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BET Author Vincent Alexandria selected as panelists for Self-Published Authors Symposium

Harlem, New York - BET Author Vincent Alexandria selected as panelists for Self-Published Authors Symposium March 2006

Harlem, New York - BET Author Vincent Alexandria selected as panelists for Self-Published Authors Symposium March 2006. The Self-Published Authors Symposium will be held on March 12, 2006 at the Schomberg Center in Harlem, New York. Vincent Alexandria is an author, actor, producer, director, composer, lyricist, screenwriter, vocalist, and musician. He holds a Masters degree in literature at Baker University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rockhurst College . He is the founder of the Brother 2 Brother African-American Male Literary Symposium. Its mission is to enlighten men and women in reading and comprehension to enhance their quality of life. Having nationally published authors show a commitment to their communities and give back to their readers in gratitude of what they have done for them and their careers.

He has completed three murder detective mystery novels, “Postal Blues,” and “Black Rain,” which is due out this year and his first novel, “If Walls Could Talk”, which he is in negotiations for a movie deal. Vincent Alexandria also wrote the movie script, (Walls of Deception). He has completed his first poetry book, “Poetry from the Bottom of My Heart,” released May 2004.

He’s received numerous awards for outstanding service as a volunteer with the Boys and Girls Club of America. He has received Proclamations and Resolutions from the Governor, Senate, and House-of-Representative of the state of Atlanta and Missouri as-well-as the Mayor of Kansas City. He is the recipient of the “Time Well Spent Award” from the United Minority Media Association (UMMA), December 2003 for volunteer work for the betterment of the Kansas City community to enhance the quality of life for others.

He has received two awards for Best Murder Mystery novels 2002 from The Sistah Circle Book Club, Dallas , Texas for “If Walls Could Talk” and “Postal Blues.” He has received a Service Award from the United Minority Media Association (UMMA) for Time Well Spent 2003 for his service to the Kansas City Community promoting Literacy.

He is the owner of We Must X-L, Inc., a Promotional and Marketing company. He creates events that build self-esteem, reinforces teamwork, and encourages open speech. He has written, produced and directed three musical stage plays, "His Eyes Are On The Sparrow", "The Changing of an Uncle Tom", & "If She Only Knew." He is a man with a vision to unify African Americans and epitomizes the role of communicator, not as one who merely entertains his audience, but informs, and inspires it!

The Self-Published Symposium will be attracting authors nationwide on March 12, 2006 at the Schomberg Center. Authors will be participating from the following areas around the country; Detroit, MI, Gary, Indiana, Ingle wood, CA, Highland Park, MI, Washington, DC, Atlanta, GA, Birmingham, AL, New Orleans, LA, Baltimore, MD, Jacksonville, Fl, Norfolk, VA, New York, NY, Chicago, IL, Philadelphia, PA, Los Angeles, CA, Houston, TX, Memphis, TN, Dallas, TX, Cleveland, OH, Cincinnati, OH, Milwaukee, WI, ST Louis,
MO, and Buffalo, NY. and Hempstead, Long Island.

Vickie Stringer, Author/Owner, Triple Crown Publications, often dubbed, the Queen of Urban Fiction, will share her expertise with attendees at the upcoming Self-Publishing Symposium: Strategies for Success! March 12, 2006 at the Schomberg Center Harlem, New York.

In addition, Stringer will also moderate a panel discussion that is set to address some of the major trends and issues surrounding the self-publishing industry. Stringer who harbors a profound passion for helping others contacted Renee Flagler of Aspicomm Media after seeing
an ad for the event in the September - October issue of Black Issues Book Review.

Flagler immediately revamped the agenda to include an opportunity for Stringer to speak to the audience stating, "Vickie Stringer represents the epitome of successful self-publishing. Her contribution to this event will not only add to an already impressive line-up of speakers, but will additionally offer tremendous value for all who attend."

The self-publishing industry has experienced phenomenal growth over the past few years with some self-published authors gaining recognition beyond that of many mainstream authors. As the industry continues to grow there is an increasing need for access to market information and resources.

The symposium, which is focused completely on the business of self-publishing, was designed to offer a forum for the exchange of
essential information in an environment that is conducive to learning and networking. Authors and publishers will come away with skills and possibly new alliances that can help grow successful enterprises.

8:00 am - 8:30 am Breakfast & Registration
8:30 am - 9:00 am Welcome Address
9:00 am - 10:00 am Keynote - Vickie Stringer - How to Succeed in the
Publishing Game
10:00 am - 10:45 am Session I - To Sell or Not To Sell
10:45 am - 11:00 am Break
11:00 am - 11:45 am Session II - Distribute And Get Paid
11:45 am - 12:30 pm Session III - Rising Above the Masses
(Marketing,Promotions & Publicity
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Awards Luncheon
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm Session IV - Targeted Success by Market
2:15 pm - 3:00 pm Session V - Access to Capital & Smart Money
Management (Small Business Administration)
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm Break
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm Panel Discussion - Hot Button Topics Led by Vickie
4:15 pm - 5:00 pm Closing Reception

S'Indie Awards
Submit your title for the first annual S'Indie Awards

Self/Independent Publisher Awards) at the Self-Publishing Symposium. The purpose of the awards is to provide additional exposure to the
works by African-American independent and self-publishers and authors and to honor their contribution to the market. Decisions will be
based on literary excellence, quality, production and originality in the following categories:

Best Poetic Collection
Best Anthology
Best Fiction
Best Non-fiction
Best Spiritual/Inspirational
Best Cover Design
Best Children's Work
Trailblazer Award - recognizing a publisher for significant contributions and accomplishments in the independent publishing arena

For submissions, send two copies the work to be entered along with a brief synopsis, author bio, and category of choice. To qualify for
the Trailblazer award, please submit publisher/author bio and outline
of notable contributions and accomplishments. Example (number of books in print, awards received, special reviews or other
recognition)."Please note: Only registered attendees are eligible to
enter submissions for the S'Indie Awards!

Resource Directory
Calling all publishers, agents, publicists, editors, designers and
other industry professionals! Advertise and list your company
information in the Self-Publishing Symposium Resource Directory! Call
(516) 642-5976 for rates and information.

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

When and Where
March 12, 2006
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10037

Registration fee $150.00

For sponsorship information, and registration details contact Renee
Flagler at 516-642-5976. Log on to http://www.aspicomm.com/Events.html and click on events link for complete registration details and more information.

Phil Andrews PR Director for Self-Published Authors Symposium http://www.papublicrelations.com/ *PUBLIC RELATIONS SERVICES *
Releases * Events log on to www.papublicrelations.com

Contact Name: phillipandrews
Contact Email: phil.andrews@papublicrelations.com


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