About Black Pearls Magazine Online
Black Pearls Magazine Brought to you by EDC Creations Media Group 

Black Pearls Magazine
is a free digital magazine committed to inspire, encourage and empower a international group of readers. Our mission is to provide information that is essential, enlightening and entertaining. The information that we publish helps to empower our BP readers, therefore enriching their lives and benefiting the communities in which they live. We believe in Giving the Gift of Knowledge! We are here to bring you those literary jewels, Black Pearls, that are sure to bring you and your love ones much pleasure and empowerment. Every issue of this monthly published magazine will celebrate the accomplishments of authors and writers from around the globe, honoring proud traditions and spotlighting ways to enhance the reader's everyday life. Visit the Bookclub Reading Room for more excellent selections: http://www.blackpearlsmagazine.com 

Black Pearls Magazine regularly features stories that spotlight the talented new authors and soul stirring interviews with bookclubs, and new business owners — as well as celebrity authors, journalists, film and media executives.  Black Pearls Magazine is available online at www.blackpearlsmagazine.com and can be downloaded as a digital catalog for free.  It is also distributed via list-serve to members as a newsletter, view here now.  Subscribe to the Black Pearls Magazine Sunday News here.  For more information on the Black Pearls Magazine advertising rates or to reach the editor, contact us via email here.

Discover great books, read about the authors, find other book club members, explore our reader’s guides, share our excerpts of new releases and more. Books are a blessing when you can learn and grow from what you read. I hope that you find many books to add great value in your life. Spread the word about these Black Pearls...Give the Gift of Knowledge.


Ella Curry, Black Pearls publisher and EDC Creations president 





Black Authors Network Radio Show 


The Black Authors Network (BAN) is dedicated to providing information to help black business owners and authors gain access to the global consumer and to helping promote the growth of black businesses and literature. The Black Authors Network, is here to bring people together, to create a dialogue, and share valuable resources. 

Our goal is to serve the unique needs of African American authors, to improve literacy and strengthen the image of the African American community. Join us each Monday and Wednesday night for the most stimulating and empowering conversation on the planet. We welcome callers to the show to share their Gifts of Knowledge. 

Email Ella Curry the producer to become a guest on the show: edc_dg@yahoo.com  For more information or to read the FAQ page, visit our site here. 

 Meet us at: 8pm-10pm EST on Monday and Wednesday nights.  Call into the show: (646) 200-0402 to speak to the authors and to win prizes!   Chat live with the guests in our chat room during the show by clicking here.  



Meet the Publisher of Black Pearls Magazine

EDC Creations is the parent company of the Sankofa Literary Society, the Black Authors Network Radio Show and Black Pearls Magazine, a AALAS award-winner. With a combined reach of potentially 400,000 readers per week, the Black Pearls Magazine, BAN Radio Show and the Sankofa Literary Society are keeping readers well informed on what’s on the book shelves!

 Ella D. Curry,  the president of EDC Creations, brings more than twenty-five years of PR and marketing experience to clients in film, music, publishing and corporate event planning.  Widely recognized as a leading expert on African American Internet book promotion she is asked to speak and/or moderate panels at literary events and conferences across the nation. Her client list reads like the Who's Who Elite of publishing.

The popular BAN Radio Show offers a diverse group of international authors a chance to showcase their books to thousands readers weekly.  BAN Radio reaches more than 118,000 readers per week via newsletter and has produced 24,500 downloads per featured show.  The syndicate feed reaches thousands per week.  

As the host of award-winning BAN Radio Show and editor of Black Pearls Magazine, Ella has interviewed award winning authors, celebrated journalists, and community leaders such as: the legendary Dr. Maya Angelou, Alexis M. Herman former U.S. Secretary of Labor, The View's co-host Sherri Shepherd, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. Also, New York Times bestselling authors Walter Mosley, Kimberla Lawson Roby, Mary Frances Berry, Brenda Jackson, Mary B. Morrison, Francis Ray, and Wahida Clark.

In addition to interviewing change agents, she has showcased such top-selling authors as: Sue Monk Kidd, Dr. Bernard Walker former US astronaut, Dr. Daniel Black, Dr. Cornell West, Dr. Sampson Davis,  Paula Giddings,  Sonia Sanchez, social activists Dr. Dorothy Irene Height and Jayne Cortez, Olympian Devon Harris, children's book author Eloise Greenfield, and  Flo Anthony host of  the syndicated radio shows "Gossip On The Go With Flo" and "Flo Anthony's Big Apple Buzz.   

