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THE GIFT OF WORDS

Written by: Godfather

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A writer writes. Words in the mind of a creative spirit, simply MUST be expressed. Poems, lyrics, letters, novels, notes. We flip and twist; become captured by the sounds and descriptive acrobats of that which flows from our pen.

Umar Quadeer was always talented. From early on, he was spitting lyrics on the stage of name brand acts, and becoming known for his lyrical skills. A man of knowledge and wisdom, while in prison, the guys would often ask, Umar Quadeer, just how it was that he’d ended up there. No matter the options available, or the natural talent we may have, we all choose our paths, even when we don’t consciously make a selection. By NOT tapping into his talent, Umar had let himself down, and left himself to suffer within the troubling travels of his bad decisions.

From Philly, to Sacramento, and now Atlanta, Umar’s life has been a broken journey spotted with imprisonment. In fact, it was while in prison that Umar took the time to write. With 10 manuscripts under his belt, when he paroled, Umar originally tried his hand at self-publishing. However, he was quickly discovered by, Wahida Clark, The Queen of Urban Lit, when he approached her about having some books printed. She saw it. She liked it. She called. And, so the push began, shaping, Umar Quadeer, into one of the next wave of talented urban authors worthy of recognition. And, so, the journey begins.

ENEMY BLOODLINE dropped in June 2014. Now, meet and remember, Umar Quadeer, a man who’ll clearly be around for a while.

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What is ENEMY BLOODLINE about? 

Umar: Enemy Bloodline is about a Mixed Italian and black gangster named Spaz. He inherits a multi-million dollar drug enterprise and tries to carry on tradition. But, pretty women, FBI agents, and jealousy make his goal harder than he could ever dream of.

What makes your writing different than what’s out there?

My creativity and originality separates me from the rest.

Who/what were your inspirations? 

A song I wrote, called ‘5 Niggas in the Cadillac’, influenced me to write a book. The underground classic was a story from beginning to end.

Tell us about your rap history. How long were you in the biz? Who all did you work with? Any other music in your future? 

I hit the streets hard for a few years grinding my music. I did a show with the late Notorious B.I.G., but going back and forth to prison is what took me off that path. I’m working on a single as we speak.

I know you’ve acted as an extra in movies. Tell us about that. Which movies were you in? How long were you acting? Any plans for acting in the future?  

I was in this series called City of Angels. That was fun working besides Gabriel Union, she’s beautiful.

What other books do you have coming out, and when should we look for them? 

Enemy Bloodline part two is coming soon and I have an arsenal of other series coming so stay tuned!

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned about the business end of publishing? 

Stay on your A-game. You have to write like an author and think like a publisher.

Self-publishing. What were your greatest challenges?

There were a lot of challenges, but mainly the overall grind. Marketing, promotion, distribution and the preparation of the manuscript.

What advice would you give to a new author?

Work on your craft. Study before you dive in, and be yourself.

Marketing: Share one tip you’ve learned? 

Social media is the new stage for authors.

Distribution: Any advice there? 

Books don’t sell themselves.

Book signings: Anything in the works?

Yeah. Dec. 13th book signing, at the Cobb Center in Atlanta, Ga.

What’s next for Umar Quadeer?

Books, music, movies and clothes.

Anything else you want to share? 

Yeah. I want to think the higher power for generating energy inside my brain to be talented, and I want to thank, Wahida Clark, for giving me the chance to show the world my talent.

How can you be reached?

I can be reached easy through Instagram’s direct message.  Umar_quadeer_ on facebook and twitter.

 Purchase Enemy Bloodline now!

 

 

Bookstore Spotlight: Zitro Books

Urban bookstores are undergoing challenging times. They need authors to place books on their shelves and to come in to do book signings. They need readers to drop in and support (instead of always running off to the big box or chain stores). These are OUR people, selling OUR books. Which helps us to make a living, telling OUR stories, OUR way. And we need to do OUR part to support them. So Dc Bookdiva Publications and StraightChaser.com has decided to do just that. We will now be bringing you a weekly profile of the independent bookstores/vendors across America. We’re doing our part, so, please do yours and contact these  locations for book signings, or simply call them up and order a book. Oh, and don’t forget to always ask about the latest DCB titles. At DC Bookdiva Publications and StraightChaser.com we are always seeking new ways to serve the literary community we love, so hit us up, if you own a bookstore/retail outlet, if you know of a store/outlet/vendor you’d like for us to spotlight, or if you’ve simply got an idea or two. We always love to hear from you, and so would your local vendor. So call them up, to let them know you’ve read their spotlight and tell them you appreciate that they are there.  LET’S ALL DO OUR PART!

Today’s BOOKSTORE SPOTLIGHT is on:

 

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ZitrO Books
504 N McPherson Church Rd.
http://zitropublications.wix.com/zitropublications
zitropublications@yahoo.com
910 475 7919
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ZitrOBooks?ref=hl
(Twitter:)@AuthorDivineO

1. How long has your bookstore/outlet been in business?

We opened this particular location on October 3rd, 2014, but we had another location before that for a month and a mobile bookstore before that.

2. Do you carry just urban books, or do you carry other genres as well?

As long as the author is black we will carry their books.

3. What other items do you carry besides books?
Just books.

4. Have you ever written a book? What brought you to the retail market?

Yes. I have written several books that are published under my publishing company, ZitrO Publications. My online sales are doing very well, but I wanted to make a strong paperback presence and give other authors an opportunity to have their books on my shelves.

5. What are the challenges for book vendors today?
My challenge has been inventory. It is sometimes hard to get decent wholesale prices for the newer titles that readers are looking for.

6. How has eBooks effected your business?

It has spoiled a lot of readers.

7. Author support. What actions do you need from authors, to help grow your business?

Better wholesale prices.


8. Publisher support. What actions do you need from publishers, to help grow your business?


Again, better wholesale prices.


9. What are your buying/purchasing arrangements and how often do you pay out?


I purchase books from several different sources, both online and through various distributors. I try to offer my readers a large variety of titles to choose from. If I accept books on consignment I try to pay for those books as soon as possible. I do not return any books to the authors whether they sell or not.


10. Any last words to readers, authors or publishers?Any special events or announcements?


I am planning a large author book signing for November 29th, but our doors are always open for any authors to come and do a book signing.