Black Authors Network Radio Frequently Asked Questions

Hosted by Ella D. Curry of EDC Creations Media Group

Q: What is BAN Radio and what are some of its roles in the publishing industry?

For the most stimulating conversation on the planet, join Ella D. Curry and her guests on the BAN Radio Show. Reserve your showcase today to establish a date and time to share your book or business with the BAN Radio fans across the world!

The Black Authors Network (BAN) Radio Show, founded in December 2007, is dedicated to providing information to help business owners and authors gain access to today's consumers and to helping promote the growth of new businesses and literature. The weekly radio program was created by Ella D. Curry, president of Crown Holders Transmedia and EDC Creations Media Group.

The Black Authors Network, is here to bring people of all races and cultures 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 of excellence!

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 on the award-winning BAN Radio Show today. Email the BAN Radio Show Producer, Ella D. Curry at:

Q: Do I choose the date and time before or after I make the payment?

After submitting the registration fee at our Crown Holders website, 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 at least 2 months prior to the release.

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:

Q: Will it air live and include a link that I can send to my subscribers?

All BAN shows air live on the Internet. 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, the radio program is available for download to tablets, phones, 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 Blogtalkradio BAN Radio archives for you to use as needed.

Q. What is a virtual launch party? How is this different from the 30 minute interview?

The virtual launch party is so much fun! You invite all of your friends and family to join you on the radio show to discuss your new product. People are asked to share their thoughts about your product, we host giveaways, it's live-streamed to social media and people get to enjoy the music. Listen to our most famous virtual release party with Debra Owlsley of Simply Said, go here.

The BAN Radio program is 60 minutes long and it's promoted to the EDC Creations email database and it's promoted 30 days before the show on social media. The 30 minute radio show is shared in a group email with at least 6 other authors. The launch parties are promoted in special announcement emails.

The BAN Radio program aims to support the publishing community and to show people, through the radio show, that African American writers are more than just a niche. We bring wonderful stories to the minds and imaginations of everyone! We have stories to tell, using our voice and our experiences, that cross all races and cultures. Join us on Monday and Wednesday Nights, 8-10 pm EST to host your party.

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 their fans or our listeners.

Q: Are the interviews conducted by the host after the author's book is reviewed? Does the book have to be in stores before the interview? Do you allow ebooks too?

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. Your goal should be to sell our fans the dream, passion and news surrounding your network! We give the gift of knowledge!

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 Amazon Listmanias.

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 too.

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: 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 on our monthly Seducing the Pen and Storytellers Book Tours.

Q: Who is the host of the BAN Radio Show? How does the host fit into the publishing industry?

Ella D. Curry is the president of EDC Creations Media Group and Crown Holders Transmedia. She brings more than twenty-five 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 an award-winning online literary destination for thousands bookclubs and social network fans around the globe.

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.

In 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 5 years, Ella has found that interviewing profound community leaders, shaped her own life and business. She has interviewed: 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, MC Lyte, and the celebrated drummer Cora Coleman-Dunham.

Ella 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. You may reach her via email at:

Format of the BAN Radio Show

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Listen to the Black Authors Network Radio Interviews

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 story-line of new book releases. We respect our readers’ intelligence and strive to deliver shows and books that will 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!

The BAN Radio Talk Show is a open forum for ANY community leader, concerned parent, book club, educator, writer, poet, or author to promote their products, services, or business. We are a “community voice” programmer! We welcome the entire publishing community to our radio show to showcase quality literature, provide insightful information and to share in the power of our collective voice.

Crown Holders Transmedia Talk Show Come join our round-table discussions each week as we tackle a number of topics relevant to improving literacy and our positioning within our community. Each Sunday, we will interview special guest authors, community leaders, educators, and experts who want to make a difference in the lives of Americans. Listen to the Crown Holders Transmedia Talk Show.

Contact Ella D. Curry if you would like to be included in our 30-minute interviews at: If you would like to review the books featured on BAN Radio Show or Crown Holders Radio, visit our Reviewers Forum for more details.

Benefits of Paid Promotional Coverage
We do not follow the radio trends, we create them.

  1. We increase your territory of readers and potential consumers
  2. Potential to expose your books/product to an International audience
  3. We are a favorite stop for 5 virtual tour companies bringing in crowds
  4. Access to our 10+ years of resources, contacts and dedicated followers
  5. Each show creates 3 different RSS feed driven newsletters weekly
  6. EDC Creations has a relationship with 300+ book clubs and reader's groups

Our Reach on BAN Radio created 12.22.2007

  1. 8.7 Thousand LIKES on Facebook (3 acct.)
  2. 3,435,912 show downloads to date
  3. 23,000+ Twitter followers
  4. 25,000+ Facebook followers (3 acct.)
  5. 1,000+ registered Blogtalk Radio friends
  6. Listed in 130+ RSS Feed Directories and iTunes
  7. Show creates 3 email newsletters (total 271,000+ subscribers)
  8. International listeners from social network feeds, view here
  9. BAN Average 900 or more downloads/listens per radio show
  10. We are Featured Blogtalkradio Hosts, reaching potentially millions weekly

Format of the BAN Radio Show

1. After you select your package and make the payment, you will submit your promotional material to the EDC Creations team and provide them with 2 books to read BEFORE the radio program. Each radio program consists of an lively interview, the author reads from their book and callers can speak with the author at the end of the show. Book giveaways are held on social media to encourage listeners to share the archived radio show.

2. Help create a buzz surrounding your interview, invite your network, fans and family to call into the show to discuss your book. Invite anyone who gave you a good review to call in and share their review. It helps for the public to hear from people who have enjoyed your work and contributed to the process.

3. Ella will notify her social media networks and her RSS feed subscribers about the show. The book will be promoted for 60 days on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and through the EDC Creations newsletter.

4. The radio show will be rebroadcast to Ella’s Twitter and Facebook database daily for 60 days. The live-stream interviews will be promoted on Facebook for 7 days.

5. After the show, a group eblast will be sent out to the EDC Creations email database of 165,000 opt-in readers. All of the readers won’t be able to attend the live interview, but the recording is available 24/7 and can be heard from any PC, device, phone or table.

6. Spread the word about your radio interview! Let your readers know that they can speak with you live, on the air! Blog about your event, Tweet it and most of all invite Facebook friends to repost the banner and details of your showcase.

7. Prepare to read from the book 10 minutes. Select an excerpt that is PG rated. We walk people from all walks of life to listen to your message. Log into Facebook and join host Ella D. Curry for the live-stream presentation at:

After the BAN Radio Show

The radio show will be available for download one hour after the show ends. Simply visit our main BAN Radio show page or go to our BAN Radio Show iTunes page for downloads. You will be able to send the link to all of your networks. Click on the “Share” button and copy the embed code. You can also add the widget to your website and blogs.

Always Tweet out your show link or post your interview to Facebook after the show. The radio interview will stay on our BAN Radio newsletter as a featured article for two weeks. Our BAN Radio newsletter database now has more than 154,000 social media fans and 118,000 opt-in newsletter subscribers. This actual radio interview will feed out to 130 blog and podcast directories within 24 hours of the completed interview.

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