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The African American Writers Handbook : How to Get in Print and Stay in Print
The African American Writers Handbook : How to Get in Print and Stay in Print

by Robert Fleming

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Free within Ourselves; Fiction Lessons for Black Authors
by Jewell Parker Rhodes

"a top-notch writer's guide filled with practical guidance, essays, and journal exercises, including advice from E. Lynn Harris, Charles Johnson, John Edgar Wideman, Rita Dove and others.

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Map of Black bookstores
A Database African American Book Stores from all over the US.

A list of other Popular Black Book Web Sites

A List of Online Black Newspapers in America 

Information to assist with Grant Writing

An article that provides tips for promoting your book.

50 Best Places to Meet Other Book Lovers Online

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Article Why Advertise On-line - An article on the benefits of on-line advertising

Glossary of Publishing Terms: from Acquisition Editor and Advance to Wholesaler and Word of Mouth, you'll find the definition of scores of publishing terms.

A list of Internet Terms and Definitions.  If you are going to use the Internet as you might as well learn at least a few of the technical terms. 

Recommended Books

2016 Guide to Literary Agents2016 Guide to Literary Agents
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Chuck Sambuchino (Editor)

The Best Resource Available for Finding a Literary Agent!

No matter what you're writing--fiction or nonfiction, books for kids or adults--you need a literary agent to secure a book deal. The 2013 Guide to Literary Agents is your essential resource for finding that literary agent--without fear of being scammed--and getting your book published. This new, updated edition of GLA includes: (Read More)

 

Writer's Market 2016: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting PublishedWriter's Market 2016: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published
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The 2016 Writer's Market is our most up-to-date, informative edition yet. This book contains thousands of publishing opportunities for writers of a variety of genres. Order this book for complete, detailed listings on how to submit materials to book publishers, consumer and trade magazines, contests, awards and literary agents. Each listing is complete with contact and submission information including the types of materials being sought after!  (Read More)

 

This Year You Write Your NovelThis Year You Write Your Novel
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By Walter Mosley

"With Mosley as instructor, how can your novel go wrong?" —Library Journal

No more excuses. "Let the lawn get shaggy and the paint peel from the walls," bestselling novelist Walter Mosley advises. Anyone can write a novel now, and in this essential book of tips, practical advice, and wisdom, Walter Mosley promises that the writer-in-waiting can finish it in one year. Intended as both inspiration and instruction, the book provides the tools to turn out a first draft painlessly and then revise it into something finer. Mosley tells how to: - Create a daily writing regimen to fit any writer's needs-- and how to stick to it. - Determine the narrative voice that's right for every writer's style. - Get past those first challenging sentences and into the heart of a story.

 

Bartlett's Familiar Black Quotations: 5,000 Years of Literature, Lyrics, Poems, Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs from Voices Around the World

Bartlett's Familiar Black Quotations: 5,000 Years of Literature, Lyrics, Poems, Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs from Voices Around the World
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by Retha Powers

Hardcover: 832 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (November 19, 2013)

A comprehensive, all-new collection bringing together the most thoughtful, inspiring, and wisest voices from the Black diaspora across history.

Additional Resources on Writing and Publishing

Huria Search
Use the Huria Search Engine to Find Information from the Black Perspective

Magazines devoted to or supportive of AA LiteratureAn AALBC web site which lists magazines which accept submissions for publication including Poetry, and short stories. 

Writers Guild of America Agency listings, TV & film industry news.

Gotham Writers' Workshop A resource for classes and information on writing

Journalism Job Listings  J-Jobs is a service to the journalism community provided by the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

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