Monday, October 30, 2006

 

Amani Publishing Blog Newsletter #4

November 2006
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Welcome to the blog newsletter sponsored by Amani Publishing. A company based on faith, hope, and love.

QUESTION OF THE MONTH
What are three important things that you have learned as an author and a publisher?

The three most important things that I've learned are:
1) Write whatever you feel passionate about;
2) Don't be afraid to ask others for help; and
3) Try to remain positive even in negative situations.
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BOOK SIGNINGS
Thursday, November 9
B.L. Perry Branch Library
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Friday - Sunday, November 16 - 19
Miami International Book Fair
10:00 - 6:00 p.m.
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THE NUBIAN CHRONICLES INTERVIEW(S)
Last month, Poet Gloria Murphy Smith, was interviewed in this online magazine in the “the poetry corner.”

This month, my interview will be featured in this online magazine blog in the “straight from da pen” section at: www.tnc-magazine.com by Shon Bacon, Editor-in-Chief.
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NEW BOOK RELEASE
Falling for Lies, my third novel, is available for ordering from my website and all online and retail bookstores. After ten years of praying for Mr. Right, Pastor Karema Wright believes that her prayers have finally been answered when she falls in love with Deacon Mitchell Pye, the most eligible bachelor in her church. But is she falling in love with him or simply falling for his lies?*
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BOOK REVIEWS
Here are the novels that I managed to read last month:

1) The Memory Keeper’s Daughter (Kim Edwards)
Genre: Fiction
Rating: 4 stars

2) If the Shoe Fits (Marilynn Griffith)
Genre: Romance
Rating: 5

3) More Like Not Running Away (Paul Shepherd)
Genre: Fiction
Rating: 4
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WHAT I’M READING NOW
My Brother’s Keeper (ReShonda Tate Billingsley)
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HOW I MET MY SWEETHEART ANTHOLOGY
A collection of eighteen (18) short inspirational love stories will be officially released on Thursday, February 1. Pre-ordering is available now at: www.Amanipublishing.net
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AUTHORS SIGNED WITH AMANI PUBLISHING (2006)
Amani Publishing welcomes five new authors into the literary fold this year:
Catherine M. Wright, Oh, God, What Have I Done? (December 2006)
Juanita E. Thomas, On Second Thought (November 2006)
Sylvia A. Thomas, Tough Skin (September 2006)
Max Parker, Jr., Just ?'s (July 2006)
Gloria Murphy Smith, Mirror to the Soul of a Woman (May 2006)

For more information about their books, please visit my website.
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E-BOOK NOW AVAILABLE
A Writer’s Guide to Self-Publishing & Marketing (E-Book Edition) is now available for ordering. This comprehensive guide is the updated version of “One Sister’s Guide to Self-Publishing.” It features a special section focusing on marketing and promoting your new book on a budget. Order your download now for only $5.00
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PARTICIPATION NEEDED
If you'd like to participate in the "Moving the Furniture: 52 Ways to Keep Your Marriage Fresh" handbook creation, please send your submissions to my email address at: Amanipublishing@aol.com. Here are the official guidelines:
1) Send in one sentence, one paragraph, or one page with your comment(s);
2) Submissions must be received by December 31, 2006.

If your comment(s) is used in the book, you'll be given full credit. This marriage handbook will offer an idea for each week of the year to keep your relationship fresh.
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TALLAHASSEE WOMAN MAGAZINE
Look for a profile of me in the “Tallahassee Woman Magazine” December/January issue in the WOMEN TO WATCH section. For more information about this magazine with a distributorship of 24,000 and a readership of over 70,000, visit their website at www.TallahasseeWomanMagazine.com
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FLORIDA COURIER
This statewide black-owned newspaper will run an article on me and publishing this month tentatively titled, “Florida Publisher Reaches Out to Others.” I don’t have a publication date yet, so just be on the look-out for the newspaper or visit their website at
www.Flcourier.com
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OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
Capital City Chamber of Commerce meets on the 4th Monday of each month.
American Business Women's Association meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month.
Tallahassee Writer's Association meets on the 4th Thursday of each month.
For more information, please contact me.
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See ya next month on the web…

Barbara Joe Williams, Owner
Amani Publishing, P. O. Box 12045, Tallahassee, FL 32317
Website: Amanipublishing.net
Email: Amanipublishing@aol.com
850-878-1006 fax
850-264-3341 phone
Call me now!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

 

New Book Release Party!!!

The official book release party for "Falling for Lies" was held on Saturday, October 21, at the McLean Community Center in Tallahassee, Florida. Four other authors were invited to speak: Marilynn Griffith (Jade, Pink and Made of Honor), Juanita E. Thomas (Just a Thought and On Second Thought), Gladys Gikiri (My Malaika), and Max Parker, Jr.(Just ?s). The well attended event was hosted by my longtime friend, Debbie Williams, who did a fabulous job providing commentary and introductions. Pastor Catherine Wright, the newest author to sign with Amani Publishing, was also in the audience asking questions of each speaker. Lynette Brown modeled her African attire and did a special reading from the first chapter "Falling for Lies" that captivated everyone's attention. Last but not least, after each author had spoken about their publishing experiences, we pulled names for door prizes, signed books, ate cake, and sipped punch. Overall, I was very pleased with the turnout for this literary event. Hopefully, the next one, scheduled for February 1st for the "Sweetheart" anthology will be just as sweet...

