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Get a taste of Gotham! On Tuesday, September 30 and Wednesday, October 1we're offering free one-hour creative writing classes at our Fall Open House. We'll also be serving up wine and treats for some extra inspiration. And as a thank you, you'll receive $30 off your first 6 or 10-week class. Note: You may sign up for one or two free classes, but no more than two. Registration is required, but if the class you want is full, feel free to…Continue
Started by Diane in Writer's Workshops News Sep 25.
Salon Magazine has published an excerpt of "The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism" by Edward E. Baptist. Published by Basic Books.This book and its review in The Economist in its Sept. 4th issue have been getting a bit of attention after an 'anonymous' reviewer claimed it was only about victims and didn't attribute the increased productivity in the cotton trade to (I'm still laughing at this) to slave owners that treated their slaves well. It has since been withdrawn. Edward E. Baptist is an Associate Professor and historian at Cornell University who, as it says on his…Continue
Started by Diane in Publishing News, Jobs, and Gossip Sep 22.
As an Indie author, when should you offer your books for free and for how long? Depending upon your readers or followers on the web there are essentially three things you need to consider before offering your precious book for free:1) Will it cheapen the product -- does FREE suggest that the book is of low quality?2) How long should it be free -- a few days, a week or forever?3) Does Free mean you will not make any money from your hard work as an author?The answers are easy -- it depends upon the author and the book. If you are a mega bestseller author with millions of fans, free will boost the sales of the next book thus the author gains more yachts and houses in California. For less famous authors (most of us) free means reaching more readers and compressing the time frame of availability adds urgency to boost rankings in almighty Amazon. Being free could make you more money in the long run for sales of…Continue
Started by Stafford Battle in About This Site May 3.
Soon, the warm reading months will be upon us. That means beaches and vacation time to catch up with our favorite authors as well as meet some new ones. With Kindles and tablet computers, we can easily carry hundreds (thousands?) of books with us as we travel or stake out a shady patch of grass in our own backyard to read.Almost everyone has a list of books that they plan to enjoy during their relaxation time. I would like to share with the members of the Black Author Showcase some of my favorites that I have read in the past as well as new books that I plan to devour this summer. There will be the classics such as Pauline Hopkins' Of One Blood which is considered to be one of the earliest fantasy/speculative fiction novels written by an African American. Black people are not…Continue
Started by Stafford Battle in About This Site Apr 29.
October 2014 is Black Speculative Fiction Month, so tell everyone. Visit your favorite online book site or visit a local bookstore in your neighborhood. Read some of the great Black authors. Purchase books by emerging Speculative Fiction authors -- there are many writers who are very, very good.
If you are a writer, give us your best. Reveal the incredible people and worlds that you imagine. Dream the fantastic. Make us aware. Give us inspiration.
Reading and writing is what this month is all about. Get involved with Black Speculative Fiction Month. Spread the word.
Posted by Stafford Battle on October 4, 2014 at 11:00am
1) I will work on my new novel every day for at least 30 minutes or more.
2) I will visit several Afrocentric blogs and leave a constructive comment.
3) I will connect more with my fellow writers and encourage them to stay the course.
4) I will review at least 3 books written by members of the Black Author Showcase. If you have a good read let me know.
5) I will read more because reading helps me to become a better writer. The following are the list of books I plan to read or re-read to hone my skills.
I have other suggestions for books, excerpts, poetry and AFROFlash Fiction that may interest you. Go to: http://www.staffordbattle.com for more information. Also, be sure to take peek at the folks over at…Continue
Posted by Stafford Battle on September 27, 2013 at 6:29pm
Would you like to be featured on the Black Author Showcase? Any member that contributes useful information that helps the entire community is not commercial can be featured. It's easy,just write a blog entry, book review, article/essay, start a discussion, lead an active group, upload a book, graphic art, useful photos or videos, sample chapters, or writing samples.
Have an existing website or blog? You can republish any article or blog entry on your Black…Continue