Too much time is spent researching useful media resources. With the addition of creating a product. A business owner must effectively market the product. Little time is left for much else.
Start with these media resource websites to save time and money. If the information link is outdated, please contact me with the correct information to keep all independents up to date.
The current media resource directories can be found at most local libraries and universities. Pay it forward.
Feel free to contact me if you come across other sites that are equally as important to urban authors and artists.
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Q.B Wells, Author of Blackface
Editor of "Urban Art"
AALBC -Comprehensive database of resources for African American authors,publishers, and book lovers.
PMA-Publishers Marketing Association provides in depth information for independent publishers.
Blackrefer.com Referral site for many black-owned businesses with a Web presence.
ISBN.org -The official source for ISBN and barcode information. Many services for publishers.
Copyright-The place to register the copyright of a work or retrieve copyright information
PRWeb.com- Free press release service for the Web. Make sure to send out yours!
Gebbie Online - This media directory publisher offers access to many listing. Request your software trial by mail or phone.
Bacon Media Directory Another media publisher that offers trials by mail. If a library, college or educational institution does not carry Gebbie, they will carry Bacon.
Articlesubmissions.com service offers access to thousands of magazines, newsletters, newspapers, directories and catalogs. In addition, the site circulates quality written articles for writers.
MIT radio database list of 2500 radio stations to use for promotion.
Radio-Directory.com Database list radio stations by different genres.
Editpros.com The All media directory offers access to an extensive list of email list for media professionals. The directory includes emails and phone numbers.
These sites can be used to research bookstores in a specific market. Use these sites to research possible markets or to construct mailing list campaigns.
aalbc.com The site offers a database for all African American owned bookstores in the U.S. In addition offers book review service, and a downloadable database of African American Media professional and contacts.
Mosaicbooks.com The site offers a complete database of all book clubs in the U.S. They also publish Mosaic Magazine a print publication open to submissions from African American writers.
Booksense.com The site offers a database of independent bookstore owners searchable by zip code. In addition they have a number of programs to support independent owners.
Bookweb.org The site offers a comprehensive online bookstore which includes a network of 4600 ABA member bookstores with website links. Search the site by specialty or location.
John Kremer Bookmarketing Site Gives top 25 independent bookstores in the country with contact information. In addition, offers an abundance of information for every publisher or author need.
Dan Poynter Site Packed with information for every self-publisher. Learn tips about how to succeed in the independent publishing business.
Professional Associations This site features 10,000 professional associations that can be contacted for book sales, speaking engagements or publicity.
Social Issues Organizations Features links to 2,500 directories, publications and organizations such as doctors without borders.
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National Speakers Association Website offers information and resources for public speakers.
Speaking.com A showcase for speakers, trainers and consultants. Listing is free.
Freefiliate A great source for all writers
Maverick Entertainment Movies for the home video market
Spaghetti Junction Urban Film Festival Independent urban films that feature African American directors, actors and writers.
IndiePix Foreign films, documentaries produced for the consumer.
Bright Lights Film Distribution arm of Uniworld and the black filmmaker foundation
Indie Film Independent film resources
Independent Films Independent films on DVD and video.
Independent Filmmaking Discussion, forum, screening room, crew calls, festival for artists interested in film.
Olive Films Rare and out of print films
E-media Wire Newswire service powered by PRweb
Film Festivals Pro Ultimate listings of film festivals and events
Amazon Has over 1 million associates and provides various service for publishers with websites.
Barnes and Noble Online retailer has 100,000 affiliates.
–AnthologiesOnline.com Anthology site provides great information and frequent calls for manuscripts. The site has current listing of paying writers markets of science fiction, fantasy and horror. Listings include links to websites and submission guidelines.
Writers Children’s Writing Resource Center Free library of how-to information for children’s writers and illustrators.
Website links to articles and author chat rooms and message boards for commonly asked questions. Receive free email updates full of news and tips.
The Children’s Book Council Provides list of articled geared toward parents, authors, teachers librarians and booksellers.
The Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators Website provides information on how to become a member. In addition offers services and list information about children’s publishing industry to non-members.
Enovel.com Perhaps the world’s largest retailer of authors written by hungry authors who are launching careers. Writers can publish for free and sell their book as e-book, POD, on and audio book. Enovel.com allows authors to communicate through chats, links to websites and send out press releases for public relation purposes.
Jacobyte Books Publisher of fiction and nonfiction works, organization pays 40% royalties to its authors. Has an online bookstore offers books in every genre and downloads in multiple digital formats.
Mystic Ink Non-subsidary publishing house that connects readers and writers. Now run by the Electronic Literature Institute, the website offers valuable writer resources for promotional tools and ideas to advance in the digital world.
Zander E-Books Royalty paying electronic publisher and e-book seller. Zander E-Books offers a top notch selection of fiction, nonfiction and children’s books available in a variety of formats.
Ideamarketers.com Free writer service to submit and promote articles over the net. Also provides paid services and free content for website development.
Bellaonline.com Offers information and links geared toward woman publications accepting submissions. The website includes other press release resources and articles useful for writers and authors alike.
The Art Deadline A monthly newsletter with information on exhibitions, competitions, calls for entries/proposals papers and other writing related resources.
At-A-Glance guide to Grants Website offers information about grants, including a glossary of terms, sample contracts and links to grant related websites.
The Authors Registry Musicians have ASCAP and BMI. Writers have the Authors Registry. Formed in 1996, this non-profit organization collects fees and royalties from publishers and distributes them to authors. Search an extensive author directory or add your own name!
The Foundation Center The website was created to assist writers in finding grants. It offers over 250 cooperative sites available in cities around the United States. Along with several online applications the website has a large online library with interactive orientation to grant seeking.
Funds For Writers This website specializes in information for writers to find grants, awards, contest, fellowships and jobs. The site produces two newsletters that provide writing tips and information on how to make a living writing.
National Writers Union Union for freelance writers working in U.S offers grievance resolution, industry campaigns, contract advice, health and dental plans and events for networking. Check the site for more services.
Romance Writers of America This website provides information for the romance genre. A nonprofit organization, it provides support and networking for writers serious about writing romance.
Useful links for Romance writers and Readers Website provides everything you need to know to navigate romance related information on the net. Includes tips on writing craft, book research, plus information on publishers, booksellers and markets to promote products.
The Hollywood Creative Directory This Directory’s mission is to be the preeminent source of professional and educational information to, for and about the entertainment industry. HCD publishes the Producers Directory, “The Phone Book to Hollywood” a must have directory for screen writers. The site provides information on membership and a host of information about wrting craft and entertainment job boards.
Hollywood Scriptwriter A International newsletter that offers articles on craft and business tips to help writing careers. The site includes low-budget and indie screenplay markets available for finished screenplays and a listing of agencies accepting submissions.
Screenwriter’s Resource Center Website provide links and products for screenwriters compiled by the National Creative Registry. It includes links to screenwriting sites and offers advice for copyright.
Screenwriters Utopia Includes helpful hints to get screenplays produced, script development services and contest information. The website includes a screen writer’s work station, tool kit, agent listing and creative screenwriting magazines.
The Screenwriter’s Web Site offers filmmaker and screenwriters tips, tools and resource to get their scripts recommended as movies.
Absolute Write Great site for serious web professionals. Provides freelance resources, writing tips, for screenwriting, playwriting, writing novels, writing comic strips, anything related to writing.
The American Society of Journalist and Authors A leading organization of independent nonfiction writers, it offers members professional development, aids and referrals to paying markets.
The Association of American Publishers Trade association of the book trade industry. Website includes information about annual conferences, industry news industry stats and copyright data.
Black Writers Alliance The prominent writing resource on the web for African American writers. Network with new and published authors, booksellers and media related to the African American Market. Find reputable professional development resources and services.
Book Reporter Offers book reviews, book industry news on books that are acquired as movies.
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