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Exciting News for Urban Fiction Readers! Or lovers of action packed stories. You now have an opportunity to win $500 by entering the Platinum Dust Urban Fiction Reading Contest. Official rules are provided below. Good luck and happy reading.

How The Contest Works?

Purchase a copy of Platinum Dust (Part One) E book  Read the story and answer the 20 trivia questions provided below. Tell your friends and other urban fiction readers to do the same listing you as their referrer. The person with the most correct trivia answers and the most referrals wins $500. That simple.

Platinum Dust Official Entry Rules

To enter the Platinum Dust summer reading contest; All entrants must email their book order confirmation # along with trivia answers and the person who referred them to email platinumdust@yahoo.com. before 12am July 31 to qualify. Follow the format below.

Your name:

Order confirmation#:

Trivia Answers:

Referrer’s Name:

The Person with the most referrals and highest amount of trivia questions correct Wins $500 in cash.

Winner will be announced by Friday August 16th. Winnings will be mailed out accordingly. To get your copy follow the links below

http://www.amazon.com/Platinum-Dust-Part-One-ebook/dp/B00CM3CA0G/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1368035755&sr=1-1&keywords=platinum+dust

or visit Booktango’s bookstore for multiple download options (Nook, iPad, e readers) can visit the link below.

http://bookstore.booktango.com search “Platinum Dust”

Disclaimer: if there are mulitple entrants who answers all 20 trivia questions correct the winner will be determined by the number of referrals they have.

Trivia Questions

Which day of the week does Felicia Fall on?

What was Raheim wearing when he met Maya?

What is the name of the mansion Raheim stayed in with Felicia?

Who did Dre put to sleep?

Who bit Raheim?

What is Felicia’s surprise?

What is the name and color of the car that chased Raheim?

Where did Amir meet Pamela?

Where was Carlos Shot?

How many Letters does Raheim read?

Where was the fight between Amir and Raheim?

What is the name of Dre’s enemy/competition?

Which one of Felicia’s Friends is getting married?

Who is Felicia’s best friend named after?

What is the name of the Doctor Felicia was referred to?

What alias does Raheim use?

What nickname does Raheim call Janet?

What is carved into Raheim’s bedposts?

Which character is most known as bipolar?

Who is the first person to die?

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Book Marketing is one of the biggest challenges for self-published authors. Most of us are usually unsure on what steps they need to take, what is necessary and what is vital to their success. I have decided to dig a little deeper into one of the most under used book marketing strategies which is book trailers. I will discuss what it is and why it is a key component to your book marketing strategy and who I recommend.

What is a Book Trailer?

A book trailer is simply put a 1 to 3 minute book commercial. It provides book buyers and readers with a visual picture of your title and what they can expect from reading your work. It is also a great way to leave an impression in the minds of your potential reader also. Think back to how many commercials you have seen that have left you wanting to buy what was advertised. It’s no different for your target audience.

Why are Book Trailers Important Marketing Tools?

New authors are often lost when it comes to advertising and spreading the word about their books. They often rely on friends and family to purchase copies and don’t go any further. If your plan is to become a well-known author or even to make a part-time or full-time living from your work then you must step up your marketing game. Book trailers gives the author a platform to speak on their behalf. You don’t have to worry about how to tell the world about your book simply refer them to your trailer. Videos are quickly becoming the most popular form of information sharing. Think about how much YouTube has grown over the last few years. People love to see videos on all types of subjects. It also gives you an edge over your competition.

Are Book Trailers Expensive?

The honest truth is that they can be. However, you must know where to go for superior service without a high price tag. Many book trailer designers will charge upwards of $500 for one 3 min book trailer. But like many new authors that may be unrealistic or out of your budget. No worries though I have an affordable, high quality solution which I personally recommend.

Book Trailer Recommendations

As you all know I recently published by book “The No Bull Method to Publishing” and I decided to use a book trailer to help market and promote my ebook. I went with Book Video Creations www.bookvideocreations.com and only paid $199 for a high quality video I am excited to share. Their customer service was incredible and they even made multiple changes per my request. I was having problems getting the domain name I wanted for my website www.thenobullmethod.net so I needed them to update and re update my url info which they did pleasantly and without making me feel bad. To check out their work visit my website www.thenobullmethod.net and click play.

