Urban Fiction is Dying in the Streets

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Urban fiction is losing its street cred


Bronx, NY (PRWEB) Aug. 1, 2005 -- Ask any Harlem or the Bronx street vendor who sells urban fiction titles how business is, and you’ll get the same response; not good. The author of “The Life,” Alan Cramer says, “There are two reasons for this.”

“The first reason is not new,” Cramer says. Many of the vendors are starting to hear the same complaints over and over again. The stories are all the same, and they are not well written. Some readers are claiming they feel cheated. “That’s why I try to write fresh and original stories that are well crafted. I’m learning skills like, character development, plot definition, and story flow. These are the things that make a story entertaining.”

“But there is a more pressing problem,” claims Cramer. “The business model of the African American book trade is twisted.” Cramer noticed his first novel wouldn’t sell in a particular African American bookstore. “I found this strange, because on the corner, the street vendor was selling fifty books a week at one point. I questioned the store’s manager about this, and they blamed my marketing or lack thereof.” But Cramer did some research and discovered another title that wasn’t selling in the store. “It was strange. The initial print run had sold out on the street. Venders on 125th street had customers waiting for the reprint. Meanwhile, around the corner, a major Harlem bookstore couldn’t sell the book. Something is wrong.”

“The Life” (ISBN: 0975320521) is Alan Cramer’s second novel. The master storyteller continues to tell urban tales from an alternate point of view. The book will be available on the streets and online around August 22, 2005.

For more information contact

Abdul Malik:

Tel. 646-283-0980

Bronx Village Publishers

PO Box 1021

Bronx, NY 10466

Website: http://www.bronxvillage.com

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