Category Archives: EDC Creations

Create Crown Holders Sisterhood Audio Presentation


Come on in, have a seat! I would like to invite you to create an audio presentation for the Crown Holders Sisterhood. 

We are looking for uplifting, motivating stories of over-coming obstacles or lessons that will empower women! We want to learn from 100 women who inspire, motivate and entertain audiences with their stories…their voices!

Your presentation will be posted on the Crown Holders Transmedia website. Also, I will play your podcast on BAN Radio Show. The recordings will become part of our Crown Holders web-series that will be live-streamed to Instagram, YouTube and Facebook.

There are NO fees for this service. But, this can not be used solely to promote a product or service. We are truly seeking to pour into and uplift the women in our community.


I understand we are all busy women, so I created a simple way to share your story on the webinars. Here’s a way for you to pre-record your message on your own schedule. Email Ella D. Curry at  [ ] with information requested below and a confirmed interview dates will be sent back to you. We look forward to showcasing your service, company or your book.

Read this entire page to answer most of your questions.  This page is long, but I want you to have all of the information to make the process seamless. This email breaks down the process of recording. 


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Yesterday’s Tomorrow by Danielle Seck

Who says a girl needs her mother to teach her how to drive down the road toward womanhood? That may not necessarily be true, but for Alyx, she can’t help but wonder if her mother could have at least helped her avoid some of the potholes; potholes that often leave her broken down and inoperable.

It doesn’t matter that growing up Alyx’s mother turns a blind eye while Alyx is one punch away from getting a black eye as a result of the torment her mother’s boyfriend, Tony, puts her through. As  if that isn’t enough, Tony invites his son to participate in the destruction of Alyx’s childhood. In spite of it all, even as an adult Alyx longs for the love and comfort of her mother. But at some point a girl has to realize that when someone doesn’t love her, perhaps she needs to let the relationship go, even if it is with her mother.

Bound and determined to jump behind the wheel without a license and find her way to her destiny on her own, Alyx does what everyone expects of a girl who ended up in foster care as a child; she gets lost. For once in her life she’s relieved when she meets a man who she feels she’s headed in the right direction with. When he turns out to be someone totally opposite than who Alyx thought he was, she finds herself at a fork in the road. Decisions have to be made. It’s a matter of life and death; and not just for Alyx.

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These are the books I personally read during 2010 for our Sankofa Literary Society (SLS) reading challenge. I read a total of 115 books for the year and this is my list of the best books from that group.

The books were submitted for review by the author, publisher or given to me as gifts. Each of the books on this list are considered 4-5 star reads. They are NOT listed in order by ranking. Each title below will enrich the lives of the new owners! I hope you will take the time to explore this list and to email this to at least 20 others, so that you too can Give the Gift of Knowledge!

The books below will make great gifts all year long! View all of our Best Books Recommended Reading Lists here:  Please follow our blog for more exciting news on the authors and the books coming out in 2011.

EDC Creations Books of the Year
Personally Selected by Ella Curry

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great MigrationWhatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and AmericaJustice Older than the Law: The Life of Dovey Johnson Roundtree (Margaret Walker Alexander Series in African American Studies)Perfect Peace

1. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration
by Isabel Wilkerson

2. Whatever It Takes by Paul Tough
Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America. The story behind the documentary Waiting on Superman

3. 19 Years Old and 19 Men Later: How Someone Truly Loved Me
by Tenisha Gainey

4. Justice Older than the Law: The Life of Dovey Johnson Roundtree
by Katie McCabe and Dovey Johnson Roundtree

5. Perfect Peace by Daniel Black

TOP 40 BOOKS OF 2010

The Temple of My FamiliarThe Last Days of Ptolemy GreyFierce Angels: The Strong Black Woman in American Life and CultureStop Being NiggardlyVictoireThe Little Black Book of Success: Laws of Leadership for Black WomenThe Kitchen House: A NovelBitch Is the New Black: A MemoirThe Bite of the MangoNinth Ward

EDC Creations Literary Hallmarks

1. The Temple of My Familiar by Alice Walker

2. Fierce Angels: The Strong Black Woman by Sheri Parks

3. Victoire: My Mother’s Mother by Maryse Conde

4. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

5. The Last Days of Ptolemy by Walter Mosley

6. Bitch Is the New Black by Helena Andrews

7. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

8. Substitute Me by Lori L. Tharps

9.The Girl Who Fell From The Sky by Heidi Durrow

10.Black Water Rising by Attica Locke

11.Searching For Tina Turner by Jacqueline Luckett

12.Two or Three Things I Know for Sure by Dorothy Allison

13.Midnight by Beverly Jenkins

14.Relapse by Nikki Turner

15.How to Escape from a Leper Colony by Tiphanie Yanique

16.Wildflowers by Lyah Beth LeFlore

17.Stop Being Niggardly by Karen Hunter

18.Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority by Tom Burrell

19.Shake Loose My Skin by Sonia Sanchez

20.The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

21.Zora and Me by Victoria Bond (YA)

22.Sassy Series by Sharon M. Draper (YA)

23.The Bite of the Mango by Mariatu Kamara (YA)

24.Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes (YA)

