Guest Blog: To the Beat of my Book

Article by: Ashley Robinson

book-headphones“I met this girl when I was nine years old and what I love most she has so much soul. She was old school and I was just a shorty never knew that through my life she’d be there for me”. Lyrics from rapper/actor Common’s “I use to love her” paints a perfect picture of childhood love. The same way lyrics can tell a story, it can also inspire or provoke more depth to an author’s tale.

Both arts seem to always coincide. Songs and books create feelings, evoke thought as well as vivid imagery. It allows imagination that is from a consumer standpoint. What about a business standpoint? How do the two arts collide?

Simple, both artists and authors are faced with giving the fans what they want. This isn’t a easy task! Everyone has an opinion just like everyone has an asshole. Face it you’re not going to please everyone.

You’re music and book isn’t for everyone. You’ll have to zone in on your Target Audience. And even then you can’t please everyone. Also, artists and writers are faced with contracts that may or may not affect royalties (payouts). Also, protecting them from plagiarism of any kind.

Note: Authors using song lyrics in books shouldn’t use more than four bars.

What sets the bar any higher for music and books to coexist is the constant song titles or lyric quotes that become urban book titles such as “Love even when it hurts” the song by  Avant then turned into “Love even if it hurts” the book by Tamicka Higgins. You see it’s easy to intertwine the two.

Music can create books but books can create music as well. Song lyrics are made up of vast vocabulary that is either learned from the street and/or book i.e. Webster’s dictionary and/or published sonnets. Artists must have a decent love of words and wordplay to make words rhyme such as wine and time or to elevate complexity with a metaphor such as “You’re immature like roger so go home!” (lyrics from Wale’s Fuck you ). The double meanings in that metaphor is situational and educational via words. Let me explain! The character Roger from the hit 90’s television series Sister, Sister played by Marques Houston was in a singing group called Immature. The word immature in the context meaning child- like. The television show itself is reminiscent of childhood while the person wale is addressing in the song is a level of childish. Wordplay and meanings both affect music and books. But that’s more for another blog, another day.

About the Writer:

Ashley robinson, born at st. agnes hospital in west Baltimore in October 1990 to teen parents paulette and cedric had a stereotypical upbringing. Once her father was incarcerated ashley was raised by mother paulette whom had the support system of her parents elaine and joseph lyle. While mom was at school and/or work or church Ashley found her love of writing at home with her grandmother whom taught her to write and read cursive at the tender age of five so that she was quiet during the young and the restless. Ashleys love for writing grew and her curiousity peeked for words and story telling. At the age of seven she began crafting short stories and poetry that she often present at school for showing tell. Now as an adult and mother of one she wants nothing more then to have her work as a muse for those who want to follow their passion and needs life lessons learned through the pages. Ashley currently resides in maryland where she pre- school teaches, donates to charties, and working toward more entrepurneal affairs. Her debut novel released august 2016 entitled Imani. The series can be currently found on amazon.

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Authors! Add your Book to our Book List!

Hello Readers!

IMG_1907Authors!!!! Do you have a book on sale? For free? DMP is putting together a list of books that are listed at a discounted price or free. This is perfect for those who offer the first book in their series for free. Allow us to notify our readers about your discounted book(s). This newsletter will be going out sometime in August or September. Your book does not have to be on sale for the entire month of August or September. It just needs to be on sale or free during the promotion of the book list.

Email us at diamondmpresspublications@gmail.com for more information.

This list is limited. We are on a first come, first serve bases. Allow us to support you!

If you are a reader and want to know how to get this book list, please email us!

Great way to reinvest in yourself! Start today!

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Feature your book in DMP’s Next Issue!!!!

Hello Readers!!

DMP is now gearing up for our next issue to come out on March 3rd. We have space available for our $5 Book Promotion and our $15 Book Promotion. View the details below!

$5 BOOK PROMOTION

Get your book featured in our digital and print magazine for one full month for $5. We will promote the cover of the book and link inside the magazine as well as across all of our social media sites. If you are interested, submit your book info here.

$15 BOOK PROMOTION

Get your book featured in our digital and print magazine for one full month for $15. We will promote your cover, link, synopsis, website and social media sites inside the magazine as well as across all of our social media sites. If you are interested, submit your book info here.

The $5 Book Promotion is limited to ten books per issue. We are on a first come, first serve bases. Our $15 Book Promotion is limited to four books per issue.

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Motivational Monday: Leave it in 2016

Hello Readers!

Happy New Year! Welcome to the new and improved DMP blog. Thank you so much for following us and keeping up with all things DMP.

It’s a new year, new month, new week. Are you ready to tackle these big mountains in front of you? Let’s do it together.

I recently saw a lot of posts about leaving this or that in 2016. I think it’s a great idea to use the new year to start something new. Although, a new day should come every 24 hours, not every 365 days, but a new start is a new start and it’s a good idea nonetheless. If you are leaving something in 2016, one thing you should do as an author is to leave any indecisiveness behind. What do I mean? I mean now is the time to step forward and do something about those lingering goals. If you are planning to be a best seller, come on, let’s make it happen. Need to brand and expand? What are you waiting on? I’m with you!! Let’s grind. Stop putting things off. Stop waiting for more money, more readers, more followers; place yourself in a position to get there. Now is the time. Don’t wait any longer to push toward your dream! Start making things happen now.

I’m with you. I have things I’ve put off. Now is the time. Don’t wait any long. Put a list together and start knocking things off one by one!

Here’s to a wonderful and prosperous 2017!

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DMP News: Social Media Promotion

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DMP will be launching its magazine Literary Digest on November 4th. We plan to feature authors, writers and business owners. This magazine will be filled with anything literary.

Our promotion spotlight for this week is Social Media promotion. What you will be able to do with this promotion is have a status created that we will place in rotation for the number of days or weeks you are interested. This status will be posted on our Facebook and Twitter page. Then we will place your graphic on out Instagram page in rotation for the number of days or weeks that you will be promoting with us. This also comes with a FREE book review and book promotion in our magazine. Can’t beat that. I have posted the information below. Inquire accordingly and let us feature you!

SOCIAL MEDIA PROMOTION
Promote your book, event etc on DMP’s Facebook and Twitter page. Status and tweets will be set up for you. All you will need to do is provide the content you’d like for us to promote on our pages.

Prices:
One Day Promotion: $10 (8 posts and tweets in one day. Image promoted once on our Instagram page.)
Three Day Promotion: $15 (8 posts and tweets per day. Image promoted twice each day on our Instagram page. Free Book Review and Book Promotion in our magazine )
One Week Promotion: $25 (8 posts and tweets per day. Image promoted three times a day for the duration of your promotion on our Instagram page. Free Book Review and Book Promotion in our Magazine.)
Two Weeks Promotion: $40 (8 posts and tweets per day. Image promoted three times a day for the duration of your promotion on our Instagram page. Free Book Promotion and Book Review in our Magazine)
Three Weeks Promotion: $55 (8 posts and tweets per day. Image promoted three times a day for the duration of your promotion on our Instagram page. Free Book Promotion in magazine and Free Book Review)
Four Weeks Promotion: $70 (8 posts and tweets per day. Image promoted three times a day for the duration of your promotion on our Instagram page. Free Book Promotion in magazine and Free Book Review)

Email: diamondmpresssubmissions@gmail.com
Subject: Social Media Promotion

Include in the email:
Name of the promotion you choose
Graphic to go along with promotion
Text (EDITED) you would like for us to use in the promotion.
Please be sure to read over your text for errors. Use hashtags and tag yourself in the message (use twitter) be sure to also use one link.
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Dominique Watson