cannot wait to buy your book!

  3. Kellee S.
    May 15, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Can’t wait!!!!

  4. May 15, 2015 at 10:01 am

    This Jamaican LuvBug is HERE for ya, bae! I done told you on FB to SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY and I am so serious about it. I’ll be pre-ordering as soon as you drop that link. Congratulations, you have earned this and I know you and your team will knock it out of the park. While I wait, I’ll just rub this good ol’ JBCO onto my scalp so my edges are SKRONG by the time you’re ready to snatch them in 2016. Lol!

  5. May 15, 2015 at 10:03 am

    I am so very here for THIS !

    I TRIPPLE PINKY SWEAR on my edges (that are intact cause ima natural ghoul) that me an momandem will mos def purchase several copies of your book and hawk it like you are family (awe chlie you know my sister cousin wrote a book …she slays need to cop that ritenah)

  6. May 15, 2015 at 10:06 am

    the people DEMAND a library of Luvvie gifs!!! think of the epicness in my emails!!!!

    second: weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! much excite. very congrats! you are very inspiring to many of us.

  7. May 15, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Congrats once again on signing the book deal, super proud of you. I pinky swear, I will be purchasing the book when it comes out. Just make sure I get an autographed copy. I knew her when :). Have a wonderful summer, we’re all rooting for you.

  8. Margaret
    May 15, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Congrats, Luvvie!!! I’m ready to pre-order your book. Just let me know when! I hope your national book tour will be sponsored by Ralph Lauren and your book signings will take place in Ralph Lauren stores.

  9. May 15, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Congrats, Luvvie! WRITER OF BOOKS! I will be buying & reading!

  10. Elle
    May 15, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Congratulations Luvvie! At least writing this epic book will occupy you now that scandal is on a break 🙁
    And I think EVERY happy situation calls for a Brother Franklin video

  11. Lorna
    May 15, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Congratulations Luvvie!!!! Not only do I pinky swear, but I will add a “HellzYeah I’m buying your book!” to top it off, along with some Major Side Eye for even suggesting you have to ask. We got your back and you know we already camped out in front of Barnes & Noble and wearing our ‘We Heart Luvvie’ #Alphets just waiting for The Tea in Book Form to begin! #ImJudgingYou #Awesome

  12. MonMon
    May 15, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Congratulations! That’s awesome. Can’t wait to read it 🙂

  13. AnnetteS
    May 15, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Congratulations, Luvvie!

  14. Blackberry Molasses
    May 15, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    pure dopeness :)))))

  15. Z
    May 15, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Lurker here.. I most certainly will be buying your book and making all my friends do the same. So happy for you!!!

  16. deaduramilade
    May 15, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    I’m so excited, it feels like I’m the one who got a book deal.
    Please come to Lagos when you’re doing your book tour. So I can meet you and you can sign my book. 😀

  17. handstands
    May 15, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Congatulations, and jubilations luvvie. Can’t wait!

  18. notconvincedgranny
    May 15, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    *whips out fan and maxi skirt to do “Lawd we is free!” dance*

    You done gawn and got yours! Congratulations as the entire extended family celebrates you.

  19. BrandNew
    May 15, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Congrats Luvvie!!!! I will certainly be purchasing it and can’t wait to read it.

  20. May 15, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    WOW, isn’t that cool or GUAHT?!

    Zillion congrats! I’ll do my best to be on the alert for anyone travelling to the US when it’s out so they can gemme a copy 😉

  21. mobaygurl
    May 15, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    such fabulous news!!! congrats to you! I cannot wait!!!

  22. SIPort
    May 15, 2015 at 2:22 pm


    I can’t wait to read it, Luvvie.

    Many blessings to you. I know it will be terrific!

  23. Danni's mom
    May 15, 2015 at 2:29 pm


  24. a416Bajan
    May 15, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Luvvie girl you will get to the top of the NYT bestseller list!!
    With God’s blessings and grace and the loyalty of Luv Nation!!!