25.Hollyhood by Valerie Joyner

26.Ashes, Ashes They All Fall Down by Anita Ballard-Jones

27. The Little Black Book of Success by Elaine Meryl Brown, Marsha and Rhonda

28.A Purse of Your Own by Deborah Owens

29.Sing About That Black Rose by Janet “Jaize” Brown

30.How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly by Connie May Fowler

31.The Grace of Silence: A Memoir by Michele Norris

32.The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore

33.Cheetah by Missy Jackson

34.Daddy by Default by Pat Tucker

35.Little Black Girl Lost 5 by Keith Lee Johnson

36.A Slip In The Right Direction by Rachel Berry (YA)

37.Still Waters by Crystal Rhodes

38.Life is Like a Soul Train Line by  Monda Raquel Webb (Poetry)

39.From This Moment  by Sean Young

40.Unsigned Hype by Booker T. Mattison (Mature YA)

Authors, if you see your book listed, please leave a comment with your website address, bookseller links and any news about you and your books! Ask your network to stop by and share their reviews of your books too. Make sure you tell your fellow author friends if you see their names listed below.

If your name is listed below, you can copy the award image to your computer and add to your website as well as your promotional material.  I would like to interview ALL of the authors on this list for Black Pearls Magazine and for the Black Authors Network Radio Show. Email me at: to setup the interviews.

Ella Curry, president of EDC Creations Media Group
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Posted by on January 18, 2011 in EDC Creations


Black Books Weekend on the BAN Radio Show

Black Books Weekend on the BAN Radio Show
Black Books Weekend will open Black Friday, November 26, 2010 with live readings and live Twitter and Facebook chats with 80 of the most talented writers on the shelves, from all genres. Readers can possibly WIN one of 50 books being given away by calling into the show nightly! Read on…

Friday, Nov. 26 – Monday, Nov. 29, 2010

Readers Join Us Nightly:  646.200.0402
Party Totally Online at:
BAN Chatroom :


The 3rd Annual Black Books Weekend, hosted by Ella Curry of EDC Creations features four nights of readings and discussions with noted authors, bookclubs and poets. Our mission is to get folks to buy great books for gifts this holiday season, from our featured authors, publishers and their imprints.

Join us from the comfort of your homes, using your phones, and share the spirit of Sankofa with EDC Creations! This event is a bookclub and avid readers paradise!

We have confirmed appearances by: Carol Mackey, Mocha Ochoa, Kimberla Lawson Roby, Earl Sewell, Bernice L. McFadden, Pamela Samuels Young, Electa Rome Parks, Naleighna Kai, Moses Miller, William Ashanti Hobbs, Pat G’Orge Walker, Mari Walker, Kai, Fiona Zedde, Michelle Janine Robinson, Aleysha Proctor, Yasmine Harrison, Samara King, Jamise Dames, Dwayne S. Joseph, Denise R. Coleman, Twala Meju, Junnita Jackson and many more.

50 Book Giveaway Returns!
There are three major gift bag promotions for the readers who join us November 26-29, 2010 on the phones, in the BAN Chatroom and at the Twitter chat. Please tell your network and fans about this wonderful weekend and give them The Gift of Knowledge!  Readers, call into the show nightly at 646.200.0402  and speak to the featured authors. BAN Chatroom guests are eligible to win one of the featured books, by entering here nightly:

Black Books Weekend Schedule
Featured Panel Discussions, Author Showcases and Bookclub Parties.
Special holiday Twitter Chat on Monday Night 9-10pm! Details below.

* Friday, November 26, 2010 at 8-10 pm EST
Theme: Freaky Friday – Adult Books, Romance, Erotica,Gay/Lesbian
Location: Black Authors Network Radio Show
Connection: Call into the show at 646.200.0402

* Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 8-10 pm EST
Theme: Urban Lit, Thrillers, Mystery, Poetry and Mixed Genre Fiction
Location: Black Authors Network Radio Show
Connection: Call into the show at 646.200.0402

* Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 8-10 pm EST
Theme: Christian Fiction, Non-fiction, YA Readers, and Religious
Location: Black Authors Network Radio Show
Connection: Call into the show at 646.200.0402

* Monday, November 29, 2010 at 9-10 pm EST
Theme: Sankofa Bookclub Summit Twitter Chat
Location: Black Magazine Blogspot and
Follow us on Twitter or at TweetChat with hashtag: < #blklitsummit >
Giving away (2) $250.00 gift bags, filled with books for holiday reviews

Readers, call into the show nightly at 646.200.0402 and speak to the featured authors. If you win a book, email Ella Curry immediately at:, so she can send you the instructions. Listen for your area code during the show, your phone line will be opened and you can speak to the authors.

BAN Chatroom guests are eligible to win one of the featured books, by entering here nightly:  Join Ella and the other readers in the BAN Radio Show chatroom nightly to answer trivia questions, play games and share your thoughts. Registered chatters are eligible to win one of 5 books given away nightly. The two bookclubs with the most members in the chatroom each night will win a $50.00 gift bag! 

November 26-29, 2010 we are celebrating heritage, culture and creative forces! After the broadcasts, the shows feeds out to 118,000 RSS feed listeners, creates its own newsletter, is posted to130 blog and podcast directories. I will send it out to personal database of 133,000 readers in a holiday eblast. WE will spread the word to the masses!  If you would like to promote your book during Black Books Weekend visit our website and check out the packages here:

You are invited to participate in online reading sessions, contests, bookclub giveaways, radio interviews and guest blogging sessions. Meet us online from the comforts of your home. Invite your friends, co-workers and social network members. Please consider the books showcased for your “book of the month” or to give as gifts all year long. Visit Black Pearls Magazine today to find those rare literary gems at:!

