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By Joani Ward
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About

I love writing, and have written 4 entrepreneurial books since 2011.  My current book project, Black Girls Gone Blonde: Stories From A Newly Discovered Sisterhood is a very different literary work from my prior books. My target market is females, but males may also enjoy reading my book.  The stories in my book are true.  I interviewed 8 ladies who shared amazing stories with me.  They shared the challenges of being uprooted from a lovely home to moving to the projects, the heartbreak of a marriage not coming to fruition, an accident that almost ended a promising career, parental abuse and drug addiction, and witnessing a sibling being molested.  There are also positive aspects to the stories, such as A Favorite Christmas, and an awesome experience with the Laws of Attraction.   The stories will touch hearts, inspire, influence, and motivate. There is light at the end of every tunnel.  There is hope, and anything is possible. 

I need to take marketing to a different level than what I have used with my prior works. I'm working with a marketing company to gain media exposure.  I need a press release, radio spots, newspaper ads to promote the book's launch, retractable banner for speaking engagements and book signings, bookmarks, table posters, business cards, t-shirts, bags, baseball caps, etc.

I plan on doing book signings and speaking engagements to promote the book.  Along with the book signings I hope that periodically some or all of the ladies featured in the book will accompany me.

As a spinoff from the book I want to create a women's organization providing mentoring, accountability coaching, financial literacy, networking and social events. 

Risks and challenges

My greatest challenge with this project is making sure I capture everyone's story to their satisfaction. I personally interviewed every woman featured in the book. I provided each woman a copy of the transcribed interview and requested their review and edits/modifications. Before having the book interior designed, I will have everyone review and approve my final version of their story, and will work with each person until I have the story exactly the way they want it.

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    Let's Start A Virtual Book Club - If Oprah can do it, so can we!! Receive three copies of Black Girls Gone Blonde: Stories From A Newly Discovered Sisterhood autographed by Joani Ward. Your name will be included on the Acknowledgement page of the book. Once a month we'll meet online to discuss books we've selected, starting with Black Girls Gone Blonde.

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    Let's Be Pampered - Join Joani Ward at the Red Door Spa for a manicure and pedicure at Elizabeth Arden, and receive an autographed copy of Black Girls Gone Blonde: Stories From A Newly Discovered Sisterhood to read while you're relaxing after your spa treatments.

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    Be A Star - Participate in a fun and funky photo shoot with the ladies of Black Girls Gone Blonde. 2 photos may be selected for framing. Photos will also appear on the Black Girls Gone Blonde website.

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    Night Out With The Girls - Join the ladies of Black Girls Gone Blonde for a limo ride to have dinner at Muze (Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Washington, DC). Also receive a copy of Black Girls Gone Blonde: Stories From A Newly Discovered Sisterhod autographed by Joani Ward and the ladies featured in the book, along with a Black Girls Gone Blonde T-shirt.

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