Our entire community—our authors, editors, allies, angels and regular readers—understand that we are involved in national conversations about our some of the most issues of our era. (Earlier, our Marketing Director Susan Stitt wrote about the importance of what we call “media mentions.“)
This week, we’ve got three important media mentions to share!
FIRST, VOTE FOR NAJAH BAZZY AT CNN
This year, in the CNN network’s nationwide “Heroes” campaign, our own author Najah Bazzy currently ranks among in the 10 semi-finalists, who each have received $10,000 and will be featured in a Sunday, December 8, special live celebration airing on the network.
Right now, CNN is asking people to vote for these 10 semifinalists—to determine which individual will be given an even larger prize: $100,000! That individual also will be given the additional title: “CNN hero of the year.”
The CNN headline on its profile of Najah Bazzy captures the importance of her work: She started helping Detroit’s impoverished community in her house. Now, her nonprofit has reached 250,000 people. That headline-link takes you to CNN’s inspiring report on Najah’s work, including a 4-minute video that immediately will make you feel better about the world as you learn about the tireless work of Najah and so many others at Zaman.
Here is a direct link to the voting page: CNN DAILY VOTING PAGE FOR HEROES. You can vote 10 times every day per email address. Want to feel like you’ve done a “good deed” in about 15 seconds each morning? Start voting for Najah on a daily basis.
Got questions about the voting process? CNN provides this 1-minute video in which Anderson Cooper explains the process.
Black Ruby Magazine’s Heather Elitou Recommends 2 Authors
Heather Elitou is a veteran journalist, editor and author herself and shares inspirational stories—and recommendations—in her online magazine, which she calls: Black Ruby. In her latest column, Heather recommends Books Written In 2019 To Help You Transition Into 2020.
If you click on that link, you’ll find that she highlights Lucille Sider’s Light Shines in the Darkness, saying:
Sider shares her story of resilience and hope as a survivor of sexual abuse, facing the legal and spiritual challenges that are daunting. Lucille’s focus on positive mental health and spiritual practices has given her stability from major mental illness including PTSD and depression that stemmed from her sexual abuse. If you are an adult who has suffered from the traumatic experience of sexual abuse, this book reminds you that you are not alone and there is a light that shines in the darkness.
Heather also praises Anni Reinking’s Not Just Black and White, writing:
Anni K. Reinking is the mother of an African-American son, but she is a white woman. So how does she teach her son about racism, police brutality, and other horrifying injustices that Black men face in America? Just like every mother, who has suffered from the thoughts of losing their son. … Reinking’s son must navigate in a world of bias, discrimination, and prejudice that she has not lived in but strives to understand. Millions of families share this experience in today’s racially polarized America. In this inspiring memoir, Anni shares her family’s experiences and helpful research in parenting. This is their story of growth and acceptance as a multiracial blended family.
David Crumm on the Future of Publishing
As the founding Editor of Front Edge Publishing, I was included in an online news story this week, headlined: Publishing in 2050—11 Media & Technology Experts Share their Predictions.
Here’s some of what I say in that feature story:
As a leader in the publishing industry, Crumm suggests that “the future belongs to authors with compelling stories as well as useful and inspiring nonfiction that will keep readers coming back for more.” Crumm’s prediction and the data behind it seem to suggest that while the publishing industry has certainly evolved, it also remains the same in some important ways.
Want to be Part of the National Conversation?
Take another look at Susan Stitt’s overview of “media mentions”—and dive in to the conversation!