The Triple Threat Book Tour One spectacular book tour and three great titles all on the subject of business from award-winning, New York Times bestselling author, Omar Try.
Pecking Order Simon & Schuster, Fiction; 432 pages / $24.00 Experience the making of a multi million dollar man; the story of Ivan David and his highly lucrative promotions business in San Diego, California. Some guys know how to hustle, while others only stare in envy. The final adult novel by Omar Tyree.
The Equation; Applying The 4 Indisputable Components of Business Success John Wiley & Sons, Non-Fiction; 272 pages / $25.95 Learn to apply the ground breaking formula L/A * S = B.TM Tyree states, “First you have to Love (L) what you do, then become a highly skilled Artist (A) at it, while developing promotional and marketing tools to gather public and professional Support (S), which ultimately leads to big Business (B).” Also referred to as Red/Gold * Green = Purple. What color of business are you?
12 Brown Boys; A Mr. Creative Short Story Book Just Us Books, Children’s; 192 pages / $9.95 Tyree enters the field of children’s books for urban youth, with the first title from his Mr. Creative publishing brand in partnership with Just Us Books.
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About The Triple Threat Book Tour, Tyree says, “Over the past five years, I’ve come up with a bunch of business ideas while continuing to write books of fiction. Now I finally get a chance to put some of those ideas in motion. And with the state of the American economy, and a new presidential election right around the corner, the subjects of business and financial literacy are the perfect topics of discussion. I’m just fortunate to have this great opportunity with three different publishing houses to put it all together.”
But how do you publish three different types of books all in the same year? “One of the key components I discuss in The Equation (John Wiley & Sons) and write about in Pecking Order (Simon & Schuster) is innovation. You can’t count on just one form of income and expect to stay wealthy nowadays. You need various forms of hustle. So I want to be able to talk about that and teach it on a national level. Stepping into the business world twenty-four-seven now will allow me a chance to do so.”
Omar Tyree, a New York Times best-selling author, a 2001 NAACP Image Award recipient for Outstanding Literature in Fiction, and a 2006 Phillis Wheatley Literary Award winner for Body of Work in Urban Fiction, has published 18 books and has sold nearly 2 million copies worldwide. With a degree in Print Journalism from Howard University in 1991, Tyree has been recognized as one of the most renown contemporary writers in the African-American community. He is also an informed and passionate speaker on various community-related and intellectual topics. Now entering the world of feature films, business lectures, and urban children’s books, Tyree is a tireless creator and visionary of few limitations. For more information on his work and titles, please view his web site @ (www.OmarTyree.com).
The Triple Threat Book Tour Sponsored by Urban Literacy Project with Barnes & Noble / Borders / Books-A-Million / Wal-Mart / Amazon.com
Urban Literacy Project . . . is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization - ID# 31646 - established to raise funds for the goal of increasing the overall literacy rate among urban and other disadvantaged youth and citizens through informative lectures, panel discussions, performances, presentations, workshops, enrichment opportunities, and book donations at schools, community centers, libraries and a special events nationally.
Our activities will provide access to information, tools and resources that foster achievement and utilization of higher literacy. And we plan to invite popular and successful professionals in the fields of education, literature, stage, film, television, music, business and finance to impart their knowledge through all of the methods listed.
Reading - is not only learning to understand words, sentences, paragraphs, and the general subjects of books, reading is asking questions, becoming curious, discovering ideas and comprehending everything around you. Reading is all about filling up a brain with usable software.
Writing - is not only documenting your thoughts and ideas on paper, writing is learning to become active about the things you enjoy and would love to do in life. Writing is the activity that shares your personal vision with the rest of the world.
Thinking - is more than just daydreaming and wondering out loud, thinking creates the ideas that we all respond to. Thinking is how we come up with the unique flavors that add to our universe. So what great ideas are you thinking about now?
Omar Tyree, the Founder and Chairman, is a New York Times best-selling author, a 2001 NAACP Image Award recipient for Outstanding Literature in Fiction, and a 2006 Phillis Wheatley Literary Award winner for Body of Work in Urban Fiction. He has published 18 books and has sold nearly 2 million copies worldwide. With a degree in Print Journalism from Howard University in 1991, Tyree has been recognized as one of the most renown contemporary writers in the African-American community. He is also an informed and passionate speaker on various community-related and intellectual topics. For more information on his work and titles, please view his web site @ (www.OmarTyree.com).
