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Author Tuesdays in The DMV

VOTE on Tuesday, November 4, 2014! Then Join us for Author Tuesdays in Beltsville, Maryland  (The DMV: District of Columbia, Maryland and Viriginia).  It is a free event. MIx and mingle  and discuss the issues that are important to you. You will learn how to successfully independently publish. On November 4, 2014, at 5:30 PM,…See More
Nov 2, 2014
Stafford Battle posted a blog post

October is Black Speculative Fiction Month!

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…See More
Oct 4, 2014
Diane posted a discussion

Gotham Writers Workshop Fall Open House

Get a taste of Gotham!  On Tuesday, September 30 and Wednesday, October 1we're offering free one-hour creative writing classes at our …See More
Sep 25, 2014
Diane posted a discussion

Still Lying - The Truth About American Capitalism & Slavery

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…See More
Sep 22, 2014
Stafford Battle posted a video

At Rest

A short flash fiction created by Stafford Battle, AFROFuturist.
May 22, 2014
Stafford Battle posted a discussion

Free Ebooks, When Should You Give It Away

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…See More
May 3, 2014




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National Black Writers Conference

We are updating with the happenings at the conference with facebook photo uploads (check them out now) and live tweets. Check back periodically for updates.

Sunday began the morning with individual 'talkshops' covering Book Reviews, Dramatic Writing, Book Proposals, Poetry with Sonia Sanchez, and Memoir writing. The afternoon started with a panel discussing Speculative Fiction featuring L.A. Banks, Michael Boatman, Jewell Parker Rhodes, and Cheo Tyehimba.

Saturday was a long day that began with Hip Hop and Internet panels and ended with a VIP reception featuring Toni Morrison, Imamu Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Cornell West, and Susan L. Taylor. Ah yes . . . the icons were in the house. It was indeed a rare treat to have been in the presence of Ms. Morrison. For those of you that missed it, the entire event was recorded and will be available on DVD.

The last session on Friday featured the venerable Sonia Sanchez waxing poetic on the memory of literary revolutionary Toni Cade Bambara. If you missed it, you must check out the recorded proceeds that will be available from the conference.

Ms. Sanchez was also gifted last night with a photo poster commemorating her 75th birthday. You can see that on our facebook page.

Follow my tweets on my blog throughout the conference.



Mary Rodwell was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia; she is the fifth of seven children. Mary is the mother of two, author, bully representative, motivational speaker, gifted by God to motivate and preach the good news. Holding on to the promises of God, she walks the journey to righteousness. Mary is working towards becoming a motivational speaker. Today, Mary continues to give God the center of her attention. She's determined to use her gifts to encourage &  inspire others, to lighten their load along this journeyContinue

Started by Mary Rodwell in This Is What I Do! May 8.


1 King 3:26-27Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the King, for her bowels yerned upon her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it, but the other said, let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it. Then the King answered and said, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it; she is the other thereof.Today's lesson depicts the true love and affection of a mother in that the two women depicted in this story clearly shows who the real mother was. In order to save the child's life, the real mother of the child was willing for the other woman to have custody of the baby. A true mother's love! This also speaks to the many sacrifices mothers make for their children daily. No sacrifice or price is too great for a mother to pay for her child. That said, today being Mother's Day, these questions come to mind, How have you shown your mother love? Have you hugged your mother and told her you love her? Give your mother her roses…Continue

Tags: Insights, Weekly, Devotionals, Uplifting, Inspirational

Started by Dr. Willie B White in Announcements May 8.

Another E-Book Promotion Site - eReader Owl

There is no better way to tell how the publishing tide has turned than by the proliferation of ebook deal sites. This new addition, eReader Owl is free for readers to join and so far, there is a fee of five dollars to submit your book.The only rules (for now) are that on the day of your book promotion, the book must be priced at $3.99 or below and they prefer that you have at least ten positive reviews. Check it out for yourself and be sure to read those conditions and policies (no matter how small the typeface). Continue

Tags: free, ebooks, marketing, promotion

Started by Diane in General Discussion May 8.

Blog Posts

Yes I Can

Yes I Can

The day has just begun and it seems there's no way out,

As the alarm clock goes off I beg for more time before the point of no return

Every minute I have is already accounted for, with the feeling of loneliness and

Abandonment; I cry out hoping to be heard.

I'm single, married but alone in this race to…


Posted by Mary Rodwell on May 8, 2015 at 9:46am

Profesional Lynching

Professional Lynching
Professional lynching your hands were not black
You waited so long to stab a knife in my back
You took it to the highest level
I know your father he is the devil
You think that you have gotten by
I see hatred and relief in your eye
A young black man you were glad you killed
You took his life but not his will
It lives in all of us you see
And you will never abolish me
That's right my soul you snatched away
But did you first sit think and pray
You said if I could eliminate
The young black race their backs I’ll break
But wait a minute did you think
Of Doctor Martin Luther King
You took his life or so you thought
But for it all of our freedom you bought
His body may be in the grave
But for it we got better days
See in the White House is Barack
And you didn’t give a second thought
But his blood still flows in our veins
And we’re still singing let freedom ring
From the mountain top of Stone Mountain Georgia
All the way to Sanford Florida
We will never be destroyed
For our heart s are overjoyed
See our missions they run deep
Harriet Tubman stood on her feet
When Trayvon could not find his way home
The blood of Sojourner Truth led him on
His mentor’s murderer is not of you
But of those you never knew
You got away but you’ll never get by
Soon you’ll look God in his eye
Our mission you will not abort
But we will continually move forth
To do the things that must be done
Till the setting of the sun
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Posted by elaine taylorbrown on March 20, 2015 at 6:46pm



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