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  1. Mel Hopkins < https://aalbc.com/tc/profile/18-mel-hopkins/ >  said on the post < https://aalbc.com/tc/topic/8495-what-do-you-want-out-of-life/ >
      Mel Hopkins said:
    To know what purpose the human species serves. It appears every other species are caretakers of this planet - and accomplishes their role in the ecosystem. I'd like to know the human's purpose.  

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    the purpose of the human species in relation to earth is like all other children of earth, to live on earth. 

    The great problem with humans is the idea that earth can be killed by humans, it can't. If all the nuclear bombs went off and tons of pollution was made, the earth will not die. Many children of earth will die, but not the earth. The earth, like any lifeform, will heal itself. IT will take the earth a while but it will eventually. 
     

    1. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      "to live on earth"  <-- simple but not easy. 🙂

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    This week on the podcast we are joined by Lateefah Zawistowski to discuss all things OverDrive. As an account manager for OverDrive, Lateefah gives us the inside look at how OverDrive works, how authors can add and market their books on OverDrive, and how libraries utilize the service. She also shares some advice on pricing your books for libraries, what trends she’s currently seeing in library sales, and she discusses the impact of the pandemic on libraries.

    • Lateefah tells us about her role as account manager at OverDrive and why she believes publishers and indie authors alike should consider opting their books into OverDrive
    • She discusses the borrowing habits of readers and how they change based on the genre, and she tells us why the library is such a great tool for discovery, especially for backlist and midlist titles
    • Lateefah explains how libraries purchase books from OverDrive, the multiple purchasing models available to authors and libraries, what time of year libraries are most likely to be purchasing books, and she gives some advice on how to price your eBook for libraries
    • She gives us her predictictions for library trends in 2021 and beyond, and explains why the surge of new library users at the beginning of the pandemic, while great, isn’t necessarily enough to support local libraries
    • Lateefah discusses OverDrive promotions and she explains how merchandising is essential to discoverability on OverDrive
    • She explains the global reach of OverDrive and how many different markets they’re available to, from public libraries to education to corporations, and she discusses the different language markets outside of English Language books
    • Lateefah talks to us about current trends in library sales, what books have sold the best during the pandemic, and she explains why genre fiction is having a big moment right now

    LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW OR READ THE TRANSCRIPT USING THE ARTICLE BELOW

    KWL - 245 - Optimizing OverDrive with Lateefah Zawistowski - Kobo Writing Life

     

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    Happy Audiobook Month! What better way to celebrate than by uploading your audiobooks directly to Kobo! Especially because it’s incredibly easy to do.

    How easy, you ask? You can upload your audiobook in only ten steps (and one of those steps is signing into your account)! Here’s how:

    Log into your Kobo Writing Life account here: https://www.kobo.com/writinglife


    Select the Audiobooks tab on your dashboard. Don’t see the audiobook tab? Send us an email at writinglife@kobo.com and we can activate it for you!
    Click “Create new Audiobook”. Once on the audiobook uploading page, you can start inputting your audiobook information. You will first be asked to describe your audiobook. This includes: the title and subtitle (remember to only include text that appears on your book’s cover!), the series name and number if your book is part of a series, the contributors including your narrator, your synopsis, publisher name and imprint, your publication date and release date, your ISBN (this must be a unique ISBN and cannot be the same as your eBook or print book!), and finally the language of your audiobook and whether it’s abridged or unabridged.
    You will then be required to enter the categories for your title. These categories will determine how your audiobook is labelled and categorized in the Kobo Store. We recommend selecting three categories for each book to ensure that customers who are browsing through our store have a better chance of finding your titles.
    Next, you will need to upload your cover image. We accept cover images in .png, .jpg and .jpeg file formats. We recommend the minimum size of audiobook cover images be at least 600px by 600px. Covers for audiobooks should be square; if they are not, they will be automatically adjusted. Please note: cover images cannot exceed 5 MB in size.
    Now you are ready to upload your audio files! You can drop files directly from your computer into the Upload Audio Files section or select the folder on your desktop that contains your audiobook files. We only accept audio files in .mp3 and m4a formats. An individual file cannot exceed 200 MB in size and all files combined cannot exceed 2 GB in size. Please wait for your audio files to be completely uploaded before moving to the next step. You will know when files have been successfully uploaded when the “Listen to confirm content” prompt appears .
    Once your files have been completely uploaded, you can then start to make your Table of Contents. The Table of Contents organizes your audiobook to make sure it is in reading order. You can move the files up and down to ensure they are in the correct order and provide the chapter title for the file under the “Name of Content” section. Please note: What you list in the “Name of content” section will appear in the Table of Contents customers use to navigate your audiobook on our apps.
    You will then be asked to provide the geographic rights for the title. Please select the countries you own the rights to sell your title in. 
    The final step is to set the price for your title. Please input the price of your title in all the available currencies. Audiobooks pricing is slightly more complicated than eBooks. The royalty percentage thresholds are as follows:

    35% royalties for audiobooks priced $2.99 or lower
    45% royalties for audiobooks priced over $2.99

    Please note: If a customer redeems a free trial token for your audiobook, the royalty amount will be 0. If they redeem using a paid token, the royalty amount will be 32%. Otherwise, the royalty amount will be the values displayed above.
    Once all steps have been completed you can then select publish! If you have missed any steps, you will receive an error message. Otherwise, your audiobook is in good hands and has been sent for processing. It will soon be available on the Kobo store in 24-72 hours. 
    Be sure to let us know when you’re publishing new audiobooks so we can add them to our audio new release calendar! < https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdy1Hzav1WCotnQqd9zOmrUYj5OMcQcqQ-YJl_erliV6apuYQ/viewform

     

    Happy Audiobook Month! - Kobo Writing Life

    1. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      Overdrive - but it would apply to any service.   I've noticed that many independent authors and even some traditionally published authors hand over their intellectual property to vendors.    

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    This week on the podcast we are joined by Lateefah Zawistowski to discuss all things OverDrive. As an account manager for OverDrive, Lateefah gives us the inside look at how OverDrive works, how authors can add and market their books on OverDrive, and how libraries utilize the service. She also shares some advice on pricing your books for libraries, what trends she’s currently seeing in library sales, and she discusses the impact of the pandemic on libraries.

    • Lateefah tells us about her role as account manager at OverDrive and why she believes publishers and indie authors alike should consider opting their books into OverDrive
    • She discusses the borrowing habits of readers and how they change based on the genre, and she tells us why the library is such a great tool for discovery, especially for backlist and midlist titles
    • Lateefah explains how libraries purchase books from OverDrive, the multiple purchasing models available to authors and libraries, what time of year libraries are most likely to be purchasing books, and she gives some advice on how to price your eBook for libraries
    • She gives us her predictictions for library trends in 2021 and beyond, and explains why the surge of new library users at the beginning of the pandemic, while great, isn’t necessarily enough to support local libraries
    • Lateefah discusses OverDrive promotions and she explains how merchandising is essential to discoverability on OverDrive
    • She explains the global reach of OverDrive and how many different markets they’re available to, from public libraries to education to corporations, and she discusses the different language markets outside of English Language books
    • Lateefah talks to us about current trends in library sales, what books have sold the best during the pandemic, and she explains why genre fiction is having a big moment right now

    LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW OR READ THE TRANSCRIPT USING THE ARTICLE BELOW

    KWL - 245 - Optimizing OverDrive with Lateefah Zawistowski - Kobo Writing Life

     

    now4.jpg

    Happy Audiobook Month! What better way to celebrate than by uploading your audiobooks directly to Kobo! Especially because it’s incredibly easy to do.