Thank you,

Ella Curry, president of EDC Creations


Join the 11/22 BPM Literary Legacy Panel

Celebrating the Legacy of Black Literature

Black Authors Network Radio with Ella Curry

We are discussing literature, love of community and our literary legacy! This is a community discussion and we want to hear from YOU.
In honor of Thanksgivings, the Sankofa Literary Society (SLS) will host a empowering discussion panel on the legacy our books will leave future generations. This phenomenal online experience will highlight African-Americans in the literary world including radio hosts, educators, authors and publishing leaders. We invite you to call into the show and share your opinions of  “The State of African American Literature” and the legacy we are leaving.
Are you proud of the books that we are producing today?
Are the books published today creating a impact on the readers or merely entertaining the masses? Join us and speak up and out!


Black Pearls Literary Legacy Panel Discussion

Mocha Ochoa
Facebook: Facebook/inthecafewithmocha
In the Café with Mocha Literary Talk Show
Mocha Ochoa is the CEO of The Oracle Group, a nationally recognized agency that specializes in producing literary, educational and outreach campaign development. Connecting authors with events that engage and uplift the local, national and global community. The Oracle Group specializes in producing A-List Author Launch Events, National and Community Book Fairs, Educator Appreciation Series and Literary Campaign Development.
Mocha, host of the In the Café with Mocha Literary Talk Show co-founded the NAACP Author Pavilion at their Annual Convention and has also organized book events for Barnes & Noble, The National Book Festival, The National Press Club and the National Council of Negro Women. She the founding member and implementing partner of the Reading Across Continents initiative, an interactive cross-cultural literary exchange project connecting students, teachers and authors via technology. Participating countries include Ghana, Nigeria and the United State.
Judine Slaughter
Books: Clear Skinned and Do-It-Yourself Publishing
Exective Director United Black Writers Association
Judine Slaughter is the Executive Director of the United Black Writers Association. She has previously been the editor of several newsletters, taught three online classes on publishing/marketing and has presented writing workshops. Ms. Slaughter supports the nurturing of literary talent, because everyone has a story.
Go On Girl! Book Club
Lynda M. Johnson – Co-Founder, Go On Girl! Book Club
Willette Hill – Corresponding Secretary
Evalyn Rose Hamilton – Historian
Tracey Y. Smith – Nat’l Media & Author Relations, Founder More Than Words

Go On Girl! Celebrating the Legacy of Black Literature® — With more than 30 chapters in 12 states, The Go On Girl! Book Club is the largest African-American women’s book club in the country. Founded in 1991, members meet in their homes in their respective cities to discuss the club’s reading selection of the month. Feedback on each selection is shared with the authors and publishers. The chapters come together annually to honor authors and celebrate the legacy of Black literature. Through the years, literary luminaries such as Gloria Naylor, Bebe Moore Campbell, Jill Nelson and Pearl Cleage have come in person to receive their Go On Girl! Author of the Year award.

Shalema McGhee
Blogger, Authors In Color

Shalema K. McGhee is founder and blogger of Authors In Color. Her main goal is to promote and support books by authors of the African diaspora. She is also a member of Go On Girl! Book Club, where she currently serves as facilitator of the founding chapter.

Cora Coleman-Dunham
Musician, Mentor and Author
Book: G.A.G.U. – Gathering a Greater Understanding: The Ultimate Life Guide for Youth
Cora C. Dunham, is the Vice-President and CEO of The Vivo Club. Drummer, writer, photographer, director, clinician, mentor and designer, Cora received her Bachelor of Music degree in 2004 from Howard University (Washington, DC). Cora has performed with Pink, Lalah Hathaway, Goapele, Richard Smallwood, Il Divo, Elton John, Frank McComb and is currently the drummer for Pop artist, Prince.
Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond
Book: Powder Necklace: A Novel
Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond has written for AOL, Parenting Magazine, the Village Voice, Metro and Trace Magazine. Her short story “Bush Girl” was published in the May 2008 issues of African Writing and her poem, “The Whinings of a Seven Sister Cum Laude Graduate Working Board as an Assistant,” was published in 2006’s Growing up Girl Anthology.
A cum laude graduate of Vassar College, she attended secondary school in Ghana. Powder Necklace is loosely based on the experience. POWDER NECKLACE chronicles the seminal years in the life of a teenage girl as she is shuttled both physically and emotionally from London to Ghana to London again, and finally Long Island.
Karen F. Brundage-Johnson, Ph.D.
Book: Beyond the Body! Developing Inner Beauty
Professional Women Woman Speakers Bureau –  
Karen Brundage-Johnson, PhD is President of Your Image Matters, a consulting and training organization. As a business leader, Karen has overseen training &development for thousands of employees implementing programs in professional development, empowerment, and diversity.
Karen is co-author of “Beyond the Body! Developing Inner Beauty”, a book for women focused on emotional, mental & spiritual wellness.
In 2004, she founded the Readers Journey Book Club Network bringing book clubs together in Atlantic County New Jersey to fellowship and experience author discussions and in 2008 featured in Essence Magazine with author Gloria Naylor.
Karen also writes jazz performance reviews that accompany the jazz photos taken by her husband, noted jazz photographer Ben Johnson for Jazz Time Magazine online.
Tina McElroy Ansa
Book: Taking After Mudear
Novelist, Publisher, Filmmaker and Journalist
Websites:  and

