Tuesday, September 27, 2005

New Book

I’m working on a new book. Its set in St. Louis. The hero is inspired by Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinal.

Its exciting meeting new characters. All kinds of ideas are jumping in my head. I need to be doing my day job, but the characters keep calling me to the pen. They won’t listen when I tell them NO. LOL!

My goal for today is 10 pages.

Do you have a page goal? How do you keep up the motivation?

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Getting Ready

I’m in the mist of planning an online conference and getting my book ready for submission.

Yeah I’m glutton for punishment. I usually plan the conference in six months, but with the power of internet, I’m getting it together. We have some great topics, and I think its going to be fun.

I’m trying something a little different this time. I’m using the SORMAG blog. I’m hoping it cuts back on the emails that the yahoo group used. It will also be immediate a little like instant messages. At least that’s what I’m hoping. Send up a prayer for me.

I’ve decided to submit on my own for now. This agent hunting is worst than submitting. You have to find someone who likes the book. Which can be months of waiting. Then if they like the book, they have to sell it. Another couple months of waiting. I’m telling you writing is like the Navy. Hurry and wait. UUGGHH!

I’ve found two publishers I’m interested in. I’m going to submit to both. See what happens. I’ll keep you posted.

Yes I watched Nip and Tuck last night. It was off the chain. That’s all I’m going to say about it. I also watched R U the girl. Oh so crispy won. Congrats Girl, your new life began last night.

I thought Mirrah would win. She seemed like she fit, but hey what do I know. LOL!

Happy writing!

Monday, September 19, 2005

Writing is a lonely business

If it wasn’t for the internet, I don’t know what I would do.

I started writing at 16. I asked for a typewriter for my birthday. My mother bought one for me and my writing career began. I worked on one book for the next ten years. Yes you heard me right ten years.
I think I was infatuated with the idea of writing. I never thought I had another book inside of me. Maybe if I’d had some writing buddies or an organization, I’d would have learned there was more stories inside of me.

As I started contacting other writers and talking, I realized, I needed to let go. Yes this is hard, but I learned I could put the book in the closet and move on.

For some writers, myself included, finishing the book is hard. I think its about letting go. We’re afraid to let go.

As I grow as a writer, I’m learning how to be a better writer and this doesn’t have to be a lonely business.

Go online, meet a free writers. Join an organization make a few friends. Those friends will pull you along, when you want to give up. They will encourage you when want to say this isn’t any good. They will make you smile when you receive those rejections.

Writing can introduce you to some of your best friends.

Thanks to my writing buddies – Ann Clay, Mary Griffith, Cindy Appel, and Tracy Gardner. I thank God for sending you in my life, so I can no longer be a lonely writer.

Thanks to my writing group – SORMAG’s writer’s group – You guys are the best writing support group ever.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Cutest Thing

Today as I was walking my baby boy to his class. One of his friends came down the hall towards us. He put out his hand and CJ gave him so dap. It tickled me because I’m thinking when did he learn how to give the man handshake.

I giggled because my baby boy isn’t a baby anymore. This kindergartner knows how to give dap.

I’m not ready :(

Friday, September 09, 2005

Pictures From The Retirement




This past weekend I was a part of my friend Lenore Tyler retirement ceremony. After twenty years in the Navy she was retiring.

It was a wonderful experience. Below is the speech I made.

I met Petty Officer Tyler in boot camp. We became friends because my bunkmate was a screw up and they reassigned us to new bunks. Mine happen to be beside Tyler as I called her. We started hanging out with each other. We loved to dance and we got our groove on every weekend while in seaman training.

We had some wild weekends together. Like the one time we rented a hotel room with some other girls and one of them decided to bring us some men to our room. We had to get girlfriend told. We didn’t play that.

Tyler and I cried together when we received our first duty stations. I was going to Guam. I had never heard of Guam. She was going to Iceland. Who goes to Iceland? We promised to write to each other.

We kept the promises. We wrote about our pitiful love lives. The places we visited and how much we enjoyed the Navy. Together we served our country and our friendship grew. I know now our friendship is a gift from God because she’s the only person I’ve kept in touch with since boot camp.

When I decided not to re-enlist, my friend came to visit me in Florida. We hadn’t seen each other in years, but with old friend, you pick off where you left off.

I went home to St. Louis and she re-enlisted. Through her letters and phone calls I visited Puerto Rico, Spain, Greece and many other places she was stationed. I prayed for her when she went up for her different ranks and cheered when she made them. When I decided it was time to become a wife, Tyler was right there with the video camera. She never did give me the bachelorette tape. Claimed it was for blackmail later.

