I’d like to thank those who graciously agreed to be regular guest bloggers here at Become A Successful Author. Each is willing to share his or her experiences and knowledge of the industry to help you become a successful author, and I am truly grateful.

Barbara JoeBarbara Joe Williams is an Amazon bestselling author, indie publisher, and motivational speaker living in Tallahassee, Florida. She is a Navy veteran, a graduate of Tallahassee Community College, and Florida A & M University. Barbara is also the founder of Amani Publishing, LLC (2004), and the co-founder of the Tallahassee Authors Network since September 2008. She has published books for over thirty authors. All her books are available now at,,, and all other retail bookstores upon request.

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J'son M. LeeJ’son M. LeeJ’son M. Lee was born in Lewiston, NC, and resides in Baltimore, MD. He enjoys a fulfilling, yet busy life that includes managing commercial properties, writing books, editing, food and entertainment, and spending time with loved ones.
Lee is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning a degree in Speech Communication with a concentration in Performance Studies. He is a multiple award-winning author who creates works that challenge the notion of normalcy. Most recently he was named 2013 Author of the Year by SGL BOOKLOVERS magazine. With his pen, he seeks to broaden minds and reinforce the universality of love. With wit and a gift for narrative, he creates characters that will speak to your heart.

His works include Just Tryin’ To Be Loved, How Could My Husband Be GAY?, the “Friends or Lovers” short story series (Best Friends, More Than Friends and Can’t Be Friends), love One (short story), and One Family’s AIDS (short story).

Lee is also a columnist at Proud Times Magazine in Spokane, WA.
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Kisha Green is no stranger to the literary world. She is the well-informed, knowledgeable publisher of DivaBooksInc.( Green is a senior writer and founder of the Writer’s Vibe ( a literary site to help promote artists.

Lynn EmeryLynn Emery: Mix knowledge of Louisiana politics and forensic social work, with the dedication to write fiction while working each day as a clinical social worker, and you get a snapshot of author Lynn Emery.

She sold her first novel in 1995 to Kensington publishing for their groundbreaking Arabesque line. NIGHT MAGIC went on to be recognized for Excellence in Romance Fiction for 1995 by Romantic Times Magazine. Her third novel, AFTER ALL, became a movie produced by BET and aired on December 3, 1999. Holly Robinson Peete stars as Michelle Toussaint, an investigative television reporter. In 2004 Lynn won three coveted Emma Awards. She was chosen Author of the Year and her novel KISS LONLEY GOODBYE won Best Novel and Favorite Hero. GOOD WOMAN BLUES was nominated for the Romantic Times Best Mainstream Multicultural of 2005. 

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Renee Daniel FlaglerRenee Daniel Flagler is a marketing professional, an award-winning freelance journalist and the author of three novels, Miss-Guided, Mountain High Valley Low and In Her Mind. Renee currently pens a relationship column for XI Magazine and is the founder of a lifestyle blog for women pursuing their passions. Flagler resides in New York and is currently at work on her next novels, Raging Blue, Still Raging and Like it’s My Last. Connect with Renee on Facebook, Twitter or online at


Shelia M Goss is the national best-selling author of over thirteen books including:  Ruthless (Dec. 2011), Delilah, Savannah’s Curse, Hollywood Deception, His Invisible Wife, My Invisible Husband, Roses are thorns, Paige’s Web, Double Platinum and four young adult books: The Lip Gloss Chronicles series: The Ultimate Test, Splitsville, Paper Thin and Secrets Untold.View Shelia’s post: Visit Shelia online or

Stacy-Deanne (Dee-Anne) is an award-winning novelist of crime, mysteries and interracial romance. She is known as “Interracial Romance’s First Lady of Crime and Mystery.” She’s been writing professionally since 19-years-old, and her work includes “Divas of the New Millennium,” “Everlasting,” “Melody” and “Giving up the Ghost.” Stacy is profiled along with notable authors in the NAACP-nominated 2006 book, “Literary Divas: The Top 100+ African-American Women in Writing.” She is a 2011 African-American Literary Award Show nominee.

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W. Terry WhalinW. Terry Whalin understands both sides of the editorial desk. A former literary agent, Terry is an acquisitions editor at Morgan James Publishing. He has written more than 60 books for traditional publishers including Jumpstart Your Publishing Dreams and several of Terry’s books have sold over 100,000 copies.  He has authored an innovative training for writers, Write A Book Proposal. Terry is an active member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

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Last but not least, your blog host.

DeatriDeatri King-Bey began in the publishing industry in 2001 as an editor for Third World Press Inc., the oldest African-American owned publishing company in the country. Though she supported the non-fiction and literary mission of Third World Press Inc., she found commercial fiction more to her liking. On the fiction side of developmental editing, she freelanced for several publishing houses 0ver the years and has edited for authors such as L. A. Banks, Beverly Jenkins and a host of others. Deatri is also a women’s fiction and romance author. In 2008, her title Whisper Something Sweet won the Emma Award for Best Steamy Romance of the Year. Deatri also writes dangerously sexy suspense with Curtis L. Alcutt under the pseudonym L. L. Reaper. Deatri is currently the Chair of the Romance Slam Jam Organization.

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