Diane Patrick is a freelance editor and
writer who is in the business of helping
publishers, editors, agents, academics,
legal professionals, entertainers, and
business owners get their words out.
portfolio: articles
(Books, Authors, and Publishing)
Since 1996, I've written hundreds of articles covering authors, books, and
the publishing industry for magazines such as
Publishers Weekly, Black
Issues Book Review
, and Essence. The following is a tiny sampling.
Porsche’s Turn: The Santiaga Family Saga Continues: Sister Souljah
Thirteen years ago, Sister Souljah introduced readers to Winter Santiaga and family in
her bestselling debut novel,
The Coldest Winter Ever (Atria, 1999). Winter, the book’s
17-year-old narrator, is the eldest daughter of prominent drug dealer Ricky Santiaga,
and sister to Porsche and twins Lexus and Mercedes. Since then, readers have waited
to hear more about the Santiaga family—through five printings of the hardcover, 25
printings of the paperback, and 37 printings in mass market (totaling 1,436,559 copies
in print). In January, Atria is publishing Souljah’s
A Deeper Love Inside: The Porsche
Santiaga Story
, the fourth entry in the series, a coming-of-age story told through the
voice of Winter’s middle sister, Porsche. (Publishers Weekly
, Dec 21, 2012)

The State of African-American Publishing
PW asked 11 editors and agents involved in publishing books by and about people of
African descent what they’re publishing, how they find authors and manuscripts, how
they market their lists, and what difficulties they face in a book market that is changing
for every category. (Publishers Weekly
, Dec 10, 2012)

AALBC.com Set to Mark 15 Years Online
Since Troy Johnson started the African American Literature Book Club (aalbc.com) in
1998, much has changed in African-American publishing and the way books are
promoted and sold. Johnson launched aalbc.com, a popular online literary portal
serving black interest books and authors, as an experiment.
(Publishers Weekly, Nov
30, 2012)

An Agent for a Changing Book Business
Much like the book industry itself, the role and expectations for literary agents are
changing dramatically, and Regina Brooks, founder and president of Serendipity
Literary Agency, offers an up-to-the-minute example. Besides managing the careers—
conventional and self-published—of more than 100 authors, launching a gourmet tea
line, and cofounding a book imprint at Akashic Books, she’s an author as well. This
month, St. Martin’s Press is publishing her second nonfiction book,
You Should Really
Write a Book: How to Write, Sell, and Market Your Memoir. (
Publishers Weekly, Aug
10, 2012)

BEA 2012: Literature Thrives at Bellevue
When you cruise the Consortium Book Sales and Distribution aisle, stop to
congratulate the small, nonprofit Bellevue Literary Press on both its fifth anniversary
and its prize-winning authors (present in spirit only). Of the eight fiction titles BLP has
published in its short history, three have received major literary honors:
The Sojourn by
Andrew Krivak (a 2011 National Book Award finalist) recently received the first annual
Chautauqua Prize,
The Jump Artist by Austin Ratner won the 2011 Sami Rohr Prize for
Jewish Literature, and the
New York Times bestseller Tinkers by Paul Harding received
the 2010 Pulitzer Prize. And yes: Bellevue Literary Press is housed inside New York’s
Bellevue Hospital.
(PW Show Daily, Jun 07, 2012)

BEA 2012: BEA Welcomes Radio’s Bad Boy
Today, check out popular radio host Michael Baisden—affectionately self-billed “The
Bad Boy of Radio” on The Michael Baisden Show, syndicated and currently heard in 82
cities nationwide—as he returns to his author roots: he’s signing his new hardcover,
Maintenance Man II, 1–5 p.m. at Amber’s African American Pavilion booth (3486). “It’s
been many years since I was at BEA,” Baisden says, explaining that his previous visit
“was back in the ’90s, in Chicago.”
(PW Show Daily, Jun 06, 2012)

Partnership Models and the African-American Book Market
Unconventional business partnerships that create imprints to publish books for the
African-American market are generating a wave of opportunities for authors,
publishers, and entrepreneurs alike. Not all of the ventures covered here are new—
Strebor Books was founded in 1999—but they do offer examples of innovative and
successful departures from conventional publishing models.
PW spoke to the principals
of five such ventures—Atria’s Cash Money Content and Strebor Books, Karen Hunter
Publishing, Open Lens, and SmileyBooks—to find out how they were formed, how they
are financed and managed, and the results of their collaboration.
(Publishers Weekly,
Dec 09, 2011)

A Word from the Mayor
Ray Nagin tells—and publishes—his own story.
Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin is the latest prominent figure to choose to self-
publish a book. Released on June 22, Nagin's book,
Katrina's Secrets: Storms After
the Storm
, covers "the intense crisis period right before the hurricane and then 30 days
after," the author told
PW. (Publishers Weekly, Jul 08, 2011)

The Drama Book Shop—Award Winner
The 94-year-old store wins a Tony
And the winner of this year’s Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre is... the Drama
Book Shop, an independent New York City bookstore dating to 1917, 30 years older
than the Tony Awards. Presented since 1990, the Tony Honors for Excellence in the
Theatre go to institutions, individuals, or organizations that have demonstrated
extraordinary achievement in theater, but are not eligible in any of the established Tony
Award categories. The Drama Book Shop is receiving the award in honor of having
been “an unwavering supporter of the theatre.”
(Publishers Weekly, May 09, 2011)

When Amazon Calls: Two Self-Published Authors Reflect
Recently, two of the self-published titles reviewed in PW Select’s inaugural edition in
December 2010 were picked up by the Amazon Encore publishing imprint. Both are
memoirs: Laurel Saville’s
Postmortem (which has been retitled Unraveling Anne) and
Tim Anderson’s
Tune in Tokyo: The Gaijin Diaries. PW spoke with Saville and
Anderson about their journeys from self-publishing to Amazon Publishing, and learned
that their experiences—and reactions to them—were remarkably similar.
, Jan 01, 2011)

Books Bonus/Bookmark
(summer reading roundup) (Essence, July 2003)

It’s Book Expo Time!
It happens every May: BookExpo America draws booksellers, publishers and other
assorted industry players to a mega-convention of what’s happening. Here’s what’s on
this year (Black Issues Book Review
, May/June 2003)
Some of the many authors I've interviewed:
Michael Baisden
Donna Brazile
Helen Gurley Brown
Lee Child
Eleanor Clift
Marion Ettlinger
Percival Everett
Paul Fleischman
Dorothy Height
bell hooks
Thacher Hurd
Jake Lamar
Gerda Lerner
Jonathan Lethem
Joyce Meyer
Walter Mosley
Ray Nagin
Brian Pinkney
Jerry Pinkney
Deborah Santana
Tavis Smiley
Sister Souljah
Jim Tweedy
Iyanla Vanzant
Laura Van Wormer
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