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    When I worked for Penguin USA and G.P. Putnam's Sons - I worked in Academic Marketing & Sales and Special Sales, respectively. Big 5 Trade book publishing houses don't just have A Marketing department, they have several marketing and sales department for children's books, Young Authors, Back List etc... Here's where I'l will post some ideas on ways to distribute your titles beyond bookstores and online retailers such as Amazon. If you think of some please include them too.. Thanks to @Sharon Wilson for reaching out and remind me! For starters: How about writing a grant for your favorite charity that could benefit from your book? This way your charity can purchase your book wholesale and distribute it to the stakeholders. Not only is your book bought, it's also distributed it too!
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    I believe....... That......YOU SIR......have just proven my case and cleared my name! Thank you.
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    @Del Egads, man, have you lost your mind? Those statements were enough to elicit a comment from me. You'll probably change your opinion about me after you read this response but - so be it. "The sun will come up tomorrow." Pioneer is one of the reasons i stopped posting because i found his stance on most things so insufferable, i needed to remove myself from an atmosphere of "familiarity breeding contempt", a situation reminding me that "if you can't say anything good, it's best to not say anything at all". My time here was up because my having difficulty in finding anything good to say about anything, made me a liability. Taking a break was not a hard decision. i had stayed too long at the party. And Troy and Mel do a very good job of keeping things real. Who needs my contrarian input? 🤐 it should come as no surprise then that i totally disagree with everything your said about Pioneer. i consider him the most egotistical, person on this board. Every conclusion he comes to has its origin in the ego that fuels how he perceives the world. All he needs is one experience to carve his opinion into the stone of an obstinacy that fosters whatever he decides about things in general and black people in particular, to be adamantly true because he considers himself to the ultimate authority. Facts, figures, studies be damned in his cherry-pickin' the tree of information. Forget Mel's and Troy's and Kalexander's rebuttals that refute his BS. When he's not preaching his gospel, he states the obvious because he is not an original thinker and yes, from time to time, he assumes a phony air of humbleness, often prefacing his remarks with the phrase "I may not be the smartest person in the world, but - ", an introduction that is subsequently proven accurate as he lays out his lengthy "dissertations" that are saturated with shallow subjectivity. "Self-assessed himself" ? Puleeze. He is incapable of regarding himself as anything other than right about the subjects he zeroes in on. Kalexander is at least, able to discern and admit his shortcomings."Funny"? He's ridiculous. Because Pioneer couldn't wrap his brain around "Childish Gambino" 's spoof, he decided something was wrong with Gambino instead of considering that he, himself, is a one-dimensional clod who can't see past his nose. His attitude about black women, is full of inaccuracies and notions that date back to 50 years ago, and are example of how out of touch he is in this era, dictating to us who our role models should be and what our motivations are, and who is and who isn't "black", as if a mentally-promiscuous, polygamy advocate like himself, the anti-thesis of what a role model for black males should be, has any room to criticize sistas. As i've previously stated, Pioneer is an example of a certain type i've come across down through the years, - individuals who simply make my gut recoil. That's an inexplicable fact of my life; not an opinion. I'm well aware that my observations on this subject don't really matter, and i would've refrained from expressing them if you hadn't brought my name up in a paragraph where you felt a need to sing an off-key version of Pioneer's praises. And speaking of opinions, Del, i haven't changed mine in regard to your using Pioneer as a vehicle to deride Troy. (Just for the record, however, you don't make my gut recoil! You just make my eyebrow rise. 🤨😉) Unfortunately, I think your admission that you don't believe in "facts" or "objectivity" pretty much undermines everything you have said. it would seem you are just blowin smoke. And this includes your mention of having encounters with a broad cross section of people What creeps between the lines is that beneath all the layers of your facade of being cool and detached, is a sensitive, easily offended person, - a someone who finds it necessary to say that he is impervious and psychic - because it is not obvious that this is the case. And i'm sorry that this further unsolicited criticism will seal my doom with you when i express my disagreement with your prediction that Donald Trump will be removed from office. IMO, no amount of credible evidence will be enough for him to be ousted. He is becoming entrenched, gradually gaining converts because the average white American can identify with his bad character and disregard for authority and the truth. Plus, the nation is not prepared for the upheaval his being forced out of office will precipitate. But i will, indeed, be glad to be wrong on this subject! And it won't be the first time i've been wrong, something i'm sure you'll agree with. C'est la Vie. Back to my retreat. My work here is done. Carry on. 😁
