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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Reflecting on the Urban Industry's Growth (or lack thereof)...

Reflecting back on almost 10 years of being in the urban lit industry and I am still amazed that it has not evolved to the potential it could be. We all know the reasons...
I still remember when I decided I was going to go this route and I reached out to EVERY person that wrote an urban lit book that I had read. I did not ask anyone to hold my hand - I just introduced my goals and asked if there was any one (1) piece of advice or suggestion that could help me find my own way and guess what, (when I say EVERY- I mean EVERY single author I'd ever read- back in the day of paperbacks) only two authors responded with a genuine words of advice. (Shout out Al-Saadiq Banks and K'wan!) Every one else blew me off (which was probably one of my first and the best lessons). Since then, I have worked with almost every one of those authors, or their publishers and only read their books when I'M paid to now. Please don't judge me but I am one of those die-hard urban lit fans. I WILL pay $14.99 for my favorite author's ebook - however - I will NOT pay .99 cents for a book from someone I know brings negativity or destruction to an industry I feed my kids with, or that they disrespect by their representation and influence on a craft I love. 
I guess this blog is a venting session- I just hope it is not interpreted as yet another negative reflection of the urban genre, and instead enlightens. This is to make the point that no matter how successful this book or that book is/was, until we collectively support and positively encourage others in the industry to uphold a certain standard and lead by example, it will always be in a category of its own (urban fiction) as opposed to fiction. I feel like enlightening isn't derogatory remarks regarding the partakers of this bullshit- I feel like enlightening others is not to condone or participate. You can't be part of the solution by being a part of the problem so this is not a personal attack on one person, crew, clique, bromance, etc. This is just a PSA to remind us that we are ALL in the same click/crew/squad. The Urban Literary Industry movement.
IN MY OPINION, urban fiction doesn't describe the genre anymore - it indicates that the author will have a high probability of being messy, uninformed and uneducated in the business. And it will be the 'genre's' fault, according to the offender (not their own fault). There is no accountability for personal conduct, choices or actions. I would love to see this genre be recognized, same as mainstream when someone displays exceptional talent, but who wants to invite  the crab-ants to the picnic? 
So what if you're 'from the hood'? Does that mean you conduct your business a certain way and it is excusable or okay? Do you think that lends more credibility to your work? (It doesn't). Your work speaks for it self and you speak for your personal character. Those who have respectable character, can be themselves, and still inspire, encourage and uplift while keeping it 'gutter'. Real ALWAYS recognize real - fake mo-fos can not fathom that. Yet, any real-mo-fo is NEVER gonna tell you how real they are or how real it can get. IMO (always have to put that) it indicates you're def a fraud. Another real person is going to already have that understanding and right then and there, they recognize how real they are not. When did you ever hear the hitman brag about his next hit or the kingpin talk about the next drop? However- you do see the dumb ass with the 26-inch-rims and the music banging, talking about he's gonna go make a hit - and then Tuesday afternoon- you hear about them doors coming in and now he's working with the feds. This is the perception you're giving the real mo-fos when you're participating in this fuckery that is bringing down the moral of the entire industry. Basically, it indicates shit ain't as real as you'd like to portray, you look like a clown who likes to talk and needs some attention, and your creating your own demise and bringing a small part of the industry with you. So, if you're character is questionable, STFU and just keep writing good books and let that speak for you. You being locked up before don't mean shit to the industry, nothing for your book sales. As a matter of fact, probably a large part of the successful authors have been locked up before - no secret - however, it's not the foundation for their success, it's a detail of their struggle. Not to be bragged on and used for credibility. If anything, it's an indication of their new-found humbleness, and their intelligence which has created their ability to move on. Choosing to write about their struggles and strife as opposed to repeating the cycle and writing the next book from home while smoking on a B and sipping on something with their loved ones around them as opposed to from the cell they wrote the last banger at. Capitalizing legally off of their forced participation in the game, until they found a better way. That indicates intelligence and evolution. If I