Black Owned Publishing Company Is Helping Black Creatives Monetize Their Writings

The Literary Revolutionary is helping the Black community take control of our writing. A movement is happening in literature, one that is creating literary legacies by documenting and publishing our stories and expertise in books, while also educating literary professionals on how to execute their craft and become “authorpreneurs.” One of the chief soldiers in this movement is Nia Sadé Akinyemi, also known as “The Literary Revolutionary.
At just 25 Nia is already a 3-time Bestselling Author, NAACP Award Winning Activist, and Owner of an international publishing house dedicated to Black and brown people, YBF Publishing LLC. Nia started her career as a Book Editor at age 19, after having established a successful “side-buspreneurship” editing papers for her peers. A year after editing over a dozen books, Nia decided that she was finally ready to write and self-publish her own. But it was November 1, 2015 when she discovered how badly she needed to have a published book and in hand. Nia was offered the chance to speak on grassroots activism in Atlanta for a conference at New York University, by several chapters of the Black Student Union.
In the 10 days leading up to the conference, Nia pulled pages of content from her social media platforms, crafted an extensive outline, wrote and published her first book, “Young Black Fearless: The 7 Step Guide to Activism.” Though it seemed a triumphant feat to have accomplished such a task in such a short time, Nia made A LOT of mistakes with her first book that eventually motivated her to learn more about the publishing industry. Over the next 4 years Nia worked on over 75 books and published nearly three dozen Black Authors. Today Nia has published 7 books already with 10 more in queue, before this year ends. As an Author Coach and Literary Activist, The Literary Revolutionary has reached over 10,000 people across her social media platforms through her strategic literary campaigns urging Black people to write and publish powerful books with ease and confidence.
Nia spearheaded the #BlackAuthorsMatter campaign, which garnered the attention and support of Black Authors and literary professionals across the nation for 9 months. In January 2018, Nia published “Write the Book, Sis! An Interactive Guide to Writing A Powerful Book Your Audience Will Want to Read,” after having “written” the book via her Instagram/Facebook LIVE videos; that raised her social following to nearly 8,000 subscribers. From that book, Nia was able to secure 10 Black women writers who wanted to publish and she released each of their books last year. If you are still wondering whether to self-publish or take the partner publishing route, you may consider reading through the pros and cons of each option. Whether you decide to self-publish or partner publish, remember companies such as YBF Publishing which offer a range of author solutions such as book editing, cover design, and marketing promotional assistance.
20 comments
  1. Vera Hope Walsto
    Vera Hope Walsto
    July 2, 2019 at 12:28 am

    For the last 20 years everyone asks me to write my story At 70 its now or never. My years growing up Black in segregated Washington, DC..induring integrating DC PUBLIC schools, braving the hostilities of racists whites…sexual molestation for 4 years until age 9 by a teenaged cousin. A surprise visit by revoluntionary H. RAP BROWN changed my trajectory and involvement in the BLACK POWER MOVEMENT.working for STOKELY CARMICHAEL .marriage to a dope addict..second marriage to a abusive high achiever ..birth of 4 sons..Moves to HOUSTON, DALLAS LA..appearing in EBONY and as a fashion designer in ….ESSENCE MAGAZINE meeting celebrities as a editor of BE magazine….from Winnie Mandela to ZsaZsaGabor..BILLY DEE WILLIAMS, DELLA REESE…LYNN WHIWNITFIE, WESLEY SNIPES..and many more. I would love to meet with you to discuss my saga that many think is entertaining…compelling….at times unbelieveable.

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  2. Candace Nicholas
    Candace Nicholas
    July 2, 2019 at 4:52 am

    My name is Candace Nicholas. I am looking to publish my second book this year! It would be great to hear back from you with any tips on how to move forward!

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  3. Yolonda Fincher
    Yolonda Fincher
    July 2, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    Have a book I’ve completed in process proofing. Got 2 others in the works wanting to publish any feedback?

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  4. Terrance Shelton
    Terrance Shelton
    July 2, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Can you assist me with publishing?

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  5. Marguerite Jackson
    Marguerite Jackson
    July 3, 2019 at 2:28 am

    My daughter-in-law forwarded this page to me, I’ve written three books, and I’m now having difficulty self -publishing. Publishing companies has reached out but the up front cost was too high. Any help will be great…

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  6. Nadeen Robinson
    Nadeen Robinson
    July 3, 2019 at 9:45 am

    Hi
    I love to write poems. I have a collection of inspiring poems that I need to publish. Could you advise me where to start?

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  7. Terrance Shelton
    Terrance Shelton
    July 4, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    Need advice on how to publish and get edited

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    • Glenn
      Glenn
      July 10, 2019 at 3:51 pm

      my digital book, is all pictures, but each page take you foe a ride

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  8. Smyrne
    Smyrne
    July 6, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Hi, i have always wanted to write my own book, i have a couple of stories sitting at home and in my head. Except i don’t know where to start. I will definitely need help editing and the cost to publish it i was told it would be hard for me. Any advice please

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  9. Tracey
    Tracey
    July 7, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Amazing…..would love to say I have written a book but not yet! Please let me know if there is any way I can contribute my services or help

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  10. Waleed Muhammad
    Waleed Muhammad
    July 8, 2019 at 3:00 am

    Would like to learn from Nia how to get over the problem of procrastination. For so long I have been wanting
    to write a book, but have not been consistent in my writing. What should I do as a daily practice to keep the process
    alive, so-to-speak.

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  11. Hi Ben Daniel
    Hi Ben Daniel
    July 8, 2019 at 5:37 am

    I am Chief Hi Ben Daniel. I am a Nigerian-Israeli citizen. I came to Israel in 1993. My story / encounter with Israel with the black Jews from Africa is a deep one. I am looking for a publisher to assist me make my dreams come true. Stay blessed.
    Hi Ben Daniel.

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  12. Hi Ben Daniel
    Hi Ben Daniel
    July 8, 2019 at 5:39 am

    I am Chief Hi Ben Daniel. I am a Nigerian-Israeli citizen. I came to Israel in 1993. My story / encounter with Israel and the black Jews from Africa is a deep one. I am looking for a publisher to assist me make my dreams come true. Stay blessed.
    Hi Ben Daniel.

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  13. Eliah Kapezi
    Eliah Kapezi
    July 8, 2019 at 10:42 am

    I self published a book via Xlibris entittled SHONA-ENGLISH NAME DICTIONARY it is on Amazon and Barnes, Kindle and Noble, this book gives Africans in the diaspora an opportunity to select names for their children with meanings they understand. Sales have not been good at all and I definitely need help to promote the book.

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  14. Leticia
    Leticia
    July 8, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    I had a publishing co, which I had to dissolve. I have IBSN numbers. I have (2) completed books and a inspirational pamphlet. It has been hard to recover myself. If you can give me any advice/assistance on how to move forward I would be greatly appreciate!

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  15. James T. Fouse
    James T. Fouse
    July 8, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    I written three poems and I also have a series quotes that I’ve been able to come up with through real life experiences. I honestly think it’ll be selfish of me to keep so many great “words” to myself. I’d love to get assistance with publishing my work.

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  16. Nikki
    Nikki
    July 10, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    I would like to write my story.

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  17. Nikki
    Nikki
    July 10, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    I would like to write my journey

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  18. Corinthian
    Corinthian
    July 15, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    I’ve written 2 books and had them published. Behind Those White doors of the operating room seen through my eyes. My question is how do I get a review from our black magazine?

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