 

 

I have been wrapped up  in a whirlwind for the last few weeks. My ebook is being released Today and I am still running around trying to get things in order. I am happy to report however, that most of the Contest submissions have been great so far. So great that I need an extension on posting the results. I have lots of submissions to go over and there is an idea of the first and second place winners but I am still up in the air about # 3.

Thank you all for your patience and looking forward to announcing the Winners!!!!!!

Thinking about writing an Urban Fiction but not sure how to start? Good urban fiction writing has a few necessary elements to make it great. Sure anyone can conjure up a good tale but urban fiction is a bit different. I have studied urban fiction and know what I like to read and I’m also writing a juicy urban fiction tale titled “Platinum Dust” I will attempt to share a few tips that I’ve learned on creating a page turning urban tale.

Urban Fiction Background

When thinking about creating an urban fiction novel you must remember “urban” literally refers to the streets or the background for your story. Though I have not lived in housing projects or the ghetto I have friends who have and my neighborhood was lurking in the near distance. Street life is its own sub-culture so getting a feel for the streets is essential in this style of writing. You should know city blocks and which areas are the most dangerous if you want to capture the essence of urban fiction. Not that you need to visit the mean city streets for an in your face lesson but simply being open minded enough to hear the experiences of others who live it.

Urban Fiction Characters

Urban fiction characters are those that the reader loves to hate. They must appeal to both my interest and my disdain. A cliché character is the one that is a “good guy” trying to run from  a bad situation or the bad guy provoking bad situations. Either way your characters must reflect realism. Readers of this genre can pick up on a fake. Learn your character, I do this by writing a bit about them on a separate sheet of paper. Include who they are, where they come from and what their struggles are. This gives them a bit of reality that readers enjoy.

Urban Fiction Dialogue

This element can make or break a good story. Dialogue is important and using it correctly is vital to the tone of your story. Slang words, ebonics and bad grammar is all apart of the streets and it is welcome. Unlike traditional editing urban fiction falls under a different ball game. You can use aint and for sho (for sure) because it reads like it sounds and provides authenticity to your urban fiction writing. Readers will quickly put down your work if you use proper english in your dialogue. Crazy I know!

Urban Fiction Drama

Urban Fiction Drama is a bit more over the top than traditional tales. It is filled with he said she said, gossip, long prison sentences, baby mama drama, theft, murder and lots of adultery and cheating but these twists and turns is what the readers long to hear. Readers want the most outrageous tale, they want it to jump out at them and give them the juicy tidbits they will share with friends and family. A good writer will engage their reading audience enough to get them talking. Your book should read like “All my Children” or “As the World Turns” only in book form.

Urban Fiction Sex

Writing about sex can be very tricky especially if you’re submitting your book to a traditional publisher. You have to be more expressive with flowery words that are typically not used in an urban setting. The beauty of urban fiction sex is that you get the raw, passionate truth written explicitly. Writers must be careful though, You have to provide the reader with what they want but you must also keep your reading audience in mind. Not all readers like the juicy pornographic details and its your job to learn about your target audience. Ask readers of the genre what they want and then create your love scenes accordingly.

Urban Fiction Storyline

Now that we’ve gone over the details of what makes up an urban fiction tale the most important part of the story is its storyline. You have to tell a story it should have a clear beginning, middle and an ending. Ending  should be juicy but also provide closure not a cliffhanger unless it’s apart of a trilogy. Please avoid writing all over the place (meaning) don’t start on one scene and midway change it with no warnings. It causes confusion for your reader and if you are changing characters, use indicators.

Hope this was helpful and that you all enjoy writing your stories and getting them to your target audience!.

There is a growing popularity in the urban fiction genre that is leaving many traditional publishers dumbfounded. Urban fiction is like a guilty pleasure, you know its bad for you but you just can’t look away. Filled with more twists and turns than a roller coaster, more sex and action than a fast paced movie, urban tales is making its mark. If you are looking to publish your book without going the self publishing route you can look for a few urban publishers that have made a huge impression in the game. Stiff competition means taking it up a notch and following rigorous submission guidelines if you want to be seen. With a close ear to the street I’ve discovered some of the best urban fiction publishers to submit to. I have also come a cross a few not so good publishers. Either way I mention them both.

