The African American Writer s Handbook

The publishers have matured and now see the black audience is not a monolith. Blacks are interested in a number of things, as you can see in the variety of writers working in the genre. Some critics write romances off as fluff, ...

Author: Robert Fleming

Publisher: One World

ISBN: 9780307554161

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 352

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With African Americans writing and buying books in record numbers, the time is ripe for a comprehensive publishing guide tailored expressly to the needs of this vibrant, creative community. The African American Writers Handbook meets this challenge perfectly. Written by veteran journalist and published author Robert Fleming, this book gives writers the heart, the determination, and above all the crucial information to publish successfully in this highly competitive field. Knowing the inner workings of the publishing industry provides any writer, novice or veteran, with a much needed advantage in the quest to get into print. Inside you'll find - A complete, step-by-step guide to every aspect of the publishing process, from the germination of a winning idea to the nuts and bolts of book production - Tips on submitting proposals, query letters, and preparing manuscripts for submission - Advice on negotiating contracts that extend careers - How to use on-line resources for research and profit - Interviews with top editors, agents, publishing executives, and bookstore owners - Updated information on copyrights, subsidiary rights, sales and marketing - The trials and triumphs of self-publishing - The art of promoting your work and yourself to a wider audience - An insider's look at the economic realities of the book business - And much more! Here, too, are scores of inspiring interviews and capsule biographies of leading African American writers both past and present. How did Richard Wright become America's first bestselling black writer? How did Zora Neale Hurston break through the artistic boundaries of the Harlem Renaissance long after her death? What was Toni Cade Bambara doing before she sold her first book? Why should Ann Petry, William Gardner Smith, Nella Larson, and William Melvin Kelley be revered wherever African American literature is read? Blending practical information and fascinating anecdotes with a mini literary history of African American writing, this upbeat, savvy, essential guide is a publishing primer with soul.

The African American Writer s Survival Handbook

... Marion A. 108 Writer's Digest 123 Writer's Market 1991 Writer, The 123 Writers & Artists 108 Writers House, Inc. 108 Writers Literary Service, The 109 Writers' Association, State of New York 108 Writers' Productions 109 Writers' ...

Author: LaRita Booth Pryor


ISBN: UOM:39015021522233

Category: African Americans

Page: 167

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The African American Writer s Guide to Successful Self publishing

THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN WRITER'S GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL SELF-PUBLISHING gives you an Easy-to-Follow Ten Step Plan for Successful Writing and Publishing.

Author: Takesha D. Powell

Publisher: Amber Books Publishing

ISBN: 0972751971

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 148

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THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN WRITER'S GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL SELF-PUBLISHING gives you an Easy-to-Follow Ten Step Plan for Successful Writing and Publishing. You will learn Takesha Powell's winning techniques for Successful Self Publishing, as she elaborates on topics such as: How to Make Money with Your Self-Published Book; How to Sign Contracts for Large Advances; How to Get a Literary Agent; How to Craft your ideas; How To Format your Manuscript; How to Capture Your Market; How to Do Internet/Electronic Publishing; How to Write Query Letters and Winning Proposals; How to Market and Promote Your Book for Little or No Money; How to Sell Your Book Nationally. IT'S ALL HERE!! Includes a complete listing of African American Bookstores, Book Publishers, Distributors/Wholesalers, Black Newspapers, Editorial Resources and more

The African American Guide to Writing Publishing Non Fiction

GENERAL TEXT RESOURCES African American Resource Guide to the Internet c/o On Demand Press PO Box 6488 Columbia, MD 21045–6488 Writers.Net: Every Writer's Essential Guide Gary Gach Prima Publishing, 1997 The Writer's Guide to the ...