    How easy, you ask? You can upload your audiobook in only ten steps (and one of those steps is signing into your account)! Here’s how:

    Log into your Kobo Writing Life account here: https://www.kobo.com/writinglife


    Select the Audiobooks tab on your dashboard. Don’t see the audiobook tab? Send us an email at writinglife@kobo.com and we can activate it for you!
    Click “Create new Audiobook”. Once on the audiobook uploading page, you can start inputting your audiobook information. You will first be asked to describe your audiobook. This includes: the title and subtitle (remember to only include text that appears on your book’s cover!), the series name and number if your book is part of a series, the contributors including your narrator, your synopsis, publisher name and imprint, your publication date and release date, your ISBN (this must be a unique ISBN and cannot be the same as your eBook or print book!), and finally the language of your audiobook and whether it’s abridged or unabridged.
    You will then be required to enter the categories for your title. These categories will determine how your audiobook is labelled and categorized in the Kobo Store. We recommend selecting three categories for each book to ensure that customers who are browsing through our store have a better chance of finding your titles.
    Next, you will need to upload your cover image. We accept cover images in .png, .jpg and .jpeg file formats. We recommend the minimum size of audiobook cover images be at least 600px by 600px. Covers for audiobooks should be square; if they are not, they will be automatically adjusted. Please note: cover images cannot exceed 5 MB in size.
    Now you are ready to upload your audio files! You can drop files directly from your computer into the Upload Audio Files section or select the folder on your desktop that contains your audiobook files. We only accept audio files in .mp3 and m4a formats. An individual file cannot exceed 200 MB in size and all files combined cannot exceed 2 GB in size. Please wait for your audio files to be completely uploaded before moving to the next step. You will know when files have been successfully uploaded when the “Listen to confirm content” prompt appears .
    Once your files have been completely uploaded, you can then start to make your Table of Contents. The Table of Contents organizes your audiobook to make sure it is in reading order. You can move the files up and down to ensure they are in the correct order and provide the chapter title for the file under the “Name of Content” section. Please note: What you list in the “Name of content” section will appear in the Table of Contents customers use to navigate your audiobook on our apps.
    You will then be asked to provide the geographic rights for the title. Please select the countries you own the rights to sell your title in. 
    The final step is to set the price for your title. Please input the price of your title in all the available currencies. Audiobooks pricing is slightly more complicated than eBooks. The royalty percentage thresholds are as follows:

    35% royalties for audiobooks priced $2.99 or lower
    45% royalties for audiobooks priced over $2.99

    Please note: If a customer redeems a free trial token for your audiobook, the royalty amount will be 0. If they redeem using a paid token, the royalty amount will be 32%. Otherwise, the royalty amount will be the values displayed above.
    Once all steps have been completed you can then select publish! If you have missed any steps, you will receive an error message. Otherwise, your audiobook is in good hands and has been sent for processing. It will soon be available on the Kobo store in 24-72 hours. 
    Be sure to let us know when you’re publishing new audiobooks so we can add them to our audio new release calendar! < https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdy1Hzav1WCotnQqd9zOmrUYj5OMcQcqQ-YJl_erliV6apuYQ/viewform

     

    Happy Audiobook Month! - Kobo Writing Life

    1. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      I hope writers realize this service  is “AND," not instead.

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  4. as an ebook writer, I Can say a lot about this, but the reality is authors of ebooks need to ban am*zon ourselves. Stop publishing through them. am*zon comprehends one key point, most artists whether they want to admit it or not, are so desperate to make a dollar, that they are unwilling to risk any financial penalty, thus they gamble the safest financially, and that means publishing through am*zon in the ebook world.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/03/10/am*zon-library-ebook-monopoly/

    1. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      "I Rather we be prostitutes with a dirty pimp than slaves to a master. "

       

      Or writers can remain independent...It's just as hard as being pimped by am*zon but the payoff is much sweeter.  😀 The remaining farmers are fighting the good fight. Let us be the writers who do the same!