was charged with facilitating an international drug organization (let's be clear- charged- not convicted) does that mean I am fit to run a publishing company or an editing service for urban fiction? I wasn't that competent or else I would have never been arrested, real shit. So it should have no bearing on how I run my business so why would that be mentioned constantly? But, would my professionalism, application of my street knowledge to further my financial position, and my conduct as it directly relates to business indicate my level of ability? Should people automatically assume since I had this trumped up fed charge and could run the financial operations of a cartel mean I can run an urban lit business or would my conduct directly related to industry issues determine my competency and standing? If anything, I'd think bragging, mentioning, implying I had some illegal shit and could possibly, if I wanted to, turn that water back on would make me look silly- phony as hell, because we all know who talks about it, is not usually really about it - so CONSTANT tough-gangsta-shit talking that has nothing to do with inspiring or encouraging book sales is ridiculous <-- for lack of better word. 
When I started this Editor Carla Dean was the only other editor I was aware of specializing in urban fiction independantly(and guess what? She is the only one I know that has been doing urban lit longer than me - not saying others aren't out there, just using my personal experience). I became familiar with her shortly after starting. I have never had a personal conversation with her, obviously we both provide the same service, and guess what else... I respect her. I don't know the woman, have never met her, never had a personal conversation, or really any conversation for that matter - however- I respect her. I respect her grind, I respect her longevity, and I respect her experience. I don't have any connection, dealings, interactions or anything else with this woman. However, she is a pioneer for editors specializing in urban fiction, so she gets my total respect. I don't have a personal opinion, nor do I want one. I respect her as a peer. 
See how that works? ^^^^^ I promise you, showing respect also feels good!
I have seen SO MANY editors come and go, they sometimes last a month or two, a few a year or two... but they don't last for whatever reason- I'm so busy with my self, I could care less what brought upon their demise, nor do I care to know where they're at or what they're doing now. Not my concern - but if it wasn't for lack of skills, I would assume the next logical reason for the short career is somehow related to respect - getting involved in author beef - unprofessionalism, etc. You get my point? It applies to the industry as an entire entity. Publishers, authors, editors, graphic designers, etc.
It's really easy. Worry about your own conduct, effort, longevity, etc. There is plenty out here for everyone to eat authors. Respect your lane and worry about your shit. That should be the common goal. Not bringing anyone else down. You bringing someone else down means your taking a few steps below them to pull them. Common sense.
Trust and believe, I fully get, If you're not with me, your against me. I actually agree with that statement wholeheartedly and I don't fuck with any one who fucks with the enemy on a personal level. However, this is business, and our business is urban lit. I also believe, if I fuck with you- I fuck with you and if I don't - I don't and I don't care who does fuck with you or who likes my personal decision regarding it. I've always been like that. However, I fuck with urban fiction.
I have read a book or two (because their personal character stopped me from reading any more) books from talented writers, really, really, really good books. However, anyone who disrespects this craft, brings it down, limits credibility, I can't support, nor will I something that potentially indirectly holds my success back because I'm a part of this industry. There are a lot of talented writers, but trust they are not the only ones who can weave a torrid-gangster-street lit tale together for a reader. I'll take the time to search the unknown talent out and support their movement, before I'd support anyone participating in the melee and destructive attitudes that define the majority of public opinion regarding urban lit. And another personal opinion here- the BEST story tellers, do not participate, and actually only comment enough to pretty much say, "Some of these 'writers' are bitches too..."
So- now let me wrap this up in a positive way. Newbie authors/writers - I ASSURE you- controversy does not sell. You will have to give that shit away (either free or for .99 cents if you're lucky), and come for me if you want to because I said it, but you'd be killing the brave messenger, not the message. I ASSURE you newbies- all that messy does not SELL a book. Okay- you got your name out there, but it's not in reference to your talent, skills or ability as a writer. It is not because you wrote a great book. It's because you're messy as hell and that shit is amusing to a certain point (right before it becomes disgusting). GOOD BOOKS sell. Interacting positively with readers sells. Professionalism no matter where you're from or what you're on sells! 