Author: Jewell Parker Rhodes

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 9780767910859

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 368

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In college and graduate school, Jewell Parker Rhodes never encountered a single reading assignment or exercise that featured a person of color. Now she has made it her mission to rectify the situation, gathering advice and inspiring tips tailored for African Americans seeking to express their life experiences. Comprehensive and totally energizing, the African American Guide to Writing and Publishing Nonfiction bursts with supportive topics such as: ·Finding your voice ·Getting to know your literary ancestors ·Overcoming a bruised ego and finding the determination to pursue your dreams ·Gathering material and conducting research ·Tapping sweet, bittersweet, and joyful memories ·Knowing when to keep revising, and when to let go The guide also features unforgettable excerpts from luminaries such as Maya Angelou, Brent Staples, Houston Baker, and pointers from bestselling African American authors Patrice Gaines, E. Lynn Harris, James McBride, John Hope Franklin, Pearl Cleage, Edwidge Danticat, and many others. It is a uniquely nurturing and informative touchstone for affirming, bearing witness, leaving a legacy, and celebrating the remarkable journey of the self.

The Twentieth Century American Fiction Handbook

A useful guide to some major strands of contemporary fiction, looking at such issues as realism, ... Studies Focused upon African American, Native American, and Ethnic Writers Houston Baker, Jr., Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance ...

Author: Christopher MacGowan

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781405160230

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 410

View: 607


This student-friendly handbook provides an engaging overview of American fiction over the twentieth century, with entries on the important historical contexts and central issues, as well as the major texts and writers. Provides extensive coverage of short stories and short story writers as well as novels and novelists Discusses the cultural contexts and issues that shape the texts and their reputations Wide-ranging in scope, including science fiction and recent Native American writing Featured writers range from Henry James and Theodore Dresier to Toni Morrison, Don DeLillo, and Sherman Alexie Ideal student accompaniment to courses in Twentieth-Century American Literature or Fiction

The Columbia Guide to African American History Since 1939

Brooks ushered in a new era of critical acclaim for black writers with Annie Allen ( 1949 ) , which won the 1950 Pulitzer Prize . THE ROLE OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN WRITER The mainstream recognition accorded to Brooks occasioned the ...

Author: Robert L. Harris

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231138113

Category: History

Page: 442

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This book is a multifaceted approach to understanding the central developments in African American history since 1939. It combines a historical overview of key personalities and movements with essays by leading scholars on specific facets of the African American experience, a chronology of events, and a guide to further study. Marian Anderson's famous 1939 concert in front of the Lincoln Memorial was a watershed moment in the struggle for racial justice. Beginning with this event, the editors chart the historical efforts of African Americans to address racism and inequality. They explore the rise of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements and the national and international contexts that shaped their ideologies and methods; consider how changes in immigration patterns have complicated the conventional "black/white" dichotomy in U.S. society; discuss the often uneasy coexistence between a growing African American middle class and a persistent and sizable underclass; and address the complexity of the contemporary African American experience. Contributors consider specific issues in African American life, including the effects of the postindustrial economy and the influence of music, military service, sports, literature, culture, business, and the politics of self-designation, e.g.,"Colored" vs. "Negro," "Black" vs. "African American". While emphasizing political and social developments, this volume also illuminates important economic, military, and cultural themes. An invaluable resource, The Columbia Guide to African American History Since 1939 provides a thorough understanding of a crucial historical period.

The Columbia Guide to Contemporary African American Fiction

not share the prejudices against African American authors found at most of the established publishing houses . ... Fire !! had as its express goal the promotion of younger , avant - garde writers who shunned the middle - class ...

Author: Darryl Dickson-Carr

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231510691

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 280

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From Ishmael Reed and Toni Morrison to Colson Whitehead and Terry McMillan, Darryl Dickson-Carr offers a definitive guide to contemporary African American literature. This volume-the only reference work devoted exclusively to African American fiction of the last thirty-five years-presents a wealth of factual and interpretive information about the major authors, texts, movements, and ideas that have shaped contemporary African American fiction. In more than 160 concise entries, arranged alphabetically, Dickson-Carr discusses the careers, works, and critical receptions of Alice Walker, Gloria Naylor, Jamaica Kincaid, Charles Johnson, John Edgar Wideman, Leon Forrest, as well as other prominent and lesser-known authors. Each entry presents ways of reading the author's works, identifies key themes and influences, assesses the writer's overarching significance, and includes sources for further research. Dickson-Carr addresses the influence of a variety of literary movements, critical theories, and publishers of African American work. Topics discussed include the Black Arts Movement, African American postmodernism, feminism, and the influence of hip-hop, the blues, and jazz on African American novelists. In tracing these developments, Dickson-Carr examines the multitude of ways authors have portrayed the diverse experiences of African Americans. The Columbia Guide to Contemporary African American Fiction situates African American fiction in the social, political, and cultural contexts of post-Civil Rights era America: the drug epidemics of the 1980s and 1990s and the concomitant "war on drugs," the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement, the struggle for gay rights, feminism, the rise of HIV/AIDS, and racism's continuing effects on African American communities. Dickson-Carr also discusses the debates and controversies regarding the role of literature in African American life. The volume concludes with an extensive annotated bibliography of African American fiction and criticism.

