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Written by: Wesley “Godfather” Hunter

What do you call a man who’s misspent over $20,000 to launch his own publishing company? Who’s acquired promotions and entered into chain store deals requiring him to pay for the printing and shipment of 5000 copies of a paperback, only to have those paperbacks returned less than 60 days later, after being told the chain store had closed? A man who then runs into another bunch of dream sellers, which promise to help re-distribute the few copies which could be salvaged from the jumbled junk which had been literally shoved into a box and returned, only to discover that this group too would almost instantly disappear into thin air, without returning a single copy. Leaving shuttered doors and changed numbers in their wake. Yes, what do you call him? What do you call a man who’s been almost signed, but then warned not to do it? A man who’s chased his dreams, but then given up? A man who’s sat in a cage with a pen and a dream, who was a boss in the streets and commanded his change, but then enters the so-called “legit” world to become a victim of thieves, left suffering with the angers and pains which drive a reformed hustler to his knees: the streets calling, the clouds falling. A dream filled with storms and rains. What do you say? What do you call him?

In 1996, Rumont TeKay, was just 18 years old, when he was captured with a kilo of rock cocaine and sentenced to 35 years in the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Rumont was made to serve 12 years on that sentence, and while serving his time, Rumont began to write. A prisoner with a dream and no clue, simply trying to find his way, but as a penpal of a then incarcerated Wahida Clark, he had formed a long term bond which mattered; a bond which even he himself couldn’t know would prove to be so life changing and meaningful.


With the ups and downs of the publishing game; with the twists and turns; with the ones at the  top suddenly in flux, and the entire landscape of the industry so drastically changing, I can promise you that everything you thought you knew just 3-5 years ago; all of the so-called top dogs of the industry, tools, costs and trends: Everything and ALL OF IT has changed. So, just imagine being trapped in a cage, with no mentor, no internet, no phone, no plugs, and no clue… The publishing game can be super challenging and made even more so by the physical state of our struggle. That said, Rumont had taken the journey, put it all on the line to escape old ways and carve out a new life, and, in the end, was left holding a shamefully empty bag loaded down with dull hope. But, then, the Urban Lit. Queen called.

In April 2014, after Rumont had all but given up and walked away from his   dream of becoming an author, Wahida Clark picked up the phone and asked him simply, “you ready?” she said that her people had taken a look at Rumont’s novel ‘Venom in My Viens’ and they instantly knew that they had to have it! Rumont had sent Wahida the manuscript almost a year before and had pretty much forgotten about it as he continued on with day-to-day life. Until, one day, he just happened to call his old penpal friend to check on her. The convo eventually turned to him asking if she’d read the manuscript, he then discovered that she had not and, in fact, that she’d been moving around so much that she didn’t even recall having seen it! Yet, the call lead to the hunt, the hunt then lead to the discovery, and the rest, as they say is history! On, August 26, 2014, VENOM IN MY VIENS by Rumont TeKay, officially dropped, and is currently making major waves, as a part of the WCP Team.


In the beginning, I asked you what you’d call a man like Rumont TeKay. Well, I’ll tell you what I call him: I call him a man with a vision, a man on the move. I call him a serious author/business man who’s taken the risks and paid his dues. I call him reborn, rebirthed, replenished, refilled and ready to take the game by storm!

I promise you, Rumont TeKay, is NOT just another fly-by-night author out to make a bit of extra lunch money on the side, this brother is the honest to goodness built-to-last truth! I assure you, this is a guy who’ll be around for a while, and I’m truly honored to have met him. I definitely see what Lady Wahida saw, and so, now, I share him with you.

Venom In My Veinz. Hell of a title. Tell us about your book, what’s it
about? Why the title?

RT: It’s about a young kid (Bromise Balducci) growing up in the streets of Chicago, fatherless, and worships the ground that his biological grandfather (Brisco Balducci) walks on. It just so happens that Brisco is the Head of one of the two most powerful mobs within the underworld, so Bromise was born in to it. And the story also has a profound love saga inter-woven into the plot, as Chasidy mirrored Bromise’s very image, although they clearly had their differences. And the two make one dynamic team. The title Venom In My Veinz is when pain meets with fury.

I know you’ve spent a lot of money in trying to go it alone. You ran into some struggles. Learned some lessons. Knowing now what you do, would you have done it different?

RT: I have no regrets. Sometimes you have to pay financially to learn from your mistakes. Rather you pay knowingly up front, or get swindled from behind, experience is always the best teacher. However, I will say that the biggest change or difference this go around is that I removed my publisher’s hat and focused only on being a writer.

What advice would you give someone who’s actively building their own company?

RT: Make sure your company is legally registered. Do your due diligence and connect with reputable peers in the business. Start the same way you want to finish. In other words, branding is everything and you start at the onset. Don’t cut corners in the production of your works. And take advantage of every marketing avenue known, be creative, a trailblazer, and create your own lane.