So- if you're a writer and you don't 'give a fuck' who likes you? Then quit selling that shit and make it free. At least then, we have no expectations from you and we don't suffer because of the black eye your funky ass attitude and holier than thou speeches reflect on us all. A reader's gonna read - even if they read Hoodrat Publishing's book, they'll read yours too if that ish is good so no reason to worry about Hoodbooger's ish. Let's all work on making sure we are ALL doing what's best. This is a billion dollar industry, however we'll only be making some change around here until we come together. Not for the good or benefit of this guy or that guy, but for the industry as a whole. How does checking, commenting or even acknowledging their royalties help me increase mine? (Maybe someone can enlighten me). 
Newbies- Google is your friend. Google technical articles regarding your craft. Google numbers, statistics, policies and procedures to get your craft right. If you do, they'll be no need for observing the fuckery to try to 'learn' something. Facebook beef can't teach you shit other than to use your time more wisely. If you're learning the game from Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram - whatever - you're already fucked. Learn the industry- and there will be no need for warnings. You really want to know the industry, you really want to know what to be aware of, how things work? Educate yourself via educational resources. Then, no need to be 'warned' you've already informed your self so no way you'll fall for some bullshit and if you do- shame on you because you haven't done your research thouroughly. And if you were bamboozled and want to warn others, share the detailed facts, leave your personal opinions and issues out of it, and do better next time. Subliminal attacks are just childish. Just take time, energy and credibility from your movement. You gave your factual account of your negative experience so other's don't fall victim to the same scenario and then you keep it moving by following up with some real tips and advice. Which printers have inexpensive books and good quality? Which editors have been helpful and professional? What is the process you use to publish? Why aren't these things the subjects of our 'advice'?  Which size book do you like and why? Who are some good graphic designers? 
Lastly, when someone does share some personal insight on the game, take heed, chew it up, spit out the fat and keep it moving. Eliciting and encouraging the nonsense will not produce any cents let a lone dollars. 
Respect, humility and professionalism is universal. It's not only mainstream who understand this. It's the people who give it that get it. There are some vet authors who I personally think are a joke, however, they have earned their respect through their work so I give them total respect - what else can you do? Doesn't mean I'd do any business with them. Doesn't mean any one they support is someone I'd want to do business with. But I respect them as my peer. 
I wish the 48 Laws of Power were a requirement for authors before they could publish. Let me help you with a few important ones that should start you off on pretty much, the exact track you should be on.
Law 1 Never outshine the master. - for you special ones, I'll elaborate - it doesn't mean you can't exceed way past your favorite vets author's success! Stop being so simple minded. It means, even if you can-do-will exceed someone else's success- humble yourself. They've put their time in. Respect that just as you'll want the ones coming behind you to respect your struggle. Then guess what - everything respectfully falls in line.
Law 4. Always say less than necessary. 
Law 9. Win through actions, never an argument.
Law 10. Avoid the unhappy and unlucky.
Law 19. Know who you're dealing with and do not offend the wrong person.
Law 34. Be royal in your fashion. Act like royalty to be treated like royalty.  I was going to elaborate on how each of these can be applied to this like I did on Law 1, but I assume if you're reading this, you're a big boy/girl and can figure it out. However, I'm not judging if you can't! Email/inbox me and I'll be happy to elaborate. 
Actually- almost all of them I can apply somewhere in this blog, however, I don't want this to be about the 48 Laws of Power. I'm just saying, if you don't want to get the message because it's coming from me - pick it up from Robert Greene and let's get our shit together.
Let's start educating ourselves, respecting each other for the sake of the craft and not our personal opinions of conduct, and uniting to boost urban lit as a movement, not as the armpit of literary works. I sincerely hope this rant <-- another 'lack of a better word' moment* will positively encourage.  
And K'wan - no copyright infringement intended but this has to be followed by a portion of your hashtag... #WritersWakeUp!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Meet Our Author - Kai Storm

