Black Authors Network Radio
Frequently Asked Questions
Join us weekly for the most stimulating conversation on the planet! African
American community leaders, authors, writers, poets, and book lovers come
together 3 times a week to discuss things that matter the most in our
communities. Join us and become part of our family!
Network Radio Talk Show
Monday and Wednesday Nights at 8-10pm EST
Host Ella Curry, president and CEO of EDC Creations
Author/Speakers call-in number
(646) 200-0402; fans use the same number to call in
Benefits of Paid Promotional Coverage
-|- We do not follow the radio trends, we create them
-|- We increase your territory of readers and potential consumers
-|- Potential to expose your books to an International audience
-|- We are a favorite stop for 5 virtual tour companies-bringing crowds
-|- We go beyond the BTR chat room; we promote you to the masses
-|- Access to our years of resources, contacts and dedicated followers
-|- Each show creates 3 different RSS feed driven newsletters weekly
-|- EDC Creations has a relationship with
book clubs and reader's groups
BAN Statistics - Our Monthly Reach
-|- BAN Radio created 12.22.2007
-|- 1.7 Thousand LIKES on Facebook
-|- 3,435,912 show downloads to date
-|- 3,000+ Twitter followers
-|- 13,000+ Facebook followers (3 acct.)
-|- 1,000+ registered Blogtalk Radio friends
-|- Listed in 130+ RSS Feed Directories and iTunes
-|- Show creates 3 email newsletters
-|- International listeners from social network feeds, view
-|- Data monitored with Sitemeter; we know who supports BAN
-|- Average 900 or more downloads/listens per radio show, view
-|- We are Featured BTR Hosts, reaching potentially millions weekly
Note: Stats as of December 30, 2012
Return to the Black Authors
Network Promotional Page
Your $45.00 Payment Covers
-|- The $45.00 covers the promotions before and after your visit
-|- Admin. fees cover website maintenance and updates
-|- Admin. fees help with the cost of Constant Contact eblast
-|- Admin. fees for the book reviewer and EDC staff members
-|- Promotion by an award winning media firm, EDC Creations
-|- Syndication of your interview to BAN email newsletter subscribers
Should we invest
more into your dream than you do?
Most BTR hosts depend on the actual chat room head count to determine if they
have a popular show or not. EDC Creations does not. Our audience is not
soley in the
BTR chat room. They live around the globe and come from all walks of life. We
have millionaires listening in Las Vegas and little housewives in Dublin! We
know because they reply to us from the email newsletter with much praise about
the people we bring to empower them. They also go to iTunes, Podbean, 130 of our
social network profiles and the BAN Radio Show homepage to download the shows
weekly. Our fans receive our show in their email accounts so they do not have to
stop their lives to come in the chat room. They love us for making life easier!
Creations goes beyond the chat room to let people know about you and your
product. A chat room can only hold a few folks, but our RSS feeds can entertain
and educate all 165, 000 of our subscribers
BAN Radio Show Shelftalker:
the world that your book is out!
business owners, event planners, personal coaches, publishers, artists, have a
new product, service or a event that needs exposure? Tell our listeners today!
Create an audio introduction, reading and sales pitch that will be played on BAN
Radio Show 6 times on 6 different radio shows in 30 days. The author
or business owner will receive the full instructions via email, after payment.
* Fee includes 5 Minute Radio Commercial aired on 6 shows in 30 days
* Book cover added to the front page sidebar of
Black Pearls Magazine
* AudioShelftalker page remains on EDC Creations' site for 90 days,
* Samples: Lutishia
Herman. Kimberla Lawson
Roby. Leonard Pitts Jr.
* Interview on BAN
Radio Show for 30-45 minutes. We were selected as Featured Hosts at Blogtalk
Radio! At the present time, our shows are averaging more than
1,200 downloads per show! View the stats for one week, click
The radio show creates its own newsletter that has 118,000
the show is listed in 130 podcast and blog directories. This means that millions
of people have the potential, the opportunity, to hear your interview with Ella
Curry and to obtain your book information. View
from one of our shows with 24,000 downloads in a single week. Click
here to view the screenshot.
