|Tue, May 21, 2013 at 7:04 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Are you committing any of these social media sins?
I've been personally manning the Jaden Social Facebook and Twitter pages since starting the company in my bedroom back in November 2011. And let me say straight up, getting my hands dirty right from day 1 has been one of the most valuable and eye-opening experiences I could ask for as a business owner, musician and marketer.
In 18 months I have gone from checking in barely a couple of times a week to deal with a handful of interactions, to spending upwards of 12 hours a day monitoring and managing more than 100 interactions 7 days a week (thank you Chrome for the ability to permanently pin tabs to the browser window).
Now I would say I'm a pretty chilled out dude for the most part, but there are some things that musos do (and say) online that really make me cringe. Since I too was once a blissfully ignorant and, at times, cringe-worthy muso, I'm not going to sit here and get self-righteous about it. No, I'm going to do the next funnest (that's a real word, I swear) thing and compile a list of 7 deadly sins I feel are damaging the online efficacy of all my musician friends' content & promotion strategies on Facebook & Twitter.
1. Promoting without providing value
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|Sat, May 11, 2013 at 4:31 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Are you a brown diamond? You have been magnificently created by the master carver and craftsman himself. He's given you a clarity, cut and carat that illuminates right through your body to produced a shine from within that no one can take away. So, I'll ask you again, are you a brown diamond?
Author, writer and producer Joseph H. James, Jr. has written a compelling and sultry novel entitled "Soul Baby". The romance novel is a sensual, spirit-filled and educational journey into the lives of a group of upwardly mobile African American couples. After years of being married, Lloyd and Laney Dennison are having lack of trust and communication issues. Lloyd steps up and showers his beautiful wife with gifts, including the titillating novel Soul Baby. It is in the novel where Laney reads and becomes in tune with her own marriage. Each couple is struggling with their individual outlooks on companionship while coming to terms with their social identities. After seeking a confirmation from a very comical and smart comedian, they reach out and seek help from a wise but unorthodox therapist, Valeria Winters. Each of the couples comes to grip with hidden truths and insecurities. The stories are intertwined beautifully with wisdom, joy, excitement and deception. We'll learn from the therapist's hands-on evaluation about finding the perfect soul mate, as well as the wisdom of the older relatives about life lessons and relationships.
Visit the beautiful website to listen to the free audio of the prologue, view the hot music video with Broadway star Byron Utley and featuring top model Brigid Turner and the soulful book trailer. Review all of this before you read the captivating novel.
Go to: http://www.soulbabynovel.com
|Thurs, April 25, 2013 at 7:23 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Even the smallest shot of insanity can be deadly.
Nija "Morenike'" Matory has been writing short stories and poems since she was a young girl in elementary school. Her passion for reading and writing developed at an early age. "Reading was very important in my home, my parents' relationship started from the discussion of a book; reading created my family."
Taste of Insanity had only been available a month after its release on the book shelves when Amazon was forced to put up a notice informing patrons that the book was out of stock; this occurred more than once!
Author Morenike` is a native of Jackson, Mississippi and a graduate of Jackson State University, B.A. English. She is currently furthering her education completing course work required to receive her Masters of Art in English. Morenike' aspires to one day become a world-renowned novelist, focusing on African American literature (fiction), poems, and short stories that reflect the African American experience and community.
Morenike' recently sat down with inTOUCH to share how the smallest shot of insanity could be deadly.
InTOUCH: Miss Nija 'Morenike' Matory formally known as Morenike'; your name is unique in itself. What influenced you to become an author?
Morenike': I come from a family of avid readers so it was instilled in me to read, read, read. I'd read so many stories until I finally realized there is power in words. Writing chose me and I am grateful for my purpose and the ability to speak for the voiceless.
InTOUCH: It is so refreshing to meet someone that can appreciate reading! Today many would express how literacy is lost in many homes. How would you describe yourself as an author?
Morenike': I'm a no nonsense, wild, firecracker author. (She crosses her legs, laughs and continues to say) I don't play about my characters. They are the archetype and they represent a plethora of people; to insult my characters is to insult the people they represent and the real life issues and experiences which is the basis of it all.
