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Create Your Women of a New Sisterhood Audio Presentation

Hello!
I would like to invite you to create an audio presentation for Women of a New Sisterhood.  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.  Listed below are the details on how to create the audio campaign and the materials needed.  We look forward to showcasing your service, company or your book within the next 30-60 days!  Read this entire page to answer most of your questions.  It’s long, but I want you to have all of the information to make the process seamless.

YOUR INFORMATION WILL GO HERE:

Women of a New Sisterhood Online Conference
Website: bit.ly/1UQJ9gY

 

1.  Select a topic that’s important to you and prepare a speech for our audience. Create your webinar in the TED TALK fashion of presentation. Introduce yourself, give the title of your session.  Next, explain  what we will learn today. Give a 1-minute intro into how you can serve the Women of a New Sisterhood community and what your company/book/wisdom offers the audience.
 
Next move into your planned speech. Imagine them right before you!  Ask them questions. Give them a call to action.  Pull them into this ‘conversation’ and really show them how much you care about their success.  Practice or plan what you want to say before recording.

 

2.  Please do not make multiple recordings. If you make a mistake simply stop the recording by pressing the (#) pound key. You can re-record as many times as you like, just don’t hang up to stop recording. Multiple recordings will slow down the entire process for ALL of the other speakers.  You can record up to 55 minutes!  Do not go over.
 
Try to keep it entertaining and informative. The first 10 minutes are crucial to holding the online listener’s attention for the entire session. This email breaks down the process of recording to the finest detail. I will need your recording back within 5 days.
 


3. At the end of your presentation, share your websites, blogs and all your social media info.  Let the audience be sold on your expertise.  Do not mention a time sensitive offer or discount because this recording will be re-purposed several times over the next few months. If you make an offer, it has to be something that is available months from now.


4.  Please do not mention any dates, times or any events.   If you mention dates or events it limits what I can do with the recordings. It limits your presentation’s visibility on future programs.  You can gently promote your service, charity, book, product or signature program at the end.  If you have any books, please submit the bookseller details. Submit your confirmation and promotional material as soon as possible.


Speakers call into the recording center and record your message!
Call this number to record  (201) 283-9143   PIN: 158-535-351#
To record message, select option (1) when prompted.
Press the (# Key) to STOP the recording when you are finished talking and reading.



DO NOT MAKE MULTIPLE RECORDINGS.  FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS! 

Hit the (# key) to STOP the recording and re-record. You can keep re-recording the same session over and over until it’s correct.  Do NOT hang up to start over.  If you need a do-over, immediate press the (# key). 

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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.

Purchase Yesterday’s Tomorrow by Danielle Seck  
Link: http://a.co/cECQUCO

 

 


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2010 EDC CREATIONS LITERARY EXCELLENCE AWARDS

2010 EDC CREATIONS
LITERARY EXCELLENCE AWARDS

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: http://edcmagazine.blogspot.com/.  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
ELLA’S RECOMMENDED READING LIST

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)

SPEAK UP AND OUT
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: edc_dg@yahoo.com to setup the interviews.

Ella Curry, president of EDC Creations Media Group
Visit Black Pearls Magazine: http://www.blackpearlsmagazine.com/

Shop at our Black Pearls bookstore for the books: http://astore.amazon.com/edcmagazine-20

 
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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: http://edcmagazine.blogspot.com/
BAN Chatroom : www.blogtalkradio.com/Black-Author-Network

 

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: www.blogtalkradio.com/Black-Author-Network

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 TweetChat.com
Follow us on Twitter or at TweetChat with hashtag: < #blklitsummit >
Giving away (2) $250.00 gift bags, filled with books for holiday reviews

WIN GREAT GIFT BAGS AND REVIEW BOOKS
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:  edc_dg@yahoo.com, 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: www.blogtalkradio.com/Black-Author-Network  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! 

AUTHORS AND POETS
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: http://www.edc-creations.com/publicity.htm

READERS AND BOOKCLUBS
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: http://www.blackpearlsmagazine.com/!

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

FEATURED SPEAKERS:
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
Website: http://www.goongirl.org/
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
http://authorsincolor.blogspot.com/

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 – http://www.protrain.net/  
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: http://www.tinamcelroyansa.com/  and  http://www.downsouthpress.com/

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 http://www.blackpearlsmagazine.com 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

Please join in the discussion by leaving comments or congrats below.
Black Authors Culture Center Twitter with Ella

 
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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: edc_dg@yahoo.com You can view the video footage on our Youtube page. Enjoy!

Visit the Black Pearls Magazine and prepare to be amazed!
Website:
www.blackpearlsmagazine.com

 
 
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