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ULR Feature: Meet Author Byron Carey, Nowhere 2 Turn

 

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About the Author

Author Byron Carey is a reformed drug distributor that served a ten-year federal prison sentence. Byron was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas; he has transformed his way back into society as a truck driver and author. He was an outstanding basketball player that worked his way into the USBL basketball league in 2002. He attended Alvin Community College where he holds his Associates in Business Administration. He is the author of Nowhere 2 Turn with several more to come in the future .

 

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A riveting, and suspenseful tale about two brothers  (Orlando and Bre’on) growing up in Fort Worth, TX,  living two separate paths until a dramatic chain of events changed the future of the two of them leaving Bre’on stuck between right, wrong, love, and lust. With one parent mentally distraught due to the war and the other acting as a single parent.

Which way would they turn? What happens when they learning who was the real cause of so much pain in the household that they grew up in?

Book Review

“Amazing book. Best plot and most interesting introduction. The twist along with the tosses and turns kept my eyes glued. The sex scenes are so real you can almost touch them. I’d recommend this book to any and everyone. A must read of 2014 and 2015.” – Amazon Reviewer

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Ratchet INK 2: Beefs and Crab Barrel Politics

In publishing, just as in any entertainment based industry, I believe in these two things:  One, there’s enough of success and money to be had for anyone who is willing to work hard and grind for it. Two, your work will speak for itself, regardless of whatever the competition does.

With that said, it seems to me that some literary feuds go beyond general competition into something very childish and viscous.  You see the posts: an Author blast his or her gripes with a publisher over money. Authors taking shots at each other out of pure jealousy and envy. You also see the comments of avid readers saying how petty the latest round of beef is and later, you see these same readers post how they stopped buying books from authors and publishers because of how bad some of them act online.

 

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Just in the past three months, I have observed an author lashing out at a book club that gave his book a poor review, another author airing out issues with a publisher , and  some authors trying to dictate how a reader spends his or her money.

So let me get this straight: A reader doesn’t have the right to read another author’s work and buy another author’s work because you think it’s a betrayal of your product? To me,this kind of thinking is rooted in insecurity. Nothing more and nothing less.   If you as an author know the kind of hard work that you put into your product and into building your audience, there’s no need  for shaming and intimidation tactics. If you write amazing stories, they will come. If you write amazing stories on a consistent basis,they will stay. Yes, they will read other people’s work from time to time, but  I promise that you will still be in their library.

As far as author/publisher feuds are concerned, it’s very easy to forget that books are a business and with businesses, Rule #4080 (shout out to A Tribe Called Quest) sometimes applies. Whether it applies or not, fulfilling a contract should be a simple, painless process.

There shouldn’t be a beef with someone playing out their contract and moving on.  It’s a problem when the publisher takes business personal and begin berating said author for moving on and doing everything in their power to blackball and intimidate him or her for moving on. To me, author/ publisher feuds that are  being played out in public has to be the most shameful and tacky feud of them all. They are the tackiest because the burden of perception is on the publisher. Authors, would you like to sign with a janky publisher, who blast their business matters on Facebook? Readers, would you want to buy books from a publishing company that is always in the middle of the mess that they start?   If I were a betting woman, those answers are a resounding “NO”.

When I think about the feuds and shadiness of the industry, I think about the root of the problem.   Here’s my theory: In the world of African-American publishing, we are operating off of a sense of lack. We believe that it isn’t enough of room for everyone in the game.  It really seems that way when readers throw crumbs of their money to us when they buy our titles for $.99 to $2.99.  We think there’s just crumbs for us and we are all doing whatever it takes to get our lion’s share of the crumbs.

Another theory is most of these authors aren’t used to much and when they get something, they hold on to it with everything in them. They cling to it like static to clothes in a dryer without softener. For some, it’s their first taste of legal money or their first taste of some kind of acclaim. So they do whatever they can to keep it, even if it means applying some of the same tactics learned on the streets to solidify their position in the game.   Regardless of the theories and causes, the beefs and the shady dealings are unnecessary and beneath us. I believe that there is enough of talent in the industry to create great work, and create it consistently. There is no lack in opportunity. It’s there for you to seize it and embrace it. It’s impossible to do that if you attend every argument you’re invited to.

Authors: What do you think is the source of the feuds and what could be done to get the focus back on the books?

Readers: How has the feuds displayed on Facebook and twitter influenced who and what you read?