Self-publishing vs. Publishing what advice do you give?

RT: Well, that depends on what the person is trying to achieve and in what order they look to achieve it. It also depends on what the current options are. If you are an aspiring author who has a manuscript that you really believe in, my advice would be to look around at publishing houses, see who’s doing what and where your work would be a good fit, and then submit. Now after doing this a few times, only to receive back rejection letters,then it’s time to think about self-publishing. And never stop networking.

What’s the most challenging part of this business?

RT: Time management.

What marketing tips would you give?

RT: Look at what other successful people in the business are doing. And don’t be afraid to take calculated risks. That’s what separates the men from the boys, the ability to recognize an opportunity and pounce on it like never before.

What distribution tips would you give?

RT: Major distribution is an absolute must if you truly want your voice to be heard by the masses. My tip is to get signed.

How many books have you written? What are the titles?

RT: Venom In My Veinz is the only title that I’m promoting at this time.

Who is Rumont TeKay?

RT: A child of God. A father. A friend. Goofy at times. A realist and an all around cool dude.


What makes your writing different?

RT: I write from the soul through my perspective.

Sitting in a cage with a pen and a dream, what/who inspired you to

RT: While doing time, a very talented author caught my attention with his novels. He wasn’t the first to do it, but his books were the first to resonate with me. His name is Victor L. Martin. After I read his first book, the flame within me was lit. I quickly dove into his second book, finished it and reached out to him with praises and works of my own. He reached back with support and words of encouragement. That was all the motivation I needed. I immediately put my pen to work! Thereafter, we remained in contact and years later, we are now label mates. God is good! Big Shout out to, Victor! Hold ya head, you don’t have much longer!

What advice would you give a new author?

RT: Keep writing. Hone your craft. Work hard at being the best at what you do and the literary world won’t be able to deny you. There’s a place for you, all you have to do is get in where you fit in.

What’s your thoughts about eBooks?

RT: I like paperbacks better.

Speak to the readers: why should they take a chance on Rumont TeKay?

RT: In Truth, my pen recipe contains the ASG formula: Action! Scandal! Grit! Venom In My Veinz will cause sexual arousal to the tenth power, provoke intellect, and take you on a ride you won’t soon forget. Simply put: this book will make your jaw drop.

I know it’s a little early in the progress, but talk about your vision
to marry hip hop music and Hollywood personalities: what, if any,
help/support/talent are you seeking?

RT:  I have a big Book Release Party Celebration scheduled in downtown Chicago on November 15, 2014. And we are looking to do it even bigger the following month in Atlanta. And I’m not stopping there. The plan is to create a movement which will enhance the literary industry as a whole, and bring back the camaraderie. I’m in the process of talking with celebrities who have shown interest in partnering up. So stay tuned for sure.

What’s next for Rumont TeKay?

RT: Expect to see the sequel to Venom In My Veinz, in the near future, and other projects are on the horizon as well. I’ve decided to stick around for a while.

I see you’ve been nominated for Outstanding Author in Urban Literature 2015. Tell us about that. How were you selected? How will the winner be decided?

RT: Yes, and I’m humbled, honored, grateful and every other feeling along those lines. AMB Ovation Awards allows the readers to vote for their favorite authors, and by God’s will I was chosen. I was elated and shocked to say the least, mainly because I wasn’t even aware that the contest was taking place. So I didn’t even get a chance to promote it. The winner will be announced on December2014. I’m up against four powerhouses, so justbeing nominated is a win for me.

Anything else you want to say or share?

RT:  Through it all there’s one thing I’ve learned… and that is, hope never dies just as long as one breathes life into it. Starting small is the beginning of it all, so never-mind your age. You’re never too old to learn, nor too young to teach. Just never lose hope in yourself, no matter the price.

Where can your book be found?

RT: Aside from the usual Amazon, Barns-N-Noble, etc., it could be found wherever books are sold nationwide. Venom In My Veinz is also available in Audio as well.

How can you be reached?


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The Power of Social Media w/Author Mike O

“It seems like Facebook is starting to slowly become MySpace 2.0. It started off cool, then you let ratchet people get a profile and things go crazy! You got people getting killed over Facebook drama now! I have a profile too but I barely get on. The only time you’ll see me logged on Facebook is when I’m posting some pictures or wishing someone a happy birthday. I barely accept my friend requests. It’s just too much drama!”

-Aaliyah Anderson, from the forthcoming young adult novel “The Diary of Aaliyah Anderson”

As I wrote my first novel The Diary of Aaliyah Anderson I debated with myself on what topics I should take on. There are so many things that happen with the youth of the community that needed to get brought to light! However, the way social media has impacted our lives was something that definitely needed covering. All I needed to do to is scroll down my Facebook news feed to get inspiration for the content I was about to write. There’s so much ratchetness that it makes your head hurt!

