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Black Writers Embrace Self-Publishing

Wow. Feels like a new world doesn�t it? How things have changed. Unless you�ve been living under a rock you�ve probably heard of the self-publishing boom. A lot of new writers as well as previously published and well-known authors have been dipping their toes into the venture and taking advantage of the pros self-publishing has to offer.

Now I�m not self-published nor have I ever been. It just doesn�t fit me personally but I am all for self-publishing if done right and if the writer treats it as a serious profession. I am a firm believer in writers doing what works for them. There isn�t one road that fits all of us. After all we�re creative beings! This isn�t a one-fits-all journey here.

Self-publishing really is a good fit for a lot of authors but you know what I�m seeing? Oh it�s something beautiful and wondrous! Self-publishing has given black writers a chance to branch out. If you�re not familiar with the writing world you might not know some of the things black writers go through. For example we are unfairly put in a box by our race and not by our creativity. See we don�t have that luxury to be accepted as an author and not as a �black author�.

Now being black is great. I wouldn�t wanna be anything else but I don�t want my race to categorize my writing. I write mystery and suspense novels. I wanna be treated like any other author who writes mystery and suspense novels. There are tons of blacks writing in different genres other than the ones often glorified like street and erotica. Oh yeah. It�s true.

What�s so beautiful about self-publishing is that blacks can call their own shots. We don�t have to rely on the opinions of a publisher who tries to tell us that certain audiences won�t like our work. We don�t have to stay in the corner and only promote our works to other blacks. We can venture out within our writing and our audience. It�s a beautiful thing!

There are many talented blacks cutting their teeth on all genres. You couldn�t imagine. Before self-publishing I swear I thought me and a handful of other blacks were the only ones writing mysteries. It warms my heart to see so many different books from our people. We need to embrace all opportunities writing gives us. We owe it to ourselves, our readers and our careers.

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