Thursday, 21 August 2014

The BIS Publications' Summer BookJam 2014

Im a little late in making this post, but I guess better late than never. Anyway I've been meaning for a few weeks to make this posting but I have been tied up on a book that I'm currently working on, more about that at a later date. It's very pleasing to me when an author who I've been working with to self publish their book, realizes that goal, and even better when I have managed to help several all at the same time. Okay let me start at the beginning. About 2 years ago, at one of the BISPublications' 1-Day Intensive Course For African / African CaribbeanAuthors who want to Self-Publish Successfully, Sonia Lye-Fook attended the course. As usual we had a good turn out with plenty of eager wanna-be self-publishing authors. I said that it's great that you are all here but please note that this is just the start of your self-publishing journey and unfortunately in this room only 2% of you will follow this through to completion. Why did I say 
Sonia in Conversation with Cindy
that? Simply because I know that to be a self-published author it takes commitment, one has to be Focused and requires Concentration for long periods, on the task at hand; One needs to be determined, a starter and a go-getter, one needs to challenge their own lack of self-belief and procrastination, daily.
Omar, Sonia and Samia Lye-Fook
That said, when we had the first break Sonia came up to me and express how she was enjoying the course and how it was inspirational, but then she hit me with “but I have to leave at lunch time!“. This meant that she would miss the second part of the course. It made me think for a while - would Sonia be a part of the 98% that would not follow this process through to completion. Anyway during that break Sonia gave me an Anthology which included several stories by authors of African descent who chose to emigrate to Ghana mainly from the UK and the USA. One of the entries was Sonia's story and it was at that stage I realized that she permanently lives in Ghana and in fact was en-route to Ghana that very day. But due to her desire to get her story published, she wanted to get to the course to gain just enough tools to empower her in that process. Well to cut a long story short, after that course we worked with Sonia for two years till we finally helped her self-publish the book this year. The book is entitled: IN SEARCH OF DESTINY: Returning To Mother .

In the month of July we heard that Sonia was coming to the UK with her husband Byron for their daughter Samia's graduation. I said to my colleagues great she'll be here and her book will also be published this month let's have a book launch whilst she is here. I'll come back to that later - but first let me tell you about another author.

Alan in Conversation with Manyonyi
It was great to have UK black publishing pioneer Eric Huntley  present
Alan Sharp first came to our 2-Day Master Class Self-Publishing TasterCourses, in January 2013. Along with several others on that course, he subsequently attended the main 2- Day Master Class which was in February 2013. After the master class, Alan contacted us and said that he had been developing a book for the last several years and he believed that the 1-2-1 coaching session that we offer after our courses, would be beneficial to him. Well Alan did attend the coaching sessions and like Sonia we worked with him throughout the year until we were able first to help him self-publish his book which is titled CHANGING GENERATIONS: CHALLENGING POWER & OPPRESSION IN BRITAIN TODAY in E-book form for Amazon Kindle in February 2014, then for Kobo, GooglePlay and Nook. We finally had his printed edition ready for July 2014, with that in mind we thought it would be a great idea to have a joint book launch. On the 25th July 2014 both Sonia and Alan’s’ books were launched to a packed audience at the Conway Hall in Holborn, London. Despite the buckets of rain that fell earlier on the day, many people turned up to hear the stories of this two authors; perhaps the rain was a blessing and was just cleansing the way for these new beginnings.


When we at BIS first chose to work with both these authors, it was because we felt they had a valid and important story to tell. Sonia's book IN SEARCH OF DESTINY: Returning To Mother is a biography which is full of important recent historical information that young people in the UK, in particular and the world in general need to know about people who migrated to the UK from the Caribbean during the 50s and 60s. Alan's book - CHANGING GENERATIONS: CHALLENGING POWER & OPPRESSION IN BRITAIN TODAY, is a scholarly piece of work from a white mans point of view, on how white men use white privilege and a system of white supremacy to hold back African, Asian and other people of colour as well as women and even some working class white men. He's book is a challenge to white men to identify how they are oppressing other people both knowingly and unwittingly so. Alan has placed solutions in the book for white men to overcome their racial attitudes towards people of colour and women. It's the type of book that some black authors have written but would not be read by most white men, as they would think that the author just has a chip on his shoulder. That said, Alan is ready to take on huge criticism from white men and even some black ones too, who feel that we are now living in a post-racial world since the election of president Obama. Unfortunately, that cannot be more further from the truth, as evidenced by the killing of Mark Duggen; the spying on the Laurence family by the police, while seeking justice for the brutal murder of their son by a racist gang, in south east London, nearly two decades ago and finally the spate of recent killings in the USA of black boys by both white security guards and police offers.

