Table of Contents
   Acknowledgments
   Introductionp. 1
   The Essentialsp. 7
      The Publishing Industry Todayp. 11
      The Writer's Craftp. 18
      The Legacy of African American Literaturep. 27
      The Query Letter: First Contactp. 34
      Creating the Foolproof Proposalp. 40
      Copyright Protectionsp. 46
      Submissions: One or Morep. 48
      Manuscript Etiquette Tipsp. 50
      The Truth About Agents and Writersp. 52
      Questions for a New Agentp. 64
      The Contract Quizp. 66
      Electronic Rightsp. 70
      What An Editor Does For You And Your Bookp. 73
      Sales, Promotion, and Marketingp. 94
      Self-Promotion: Finding the Audience for your Workp. 99
      Criticism in Proper Dosesp. 105
      Of Booksellers and Bestseller Listsp. 111
      Of Booksellers and Distributorsp. 122
      When Hollywood Beckonsp. 130
      Small-Press Publishingp. 137
      University Pressesp. 149
      Self-Publishingp. 153
      Essential Tax Tipsp. 161
   The African American Literary Hall of Famep. 163
      African American book Timelinep. 167
      Classic African American Fictionp. 176
      Classic African American Nonfictionp. 179
      Classic African American Anthologies and Collectionsp. 181
      Classic African American Memoirs and Autobiographiesp. 183
      Births of Notable African American Authorsp. 186
      Literary Awardsp. 190
      What Did You Do Before You Got Your Big Break?p. 197
   Literary Pathfinders: The Old School Profilesp. 199
      African American Author Profilesp. 203
         George S. Schuylerp. 204
         Willard Francis Motleyp. 207
         Frank Garvin Yerbyp. 211
         Ann Petryp. 214
         William Gardner Smithp. 218
         John O. Killensp. 222
         John O. Williamsp. 226
         Kristin (Hunter) Lattanyp. 229
         William Melvin Kelleyp. 232
         Carlene Hatcher Politep. 235
         Alice Childressp. 238
         Henry van Dykep. 242
         Toni Cade Bambarap. 244
         Al Youngp. 247
   Genre Fiction, Poetry, and Children's Booksp. 251
      African American Mysteriesp. 253
      African American Romance Novelsp. 257
      African American Science Fictionp. 264
      African American Poetryp. 269
      Selling Poetry in the Marketplacep. 274
         Dudley Randallp. 276
         Naomi Long Madgettp. 279
      Writing Children's Booksp. 283
   Reading Groups and Community-Based Organizationsp. 289
      Reading Groups: Gather Ye Together to Discuss the Wordp. 291
      Organizing A Reading Groupp. 295
      The Black Literary Clubp. 297
      The Go On Girl! Book Clubp. 300
      Black Women in Publishingp. 304
      African American Women on Tourp. 307
   Writers Resourcesp. 309
      Writers Workshopsp. 311
      Writers Organizationsp. 315
      The Internet for Writersp. 317
      Grants and Awardsp. 323
      Reference Guides for Writersp. 325