From the inappropriate, half naked pictures and twerking videos to the fight videos and endless photos of guns and marijuana, it’s evident that we need to have a lesson on proper social media etiquette. The worst part of this equation is that there are countless adults that would benefit from learning how to carry themselves on social media as well. It seems like all sense of ethics, moral value and brain power is lost when people log in to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! Like what was said the quote above from my novel, we even have people getting killed over Facebook and Twitter drama.

The definition of the world “social media” is “a form of electronic communication through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content”. The internet was said to make the world closer, and the addition of social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram tighten things up even more. It’s a shame that many people don’t wake up to the power that they have in their fingertips. I surely did.

If it wasn’t for one fateful night in December of last year, I wouldn’t even be here speaking to you right now. The opportunity of a lifetime was inboxed to me by my current author mentor Benjamin Janey! A couple of months later, I was discovered by my publisher Tiah Short (more widely known as the Dc Bookdiva) and offered a publishing deal.

How’d I do it? Well, I did it through the positive usage of Facebook and this e-book website called Wattpad.com, where The Diary of Aaliyah Anderson has 25,000 reads. Bottom line, what you post on your profiles matters. It can build fantastic business and/or personal relationships or cause drama and turmoil.

Author and one of my fellow publishing label mates under DC Bookdiva Publications Mike O takes on the negative aspect of social media usage in his short story series called Fakebook Chronicles and The Tweet Files. Hailing from North Carolina, which recently had Cary rank as the fourth most dangerous small town in America, Mike O has a wealth of knowledge on how to navigate past the negativity that comes on a daily when it comes to social media drama.

Without further ado, here’s my sit down interview with Mike O on the state of social media and his two social media themed short stories!


Randall: What prompted you to write The Tweet Files and Fakebook Chronicles series?

Mike O: I’m a social media junkie. I need help and I’m not in denial! Seriously, with me and my life, I just always been a street dude and have always been on them, ducking a century behind bars, and evolved with the streets. The internet came into play, and these computer screens took our attention away from reality, traveling up the information highway. By the time I reached Facebook and Twitter I had been dealing in the social media for quite some time.  I wanted to write something fresh and new, plus show people the mindset of the type of individuals they choose to play online games with.

Randall: In your opinion, how has social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter changed the dynamics of relationships? Is it positive or negative?

Mike O: Facebook and Twitter took the heart out of people and poured it all into their fingertips with no conscious, nor any immediate reactions to the slick things they say to people. I grew up in the era of having to say things face-to-face. Anything that wasn’t said just wasn’t meant to be said and that was that. Now, there are no boundaries and the things that are being said that would never fly out the mouths’ of these people in person. It’s a positive tool for networking and meeting good people if you’re a business person or a good person yourself. Strong relationships are built online. However, it’s negative if you’re a smart mouthed, drama filled person that brings drama upon yourself or if you surrounded by a bunch of drama filled people. Birds of feather flock together whether you do the same things in life or not. Great minds connect to great minds, and small minds usually run in drama filled cliques.

Randall: How do you feel about women posting provocative pictures on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter? Be honest!

Mike O: Honestly, I love women and sexy bodies. As I click the pictures I think to myself, “Would I want a chick like that?” Maybe I would for a night or two of fun but not for a true lady.  I guess it’s a difference between classy and trashy, but you can’t tell in a pic that’s for sure. With that said, I need my classy boo clothed in public and in front of these thirsty online clowns.

Randall: Likewise, how do you feel about brothers in the street who take to their social media pages to show off their guns and drugs?

Mike O: So we back to the online clowns? They have to be the dumbest “brothers” on the face of the earth. These are the type of dudes that grew up thinking movies were real and rappers were leaving the studio and going on the block or out killing people when in reality all the real gangsters are dead or locked up. While they’re showing their drugs, the police and the goons watching. The goons thinking, “Let me rob these n**** before the police get em” and in the process you or them die, somebody goes to jail, and everybody loses. Except the state or the feds, cause they gain a prison. There’s nothing special about a gun. Everybody has one and felons get the most time getting caught with them. The streets real and just don’t belong online.

Randall: As an author, how have you used the various social media platforms to extend your reach and fan base?

Mike O: My fan base came from online. I built it writing drama, real life drama, and branded it with my hashtag #TWLD (Team We Love Drama). Anyone who enjoys my writing enjoys drama. That’s what I write. I started out local, and now I’m working on being national and social media is leading the way.

Randall: How important is social media visibility to business success?

Mike O: What big time business do you know that’s not visible in the social media? Social Media is a huge marketing tool, and trust me, you want to be seen. I’m waving my arms like I’m stranded on a desert island trying to capture the attention of a plane flying overhead!

Randall: What upcoming projects do you have?