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  5. Well... it is another Friday, another day to love, to Oxum, Oshun, Freya, or Venus, another day to Kizomba!
    SOmetimes, you just dance to have fun and we see that in Irina dancing side José N'dongala, I love how the camera moved when he tried a trick.


    enjoy a free read

    https://www.kobo.com/ebook/the-nyotenda

     

    1. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      just love this. I hope before I leave this dimension I meet my dance partner.  It is so awesome to twirl through this life with someone you trust to keep you on your on your feet and even when you're not lol

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  6. as an ebook writer, I Can say a lot about this, but the reality is authors of ebooks need to ban am*zon ourselves. Stop publishing through them. am*zon comprehends one key point, most artists whether they want to admit it or not, are so desperate to make a dollar, that they are unwilling to risk any financial penalty, thus they gamble the safest financially, and that means publishing through am*zon in the ebook world.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/03/10/am*zon-library-ebook-monopoly/

    1. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      Thank you! Your explanation gives a comprehensive view of the United States business model. It is as if the Union won the battle, but the confederates won the war. It's time the rest of us wake up to "we hold these truths to be self-evident" that only the landowners and corporations are equal - and the rest of us serve at their pleasure. 

       

      As you've outlined here, it appears former U.S. President Bill Clinton's failure were features of the system under which we operate. It was the republican party that came up with the welfare-to-work program - and Clinton, who also wanted to overhaul the welfare system, signed it into law.  

      Your essay comes at the right time in my life - I doubt if I would have agreed or understood it had I not come to the realization this country operates as laissez-faire capitalism with slavery as an economic system underbelly.  

       

      Your observations resonate with me - I would have to research to fact check if they are more nuanced than factual - but as presented, It makes sense to me why billionaires should pay a lot more taxes since they've benefited from the infrastructure we all helped to put place.

      It's like we were are unwitting investors who've paid for research and development, paid for the infrastructure and production.  And now we also have to pay for the products too. What's worse, we don't receive dividends on our investment - instead, we worked ourselves out of an opportunity to receive compensation by selling our labor.  

       

      And those of us who are publishing with am*zon are nothing more than prostitutes working for a pimp. We create the product from concept to production, and we ask a third-party (am*zon) to deliver us to a customer. Then am*zon returns pennies on a dollar instead of the other way around.

       

      Dang, suckers in a hustlers' world.

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  7. as an ebook writer, I Can say a lot about this, but the reality is authors of ebooks need to ban am*zon ourselves. Stop publishing through them. am*zon comprehends one key point, most artists whether they want to admit it or not, are so desperate to make a dollar, that they are unwilling to risk any financial penalty, thus they gamble the safest financially, and that means publishing through am*zon in the ebook world.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/03/10/am*zon-library-ebook-monopoly/

    1. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      "he didn't comprehend the internet in the same way he didn't comprehend labor."

       

      @richardmurray please elaborate. Discuss how Bill Clinton's welfare to work program corresponds to the internet retailers and social networks?

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  8. as an ebook writer, I Can say a lot about this, but the reality is authors of ebooks need to ban am*zon ourselves. Stop publishing through them. am*zon comprehends one key point, most artists whether they want to admit it or not, are so desperate to make a dollar, that they are unwilling to risk any financial penalty, thus they gamble the safest financially, and that means publishing through am*zon in the ebook world.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/03/10/am*zon-library-ebook-monopoly/

    1. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      We are our own worst enemies! I don't publish ish through am*zon.  I did once and then I immediately pulled the book off because it felt wrong.  What I don't understand is why anyone would publish through that website.  Thank you for sharing the article.

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  9. Book Wish List 
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    • Sympathy for the Devil: An Angela Bivens Thriller by Christoper Chambers - A metaphysical police procedural romance thriller with a Black female lead? How could it not be good? I must read this book! 
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    • Trumbull Park by Frank London Brown - I found out about this book from my daughter. Her partner's grandfather wrote this novel about hostile integration at Chicago's Trumbull Park public housing in the late 50s. Ain't that some ish? Public Housing was reserved for whites only but, everyone's taxes fund the project. Good News, though, in 2020, the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame selection committee nominated Mr. Brown's novel for inclusion. It appears from this post from Richard Guzman he was inducted.  BRAVO!!

      https://richardrguzman.com/frank-london-brown-inducted-into-the-chicago-literary-hall-of-fame/

    •  
    • TBD
  10. Have a Wonderful and Prosperous New Year!!! 🤗
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    1. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      You're welcome! I hope you had a great celebration!

