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February 19th, 2008
Tracy Price-Thompson is the national bestselling author of the novels, BLACK COFFEE, CHOCOLATE SANGRIA, A WOMAN'S WORTH, and Knockin Boots and is co-editor of the anthology Proverbs for the People and the novella titled Other People's Skin. Tracy lives in Hawaii with her wonderfully supportive husband and several of their six bright, beautiful, incredible children, and she is currently at work on her next novel.
Crabs in the Barrel
I've been in this publishing game for a few minutes now, and while the industry is certainly dynamic, some things just never change. Sure, there has been a major revolution in the way publishers do business with African-American writers and I, myself, have benefited from the emergence of imprints geared toward publishing the contemporary works of black writers.
I originally self-published my first novel, Black Coffee, prior to the wave of major publishing houses who were seeking to capitalize on a growing market. Full of excitement and glee, I jumped on the self-publishing bandwagon of the then-revolutionary system of print-on-demand technology, and before I knew it I had a book in my hands. The cost was nominal, the ease of entry into the market was nearly painless, and the timeframe of getting my story into the hands of my readers was practically instantaneous compared to that of traditional publishing.
There seemed to be a fever burning in many African-American writers back then. In addition to myself, contemporary self-publishing pioneers like Gloria Mallette, Mary B. Morrison, Karen E. Quinones Miller, Timmothy McCann, Jamise L. Dames, Linda Dominique Grosvenor, William Frederick Cooper, and of course, the once mysterious author who wrote steamy black erotica under the pseudonym, Zane, took the bull by the horns and self-published novels in a market that had previously been less than receptive to works of fiction that were quickly becoming popular with black readers.
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