 

 

About the author

Jannelle is the author of “Wild Cards” “Thirst”, “Thirst II”, and “Love’s Hangover” and is a fresh voice in African-American fiction, spending time on Amazon’s Hot New Releases list for two of her four titles. She’s also a freelance journalist. Her DC Bookdiva Debut, “Uppity” will be released in November, and is available for pre-order now at www.dcbookdiva.com

 

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Website: http://www.jannelle.net
Twitter: @jannelle12
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Writing Until My Casket Drops w/ Cash

Author CA$H has been around for a while now. I became familiar with him last December when I read Trust No Man. I was drawn in from beginning to end. I instantly became a fan of his work. When the opportunity came about to interview CA$H I jumped at the chance.wpid-received_m_mid_1397086220081_6b1ff3530fa1e72237_1.jpeg

Cash was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio but lived most of his life in Atlanta, Georgia. He decided to start writing fiction while incarcerated at a state prison in Georgia. His style is gritty, raw, and real. Even from the depths of confinement he has an imagination that’s in overdrive. His debut novel Trust No Man was released under the Wahida Clark Presents imprint in 2009, and the Trust No Man trilogy went on to reach hood classic status. It remains one of the most respected street novels in the industry. Trust No Man 1, 2&3 and Bonded by Blood were all highly acclaimed releases by Cash under Wahida Clark Publishing.
Since breaking on the scene with WCP, Cash has since formed his own publishing company Lock Down Publications. Under LDP the author’s star has shined brighter than ever with critically acclaimed novels such as A Dirty South Love, Shorty Got a Thug, Trust No Bitch 1&2, and Thugs Cry 1&2.

Cash is presently in his 22nd year of incarceration but he remains strong and he strives to teach through the power of his pen.

“I write what has been termed ‘fictional realism’. I give it to my readers raw and uncut, just like it goes down in everyday life. I feel a responsibly to keep it one hundred. I don’t write fairy-tales, and it’s never my mission to simply entertain the readers, I write with a message. “Therefore, sometimes you’ll need a box of tissue when you read my novels,” he says without apology.

“Other times I’ll make you rejoice over the way certain characters persevere. But you’ll never be left feeling indifferent about my books,” he promises.

From within his cell he writes to change his legacy to one that his loved ones can be proud of. “I want them to know that my desire to rise above the circumstances cannot be suffocated.”

I present to some and introduce to others, Author CA$h.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio but moved to Atlanta as a teenager.

I answered the call of the streets which led to a long imprisonment that is ongoing.

I write from the perspective of having lived the life that I write about and from having paid the severe cost.

 

When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

I guess I’ve always been a writer because going back to my early years in school I used to win writing contests. Once I took to the streets I didn’t pursue that passion because I was too caught up in the game.

Once I was incarcerated in 1991 I picked my pen back up and began writing about the streets that had spelled my doom.

My first book Trust No Man was published in 2007, and then later republished under Wahida Clark publishing in 2009.

 

How did you choose the genre you write in?

That was predestined because it’s my belief that you write best about whatever it is you know and love.

So I chose to write streetlit because the way I lived epitomized the genre.

 

Do you ever experience writer’s block? How do you deal with it?. Yeah all writers do at some point.

I write my books from cover to cover, meaning I write the chapters in sequence.

If I get stuck on a certain chapter and can’t move on for a while.

I’ll just write a scene that I already know I’ll need later in the book. That usually unclogs the block for me.

 

Can you tell us about your challenges (if any) in getting your first book published?

Man, back in the day I used to send manuscripts to major publishing houses and never get a response.

But I wasn’t tripping because at the time, although I was locked up. I was still dedicated to pushing that work so the book thing was secondary. Once I decided to leave the illegal money alone and dedicated myself to becoming a published author doors opened for me.

 

Is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?

Nah, because my first novel Trust No Man, when it was selfpublished was raw and gritty, straight from the block.

It caught the attention of Wahida Clark and as they say, the rest would make a great movie.

 

Can you tell us about your upcoming projects?

My upcoming projects are this friendly challenge I’m engaged in with author Aaron Bebo.

On April 18th we both will release separate books titled Til My Casket Drops.

And the fans will decide who is the hottest. It’s a friendly battle that will make literary history.

Then, in late June I will release the highly anticipated Thugs Cry 3 (Only One Can Wear The Crown

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Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?My advice is that they study the craft and use unbiased test readers and a helluva developmentaleditor before self-publishing. Because readers remember you most from how you step into the ring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sheri Henry-Harrigan started writing at the age of twelve as an outlet for depression. In March 2012 her first project Tales of the Broken Hearted was published. Since then she has penned several titles. She started writing strictly urban fiction. Her most recent work, The Imperfect Love Series is more geared toward the romance genre. As she continues on with her writing career, she plans to move into the crime fiction and thriller genres. Besides writing she is pursuing her other passion of becoming a lawyer. Sheri lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.

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