Keynote Speakers and NYT & USA Bestselling Authors

Victoria Alexander NY Times/USA Today
Bestselling Author
VICTORIA ALEXANDER
(KEYNOTE SPEAKER #1)

Rebecca York NY Times/USA Today
Bestselling Author
REBECCA YORK
(VIP TEACHER)

Angela Knight NY Times/USA Today
Bestselling Author
ANGELA KNIGHT
(VIP TEACHER)

Aliyah Burke USA Today
Bestselling Author
ALIYAH BURKE
(BESTSELLER)

Jami Brumfield New York Times
Bestselling Author
JAMI BRUMFIELD
(VIP TEACHER)

Lane Hart New York Times
Bestselling Author
LANE HART
(VIP TEACHER)

Melissa Stevens New York Times
Bestselling Author
MELISSA STEVENS
(VIP TEACHER)

Teri Woods

Teri Woods
New York Times Bestselling Author

“True to the Game”, by New York Times Bestselling author & publisher Teri Woods, has been undisputedly titled a classic. While working as a legal secretary for a law firm, and juggling motherhood in Philadelphia, PA Teri completed her first novel, “True to the Game”. She submitted her story over a period of six years to more than twenty different publishers, all of whom rejected her. When major publishing houses refused to embrace her book, Teri wasn’t discouraged. Determined to have her story read, in 1998, instead of giving up, Woods’ self-published, printed, and sold her book on her own. To do this, with the support and encouragement of friends, Teri often slept in her car and on the couches of acquaintances, while spending countless hours on the streets of New York selling her book hand-to-hand. Moving thousands of copies, primarily from the trunk of her car, Teri recognized the selling power of her story, and credits her overwhelming success to hard work and perseverance, as her grassroots tactics paid off. On December 18, 1999 in just three years selling her novel, “True to the Game”, Teri Woods became a self-made millionaire.

With the release of this book, Teri has reinvigorated the urban fiction market, and created a growing trend in publishing. As owner of Teri Woods Publishing, she has published: True to the Game, DUTCH I, DUTCH II, Deadly Reigns I and II , Angel, B-More Careful, The Adventures of Ghetto Sam, Triangle of Sins, Rectangle of Sins, Tell Me Your Name, Predator and Double Dose. True to the Game, B-More Careful, DUTCH, Triangle of Sins, Rectangle of Sins, Deadly Reigns I and Deadly Reigns II has all been featured on the Essence Bestseller list numerous times collectively. Teri Woods Publishing has sold over 1 million copies independently and has generated over 15 million dollars in gross revenue. Woods jump started the entire urban-book marketplace. Teri signed a five-book deal with Grand Central Publishing in 2007. True to the Game II (GCP, 2007) and True to the Game III (GCP, 2008) both debuted on The New York Times Bestsellers list. Teri’s first hardcover, the urban thriller, ALIBI was published in August 2009.

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