Friday, May 25, 2007

Our Authors

Stafford L. Battle

Rey O. Harris

Interview with the authors of 'AfroCyberspace - Battle & Harris

Dr. Charles H. Epps

Ralph Spencer


July 2009
Author Stafford L. Battle (AfroCyberspace) has won 2nd prize for his story 'The Legend of Shango' in the First Annual Sword and Soul Short Story Competition on and his story 'The Lynching' is published this month in issue nine of the online speculative fiction magazine: Expanded Horizons.

Interview with the authors Stafford L. Battle and Rey O. Harris.

December 2008
Black Author Showcase Holiday BookFair
The Show Place Arena and Prince George's Equestrian Center
14900 Pennsylvania Avenue Upper MarlboroMD 20772
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (ET)

October 2008
October is Speculative Fiction Month on the Black Author Showcase

April  2008

S.I.S.T.E.R.S. at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) is hosting the Black Author Showcase from 12 noon to 3 PM on Saturday, April 26, 2008, at The Commons. 

February 2008
Howard University Continuing Education in partnership with Black Author Showcase™
presents a Black History Celebration.
Friday, February 29, 2008 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.Howard University, Continuing Education1100 Wayne Avenue • Silver Spring, MD 20910

October 2007 -
Howard University Continuing Education Partners with Black Author Showcase™ to Promote Metro Area Writers at Open House.

Friday, October 19, 2007

4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Howard University, Continuing Education
1100 Wayne Avenue • Silver Spring, MD 20910
Near Silver Spring Metro • Parking Available

Refreshments served • Prize Drawings


This experience is much more than just a book signing & lecture. Authors and readers will network with other literary professionals that help bring a book to life.

Black Author Showcase has been designed to assist authors in creating, preparing, writing, and marketing their works. It's aim is to connect authors with other literary professionals (graphic designers, copy editors, editors, reviewers, proof readers, photographers, videographers, illustrators, etc.) and with readers.

May 2007
 Upper Marlboro Woman Launches Indie Press

Upper Marlboro Woman Launches Indie Press

Upper Marlboro, Md, May 2007 In response to what she sees as a dearth of quality African American nonfiction and serious ethnic fiction titles,Diane Williams, wife of author Stafford L. Battle, has become a publisher, launching 22nd Century Press, an independent house committed to contemporary multicultural literature.
Based in Mitchellville, MD which is in the metropolitan Washington, DC area, the press will release up to six books a year. 22nd Century Press's first release is AfroCyberspace: 1000+ Websites That Will Enrich Your World by Stafford L. Battle and Rey O. Harris, the follow-up to their African American Guide to the Internet (1996, McGraw Hill).

The company plans to provide unparalleled support to the uninitiated writer. 22nd Century Press has already produced several Black Author Showcase™ events in efforts to promote not just their titles, but also other small publishers and self-published authors. They partner with authors to get their product in front of readers in a variety of ways. “Unfortunately for most writers, they think once the manuscript is done their work is over. Nothing could be further from the truth. That’s why we created the showcase event and are also working on several other innovative projects that will help authors continue to sell regularly,” Battle said.

“Everything we do, we share with others” says Williams, who has a multimedia guide to self-publishing upcoming in the summer 2010 catalog. “As I was researching the changes in the publishing business to promote the company, I realized that this information is needed by all writers and would be authors,” she said. In that vein, she has also created a free online author’s community – the Black Author Showcase Community, to share publishing information, promote authors, artists, and freelance editorial professionals and connect with readers.

Battle and Harris were instrumental in the 90’s in creating the successful “Book to the Future” conference that featured Ivan Van Sertima and Sonia Sanchez at the University of the District of Columbia. Stafford Battle is a graduate of several professional publishing courses at Stanford and Howard Universities, besides his work as a journalist and author. Diane Williams is a long time technologist, consultant, writer, and trainer in information technology.

22nd Century Press is currently accepting manuscripts for future catalogs and is also finalizing its distributor selection. The press will utilize a number of talented editorial freelancers from the metropolitan area. The 2009 list will include Federal City View, a book of photographical essays from Ralph Spencer, an autobiography from a prominent local physician, a speculative fiction novel, Insane Messiah; and a multi media entry, “. . . because the industry is quickly changing. Books are not just paper, but interactive DVDs, ebooks, podcasts and more. Our technical expertise keeps our products on the edge of what’s out there now and beyond. You know, the 22nd Century.”

Diane Williams
info (at)

12138 Central Avenue, Suite 223
Mitchellville, MD 20721

Monday, May 21, 2007

My Century Book Publishing Consulting

We also provide coaching, education, ghostwriting, editorial, design, marketing, distributing and printing assistance to authors with My Century Book Publishing Consulting.

It's a full-service book sheparding/production company with consultation on branding, publishing, distribution and fulfillment options for writers that want their own publishing company and/or wish to collaborate in the production of books of exceptional quality.

We created My Century specifically to help authors make the best book possible. We provide coaching, pay royalties and take submissions, however we do not accept all manuscripts for publication.We partner with our authors to create a high quality, well-designed, salable book; not a quick, get-it-out-there-in-a-minute unprofessional job. We offer sincere editing and criticism aimed at making the author successful.