Tina McElroy Ansa is a novelist, publisher, filmmaker, teacher and journalist. But above all, she is a storyteller. She calls herself “part of a long and honored writing tradition, one of those little Southern girls who always knew she wanted to be a writer.”  She grew up in Middle Georgia in the 1950s hearing her grandfather’s stories on the porch of her family home and strangers’ stories downtown in her father’s juke joint, which have inspired Mulberry, Georgia, the mythical world of her four novels, Baby of the Family, Ugly Ways, The Hand I Fan With and You Know Better.

In March 2007, Mrs. Ansa launched an independent publishing company, DownSouth Press, with its focus on African-American literature — fiction and nonfiction. Her fifth novel, Taking After Mudear, a sequel to her bestselling Ugly Ways, will be the lead title on DownSouth Press’s first list in the fall of 2007. DownSouth Press will publish established as well as emerging literary voices.

She and her husband, AFI (American Film Institute) Fellow filmmaker Joneé Ansa are currently adapting Baby of the Family for the screen in a feature film starring Alfre Woodard, Loretta Devine, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Vanessa Williams, Todd Bridges, Pam Grier, and Tonea Stewart. The author is collaborating with her husband on the screenplay for Baby of the Family, which he will direct and shoot in her hometown of Macon, Georgia. Mrs. Ansa is executive producer.

She and her husband, Joneé Ansa, have lived on St. Simons Island, Georgia since 1984. Together they produced and directed the 1989 Georgia Sea Island Festival, a 30-year-old grassroots festival that seeks to preserve the crafts, music, slave chants, games, food and spirit of the African-American people who lived and worked as slaves on the rice and cotton plantations along the Georgia coast. Ms. Ansa is an avid birder, amateur naturalist, and gardener. She always has collard greens growing in her garden among the black-eyed Susans and moonflowers.

Ella Curry, EDC Creations
Ella Curry is the president and CEO of EDC Creations Media Group. She brings more than 20 years of PR and marketing experience to clients in film, music, publishing and corporate event planning. Her expertise as well as her love for all things literary, dynamic contacts, and collaborative approach with clients have earned her a reputation as a respected leader in the publishing industry. Ella has enjoyed an extensive tenure in media promotions and book publicity. She started out as a corporate event planner and website developer; later becoming a buyer for the legendary Karibu Book Store chain. Her career now includes services such as blog tour coordinator, book coach, video journalist and literary publicist.
She has interviewed community leaders and celebrities such as: The View’s Emmy® award-winning co-host, comedienne/actress Sherri Shepherd, Byron Pitts Emmy® award-winning journalist for 60 Minutes and chief national correspondent for CBS Evening News, American film director of Secret Life of Bees, Gina Prince-Bythewood, literary legends Dr. Maya Angelou and Sonia Sanchez, along with award-winning actors and actresses such as Hill Harper, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Dakota Fanning, Tristan Wilds, and International motivational speaker Lisa Nichols of the Secret DVD and author of No Matter What. 
Ella Curry is the host and producer of the Black Authors Network Radio Show, sponsored by EDC Creations Media Group. Ella has interviewed MochaMoms® and other community leaders along with bestselling authors Terrie M. Williams, Sue Monk Kidd, Farrah Gray, Breena Clarke, Carleen Brice, Nathan McCall, Mary B. Morrison, Francis Ray, Walter Mosley, John Kremer, Lutishia Lovely and Donna Hill.   
Ella Curry is the publisher of Black Pearls Magazine, a professional blogger and literary reporter on where she publishes her popular Intimate Conversation Interviews with today’s hottest authors, business owners and community leaders. In the Spring of 2011, Ella will release her first book on how to effectively market and promote your book with social media while on a budget.

EDC Video Blog of Events

Here are just a few of the video memories from our Summer 2009. There are videos from the 2009 National Bookclub Conference events, Expression Authors Appreciation and several events we attended. Click on the image of the video you want to watch. Enjoy!

EDC Creations Event Showcase

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Posted by on September 5, 2009 in EDC Creations


Black Pearls NBCC Launch Party

Black Pearls Launch Party
Black Pearls Magazine held one of five launch parties at the National Book Club Conference in Atlanta. Here are just a few of the photos taken from the party. We would like to thank all the bookclubs and authors who attended. I would especially like to thank all the ladies of the Sweet Soul Sisters bookclub for helping me to pull this off! We had a blast. If you would like to be invited to the next Black Pearls Party in DC, VA, MD and NY, please email me so that I can keep you updated at: You can view the video footage on our Youtube page. Enjoy!

Visit the Black Pearls Magazine and prepare to be amazed!


Fall 2009 Authors Spotlight

EDC Creations, The Sankofa Literary Society and The Black Authors Network announced the launch of their 2009-2010 “Give the Gift of Knowledge Campaign,” bringing readers and authors together to help improve literacy. In 2004, during the Christmas holidays, Ella Curry, the founder of EDC Creations, reached out to women’s groups and literary organizations to help promote early literacy by giving new books to children from low income homes.