InTOUCH: It is interesting that you use real life issues and experiences to build your characters. What is your main source of inspiration?
Morenike':My biggest inspiration are my supporters. People that continuously tell me, "I remember when you use to write all those stories in elementary, middle, and high school; don't give up." (she looks up) and I'm so thankful to receive the strength that I get from above. I really want my supporters to know that it is become of them. Everyone needs a support system and I am to blessed to have mine.
InTOUCH: Receiving your peers compliments must be very rewarding. Now, let's talk more about your debut novel!! Tell us about Taste of Insanity.
Morenike': (She sits back with a small grin to reply) Taste of Insanity is about three young women that are hit with some form of travesty in their lives which lands them in a mental institution. While there, they are faced with secrets and memories from their past, dealing with their present and therapy, and coping with what the future will bring. The book is published under La Femme Fatale Publishing and is now available on Amazon. I was really excited about the release on April 1, 2013. To walk in a library and see my book on the shelves was a dream come true!
InTOUCH: Now, we don't want to spoil it for the folks that have not read your book, but I must admit the plot is intense. Please explain to us what initiated the writing/planning process for this book?
Morenike': Honestly, the idea for this book has been with me since high school but people weren't ready to hear such a powerful story at the time. I wrote it all out when I was encouraged by the spirit to take action on my thoughts for the novel. The time was divinely ordained.
InTOUCH: For our audience that have yet to read the book please give them a little sneak peek of the ending.
Morenike': (She hesitates a little) well I must hold
|Wed, April 17, 2013 at 2:56 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
On Wednesday's I will review one chapter of Shanel Cooper-Sykes, Woman Habits and share with you how it makes me feel and how it can grow you into a better stronger BADDER woman.
This weeks Woman Habit is Chapter One, it will cause you to Gather Power and display real discipline.
It is truly a thinking Womans Habit.
As women we do not realize how regal and influential we truly are.
Shanel Cooper-Sykes, author of Woman Habits, actually says,
"When you listen you can gather information, and the person with the most information is usually the most powerful person in the room."
I thought about that statement and how often times I have NOT been the most powerful person in the room-even at my own event.
Because I was not bothering to Gather Power. I was so busy spreading what I perceived to be power that I was not listening to the most important voice-my own.
We throw around big words, our egos, our supposed influence. But none of these habits are Woman Habits. And none of these characteristics will help you to accomplish your goals.
I am looking forward to this week because where I have not been powerful I am going to exude power, but in a much more careful and calculated way.
Are You Ready to Exude Power?
I am going to think before I share my words with the world!
I truly desire to be a woman of God, a woman that helps and gives, not one that takes away.
I know that bringing Habit #1 into my life will not only make my life better but will increase the lives of others.
Sometimes I have not been careful and I have made myself look aggressive, careless or even less intelligent than I am because I was not bothering to listen to the voice of God inside of my spirit.
Women with Authentic Power are Queens who are loved by the King, maintain the Castle and enjoy the Peace.
If you have not purchased your copy of Woman Habits, I encourage you to do so.Get Woman Habits The E-Book Here!
The book is comprised of 50 short essays that have instructions and marching orders to grow you and to help add that "Woman Habit" into your lifestyle.
Sharelle D. Lowery
Power Blogger | Author | Social Entreprenue
|Fri, March 29, 2013 at 6:06 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Book Release Alert
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Erotic Fiction Has a New Ladi to Love
√ā¬†Atlanta, GA - Erotic fiction has become one of the highest selling genres in the emerging eBook market, outselling classic novels by 4,000% says, Daily Mail (http://www.dailymail.co.uk).√ā¬† With some calling urban erotica the 'sole' reason that some publishers have remained viable even with many other genres seeing steady declines in book sales.
"Writing this book has been a symbol of my liberation. I feel like this genre chose me not the other way around, " states Ladi M, author of 9 Orange Roses a sexually charged book that centers around the sexual escapades of a single, professional woman as she releases her inhibitions and places herself in an open tunnel of sex that ends up consuming the better part of a three day weekend her life in a way she never imagined. "I know the book is supercharged with sex which is what I wanted my first release to be - raw and uncut. I knew who I wanted my audience to be and this is my nod to them."
