Monday, November 18, 2019

SORMAG Digital - November - Men In Literature

This year is our annual Men In Literature Issue.  Meet some of the hottest male authors this year.

Wayne Jordan  - CLICK TO READ

Sherrod Tunstall - READ NOVEMBER 20th

Shakir Rashaan - READ NOVEMBER 22nd

Kevin Eastman - READ NOVEMBER 25th

Dean Hamid - READ NOVEMBER 27th

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I live on the beautiful tropical island of Barbados which is known for its shimmering crystal-clear waters and golden sands.  I'm a high school teacher who always dreamed of being a published author.  I didn't know, at that time, what I wanted to write, but following the advice of a few online author friends, I decided to write romance, a genre, which I read and enjoyed. In 2003, after winning the Heart & Soul Aspiring Authors' Contest (at the annual Romance Slam Jam Conference), an editor at the then BET Books, Demetria Lucas, read and made me an offer.  CAPTURE THE SUNRISE was released in November 2005, as part of a two-in-one volume, SLOW MOTION.  I write contemporary romance and category romance which features black heroes and heroines. I've always been an advocate for romance, in particular, romance which features a black hero and heroine.  I've watched the publishing industry and find the categorizing of the books, we black authors write, as shades of our past, rooted in slavery and segregation. We write contemporary, mystery, romantic suspense and in all the other genres.  As far as I know there is no genre called African-American.

How can readers get in contact with you?

Email –
Website –
Facebook –

What would you like readers to take away from your book?

A knowledge of the awesome power of love and the fact that it is timeless and transcends generations.

What did you learn while writing this book?

My research into 1960s Barbados and the USA taught me a lot about the turbulent time period and the Civil Rights Movement,

What did you hope to accomplish with this book?

I want readers to become more aware of black history and the strength and resilience of the black race, despite our experiences.

Which character did you have the most fun writing about?

While Chandra and Joel are my main characters, I became intrigued by Greg, Joel’s best friend.  I saw a young man who didn’t have Joel’s privileged upbringing, who wanted to do his part to change the world. Unfortunately, Dr King’s assassination broke his spirit. I will be exploring in his story, a sequel, PROMISE ME FOREVER.

What do you believe makes your stories stand out?

I’m not sure, but I hope it is the strong, but vulnerable heroes I write. Being a male, I hope I have a realistic perception on what motivate the male psyche.

What do you do when your book isn’t selling?

I believe that strong marketing is important, but that also means having the available resources to do it.
Beside yourself, what male author would you recommend SORMAG readers check out.

Keith Thomas Walker. I love his voice and his books. I was delighted when he agreed to be part of the Decades: A Journey of African-America Love Series.. His book, ELECTION DAY, set in the 1970s is an excellent example of his work.

Who was the first author you ever met?

Jacqueline Thomas in 2002, when I attended Romance Slam Jam for the first time. She picked me up at the airport.

How can we get more young men interested in writing and reading books?

We have to write more books that are written for them about the things they like and that interest them.

What’s the most interesting change in your life as a result of being a published author?

The number of readers and author friends I have met as a result of attending writer/reader conferences over the years,

What has surprised you most about being a published author?

The blatant racism which exist in the publishing world, especially, in the romance genre. Black authors have to fight harder to achieve the same kind of respect and success as our white counterparts. 

What about writing do you wish non-writers would understand?

That writing is not easy; that it takes years of discipline and hard work.

Can you give us one do and one don't for those aspiring to be an author?

Do learn your craft.

Don’t lose your unique voice.

When you're not writing, what do you like to do in your spare time?

I read a lot and I also watch a lot of television series and movies.

Oprah always asks, what do you know for sure?

I know I was born to write.

Any last words for our readers?

Thank you for your unwavering support, especially, during my illness.



Chandra Williams's dream of becoming an actress carries her from her home on Barbados to the bright lights of Broadway. But it's the 1960s, and her goal of gracing the stage is obstructed by the limited opportunities for black actresses. Driven to help end discrimination and inequality, Chandra joins the Civil Rights movement. Joel Donovan doesn't understand the need for the Civil Rights movement. His life of privilege has sheltered him from the struggles of the black community. However, he's intrigued by the courage and commitment of the beautiful immigrant from Barbados. Their attraction is immediate and powerful, and Joel is persuaded to join the movement. When their efforts result in Joel's freedom being challenged, Chandra gives him her unwavering support, but can their growing love survive the racial tensions and conflicts of the times?

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Friday, November 01, 2019

Promotion Mindset - Part 7 Promotion Mindset

FEAR and PROMOTION go together only when you are moving forward. It shouldn't be stopping you from working on your marketing. It should be getting you excited to try something new or learn something new to do for your marketing.
Fear will always be there, learning how to kick it out the way so you can ROCK your promotion is a daily challenge, but one you can beat.

