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Atlanta Chocolate Social Updates

Subject: Important Updates for 2017 Chocolate Social
We are about 30 days away from the annual Chocolate Social and Excellence Awards. This is the 10th anniversary for Black Pearls Magazine! I’m excited about meeting you all in Atlanta on Thursday Night, July 27, 2017.  I’m coming to you today with a few updates and to share some important news.


There is a free, private Meet & Greet on Wednesday, July 26, night for readers, authors and book clubs in the Atlanta area. Tell your friends! Just email Ella and let her know who will be attending. RSVP here: We will all meet in the front lobby at exactly 7pm. Details on the main website. See the information:

HYATT Atlanta Midtown Hotel at 7-11:30pm
125 10th Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia, 30309
Meet Ella in the front lobby at exactly 7pm
Across the parking lot from the Loews Atlanta Hotel

If you can not attend the event and would like your award, 2 of the featured books and a copy of the printed keepsake book shipped to you on Monday, August 17, 2017, the fee is $50.00. Email Ella Curry your address immediately after paying. Pay here for printed souvenir book AND your award shipping cost today:



Order your copy of the official Black Pearls Magazine souvenir book from the Excellence Awards

Preview here:

Pay here for Black Pearls Magazine souvenir book and 1 featured book:

Important Note: After paying the $35.00 for the full color magazine and shipping, email Ella Curry at: with your mailing address and full name. Printed keepsake magazines will be mailed out on Monday, August 17, 2017 via priority mail. Check your address twice before emailing to Ella. Deadline to order keepsake book: Monday, July 31, 2017

 See the keepsake book here:


1. Our event has been moved to the Atlantis Room on the lower level. When you arrive at the event, come directly to the lower level. I will have the DJ waiting on you. There will be a 7ft banner in place so that you can take photos and stream live to social media.

Please know that people will be taking photos, live-streaming and videotaping this event. I plan on having a professional photographer join us, so that he can take photos of all the guests. All of my event photos will be posted across social media and in printed material for EDC Creations.

We want to feature all of the book clubs and book bloggers attending in the Souvenir Book, that will be given out at the event. If you have interviewed with us and want to send updated photos, do so immediately. If you have not been interviewed for Black Pearls, let me know and I can send over the questions immediately. The hardcover of Black Pearls Magazine will be on sale too.

This year all of our guests will have assigned seating. I want to get people in the room and seated as fast as possible. I will email the seating chart on July 15, 2017. You will be seated with people you should get to know!  The idea behind this event is to introduce readers and authors so that you can support each other. Email all information to:

. If you are an author attending the event, we have great packages to showcase your books during the event. The Chocolate Social Bundle is ideal for new books, backlist titles and for books coming out later in 2017. See the Black Pearls advertising opportunities and packages:

I need to know the names of all the guests attending with you. If you purchased tickets for a group, email Ella all of the names of the attendees. If you want to sit together, now is the time to send me all seating requests. I need to know all of the names before June 17, 2017.

There is a private Meet & Greet on Wednesday night for readers, authors and book clubs in the Atlanta area. Tell your friends! Just email Ella and let her know who will be attending. We will all meet in the front lobby at exactly 7pm. Details on the main website.

8. We have 10 authors with tables to selling their books. Please prepare to support our event sponsors with a purchase. They will sign books and autograph the printed Black Pearls Magazine. Their books will not be included in the swag bags given out at 10pm. I will also have my Crown Holder Treasure Boxes on sale for $35.00.

We are looking for business owners and authors to help sponsor the event, so please feel free to share all of my social media posts and the link to the EDC Creations website. Thank you in advance!

You can call or email me at any time with questions about the event. Call (301) 892-6573 and leave your name, number and a detailed message.
2017 Chocolate Social Location and Details
HYATT Atlanta Midtown Hotel
Party in the Atlantis Room, Lower Level

125 10th Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia, 30309
Across the parking lot from the Loews Atlanta Hotel
Parking is $5.00. Attire: Semi-formal white clothing. Adults Only

Warmest regards,

Ella Curry, President of  EDC Creations
About Me:
Black Pearls Magazine Online-Founder
Black Authors Network Radio-Founder
Social Media Expert – Internet Publicist – Brand Strategist


Great event: The Black Book Coalition

Ella Curry and friends enjoying The Black Book Coalition event.