I am Kai Storm, author of Alani's Bigger Hustle, Alani's Hustle Gets Bigger & You Just Don't Know. I do some freelance writing for a Christian magazine called, Elation Magazine. I run the author feature section for Elation called, KAI'S CORNER, I have written pieces in the book called, Sistah's With Ink. I have an upcoming piece in a collaboration book called Lipstick 3. My first book is being turned into a short film for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. I have 2 kids, I'm married and I somehow find time to sit, chill and give thanks for all that I have and all I have worked for! As you read all of this you might be wondering to yourself....HOW DO YOU POSSIBLY KEEP UP WITH ALL OF THIS OR HOW DID YOU EVEN GET THIS FAR?


It sounds obvious but that's what it is with me....anything in life that you really want you work hard for and when people around you see your and/or feel your perseverance they either want to get down, help you or get out of your way, lol! Anyone that stays in your path with bad intentions gets handled by karma for sure. Never worry about them and when you are down, your strength and perseverance gets you right back up! To be honest with you, it's funny for me to talk about my writing career as I didn't really think of it as a career until I was published, before then it was just my release; my oh-so-needed mental release from....EVERYTHING! Now 3 books/3 years later it's a career and I am doing everything I can to keep it going! I'm learning a lot and still have more to go and I love every bit of it, even the low moments when I'm out all day and only get to sell 3 books or I have to chase a store to pay me for my books, it's all part of the hustle! #alanishustle!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Social Media and the Urban Author

Most likely if you are reading this blog, you have some type of social media account. Social media is an excellent way to communicate to the masses, quickly, easily and inexpensively. It has been an absolute blessing to the urban author... most of the time.
More and more often, I am seeing some downright ign'ant  ish <---no typo* on FB, Twitter, IG, and other social media outlets. The most surprising thing is I have witnessed grown men participating in this foolery. I probably sound a little sexist, but I am from the old-school where men don't participate in bitchassness. I see that is another quality lost via modern technology but that is another post. 
I must admit, I do get amused... Okay - I am freakin' entertained some days by the ignorance and nonsense and have even messaged a friend so they can be entertained for free and laugh with me while watching the fuckery unfold. Years ago, I may have even participated in the madness.
I've seen some people take the position of, Well this is me, if someone doesn't like it, they don't have to buy my work. And if that is how they feel, than that is their prerogative. However, if your goal is to be a full time (insert your title your networking on social media under) and be respected by everyone (not just your social media clique) then we need to do better expressing ourselves. 
I have stopped following many, many people after seeing insensitive remarks that were even to stupid of a statement for even me to tolerate. They may have a great novel out there but I'll never know it. There are a few where I've seen their books on the free giveaway days on Kindle and still wouldn't download it. I refuse to support any people with obvious intolerance to others  regarding race, religion or the sexual preference of others, even if their view is the same as mine, but intolerant to others. I think unless the service you are providing is geared strictly to the pro/anti view of one of these subjects, your opinion is really here nor there to others. Why would you risk losing potential sales with narrow minded opinions or views? That specific person you are referencing could possibly be the key to your success or financially helpful to you. Unless your opposition of what ever it is your disrespecting, is so strong, that you wouldn't accept financial gain from such a person, you are really just showing your narrow mindedness and doing your self possible financial harm.     
The English language has the largest number of words, more than any other language. I am almost positive, you can find better ways to express your self, so that you are making your point clearly, without coming off as ignorant or disrespectful.
I am not writing this blog because I am judging, I am writing this blog post from personal experience! When I started my editing service over seven years ago, I too was one of the entertainers and stupidly, entertained, for free, my peers with angry rants, judgmental tirades and personal attacks which had nothing to do with my business. I am a very passionate person and unfortunately, it doesn't take a whole lot to get me going. I am writing this to hopefully enlighten some of my peers on how I have grown, in hopes some of you will to.
I am always seeing how people complain the urban literary industry is not taken seriously. How can it be when the ignorance is rampant? If you'd like to be considered a professional, respected as a professional and recognized as a professional, you have to be professional!
I can honestly tell you that this behavior may get you a lot more comments or likes, retweets, and all that good stuff but I assure you it does not get you any respect. At least not from the people who could possibly enhance your career. If you are happy with your place in the industry, or feel like your work is so phenomenal, you don't have to respect anyone, then by all means, carry on. However, giving respect to get respect is not just a saying. I have had countless conversations with leaders in the urban industry about this and everyone of them draws the same conclusion and has the same opinion, it does none of us any good. The most good that comes from social media fuckery is getting some entertainment for free. 
If your still feel as though you can say and act however you want and you could care less what anyone thinks, think of it this way, most of you reading this blog are authors. Most of you are in the business of selling your work. Well, when you're putting on social media shows, you're entertaining for free. If your friends, fans, followers want to be entertained, make them pay for it by buying your book. Don't complain about the lack of comradeship among authors if you are not one of the comrades. 
I am not implying you must like everyone of your industry peers. I have a few myself I don't care for in the least. However, I stay in my place and respect my lane. I refuse to contribute to the negativity myself and so many others in the industry complain about and so should you. 
My blog, my opinion.