Like a good friend does, she is always a good listener and never beat me up for never having the chance to visit her. She’s a good supporter who will never know how much it meant to me when she sent a check to subscribed to my magazine. A friend who believes in your dreams is a true friend indeed. I hope I’ve been that type of friend to her as she has been to me.

Tyler did what my mother wanted me to do, she continued to serve her country. I’m truly proud to be here today to help her celebrate her accomplishment of 20 years in the Navy. I consider myself bless to be able to say I was there when she started her career in the Navy and I’m here to see her end her career twenty years later.

Lenore I know this is a new beginning for you. It might be a little scary but if you can survive the Navy for twenty years. Your next adventure will be a piece of cake. May I be blessed to continue being your friend and experiences your adventures with you. I love you and I’m glad the Lord sent a friend like you to me. May he continue to bless you and fulfill all your dreams. Congratulations on your retirement.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

I'm So Excited!

Once I posted the information about the book drive. I started receiving messages. Everyone wants to help. Their goal is 30,000 books. I know we can make it. I feel great knowing I’m doing something. Feeling helpless is not a good feeling. Having no money to share is even worst.

What can I do I kept asking myself? This is my way to help. It might not seem like much, but if you’re a book reader, you know a book can take you away from your problems. Maybe for a few hours someone can be transported into a new world. Maybe when they finish the book, they’ll see there is hope for them.

Right now it looks bleak, but there is calm after the storm. The Lord hasn’t left them. This is the time when he’s carrying them. Hold on my people, the Lord knows what he’s doing. You will make it through this and be a better person because of it.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

LITERARY EVENT - Writer's Conferences

There is a writers' conference being held on September 16, 2005 in Roswell, GA. This is a great opportunity for anyone who is a serious writer. If you are a published writer this is an excellent opportunity to promote and sell your books.

For more information log onto: http://fountainpenn.com/WritersConference05.htmlor email to: robdani2001@fountainpenn.com

Danielle-Kim DavisVP/FountainPenn Enterprise

Successful Self-Publishing Seminar

Join some of the industry's leading professionals in a comprehensive seminar about how to turn your manuscript into a nationally or internationally distributed publication that SELLS!

We will cover pre-press and formatting issues, printing 101, POD and eBook technology, publishing law 101, marketing and promotion, bookseller relations, and distribution. We will also present a bonus segment on copyright basics for writers.

Confirmed presenters:

Brian L. Jud, BookMarketing.com
John F. Harnish, Infinity Publishing
Lisa Gibson-Wilson, Renaissance Management Services
Kevin Wayne Johnson, author of Give God the Glory series
Nancey Flowers, author of A Fool's Paradise
Tonya Evans-Walls, intellectual property and literary lawyer and author


Saturday, September 24, 2005


Philadelphia Airport Hilton
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19119

$90 per person, includes lunch, seminar materials, and FREE CD of the most important forms in the publishing industry.

$75 per person for groups of 4 or more!


To Participate In The Book Drive

Send an email to the following to let them know you’re participating:

Tony Rose - Amberbk@aol.com or Heather Covington at Disilgold@aol.com

Below are the Addresses to donate the books.

Gwen and Willie Richardson, Cush City.Com, 13559 Bammel North Houston Road, Houston, TX 77066,281-444-4265

Reshonda Tate Billingsley (Channel 26, Fox News Reporter),3714 Poplar Springs,Missouri City, TX 77459,281-799-7415

Tom Joyner,BlackAmericaWeb.com Relief Fund,P.O. Box 803209,Dallas, TX 75380-3209

Dorris Ellis, Publisher, The Houston Sun, 1520 Isabella St. ,Houston TX 77288, Tel: 713-443- 9774

Yolanda Bridges, Publisher;LOF Publishing, 7500 Bellerive Suite 412,Houston, TX 77036,713-899- 7904

Andrea Brown 14220 Park Row #122, Houston, TX 77084, 281-759-1470

If you want to donate to the shelter here in St. Louis

Send to :

L.C. Hoffman
7127 Minnesota Ave
St. Louis, MO 63111

I'll see that they receive the books.


Bless Someone With A Book

Hello everyone,

I’ve been off line for a few days. I’ve prayed for a way that I can help the hurricane survivors. My church has adopted a shelter who will receive 2000 survivors this week. This weekend, we will be painting the rooms they will live in.

I also received a press release for a book drive. I can do this. I had planned on compiling a list of the books I have for the SORMAG community; however life has been crazy so I haven’t had a chance. I’m sure you won’t mind if I donate them instead. If one book can give someone a little comfort in these crazy times, then we’ve done something to help.

