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6 of Our Favorite African American Self-Published Authors

In 2016, more than half of Amazon’s overall 100 best-selling ebooks were published by independent authors. With the expansion of digital tools the number of self-published ebooks will only grow.

Here we share our favorite African American independent and published authors who we can’t stop reading.

1. Terry McMillan, I Almost Forgot About You

Terry McMillan is a New York Times bestselling author with four of her books made into movies. Terry was awarded an Essence Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. Beloved by her fans, Terry’s books have sold millions of copies worldwide.

2. Troy Lewis, Gas Money

Troy Lewis and his new book have been featured on C-SPAN’s Book TV, Steve Adubato’s One-on-One PBS TV program, radio, and in various newspapers and a review in the Huffington Post. Gas Money explores how the everyday people we meet can share our lives forever.

3. Marc W. Polite, Everything to Learn, Nothing to Teach

Marc W. Polite is the founder of an award-winning blog and social commentary, Polite on Society. This book is a collection of essays on politics, social issues, and personal recollections.

4. Missy B. Salick, Claiming Jeremiah

Missy B. Salick is the founder of the Virgo Girl Blog. She has written for the likes of the Village Voice, Violator Management, Deloitte, KPMG, We Work, the Guidance Center of Westchester, and other major companies. Her first self-published novel is a fictionalized memoir on foster adoption. She gives you an informative experience on what it is like to adopt from foster care while showing you the point of view of the birth parents.

5. Faye Thompson, Cheesecake and Teardrops

Faye Thompson worked as a government employee for more than 25 years. Her novels were written during her lunch hour, vacation, weekend, after hours.

6. Natasha Anastasia Tarpley, I Love My Hair!

Natasha Anastasia Tarpley published her first book over a decade ago, and has since found her niche writing for children. Her novel shares a story about a girl named Keyana who encourages African American children to feel good about their special hair and be proud of their heritage.



The Virgo Girl Blog is a lifestyle platform created for empowering business owners and entrepreneurs in the african american community to use social media to grow their network. On our blog, we spotlight entrepreneurs, business owners and african american independent and published authors, while providing free resources and business tips.

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