C & B Book Industry News

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Troy of AALBC.com

Troy of AALBC.com


Troy of AALBC.com keeps you up to date on all that is new and interesting at AALBC.com. He also shares his unique perspective on the web, technology and how if related to publishing. He is the founder and webmaster of AALBC.com; one of the oldest and most frequently visited web sites dedicated to promoting African American literature.

New York, NY - Jay's Book Club has announced their partnership with Black Circle News, a print publication that focuses on empowerment issues.

New York, NY - Jay's Book Club has announced their partnership with Black Circle News, a print publication that focuses on empowerment issues.

(PRLEAP.COM) New York, NY - Jay’s Book Club has announced their partnership with Black Circle News, a print publication that focuses on empowerment issues.

Jay’s Book Club will have a column exclusively featuring, authors, writers, publishers and industry related products and services. The book club will be the Black Circle News’ exclusive resource for featuring lead stories, special features, special promotions and provide the newspaper subscribers with book reviews and special features on African Amercian Literature.

Book reviews will be rated exclusively by Jay’s Book Club and published accordingly. The rating system is on a scale of one to five stars, with five being the highest.

Publishers and Authors are encouraged to send review copies, press releases and/or promotional samples early enough to be place on the club’s suggested reading list. You may request to have the published work reviewed quicker, by requesting to have a priority review.

Other clubs, businesses, book store organizations team up with Jay’s Book Club to help provide the best possible services available to their club members, authors and publishers.

To become a reading member of Jay’s Book Club, you may post a new comment, with the words:
(I want to join Jay’s Book Club.) Membership is free.

Club focuses on African American Literature, with a five-star rating system. Priority book reviews can be provided with a small donation of $25.

Log on to Jay’s Book Club today at http://jaysbookreview.blogspot.com/

Harlem Book Fair - 2005

Harlem Book Fair - 2005

Save the Date: The Harlem Book Fair Events - July 20 - July 24th
Street Fair Saturday, July 23rd

Exhibitor Info: http://www.qbr.com/hbf/HBF05%20Vendor%20Registration%20FormHarlem.pdf

C & B Books 2005 Award Winning Authors at Queens Book Fair 2005 Posted by Picasa



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Queens, New York - Queens Book Fair 2005 featured in Newsday article "This book fair's for the self-published"

Queens, New York - Queens Book Fair 2005 featured in Newsday article "This book fair's for the self-published"

(PRLEAP.COM) Queens, New York - Queens Book Fair 2005 featured in Newsday article "This book fair’s for the self-published"

Queens, New York - Queens Book Fair April 30, 2005 featured in Newsday, May 3, 2005, article "This book fair’s for the self-published" New York City Edition Neigborhoods section pg. A52. Self-pubublished authors from around the country flocked the 2005 Queens Book Fair, along with with book lovers around the tri-state area. Queens Borough President Helen Marshall proclaimed the month of April as Book Month in Queens.

The Queens Book Fair presented a Power Networking Breakfast prior to the opening of the Queens Book Fair to "Connect the Dots" between Corporate, goverment, Small Businesses and the literary world.

The fair has generated local buzz for emphasizing the growing phenomenon of self-published African-American authors. The writers have seized mainstream publishers’ attention by independently printing small quantities of their work and controlling all of its creative and financial aspects.

The authors’ success hinges on marketing strategies as diverse as door-to-door sales, street vending and arranging book signings at popular restaurants or nightclubs. But before this year, only Harlem had established an annual book fair where writers are exposed to thousands of readers in one setting.

The Queens Book Fair attracted hundreds of people to Jamaica Market, and Piper and Rogers were counting on the event to introduce some writers to a bigger audience than they’ve ever enjoyed.

"It was packed," Rogers said. "And I was shocked. It was rainy and we didn’t think people would show up. But they still came out."

To some degree, the women are all about taking chances. They started their book business almost by accident a decade ago, while selling gift baskets and floral arrangements at the St. Nicholas of Tolentine Flea Market in Jamaica.

C & B Books Distribution began bringing used books from their own collections to sell at the market, selling out each week. A frequent customer soon asked if the pair could get their hands on books by other African-American authors.

"She asked how soon we could get them, and I said we’d have them for her the next Saturday," Rogers said. "And I thought, ‘I don’t know how I’m going to get these, but I’m going to find out.’"

Rogers, 44, not only supplied the requested books, but soon found herself fielding requests for work by other black writers. Within weeks, she and Piper were visiting distributor warehouses that stacked dozens of titles from tiny imprints around the country.

By 2001, the women sensed a revolution stirring in the African-American literary community. Sister Souljah’s 1999 cautionary coming-of age novel "The Coldest Winter Ever" had reinvigorated an urban-literature market that had hibernated for decades, provoking a new generation of black writers to eschew the mythic glamour of drugs and violence.

Other genres took shape around the same time, including revenge melodramas, romance thrillers and inspirational memoirs about overcoming abuse, addiction and lives of crime.

"It’s a whole industry booming within an industry," said Angela Wallace, whose self-published novel, "Secret Dramas," earned acclaim for its unique hybrid of soap opera and mob intrigue. "[Writers] are implementing their own imprints. As a result of that, they’re bringing other black authors in under their umbrella. I think mainstream publishing is noticing that."