Today, the “Give the Gift of Knowledge Campaign,” seeks to expand even further! “Based on the “each one teach one,” model, our goal is to help people introduce reading and new books to their family and friends,” says CEO and founder of EDC creations, Ella Curry. “Instead of giving expensive gifts that don’t shape lives—-let’s “Give the Gift of Knowledge” and help to strengthen our future generations!” Please give books as gifts this holiday season. Donate books to your favorite charity or family in need. Listed below are just a few of our suggested books that would make great gifts.

Fall 2009 Authors Spotlight

Purchase books by the authors on the 2009 Fall Holiday Book Tour


Ella Curry, EDC Creations Uplugged!

Join host Nesheba of ESpiritE Radio ( as she interviews Ella Curry of EDC Creations. Nesheba and Ella share a pot of tea while discussing the book publishing industry.

Interview Show Link:

Event Description:
Ella D. Curry is the owner and CEO of EDC Creations, a marketing and branding firm in Prince George’s County Maryland, a radio show producer, marketing director, Internet publicist and literary advocate. She is also the founder of Sankofa Literary Society which empowers independent and/or self-published authors through mentoring programs, Internet workshops, marketing and brand coaching.

The Sankofa Literary Society sponsors the popular Black Authors Network radio program which offers new authors a chance to showcase their books and articles on Internet radio, on the Sankofa Literary Society’s site, along with book and branding coaching that will help them present themselves as professionals as they enter literary circles. In addition Ella has been blessed to interview authors like Maya Angelou and several successful published authors. Ella is also the Host of Black-Authors-Network here on BlogTalkRadio.

Ella’s support for her clients and potential client includes shows to educate authors by having showcases like, what do book club look for when reviewing potential authors to include in their club. She’s also involved with supporting spoken word & poets by having series allowing their to share their gift of words via showcases.

Ella D. Curry is an entrepreneur on the move, she is very inspirational, spiritual, and has a deep passion for her clients and the importance of encouraging literacy across the global. So, sit back relax have a cup of coffee, tea, or a glass of wine and enjoy some good conversation and music…

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National Campaign to Promote Health and Literacy


April 13, 2009
Baltimore, Maryland

National Campaign to Promote Health and Literacy

Maryland’s Ella D Curry of EDC Creations Media Group ( has partnered up with The Risqué Café to promote health and literacy through a fundraising campaign called “Losing 4 Literacy” which is a 12-week weight-loss/wellness challenge with the purpose of helping to fund a foundation which will empower inner-city and troubled youths to express themselves in a positive manner, bring awareness to the literary community and promote healthier lifestyles.

The challenge will be hosted and facilitated by The Risqué Café – a website and marketing company created to connect authors and readers ( At the conclusion of the 12-week challenge, the top (3) three teams with the highest percentage of weight loss will be rewarded a cash prize, products, books, and more!

The challenge is designed to encourage and promote literacy, as well as help participants develop healthier lifestyles so they can live longer. Lifestyle/Wellness coaches from “Healthy You 4 Life” will provide support, meal plans, and wellness consulting throughout the teams 12 week journey to a healthy you.

Over 12 weeks, the teams will learn healthy eating habits, and how to make optimum food choices for life. Studies show the camaraderie, encouragement, accountability and motivation of group weight loss competitions lead to greater success. Statistics show weight is a key predictor of a number of chronic, life-threatening diseases such as diabetes. Not only can healthy weight loss turn those disorders around, but it leads to increased energy and productivity, and higher self esteem.

Ella D Curry of EDC Creations Media Group says, “Losing4Literacy is a positive cause that will bring more awareness to education and healthcare plus bring communities together on a local as well as national level. This is a wonderful opportunity to reach back and give to others and possibly touch the lives of youths who have taken or are on the wrong path.”

Registration begins March 25, 2009 and ends May 17, 2009. Adults and youth are welcomed to participate. This is for a great cause.

Registration fee is $30 per team of 5 members. To be best prepared and find out the rules, interested individuals should visit

For coverage or additional information:
C. Jay – Email:

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Black Authors Network Radio Show

The Black Authors Network Radio Show

Are you one of the countless authors that continue to search for free and/or low cost ways to promote your books? You are not alone, however you have come to the right place. EDC Creations, The Black Authors Network, and the Sankofa Literary Society offers free and low cost promotional opportunities for today’s writers and poets.

The BAN show lineup offers new shows weekly filled with information that is sure to interest booklovers and writers who wish to be published, as well as those who need fresh ideas about how to market their books. Each guest will discuss their books or business 10-15 minutes and the publishing journey as a group chat.

Using author interviews as the theme or each show, book lovers get a first-hand look at “behind the book” news, as the authors and show host, Ella Curry, share the storyline of several new books each week on the BAN Radio Talk Show. New authors who are seeking to publish their first book or seasoned authors seeking to step up their book marketing game, will not be
disappointed. One of the standard questions asked of the author is, “As a writer, what are some of the most important things you use to market your books?” We come to you 3 times a week to entertain, enlighten, and to empower!