Listen to the BAN Radio Show with 24,000 downloads, click
More About The Black Authors Network Talk Show
The Black Author Network (BAN Radio) is a weekly online radio show that features authors and literary leaders three times per week to give the readers a blast of knowledge, wisdom, and empowerment. Our philosophy is one of positive self-image and empowerment. We are dedicated to promoting the advancement of multicultural, diverse books in all aspects of business and social networking.
Using author interviews as the theme for each show, book lovers get a first-hand look at the “behind the book” news, as the authors and host, Ella
D. Curry, share the storyline of new book releases. We respect our readers’ intelligence and strive to deliver shows and books that enrich their lives. We come to the readers each week to invoke dialogues on increasing literacy for future generations, to enlighten the community on great books, and to empower our readers with the Gift of Knowledge!
Join us in serving as a collective voice committed to providing quality literature to an international audience. Tune in each
Monday and Wednesday night, 8-10 pm EST at: BlogTalk Radio or call into the live radio show at: (646) 200-0402.
Readers Love Us!
Join us and you soon will too!
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Black Authors Network
Radio Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is BAN Radio and what are some of its roles in the publishing
The Black Authors
Network (BAN) is dedicated to providing information to help black business
owners and authors gain access to today's consumers and to helping promote the
growth of black businesses and literature. The Black Authors Network, is here to
bring people together, to create a dialog, and share valuable resources. Our
goal is to serve the unique needs of
authors, businesses, organizations, and concerned parents who wish to improve
literacy and strengthen the new literary community. We represent publishing
houses, independently published authors, event planners, publicity
representatives and most of all the readers of quality literature in our pursuit
The concept for the BAN Network came after an interview will literary legend,
Pat G'Orge Walker. She explained the necessity of the Black literary community
pulling together and supporting each other and our genres. We decided at that
time we would encourage, inspire, and empower our members, as they strive to
fulfill their dreams of becoming successful entrepreneurs, published authors,
and community leaders.
To accomplish our goals we create virtual events and
promotions, local networking opportunities, provide professional web development
and form strategic alliances with book lovers, authors, social network partners,
and business owners around the world. On BAN Radio we promote quality literature
period. We welcome books from all genres and authors of any race, nationality,
culture or stage in publishing.
Join us as we capitalize on these brilliant opportunities and successfully
address the challenges we face as a progressive, pro-active people. If you would
like to be a guest on the
BAN radio show,
you will be joining a family of people dedicated to the advancement of
literature and the improvement of literacy within our communities.
Reserve your slot here today.
Email the BAN Radio Show Producer,
Ella Curry, here.
Q: Other BTR shows do not charge fees. Why do you charge for interviews?
We absolutely do not charge for the interviews on Blog Talk Radio. EDC Creations charges for the use of their
services to promote the book before, during and after the showcase. The fees go
toward the maintenance and staff that operates behind the BAN Radio Show to
support the authors. The Black Authors Network Radio show goes beyond the BTR
platform to showcase your interviews, commercials and panel discussions. We have
syndicated our radio show in various networks around the Internet. We offer our 165,000 readers the opportunity to meet our guests and to take action
afterwards. Your experience on a BAN Radio Show is an event, not just an
Q: After paying the $45.00 fee to the EDC Creations staff, will they work on
promoting my book? Will my book be placed in your network and on-line stores?
We will place your book on our
BAN Radio newsletter,
on the BAN Radio blog and
will add it to our Amazon sponsored
bookstore. If the book
is not listed with Amazon or shows "out of stock" details, we can not add it to
our stores. We will link the book to the author's website or book sellers. We
will promote the small business owner on BAN Radio Show as well. We also host
community events for other organizations working to better our neighborhoods.
Q: Do I choose the date and time before or after I pay the $45.00 fee?
After submitting the administration fee, we will look at our calendar and
schedule your showcase. We keep our shows booked weeks in advance. If you have a
book release date or a blog tour planned, it is wise to contact us the month
prior to the release.