Ladi M has plenty of company in the erotic fiction genre including one of the authors who has been attributed with giving birth to urban erotica, Zane who has written over two dozen novels within a genre that is continuing to explode with popularity. Amazon currently has over 48, 000 titles within the erotica category alone. Fans of the material can look forward to Ladi M placing her hat in the ring of erotica too.
Ladi M.'s debut book, 9 Orange Roses is set to be released and available for sale on March 29, 2013 and will be available through their website, www.ladimbooks.com and on Amazon Kindle devices and apps. Follow Ladi M. on Twitter @ladimbooks or on Facebook by searching "Ladi M Books".
|Fri, March 22, 2013 at 10:19 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
TONY ROSE, PUBLISHER/CEO, AMBER COMMUNICATIONS GROUP, INC. & 2013 44TH ANNUAL NAACP IMAGE AWARDS RECIPIENT FOR LITERATURE RECEIVES "A PROCLAMATION"
IN PHOENIX, ARIZONA.
At Phoenix City Hall, Adora Lewis, Special Advisor to the Mayor of Phoenix, AZ, presented "A Proclamation" from the City of Phoenix and the Office of the Mayor, to Tony Rose, Publisher/CEO of Amber Communications Group, Inc. At the bottom of the "Proclamation" it reads:
"WHEREAS, Tony Rose, Publisher and Amber Books in their Fifteenth Year of being based in Phoenix, AZ, were announced as the winners of the NAACP Image Award for Literature - "Outstanding Literary Work - Youth/Teens" for the title, Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons - A Dialogue With America's Young Leaders" by Gregory J. Reed, Esq. (Amber Books), at the 2013 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards Show, Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA, on February 1, 2013.
THEREFORE, I, Greg Stanton, The Mayor of the City of Phoenix, Arizona hereby proclaim February 22, 2013 to be TONY ROSE AND AMBER BOOKS DAY in the City of Phoenix and ask all citizens to recognize this very special day. Signed, Greg Stanton, Mayor.
With Tony Rose and Adora Lewis at Phoenix City Hall were his wife, Yvonne Rose, Associate Publisher of Amber Communications Group, Inc. and his mother, Mrs. Muriel Waller of Roxbury, MA and Phoenix, AZ.
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TONY ROSE AND AMBER BOOKS
Tony Rose, Publisher/CEO, Amber Communications Group, Inc.
WHEREAS - Tony Rose was born in Roxbury, (Boston) Massachusetts, raised in the Whittier Street Housing Projects, was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force after serving in the Vietnam War, and attended the University of Massachusetts and the University of California in Los Angeles. He was employed as a production assistant at the Burbank Studios (Warner Brothers and Columbia Pictures), in the Accounting and Sales division at Warner/Electra/Atlantic Records (WEA), an Accounts Representative at Warren Lanier Public Relations and as an A&R Representative at RCA Records
WHEREAS - Tony Rose returned to Boston and along with Maurice Starr became the primary architect of that, which in the late "70's" and "80's" would be called "The Boston Black Music Scene" a movement that would lead to the discovery of the international blockbusters, "Prince Charles and the City Beat Band", "The Jonzun Crew", "New Edition" and "New Kids On The Block". Tony Rose in the "80's" held Record Production deals with Virgin Records, Atlantic Records and Pavilion / CBS/Sony Records.
WHEREAS - Tony Rose formed and based Amber Books, the nation's largest African American Publisher of Self-Help Books, in Phoenix, AZ on January 2nd, 1998 and published it's first title Is Modeling for You? The Handbook and Guide for the Young Aspiring Black Model by Yvonne Rose and Tony Rose, January 29th, 1998
WHEREAS - Tony Rose and Amber Books in May, 2000, became the first African American Independent Publisher to ink a multi-year, Co-Publishing/Imprint deal (Amber/Wiley Books) with a major book publisher (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.), publishing titles such as: The African American Woman's Guide to Successful Make Up and Skin Care and many more titles from 2000 - 2007.
