Unable to get the interest of major publishers in her
hip-hop novel, former madam, cocaine dealer, and federal prisoner
Vickie Stringer self-published Let That Be the Reason. She began by hawking
her book in beauty parlors and barbershops and to street book vendors. Soon her
book was an underground hit, so bookstores began to stock her book as well.
As a result, authors began sending her manuscripts. Soon
she formed Triple Crown Publications to publish their titles. In 16 months, she
published 14 additional titles and sold more than 300,000 copies. Mainstream
publishers took notice and began publishing their own lines of hip-hop novels, a
genre begun by Stringer. In addition, several major publishers competed to be
allowed to distribute Triple Crown into the book trade.
For more on her story, see the article about her that was published in the
January issue of $1,000,000aire Blueprints, a nationally published
business magazine distributed by Time Warner, that offers detailed examples and
step-by-step instructions from self-made millionaires. For more information,
For the Millionaire Blueprints article, click here.