We are always looking for new ways to get the word out about great books, join us weekly to share your ideas, comments, and resources! If you would like to be considered for an author or a promotional interview, please contact Ella via email at:

If you would like to donate books to the Black Authors Network Radio Show weekly giveaways, please send books to the following address:

Ella Curry, EDC Creations
PO Box 7794
Langley Park, MD 20787

Black Authors Network Radio show
Meet us at: 9pm-10pm EST Monday and Wednesday nights
Authors dial-in number: (646) 200-0402

Chat live with the guests in our chat room during the show

Warmest regards,
Ella Curry, President/CEO EDC Creations
Black Author Network Radio-Founder
Sankofa Literary Society-Founder

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Posted by on December 31, 2008 in EDC Creations


Black History Month Book Fair

Black History Month Online Book Fair

In honor of Black History Month, the Sankofa Literary Society is hosting its 2nd Annual Black History Month online book fair. This very unique online experience will showcase African-Americans in the literary world including authors and publishing leaders. The event will include an online chat and panel discussions broadcast over internet radio. It is focused on bringing back pride in African-American literature. Readers will be treated to weekly promotions, video and audio blogging, author showcases, noon time chats, open forum chat sessions and other fun and entertaining features. All events are free.

The Black History Month On-line Book Fair begins on January 25, 2009 and will continue until March 7, 2009. Each day members of the African American literary community will participate in daily online discussions at the event’s main site. Authors, agents, reporters, publishers, spoken word artists, poets and book store owners, will participate in these daily discussions. They will discuss African-American literacy and the importance of celebrating Black History all year long. At night there will be panel discussions on BAN radio. You can view the themes of the nightly broadcast here.

The event is currently being promoted by an AP wire service press releases, internet radio, 130 RSS feeds, and by public radio stations in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia. Each day in February will feature a specific theme related to people of color. Some themes discussed so far include: African-American Pioneers and Legends, Motivating our Communities, African American Firsts, and Ethics of Literary Reviewers and Reporters. Some upcoming themes will be: Bringing Our Pride Back and Black Love.

The main feature of the online book fair is the nightly discussions with African American authors. The Black Authors Network, part of Blog Talk Radio, will host nightly panel discussions for the online Black History Month book fair. Starting at 9 pm EST, featured authors and panelists will call into the internet radio site to discuss the topic of the day and the show will run until 10 pm. Readers will be able to call in and participate in the discussion during the show as well. Readers will be able to participate in an online chat in the Black Authors Network chat room during the show. There will also be an after party at the event’s main blog after each show.

Another component of the online book fair is the Black History 365 Social Network. Readers can blog their experiences at the online book fair on this site. By visiting the site and registering for the newsletter, readers are eligible for free books and prizes. Readers can also support the authors by visiting the SLS Event Bookstore and purchasing their books. On one of the main book fair sites, participants can chat with authors throughout the day in the event chat room which is open 24 hours a day. Daily video blog presentations are also available. In addition, the SLS site features podcasts by African-American authors.

Each week, the website presents a list of 10 participating authors and visitors to the site, readers can click on the name of the author and listen to them present and promote their books. The list of authors changes weekly. There are some fun perks available to those who participate in the book fair. Visa gift cards worth $50 will be given away each week during the event. Free autographed books will also be given away to visitors of the radio show and event blog.

Professional bloggers will have a chance to win prizes if they support the authors during the book fair. This very unique and fun event has numerous things to offer African American book lovers and writers. Ella Curry, the event organizer, also hopes that non-African American readers will take part in the event to explore the fantastic offerings each night. There are 4 main websites associated with this book fair and it is well worth the time to visit them and enjoy this one-of-a kind event.

Related Links:

Black History Book Fair Information
Black History Book Fair Event Website
Black History 365 Social Network

Black Authors Network Radio Show
Meet us at: 9pm-10pm EST
Authors dial-in number: (646) 200-0402

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Posted by on December 31, 2008 in EDC Creations


2nd Annual Black History Month Book Fair

2nd Annual Black History Month Book Fair
“Give the Gift of Knowledge”

January 25 – March 7, 2009
Totally Online at Black Authors Network Radio and Blogspot

Please join us for 42 nights of fun, wisdom, fellowship, and book previews, as well as author interviews. EDC Creations and the Sankofa Literary Society will host the annual Black History Month Internet Book Fair to bring together authors, community leaders and concerned citizens.

You can participate nightly from the comforts of your home! The event is held totally online with nightly panel discussions, seminars, live readings from new book releases, community town hall meetings and open mic poetry nights. Chat on our blog site by day and join us on the radio show by night, for 6 straight weeks!

Our theme is “Give the Gift of Knowledge.” We seek to bring together our modern day Griots to share with us the history of our people and to lead us into the future. Are you ready? Do you want to help us prepare an archive of African American legacies for your children? This is an open community forum for all races and cultures. Be the change that you want to see in our global community. Give the Gift of Knowledge.

The Black Authors Network (BAN) is dedicated to providing information to help black business owners and authors gain access to the global consumer and to helping promote the growth of black businesses and literature. The Black Authors Network, is here to bring people together, to create a dialogue, and share valuable resources.

Our goal is to be the most informative networking group, serving the unique needs of African American authors, businesses, organizations, and concerned parents who wish to improve literacy and strengthen the image of the African American community. For more information on nightly themes and promotions, enter here.