Afro American Women Writers 1746 1933

Forty-one Afro-American women writers are examined in this unique anthology. Ranging from recognized poets to women who were "lost" or forgotten, the vitality of their literary endeavors paved the way for modern Afro-American tradition.

Author: Ann Allen Shockley

Publisher: G K Hall

ISBN: STANFORD:36105003794083

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 465

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Forty-one Afro-American women writers are examined in this unique anthology. Ranging from recognized poets to women who were "lost" or forgotten, the vitality of their literary endeavors paved the way for modern Afro-American tradition.

African American Nonfiction Books in the 21st Century

The year 1943 brought Roi Ottley's New World A - Coming : Inside Black America from Houghton Mifflin . As World War II ended in 1945 , St. Clair ... The African American Writer's Handbook : How to Get in Print and Stay in Print .

Author: Harry B. Dunbar


ISBN: 096436543X

Category: African Americans

Page: 54

View: 221


This work is essentially a bibliography consisting of a representative sampling of 58 nonfiction books published in the year 2004 about African Americans and about the issues that impacted and impact us, - viewed in the context of the canon of 664 selected from those published in the last two decades of the twentieth century. The offerings of the mainstream press in the period 1939-1964 are cited as a backdrop. Ninety-one titles published over the years 2001 to 2003 constitute the sampling for that period. The surge in the publication of books in the canon at the end of the 20th century is analyzed.

The Harvard Guide to African American History

Bracks , Lean'tin L. , Writings on Black Women of the Diaspora : History , Language , and Identity ( 1998 ) . Brawley , Benjamin Griffith , Early Negro American Writers ( 1935 ) . The Negro Genius : A New Appraisal of the Achievement of ...

Author: Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674002768

Category: Social Science

Page: 923

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Compiles information and interpretations on the past 500 years of African American history, containing essays on historical research aids, bibliographies, resources for womens' issues, and an accompanying CD-ROM providing bibliographical entries.

The South Carolina Encyclopedia Guide to South Carolina Writers

Finney left Sumter in 1975 to attend Talladega College in Alabama, where she found her calling as a writer. ... There she cofounded the Affrilachian Poets, a collective of African American writers in the Appalachian region.

Author: Tom Mack

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 9781611173482

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 208

View: 630


The South Carolina Encyclopedia Guide to South Carolina Writers expands the range of writers included in the landmark South Carolina Encyclopedia. This guide updates the entries on writers featured in the original encyclopedia and augments that list substantially with dozens of new essays on additional authors from the late eighteenth century to the present who have contributed to the Palmetto State’s distinctive literary heritage. Each profile in this concise reference includes essential biographical facts and critical assessments to place the featured writers in the larger context of South Carolina’s literary tradition. The guide comprises 127 entries written by more than seventy literary scholars, and it also highlights the sixty-five writers inducted thus far into the South Carolina Academy of Authors, which serves as the state’s literary hall of fame. Rich in natural beauty and historic complexity, South Carolina has long been a source of inspiration for writers. The talented novelists, essayists, poets, playwrights, journalists, historians, and other writers featured here represent the countless anonymous individuals who have shared tales and lore of South Carolina.

Gale Researcher Guide for Pauline Hopkins and the African American Response to Naturalism

The Schomburg Library of Nineteenth-Century Black Women Writers. New York: Oxford University Press, 1990. Knight, Alisha R. Pauline Hopkins and the American Dream: An African American Writer's (Re)Visionary Gospel of Success.

Author: Mandy A. Reid

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9781535848381

Category: Study Aids

Page: 7

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Gale Researcher Guide for: Pauline Hopkins and the African American Response to Naturalism is selected from Gale's academic platform Gale Researcher. These study guides provide peer-reviewed articles that allow students early success in finding scholarly materials and to gain the confidence and vocabulary needed to pursue deeper research.