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    There is a lot to unpack there Del, but if I post a reaction to something on this forum -- I absolutely read what was written. I'm not sure you explanation of Cynique has not posting lately is completely accurate. She can better speak for herself, but she is in her 80's and has posted here longer than anyone else (almost as long as myself)... So you think Pioneer is the only one being honest, or rather more honest than most? That is interesting because I don't generally tell lies here. In fact I think I'm too transparent sometimes. I don't think Kalexander's opinions are any stronger than anyone else's -- certainly no stronger than yours or mine. I think you see his opinions as being strong (or egotistical) because, for some reason I don't understand, he rubs you the wrong way. Del I was not arguing as you stated, "that Feminism is of lesser importance than the Black struggle" I would however argue that is probably the case for a Black woman. There is a difference. The choice between racism and sexism is like deciding whether it is more important to fight for air or water. Obviously you need air more urgently, but both are very important. This is analogous to my view for Black women joining white women to in the fight for their rights. Sandra Bland was not killed because she was a woman. As far as Feynman and Newton it is easy to hold brilliant and charismatic (in Feynman's case) people in high regard. It is the folks you disagree with that you have to work on. I'll check out the Foster video before crashing tonight.
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    Hi, I sure do hope Colins can play football professionally again, especially because I heard he was very talented. Also, I just recently looked back at some links about some of the cases such as Trayvon Martin and Castile, and I coulda kicked myself... I became drawn into it and couldn't pull myself away for some time, and it was so emotionally draining and depressing. I had planned to look back over this kind of news by setting aside time, but I kept putting it off, until, I heard about the recent news of M. Zimmermann being sommoned for stalking. I've learned so much that I had not known and, as sad as it may be about Colin's career, I gotta tell ya, I understand why he did it; took a knee. What is going on in the world today, especially America, is surreal.
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    @Troy and All, Yes, it is an AMAZING story. Transportation for research has been the biggest expense so far - thousand$. Thankfully, there were three local historians/researchers who had already done tremendous work and they willingly shared the documents and information they had dug up. We are forever grateful Three examples of what they shared with us: photocopies and handwritten transcriptions of my great grandfather's trial record where he challenged the all white jury because it was not "a jury of his peers" - THIS WAS IN 1868!!!![/b] handwritten letter from my great grandmother's "owner" seeking a military escort to take his valuable property (enslaved Africans) from Franklin, TN to Montgomery and far from the reach of Union forces - IN 1862 a handwritten statement, decades later, from a founder of the local KKK Klavern listing the others present at their first meeting in Franklin, TN We are EXCITED!!! CLANDESTINE - The Times and Secret Life of Mariah Otey Reddick tells the story of my great grandmother's family. Family lore has it that she was a SPY when she - as is WELL-DOCUMENTED - worked in the household of President Jeff Davis in Montgomery before the Confederate White House was established in Richmond, VA. Out of concern for their safety, records of Union spies were destroyed after the war, so unfortunately we have no confirmation. However, you might remember that another African/Black woman - Mary Elizabeth Bowser - spied for the Union in the Richmond White House!! http://time.com/4350450/mary-richards-bowser/ I'm sorry, y'all!! I got carried away!!!! Damani
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    Well, Brothers and Sisters, we've made some progress. Troy referred us to an editor who did a wonderful Manuscript Review. THANK YOU VERY MUCH TROY!! @Troy I don't know the protocols, so I won't mention her name, but she gave us positive feedback, some critiques and excellent suggestions for honing our 399 page (much more when double spaced!) manuscript into a book. VERY grateful to her!!! We are - and I hope it is OK to mention it here - now in the last phase of a crowdfunding campaign to help offset some of the pre-publication expenses. Check out our video and more information here: igg.me/at/ClandestineBook The backstory of how and why we came to write our historical novel is here: Clandestine-Life.com We WILL publish this year! Damani
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    Oh, hell-to-the-no! I doubt there are very many heterosexual Black men on Earth -- even --- the British ones, who could give a flying f*ck about this wedding. Assuming Mel is serious, I suspect that there is a strong correlation between the genders (assuming two for simplicity sake) regarding interesting in the "royal" wedding. If there are any men Black heterosexual men who watched the wedding, I'd like to hear from you. What motivated you to do it and what did you get out of it? As far as the so called "race" of the bride, who cares?
