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Last modified: 03/26/05

The Self-Publishing
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Mark Anthony

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Mark Anthony, publisher of Q-Boro Books, has self-published some of his Essence best-selling novels, including Dogism. He is also publisher and co-author of the Streets of New York series. His publishing company now specializes in publishing street lit (sometimes known as hip-hop novels). Here’s the story of Mark’s beginnings as a writer, as told on the Q-Boro web site:

Early on in his life Mark would write stories in his spare time, sort of like a hobby, but he never had the intentions of becoming an author or a publisher. Many of those stories were written longhand in five-subject spiral notebooks and stashed away in his closet. In fact, on several occasions while cleaning his closet, Mark came close to throwing the stories in the garbage!

Eventually Mark typed the stories he had written and let people read it and to his surprise everyone loved it. The enthusiastic response to what he had written was always the same. So after much encouragement to not let his talent go unnoticed Mark decided to self publish his work. The success of his self-publishing efforts proved to Mark that he indeed was gifted and could stand his own against the best authors in the business. Writing has since become Mark's passion combined with finding new writing talent and helping to bring that talent the masses.

 

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