Black Authors Network Radio Show
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Weekly Showtime: 9pm-10pm EST
Authors dial-in number: (646) 200-0402

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Posted by on December 31, 2008 in EDC Creations


Smart Marketing Solutions: the Foundation


Before we can discuss marketing solutions, let’s get a clear picture of what marketing really is and the foundation you have to create before you can start the process of marketing. Marketing solutions will cover: the science of buying and selling books; the advertising, promotion, distribution and format of the books. It also covers the art of influencing people with your professional approach to writing and publishing a great book.

Many people confuse marketing with promotions and advertising, when the latter are elements of marketing not the process. At EDC Creations, we spend hours coaching our clients on the fact that marketing takes a dedication to learning, building relationships and establishing reachable goals. Marketing solutions will come from having a vision, a plan and the means to encourage readers to buy their books.

Marketing is the entire process by which you will identify your target audience, anticipate what they need and give the audience solutions and estimate their response. Once you know the audience, you will share your book with readers in a professional, appealing and cost effective way. Marketing is based on developing strong relationships to assist you in networking, advertising, promoting and gaining publicity. All of these fall under the umbrella of marketing. Marketing is the cart and the rest is what you fill it with.

Foundation for Creating Marketing Solutions

1) Write your vision on paper. Decide what it is you want at the end of the day. Brainstorm about ways to get the things you want and put them on paper so you can SEE where it is you really wanting to go. Think about your passions in life, the amount of money you have to invest, why you are really becoming a published author and what will this offer the reading community.

2) Create your marketing message. Your marketing message is a combination of the things that will later create your brand and determine how the reader will view you. It will tell your readers how you can solve their problems, why they should trust you, why they should buy your book and spread the word, also why they should keep supporting you later. The marketing message is the thing that will capture their attention.

Your marketing message is not created to solely tell them who YOU are. The entire marketing message is about telling your readers what your books can do for THEM. Even if it is a fiction book, it can show the reader how to deal with a difficult situation and come out on top. You have to share your unique ideas or style of writing to convey this message.

3) Define and identify who your target audience is and where they can be found. You can not reach all readers and your book is not for everyone. Use research to find those people who would benefit most from having your work in their hands.

4) Define the problems or issues surrounding this target; present your solution. When I say define the problem, I am not getting all political. It can be this simple: teens grow out of board books and children books. They now need books that will introduce them to puberty and peer pressure, the joys and ills of growing up. You can give them the solution by starting a teen series.

5) Present your results to the solution (a quality book) and tell them why they should select your book before any others. You will create wonderful marketing materials to capture their attention and you offer them your wisdom, experience, advice or a means to sheer entertainment in a well edited, properly produced book, at an affordable price.

6) Establish your brand and what it will take to strengthen it. Your brand is the vehicle that will take you to top of the book marketing game. Branding is the process of creating your image, the feelings, relationships, the actions and visual presentations your readers will come to associate with your name and the kind of books you put out. You will sell YOU as an AUTHOR as much as you will sell your message in your books.

7) Work on creating a network of people to help you with your marketing. You will need to create an internal support team, a social networking team, a business team and a publicity team to deliver your marketing message to the readers and publishing houses. You do this by communicating with others what you need, what you want and what you are willing to give to get it. Ask questions, do your research, seek help from the experts, but most of all really make relationships that will benefit you and the readers.

Now that we know what we are doing and have the foundation created to do it. Let’s get down to creating our marketing plan, marketing strategy and establish marketing solutions. The three all go hand in hand, it takes all three to be successful. My area of expertise is Internet Marketing, Promotions and Publicity. My contributions this month will focus primarily on those areas. Keep following the blog for more.

Ella Curry, president of EDC Creations Media Group
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75.00 EDC Creations Magazine Promotions


Allow me to introduce myself, EDC Creations is a marketing and branding firm in Maryland, founded by Ella Curry. As the president of EDC Creations, I have made it my mission to introduce readers to the best in African American literature.

EDC Creations is celebrating the holidays by Giving the Gift of Knowledge to our entire network! We are interviewing network groups, community leaders, book clubs, community leaders, editors, authors and business owners for our holiday issue.

Today, I write to you, offering you a chance to feature your written interview on the front page our new online magazine and to interview you on our popular Black Authors Network Radio Show. There is a small admin. fee of $75.00 for the coverage.

Please take a moment and check out the new online magazine and let me know if you would like to be included in the November-December Holiday Issue.

Magazine Site:

Articles Showcase:

Thank you in advance for considering a spotlight in the all new EDC Creations Online Magazine.

Ella Curry, president of EDC Creations

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Posted by on November 9, 2008 in EDC Creations


Ella Curry had a Great Summer, how about you?


Please check out a new slideshow of my fabulous Summer touring literary events. I have to say the For Sisters Only Literary Cafe was the best of all!

Vickie Stringer and Triple Crown Publications made my Summer by presenting me with a special basket! I want to thank Vickie and the entire TCP staff. The photos are in the slideshow. TCP is one class act!

EDC Creations Book Ads available for $40.00 in November

EDC Creations eMagazine Front Page- Showcases Authors

Warmest regards,

Ella Curry, President/CEO EDC Creations
Black Author Network Radio-Founder
Sankofa Literary Society-Founder

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Posted by on November 9, 2008 in EDC Creations


2009 Plans for Ella Curry and EDC Creations

Hello Literary Family,
Wow, this year is almost over! I can hardly believe we have come this far in 2008. EDC Creations has been blessed with record growth throughout 2008. As we move into New Year, I want to give you a break down of the projects we have in place. The publishing industry is growing leaps and bounds, due to advanced technology used to market and promote books. EDC Creations takes pride in being an industry leader in online marketing, branding, and promotions. To further lead the marketplace, we have great news to share with you. Please read on to celebrate with us as we prepare for 2009.