1. Write Down Your Fears
This will let you know what they are and help you control them.

2. Pray
Prayer lets you release your fears.

3. Create a plan to tackle your fears
A plan helps you move forward.

4. Get an accountability partner
A friend can keep you on track with your marketing plan.

5. Acknowledge when you conquer a fear
Knowing you can conquer your fears, help you conquer more.
If you don’t change your promotion mindset, you won’t sell any books.  They’ll sit on the shelves, nobody will know about them and you’ll go down in history as the person who sold one book.  Don’t do that.  Don’t go down in history as the person who sold one book.  We want you—I want you--to sell millions and millions of books!  I want you to get in front of people.  I want people to say, “I love their books! ”. 
What I’ve tried to show you is you must have a promotion mindset.  Take the negativity out of your mind and know there are readers who want your book.  But, they have to be able to find you.  They have to know about you.  You have to get out there and work it.  You have to invest in yourself.  You have to invest in your books.  Believe someone needs your book. 
I leave you with a quote I use - Do One Thing That Scares You Every Day - Eleanor Roosevelt.

I completed the challenge and now I have a promotion mindset – I’m going to ROCK these social media streets #promotionmindset

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Promotion Mindset - Part 6 Are You Committed To Your Promotion?

PROMOTION FEAR: I don’t have enough time to promote or I’m not promoting enough or am I promoting too much.
Staying consistent with your promotion includes working your plan daily.  If doesn’t mean you have to do things every day, but it does mean you can schedule things to happen daily, so you look like you are promoting ever day even if you under deep deadlines.
I’ve learned that you can’t do everything and be every place.  When I published my first book, by the time the year was over I was burnt out on promoting.  I had tried to do everything every day.  I wore myself out.  It taught me that I wasn’t Super Writer and you don’t have to be either.
You can make time for promoting and be consistent without wearing yourself out.
I teach my clients that it’s about getting your books/products in front of the readers or customers daily.  You can do this by scheduling promotion, daily, weekly or monthly.  You can sit down every day and send out promotion if you don’t want to schedule it.  It’s your choice how you want to promote, just promote.
You can’t expect to write books or create products and not do the promotion.  Eventually you will have all these books or products that no one knows about, and you aren’t making any money.  Then all those fears you’ve been working so hard to get past, will return in full force. 
Include it in your schedule.  Take 15 minutes each day to get you started and then build on that time.  As you get into the habit of taking 15 minutes to promote, you will get into the habit of talking about your book or product more and sharing it with others.  It will become something you look forward to doing vs resenting it.  You have to make time for your promotion.
Staying consistent doesn’t have to be a chore.  Look at it as an opportunity to meet a new reader.  You want to share your book or product with this person and you want them to be excited and hopefully purchase it.  They will never know about your book if you don’t tell them about it. 
Do you have a fear of asking for help?  This use to be one of mine,  I didn’t want to bother anyone, or I didn’t want them to say no.
Ask for help when you need it.  Yes, you will need help.  Everyone needs help when they’re promoting.  Don’t keep thinking you’re going to get free help.  There’s only so much people can do for you.  If you’re a newbie, we’re going to help you as much as we can, but if you have ten or fifteen books—you need to make a plan and you need to come correct when you contact people.  If you don’t have the time to promote, then outsource the job to other people.  You need to get your VA (virtual assistant) to help pull things together.  People are so overwhelmed with promotion when they really don’t have to be. 
You can outsource a lot of things when it comes to promotion.  For instance, you can get me to do your e-blast for you or your social media campaigns.  You can go to other sites, too.  You don’t have to do it alone.  You do have to make the time and ask for help—but it won’t always be free help.  Even if you’re working with a VA, she’s not going to work for free.  She needs to pay her bills just as you need to pay yours.  Always be considerate when you’re working with other people.  They have families to feed, too.
Promotion Training is another form of help. Someone is always teaching the latest platform or services.  Invest in yourself.  If you’re having problems and don’t know what to do, get some help.  Don’t do it alone.
 Don’t sit there and believe you can’t sell anything, you can’t get in front of readers and it’s a done deal.  No, it’s not.  Get help.  Come talk to me.  Or talk to another writing coach so you can get your books in front of people.  You didn’t come into the business as a writer knowing how to promote your book.  That is something you learn every day. 
I didn’t know how to promote.  I had to learn.  It took me fifteen years to get it and I still don’t know everything.  It takes time to learn the promotion process. 
I want you to get help and get your books in front of people.  Don’t wait until the last minute, then say nothing is happening and you’re done.  I hear those words all the time.  I see it on Facebook a lot.  People are saying they’re done with writing.  They can’t find a readership.  They can’t sell any books. They’ve let the fears take over.
It’s because they don’t have a plan.  I ask writers what are they doing to promote their books and they tell me they’re on Facebook.  That’s it. Nothing else.  You can’t move forward with your promotion if you don’t have a plan. If Facebook is all you are doing, you need a strategic plan to work Facebook, so you are meeting readers daily.
Don’t promote alone.  Find a fellow writer you can help each other promote and help each other stay consistent.  When you have a partner, you don’t feel so alone in the promotion world.
You can brainstorm together, you can create campaigns together, you can help support each other.
1.    Schedule 15 minutes to promote.  Set it on your clock/calendar
2.    Sign up for a promotion training or find a site to help you with your promotion.
3.    Find an accountability partner

I’m committed to my book promotion. #promotionmindset
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