Mike O: I have the sequel to my novel Smokin’ Mirrors (DC Bookdiva Publications) and the full novel for Fakebook Chronicles coming soon. That’s all I got lined up for now, but I’m working on some things and may be dropping something else.  

Randall: Where can we find you?

Mike O: You can find me on Facebook: Thewriter Formerlyknownaz Mikeo. Also follow me on Twitter and Instagram: @Mikeothewriter.


To learn more about Mike O’s novel Smokin’ Mirrors and other DC Bookdiva Publications projects visit:


All volumes of The Tweet Files and Fakebook Chronicles can be found on Amazon.com.

The Tweet Files (Volume 1)

Fakebook Chronicles (Volume 1)



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Randall Barnes is a teen author, internet radio personality, public speaker, journalist, mentor and entrepreneur who currently resides in Macon, GA. Randall is already renowned for his positive, realistic, moral driven writings. To date, his forthcoming novel, “The Diary of Aaliyah Anderson” has garnered over 24,000 views on Wattpad.com and worldwide acclaim. Randall is also a staff writer for the popular website urbanintellectuals.com.


Author Spotlight: Pinky Dior is back!

When Don Carter flies to Santiago de Cuba, his plans are to rendezvous with his new connect, Vicente. He never expected to meet the beautiful and vestal virgin Maria – Vicente’s daughter. It was love at first sight, Don and Maria unite romantically, the ultimate betrayal and disrespect to Vicente. A love child – Mercedes is born. Risking it all for love, Don gives up everything and arranges for the two of them to be moved to New York City. Mercedes is the splitting image of her mother and Don does everything in his power to provide the same lifestyle Maria was provided in Cuba by Vicente. Mercedes lives the good life until old wounds are rehashed in the form of an informant. The Carter family is under attack as several members are murdered and secrets are exposed in the most vicious form. Will Mercedes find out who’s behind all of the havoc before it’s too late?


Where did you get the inspiration to write “The Hustler’s Daughter”?

I had the title “The Hustler’s Daughter” in my head for years. I considered myself a hustler’s daughter. My brother and I were talking about what I can write that would be dope but different. I took it from there.

What sets “The Hustler’s Daughter” apart from other books in the same genre?

The readers will see that “The Hustler’s Daughter” is different from the average “hustler” story. This book doesn’t focus on the hustler, but his daughter. The readers will get to take a look into her life. This book alone will make you fall in love with main character and leave you anticipating more.

As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to “The Hustler’s Daughter” getting out to the public?

Word of mouth and social media are the keys to my success.

As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish “The Hustler’s Daughter”?

When writing “The Hustler’s Daughter”, I was very persistent and determined to have it completed. I wrote every day – all day. My hands were hurting badly. I had to force myself to stop.

It was three years ago when I completed “The Hustler’s Daughter”. I believe it took two or three months to finish it.

What’s next for Pinky Dior?

Only God knows what’s next. I can only imagine and dream. I hope that “The Hustler’s Daughter” gets turned into a movie.

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Save The Date! Meet Author and Publisher Vonda Howard, Devon’s Perfect Paris

Thursday, May 30, 2013

William O. Lockridge/ Belluvue Library

115 Atlantic Street SW

Washington, DC


Books will be available for purchase.

Devon’s Perfect Paris


Synopsis: Devon is a free spirited up and coming photographer on a mission; she wants to be the next biggest thing in the fashion world. All her dreams are on the verge of coming true when one of fashion’s biggest and most influential magazines, SMOLDER calls her up and offers her the position she has been waiting for; a chance to shoot a full spread for them in Paris! Her do-nothing, hustle-man boyfriend Ray, is no longer in the picture and she arrives in Paris ready to make all her dreams come true.

Enter Max Ethan Wesbury.

He’s tall, smart and sexy as hell; all the things she normally loves in a man. However, remnants from her past relationship still linger in her heart and mind.  Things are working out fantastic at the mag all the things she dreamed about are starting to come true. Before long, jealousy and envy try to bring all the things she has worked so hard for to an abrupt halt and before long, Devon is starting to wonder just how “perfect” Paris is after all.

About The Author

Vonda Howard grew up in Southeast DC and has been writing since 10 years old. In 2007 she wrote her first self-published novel named “Diamond Lives, Platinum Lies” which was a huge success. Her second book, “It’s Always The Pretty Ones” (released in 2008) had very similar success. In June 2009, she was signed to Anexander Books where she released the very popular “D-Cup Divas” Series that spotlighted confident and beautiful plus size characters.

Vonda Howard also runs her own graphic design firm, Cupcake Creative Studio, which has serviced such well known clients as Brian W. Smith, Torrian Ferguson, Kaira Denee and Marissa Monteilh. She is also the Owner and Editor-In-Chief of the multi-award winning Black Literature Magazine.