Amazon Announces Sixth Annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award
One Grand Prize winner will be chosen by Amazon customers and receive a publishing contract with Amazon Publishing, with a $50,000 advance
Finalists will be chosen in five categories—general fiction, mystery/thriller, romance, science fiction/fantasy/horror, and young adult fiction—and receive publishing contracts with Amazon Publishing
SEATTLE—December 4, 2012—Amazon.com today begins an exciting new chapter in the annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA), the contest in search of the next great voices in popular fiction. Starting January 14, authors can enter the contest in one of five categories—general fiction, mystery/thriller, romance, science fiction/fantasy/horror, and young adult fiction—for the chance to win a publishing contract with Amazon Publishing. A finalist will be chosen in each category, and a Grand Prize winner will then be selected by Amazon customers and receive a $50,000 advance. The remaining finalists will also receive a publishing contract with Amazon Publishing, with a $15,000 advance.
This year’s ABNA contest is open to unpublished and self-published English-language novels, which can be submitted from January 14, 2013 through January 27, 2013. The five finalists will be announced on May 21, and the Grand Prize winner will be announced during a special ceremony at Amazon headquarters in Seattle in June.
“Over the past five years, the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award has helped thousands of authors realize their dream of writing a novel, while connecting them with their peers as well as readers and giving them the opportunity to be discovered,” said Nader Kabbani, Vice President of CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing. “We’re excited to evolve the contest this year to recognize talented aspiring authors in even more genres, with bigger advances, more winners, and quickly bring the winning novels to readers around the world.”
Up to 10,000 eligible entries will be accepted for the ABNA contest this year. The top 400 entries from each category will advance to the second round. Amazon reviewers will then read excerpts of the entries and narrow the pool to 100 titles in each category. In the subsequent round, reviewers from Publishers Weekly will read, review and rate the full manuscripts to find the top five semi-finalists for each category. Amazon Publishing editors will then choose a finalist in each of the five categories. In the final stage of the contest, Amazon.com customers will vote for a Grand Prize winner.
“At Amazon Publishing we love introducing readers to outstanding books,” said Daphne Durham, Editor-in-Chief, Amazon Publishing. “We’re thrilled to be a part of ABNA this year, and look forward to the chance to build these books into best sellers.”
CreateSpace, an Amazon company, will again this year host the contest entry platform, which includes a community for authors that will keep them up-to-date on the contest and help them prepare their entries.
Amazon Publishing is the publishing arm of Amazon.com. Amazon Publishing’s West Coast Group includes imprints AmazonEncore, AmazonCrossing, Montlake Romance, Thomas & Mercer and 47North. Amazon Publishing’s East Coast Group publishes adult trade, children’s and young adult titles. For more information about all imprints of Amazon Publishing, visit www.amazon.com/amazonpublishing. Amazon Publishing is a brand used by Amazon Content Services, LLC.
For the complete Official Rules for the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and more information about the contest, please visit www.amazon.com/abna.
Help Raise 1000 Books for the Boys and Girls Club of Cobb County!
What: Collecting Children’s Books and Pajamas
When: December 14, 2012 3-5pm
Where: 785 Fontaine Rd, Austell GA, 30126
November 9 & 10, 2012
Hostos Community College Bronx NY
If you’re interested in facilitating a workshop click here http://bit.ly/mlc12 to download the RFP
The Mosaic Literary Conference is an inspiring and unique grassroots conference planned, produced, and promoted in partnership with local cultural organizations and educators. Its focus is simple —to educate, empower, and reconnect this generation of educators, parents, and students to the power of books and reading. The conference invites some of the most innovative educators and literary artists to facilitate literature workshops to an audience of teachers and administrators.
The conference is produced by The Literary Freedom Project. LFP is a 501c3 tax-exempt nonprofit arts organization that seeks to restore the importance of reading books as an essential tool for creating intelligent, productive, and engaged young people. Towards this goal, LFP publishes Mosaic Literary Magazine; develops literature-based lesson plans; and hosts the Mosaic Literary Conference, an annual literature-education event.
