KATHY MIZERA | BOOKSHOP BLOG | DECEMBER 2014
As the holiday shopping season swings into full force, it’s interesting to watch people buying books. Many a wish list has everything from the latest by Stephen King to an Amazon Gift Card (an actual card or via email) to a new e-reader device. Yet the battle for which is more popular is truly running neck and neck.
No matter who you ask, the answer is always different, and usually very passionate. Christine Donovan, from Deerfield Beach, FL, says, “I love my Kindle! I can have anything I want at my fingertips! The store is always open, no matter what my mood.” Essentially, she’s right. The internet is always open, and you can go to any site that sells digital books, pick what you want, pay and within seconds it’s downloaded onto whatever device you use.
Yet others will say, “But I love the feel/look/smell of a book in my hands, on the shelf and in a book store.” >>READ MORE
NINA AMIR | THE BOOK DESIGNER | DECEMBER 2014
If 81 percent of the U.S. population wants to write a book, why do only two percent accomplish that goal?
First, the majority of aspiring authors don’t have a strong enough desire to achieve this status, so they don’t take the necessary action to manifest their dream. Second, they lack the motivation, organization, tenacity, mindset, or energy to write their books. Thus, they are left feeling they can’t become authors.
If, to date, you have not written your book, you likely fall into one of these two categories. Since you read this blog, I’m going to assume you have a strong desire to write your book. That means you are willing to take some action toward your goal. >>READ MORE
The Last Poets, Abiodun Oyewole, is publishing his first poetry collection (ever) with 2Leaf Press this coming November, 2013.
Meeting with publisher and editor of the collection, appropriately named BRANCHES OF THE TREE OF LIFE, here is what Oyewole had to say about the book:
I’m very excited about the publication of this book. Some people may ask why it took so long, or why I am doing it with 2Leaf Press, and it’s all about timing and commitment. I love working with Gabrielle, she intuitively knows how to make this happen; it’s clear by how the manuscript is shaping up that she has researched me and my work to pull together a comprehensive body of work that reflects who I am, and what my poetry is all about. Also, I am extremely pleased and grateful by the photography, cover design and video by Vagabond. I have a lot of respect for him, and he has managed to capture the essence of who I am as well. I think this book is going to make waves in the African American community.
Stay tuned for more info on Oyewole’s publication date and book launch.