American Black Film Festival in Miami Beach, Florida

On June 14th my daughter, Tasha and I arrived to the Loews Miami Beach Hotel to register for the 22nd annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF). Given the recent travel for our book tour, we were grateful that the meeting was local, less than 10 minutes from my home. After registering, we immediately began to network. One of the first people we were introduced to was Tony Brooks, Founder of the South Florida Film Festival. Like many that day, we exchanged information and business cards and ways in which we could work together in the near future. Networking was invigorating as we were very proud to share our newly published book On the Road to Victory: Our Struggle as Immigrants in America and the Spanish version Camino a la Victoria: Nuestra Lucha como Inmigrantes en los Estados Unidos. ABFF had an array of sponsors that included interactive booths that kept everyone entertained.

Day one ABFF: On June 15th we were excited to start the morning at the Betsy Hotel in South Beach. We were excited to attend the Master Class Series taught by Award Winning Actress, Director, and Producer Tasha Smith. Almost 10 years ago my daughter met Tasha Smith and attended the TSAW workshop in New York City. The Master Class was high energy, educational, inspiring, and as motivational as my daughter remembered. In addition to a lecture and didactic portion, there was an interactive portion of the session. It was an opportunity to learn about the film industry and specifically the artistry of acting. The ability to bring a character alive and recognize talent was one of many takeaways.

That same evening we attended The Business of Entertainment with Mona Scott Young at the New World Center located adjacent to the Lincoln Road mall in South Beach. Mona was amazing! She was open and honest about her journey to the top and was so willing to share her recipe for success with the audience. We were even more excited at the opportunity to meet her afterwards.

Day two ABFF: On my daughter’s birthday, June 16th, we attended the Master Class entitled, Packing your idea for TV by Karen Horne and Misha Greene. Karen Horne is the Senior Vice President for Talent Development & Inclusion at NBC Entertainment &Universal Studios. Misha Green is a Writer, Producer, & Show Runner for WGN’s Underground and HBO’s recently announced Love Craft Country. Both instructors were dynamic and engaging. We learned so much about what it takes to create a great pitch and launch a project with a major network film. We also learned about what makes a great script and tips and resources for creating a great script.

That evening we attended another Business of Entertainment with Award Winning Actor Terrence Howard. It was 100% entertaining! To say Terrence has star power and that it factor is an understatement. He captivated the entire auditorium with him charm, humor, and personal life lessons. The 2018 annual meeting cannot come soon enough.

To learn more about On the Road to Victory: Our Struggle as Immigrants in America or the newly released Camino a la Victoria: Nuestra Lucha como Inmigrantes en los Estados Unidos, please visit www.ontheroadtovictory.org. To stay current with projects, upcoming book tours, and special events please visit coauthor Dr. Tasha Thomas’ website at www.tashathomas.org and follow her on Instagram at @dr.tasha.thomas. To stay current with projects, upcoming book tours, and special events please visit author Dulcelina Moore’s website at www.dulcelinas.com and follow her on twitter at @dulcelinamoore and follow her on Instagram at @dulcelina.moore. If you are interested in publishing and/or editorial services visit www.foureyespublsihing.com. Also please visit www.ontheroadtovictory.org

 

 

Book Expo/Book Con in New York City

On May 31st my daughter, Tasha and I arrived to the John F. Kennedy Airport and headed straight to our hotel near Madison Square Garden in New York. It was located in walking distance to the Javis Convention Center where the venue was located. After settling into our hotel, we freshened up and headed to a short  ten minute walk to Broadway. We were both excited to see the musical, The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan On Your Feet! As  Floridian, we were able to identify with so many familiar sights and sounds of the show.  I have always loved Gloria and her music but the musical gives you a new found respect for her after learning of her journey as well as her husband’s as an entrepreneur. The story of this remarkable couple definitely left a lasting impression in my heart. The show met our high expectations. I would recommend this musical to anyone in the New York area.

Day one Book Expo: The Book Expo was June 1st and June 2nd. A huge shuttle picked us up in the morning and dropped us off at the entrance of the convention center. Although we were in walking distance, it was helpful for us to transport our books, signage, and marketing materials for our booth where we would be stationed the next few days. As a marketing tool for our publishing company, Tasha and I wore our Brooks Brothers blue long sleeve button down shirts with our Four Eyes Publishing logo on them. Our first day was mainly setting up, networking, and touring the exhibit hall. As a Board member for the Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA) I was happy to interact with my fellow board members and learn more about what to expect for the upcoming week from the veterans. It was also great to support the other authors and publishers as they networked and marketed their books. FAPA represented so many authors and publishers at the event and prided itself on promoting award winning books from almost every genre.

Camino a la Victoria: Nuestra Lucha como Inmigrantes en los Estados Unidos, officially debuted at the Book Expo. Our printing company hand delivered our books to the booth just in time for the big event. It was great knowing that we had both the English and Spanish versions of our book to promote at such a critically proclaimed event with such a strong line up of authors and publishers. Day One included, networking on the exhibition floor and representing and supporting FAPA.

Day two, of the Book Expo: We knew what to expect and had a game plan of who to see and meet and where to go. We met with subscription book boxes, authors during their book signings, publishers, publicists, printing companies, and other industry professionals.

In addition, on day two of the Book Expo we had an amazing book signing event where we had an opportunity to  greet and meet an array of heavy duty readers. It was very gratifying to receive so much positive feedback from individuals  who were  interested in our book. They loved the title, cover design, and our overall display. I also was in the presence of one of my favorite authors John Grisham during the signing of his new book, which is coincidently entitled Camino Island. To be displaying my work alongside my favorite author was rewarding to say the least. After a great day, we ended it with a dinner at Trattoria Trecolori Italian restaurant in Time Square with a few FAPA board members.  It was great food and company.

Day one of the Book Con: The Book Con was June 3rd and June 4th. Once we entered the exhibit hall for the Book Con we were in for a surprise, the entire floor exhibit had changed and the attendees were mainly children and young adults escorted by their parents. The energy shifted but not in a negative way. There were swarms of teenagers running from booth to booth to meet their favorite authors or snag a copy of a new release. As we continued to walk the halls, we noticed a big commotion taking place at one of the booth signing. We were pleasantly surprised when we realized it was the booth of Chelsea Clinton. She had a book signing for her newly release children book. The area was covered by several officers who tried desperately to control the crowd.  She seemed calm as she greeted her fans. As it  turn out, we had an amazing sales of On the Road to Victory-Our Struggle as Immigrants in America. We continued our book signing, networking, and interactions with the participants (which was the best part).

Day two of the Book Con: Day  two of the Book Con was actually day four of the event and our final day in New York. We had an afternoon flight and had time to have an awesome meet and greet with actor/comedian Kevin Hart, whose book is amazing. We then packed up our belongings  to head back home.

To learn more about On the Road to Victory: Our Struggle as Immigrants in America or the newly released Camino a la Victoria: Nuestra Lucha como Inmigrantes en los Estados Unidos, please visit www.ontheroadtovictory.org. To stay current with projects, upcoming book tours, and special events please visit coauthor Dr. Tasha Thomas’ website at www.tashathomas.org and follow her on Instagram at @dr.tasha.thomas. To stay current with projects, upcoming book tours, and special events please visit author Dulcelina Moore’s website at www.dulcelinas.com and follow her on twitter at @dulcelinamoore and follow her on Instagram at @dulcelina.moore. If you are interested in publishing and/or editorial services visit www.foureyespublsihing.com. Also please visit www.ontheroadtovictory.org