FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Xpress Yourself Publishing, LLC
P.O. Box 1615
Upper Marlboro , Maryland 20773
Contact: Erica Hart, Public Relations
Phone: (301) 390-3645
Web Site: http://www.XpressYourselfPublishing.org
PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, MARYLAND-BASED BUSINESS RECEIVES
“INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING HOUSE OF THE YEAR” AWARD
Upper Marlboro, Maryland, September 26, 2008 — Xpress Yourself Publishing, LLC received the Independent Publishing House of the Year Award from the African American Literary Awards Show, the most comprehensive awards show ever to recognize, honor, celebrate and promote the outstanding achievements and contributions of the publishing, arts and entertainment industries. The ceremony was held at the HarlemStage Gatehouse in Harlem , New York on September 25, 2008.
Xpress Yourself Publishing is an English-language publisher headquartered in Upper Marlboro, Maryland . The house of ESSENCE® national best-selling authors Bill Holmes, author of One Love and Kenda Bell, author of For Every Love There Is A Reason was founded in 2001 by Jessica Tilles, who launched the company as a self-publishing venture, publishing her national best-selling titles: Anything Goes, In My Sisters’ Corner, Apple Tree, Sweet Revenge, Fatal Desire, Unfinished Business, Erogenous Zone: A Sexual Voyage. Xpress Yourself Publishing publishes 10 to 15 titles per year.
“Xpress Yourself Publishing continues to mold the literary careers of 35 talented authors, which includes two ESSENCE® Best Sellers, award-winning authors, several award nominees, and a finalist for the 2008 NAACP Image Award nomination in the Best Debut Novel category,” said Jessica Tilles, CEO and Publisher. “I sincerely wish to thank the Xpress Yourself Publishing authors, for without them, this award would not have been possible. One person cannot build a publishing house alone. It takes a team, and I do indeed have a great team!”
Today, Xpress Yourself Publishing, with 40 titles in print, is a broad-based publisher dedicated to publishing thought-provoking literature and commercial fiction, business books, mystery, romance, erotica, spiritual, and contemporary. In fiscal year 2007, Xpress Yourself Publishing had ESSENCE® Best Sellers including One Love by Bill Holmes and For Every Love There Is A Reason by Kenda Bell, and D.L. Sparks, author of All That Glitters, made the master list for to be nominated for the 2008 NAACP Image Awards. The 2007 Alternative Soul Award was awarded to Bill Holmes, author of One Love and ESSENCE best-selling author.