Many of you already know EDC Creations is under going revisions. The old website is being rebuilt and a lot of the older sites are being deleted. Please bear with us as we create the foundation for our literary explosion coming in 2009. If you have links on your site to EDC Creations that are not functioning, please do us a favor and replace them with our home page link: Readers and authors will be able to visit our entire network from the main site. If you do not have EDC Creations listed on your site or blog roll, please add us. We appreciate the support from each of you. We could not be where we are today with out your continued support and empowerment!

EDC Creations will officially become EDC Creations Media Group, LLC in 2009. We will provide authors, poets and community leader’s global exposure, via three mediums; cable, internet television, radio coverage with BAN Talk Show; AM-Radio; In addition to the newly created EDC Creations eMagazine. You may view the foundation site for the magazine by clicking here. This is a work in progress. We will publish the subscription based magazine in February 2009 in time for Black History Month. The website will offer book previews, event videos, and author resources, in conjunction with the SLR Magazine. Please check often to stay abreast of the latest news and events. If you are a new author or have a newly released book, now is the time to contact us.

EDC Creations’ main site will be the control center for all operations. This is where you will contact Ella Curry and her team to help you with your book promotions. We will showcase our active clients and ebook publishing house from the main EDC Creation site. In 2009, the EDC Creations team will include graphic designers, book cover artists, virtual assistant, an in-house literary event planner, a video production team, a professional photographer, publicists, and other marketing consultants. The new staff for EDC Creations has been hand picked and will astound the literary world. The official announcements will go out December 31, 2009.

The Sankofa Literary Review site will be home to the magazine, and the Sankofa Literary Society Book club. We are actively seeking 10 book reviewers and professional bloggers to become part of our team, preferably authors, freelance writers or avid readers are what we seek as book reviewers. Contact Ella Curry today if you are interested in becoming a professional reviewer and blogger for EDC Creations. Only the serious need apply.

The EDC Creations Literary Guild will host our literary speaker’s profiles, upcoming event listings, classified ads for literary providers, printed event catalog and membership association. We will offer full scale virtual media tours through the EDC Creations Literary Guild. As part of our Give the Gift of Knowledge program, the literary guild will promote non-profits organizations on the site.

Coming soon… eBook publishing from EDC Creations! We will begin to publish ebooks in the spring of 2009; selling them from our main EDC Creations site. We are now gaining increased interest in the EDC Creations Bookstore; we will offer bestsellers lists of the titles that move through our store and off our sites. We will also reach out to other online book retailers to send us their bestseller lists. Each month we will showcase the authors who are moving books online! If you are interested in getting your work published as an eBook in spring 2009—start writing and editing your work today! We will start the submission process in early 2009. Email Ella Curry for the submission guidelines.

The Black Authors Network (BAN) will continue to be home to our radio/talk show and all multi-media produced by EDC Creations. The Black Authors Network will carry the streams from the AM-radio show and broadcast our Internet TV shows. All of the EDC TV segments will be filmed live in Washington, DC, Prince George’s County, MD and literary events around the country.

As you can see, we have a lot on the table for 2009! Just look at how remarkably we were able to carve out our place in the literary community in 2008—this gives you a glimpse at what we will do in 2009. Our email database increased to 133,000 subscribers because of our network affiliations and consistent service to our readers. In the future, we hope to speak with at least 30% of that list on the air, in person at events or through email feedback. Join us today to be part of a revolution in publishing. We are giving the independently published authors as much of the spotlight as the traditionally published houses!

The EDC Creations Media Group, LLC is looking forward to networking with each and every one of you—reach out to us to promote your books or business. Community Leaders, we care about your projects, let us help generate the buzz you need for your events to take off. Book Clubs, would you like to meet or speak to a particular author, let Ella Curry and EDC Creations bring them to you. Just ask us! Event Planners, do you need speakers for your next workshop or conference? Contact Ella today, to help you find the right speaker to astound your audience. Email questions and comments to Ella:

Check out the magazine and show some love by leaving comments here afterwards.
Wishing you much success,

Ella Curry, president of the EDC Creations Media Group, LLC

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Posted by on November 9, 2008 in EDC Creations


Ella Curry and Secret Life of Bees Cast

The official trailer for The Secret Life of Bees, starring Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Sophie Okonedo and Paul Bettany. In theatres everywhere October 17th.

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Posted by on October 2, 2008 in EDC Creations


Meet Author Leketha Johnson

Leketha Johnson–Children Literature

Title: Sunny’s Adventures, a Children’s Mystery Book

Author Leketha Marie Johnson has always been inspired to read and write since she was a very young girl. It’s a passion that’s never died down and eventually led her to her dream of publishing children’s books. She’s always loved reading about historical hero’s who always pursued their goals without giving up like underground railroad leader Harriet Tubman. Looking up to these sorts of admirable figures has made her persistent in her own efforts of adding some sort of relevance to the world one day at a time.

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Posted by on October 1, 2008 in EDC Creations

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