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    @Delano I hope you are right, but without doing nearly as much research you have done history tells us that the law is very slow at catching up with wealthy people — if ever.
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    Are you collecting sales, likes or customers? One thing that soured me on selling books through amazondotcom and even luludotcom was both companies had information on those who purchased my books that I didn't have. Not knowing my customers put me at a disadvantage. It meant that when I had a new book they might like I had to wait until Amazon or lulu got around to telling them. What if I just wanted to keep in touch? I'm a firm believer in KIT Marketing (Keep in Touch Marketing) I also couldn't reach out to them to find out what they liked about my book...( knowing what customers like helps you to create more of it.) \ All this to say; 2. if you haven't already started, It's time to build your own mailing list.
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    That is high praise @Cynique thank you. @Pioneer1 you can't have it both ways man. You can't say on one hand that Del's observation that you are humble and your admission that you are not are perfectly valid, because they are subjective, while his observation that you are honest is statement of fact. The truth of the matter is @Delano is in no position to assess your honesty, despite his psychic abilities -- man you aren't even honest about your identity. All he, any of us, can do is express an opinion. However, we will never know if that opinion is accurate. As far as humility, this we can assess that based upon the manner in which you express yourself. Again, as you freely admit, humble you are not. This assessment is not nearly as subjective as you are trying to make it seem. Anyone who believes they know more the the world's scientific community cannot be humble. K2, Del did a some readings in my home for a group of friends it was a very nice evening and everyone had a really good time. Del, in person, is a very laid back, unpretentious dude. I think these forums allow us to express sides of ourselves which we would not typically present in the real world. I think however when you use an avatar you can take these liberties to an extreme that you might not when you using your real identity.
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    @Del I never questioned Kalexander's claims as a writer. I was skeptical about him having a degree in journalism. But i repeat, his assessment of pioneer's hogwash was actually on point to me, possibly because we were on the same wave length. You did a 360 degree turn on pioneer who you used to clash with because he'd needle you about your convoluted sentences and psychic predictions. Then you had this great epiphany and decided to canonize him and proclaim him the saint of Every Man, the anti-dote for Troy's academic intellect. Folks have changes of heart, although when Kalexander first came on this board, i remarked that i liked him OK because he could take criticism and was refreshingly kooky.
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    @Delano Come on man, describing @Pioneer1 as humble is a bit much; don;t you think? I doubt he, himself, would use that word to describe his personality particularly as it has been presented on this discussion forum. Honest, sure, but no more honest than anyone else. Honest and humble -- LOL! Gimme a break! I'm not splitting hair here, Pioneer will go toe to to with anyone here. He will assert his opinion even when it is unpopular or flies against the entire scientific community. He can take a joke as well as dish one out. He is assertive and frequently initiates conversation on controversial topics -- indeed he enjoys this. His opinions and steadfast defense of them is a driving force behind this forum and his absence would be missed. No Del, these are not the makings of a humble person 🙂
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    Gentlemen, the argument between empirical experience, science, and external realities (objectivity) all stem from an internal natural need to make sense of our worldviews which we proclaim in the form of opinions. Opinions are like buttholes, lol, because everyone has one - only size and functionality really matter; or weight and accurateness. Darwinism's validity, if any, is based entirely on creationism's argument regardless of how scientifically reasoned; just as the doctrine of ideas/theories that God immediately creates life out of nothing is rejected for theory, the need for something more natural and tangible. As for me, I'm still learning to resist the temptation to be right all the time, in the face of obvious wrongs. And i'm getting there little by little. You know! It's useless explaining to someone who knows everything; changing the minds of people with unmovable convictions, a fool and his money, etc. Now, if that sounds like "why develop medicine when everyone's going to eventually die; or why elect anyone for president if nothing will ever change than it comes back to each of us, what's in it for me/us? That character, or aggregate quality that distinguishes one person or thing from another; sole or personal nature. A target on the back of my people is a target on my back, a victory for my people is a victory for me. Me, me, me. Everybody's about her/his self; it's nature, morally not wrong but is the nuke that'll destroy us all. In time.