If you have a particular date in mind for your event, you can pay $75.00 to select
your own date and time slot, if the host doesn't have a prior engagement
scheduled, your hour long event can take place. All regular BAN radio shows take
place on Monday or Wednesday at 8-10pm EST. Other days can be obtained by
contacting the BAN Radio producer and host, Ella Curry at:
All fees go to EDC Creations Media Group for the promotion of the book or
product by their company, not for the actual interview on air. The interviews on
BTR is always FREE.
Q: Who is the host of the BAN Radio Show? How does the host fit into the
Ella D. Curry
is the president of EDC Creations Media Group. She brings more than twenty-three
years of PR and marketing experience to clients in film, music, publishing and
corporate event planning. Her expertise, as well as her love for all things
literary has earned her a reputation as a respected leader in the
publishing/marketing industry. Ella has enjoyed an extensive tenure in media promotions and book publicity. She
started out as a corporate event planner and website developer; later becoming a buyer for the legendary
Karibu Book Store chain. Her career now includes services such as blog tour coordinator, book coach,
video journalist and literary publicist.
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 and with good reason! Ella uses the latest technology and
proven business models to create golden success behind every project and book
she launches into the world!
EDC Creations is the parent company of the Sankofa Literary Society, the
Black Authors Network Radio Show and Black Pearls Magazine. The Sankofa Literary
Society empowers independent and/or self-published authors through mentoring
programs. The popular Black
Authors Network radio program offers new authors a chance to showcase
their books to thousands of readers weekly. Black Pearls Magazine, is a online
literary destination for thousands bookclubs and social network fans around the
As the host of award-winning BAN
Radio Show and editor of Black
Pearls Magazine, Ella Curry 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 Emmy
award-winning co-host Sherri Shepherd, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Leonard
Pitts Jr., New York Times bestselling authors Walter Mosley, Kimberla
Lawson Roby, Mary Frances Berry, Mary B. Morrison, Carl Weber, Wahida
Clark and Mary Monroe.
addition to interviewing change agents, she has showcased such top selling
authors as: Dr. Daniel Black, Dr. Cornell West, Paula Giddings, Haki
R. Madhubuti, Marita Golden, Dr. Lakesia D. Johnson, Sonia Sanchez, social
activists Dr. Dorothy Irene Height and Jayne Cortez, social psychologist
Wade W. Nobles, Olympian Devon Harris, children's book author Eloise Greenfield,
and Dr. Bernard Walker former astronaut.
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 business.
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, and American
historian and Harvard Law School professor, and Lynn Richardson, the The
Mortgage Guru and leader of MC Lyte's Hip Hop Sisters Foundation.
Ella Curry has also interviewed award-winning actors and actresses such
as Hill Harper, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Dakota Fanning, Tristan Wilds,
Tanya Wright, Tyrese Gibson, Bern Nadette Stanis, Pam Grier, Winter Ramos of
Love & Hip-Hop NY and international, motivational speaker Lisa Nichols from
the Secret DVD. She has also been honored with interviews with musical artists
jazz great Ron Carter, Ledisi, MC Lyte, and the celebrated drummer
Ms. Curry lives in
Maryland with daughter. 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.
Ella Curry is also
the publisher of Candid Lifestyle Magazine, a professional blogger and literary reporter
where she publishes her popular Intimate Conversation Interviews with today's hottest authors, business owners and community leaders. In the Spring of
2015, Ella will
release her first book on how to effectively market and promote your book with social media while on a
budget. If you would like more information or have comments, you may reach
her via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: Will it air live including a link that I can send to my subscribers?
All BAN shows air
live on the Internet. There will be a chat room for your guests to meet with
you during the live interview. The link is provided in your confirmation
email. Please print and save the show information. Pass this information on to
your guests and network. After the show, it is available for download to iPods,
your computer, CDs and most importantly by a widget you can place all over the
web. The BAN Radio Show is syndicated to 130 live Internet feeds and blog
directories. The show creates email 2 newsletters which are later sent to our
subscribers via RSS feed and email. Your appearance will remain in the BTR BAN
Radio archives for you to use as needed.