  25. MzCafe
    May 15, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    CONGRATS!!! Excited for you!! Can’t wait!!

  26. Dee
    May 15, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Congrats! Can’t wait till it comes out!

  27. emti
    May 15, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    I am so happy for you luvvie and so immensely proud! Can’t wait to pre-order and make my book club read it


  28. 1Chiq
    May 15, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Yassssssssssssssssss! Now I can live… I’ll definitely be reading this one dear!

  29. vanitaapplebum
    May 15, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Congratulations!!!! I have loved watching your journey over the years on this blog and your beautiful example of #blackgirlsthatcode. Maybe it should be #flyblackgirlsthatcode. LOL! Git it girl!!!!!! #onwardandupward

  30. heha
    May 15, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Yoooooooooooo!!!!!! So happy for you my sista! Will be dia lining up for your signature when the book tour starts. Up you!!!!

  31. Londa
    May 15, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    Awesome sauce!

  32. The Bunni
    May 15, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    I have come back from the dead (after being slain by Bro Franklin) to say YAAAAAASSSSSSSS!!!! Congrats girl!

  33. JanuaryBabe
    May 15, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    I have been begging you to write the damb book forever! Yass I will pre-order! Can’t wait! So very happy and proud of you!

  34. Lincoln
    May 16, 2015 at 12:50 am

    YAYAYAYAYAY!!! I pinky swear to buy it for real and for my Kindle. 🙂

    You win. All the kittens can go home now. This type of thing is what the internet is for. 🙂

  35. whilome
    May 16, 2015 at 7:14 am

    Yay!! Congrats and sharrup and take my money!

  36. Carlabox
    May 16, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Awesomely Luvvie needs to stop playing. She already be knowing that her stans are pre-ordering the pre-order lists so that we can have this book before the Janiecomelatelys try to ack like they knew her when. We are not here for none of them either. #puttingnameattopoflist. Hmpf!

  37. Shakira Harris
    May 16, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    This calls for a book release pordee!!! You know me and the rest of the folks who frequent this site will be there in our most fabulous garb! Can you imagine a building full of folks with absolutely NO chill in sight?! Good. Times.

  38. May 16, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    How exciting!’ Congrats and Here’s to many more amazing things to come!

  39. Biglilkim
    May 16, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    I am so very excited for you!!! Congrats dear!

  40. Ra
    May 17, 2015 at 7:57 am

    I will be buying this book.

    1) Because I know I will guffaw.

    2) Because dreams are made for grabbing. And you’re destined for even larger things. So I will continue to support your dreams, because this life you’re living is an inspiration.

    Peace and blessings!

  41. Jabria
    May 17, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    First things first: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Ok, now that I got that out my system congratulations! I’m so excited for you! I will definitely be preordering this book and directing those who know how much I love you and your blog to do so as well. Gah, I’m so excited! 2016, hurry up!

  42. howlingbanshee
    May 17, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    I am so here for Jesus saying “Yes” in Luvvie’s life right now.

  43. May 17, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    I cannot wait to buy my copy and get my life. I have two predictions about “I’m Judging You”:

    1) People are going to stare strangely at me on the subway due to my cackling whilst reading this book.

    2) You are going to be shouted out by Oprah… Whether on OWN or in her magazine. It’s going to happen!!

  44. tammy
    May 18, 2015 at 3:58 am

    Consider it ordered, read and loved! Congrats!!!!!! I can’t wait!

  45. Cleojonz
    May 18, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Congratulations Luvvie! I wish you every success in the world. Can’t wait to read the book. You KNOW you have to have a signed copy giveaway when it comes out 🙂 *wink *wink *hint *hint.

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  47. Islandista
    May 19, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Why am I teary? I’m so excited for you it’s like it happened to me!
    I can’t wait to pre-order! Can I get it on Kindle too?

  48. May 28, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    That is awesome, Luvvie! See what I did there? …Kinda…ne’er mind. 😛

  49. LaRita Whidby
    August 10, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Pinky swear as long as I can get it on Kindle.

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