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1. An American Marriage Book Review
As a book club selection, this novel will surely generate interesting discussions as there is so much to explore. However, does the basic story make for a great standalone read? That depends on if the reader can get past its one glaring flaw.
2. Self-Publishing Writing Tips
The number one task for any author is to deliver a well-written book. Here are seven tips to help writers improve their craft before introducing their book to the reading public.
3. Queenie Book Review
The novel Queenie has been described as "light, breezy, funny and witty," but is it really just a quick, lighthearted read?
4. A Racial Bias
From the Editor - Feedback from readers can be helpful and it is often enlightening. However, it can also be a reminder of how race weighs heavily on the minds of some readers.
5. Avoiding Stereotypes for Characters of Color
No matter how good or creative the storyline is, if the characters are unrealistically developed the writer has failed. Here are three tips to help create well-rounded characters of color without the trappings of stereotypes.
6. African American Literature Defined
What is African American Literature? Here's why that definition should change.
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8. Starting a New Book Club
Joining a book club is a great way to meet and discuss books with other readers and authors. However, if you can't find one that fits you, then just start your own.
9. Stock Photos for Black Books
You're a writer interested in self-publishing but are stumped when it comes to finding photos that will fit your book. Whether you're looking for the perfect book cover photo or photos to imbed within your work, these sites will lead you to professional images of African-Americans.
10. Book Clubs Bring Success to Black Authors
There are book clubs specifically devoted to spreading the word about black authors and their books. Black writers often don't receive the mainstream exposure they deserve so it's crucial that they take advantage of the buzz book clubs can provide.
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