Q: Is the format one in which your listeners can call in with questions?
Yes. We welcome callers to the show. We ask that they call from a very quiet
place. We will open the mic and allow them to share reviews, ask questions, and
to join in the conversation. We offer gifts for participants in our show chat
room and for those who blog with us during our showcases. The gifts are normally
books or gift cards. We ask each author to provide us the first six digits of
their special guests phone numbers, so that we know who we have on the phones.
All other numbers on the switchboard are usually the fans or our listeners.
Q: Are the interviews conducted by the host after you review the authors
book? Does the book have to be in stores before the interview. Do you allow
No, your book does not have to be printed to discuss it.
BAN Radio shows
are normally conducted by the host Ella Curry. However, from time to time we
have guest hosts and co-hosts. Your interview will be based on your comments and
active participation in the show. We do have branded interview questions to
start the conversation, after that, we go with the flow!
Other guests on the
show can ask questions and make comments as well during your interview. Know
your book! Ella will always ask about the relationships in the book, how your
book relates to today's society, how your book impacts the reader and what your
book will do for the community. These questions will be asked for fiction and
non-fiction titles. We accept ebooks too.
Ella prefers that she read the book, then conduct the interviews. She will have
a better idea where to lead the questions. However, the authors can provide
enough details in their responses to conduct a fabulous show, even if Ella
hasn't read the book. On BAN Radio, we do not just sell books. We give the gift of
knowledge! Your goal should be to sell our fans the dream, passion and news surrounding your network!
Q: What do you do with your review copies after reading them?
We donate all books to book clubs, share books with our chatters as gifts, and give to
homeless shelters in the DC/MD area. We do not sell our review copies online or
at events. However, they may be placed in baskets, used as contest prizes, or
added to grab bags that we/partners raffle off for charitable events. If the book is a
5-star read, Ella will keep the book and add it to her collection. All reviewers
keep the actual books for their own home libraries. Your book will be placed in
the hands of avid readers! Once we review the books, we rate them on the
Black Pearls Magazine and on
Black Pearls Magazine here.
Explore Our Listmania Lists here.
Q: What is the actual website link to the radio show and the companion blog?
For the most stimulating conversation on the planet, join Ella Curry and her
guests on the BAN Radio Show.
Email Ella to establish a date and time to share your book or business with
the BAN fans across the world!
BAN Community Blog
Black Authors Network Radio Show
Monday and Wednesday Nights; broadcast from Maryland
Call-in number for authors and readers: (646) 200-0402
Live Chat at:
Tune in at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time, 7:00pm CST & 5:00pm PST
Q: Does the BAN Radio Show support virtual book tours?
Yes, Black Pearls Magazine and EDC Creations Media Group hosts monthly virtual
media tours for authors! We also provide promotional services for book tours
online and offline. We are always seeking people to add to our tour stops as
hosts. We are now accepting new stops on the tours. We also hold virtual book
release parties on the show for $155.00. The fee is
for the promotions behind the event.
Seeking radio shows, book club tour stops and blog tour hosts
Would you like authors to visit your radio show, website, blog or to hold a
tele-conference with your friends? Join our team today. To become part of the
Black Pearls/EDC Creations family, email Ella Curry at:
email@example.com and put "Book
Tour Host" in the subject line. Virtual book tours bring traffic to your
sites and are a great way to create publicity surrounding your projects too.
Become a Tour host today.
links for the BAN Network and the BAN Radio Show:
BAN Blog Meet and Greet Center
Become a Guest on BAN Talk Show
BAN Community Blog
EDC Creations Bookstore:
Ella Curry, President of EDC Creations Media
Black Authors Network Radio-Founder
Black Pearls Magazine -Founder
“Mediocrity always attacks excellence.” -- Michael Beckwith
Who are the BAN Radio Show Listeners
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
and Sexual Preference
27%----LGBT or Alternate Lifestyle
Race or Cultural Identity of Subscribers
91%----US readers and fans
9%------International readers and fans
Education of Subscribers
5%-----High School Grad Only
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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