The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in America

Greek), Christic America, gendered identity, and ethnic, immigrant diversity. Lazarus is followed at the turn of the twentieth century by other Jewish American writers including Israel Zangwill, who invents the term “melting pot,” and ...

Author: Paul Gutjahr

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190258856

Category: Religion

Page: 640

View: 678


Early Americans have long been considered "A People of the Book" Because the nickname was coined primarily to invoke close associations between Americans and the Bible, it is easy to overlook the central fact that it was a book-not a geographic location, a monarch, or even a shared language-that has served as a cornerstone in countless investigations into the formation and fragmentation of early American culture. Few books can lay claim to such powers of civilization-altering influence. Among those which can are sacred books, and for Americans principal among such books stands the Bible. This Handbook is designed to address a noticeable void in resources focused on analyzing the Bible in America in various historical moments and in relationship to specific institutions and cultural expressions. It takes seriously the fact that the Bible is both a physical object that has exercised considerable totemic power, as well as a text with a powerful intellectual design that has inspired everything from national religious and educational practices to a wide spectrum of artistic endeavors to our nation's politics and foreign policy. This Handbook brings together a number of established scholars, as well as younger scholars on the rise, to provide a scholarly overview--rich with bibliographic resources--to those interested in the Bible's role in American cultural formation.

Gale Researcher Guide for Slavery and the Origins of African American Fiction in the Writings of William Wells Brown

His areas of expertise include nineteenth-century African American literature and black writers in the late eighteenth-century Anglo-Atlantic world. He is particularly interested in early African American pamphleteering and the rise of ...

Author: Eric M. Curry

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9781535848633

Category: Study Aids

Page: 7

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Gale Researcher Guide for: Slavery and the Origins of African American Fiction in the Writings of William Wells Brown is selected from Gale's academic platform Gale Researcher. These study guides provide peer-reviewed articles that allow students early success in finding scholarly materials and to gain the confidence and vocabulary needed to pursue deeper research.

2007 2009 African American Scholarship Guide for Students Parents

Is A Great Woman $ 14.95 How to Be an Entrepreneur and Keep Your Sanity $ 14.95 Real Estate and Wealth ... Investing in the American Dream $ 15.95 The African - American Writer's Guide to Successful Self - Publishing $ 14.95 Fighting ...

Author: Dante Lee

Publisher: Amber Books Publishing

ISBN: 0976773570

Category: Education

Page: 195

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Provides listings of scholarships, fellowships, and internships for African-American high school students from different organizations, plus advice on how to prepare for college and succeed while there.

Handbook of Effective Literacy Instruction

Creating writers through 6-trait writing assessment and instruction. ... A practical guide to conferring with student writers. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann ... Cultural preference and the expository writing of African American adolescents.

Author: Barbara M. Taylor

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 9781462511518

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 625

View: 414


This highly readable handbook synthesizes the best research on K-8 literacy instruction and distills key implications for classroom practice. Noted contributors provide clear recommendations for creating effective, motivating classroom environments; teaching core components of literacy; integrating literacy with content-area instruction; and building a schoolwide literacy program that helps all students succeed. Helpful figures, tables, resource lists, reflection questions, and concrete examples from real classrooms make the book an ideal tool for teacher training and professional development. Numerous reproducible worksheets and checklists can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size.

The Afro American Novel and Its Tradition

Proceeding chronologically from William Wells Brown's Clotel (1853), to experimental novels of the 1980s, Bell comments on more than 150 works, with close readings of 41 novelists.

Author: Bernard W. Bell

Publisher: Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press

ISBN: UOM:39015012847482

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 421

View: 161


This study is an addition to the growing body of scholarly analysis examining the Afro-American contribution. It is based on the premise that in the last 25 years the traditional canon of American literature excluded important minority authors. Proceeding chronologically from William Wells Brown's Clotel (1853), to experimental novels of the 1980s, Bell comments on more than 150 works, with close readings of 41 novelists. His remarks are framed by an inquiry into the distinctive elements of Afro-American fiction. ISBN 0-87023-568-0 : $25.00.