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  11. Hi doll! Miss you. 

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      Mel Hopkins

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      I don't know much about the book business, and well, I am trying to research book publishing.  

      @Chevdove 

      You're welcome and thank you!  Stay tuned!  I will be posting more on my blog here at AALBC!  https://aalbc.com/tc/blogs/blog/43-marketing-is-a-4-letter-word/   - There's a follow button in the upper right corner and you will be notified when I post a new entry.  

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  12. I blogged about him in 2014. In 2016 Casey Gerald gave a tedtalk "the gospel of doubt" that npr says went viral then today I noticed Penguin Random House published his memoir in 2018... He was on my radar because of a new post I was writing -what I didn't know is he's on the world's radar too.  I wonder what they have planned for him.

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    1. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      Happy Valentine's Day @richardmurray !  

      I don't believe the hero's journey  conforms to all stories.  Children's books come to mind - I just wrote a story about my grand"pup" and communication. And that story is more of a fable and doesn't follow the path of the hero's journey.  

      NOW my novel, "Sleeping with a D-Man" follows the Hero's Journey's format at every step.   So, I'd say most novels loosely follow the structure.

      Now here's where my personal belief comes in. Whenever, I'm experiencing and going through a particularly stressful period in my life.  I take a step back and map out the points and highlights on the Hero's Journey plotline to see exactly where I am in the journey. I want to see if the prize is on horizon.  :D

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  13. Hi doll! Miss you. 

    1. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      @Troy  my "when someone post on my profile" notifications is disabled.  I didn't know that Chevdove sent me a "hello"... Would you allow my profile to receive notice.  I just tried to set the alert but I got a noticed that "toggle is disabled by administrator"

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  14. Hi doll! Miss you. 

    1. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      HI @Chevdove  I'm here! I'm mostly posting in black lit, readingblack and my blog here -"Marketing is a 4-letter word here.  I'm still reading your posts too!  😘

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  15. ARES"ARES" stars 26-year-old Dutch actress Jade Olieberg who plays a multi-ethnic character that advances the original series plot in ways that are not obvious in the beginning.  My initial reaction was the .5 % wealthiest of society will not be happy.  But then this portrayal of secret societies targets any of us who "belong" to one.  Cutting to the chase without spoilers;  this series asks "What do you want" and what are you prepared to do to get it.  I'm still thinking  about this show today. It revealed a lot to me about myself ...and has me giving the side eye to friends, family and folks I see on the street.  I couldn't binge watch the series - it was a little too intense for me.  What did you think about ARES?

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      Mel Hopkins

       

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      Black planet's problem is twitter and facebook, @richardmurray


      How is twitter and facebook a problem for Black Planet?  I assume you mean competition.  Am I correct? 

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  16. ARES"ARES" stars 26-year-old Dutch actress Jade Olieberg who plays a multi-ethnic character that advances the original series plot in ways that are not obvious in the beginning.  My initial reaction was the .5 % wealthiest of society will not be happy.  But then this portrayal of secret societies targets any of us who "belong" to one.  Cutting to the chase without spoilers;  this series asks "What do you want" and what are you prepared to do to get it.  I'm still thinking  about this show today. It revealed a lot to me about myself ...and has me giving the side eye to friends, family and folks I see on the street.  I couldn't binge watch the series - it was a little too intense for me.  What did you think about ARES?

    1. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      "Why didn't we go about owning more? the answer is simple, we didn't have a strong enough we to do something collective in the first place. "

       

      I believe we went for owning more - we had black voices, black planet, but yes the weakness lies in wanting to be seen and accepted by the power structure in place.   We need to go where there's an opportunity for advancement - if  mainstream book, newspaper and magazine editors frequent facebook and twitter and notice follower counts to award commissions, and book deals - isn't that the place to go?   At this time what black-owned platform can guarantee -professional advancement?  That's what we're up against. Without mainstream access we are regulated to "black famous." Now, that is cool with me but maybe not those who are looking to grow a large fan base.