Event details to come.
Download or view the 2nd Annual Baltimore Urban Book Festival Weekend Schedule here.
Chris Hicks, AAMBC and The Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park
2nd annual Baltimore Urban Book Festival Sunday May 6, 2012 at 1pm-8pm,
at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park,
1417 Thames St, Baltimore MD 21231.
Celebrating Baltimore’s FIRST and ONLY book festival focusing on African American literature.
GENERAL ADMISSION 5.00
ALL KIDS/HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE FREE!!!!
ALL REGISTERED BOOK CLUBS ARE FREE ADMISSION!!!!
AUTHOR TABLES ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE!!!!!
Visit our website to register and purchase at www.baltimoreurbanbookfestival.com
Featuring some of the country’s most influential bestselling authors; Omar Tyree, T. Styles, JM Benjamin, Jimmy Da Saint, Kiki Swinson, Miss KP, Tamika New House, Trice Hickman, Nicola Mitchell, Chris Hicks, Ladawn Black,Moses Miller, Nikki Turner,Booker T Mattison
– AAMBC Awards Ceremony honoring this years top performing authors
-Omar Tyree lecture and book signing,
-Chocalate Chat workshop featuring
T Styles,Jimmy Da Saint and Miss KP
-The real talk with the men of ECE(ebony chronicles of elevation)featuring
Corey Barnes,QB Wells,Moses Miller,Omar Tyree and Author Chris Hicks
-African American Literature Panel
Panelist will be announced soon
(MORE PANEL/WORKSHOPS WILL BE ANNOUNCED)
storytelling, free treats, games, face painting, moon bounce,
Annual free book giveaway drive and a special storytelling feature from Baltimore Ravens
Some of the proceeds from this event will benefit The Fredrick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park a program of the Living Classroom Foundation, in support of their Voyage of Exploration a science, technology, engineering, and math program (STEM).
Media sponsors; Mosiac Books, The Baltimore Times, Urbania Magazine, DMD Experience,
BMore News, AAMBC, The Urban Twist, Rolling Out Magazine, Urban Literature Review,
ILuvblackwoman.com, EDC Creations, My Soul Radio.com, BaltimoreBlack.com, AALBC
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNTITIES AND FOOD VENDORS ARE AVAILABLE!!!!
please contact Chris Hicks directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
New Jersey’s ‘James Bond Gang’ Fictionalized in Street-lit Author Ericka Williams’ Fifth Book ‘The Robbin Hoods
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dawn Michelle Hardy
Google Voice: (646)470-0716
“Police in New Jersey and New York believe this group is an offshoot of the original James Bond gang of the 1980s and 1990s that used a tricked-out BMW and other made-for-Hollywood ploys to evade police and steal from the rich.”–MyFoxNY.com 4/2011
“Authorities say the “James Bond Gang” is back, targeting high-end homes in wealthy neighborhoods.”–News 12 Jersey 4/2011
New Jersey’s ‘James Bond Gang’ Fictionalized in Street-lit Author
Ericka Williams’ Fifth Book
‘The Robbin Hoods’
Teaneck, New Jersey (September 9, 2011)– Best known for her 3-part series A Woman Scorned formerly on Life Changing Books, Ericka Williams captured the attention of readers and reviewers by her uncanny ability to weave a story about a broken hearted Brielle who snaps and gets revenge on her unfaithful. Without warning, Brielle becomes sadistic and puts every man into a deathtrap.
Now with her fifth novel The Robbin Hoods (ESharan Publishing Paperback; September 27, 2011; ISBN: 978-0-615-47432-8; $15.00) true crimes become street-lit fans’ entertainment. Inspired by the media coverage on the crimes of the notorious ‘James Bond Gang’ Ericka Williams dives into the quest for the American Dream through the eyes of those who take from the rich and splurge on the poor.
