Shonda Rhimes Lands a Book Deal


I wanna be this woman when I grow up I swear. She’s such an inspiration to writers and women in general. As if we can’t get enough of her Shonda Rhimes will be relasing a memoir sometime in the year 2015 (yes we will have to wait that long). It will touch on her life as a single mother wanting and creating a successful career in the media. If you don’t know about this brilliant lady she is the first African American woman to create and executive produce a top 10 network series. She’s won plenty of accolades for her career like a Golden Globe, several NAACP Image Awards, Television Producer of the Year from the Producers Guild of America, a Lucy Award for Excellence in Television and a GLAAD Golden Gate award. I am actually excited about this memoir. I normally don’t get down with memoirs and biographies but I’ll check this one out.

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia


Thriller Night

I luv, luv, luv thrillers. I’m actually editing a psychological thriller called Without Consent. It was my first time doing that genre and I was geeked through the whole process. But enough about me lets talk about ThrillerFest VIII.

It goes down July 10-13th at the Grand Hyatt in the Big Apple. It’s not just for writers but for fans. Brush up on your pen skills and get great advice from the special guests: Anne Rice, R. L. Stine, Michael Connelly, T. Jefferson Parker, Michael Palmer and the 2013 Silver Bullet Award Recipient Steve Berry.

Some highlights of the ThrillerFest is the CraftFest which will assist in sharpening your writing skills, AgentFest shows you how to pitch, ThrillerFest is full of workshops, lectures etc and the banquet which is the presentation of the awards.

In case you’re curious the categories for the awards are:

Best hardcover novel
Best first novel
Best paperback original novel
Best short story
Best YA novel
Best ebook original novel

Go to to get all of the info.

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

L. A. Times Book Prize Finalists

In keeping with the theme of award season I’m about to announce the nominees for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Winners will be announced April 19th at the USC campus.


The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War & Peace – H. W. Brands
The Passage of Power The Years of Lyndon Johnson – Robert Caro
A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life of Lillian Hellman – Alice Kessler-Harris
The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life & Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy – David Nasaw
The One: The Life & Music of James Brown – R. J. Smith

Current Interest

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death & Hope in a Mumbai Undercity – Katherine Boo
Private Empire: ExxonMobile & American Power – Steve Coll
On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Pat, Religion, Faultlines & Future – Karen Elliot House
Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards Into Battlegrounds – Jim Sterba
The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor – Jake Tapper


The Middlesteins – Jami Attenberg
Telegraph Avenue – Michael Chabon
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk – Ben Fountain
Arcadia – Lauren Groff
Magnificence – Lydia Millet

Graphic Novels/Comics

Are You My Mother? – Alison Bechdel
Everything Together: Collected Stories – Sammy Harkham
Cruisin’ With the Hound: The Life & Times of Fred Toote – Spain Rodriguez
Building Stories – Chris Ware


Roger Williams & the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State & the Birth of Liberty – John Barry
Empire of Shadows: The Epic Story of Yellowstone – George Black
America’s Great Debate: Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas & the Compromise That Preserved the Union – Fergus M. Bordewich
A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln & the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico – Amy S. Greenberg
Rule & Ruin: The Downfall of Moderation & the Destruction of the Republican Party from Eisenhower to the Tea Party – Richard Kabaservice


Poems 1962-2012 – Louise Gluck
The Ground: Poems – Rowan Ricardo Phillips
Useless Landscape or a Guide for Boys – D. A. Powell
Aerial – Bin Ramke
Gravesend – Cole Swensen

Science & Technology

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a world That Can’t Stop Talking – Susan Cain
Turing’s Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe – George Dyson
The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human – Johnathan Cotts-Chall
The Signal & the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail But Some Don’t – Nate Silver
Breasts: A Natural & Unnatural History – Florence Williams

The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction

Fobbit – David Abrams
The Natural Order of Things – Kevi. P. Keating
Shine, Shine, Shine – Lydia Netzer
Seating Arrangements – Maggie Shipstead
Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan


The Drowned Cities – Paolo Bacigalupl
Ask the Passengers – A. S. King
My Book of Life – Martine Leavitt
Boy 21 – Matthew Quick
Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein

Innovator’s Award – Margeret Atwood
Kirsch Award – Kevin Starr

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

Upcoming Writing Contests

For those of you who love entering contests I copped a few from for you. If you are in the Boston or Iowa area definitely keep reading.

The Boston Authors’ Book Club Awards will give $1,000 to the best book that was published in 2012. Participants who live within 100 miles of Boston can enter. Deadline is January 15th.

The Iowa Award Un Poetry & Essay contest is for people who live in Iowa (obviously). They want the best in poetry, fiction or nonfiction and the winner will get $1500. Deadline for this one is January 31st.

John Ciardi for Poetry wants your best unpublished collection of poetry. $1000 will be the prize. Hurry though, the deadline is January 15th.

Hope these help. Good luck, keep hustlin with your writing and I will see you on the bestsellers’ list.

Peace and luv!

Hustla of the Week

Miasha Coleman, an urban fiction writer, is not one to wait around on the sidelines for an opportunity to come to her; she has made one for herself. She always knew she was going to be a writer it was just a matter of when.

Raised by parents that were addicted to crack Miasha decided to take an alternative route. She started writing herself out of the hood. When she graduated a writer spoke at her ceremony. When she finished her novel Secret Society ahe reached out to that very writer and asked could they become her mentor. She told her about the business which Miasha had no idea about. Eventually Simon & Schuster came calling in the form of a six figure deal. Fast forward and this sistah has seven novels under her belt along with awards like the Essence bestselling author.

I don’t you personally but sistah you are an inspiration.

Peace and luv!

Brook-lon Don Book Festival

Ok so that’s a hood title for this post but hey you know me, gotta spice it up every now and again.

But anywho…get your smartphones out and mark September 17th thru the 23rd. Bookends kicks off with film screenings, parties, literary games and author appearances. It will be held in the clubs, parks, bookstores, theatres and libraries. Over 280 authors to quench your thirst and network your ass off.

The Best Of Brooklyn Inc award will be given to an author who has had a broad impact on the world of literature.

Check out for more info. Hurry up it starts Monday!

Peace and luv!

Calling All Independent Authors

I came across a resourceful site the other day called

Annette Gordon-Reed announcing the five 2010 N...

Annette Gordon-Reed announcing the five 2010 National Book Critics Circle finalists in nonfiction. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

go check it out if you haven’t heard of it yet. Until then check out these upcoming awards for independent writers thanks to Green Leaf:

  • National Book Awards gives $10,000 to one writer in each category (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, YA). Writers can only apply thru their publisher. Deadline is June 15th
  • Narrative Prize gives $4,000 to a new or emerging writer in short stories, novel excerpts poem, one-act plays, graphic stories or literary nonfiction. Deadline will be June 15th
  • Discover Great New Writers, hosted by B&N is giving awards to debuting writers making under 10,000 units ($10,000). Similar to the National Book Awards the writer can only go thru their publisher. Deadline is June 28th.
  • The Bard Fiction Prize gives nice award to fiction writers under 39 years old. Winner becomes writer-in-residence at Bard College for one semester meaning they will give one public lecture to the students.
  • National Outdoor Book Awards recognizes the best outdoor writing. Applications will be available starting in June and the deadline is in August. Genres allowed are history, literature, children, nature, natural history, instructional, adventure guidebook, design and outdoor classic.

Good luck!

Peace and luv!