Monday, October 02, 2006

 

Amani Publishing Blog Newsletter #3

October 2006*

Welcome to the blog newsletter sponsored by Amani Publishing. A company based on faith, hope, and love.
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QUOTE OF THE MONTH
“Publishing is only half of the battle. Marketing sums it all up.”
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QUESTION OF THE MONTH
How many book sales are considered a success for a self-published author?

This is a very difficult question to answer. I’ve heard responses varying from five hundred to five thousand being quoted as successful figures. However, I believe that as long as you can sell every book that you pay to have printed, then you’re a successful self-published author whether it’s in the hundreds or the thousands. Once you’ve passed the “break-even” point, it’s all profit and that’s all that really matters.
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BOOK REVIEWS
Here are the novels that I managed to read last month that I consider must-reads:

1) Chocolate Covered Forbidden Fruit (Trista Russell)
Genre: Fiction
Rating: 5 stars

2) If Only (Elissa Kyle)
Genre: Romance
Rating: 5

3) Stone’s Revenge (Sylvia Hubbard)
Genre: Mystery/Romance
Rating: 5

4) Family, Friends, Husbands and Lovers (Gigi)
Genre: Fiction
Rating: 4
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HOW I MET MY SWEETHEART ANTHOLOGY
A collection of eighteen (18) short inspirational love stories will be officially released on Thursday, February 1. Pre-ordering is available now at: www.Amanipublishing.net
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AUTHORS SIGNED WITH AMANI PUBLISHING
Amani Publishing welcomes four new authors into the literary fold this year:
Juanita E. Thomas, On Second Thought (November 2006)
Sylvia A. Thomas, Tough Skin (September 2006)
Max Parker, Jr., Just ?'s (July 2006)
Gloria Murphy Smith, Mirror to the Soul of a Woman (May 2006)

For more information about their books, please visit my website.
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E-BOOK NOW AVAILABLE
A Writer’s Guide to Self-Publishing & Marketing (E-Book Edition) is now available for ordering. This comprehensive guide is the updated version of “One Sister’s Guide to Self-Publishing.” It features a special section focusing on marketing and promoting your new book on a budget. Order your download now for only $5.00
*

NEW BOOK RELEASE PARTY
Falling for Lies, my third novel, will be officially released on Saturday, October 21, 2:30 p.m., at the Jack McLean Community Center on Paul Russell Road. Falling for Lies is the story of Pastor Karema Wright who falls in love with Deacon Pye, the most eligible bachelor in her church. But is she falling for him or simply falling for his lies? You'll have to read this fast paced novel to find out. Visit my website to pre-order your autographed copy, and check out what reviewers are already saying about this book!

Four talented authors will also be on the program titled “Authors Speak” at the book release party: Gloria Murphy Smith, Marilynn Griffith, Sylvia A. Thomas, and Max Parker, Jr. will be present to talk about their publishing experiences and sign copies of their new books. This will be an opportunity for you to get up close and personal with these fine writers. Please RSVP by Friday, October 13, 2006, for this event.
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PARTICIPATION NEEDED
If you'd like to participate in the "Moving the Furniture: 52 Ways to Keep Your Marriage Fresh" handbook creation, please send your submissions to my email address at: Amanipublishing@aol.com. Here are the official guidelines:
1) Send in one sentence, one paragraph, or one page with your comment(s);
2) Submissions must be received by December 31, 2006.

If your comment(s) is used in the book, you'll be given full credit. This marriage handbook will offer an idea for each week of the year to keep your relationship fresh.
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FAMU's SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS

Amani Publishing will be conducting three workshops with the SBDC this fall:
1) Saturday, October 7, 10:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Beginning Writing
2) Saturday, November 4, 10:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing
3) Saturday, December 3, 10:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Marketing Techniques

All workshops are $20.00 and open to the public. Please call, 599-3407, for more details.
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TALLAHASSEE WOMAN MAGAZINE
Look for a profile of me in the “Tallahassee Woman Magazine” December/January issue in the WOMEN TO WATCH section. For more information about this magazine with a distributorship of 24,000 and a readership of over 70,000, visit their website at www.TallahasseeWomanMagazine.com
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FLORIDA COURIER
This statewide black-owned newspaper will run an article on me and publishing this month tentatively titled, “Florida Publisher Reaches Out to Others.” I don’t have a publication date yet, so just be on the look-out for the newspaper or visit their website at
www.Flcourier.com
*

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
Capital City Chamber of Commerce meets on the 4th Monday of each month.
American Business Women's Association meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month.
Tallahassee Writer's Association meets on the 4th Thursday of each month.
For more information, please contact me.
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See ya next month on the web…

Barbara Joe Williams, Owner
Amani Publishing, P. O. Box 12045, Tallahassee, FL 32317
Website: Amanipublishing.net
Email: Amanipublishing@aol.com
850-878-1006 fax
850-264-3341 phone
Call me now!

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