I hope you can share a few of your books for this cause. Think about how the books make you feel and you’ll want to share those feelings.

My prayers continue to go up for these survivors. Let’s bless someone with a book.


For Immediate Press Release: Amber Communications Group, Inc. (ACGI), sends condolences, prayers, warm wishes, hope for immediate disaster relief, and a safe recovery to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. In our efforts to help support the victims and families stationed at the Astrodome, relief centers and homes in Houston, Texas, Amber Communications Group, Inc.'s Publisher/CEO Tony Rose and Associate Publisher Yvonne Rose, along with Bill Cox, Publisher and Adrienne Ingrum, Associate Publisher, Black Issues Book Review; Heather Covington, CEO, Disilgold Worldwide Communications; Faye Childs, President, BlackBoard Bestsellers; Max Rodriguez, Publisher, Quarterly Black Review/Founder, Harlem Book Fair; Kassahun Checole, Publisher, Africa World Press, Inc.; Wade Hudson, President/CEO and Cheryl Hudson, Publisher, Just Us Books; Willie and Gwen Richardson, Co-Founders, CushCity.com; W. Paul Coates, Publisher, Black Classic Press, Jessica Care Moore;Moore Black Press, Mark Anthony, Publisher, Q-Boro Books; Nancey Flowers, Publisher, Flowers In Bloom Publishing; Azania Brown, Publisher, In Time Publishing; Tonya Evans-Wells, Publisher, FYOS Entertainment; Earl Cox, Publisher, Writers and Poets.Com; Gina Clark, Publisher, Alight! New York Grit Books; Willie and Gwen Richardson, Co- Founders, CushCity.com; and W. Paul Coates, Publisher, Black Classic Press (The Katrina Literary Collective) are spearheading a book fund drive.

As African-American Publishers, we recognize the importance of reading for education and enjoyment. In the case of the Katrina Hurricane victims of New Orleans, we recognize the importance of reading for mental and emotional stability. Reading can help pass the time, perhaps help victims take their minds off their trouble, offer some small pleasure, and provide an opportunity to gain knowledge on various topics that can help them gain a new foothold on their lives.We can collectively comfort their stay, promote love of Black literature, foster literacy among youth and let our people know the Black literary community at large supports them.

As Publisher and CEO of ACGI, we are urging all Independent African American publishers, book clubs, self published authors, literary services, libraries, authors, editors, and publishers at the major publishing houses, to join the donation drive to submit books to the Katrina Hurricane victims.

If you wish to participate by donating books, please email us at Amberbk@aol.com or Heather Covington at Disilgold@aol.com .

At this time our designated receivers and transporters are:

Gwen and Willie Richardson, Cush City.Com, 13559 Bammel North Houston Road, Houston, TX 77066,281-444-4265

Reshonda Tate Billingsley (Channel 26, Fox News Reporter),3714 Poplar Springs,Missouri City, TX 77459,281-799-7415

Tom Joyner,BlackAmericaWeb.com Relief Fund,P.O. Box 803209,Dallas, TX 75380-3209

Dorris Ellis, Publisher, The Houston Sun, 1520 Isabella St. ,Houston TX 77288, Tel: 713-443- 9774

Yolanda Bridges, Publisher;LOF Publishing, 7500 Bellerive Suite 412,Houston, TX 77036,713-899- 7904

Andrea Brown 14220 Park Row #122, Houston, TX 77084, 281-759-1470

We will update you as more designated receivers and transporters are involved.

If you live in Houston and would like to volunteer to receive books and transport them to the Astrodome, relief centers or homes where some victims are staying, please include with your email, your destination address and phone number.

Thank you for your support of the victims of Hurricane Katrina and taking a stand at large with the African American literary community. http://www.amberbooks.com

Thank you and God bless. Best regards,Tony Rose, Publisher & CEO , Yvonne Rose, Associate Publisher , Amber Communications Group, Inc. , www.AMBERBOOKS.COM


Heather Covington- Disilgold Soul Magazine Editor - Disilgold.com,Tony Rose- CEO/ Founder Amber Books- Amber Books.com,Linda Dominique Grosvenor- “The Hamptons- LindaDominque Grosvenor.com, Marti Tucker- Author of “A Mayor’s Wife - marthatucker.com,Sydney Molare- Fishbowl International Inc. - Fishbowlinternational.com,Nathaniel Portis- Things In Between- nathanielportis.com,Electa Rome Parks- “Almost Doesn’t Count‚ - ElectaRomeParks.com.LaShaunda Carruth Hoffman – Shades Of Romance – http://sormag.blogspot.com