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Celebrating Black Speculative Fiction Month 2013

During October 2013, I will be celebrating Black Speculative Fiction Month in several ways.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…See More
Sep 27, 2013
Diane posted a blog post

EBook Freebie Time - Young adult or teen / Sci-Fi & fantasy

By Andrea Heltsley Published: April 25, 2013  Words: 19,197 (approximate) ISBN: 9781301766093"How far would you go to keep your nightmares a secret? Wendy has been struggling with vivid, chilling nightmares that leave her exhausted and horrified. What will Wendy do to…See More
May 4, 2013
Diane posted a blog post

EBook Freebie Time - TV Tie-in/ Sci-Fi & fantasy/Gaming

Defiance:The Essential Guide by Syfy, Trion Worlds". . . an informative companion to the groundbreaking TV series and the incredible multiplayer game.  Set in the near future, Defiance introduces an exotically transformed planet Earth, its landscapes permanently altered following the sudden – and tumultuous…See More
May 1, 2013
Diane posted a blog post

EBook Freebie Time - Sci Fi Space Opera

Locus Origin The Never Born by Christian Matari“When society is ruled from behind the scenes by massive corporate conglomerates that control powerful secret organizations and even the very Republic itself, the clones will come…See More
Apr 27, 2013
Diane posted a discussion

Poetry - Ebon Venus

This was written by Lewis H. Latimer, Renaissance man, son of slaves, worked with Edison & Bell - holder of patents for incandescent electric light bulb. He wrote this for his wife for their wedding. Perfect for National Poetry Month. The photo is the work of Milos Gazdic http://hirtc.comSee More
Apr 23, 2013
Diane posted a discussion

It's National Poetry Writing Month

Are you going to take the challenge - 30 poems, 30 days. below and share what you are doing to spread your word this month or share a poem on your profile.See More
Apr 18, 2013




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Darwin Should Haved Warned Us . . .

. . . Evolution isn't easy. Especially when in the midst of a revolution.

We are changing our focus here at 22CP. Devastating loss of content has a way of making change much more viable. That said, we have recovered a good bit of that content, initiated even more redundant backups (a cloud playing a cloud, playing a cloud) and are on the road to a solid recovery.

Our new website and publishing coaching programs will debut July 1st, 2013 along with the announcement of the offline Washington, DC edition of the Black Author Showcase Celebrates Speculative Fiction event in October 2013. Stay tuned for more information in June.

For now -
I've seen the pigs fly, and when they get too close to the sun I'll be waiting with barbecue sauce,.

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.


Free Guide on Selling Your First 1000 Books

This may only remain free for the day - September 10th, 2013, so act fast!The book is Your First 1000 Copies: The Step-by-Step Guide to Marketing Your Book Paperback by Tim Grahl.He gave a class on creativeLIVE today and has put it up on Amazon for free download for a limited time. Continue

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Started by Diane in The Business of Writing Sep 10, 2013.

Free Book Friday - Prequels to Jason Mott's New Novel 'The Returned'

First time novelist and award winning poet Jason Mott has a fantastic new book that is dropping August 27th by Harlequin MIRA.The Returned has an interesting premise - what if people who died suddenly came back? What would you do? No, it is in no way a zombie apocalypse rewrite (Thank the gods!).Decide for yourself. Take a look at the preview, then download the free prequels…Continue

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Started by Diane in New Releases Aug 2, 2013.

Black Utopia 1 Reply

BLUE SKY 4 BLACK AMERICADear Authors and Artists:  I seek a new cover image for this upcoming book. "Race and Utopia" should be the theme:  I hope you will also like to discuss the subject.  I also seek images of utopia (featuring humans) produced by non white peoples to include as chapter headings.  Thanx and PeaceContinue

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Started by Jesse Rhines in New Releases. Last reply by Henry L. Jones Dec 30, 2013.

Myth of the Cash Flush Author 1 Reply

There is an article posted on Salon that every would-be 'I'm going to be rolling in cheddar' newbie author should read.Patrick Wensink, author of "Broken Piano for President," which made it to the top of the New York Times list at a time when all the literary world could see was shades of grey, wrote this article because he was perturbed that relatives were under the assumption that he was now a potential millionaire.This is not an unusual assumption for the general public at hand, even in these days of digital change. Many new writers severely over estimate the amount of money to be made with a book - indie or traditionally pressed. Advances are a…Continue

Tags: royalties, advances, money, bestseller, Amazon

Started by Diane in The Business of Writing. Last reply by Matt Drayton Jul 14, 2013.

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Celebrating Black Speculative Fiction Month 2013

During October 2013, I will be celebrating Black Speculative Fiction Month in several ways.

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.

  • Zulu Heart by Steven Barnes: A Novel of Slavery and Freedom in an Alternate America. Barnes is a great author and offers positive advice on publishing and writing. He is also a good craftsman with a long association in Hollywood.
  • Black Empire by George Schuyler. I read this years ago. I am taking another look at it for just sheer fun.
  • Woman of the Woods by Milton Davis. I had planned to read this book earlier but things happened. Now I am committing to reading and reviewing it.
  • Kindred and Wild Seed both by Octavia Butler. This will be a "reread" for me. But if you have not had a chance to experience Butler at some of her best, these are the books I would suggest you get started with.

I have other suggestions for books, excerpts, poetry and AFROFlash Fiction that may interest you. Go to: for more information. Also, be sure to take peek at the folks over at…


Posted by Stafford Battle on September 27, 2013 at 6:29pm

Are You in Competition with other Authors?

I had a fellow Author come by my table at an Authors showcase recently; he said I came by to check out the competition.


I was dumb founded by this because I was sure our books were probably not about the same topic, and even if they were our perspectives would surely be different!


I do not compete with other Authors at all. I write books solely to help and entertain people, not for the money and definitely not for the competition. I am curious what other Authors on BAS think about this. I would love to hear other opinions.



Posted by Matt Drayton on August 5, 2013 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments



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