IN SEARCH OF DESTINY: Returning To Mother and CHANGING GENERATIONS: CHALLENGING POWER & OPPRESSION IN BRITAIN TODAY is a book that has come right on time.

To get copies of both,
CHANGING GENERATIONS: CHALLENGING POWER & OPPRESSION IN BRITAIN TODAY
by Alan Sharp
and
IN SEARCH OF DESTINY: Returning To Mother
by Sonia Lye-Fook

Please visit www.bispublications.com


Listen to Sonia on Colourful Radio:



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Friday, 11 July 2014

An Interview with Alan Sharp

author of CHANGING GENERATIONS:
CHALLENGING POWER & OPPRESSION IN BRITAIN TODAY

RRP: £14.99
1. Alan Sharp please introduce yourself?
I have been a community development worker in Tooting for 14 years. Much of my recent work has been getting funding for Black and Asian community groups to do projects to meet community needs. I facilitate the working together of a number of churches of all ethnic backgrounds to meet people's material and spiritual needs. I represented 90 community groups of all faiths and one for three years on the Faiths Sub-committee of Wandsworth Local Strategic Partnership. I was on the steering group of Balham and Tooting Forum for 18 months. I have facilitated youth leaders to run two performing arts schools for youth during school holidays.

2. So why did your write the book CHANGING GENERATIONS?
I wrote the book because I felt that my skills could best be used to challenge white people to work with Black and Asian people to achieve their liberation. Writing a book can influence a wider range of people than other actions.

3.So what is your experience in these matters?
The mass experience of the presence of Black and Asian people in UK has only been 70 years, as opposed to several hundred years in US. Enslavement was confined to the Western hemisphere, so British people have not had to face the results of terror face to face in UK. UK experience has been corrupted through a common belief in cultural racism, seeing racism as non-existent apart from one-off racist incidents.

4. Who is the book for?
The book is for anyone aged 18 and above.

5. Where did you gain this information, would you call yourself an expert in the subject?
I am not an expert! I try to report what Black, Asian and Latin American women and men say in critiquing white people. People need someone of a different gender, ethnicity, class and culture/age to critique them, in order to learn what needs to be changed. Postmodern whites may be able to critique modern whites but struggle to critique postmodernism.

6. It's quite brave of you to criticize the powers that be, as a white English man do you think you'll receive a negative backlash from other white men [and even some black people] because of what you say in the book?
Any support may primarily be silent. I do expect a negative reaction, although I hope we can engage through blogging. I would not expect to get as bad a response as, say, a white woman or a Black or Asian person might for saying these things.

7.How long did CHANGING GENERATIONS take to write?
The book took a year in 2007. I have tried to update it for subsequent research and development in my thinking. I originally wrote two books in one and might publish the other book at some point in the future.

8.What do you think this book will achieve?
I hope this book might provoke some conversation. I hope it will help some people to get on journeys of engaging in action to help people achieve their liberation. The aim is above all to see action to get rid of institutional racism and sexism as well as to reduce grass-roots racism and sexism.
9.How and who published your book?
Actually the book was Self-published, I attended the BIS Publishing courses, then continued with their 1 to 1 coach, whilst they assisted me in the self-publishing process. Big up to BIS Publications!

10.Where can the book be bought?

 www.bispublications.com and http://www.diversityunity.com


Alan Sharp will be launching  Changing Generations: Challenging power and oppression in Britain today:

Friday, 25th July 2014
Time: 6.45-9.00 pm
Location: The Brockway Room, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R 4RL
Early Bird tickets just £5.
REGISTER here now https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bis-publications-summer-bookjam-2014-tickets-12245792495?mc_cid=8d6ab0f130&mc_eid=7ae3a38ab9    to avoid disappointment.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

The new book ...