Ericka Williams writes all of her books with theme to show the unlimited access of human beings to redemption. She doesn’t condone the acts of the ‘James Bond Gang’ but she empathizes with those young boys who grow up being force fed to “get things” on their own without proper guidance. As an elementary school language arts teacher she is determined to impart into young people, that nothing comes easy, but any thing worth having is worth working for.
The Robbin Hoods are burglars. They are hood stars who are living the good life splurging their money on women, fast cars, jewels, nice homes, trips, and drugs. Chance was from Brooklyn. His mother moved him and his siblings to New Jersey for a better life. Very early his family learns that the have-nots are surrounded by those who are extremely wealthy. Chance chooses a life of robbery to support his mother and siblings. What started out as a petty crime with teenagers who would cut school and break-and-enter into houses, on foot, turned into a multi-million dollar empire when the crew took their craft to a higher level. They graduated from boys to men, who made millions of dollars when they began venturing into exclusive upper class neighborhoods. The story is about the unlawful pursuit of the “American Dream”. The Robbin Hoods shows what happens when you take from others, instead of building your own.
Last month Sparta police reported to News 12 they’ve caught four men believed to be part of the infamous “James Bond Gang” that has been burglarizing wealthy communities for over a year. Police say they caught the four men after they led them on a short chase down Sparta’s main road which ended when the vehicle crashed. When the vehicle was searched, police found $20,000 in goods stolen from two homes in Sparta Authorities say three of the men were out on bail from prior arrests.
In April of this year reports from News 12 Jersey say the so-called “James Bond Robbers” were first named years ago when the crooks used a BMW with secret compartments during a robbery. Police say this time around, there isn’t a high-tech car, but there is a similar mode of operation. Authorities say the group is mostly from Englewood and Teaneck and dates back to the 1980s. Different people have been involved throughout the years, but committing the same type of crime. Police say in most cases, the crooks ring a doorbell. When they are sure no one is home, they break in through the front door.
Ericka Williams grew up around the original members of the James Bond Gang as the “little sister” type. She is a graduate of Teaneck High School, in Teaneck New Jersey. She attended Howard University and graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications. She is the author of All that Glitters, A Woman Scorned, A Woman Scorned part 2: Family Ties, Shining Star, The Robbin Hoods and A Women Scorned part 3 (January 2012) .
The Robbin Hoods
ESharan Publishing Paperback
September 27, 2011
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National Best Selling Author Treasure E. Blue Is The New Face Of Cash Money Content
New York NY- National Best Selling Author Treasure E. Blue Is The New Face of Cash Money Content – Only 2 months after self-publishing his 4th novel Harlem Girl Lost 2 – The Beginning he captured the attention of the label. Starting out with an eBook release and reinvesting to print books paid off after walking away a few years ago from a major deal with Random House/One World/Ballantine.
The decision to sign Mr. Blue to Cash Money Content wasn’t difficult due to Blue’s consistent marketing efforts. From online sales, street sales to stores, Treasure has captivated his audiences with heartfelt urban stories that will often leave readers thinking, crying and rooting for his street smart heroines. His uncanny ability of making readers feel as if they were there has won the hearts of many.
The deal consists of the re-release of Harlem Girl Lost 2 entitled Get Em Girls: A Harlem Girl Lost Story (Winter 2012), the conclusion of the Harlem Girl Lost trilogy which has not been titled and 2 anthologies. For Blue this new venture will help position himself into an arena with winners that’ll be able to make a reality of his life’s dream of turning his books into film.