Dear Novice Author

Dear Novice Author,
When you pay an editing service to edit your manuscript, it is probably best to allow them to do their job. Why would you pay a professional editor, and then not heed the edits to your work, because, you like it better like this, or so-and-so said, I should write it like this, and totally ignore your editor?
If you are not a pioneer in the urban industry, exercising your creative control is probably not in your best interest. (Actually, I've never seen the urban pioneers making up new rules. I do see them doing their best to be as professional as the other genres.) It actually defeats the purpose of you hiring a professional service. If you want to make up your own rules or not abide by literary industry standards or Style Guide rules for fictional writing, here is what you should do. Go huddle with cousin Pookie and 'em, or the 99-cent-I'm-an-editor-but-my-own-work-is-unedited-editor, and share your great new method of how words, sentence structure and stories should be relayed, and have them complete your edits for you, much quicker, and for a much smaller fee.
Ask a trendsetter in the industry, someone who has been successful in book sales and is a career author, do they ignore their editors advice. Go ahead, ask them. I have worked with authors in the urban industry such as K'wan, Al-Saadiq Banks, Vickie Stringer and many others who have award winning, best selling books and they listened to my suggestions, once the rule or the reasoning behind it was explained, and applied it to their work. Why wouldn't you do the same? Are you more knowing than established professionals in the industry? If so, share your secret with all of us so we can all raise the bar.
It always baffles me how some novice authors know better than the editors they pay, but when the book is criticized for the blatant errors, poor structure, and many other issues - the author, the editor, and ALL of the urban industry is judged. It is a guarantee, for sure, the author is not going to shout that creative control theory when them book clubs and critics get to slammin' their arses for poor editing. They will however, whisper to anyone who listen, "Well I paid so-and-so to edit it." They will forget all about the unacknowledged/refused changes the editor suggested they make.
Another important thing the author must do is have your work proofread! Just because your manuscript has went through the editing process, you MUST have it proofread after typeset and before going to print. 
The bottom line is, if you want to be respected as a professional in the literary industry, you must adhere to professional standards. I am disgusted by the lack of professionalism in the process of self publishing in the urban genre, as well as the lack of accountability. I see everyone being blamed for the lack of respect of urban fiction, other than the unprofessional author who is continuously behaving and putting forth unprofessional work. I suggest if you want the respect, YOU behave professionally in regard to critique, go through the proper process in order to self publish, and accept accountability and learn from mistakes as opposed to defending them. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Need Some Editing Before Editing?

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In Need of Editing before Editing! 


Just sharing a brief excerpt of an email to me from one of our 21st Street fabulous editors...

"There are a LOT of problems with this manuscript. I am almost done fixing up the grammar and such, but stylistically, with the plot errors and the way the story is laid out, it's going to need some major overhauling on the author's end.... " 


"There was literally almost no sentence punctuation throughout the whole manuscript, few paragraph distinctions made, no quotation marks anywhere to indicate dialogue, and no chapter headings at all...."


"....there are major issues that need to be addressed before this goes to print. I don't want to make any of major changes myself because I don't know what the author intends (especially as far as chapter headings and such) and I don't want to put my voice in this author's story...."

This is not the first time I have got an email such as this, nor will it be the last. For the first time recently, I had to TURN DOWN a PAYING customer because the manuscript was so poor- we would have had to re-write almost every single sentence and that is not what we do. 

The editors we have are TERRIFIC- however, it is up to you as authors to research and learn how to write a book if you are serious (and paying for editing indicates to me that this is something you are taking seriously.) 

Research via reading, the library, the internet if FREE. Utilize these free outlets and at least try to develop your writing. We are an EDITING SERVICE, not miracle workers. Research what an editors ACTUAL job description is. Our editors go ABOVE and beyond their job description for 7 out of 10 scripts without complaining (and I GREATLY appreciate them and their dedication and hard work.) 

We will do are very best to polish and assist you in putting out a great story. The better you give us to work with, the better the end result can be. We can also refer you to some great developmental editors if need be. When it gets to the point that there aren't even periods or question marks at the end of a sentence- that's a little ridiculous. If you're in need of an editing service, please check out our site for more information. I am also always available for questions via email at

Come on writers. Respect your chosen craft.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Another one of my favorite articles... We got a Black President - Now what?