Words From The Chairman
“I will not stop pushing literacy until I’ve done all that I can personally do to improve the reading, writing and thinking skills of each and every child and adult, and that includes financial literacy.” - Omar Tyree
Readers, Writers & Thinkers Rule The World!
Read the interview before WHAT THEY WANT, debuted! An Exclusive!
DISILGOLD: What is your new book title, and what is it about?
OT - What They Want is the new book title and it's about exactly what the title says, what do women want from black men, or men in general? So I have a great looking male model who runs through at least 6 different women in his quest to figure out which way is up. Many of us men still confused by that.
DISILGOLD: How did you come up with this title?
OT - My titles are always straight forward. They basically state what the book is about. I don't have any ring-around-the-rosy titles. So What They Want is about what me and the rest of the guys have been wondering about our women.
DISILGOLD: Who or what inspired you to write about this topic?
OT - Life always inspires me to write my new books. And right now, it seems that women like to read a lot of extra sexy content, particularly with Zane on the scene. So with What They Want, I wanted to make sure I gave them those erotic sex scenes that they've gotten used to over the past 4-5 years in literature.
DISILGOLD: How long did it take to write the novel, "What They Want" and how many pages is this work?
OT - Oh, this is a big book, Heather. It just kept going and going, because we men don't get a chance to express ourselves much in literature anymore. Everything has been more about the woman over the past decade, and that continues when we still don't have the male readership that we need to validate our views. So What They Want is well over 400 pages of hot and sexy beef, and it took me a good 3-4 months as usual to complete it.
DISILGOLD: When is it coming out?
OT - We're looking at publishing What They Want after the 4th of July and the Essence Music Festival in Houston, so we can spark some extended fireworks after the national holiday. You dig me. This R-rated book is sure to get the sisters talking all summer long (smile).
DISILGOLD: What gives you the discipline to create a lengthy novel every year and how many books have you written so far?
OT - What They Want makes book number 14 for me, and I'm already working on book number 15 for next year, a new contract book. I basically have a lot to say, Heather. I don't have a music recording contract to sing it, and I can barely get anything published in these national magazines, so how else am I going to express the many things that we all think about. Books is my only way of getting it all out there to the public, and it also pays the bills.
DISILGOLD: How do you write a novel? Do you have to work in a special place or time frame and if so, how do you avoid distractions as most writers experience?
OT - I have a small office where I write on my computer, and I have always had a small office and a computer. When I didn't, I wrote in college inside the computer room and saved everything on floppy discs. So that's pretty much a simple format. We can always find quiet places to write. That's all that any writer needs is a quiet little place to allow their ideas to flow. As far as distractions go, artists are always focused enough to block them out. If you can't do that, then you better find something else to do. Because the ability to focus on your project is crucial.
DISILGOLD: Have you considered turning any of your books into a full feature film?
OT - All of us book writers have thought about feature film deals, but they don't come that easily. If they did, we would all have them. But I'm working on it. So expect something from me in the next couple of years. I'm making power moves out in Hollywood as we speak. I'm just about ready to blow!
DISILGOLD: You were the first Urban Black Male Authors to top the New York Times Bestseller list. Do you feel urban literature has changed since you started? Why or why not?
OT - Well, it's a lot more urban writers out here now that's for sure. I remember when I was the only one doing it in the early 90s. Sister Souljah had an autobiography called No Disrecpect that came out back then, but I was the only one writing about the hood in fiction with my first three books Colored, On White Campus in 1992 (now College Boy - as The Urban Griot) Flyy Girl in 1993 (the classic) and Capital City in 1994 (now The Underground - as The Urban Griot) which was the first drug dealer book. But now we have 5 urban books coming out every week, and they have officially taken over the black books business. That's a major change right there, because once I got on with the big boys at Simon & Schuster by the mid 90s, everything was about relationships and romance issues. Now the younger readers would rather have the drama, drugs, violence and sex, just like in the rap music business.
DISILGOLD: Do you read any urban literature on the market? If you could name one author only, who do you think is holding it down in the Urban arena right now?