The Sankofa Literary Society consists of authors, librarians, 80 established bloggers, 42 nurses, 15 independent bookstores,  45 reviewing bookclubs and  has over 2,700 members online and offline in total, with 877 of those members coming from bookclubs or established reading groups.  Quarterly the SLS publishes the popular TOP 100 BEST BOOKS lists. Each summer the SLS hosts the annual Chocolate Socials which brings more than 400 readers and authors to Atlanta, GA and New Orleans, LA for the private literary events.

Black Pearls Magazine, is an award-winning (AALWS) online literary destination for thousands bookclubs and social network fans around the globe. Black Pearls Magazine has more than 79,000 subscribers. BPM also has 165,000 loyal newsletter readers. The newsletter click through rate is at 81% as of August 4, 2013.  

Ella D. Curry, the editor-in-chief, has interviewed award-winning actors and actresses such as Hill Harper, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Dakota Fanning, Pam Grier, Tristan Wilds, Tyrese Gibson,  Bern Nadette Stanis, and international motivational speaker Lisa Nichols from the Secret DVD.While providing media coverage for the Congressional Black Caucus Author's Pavilion and Book Expo America for the last 5 years, Ella has found that interviewing profound community leaders shaped her own life and Black Pearls Magazine. 

She has interviewed and learned from: Dr. Julianne Malveaux, political commentator and 15th president of Bennett College; award-winning journalist Gwen Ifill; Dr. Brenda Greene, Exec. Dir. of the Center for Black Literature, Medgar Evers College; Annette Gordon-Reed, American historian and Harvard Law School professor; MC Lyte, BET Lifetime Achievement Award winner; and Lynn Richardson, the Mortgage Guru and leader of MC Lyte's Hip Hop Sisters Foundation.

 Ms. Curry lives in Maryland with daughter and life partner. When she's not working, she loves to travel, write short stories, and chatting in Internet groups with her international group of friends. As her entrepreneurial spirit guides the way upward, she continues to involve herself in challenging, life enhancing projects.

 If you would like more information or have comments, you may reach her via email at: elladcurry@edc-creations.com or visit the parent website at: www.edc-creations.com. Visit Ella Curry’s Media Room:  http://www.edc-creations.com/ellacurrymedia.htm 


Introduction into the World of EDC Creations Media Group

EDC Creations
Publisher of Black Pearls Magazine

EDC Creations is dedicated to serving individuals and companies in need of creative and rewarding marketing strategies that will make their business grow. We can leverage the power of the media and Internet mediums to promote their books or business and its "brand" to the consumers through effective marketing campaigns.

EDC Creations' main focus is in serving clients in a highly ethical, totally confidential and professional manner. We were founded to promote positive values through African American Literature. It is my hope that authors, aspiring authors, poets of African American culture can be a positive force through learning and helping all who try to inspire others and themselves through the art of writing.

EDC Creations will work within your budget to develop an effective PR campaign that can give your company the promotional boost you need to generate sales.

EDC Creations provides authors, artists, reviewers, journalists and book clubs innovative website design advice, book coaching, virtual tours, along with marketing and branding tips with a special focus on the self-published, African American literary community. 

EDC Creations offers:
:|: Full-service Internet and email marketing campaigns
:|: Eye catching graphic design and marketing materials
:|: Imaginative website and image development
:|: Effective book publicity campaigns
:|: Exclusive Internet marketing plans

Let EDC Creations be your Marketing and Publicity Consultant to help create effective marketing campaigns and strengthen your brand. When something as important as the success or failure of your business is at stake, to whom do you turn? Why not turn to recognized experts who can provide you with the service that will make your strategic marketing effective and successful? EDC Creations will use our powerful network for creating and implementing strategic promotional solutions tailored for your business. EDC Creations will guarantee you affordable services with friendliness and satisfaction.

Our work is a reflection of our commitment to excellence, creativity and ensuring that client goals are exceeded. We produce events anywhere- we have the vision and expertise to make your event a spectacular reality.

Strategy Development
Our publicity team begins each publicity campaign with a strategic brainstorming session to discuss competitive titles, author positioning, campaign messaging, potential target markets, target media, and tactical marketing and promotions timelines. With this input, the campaign manager formulates a comprehensive strategic plan and budget, that outlines  the course of the entire campaign. We look to our authors and publishing clients for suggestions and input, and our clients retain final approval of the strategic plan for their campaign.

