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Award-winning Journalist and Author Wendy Coakley-Thompson Explores Race and Publishing with WRITING WHILE BLACK


WRITING WHILE BLACK is Coakley-Thompson's first foray into publishing in a digital-only format.

Washington, DC (PRWEB) November 02, 2012

Author and DC Publishing Industry Examiner Wendy Coakley-Thompson returns with WRITING WHILE BLACK, which examines race-based inequities within the publishing industry.

    After twenty rejections of Christina's poignant novel based on how she met her Jewish husband, she, on a martini-soaked dare, creates a Caucasian alter ego and writes a lily-white chic lit novel. When her agent actually sells the novel to a publisher, Christina's common sense warns her to back out. The lure of a lucrative two-book deal, though, is far too seductive. So, Christina straps in for a life-altering journey on which she questions priorities and wonders whether dreams can peacefully co-exist with reality….

    WRITING WHILE BLACK is available in digital format wherever eBooks are sold and made accessible on popular eReaders, tablets, and smartphones. The move to publishing electronically is sound, as digital publishing has zoomed past its print progenitor. eBook sales will reach almost $10 billion by 2016, says, as, according to industry heavyweight Publishers Weekly, print numbers decline. Moreover, per, the numbers of Americans with eReaders has doubled since July of 2011. Additionally, the egalitarian nature of digital publishing makes it friendly to authors whom mainstream publishing has overlooked. It is in this climate that Coakley-Thompson debuts WRITING WHILE BLACK, an exploration of publishing's controversial status quo as the industry teeters on the cusp of a brave new world.

Wendy Coakley-Thompson is the author of TRIPTYCH, BACK TO LIFE (2004 Romantic Times Award nominee) and WHAT YOU WON'T DO FOR LOVE (optioned for cable television). She also covers the publishing industry for and serves up industry commentary in Writing While Blog. She contributes features to The Washington Independent Review of Books and Postscript'd. Coakley-Thompson co-hosted The Book Squad and earned an Associated Press/Chesapeake Award for her work as a Metro Connection commentator on WAMU, a Washington D.C. National Public Radio affiliate. For more, visit her at, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

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