OT - Vickie Stringer is the beast right now, not as a writer but as a publisher of urban lit with Triple Crown. The only one giving her a run for the money in sheer volume of street books is Carl Weber with UrbanBooks. As far as naming indivuals, there are just too many out there. But I think Terri Woods would be the most popular as an individual writer right now. She does her thing!
DISILGOLD: Your published books by Simon & Schuster are known to attract millions of young female readers. Your Urban Griot Series has attracted many college students. Who will What They Want attract? Does your book appeal more to the ladies or men this time around and why?
OT - The men only read after the women talk about a book, so it's always going to be about the sisters in the black book game. But What They Want will get more of the older sisters open again. They're the ones who are ready to really pull punches on solid relationships. A lot of the younger sisters are just about the fun of life right now. But those younger sisters who like to play grown up and read about hot sex on a platter will talk about What They Want as well. So this book will get them all open this Summer, Heather. Watch! You'll see. Mark my words on that. This book is What They Want. Plain and simple. That's why the title says what is says.
DISILGOLD: What makes your new book different from all of the other books on the market or works you've done before?
OT - Well, we haven't had too many erotic books from straight brothers, that's number one. I think women have gotten too used to hearing their own voice and their own emotions. How do they even respond to a man telling it like the hell it is anymore? Terry McMillan did in Dissapearing Acts with "Franklin Swift", which I still consider her best book. So women could use a man's perspective on things right now, and I'm the bold, bad-ass man who is ready to give it to them. So it's also what they need, an honest discussion with the brothers who will not be afraid to tell them the truth.
DISILGOLD: How do you think people will perceive your new book when they find out the genre is erotica?
OT - Erotica is real life, ain't it? If you're in a happy marriage or a happy relationship, there is most definately some erotica going on in your bedroom. Am I lying? So let's all be mature enough to deal with it then. I'm not writing about the make-believe, I'm writing about real life here, just like I always do.
DISILGOLD: Are you already planning your next book tour and what is the theme?
OTI - I'm planning on having sisters in the tour audience take The Survey this year so they can all figure out What They Want, and what kind of women they are. So this year will be a fun tour with me dealing with issues that women all want to deal with, "How do I find and keep a mate who is perfect for me?" And you'll be able to take The Survey all over the country by May and June, with the answers posted on my web site at (www.OmarTyree.com) when the book drops in July.
DISILGOLD: Your book, Boss Lady, did extremely well. Do you think "What they Want" will top your current sales for your current book and how do you plan to market your book with something fresh and new?
OT - Actually Boss Lady did not do theat well last year. But that's cool, because we're now shopping a television series deal from Boss Lady for when it comes back out this Summer in soft back. So it's all good. But we expect What They Want to jump off the roof with sales because it's 20 times more sexual. Boss Lady was about women in business, What They Want is about women in the bedroom.
DISILGOLD: You've been cited all around the nation at colleges, events, festivals, award shows top media and earned a NAACP Image Award. What does a a man who has it all besides top selling books WANT?
OT - I want more recognition for my work, number one. I have some recognition, but not as much as I would like on a national and international level. I want more readers too. I want feature film deals. I want endorsements. I want to write popular music. I want pretty woman around me everyday. There are a lot of things that I still want. I'm still alive, and as long as you're alive, you thrive for more. That's just natural.
DISILGOLD: If you could leave a message for the world to know about you that you've never expressed before, what would this be?
OT - I care, Heather. I think very deeply about the people, but I'm no statue behind a glass jar. I mean, I still have feelings and desires like everyone else. Like Kanye West says, I'm just one of the few to admit it. So don't crucify me, join me in truth and understand that everything I say is in honesty. I mean, we say we want honesty, Heather, but then how many of us flip the script and act a fool when we get that honesty that we asked for? That's not right. But that's how we live, ain't it?
DISILGOLD: Congratulations on the success of your new magazine, FLYY GIRL. I am hearing a lot of support for your work. What They Want is the last installment of your Simon & Schuster contract. Your books will undoubtedly continue to reach each successive generation of readers forever. So is this it and as far as novels go?
