March 21, 2017 by admin Uncategorized 0

How to Become an Author: Your Complete Guide (

Jerry Jenkins | Write Your Book | Posted in: Writing So you want to become an author… Well, I’ve got good news and I’ve got bad news. The bad news first: Writing your book won’t be easy. If you’re in the middle of that process, you’re nodding right now. But here’s the good news: All that work is a small price for the amazing possibilities it can open to you: Getting published Enjoying a career you love Impacting people with your writing Media attention Royalty income In this extensive guide, my goal is to give you an honest look at how to become an author—using lessons I’ve learned from 40+ years working with some of the top publishers in the world. Having written 21 New York Times bestsellers myself, I’m confident these lessons will help you in your writing journey. Ready? Let’s do it. What You Will Learn Here’s the short version of everything I cover in this complete, step-by-step post: 1. DON’T Try to Become an Author Until You’ve… I get it. You’re antsy. You’re ready to pen your bestseller right now. You’ve read or heard of writers who had never written a thing before and yet scored with a million-seller on […]

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February 18, 2017 by admin Small Business 0

10 Ways to Market Your Small Business on a Shoestring Budget

By Susan Solovic – She is The Small Business Expert — An award-winning entrepreneur, keynote speaker, New York Times bestselling author 1. Craft an elevator pitch You should be marketing all the time — wherever you are. Therefore, you need a compelling elevator pitch. Research shows the average attention span of an adult is about six to eight seconds. That’s all the time you have to grab someone’s attention. If you successfully engage them, then you only have a little over a minute to really sell them on your product or service. Invest the time to craft a killer elevator pitch. The return on your investment will pay huge dividends in terms of creating business opportunities. 2. Leverage your community You don’t have to think big when it comes to your marketing efforts. Think locally. What’s going on in your community? Sponsor a Little League team or a 5k charity walk/run. Print bookmarks and leave them at the local library. Get to know your ideal customer and think about how and where they spend their time. Then search for opportunities to get in front of your customer with your marketing message. 3. Collaborate Put together a group of synergistic, non-competitive […]

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Black Inventors throughout American History

Black Inventors through American History Below is a list of some of the greatest inventors in Black History. See full list here: Download PDF   George Alcorn Not many inventors have resumes as impressive as George Edward Alcorn’s. Among his credits, the African-American inventor received a B.A. in physics, a master’s degree in nuclear physics and a Ph.D in atomic and molecular physics. Despite such impressive credentials, Alcorn is probably most famous for his innovation of the imaging x-ray spectrometer. Benjamin Banneker In the Stevie Wonder song “Black Man,” the Motown marvel sings of Benjamin Banneker: “first clock to be made in America was created by a black man.” Though the song is a fitting salute to a great inventor (and African Americans in general), it only touches on the genius of Benjamin Banneker and the many hats he wore – as a farmer, mathematician, astronomer, author and land surveyor. Dr. Patricia Bath Imagine living in a world ranging from hazy, clouded vision to that of total darkness for 30 years. Before 1985, that was the plight of those with cataracts who did not want to risk surgery with a mechanical grinder. Now imagine sitting in a doctor’s office without […]

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December 31, 2016 by admin Uncategorized 0

Let’s Get This Started

In the mainstream media everything is either a headline, or filler.  And that unless it is a tragedy, the stories of everyday people are considered filler.  But not to us.  The Grey Area was created to present the topics you want to know about.  What’s being talked about from the salons and barber shops, to the church pews, and into the streets.  We will host conversations that ignite grassroots action, for the good of our families and communities. Check out some of what has our attention, and let us know what you think.  Tell us about the topics you want to discuss.  We welcome your participation! Thanks for starting the new year with us.  We promise you won’t be disappointed! –   novel 1969; movie 1973 In Greenlee’s novel, social worker Dan Freeman becomes the first Black agent in a newly integrated C.I.A.  Or rather, the agency’s first “token”.  Yet unbeknownst to the agency, Freeman is a Black Nationalist.  And upon his resignation from the agency, recruits and trains young black men, utilizing C.I.A. tactics. The movie and novel were so controversial, theaters found themselves under pressure (believed to be the F.B.I.) to not show the film, making it difficult to find copies of the book or film. Sam Greenlee, Writer, Producer, Government Agent, Dies at 83 […]

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