THE MISAPPROPRIATION OF HIP HOP ” 
-  By DJ Fingers, Legendary UK DJ/Producer and Zulu King

RRP: £8.99

DJ Fingers has captured the very essence of the meaning of Hip- Hop in this long awaited but extremely refreshing book. For too long we have been force fed a mongrelisation of what the record industry wants the youth to believe is Hip Hop (and for lack of a better word “Rap”), which in turn has our young men thinking that it’s cool to be a Pimp or a Drug dealer and our young women thinking they should portray themselves as Hoes. What Fingers has done is to take it right back to the big bang of the emergence of this truly great culture and has dared to expose the corporate media as the chief instigators of turning a pure art form into a hybrid of its’ former self.


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I asked Fingers why a book on THE MISAPPROPRIATION OF HIP HOP and what do you mean?

Fingers response was, “in the book I will give examples of the meaning of the misappropriation of Hip-Hop by considering these five pivotal questions:

1. Were the political and social conditions of black and Latino youths in the South Bronx a major factor in the formation of Hip-Hop?

2. What are the consequences of the dominant negative black/Latino image on the consumers of Hip-Hop?

3. What was the original intent of Hip-Hop Culture at its formation?

4. What is the significance of ‘Knowledge of Self’ in relation to Hip-Hop?

5. Have advancements in technology decided the shape of Hip-Hop? If so, should we regard this as a positive evolution? “

Monday, 24 March 2014

BIS Publications are please to announce three new books which we have recently published.



Toddlers

It's All About You – by B.G.

It's All About You is an activity book designed to record the personal identity, interests and activities of children by children from the age of three. The aim is to promote creativity, fun, self-acceptance and confidence.

B.G. is a psychotherapist, social worker, trainer and author. Working with children over many years inspired her to write this book. 

This book is suitable for age 3 years plus. RRP £5.99

Purchase now atwww.bispublications.com




Children

Mosi Meets The Inventor John Lee Love – The Broken Pencil, by Natasha John-Baptiste.

This is the second book in the 'One Thing About History Is...' series.
Mosi is a little boy who likes to write in his notepad. One day when Mosi was writing one of his stories his pencil tip broke. Mosi became very sad because he could no longer use his pencil to write, that is until he remembered about Historyland found in his book ‘One Thing About History is...’. Once he opened that book he entered into Historyland and there he found an inventor by the name of John Lee Love, who invented a pencil sharpening device. Because of John Lee Loves’s genius invention Mosi could continue writing his potential best-seller.

This book is suitable for age 5 years plus. RRP: £6.99

Purchase now atwww.bispublications.com


Teenagers / Adults – Crime Fiction

SNAKE AMONGST SHADOWS – by Chimaijem Ifeanyi Ezechukwu

Mac Logan is a man with a very dark past. He was once an educated cop. He’s now an expendable P.I. called Jarrett. The story begins when he is assigned to investigate a series of muggings happening in town by his new boss and friend Derek Hawke.

Logan starts the investigation to find out that there’s more to the case than meets the eye. He discovers that this mysterious caper is linked with a treasure hunt in the bad lands of Tikal, in Mexico. Logan goes to Mexico with Hawke and uncovers a smuggling operation there. He has a run in with a gang lord craving for supremacy; and finds out the truth behind a girl’s death. The man now called Jarrett also learns about his boss’s past.

As Logan keeps sleuthing, he discovers the real culprits behind the brutal muggings. Logan journeys back to England where he has another encounter with an old enemy. A notorious crook called Quentin ‘the Rat’ Baker. So when the expendable PI uncovers the man’s secret he equally unveils the vicious and faceless criminal network responsible for the abrupt murders he sets out to investigate.


This book is suitable for age teenagers to adults. RRP: £9.99

Purchase now atwww.bispublications.com

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Breaking News.

The new improved and paper back book edition of 
Self Publishing Successfully: A 20 Step Guide 
is now here. 

Order now whilst in stock. 



Special Offer: £7.99

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Kwaku & His Hearing Aid

Great News...  

The popular children titles Kwaku & His Hearing Aid & True Friends are now available for your Kindle, iPad and Smart Phone.


Tuesday, 18 June 2013

BIS Publications' Self Publishing Courses are BACK this Summer !


We are pleased to announce that the very popular BIS Publishing courses are back. The BIS Publications' Writers who want to Self Publish Successfully TM course will be taking place on Tuesday 2nd July 2013. Please click here ( http://www.bispublishingcourses.co.uk ) for more details and to register.

Announcements of the BIS Publications' 1 Day Intensive Course For African / Caribbean Writers who want to self Publish Successfully TM and the 2- Day Master Class: For Writers who want to Self Publish and Market their Books Successfully TM will be made in the near future.