“It’s not only an honor and a privilege to be signed to the future of publishing, Cash Money Content, but to be part of a roster that includes the great Wahida Clark and the dynamic duo Ashley and JaQuavis, I just thank God for such a wonderful opportunity … I’m forever humbled.” says Treasure E. Blue
About The Author
Treasure E. Blue is the Essence Magazine Best Selling Author of Harlem Girl Lost, A Street Girl Named Desire, Keyshia & Clyde and contributor to Flexin & Sexin Volume 2 and Erotic Snapshots Volume 1. A former fire inspector with the New York City Fire Department he currently resides in Harlem NY and is a public speaker that shows today’s youth the dangers of drug addiction and the importance of literacy.
For media inquiries please contact the Literary Consultant Group at 267-329-9194 or via email at Nakea@literaryconsultantgroup.com
Congrats to all the nominees for the 7th Annual African American Literary Awards Show. Voting starts Wednesday, July 27, 2011. Go to www.literaryawardshow.com to vote online on 7/27/11.
Dorothy by LaToya S. Watkins
He Was My Man First – Courtney Parker & Nancey Flowers
No One in the World: A Novel – E. Lynn Harris & RM Johnson
Mama Ruby – Mary Monroe
Money Can’t Buy Love – Connie Briscoe
How To Get Out Of Your Own Way – Tyrese Gibson
The Strawberry Letter: Real Talk, Real Advice, Because Bitterness Isn’t Sexy – Shirley Strawberry
Why Do I Have To Think Like A Man?: How To Think Like A Lady And Still Get The Man – Shanae Hall & Rhonda Frost Priceless Inspirations – Antonia Carter
A Belle in Brooklyn: The Go-to Girl for Advice on Living Your Best Single Life – Demetria Lucas
Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption-from South Central to Hollywood – Ice T
The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring – Sugar Ray Leonard
Flavor Flav: The Icon The Memoir – Flavor Flav
Love Brought Me Back: A Journey of Loss and Gain – Natalie Cole
Transparent – Don Lemon
An Inconvenient Friend by Rhonda McKnight
Right Package, Wrong Baggage by Wanda B. Campbell
The Deal, The Dance & The Devil – Victoria Christopher Murray
Crowning Glory – Pat Simmons
Who Said It Would Be Easy?: A Story of Faith (Zane Presents) – Cheryl Faye
Strawberries, Stilettos, and Steam – Imani True & Dreama Skye
Southern Comfort” by Cynnamon Foster and Nina Foxx
Sixty-Nine – Pynk
Smooth Operator – Risque
Nasty – Dr. XYZ
Justify My Thug – Wahida Clark
My Kinda Girl” by Michael McGrew
The Prada Plan 2 – Ashley Antoinette
Welfare Wifeys: A Hood Rat Novel – K’wan
Memoirs Of An Accidental Hustler – JM Benjamin
I Shall Not Die: Living A Psalm 118:17 Existence – Kendra Norman Bellamy
Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure – Tavis Smiley
Black Woman Redefined: Dispelling Myths and Discovering Fulfillment in the Age of Michelle Obama – Sophia Nelson
Peace from Broken Pieces – Iyanla Vanzant
Becoming a Woman of Destiny: Turning Life’s Trials into Triumphs! – Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook
Giving Up The Ghost by Stacy-Deanne
Ask Nicely and I Might by Lorraine Elzia
The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey – Walter Mosley
Price Of Fame – Amaleka McCall
Surrender the Dark – L.A. Banks
Getting Played by Celeste O. Norfleet
Drama Queens –ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Giant Steps To Change The World – Spike Lee & Tonya Lewis Lee
Sugar Plum Ballerinas: Terrible Terrel – Whoopi Goldberg
Teen Girls Need L.O.V.E. by S.Dodson
Inseparable – Brenda Jackson
Sweet Persuasions– Rochelle Alers
Unexpected Interruptions – Trice Hickman
Twice The Temptation – Francis Ray
The Proposal – Brenda Jackson
A Woman’s Revenge by Tiffany L. Warren, Sherri Lewis and Rhonda McKnight –