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  17. Greetings Everyone and Happy 2020'

     

    I am feeling energized by what is still yet to come for me and continuing my journey.  I recently went out to perform and it felt great being appreciated by the crowd.  Here is a little clip of me.

     

    Peace!

     

    https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0?ui=2&ik=37701fd47c&attid=0.1&permmsgid=msg-a:r172384196585482943&th=16fa897786429dd7&view=att&disp=safe&realattid=16fa896ea276ea0d9b71

     

     

    1. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      I would like to see your performance but this link isn't operational.

  18. Hello Mel!

     

    I cannot find the thread where you offered my wife and I some suggestions re: an editor last year.

    I thanked you then and thank you again.

    We did find an Editor right here in Panama, where we live and she did a great job.

    Here's our website: Clandestine-Life.com

    We will soon self-publish as an ebook.  Very soon.

     

    Thanks to you and to Troy.  He was also quite helpful to us.

    1. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      Edit: I was able to post the link when I tried again.

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  19. Hello Mel!

     

    I cannot find the thread where you offered my wife and I some suggestions re: an editor last year.

    I thanked you then and thank you again.

    We did find an Editor right here in Panama, where we live and she did a great job.

    Here's our website: Clandestine-Life.com

    We will soon self-publish as an ebook.  Very soon.

     

    Thanks to you and to Troy.  He was also quite helpful to us.

    1. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

       

      @DamaniCongratulations!  We had our conversation in the readingblack club on this website -

      https://aalbc.com/tc/topic/4975-welcome-please-introduce-yourself/?tab=comments#comment-27567

      I would post the link but I keep getting a firewall block notice. 

        I'm glad that @Troy and I could be of assistance.  Also I got a chance to visit your website and it presents well on my mobile device!  Nice! Please don't be a stranger - at readingblack.com (the online club here on aalbc.com where we first met.)  I'd like to read about your book journey.  Much continued success! 

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  20. I recently updated a short story for digital readers called "Classified" - The political thriller is the first in the series of the small-town reporter Nicole Jettison aka Nicky Jett.  Nicky developed her supernatural gift during the first year in college.  Nicky's prophetic dreams transported her to the netherworld.  Once there, she gained abilities to see and battle shape-shifting drug dealers and a sorcery-wielding obeah priestess. She also recognizes nothing is as it seems.  When Nicky recovers, she hides in a journalism career.  She breaks news stories thanks to her all-seeing third-eye.  Nicky's gift is well-suited for news reporting but awful for her personal life.  Nicky morphs into a full-blown space-cadet once those preternatural abilities gain control. Check out Nicky Jett's riveting back story in the page-turner "Sleeping with a D-Man" available at theleadstorydotorg.

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  21. Happy Hardcore Easter 🙂

     

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    1. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      @richardmurray   Not sure. There is an interview I want to get but it really isn't about the celebrity  per se, but more about the  topic.  This particular subject is known for creating value for the professional boxers he manages - and that goes to the core of the story I'm interested in writing next.  

       

        I really don't pursue celebrity interviews.  I prefer to write about topics such as my cryptocurrency article in the same issue.  

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  23. The art of lying:) from #Omarosa enjoy what is the lesson concerning the fury from black folk that lick white people's balls or the lies we tell, for she is trying to bring down the, i quote her, the most powerful man in the universe, and she has the audiotapes to try  https://photos.app.goo.gl/G9RxaEaqCzGNepML9

    1. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      I was one of those "why" children who grew up to be a news reporter and I can usually tell when someone has rehearsed a "response". Omarosa rehearsed that one for awhile 😮

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    1. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      @Kween Yakini  Issa Rae was a great interview.  I learned that she was no overnight sensation either - she put in the work - and it allowed her to be in the right places at the right time - hooking up with the right people. 

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