Book Report: RIP Publishing Legend Sonny Mehta, Kobe Bryant, Happy belated Langston Hughes; The “Diverse Editions” Backlash; Current reads & more!

sbc epi 1 collageWe discuss some of the latest news in publishing including the late publishing legend Sonny Mehta (Knopf and Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group); we also recognize Kobe Bryant and Langston Hughes; we discuss the backlash Barnes and Noble Fifth Avenue and Penguin Random House received for their Diverse Edition initiative; Jessica Simpson’s new, trending memoir; some of our current and anticipated reads, as well as other bookish tidbits. Check it out! Read the rest

Interview With “Given” Author Nandi Taylor!

nandiandbookAfter enjoying abundant success online via Wattpad including over a million reads and being a two-time Watty award winner including the 2018 Worldbuilders award, Given by Nandi Taylor is now gearing up for international release under Wattpad Books on January 21, 2020. Taylor discussed why her story ascending into trade publication is meaningful to her. “Posting the book online was kind of my way to keep myself accountable and … Read the rest

Interview With “Urban Xcellence” Author Malcom X. Bowser!

MALCOM-X-BOWSERUrban X.nyc Blog and Urban X Podcast founder and co-host Malcom X. Bowser believes it is time to start highlighting and championing shining examples from one’s community. It is why he wrote Urban Xcellence: Unveiling Extraordinary Stories by Everyday People (January 21, 2020). Initially, Bowser conducted interviews with his peers to provide a platform and gain inspiration. Learning about their journeys helped him navigate his own life such as figuring … Read the rest

Interview With “Angelfish” Director Peter Lee! (PART 2)

PETERLEEANDANGELFISHThe word networking isn’t one that excites many people. However, if you imagine and/or can mingle in an arena that interests you, networking suddenly doesn’t seem so bad. Well, what about networking outside of your industry? Angelfish director Peter Lee discusses in Part 2 of our conversation about connecting with professionals from other fields, especially in the creative space.

“The creative industry merges and mixes so much that I … Read the rest

Interview With “Angelfish” Director Peter Lee! (PART 1)

PETERLEEANDANGELFISH.png“There is no direct path to being a director, which is ironic,” Angelfish (2019) filmmaker Peter Lee tells So Booking Cool in support of his debut feature film, starring rapper Princess Nokia and Jimi Stanton (The Punisher, Wu-Tang: An American Saga).

Lee’s interest in film began in his youth, which involved the tradition of going to the “cinema” or “the movies” (he admits he is still … Read the rest

Interview With “The Animal People” Co-director Casey Suchan! (PART 1)

caseysuchananimalpeopleSo you’ve figured out that you want to work in a particular industry, let’s say film. But do you know which aspect of film? Do you know the kinds of stories you want to tell and how you want to tell them? Everyone comes to find their place in their chosen field. They realize where they best fit in, and more importantly, where their passion lies. For veteran filmmaker Casey Read the rest

Interview (PART 2) With “Supreme Models: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion” Author Marcellas Reynolds!

marcellasandsuprememodels“I’m not going to make any money off this book,” Marcellas Reynolds tells So Booking Cool. “I spent my savings. I spent my advance. I took out credit cards to finish it, the licensing fees were double what we estimated them for. But if this book…makes one person happy, and they see it and they go, ‘I’m beautiful, too,’ then this book is worth it.” Prior to this … Read the rest

Interview (PART 1) With “Supreme Models: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion” Author Marcellas Reynolds!

marcellasandsuprememodelsMany of us can agree that loving a career or industry does not mean we love or even like everything about it. The Supreme Models: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion (Abrams Books, October 8, 2019) author, Marcellas Reynolds, is no exception. Reynolds, who recently appeared on the Tamron Hall Show, asserted that black models should not have to show up to work with their hair and makeup … Read the rest

Interview With “How to Be Remy Cameron” Author Julian Winters! (Part 2)

julian sbc take 2Do you ever wonder what your favorite authors talk about with other authors? LGBT novelist Julian Winters revealed in part 2 of our interview that their conversations are widespread. Sometimes the topics are, of course, book related, but not always. “We can talk about things we struggle with—like I really struggle writing a synopsis and I remember having a full-on conversation with five other authors about writing synopses and … Read the rest

Interview With Serial Entrepreneur & “The Real Estate Journey” Author Brian P. Simon!

DRBRIA P SIMON AND BOOKDr. Brian P. Simon is a serial entrepreneur, but that doesn’t mean he recommends others to start multiple businesses. “It’s very stressful,” The Real Estate Journey: From Dreaming & Home Buying to Realty & Entrepreneurship (Morgan James Publishing) author tells So Booking Cool. “It’s a lot of work and time and spreads your focus. I tell people choose one. Focus, pick one business that you believe will be … Read the rest