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“Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t.” – Jay-Z, “Reminder”

This morning, I checked the sales stats for my two books GUESTLIST and KISSES FOR TATI. You know, just to see how well they were doing.

Well, according to Amazon, the sales rank for KISSES FOR TATI was 280,613; GUESTLIST, which was released back in March, is at 331,939.

Now, some of you may be saying, “That’s not impressive. It ain’t like you hit number one or nothin’.” But I’m a tell you like this, Dear Readers: those rankings are impressive as hell.

First, you must take into account that my books are going up against over EIGHT MILLION other books in Amazon’s database. To be included in the Top 300,000 out of 8,000,000 is fucking extraordinary.

Second, understand that I am practically doing all of this BY MYSELF. I must reiterate this, it’s not like I had a true mentor or helping hand. I had no co-signs prior to publishing any of these books. No hook-ups, no one taking a chance on the kid. I did this all by myself. Plus, the staff of Be Cool Books is exceedingly small.

So I look at these sales rankings with no small measure of pride. I’m making it happen.

Have you read my books yet? If not, what are you waiting on? KISSES FOR TATI already has a 4.5 rating on Goodreads, and GUESTLIST has 4.7 on Amazon.

To buy GUESTLIST at Amazon, click here.

To buy GUESTLIST at Barnes and Noble, click here.

To buy KISSES FOR TATI at Amazon, click here.

To buy KISSES FOR TATI at Barnes and Noble, click here.

To buy either GUESTLIST or KISSES FOR TATI from my store, click here.

GUESTLIST is also available for Kindle, Nook, and iPad. Ebook versions of KISSES FOR TATI are coming soon.

Plus, there are some exciting things happening with Be Cool Books. I can’t wait to share the news with you all. Thanks to all of you for your support. Happy reading! Cheers!

Because I am a piss poor blogger these days, I did not post this when I was supposed to. Ah well, life happens. But YESTERDAY, my new novelette KISSES FOR TATI officially released (despite Amazon selling it a couple weeks early). The book is about a young woman named Tati, natch, who lives under the oppressive thumb of her older sister Jacqueline. When Tati meets the handsome, charming Roy, romantic sparks fly and Tati finally has a shot at happiness. But is that something Jacqueline will allow?

A few people have read K4T and given me their feedback. One person said it was “very weird.” Another person loved it and sent me the below text saying so.

To buy KISSES FOR TATI from Amazon, click here.
To buy KISSES FOR TATI from Barnes & Noble, click here.
To buy KISSES FOR TATI from me, click here.
To read an excerpt, click here.

As of right now, K4T is only available in paperback. The digital version will be released in September. But c’mon. It’s only $5.99. A real book at that price is a bargain.

Please read and tell all your friends to read KISSES FOR TATI, and be sure to leave a review of it on Amazon and Goodreads. It’ll be the best novelette you’ll read all year. Ha!

From now until the end of the month (July 30), Barnes & Noble is offering 50% off all Criterion Collection titles, whether online or in store, Blu-ray or DVD. That’s just fucking awesome.

This sale also includes their new releases, like The Gold Rush, Being John Malkovich, Harold and Maude, The 39 Steps, and the cult collection Up All Night with Robert Downey Sr. (which features the hilarious and subversive classic Putney Swope).

If you’re a film geek like me, this is good news, especially since Criterion discs are not cheap. Get thee to B&N now and take advantage.

[Criterion Collection at B&N]

Before my debut novel GUESTLIST was actually a tangible object that people could purchase and read, I told everyone that it would be available at all the usual online book retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s. (Hey, Powell’s, what the hell?)

But people asked, “Well, will it be available at [insert local bookstore]?”

“Oh, sure,” I said. “I’ve spoken with them, they pretty much said they’ll be ready when I’m ready.”

Turns out that hasn’t been the case.

You see, despite my being a local Brooklyn author and the claims of my neighborhood bookstores’ desires to support and showcase the work of local authors, I’ve been getting the run-around from damn near everyone.

Well, not everyone – at least WORD Brooklyn had the decency to respond to me and say they didn’t want to carry GUESTLIST: “[We] don’t think that your book is the right fit for us at WORD, we are a very small store and therefore have to be very selective in what we choose to display.”

Damn. Rejection hurts like a nail gun to the heart.

But, in spite of all efforts to reach out to them, other indie bookstores have not deigned to respond.

I’ve been asked if I’m ever going to have a reading or signing event, but at this rate, it appears not. Which is a shame because any event centered around me or GUESTLIST, and held in the wonderful Brooklyn neighborhoods of Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and Bed-Stuy, would draw a considerable crowd. Don’t take my word for it – ask the good folks at Hanson Dry if they were happy with the turnout at the GUESTLIST book release party.

I mean, it’s baffling to me that big-box bookseller Barnes & Noble is much more amenable to carrying my title than the independent bookstore I’ve supported since they opened their doors in my neighborhood.

Perhaps I was naïve in thinking that the local book retailers would actually show support. After all, who am I? Just a new author with a fantastic fucking novel and growing readership, that’s all.

Y’know, a veritable nobody.

Well, then, I say, fuck you, Shop Around the Corner. I’m giving my business to Fox and Sons. And if you got that reference, Dear Readers, then I love you even more.