Founders of The Black Book Coalition

I recently attended a spectacular event hosted by the Black Book Coalition. Several authors, publicist, and literary vendors met to network and share resources. This was one of the best networking events that I have attended this year! Great Food. Stimulating Conversation. Power Connections! The Black Book Coalition was founded by MahoganyBooks in conjunction with The Renaissance Group, LLC and The Hurston/Wright Foundation to achieve success and value for our literary community through the use of their combined talents and expertise.

We opened the event by paying tribute to author E. Lynn Harris. Yao Glover, founder of literary giant Karibu Book Stores, was given a photo album documenting the 14 years of operation by the Black Book Coalition founders. Publisher Jessica Tilles was instrumental in making new authors feel welcomed and appreciated. Lee and Charlotte were the perfect hostesses.

Literary icon Marita Golden was supporting the authors with her years of wisdom. I had the pleasure to mingle with avid reader Jackie, Judine Slaughter founder of the United Black Writers Association, Gary A. Johnson owner of the Black Men in America organization, literary agent Audra Barrett, Russell Price Jr. owner of Be There Magazine, life balance expert Takeyah A. Young and many owner fabulous business owners and authors were there to round out the exceptional evening.

The owners of MahoganyBooks, Ramunda and Derrick A. Young, brought about such elegant flair, that I didn’t want the night to end! The launch party for the Black Book Coalition with attendees ranging from New York Times Best Selling authors, area publicists, independent publishers and more, will greatly increase the unity between the avid readers, new leaders and the literary elite in the DMV.

Become part of the movement to unify the DC Black Book Community by visiting MahoganyBooks for more information here.

About the Founders:

** MahoganyBooks – created by an enterprising husband and wife duo in the Washington DC area, MahoganyBooks is positioned to become the premier online destination for all books relevant to the African Diaspora. Coupling a dynamic social networking community, robust inventory selection, easy to use website and provocative literary content, MahoganyBooks is the ideal online bookstore dedicated to “Books, Community, Words & You.”

** The Renaissance Group, LLC – comprised of Lee McDonald (former Karibu Marketing Director) and Charlotte Reid (CEO/Founder of Intimate Interiors) is a strategic marketing and event management firm. With over 30 years of outstanding professional event development and implementation experience, TRG specializes in communications, brand development, public relations and community outreach.

** Hurston/Wright Foundation – is the nation’s resource center for writers, readers, and supporters of Black literature. The only organization of its kind that provides culturally sensitive services and guidance for Black writers at every stage of their development.

For more information: contact MahoganyBooks at
Derrick A. Young, CEO MahoganyBooks
Tel: 703.730.3873
Fax: 888.573.3987

Books, Community, Words & You

EDC Book Club Partners

Congratulations New Book Club Partners!
I am proud to announce the creation of 9 new book clubs in the EDC Creations network. I had the pleasure of setting up all 9 bookclubs with private blog websites, newsletters, email accounts and gave them their first suggested reading material. This was such an awesome project! The readers range from age 19-77!

Each bookclub was given a “Book club to Go Bag”, filled with books, bookmarks, promotional material, EDC Creations hat, EDC Creations Catalog, and Godiva Chocolates. Each bookclub was given a folder with all kinds of suggestions for rules, setting up meetings and how to select the book of the month. EDC Creations has a book club reading room, created for all book clubs to find new books to explore.

Here are the names of our new book club partners:

1. MLK Blvd Readers from Atlanta, GA (27 male and female readers; no Urban Lit)

2. SapphoAngel Sisters from Hattisburg, MS (reading only Erotica and Urban Lit)

3. Garrett Swain Legacy from Annison, AL (reading only Faith based books)

4. 7th Ward Reviewers from New Orleans, LA (42 women and 3 groups;largest of the 17 Wards of New Orleans)

5. Delta Divas Wine and Books from Tuskegee, AL (hosting formal gatherings every 3 months; no online meetings)

6. Mocha Sister Runners from Jackson, MS (exercise club of plus sized sisters; prefers Romance novels)

7. SCLCC Reader’s Group from Marietta, GA (all over 40; no Erotica; no poetry)

8. Mt. Moriah Reading Rainbow from Clanton, AL (only reaing Black Authors; no Urban Lit)

9. Daughters of Toni and Maya from Houston, TX (9 teen readers; 14 adult readers; Faith based books)

All 9 bookclubs and 5 groups would like to have reading conference calls with authors. If you are interested in contacting any of these groups to review your books, email Ella Curry at: with a pdf of your first chapter EXCERPT and your professional email coverletter. I am the sole public relations person for these groups and they will select all reading material from EDC Creations magazine, radio show and personal newsletters. Each group will be given a choice of 3 books to read each month. They will discuss the books on their private blogs as well as monthly conference calls with me. I will pull the best of their blog post out and put them in Black Pearls!