WHEREAS - Tony Rose incorporated Amber Communications Group, Inc. in 2001 and formed imprints that include: the award winning Amber Books - Self-Help Books; Colossus Books - Music Biographies; Amber/Wiley Books - Self Help and Financial Books Co-Published with John Wiley & Sons Inc.; Joyner/Amber Books - Co-Publishing with the Tom Joyner Foundation; and Quality Press - The nation's largest African American Book Packaging Company, and has successfully negotiated numerous world-wide partnerships, licensing and eBook licensing deals for Amber Communications Group, Inc. in the United States, South Africa, Canada, Europe and Asia.
WHEREAS - Tony Rose and Amber Books, in their Fifteent
|Thurs, February 21, 2013 at 12:00 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
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|Thurs, February 07, 2013 at 6:20 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
AMBER BOOKS TITLE
"OBAMA TALKS BACK: GLOBAL LESSONS - A DIALOGUE WITH AMERICA'S YOUNG LEADERS" BY GREGORY J. REED, ESQ.,
WINS THE COVETED AND PRESTIGIOUS
NAACP IMAGE AWARD FOR LITERATURE.
National - February 1, 2013 - Amber Books, the award winning imprint of Phoenix, AZ based, Amber Communications Group, Inc., was announced as an NAACP Image Award winner for "Best Literary Work - Youth/Teens" - for its title, "Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons - A Dialogue With America's Young Leaders" by Gregory J. Reed, Esq., and has earned an NAACP Image Award for Literature at the 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards Show, Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA, February 1, 2013.
Tony Rose, Publisher/CEO, Amber Communications Group, Inc., stated in his acceptance speech, "On behalf of Amber Books, Gregory J. Reed, Esq., and the Keeper of the Word Foundation, we are extremely excited to have been honored with an NAACP Image Award for Literature.", Rose added, "I want to thank God, with whom all things are possible and Gregory J. Reed, Esq., who brought "Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons - A Dialogue With America's Young Leaders", an outstanding and historic collection of student letters to President Barack Obama, and his responses to those students from all across America, along with the President's speeches, public statements, and quotations during his campaigns and tenure as President of the United States of America, to Amber Books.
Rose stated, "We thank the NAACP Image Awards, The 44th Annual Image Awards Sub-Committee Members, The NAACP Voting Members, our NAACP Image Awards Literary Coordinator, Annette Thomas, for her diligence and hard work on behalf of our African American Literary Community, and I thank my wife, Yvonne Rose, The Associate Publisher of Amber Communications Group, Inc., for her and her editorial and design team's tireless work, and technical and creative skills, in making a great book even greater".
Rose further added, "Thank you to everyone who made this outstanding NAACP Image Award in Literature possible!!! Thank you".
Best Literary Work - Youth/Teens
"Fire in the Streets" - Kekla Magoon (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)
*WINNER "Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons - A Dialogue With America's Young Leaders" - Gregory Reed (Amber Books)
"Pinned" - Sharon G. Flake (Scholastic Press)
"The Diary of B. B. Bright, Possible Princess" - Alice Randall (Author), Caroline Williams (Author), Shadra Strickland (Illustrator) (Turner Publishing Company)
"The Mighty Miss Malone" - Christopher Paul Curtis (Wendy Lamb Books (Random House Children's Books))
Other NAACP Image Award recipients included: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Denzel Washington, "Flight"; Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Viola Davis, "Won't Back Down"; Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture - Samuel L. Jackson, "Django Unchained"; Best Actress in a Drama Series - Kerry Washington, ABC's "Scandal"; Best Motion Picture - "Red Tails" and Best Independent Motion Picture - "Beasts of the Southern Wild"; Best Literary Work Fiction - Kimberla Lawson Roby "The Reverend's Wife"; Best Literary Work Non-Fiction - Jeffrey Toobin "The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court" and Best Literary Work Children's - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, "What Color is My World".
The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. The literature award winners were announced during a pre-show star-studded event, at the Shrine Auditorium at 3:00pm, prior to the live show on Friday, February 1, 2013, which aired at 5:00pm PST on NBC.
President Barack Obama achieved a landslide victory in 2008 and 2012. He has touched the lives of young people, more so than any previous president. During his presidency, he sought to continue that inspiration by maintaining an engaged relat