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    @Pioneer1 I missed your reply. The website is not based upon what you understand as "race." It is based upon culture, what you call "afro-american" culture. However in recent years the site's scope has expanded beyond Afro-american culture, but lets leave that aside for a moment. As a result, the site includes books written by white people because they have written books important to the culture. Again the so called "race" of the bride is irrelevant to me -- mostly because the royal wedding means less than nothing to me. But more generally who people choose to love is up to them why should I be concerned? @Chevdove, my initial reaction may have been a bit harsh, but the fact is I could not help but hear about this wedding it short of becoming a hermit, it was impossible to avoid. I hate being force fed this type of information.
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    Pioneer, I'm no more zealous than you are. Look, I know science has been perverted to do all kinds of ill things two black folks justify slavery, before scientific experiments on us, and more. But believe in in the evidence presented about a single race of humans or man's contribution to climate change is completely different. Okay, maybe I misunderstood what you wrote here, are you saying that this only applies to 20 year olds?
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    On. PBS. Channel, They. Talked. About. Famous. Books,To,Read. The Black. Authors. Books. Mentioned.James-Baldwin,Another. Country,Ralph. Ellison,Invisible Man,Zira-Hurston,Their. Eyes. We're. Watching. God,Alice. Walker,Color-Purple,Sister. Fallujah,The. Coldest. Winter,And. Colson-Whitehead,The. Intuitionist...Toni Morrison,Beloved...
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    ethiopian post apocalyptic film enjoy @Mel Hopkins @Troy
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    Then I suspect Del that 45 must be going insane. Very few people have ever had this level of insults constantly hurled at them. 45 has to live in his own bubble of fox news, sycophants and disillustion racists. The real world is much too hostile. If he were not POTUS I would probably feel a but sorry for him.
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    This sentiment is similar to what Kanye said about slavery being a choice -
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    I am not optimistic about America. It's like the fall of Rome. You should have a lot of clients.
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    Yeah, brother Troy, your piece and the segment are virtually identical. Though I believe more of Google's DOD drone and weaponization of social media aspirations merit greater scrutiny as well. Especially since Google's aim appear to target the Black business community. Thanks for the share!
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    DAMN by Kendrick Lamarr won a Pulitzer Prize for music...
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    3. Think Like an Editorial Director - and curate and create News your audience can use. Even if you have one name on your mailing list treat that one person like she represents 1,000 subscribers because she does if we can depend on exponential growth. Sometimes good content could be related to your book's subject matter - especially if you're an expert. Other times you may have to think beyond your book and really know what your customers need. For example, @CDBurns runs a website with the tagline "in-depth sneaker info. http://arch-usa.com/ I haven't sign up for his mailing list but I do follow him and his conversation on disqus. Chris Burns designs,and runs his shoe business but he also has his own publishing arm to the business too. Burns is ahead of the curve. Major Brands are now just realizing that they need a media department. I thought about him when writing this post because just yesterday, he told me about Brooks running shoes and their partnership with Black Girls Run. I'm not a sneaker head but his information appeals to me. This means when I think of sneakers, I remember him. You connecting with your audience through your expertise means they will remember you too.