Enjoy and tell at least 10 people about this wonderful list of leaders!

Ella Curry, founder of the Sankofa Literary Society
EDC Creations Website:
Email me at:


Intimate Conversation with Yvonne Perry

Meet Yvonne Perry is a freelance writer and editor and award-winning author

Yvonne Perry is a freelance writer and editor, award-winning, bestselling author, podcast host, blogger, newsletter publisher, Internet marketing guru, and the owner of Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services (WITS). She graduated from American Institute of Holistic Theology where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Metaphysics.

What exactly does your company do for the client?
Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services offers ghostwriting and editing for books, biographical sketches, memoirs, résumés, media releases, press kits, marketing copy, Web site text, articles, brochures, newsletters, business documents, and articles. We also assist authors with online book promotion.

Did your company change the way consumers were previously taught to think?
A lot of people have the idea that they need to refrain from freely sharing information in order to gain wealth. I have a different view, and I use a universal philosophy in my business practices. Sowing and reaping, giving and receiving, do unto others as you would have them do unto you, the law of attraction, or whatever you choose to call it, there really is no competition; there is enough water in the cosmic universe to float all our boats. I assist others on their path to success by sharing what I have learned and allowing people to post messages and announcements on our blog and in our newsletter. I also post content-rich messages on Twitter to help other writers and let my network know about our clients’ books and successes. This mentality seems to be prevalent among the writers with whom I network and it provides a win-win situation for everyone involved.

Additionally, I blend a spiritual mindset with my business practices without making anyone feel uncomfortable. By honoring all paths, we have allowed a wide range of people to express their views in the form of books, Web text, podcast interviews, newsletters, brochures, and marketing material.

We have incorporated social networking into our line of services offered to our clients. Many people have not heard of these sites and methods or do not know how to use them wisely. We can either provide mentoring to set up and maintain a high-traffic and sales-effective blog, or we can do the marketing on behalf of the client.

How did you get your start in this business/industry?
Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services, also known as WITS, is my Nashville-based writing and editing services company. I started this company in 2003 with a strong belief that I could create the career I wanted by learning as much as I could about the craft and business of writing, focusing on the positive goals I had set, and doing the work necessary to reach these goals. I started out solo, but since then, I have put together a team to diversify the types of writing, editing, and promotional services we offer our clients.

What do you like most about your profession?
Having flexible hours, working from home, and meeting great people online. There is no limit on how far I can move up the ladder of success!

What is your biggest challenge in business?
Not being a workaholic!

How did you overcome it?
I put our business hours on our Web site and in our phone message. I close my office door at the end of the workday and let the machine take the calls. I can’t allow my business to take away valuable time from my family.

What are three things all leaders possess?
There are more than these listed here, but I would have to say vision, determination, and a belief in oneself/abilities is very important. Also, leaders have a willingness to set goals and do what it takes to reach them.

How does your mission or vision keep your business growing?
I’m always looking for new ways to help authors and businesses use writing as a key tool for communicating their message in a professional manner that attracts high-quality clients. When I see an unmet need, I am quick to learn all I can about new tools available so I can begin to provide that service.

What’s new in your company for 2009?
We have started an affiliation with Full Circle Admin to offer virtual assistance to our clients. This includes calendar management, data entry, maintaining, Excel spreadsheets, job search services, letter writing, typing, transcribing, link building, SEO writing, social networking, and creating/posting trailers for books and businesses. I’m also looking to add technical services such as Web site building and maintenance.

Contact information and website addresses.

Yvonne Perry

Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services produces a free monthly newsletter filled with articles, announcements, and information about the craft and business of writing, publishing, and book marketing. Subscribe or read more at

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Author and Book Cover Designer Rae Lindley

Hello Black Authors Network!

I’m an author (Rae Lindley for my sci-fi fantasy work and Rae Lori for my romance) but I also do artwork for indie authors and offer resources on my website.

I create book covers and promotional designs upon request. My website is I have a gallery there of my book covers in case visitors want to see my work. More is also at my myspace page:


‘Art and any media of the mind is most powerful with a voice’

Samples of Book Cover Designs

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