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Black Author Showcase™ is looking for Reviewers for it's monthly membership show

We are creating a segment in our monthly Member of the Month show and our other upcoming shows focusing on book reviews of authors in the African diaspora. If you are a reviewer or have ever wanted to try your hand at it, this is your chance.

We need reviews of the newest works by members of this network and other notable authors.

• Your review will be posted in a new section of the website – the Reviews tab.
• You will deliver a short one to three minute version of your review on the monthly member netcast. Remember all netcasts are saved and will be listed in iTunes.
• It doesn’t matter if you have never done a review before – all are considered for the shows.
• Priority will be given to reviews of BAS member books and to the BAS posted listing of books to be reviewed.
• You can submit previously published reviews.
• Authors, publishers, or their agents cannot review their own books.
• Every book is not a lovefest or the best thing ever written. Please be objective and give honest reviews that will assist writers in becoming better authors. Say what must be said, but there is no need for ugliness. Example: “That was the lamest plot I’ve ever read. This guy should stick to his day job because he can’t write his way out of a paperbag.” The reviewer might say this instead “The book had a great premise, but I was lost in a variety of plot twists and storylines that did not connect. More time may have been needed for rewriting and editing.”
• We request that you post your review in Amazon and/or your bookclub’s website. When possible, with a link back to the Black Author Showcase™.
• Bookclubs large and small are encouraged to participate.
• Different reviewers will be used each month.
• Preference will be given to different genres from the previous months. All genre types will be covered: nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Reviews linking to current events will be given preference.
Young Adult SciFi/Speculative Horror Romance
ChickLit Mysteries/Thrillers Children’s Historical
Urban/Street Lit Self-Help/Motivational Current Events Politics

Take a look at our member list, book cover albums, or the member bookstore under the Pages tab to find books from our members that you may have read already. Contact member authors that you are interested in reviewing after checking out the blogs.
Send your reviews to:
Our first preferences for reviews this month will be for the recent NBCC winners:
1. Junot Diaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
2. Edwidge Danticat, Brother, I'm Dying
3. Harriet Washington, Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present.

See the forum article: NBCC Award Winners

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Posted on April 3, 2011 at 12:23pm — 1 Comment

Self-Published Author Decides to Go with Traditional Publisher

Amanda Hocking, after nine self-published books, agrees to sell a four-book series to St. Martin’s Press.
“I want to be a writer,” she said. “I do not want to spend 40 hours a week handling e-mails, formatting covers, finding editors, etc. Right now, being me is a full-time…

Posted on March 26, 2011 at 10:29am — 4 Comments

E. Lynn Harris has Passed Away at 54. A sad day for authors and readers.

A Random House executive has confirmed to The BV Newswire that best-selling author E. Lynn Harris has died.

Harris was 53. He was currently on a book tour of the West Coast promoting his 11th novel 'Basketball Jones,' which involved an NBA player and his gay lover.

A cheerleading sponsor/coach for Arkansas and a passionate Razorbacks fan, Harris' books dealt with black, gay culture.

Most recently, he served as served as a visiting professor for the… Continue

Posted on July 24, 2009 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

Summer Writing Contests & Awards

• CONTEST July 31 Opium Mag Bkmark Contest $1k & pub for poem, SS, or essay to 250wrds Use electronic submisson sys $10 fee

• CONTEST July 31 Glimmer Train Press Family Matters $1200 & pub SS abt family. Online submissions are encouraged $15 fee

• NARRATIVE MAGAZINE up to… Continue

Posted on July 18, 2009 at 8:00pm

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At 9:26am on October 19, 2009, Zhana said…
Greetings, Ella. You said you would send me an invitation in September to be a guest on your show. When would you like to have me on the show?

At 11:08am on September 28, 2008, Lady ILLusions said…
Good Morning and thank you
At 9:36pm on August 4, 2008, Tracey L. Burton said…
Thank you for inviting me to join and the welcome, look forward to taking with you about your success.
At 6:54pm on July 27, 2008, Fafanta said…
Thank you

Peace & Blessings

Fafanta (Tracy)
At 8:22pm on July 25, 2008, Author Sherrie Lynn said…
Thanks for the invite and welcome, looking forward to networking here. If anyone know of book events that take author flyers or postcards pls. let me know.
At 6:26pm on June 13, 2008, Ekua said…
Thanks so much for the invite... took me long enough to get here, lol! But now that I am, looking forward to making use of all that's offered.

At 1:12am on April 18, 2008, C.F. Jackson said…
Thank you for the warm greeting!

There's so much to learn and share
and here is great place to begin.

Continue to make this your day!

Live Life to Leave a Difference,
C.F. Jackson

At 12:57pm on April 15, 2008, Godssoulja said…
Thanks for the love. May the Divine continue to bless all that you do.

At 5:09pm on April 7, 2008, BRUCE GEORGE said…
Thanks so much for this profound platform.
At 8:08pm on April 6, 2008, Serena W said…
Thanks for the welcome and all of the great information. This network looks great and I can't wait to start meeting people via the web and sharing our experiences and stories :) Thank you again, peace!

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