OT - Is this it for novels? No! NEVER! Writing books is still my bread and butter to express myself, and those film deals make you change a lot of shit. So even when I do break into Hollywood, I can see that I'll still need to write books to tell the whole truth. Hollywood just wants the numbers. And magazines want celebrity gossip, pictures, and quick information, so I still need to do what I do and write long, detailed novels to keep my sanity. I hear even Michael Baisden is missing the book writing game now. Book writing is the only pure way to get across what you have to say. And like I said earlier, Heather, I'm already working on book number 15 with a new deal to hit the table soon. So I'm far from done.
DISILGOLD: Where can loyal readers find you on the net and other numerous websites featuring your book tour schedule to meet you one last time just in case. Everyone senses the producer in you is calling.
OT - They can get that information from you, Heather (smile), or from my web site at (www.OmarTyree.com ) which I will be upgrading shortly. It's time to step my game up, you know. I also hear that the book web sites like Amazon.com, Barnes&Nobles.com, and the like, are just exploding with reviews on my work. So tell them all to plug in my name and check it all out.
DISILGOLD: Mr. Tyree, you have enlightened many readers and are a legend. Your name is already in history books. Please keep in touch and let the Disilgold Soul Magazine family know your next move. We know it will be grand. Thank you for this interview.
OT - Thanks for being interesting in interviewing me, Heather, and make sure you post that hot-to-death What They Want cover jacket on the site, and plug your audience into The Survey when we release it to the public in April/May. Peace & Love and keep doing your thing like only you can do it!
Omar Tyree is back, and this time he's The Urban Griot and still taking over the literary world.
Behind The Scenes With Omar Tyree
by Heather Covington Photo mailed to Disilgold.com courtesy of Omar Tyree
1. The crowd eagerly awaits Omar Tyree's appearance on stage as The Urban Griot. 2. Lawrence Wayne of The Memphis Writer's Conference gets ready to document Omar's debut reading of Cold Blooded. 3. Disilgold spots Omar in his Urban Griot gear, and he has no idea we are filming him, and misses his cue to spontaneously talk about his latest project. After a full minute of that classic "What are you looking at stare" he's known for, The Urban Griot catches on and shares insight on his new book with precision. 4. Omar still does not get it. He's supposed to let the media follow him up on stage just like the supertar he is. Perhaps, this isn't an attitude thing at all, and Omar is just crazy humble and polite like those southern boys. We couldn't tell the difference and kept pictures of that renown ATTITUDE LOOK off camera. You decide! 5. Well,Lawrence and I head on over to Londell's in New York for Omar's listening party. This is Omar Tyree, and not The Urban Griot. 6.Omar Tyree takes a picture with that famous smile before gearing ready to introduce Big Bronze, Tehut Nine, and his boyz on tour featured on The Cold Blooded Soundtrack.7.Anita Peterson of The Literary Cafe.org shares a picture with 1/2 Omar Tyree and 1/2 Urban Griot. A nice crowd of literary moguls are gatherd at Londells in Harlem. 8.I am starving, but a Londell waiter brings out a savory dish compliments of Omar Tyree. 9. Uh, Oh! Turn up the mic. It's Big Bronze and his flow is hot. He's got his own flavah, and you won't hear the last of him. The crowd applauds for Big Bronze. That guy is going Disilgold. 10.Omar is the perfect host, and the crowd is laid back and enjoying the evening.11.Wait a minute... Tehut- Nine, who you may have seen at The World Famous Apollo as the 5 time championship winner, rolls out...some Mental Eye-roglyphics, from his latest poetical hit. 12. Overall, Omar's New York visit was a success. He participated on a panel, Author's On Stage Tour , was spotted at the very back row of The Phyllis Wheatley Awards blending in with the crowd, and attended QBR: The Black Book Reviews Author's Brunch. Look out for actual footage of his debut on stage. Have you read Cold Blooded, and have you heard of Molasses? We wish Omar Tyree/ The Urban Griot much continued success and thank him for judging The Omar Tyree Poetry Circle Awards early on during the year, and being a good sport when he had to cancel The PerSOULnalities YOU Get Published Tour in February due to two feet of snow the week before. He also, had to catch an early flight before The 1st YOUnity Reviewers Guild Awards, and was missed, but hopefully we'll catch The Urban Griot and his clan in route for The Fall Fetish Tour. Looks like a major city-to-city line up. We thought you knew. This is Heather " The Heat" Covington of the literary world, signing out. Until then... go out and get Cold Blooded. The Urban Griot has arrived and in a store near you.