Brenda Piper and Carol Rogers established their own tiny umbrella on the Internet in 2002. In March 2002 Mr. Phil Andrews joined C & B Books as its Public Relations Director to strengthen C & B Books brand name recognition in the literary community. C&B Books Distribution eventually opened its first physical location at the Jamaica Market in October and introduced its newest location in a compact corner store in Flushing in January.

The partners built their stock through consignment deals with self-published authors, advising writers through labor-intensive processes such as mission statements, cover design, press releases and book signings.

While she tirelessly provides encouragement and advice, Piper, 53, insists that no book will sell without its author’s own follow-through.

"They have to be willing to get out," she said. "They can’t just drop their book at the store and expect the stores to sell their book. We support authors through C & B Books authors club which promotes self-published authors.

But the women treat the Queens Book Fair like a community service as much as they do a business endeavor.

The event, which offered seminars and workshops for published and unpublished writers alike, kicked off with a networking breakfast to help forge partnerships in New York’s independent literary scene. Readers had the chance to meet and solicit advice from their favorite authors, as well.

"Harlem and Brooklyn, they already have their recognition - even the Bronx," Piper said. "Queens was very low-key, and it’s just starting to blossom."
To be placed on our email list for upcoming book fair or to join our authors club you may log on to our web site at www.cbbooksdistribution.com or you may email us at cbbookdist@aol.com.

C. Renee West Author of book "Caught in the Struggle" Posted by Picasa

C & B B Books 2005 Female Author of the Year

C & B B Books 2005 Female Author of the Year
Title of Book "Caught in the Struggle"

C. Rene West, a veteran correction officer on Rikers for 13 years earned the stripes to tell the true tale of Rikers. Her positions as a Wardens Assistant, Drill Instructor and officer took her through the depths of the belly of the beast answering our many questions of jail life. Currently, she is working on her 3rd novel and completing her Bachelors in Psychology. To order C. Rene West book "Caught in the Struggle" log on to C & B Books at www.cbbooksdistribution.com

Simone Kelly's new book Jack of All Trades, Master of None? Posted by Hello

Simone Kelly's new book "Jack of All Trades, Master of None"?

Simone Kelly's new book "Jack of All Trades, Master of None"?
Order your copy today of Simone Kelly's new book "Jack of All Trades, Master of None?

"Jack of All Trades Master of None, helps people tap into their highest business potential in an entertaining and exciting way. Simone's down to earth approach takes the complexities out of marketing and makes it fun and easy to get positive results!”
Natasha Haughton, Business and Lifestyle Coach

About The Book:
It doesn't matter if you are a seasoned professional or just starting out, entrepreneurial success can be yours!

• Are you a business owner or someday hope to be?
• Do you have one to many “side hustles” and have problems focusing on the right one?

“Jack of All Trades, Master of None?” will help you identify your true passion first, and then apply proven strategies to develop your business.This crucial first step can help you eliminate becoming a “Jack of All Trades and Master of None!”

With marketing expert, Simone Kelly’s insightful and straightforward business advice, you will learn to:
• Discover what you truly enjoy doing and begin to focus on it
• Uncover and conquer the fears that have been holding you down
• Think like a marketer even if you don’t have a business background
• Master the art of relationship building
• Unleash your creative spirit and use it to promote your business.

To order your copy today log on to http://www.1shoppingcart.com/app/?af=255934

Black Writers Reunion & Conference July 14, 2005

On July 14, 2006, the long-awaited, much-anticipated Black Writers Reunion & Conference returns!!

We are now accepting proposals for workshops and lectures to be presented during this two-day event which is being held at the Omni Park West Hotel in Dallas, Texas. We are particularly interested in workshops that offer hands-on writing or other engaging activities.

The temporary pages currently at http://www.blackwriters.org offer testimonials from attendees at past events, links to select sponsors' sites, and a link to our workshop proposal application form. The official site will be launched between now and July 13, 2005.

In the meantime, if you are looking for a writers conference to attend this year, consider the Detroit Literary Entrepreneur Awards & Writers Conference being held August 26-28, 2005. Visit their website at http://www.mllbnetwork.com/metrodetroitliteraryawards.html for more information. You can also vote for your favorite authors at http://www.mllbnetwork.com/awardsvote.html.

Thanks for your time.

Warmest regards,

Tia Shabazz

Black Writers Reunion & Conference 2006

Friday, July 14 - Saturday, July 15, 2006

Omni Dallas Park West Hotel, Dallas, Texas


Sponsored by Black Writers United & Pentouch LLC
Pentouch LLC: http://www.pentouch.com/
Black Writers United: http://www.pentouch.com/bwu.html

New York, New York - Self-Publishing Symposium: Stradegies for Success! October 22, 2005

The Self-Publishing Symposium: Strategies for Success!

Saturday, October 22, 2005, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY.

Mark your calendars, plan to attend and prepare to Learn. Network. Grow!

Whether you’re a seasoned independent publisher, self-publisher or an author on the path to self-publishing, this symposium is for you!

Here are just a few of the many benefits of attending:

Network with publishers from across the country

Decipher the challenges facing the marketplace
Understand what it is to be a ‘brand’
Find out what’s necessary to build a lucrative publishing enterprise
Discover best practices for finances, marketing, promotions and public relations
Realize the trends shaping the industry and how they impact your business
Don’t miss this compelling opportunity!

For more information and to register visit www.aspicomm.com/events.html. 10% early bird registration discount available before August 1, 2005. Register today!

Event sponsored by Black Issue Book Review and The Network Journal Magazine.

Renee Flagler

Aspicomm Media


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