Home Again: Stories of Restored Relationships by Wanda B. Campbell, Dijorn Moss, Tyora Moody and Trinea Moss
Between the Sheets – Tamika Newhouse, NiCola Mitchell and Anna Black
Magazines (Non -Literary)
Black Literature Magazine
Humorist Award of the Year (Stand-up Comics)
Self Published Author of The Year
The Ultimate Question: Will Love Ever Know Me – Tamika Newhouse
Con Test: Double Life – Rahiem Brooks
Twisted – Ni’cola
Devour, One Man’s Tale of Love, Intimacy, and Ecstasy – D.A. Williams
Breakout Author of the Year
Tour Secrets – Winkk
The Putting Away – Sharel E. Gordon-Love
Open Your Eyes – Schelle Halloway
Shady – Dell Banks
Girl, Get Your Mind Right – Tionna Smalls
Publishing House Of The Year
St. Martin’s Press
Grand Central Publishing
Simon & Schuster
Independent Publisher Of The Year
Peace In The Storm
A New Quality Publishing
Black Dawn Books
Author Of The Year – Male
J.M. Benjamin – Memoirs Of An Accidental Hustler
Walter Mosley – The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey
E. Lynn Harris & RM Johnson – No One In The World
Carl Weber – Choir Director
K’wan – Welfare Wifeys
Author Of The Year – Female
Victoria Christopher Murray (The Deal, The Dance & The Devil)
Kimberla Lawson Roby – Love, Honor and Betray
Pat G’Orge Walker – Don’t Blame The Devil
Nancey Flowers & Courtney Parker – He Was My Man First
Sophia Nelson – Redefining The Black Woman
Bookclub of the Year
The D-Cup Divas
African American Literary Book Club (AALBC)
Go On Girl Bookclub
Television Writer Of The Year
Tyler Perry – House Of Payne
Ali LeRoi – Are We There Yet
Mara Brock Akil – The Game
Stacy A. Littlejohn- Single Ladies
Shonda Rhimes – The Practice
Screenwriter Of The Year
Tracey E. Edmonds – Jumping The Broom
Salim Akil – Jumping The Broom
Tyler Perry – For Colored Girls
Tyler Perry – Madea’s Big Happy Family
Aarron McGruder – Boondocks
Jerry Craft – Mama’s Boyz
Ray Billingsley – Curtis
Keith Knight – The K Chronicles
Robb Armstrong –Jumpstart
Girl, Get Your Mind Right – Tionna Smalls
Is It Just Me?: Or is it nuts out there? – Whoopi Goldberg
Don’t Blame The Devil – Pat G’orge Walker
More info at www.literaryawardshow.com
KOBO COMMENTS ON BORDERS’ LIQUIDATION
TORONTO – July 19, 2011 – The management of Kobo, a global leader in eReading with over 4.2 million users in more than 100 countries worldwide, has issued comments relating to the ongoing liquidation of Borders to clarify misconceptions about Kobo that have been inaccurately reported by the media and misunderstood by consumers.
Kobo management provides the following facts regarding the company:
Kobo is a privately-held company that offers over 2.4 million eBooks, newspapers, and magazines — one of the largest eReading catalogues in the world.
· Readers from over 100 countries across the globe download and read using Kobo’s top-ranked eReading applications for iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows and MacOS. Kobo is the eReading application of choice for leading tablet OEMs.
· While Borders is one of the early investors in Kobo, it holds only a minority stake in Kobo, approximately 11 percent. The Borders shares are subject to the terms of the Kobo shareholders’ agreement which, among other things, restricts their transfer or disposition.
· Borders serves as part of Kobo’s distribution in the U.S. along with Best Buy, Walmart, Sears and other top retailers.
· Kobo does not rely on Borders for content. Kobo owns the publishing agreements and has direct relationships with all major publishers, including Random House, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, St. Martin’s Press and many more. Kobo is solely responsible for payment to publishers for eBooks sold through the Kobo platform and publishers will continue to be paid on time as usual.