Urban Fiction Publisher: Triple Crown Publications

If you read urban fiction than you have more than likely come across a title published by this powerhouse. Triple Crown Publications is run by Vicki Stringer and has published some of the most compelling titles like Contagious and A Hustler’s son. However, to become an author you have to submit your title already bound and wait for an answer that could get to you one year later. Many authors thought they reached the publishing mountain top when they signed a contract with the world’s most known urban fiction publisher but…. An increasing amount of rumors from signed authors are starting to circulate that  Ms. Stringer doesn’t pay her royalties. Some authors have gone on to say they received bad checks. More information on this upsetting behavior can be found on Mohaganie’s blog as well. http://mahoganie.wordpress.com/2011/10/09/psa-an-authors-warning-about-triple-crown-publications/ Though the powerhouse can sell your title you may not reap any benefit when it does.

Urban Fiction Publishers: The Cartel Publications

This publishing house was started by T-Styles an ex-writer and terribly scorned author of Triple Crown publications. This publishing house only accepts works of pure urban fiction, which means your story must be primarily dealt in an urban setting. It must include true to life characters that represent the streets they live in. Response can take up to six months and if you are going to send in your manuscript it should be a complete finished copy. In different words the manuscript you send should already be edited for grammatical errors and should also be print ready. There are no known complaints about the The Cartel Publications and most importantly no scorned authors.

Urban Fiction Publishers: Urban Books

Urban books is currently under construction but have been known to provide the streets with its fair share of urban fiction titles. Carl Weber is the owner of Urban Books and has hit the top of the New York Times best seller’s list a time or two. The website is listed as under construction and only provides an email address to send in queries. Authors looking for a good fit can still browse his book line up to get an idea of the type of work accepted. No known royalty complaints or unsatisfied authors which is always a good thing.

Urban Fiction Publishers: Write One Publications

Write One Publications is a relatively new publishing house specializing in works of fiction. It was first started by Stephanie Newell back in 2008 and provides soon-to-be writers both publishing and marketing services. If you aren’t interested in publishing with Write One Publications you can get your manuscript critiqued. They are currently accepting submissions but it is only done electronically. Before submitting a complete manuscript you must send a query email with the first chapter included.

Urban Fiction Publishers: Good2Go Publishing

Good2Go Publishing was founded by Silk White a well-known urban fiction author. He is most known for his trilogy “Tears of a Hustler” As of 2012 this publishing house is accepting urban fiction novels. Urban fiction writers who submit their work can expect to hear back within one to six months. Benefits of this publishing house is their built-in marketing team that works hard to get your fiction into the hands of the reader. They accept both print and electronic submissions. So far this publishing house has only published works written by co-owner Silk White. He’s done a great job getting his name out there so it may be worth it giving his publishing company a try.

Urban Fiction Publishers: W.Clark Publishing

Wahida Clark has gone from ex-con to New York Times best seller, Essence Best seller, USA today best seller with her Thug love fiction. This publishing house works primarily with writers of fiction including urban, erotica and mystery and requests authors send in two copies of their completed manuscript. This will provide a faster turn around. Where other publishing companies request the first three chapters this publishing company requests the first five.

Urban Fiction Publishers: Life Changing Books LLC

Last but not least in this to be continued blog is Life Changing Books LLC. Started in 2003 with titles that include The Dirty Divorce and The Available Wife. This publishing house accepts submissions of urban fiction and sexy urban tales that leave readers excitedly flipping the page. It was started by Azarel another hot urban fiction writer and has grown throughout the years adding numerous best-selling hits. Submissions are currently being accepted with the first four chapters as a requirement. No disgruntled authors have been reported so giving them a go is taking a step toward literary success.

These are only a few of the publishers taking on new unknown authors in the urban fiction genre. None of the above listed require any fees to submit. They also do not require the author to pay to be published. However, authors are expected to do their part in the marketing and promoting of their work. This is generally expected of everyone who is published. Good luck and please stay inspired to do what you love. Don’t stop until you see your name in lights and then turn around and educate others following your path on this crazy road to success.