Before you choose another publishing solution - give us a call. Quality and personal service is the 22nd Century Press and My Century difference.


22nd Century Press publishes multicultural literature & non-fiction emphasizing creative diversity. We look for innovative writers and have a special interest in speculative fiction. We publish books in the traditional model (approx. 6 books per year).

Our location is in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area - Mitchellville, MD 16 miles from D.C.

Paperback and foreign rights to our titles:
Email rights (at)

Permissions inquiries:
Email permissions (at)

Review copies:
Email publicity (at)

For desk copies:
Mail your request on university departmental letterhead to the attention of the Publicity Department, 22nd Century Press.

22nd Century Press
12138 Central Avenue
Suite 223
Mitchellville, MD 20721

All other queries:
Email us at info (at)

22nd Century Press is home to the Black Author Showcase, a cooperative learning, teaching and supporting literary community for anyone who helps bring a book to life. It is a thriving network for authors, readers, publishers, photographers, librarians, reviewers, graphic designers, editors, ghostwriters, agents, and others.

We are a member of The Green Press Initiative and have a commitment to print a growing number of our titles on paper that is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, and/or recycled and processed chlorine free.

Sunday, May 20, 2007


Thank you for your interest in 22nd Century Press. We are actively considering non-fiction and speculative fiction manuscripts for the 2010 - 2011 seasons. We accept unagented queries. However, we do ask that you first send a query letter/email following the guidelines at the end of this message. Do not send complete manuscripts.

What We Want To See:

Non-fiction titles that will start provocative conversations and convey a unique perspective sharing the not often seen point of view. We look for creativity, unusual expression and new takes on old cultural ideas that otherwise may not have a traditional publishing outlet. 22nd Century Press welcomes submissions of quality and commercial fiction in most genres, including fiction, nonfiction, drama, young adult, focusing on diverse themes by published and first-time authors.

We are especially interested in young adult titles, speculative and literary fiction.
We are presently not considering picture books, poetry, or children's books.


We are looking for helpful, informational topics and titles from a multicultural perspective. Politics, technology, current events, environmental, contemporary culture and lifestyle issues are subjects of high interest.

Send your query letter/email with a synopsis of your book - fiction or non-fiction, author bio and the first three chapters single side and double-spaced. Do not send the entire manuscript until it is requested by an editor. Include in your letter your proposed target audience and marketing ideas.

Your submission should include:
  • A one page, single spaced query letter
    Contact information
    Genre (mainstream, speculative, mystery, paranormal, biography, self-help, historical, thriller, young adult,. . .)
    Working title and length of manuscript (100,000 actual word count maximum)
    Status (complete or incomplete)
    1-2 paragraph blurb about plot of book
    1-2 paragraphs about the author and marketing the book
    your qualifications as a writer and highlighting the importance of the work you are submitting
    A preliminary outline of the intended target market for your work, how your work differs from that already existing in that market, and how you plan to market your book.

  • A one page synopsis outlining the subject of the manuscript (8 pages max)
  • Double spaced and written in present tense
  • Detail the manuscript’s main plot from beginning to end
  • A copy of the first 3 chapters
  • Double spaced and typed in a 12 point font.
  • Proofread for typographical errors and grammatical errors
  • Document attachments should be saved as a .pdf or .doc file.


•Include a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelopes (SASE) if you would like your manuscript returned. The manuscript will be recycled without the proper postage and envelope.
•A large envelope that will fit your manuscript.
•Sufficient and proper postage for the weight of your manuscript.
•Do not send money or checks - only postal canceling or stamps
•Use First Class or Priority mail. Do not use Media Mail, UPS, or FedEx.We do not return manuscripts outside the US.
•A self-addressed stamped envelope (size 10) for our response.
•A self-addressed stamped acknowledgement postcard (optional). This card will be returned to you once your proposal has been received.
•Send only copies of original work, artwork, photographs, layout boards, or other manuscript-related materials. Keep all originals.


If we are interested in your project, you can expect to hear from us within two to six months. Because of the volume of submissions, if your query does not fall within our guidelines, we will be unable to respond to you. THE STAFF WILL NOT ACCEPT TELEPHONE CALLS REGARDING THE STATUS OR REVIEW OF A MANUSCRIPT.

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Mail Submissions To:
Acquisitions Editor
22nd Century Press
12138 Central Avenue
Suite 223
Mitchellville, MD 20721

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Contact Us

For more information about 22nd Century Press or any of our authors, to request a review copy, or to arrange for an appearance or interview, please send us a message by clicking one of the links below:

Bookseller & Media Inquiries

General Questions

Submissions (Please see Submission Guidelines)

Desk Copy Requests
Please email all requests for desk copies or mail to the address at the end of the page.

The letter MUST be on school letterhead and should include:
1. Title and ISBN.
2. Instructor's name.
3. Course name and number.
4. Course starting date.
5. Estimated enrollment.

My Century Book Publishing Consulting

22nd Century Press, LLC
12138 Central Avenue, Suite 223
Mitchellville, MD 20721