We got a Black President…Now what?
  Now that Obama’s in office has young America stopped voting? Who and where are our Senators? Here I go again with my statistics.
  On February 23rd, 1870 the first African American was elected to serve in the United States Senate. Since 1870, there have only been five (yes, I said ONLY five) other African Americans ever to serve in the Senate and only seven Hispanics.
  How come this is something that young America, especially young African Americans and Hispanics are not more concerned about? The United States Congress is the legislative branch of the Federal Government. Shouldn’t we be more involved?
  Not surprisingly, President Obama is the first and only President to appoint an African American to Senate. Of the only six African Americans, President Obama was the fifth and won his election by the popular vote. That goes to show you right there that your vote does count!
  The fact that Illinois has a high rate of voters as well as a high African American population may account for the fact that the last three Senators, Carol Mosley Braun (1-3-93 – 1-3-99), Barack Hussein Obama (1-3-05 – 11-16-08) and Roland W. Burris (12-31-08 – incumbent) were all from the state of Illinois. Come on America, let’s take a page out of Illinois book and start voting for our Senators as well.
  On February 3rd, 1870 when the amendment was ratified and everyone was given the right to vote why hasn’t this advantage been taken yet? What are you waiting for young America? You think just because we got a Black President, everything is all good now? Why aren’t we exercising this right? This is a privilege we are being given. Many people died and are still dying to this day just to make sure we maintain this right. Have we become that complacent that we are leaving all of the decisions regarding our future to the few people that decide to get out there and vote?
  It just absolutely blows my mind that these statistics are true and correct. How can we not be more aware of who are government is.  I wish this article would have been my topic last month and maybe I could have encouraged just a few of you to vote. Hopefully, this time next year you will remember this article and get out and vote. You may think your vote doesn’t make a difference but it does. When it comes to our Alderman, Mayors and Senators, the popular vote makes a big difference.  I hear constant complaints regarding discrimination. How can we even have the nerve to complain when we are not using our right to vote and starting in our backyard by getting the proper people in place to insure that discrimination does not happen?
  I said all of that to say…If you didn’t get out and Vote, you have no “Right” to complain about anything.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Choosing a Child Care Provider... or an Editor!

I often get the question, “How do I choose an editor?”
I often equate it to finding a childcare provider. Sounds silly, huh? Let me explain. When an author creates a manuscript it is much like a pregnancy. The author is creating, growing and producing something from within side of them. They prepare for the birth, which would be the release of the book and then they continue to help it grow which would be the marketing and promotion. So I suggest, finding someone with the same qualities you would want in a childcare provider for your child.
First of all, you want a professional. You will want someone whose references you can check and confirm. You will not want to hear what their best friend or sister thinks about them but what actual clients of their service think.
You will want someone firm yet caring. You need to work with someone who is not going to be afraid to reprimand mistakes and tell you about them, but will also be able to do it in a kind way. This will insure productivity as opposed to putting the author on the defense.
You will want someone educated in that field. Unfortunately, there are no licenses or boards governing the conduct or education of editors. There are no mandated continuing education classes as there are with most professional careers. It is up to the editor to stay active in educating themselves and keeping up with changes. A lot of people think that since they can spot typographical errors in their favorite books, that they can be an editor. This is not true.
Ask your editor what Style Guide they will be using. Most fiction uses The Chicago Manual of Style but some publishers such as Triple Crown Publications prefer The AP Style Guide. Your script needs to have a consistent style so it is imperative that one of these is used. Your editor should also include with his or her service, a style sheet that is specific to your writing. If they don’t know what this is or don’t do this, don’t use them.
As with any type of service, make sure that your editor provides you with specific contracts detailing their obligation to you and your financial obligation to them. When making payments via Pay-Pal, be sure to mark it as payment for a service should there ever be any disputes. If you are paying via check or money order, be sure to designate specifically what the payment is for in the memo section.
Lastly, make sure you have an open line of communication with your editor. There are a few terrific editors out there who can help introduce your baby to the world in style. Unfortunately, there are also several want-to-be editors who are looking to take advantage of people and their dream. Make sure you are as careful and as thorough as you would be if you were choosing a childcare provider and you should be just fine.
You can check out our editing service at or if you have any specific questions, you can always email those to
Niccole Simmons
Co-Founder of 21st Street Urban Editing & Publishing