· For some time, Kobo and Borders have been in the process of transitioning Borders’ customers’ eBook accounts to Kobo, in order to provide such customers direct access to the most up-to-date eReading functionality, apps and devices. All Borders customers that have transitioned to Kobo shall enjoy uninterrupted access to their e-Reading accounts. Kobo shall continue to work with Borders to transition customer accounts to Kobo.
· For those Borders customers who haven’t transferred their eBook libraries to Kobo, the process is quick and easy. Borders customers can visit kobo.to/bmigrate to transfer their Borders eBook library to Kobo. No additional steps are required to continue reading on your Kobo eReader. For those Borders customers that are using Borders apps to access their eBook libraries, visit kobo.com to download a free Kobo eReading app for your computer, smartphone or tablet.
· Owners of Kobo eReaders will continue to use their Kobo eReader as usual, and be able to browse and shop for new titles in the Kobo Store with no interruption or change in service.
· Kobo continues to grow in the U.S. and around the world. Kobo is very pleased with progress of the launch of the new Kobo eReader Touch Edition which is available at leading retailers including Indigo, Walmart, Best Buy and WH Smith.
· Kobo continues to build international growth with the successful launch of Kobo in Germany, the first rollout of several planned international launches.
As an interested party in the Borders bankruptcy proceedings, Kobo has made certain filings with the court to preserve its legal rights moving forward.
Kobo offers their support to the Borders’ community of employees, families and friends.
Statement from Michael Serbinis, CEO, Kobo, Inc:
“As one of the early investors in Kobo, Borders has a minority stake in our company and serves as part of our distribution in the U.S. along with Walmart, Best Buy, Sears and other leading retailers. As a member of the broader book publishing and retailing community, we are watching Borders’ story and will offer our support to Borders and their employees. Kobo will continue to serve Borders customers – in this time of transition as well as moving forward – to provide the ultimate eReading experience and one of the widest selection of eBooks available to the eReading community worldwide.”
About Kobo, Inc.
Kobo is a global eReading service with more than 2.4 million eBooks, magazines and newspapers – one of the largest eReading catalogues in the world. Kobo believes consumers should have the freedom to read any book on any device and has attracted millions of readers from over 100 countries across the globe. Kobo has top ranked eReading applications for iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows and MacOS, and is the eReading application of choice for leading tablet OEMs. The Kobo Wireless eReader and the new Kobo eReader Touch Edition are available at leading retailers, including Indigo, Walmart, Best Buy and WH Smith. Kobo’s innovative Reading Life is an industry-first comprehensive social eReading experience – Kobo users can earn awards simply for time spent reading and encouraging others. Kobo is backed by majority shareholder Indigo Books & Music Inc, Cheung Kong Holdings, and institutional investors.
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Contact: Wendy Zaas/Karina Tang
Rogers & Cowan 310.854.8148/212.445.8419
The one-woman play that has wowed audiences in New York & New Jersey is taking a road trip to our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. We want everyone to experience this play, so D.C. (DMV area) this is your chance.
The play stars actress Fariso Jordan (www.farisojordan.com)
& features an opening performance by poet, Marcus Wright.
‘Georgia’ is a one-woman play about a young couple who revel in the complexities of love. The play investigates the windows of good, evil and the sometimes blurry lines in between. Forcing an analysis of opposing view points in relation to one another, ‘Georgia’ opens the door on one of the most taboo interactions between a man and a woman.
Sunday, June 19th
Show starts 5 p.m. Sharp
Busboys & Poets
1025 5th Street & K
$10 in advance
$15 at the door
The link to purchase tickets in advance is:
We suggest you purchase tickets ahead of time as space is limited!!!
A preview/trailer of Georgia:
Interview with Fariso Jordan on ‘The What?’ T.V. show:
Actress and playwright, Fariso Jordan is Setting Her Own Stage with her one-woman show, Georgia…http://bit.ly/parlewithfarisoj