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November 7, 2007

On My Birthday, My Wish For You All

Mocha, Rachel Vassel, Malinda Williams

The older you get, you tend to be more reflective of where you are and where you are going.

When we started this venture of promoting books and authors of color via various media platforms including television and web format alot of people told us we were wasting our time. In fact BLACK television in the Washington Area told us that “there was no market”. I took that to mean that black people dont read, so why should we celebrate these authors. That made us pursue this idea even more.

In my former life, I worked for a national bookstore chain planning author events. I saw personally that in Downtown Chocolate City the African American Fiction section was done away with, taken apart. The only part that remained was a “History Section” which was shared with the “Women’s History” shelves.

On every level the signs pointed to “no success”, “black people dont read”, “there will be no market”

Well today, I am so happy to say that as you know, the market is alive and well. Always live your dreams, follow your passions, do what you were brought on this earth to do. As long as you keep living, breathing, and doing your life’s work, “your gifts will make room for you” as the Bible says.

I want to thank all of the Authors who continue to write such beautiful books, all of the publishers who print them, and all of the publicists, marketing directors, bloggers ect who help create awareness about the books we love so much.

God Bless You and I look forward to working with you!

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