Friday, December 31, 2010
Seg-book-gation - with a new twist
Author Millenia Black predicts a positive paradigm shift out of the ashes of seg-book-gation
Heppy New Year, y'all!
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Washington Post's Express crowns the best books of 2010
Where are mine, I ask? LOL!
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Saturday, October 09, 2010
Independent publisher Akashic Books successfully competes on its own terms
Akashic's Johnny Temple to the publishing industry: "Keep up!"
Saturday, October 02, 2010
Sunday, September 05, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Here's my two-part Examiner piece on her and her new book:
TRUE BLOOD's Tanya Wright reaches new audiences with a debut novel
TRUE BLOOD's Tanya Wright: Expanding the artist's repertoire
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
The incendiary immigration debate flared white hot when Arizona’s infamous SB 1070 law took effect last Thursday. Even somewhat defanged by a judge’s ruling, the strict, sweeping measure aimed at illegal immigrants remains a lightning rod in a debate, the ripples of which permeate even the most unlikely parts of American society. Even artistic expression. Latino author Raul Ramos y Sanchez knows this all too well.
Saturday, July 03, 2010
With the new John Paul Stevens biography, timing is everything
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Here are the alpha and omega of that experience:
BEA: Day One
BEA: Day 2. Wendy Robbins, empowerment, and making connections
BEA: A personal perspective
Monday, May 03, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Novelist Jacqueline Winspear at Politics and Prose in DC
Monday, April 05, 2010
Apple sold 300,000 iPads sold on April 3, its launch day. This, Apple proudly crowed in a press release today. Not bad for a device that lists from $499-$829, depending on the desired available gigabytes.
Before the iPad’s highly awaited debut, the buzz had begun concerning how the iPad would stack up against e-readers in general and to Kindle, the Moby Dick of e-readers, in particular.
iPad versus Kindle: To believe or not to believe the hype?
Saturday, March 20, 2010
The hunger for political books remains as strong as ever
Sunday, March 07, 2010
The late E. Lynn Harris to deliver posthumous beach read
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
DON'T BRING HOME A WHITE BOY: Reframing loyalty
February 2, 2010: DON'T BRING HOME A WHITE BOY explores why black women just say no to interracial love
DON'T BRING HOME A WHITE BOY explores why black women just say no to interracial love
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
My sister Chrissy Love is a radio personality in The Bahamas – and a certified patchouli-wearing hippie. Where I’m tightly wound, she is loose as a goose. Probably comes from living in the land of endless sunshine, pristine beaches, and Bacardi Gold. Whenever I stress about the possibility of something going belly up, she tells me that I must relax and affirm a positive outcome. I’m generally not a relaxer and affirmer; I am more of a planner and a strategizer. Lately, though, I am beginning to think that she has the solution for the author who always seems like that dog that keeps chasing its tail. And we all know what George Clinton said about that.
But back to relaxing and affirming a positive outcome. For almost a year now, I’ve been covering the publishing industry for Examiner.com. I do this in my effort to understand an industry that had stymied me. Almost a year later, rather than having the answers, I only have more questions. Mostly though, while covering the writing careers of others, I speculate about my own in this context and wonder if all of my efforts meant to further said career have any traction somewhere.
I try to use the success of others whose struggles are similar to mine as some kind of a barometer. The rationale for this comes from Tony Robbins, the motivational speaker who says that successful role models are closer than you think. Take my girl Karyn Langhorne Folan. She wrote an editorial for The Washington Post almost three years ago on Loving Day, June 12. That led to her latest joint Don't Bring Home a White Boy and Other Notions that Keep Black Women from Dating Out, which drops February 2nd. She announced on Facebook that she and her book will be featured in April’s Essence magazine. Talk about the Role Model Next Door. She and other authors that I know who have recently sold work help me to keep hope alive.
As I was headed off to The Plantation – aka, work – on the train last month, I was reading The Washington Post Express, the free paper available to commuters. As I usually do, I skipped to the back of the paper and read my horoscope. Usually, horoscopes are very vague and nebulous, like Nostradamus predictions. This one though from December 8 spoke to me:
While someone close to you may be rocketing to the top, don’t let yourself be discouraged because you have a longer curve.
For this reason – at least concerning my writing career – my sister’s earthy-crunchy advice resonates. Because the signs in the heavens and on earth tell me that if I stay the course, relax, and affirm a positive outcome, I might just get it.