Since 2000, I've been working in the book industry and I know how to get results. As a former buyer for Karibu Bookstores, Radio Show Producer, Website Designer and Events Planner for 20 years, and now Internet Publicist to bestselling authors---I have experienced most aspects of the book promoting world. Let EDC handle all your marketing needs and create an impact!                                     

In-House Internet Publicist
Want to get more publicity for your book, publishing house, small business, online radio show, etc., EDC Creations offers complete marketing assistance. No business is too small or too large to benefit from partnering with us. Hiring a publicist for your book is the right thing to do! You need to have a professional who can create the right professional image for you.

We work on your media kit, building your brand, increasing your territory, submitting press releases and articles, connecting you with the "go to people", creating speaking events for you, establishing your speaking platforms and everything else required to get you the publicity you deserve. We work on monthly retainer or by a established project contracts. Contact us today to discuss your companies plan to increase your brand awareness and viral marketing. Explore our options for your company here.


Who are the Black Pearls Magazine and BAN Radio Fans?

Based on a survey we sent out October 20, 2013 to our email database of 165,000+ subscribers, we found out the following information about our readers. These numbers are based on 91% participating in the survey. The readers were surveyed on the Black Authors Network and Black Pearls Magazine potential to educate and entertain them weekly. Read the summarized data below to obtain a snapshot of the purchase power of our readers and subscribers. We use this information to determine our campaign approach. 

Age of Subscribers for Black Pearls and BAN Radio

7%----19-29 years old
51%---30-39 years old
37%---40-49 years old
4%---50-59 years old
1%-----60-79 years old


Gender and Sexual Preference

27%----LGBT or Alternate Lifestyle

Race or Cultural Identity of Subscribers

91%----US readers and fans
9%------International readers and fans
51%----African American
2%------Middle Eastern

Education of Subscribers

5%-----High School Grad Only
3%-----Some College
67%----College Grad
25%----Advanced Degree

Annual Income of Subscribers (only 81% answered)

1%----20k or under

Reading and Shopping Habits of Subscribers

61%--Wanted more diverse races and topics on the radio show
73%--Watch TV online via the networks, Hulu, Crackle or Netflix
77%--Still purchased printed books or read printed books
75%--Own a eReader, iPod or iPad
95%--Have smartphones or iPhones
67%--Post product reviews at online retailers
87%--Purchase based on recommendations vs. paid ads
76%--Have Blog or Tumblr account
86%--Have Twitter accounts
93%--Have Facebook accounts
81%--Have Youtube accounts
88%--Have Pandora accounts
81%--Have Amazon Kindle accounts
19%--Have B&N Nook accounts
94%--Prefer Texting over actual phone conversation
74%--Prefer Facebook over Twitter
81%--Prefer ooVoo or FaceTime over Skype for video chats
85%--Prefer YouTube as video provider
86%--Prefer online media versus printed media
44%--Still buy newspapers, magazines and CDs
85%--Our fans stay online 8 hours or more per day
77%--Check their email at least 5 times per day
84%--Will open email eblasts or newsletters
67%--Subscribe to opt-in email newsletters
91%--Prefer subscriptions to their inbox versus surfing the web
83%--Prefer live author readings over reading pdf excerpts
81%--Download favorites radio shows to share
92%--Download shows to personal listening devices
86%--Tell at least 5 people about the show
87%--Join Twitter chats and Facebook chats
66%--Add the radio widget player to their own blogs
55%--Hate auto-responders and email forwards from friends
54%--Spent more than 6 hours per month researching on Google

Attitudes, Values and Lifestyles

71%-----Read more than 5 printed books per month
78%-----Downloaded more than 10 books per month
63%-----Purchased books after listening to our radio show
53%-----Stated that price determined the purchase of ebooks
66%-----Gave books featured on the show as gifts
51%-----Joined book clubs online or Facebook groups
68%-----Purchase books for children or teen themed books
71%-----Favorite genre, Fiction
35%-----Favorite genre, Motivational
68%-----Favorite genre, Adult Content
49%-----Favorite genre, Non-fiction or poetry
89%-----Shop online weekly
14%-----Homemaker or stay at home parent
88%-----Spend more than $100.00 monthly for online entertainment
68%-----Married over 5 years
47%-----Single, without children
67%-----Single, but with children
82%-----In Committed relationship
68%-----Teenage children in the home
47%-----Caregiver to aging parent or relative

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