Y’all already know, I do not like eBooks, I do not have an eReader. I do, however, have the Kindle app on my phone, so from time to time I will cop the occasional eBook, like Bernice L. McFadden’s Keeper of Keys or Writing Fiction For Dummies. The other day, I got another eBook: The New York Writers Workshop’s Portable MFA in Creative Writing. It is currently free on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Hey, I may not like eBooks but even I recognize a good value when I see one. So sayeth Amazon:

Get the core knowledge of a prestigious MFA education without the tuition. Have you always wanted to get an MFA, but couldn’t because of the cost, time commitment, or admission requirements? Well now you can fulfill that dream.

Well, okay.

Thanks to the lovely Brett Hardman for the heads up on this.


Tina Fey

Actress/writer/producer/superwoman Tina Fey will be discussing her new memoir, Bossypants, tonight at the Union Square Barnes & Noble.

The New Yorker editor David Remnick will also be in the building to interview the star, creator and resident genius of NBC’s award-winning comedy 30 Rock.

My advice, people—get there early. There will be a ton of Fey fans in the house tonight. The event jumps off at 7pm. For more info, click here.

Barnes & Noble Union Square
33 E 17th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 253-0810

Union Square (4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R, W)
14th St-6th Aves (F, V, L, 1, 2, 3)

Books: Independent Alternatives to Closed Borders Bookstores in NYC

It was announced last month that Borders, the second largest bookstore chain in the country, filed for bankruptcy. HuffPo says that the struggling retailer’s “inability to garner significant online business and its near absence from the growing digital books market have made it difficult for Borders to compete with larger rival Barnes & Noble Inc and online retailer Inc.” As a result, over 200 Borders stores are closing.

Damn shame.

Luckily for me, I live in New York City, the greatest city on earth. We’ve an impressive wealth of independent bookstores across the five boroughs—including my favorites Greenlight Books, Book Court and The Strand—so something like this doesn’t necessarily affect us.

Some of you may be fans of Borders, however, and perhaps your favorite location is closing. No worries. Below is a list of independent bookstores in close proximity to the NYC Borders locations that are being shuttered.

Borders Bookstore #566
100 Broadway, New York, NY 10005


  • The Mysterious Bookshop, 58 Warren St., New York, NY 10007 (0.7 miles)
  • McNally Jackson, 52 Prince St., New York, NY 10012 (1.5 miles)

Borders Bookstore #228
576 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10016


  • Revolution Books, 146 West 26th St., New York, NY 10001 (0.7 miles)
  • Idlewild Books, 12 West 19th St., New York, NY 10011 (0.8 miles)
  • Books of Wonder, 18 West 18th St., New York, NY 10011 (0.9 miles)
  • Strand Books, 828 Broadway, New York, NY 10003 (1.3 miles)

Borders Bookstore #200
461 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022


  • Center for Fiction Books, 17 East 47th St., New York, NY 10017 (0.7 miles)
  • Rizzoli Books, 31 West 57th St., New York, NY 10019 (1.0 miles)

Don’t live in New York City? No problem, homie. There’s a comprehensive list for all closing Borders locations across the country over at Reluctant Habits.

[Reluctant Habits]

Lauren Weisberger’s

Last Tuesday, I trekked up to the Upper East Side outpost of Barnes & Noble for the release, reading, and signing of  Lauren Weisberger's new novel, Last Night at Chateau Marmont.

Best known for her bestselling roman à clef The Devil Wears Prada, Lauren is also the author of Everyone Worth Knowing and Chasing Harry Winston. While I absolutely loved Everyone Worth Knowing, I really couldn’t get into Chasing Harry Winston. Based on the synopsis of the Last Night, however, it seems as if Lauren has returned to form.

Last Night at Chateau Marmont tells the story of Brooke Alter, a nutritionist working two jobs to support herself and husband Julian, a talented musician with a low-level recording contract. When a performance on The Tonight Show (with Jay, not Conan) catapults Julian into the spotlight, Brooke must learn to deal with the trappings of celebrity life.

What I liked about Prada and Knowing was that they told stories of ordinary civilians, so to speak, thrust into worlds that are exclusive and seemingly glamorous on the outside but instead prove to be fraught with conflict and unhappiness. As I couldn’t finish Harry Winston, I’m not sure if that novel explores similar themes, but from the outset it appears Last Night does, and I can’t wait to get into it.

At the event, Lauren read a passage that foreshadowed the troubles Brooke and Julian will experience on his rise to fame. Afterward, she answered questions about the writing process, talked about her involvement in the movie version of Prada, admitted her initial dream of being an astronaut (and why that didn’t pan out), and spoke briefly about her pregnancy.

Lauren Weisberger’s

I was glad I got a chance to chat with her briefly, and I shared stories about my own preposterous one-time dreams of becoming an astronaut before truthfully telling her that Everyone Worth Knowing is my favorite of her novels. Besides, with everyone in the crowd still fixated on The Devil Wears Prada like that’s Lauren’s only novel, I figured she’d like to know that there are some of us who enjoy her other work as well.

On a side note, I chuckled at the fact that I was the only black male at the event. There were a few—and I do mean few—sisters in the house, but brothers? I was representing all on my own. Hey, who says black men can’t enjoy chick lit?

Last Night at Chateau Marmont is on sale now. Order your copy from Amazon today.

[Last Night at Chateau Marmont @ Amazon]