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Something About Me and My Book:
A New York Times best-selling author and 2001 NAACP Image Award recipient, Omar Tyree has sold more than 1.6 million copies of books worldwide. He has been recognized as one of the most renowned contemporary writers in the African-American community.

Tyree has recently completed work on his15th novel, “The Last Street Novel,” which is set to hit national bookshelves in July. He’s written 14 novels, including his Urban Griot series, which features raw material geared towards urban male readership.

As an author, journalist, performance poet, songwriter, screenwriter, entrepreneur, creative genius and an energetic and fiery speaker, Tyree is no stranger to the world of contemporary urban influence.

Tyree became one of the dominant literary self-promoters of the 1990s, leading to offers of publishing deals by a number of influential mainstream book publishers. In 1995, he signed a lucrative two-book arrangement with publishing powerhouse Simon & Schuster.

Tyree’s journey as an entrepreneur began in his early 20s when he started the book publishing company Mar Productions, to release his earliest works of fiction. His entrepreneurial ventures have evolved to: Hot Lava Entertainment, a synergy production company for books, music and film. Recently Tyree released his first movie “The Lure of Young Women” which is available on DVD nationwide.

As an orator, Tyree’s passion for his work ignites his audience. Both thought-provoking and veraciously entertaining, Tyree executes compelling commentary on topics such as "The State of Urban Literature” where he expounds on contemporary literature including his own work, “Leslie,” which takes place in New Orleans and has received adequate reader attention post-Hurricane Katrina. A staunch believer in literary integrity, Tyree challenges authors of fiction and non-fiction to address issues in the community rather than simply capitalize from exploitive topics in their work.

Additional speaking topics for Tyree includes: "The Life of MLK Jr.,” and "Images of Women in the Media.” In his latest lecture, “The Equation for Life,” Tyree weaves together a full-proof formula for attaining life-long success in business as well as everyday living. One attendee who heard the lecture commented, “Omar Tyree’s equation for life speech made me rethink my whole life- it has given me the focus I need.” An accompanying CD, Book and DVD for “The Equation for Life,” will be available in 2008.

Tyree’s articles have been published in the Washington Post, Essence, Upscale, Black Collegian, Washington Times and Black Issues Book Review. A graduate of the prestigious Howard University, Tyree plans to reestablish his college-age roots by doing magazine features focusing on community, culture, entertainment, politics, and new-wave intellectualism.

Tyree is presently creating business partnerships with the initiative of adapting several of his novels into feature films. He is also in negotiations to launch a talk show that highlights contemporary notable authors and their die-hard readers.


More than just another business self-help book, The Equation is a groundbreaking formula that looks at how all business is an art. The book will help business people rethink how they manage their art form and help businesses accelerate their productivity by creating a corporate culture driven by passion and zeal, as art is. The book will help entrepreneurs rethink how they manage their art form and help businesses accelerate their productivity by transforming corporate culture to be driven by passion and zeal, as art is. The Equation (L/A*S=B) reveals a foolproof blueprint for business and life. Readers will learn that, first you have to love what you do (L) and become a highly-skilled artist at it (A), while developing promotional and marketing tools to gather public and professional support (S), which ultimately leads to big business (B).

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Cotton Candy or Spinach ... Here's Hoping I Can Avoid Both Pitfalls

This week’s Business Question of the Week was sent in by Mike who hails from my hometown of Philadelphia, PA:

I'm nearly finished writing my first novel, First Floor on Fire, which is fiction but strongly inspired by my experience teaching in a tough public high school in Philadelphia. My book is an attempt at being both strongly intellectual, viscerally emotional and thematically complex. Most books make readers choose between cotton candy or spinach, and here's hoping I can avoid… Continue

Posted on June 1, 2009 at 1:00pm

What About the Children - Part 2

This week we continue with Rochelle Frazier’s question regarding the Urban Literacy Project. Rochelle asked:

Recently you began the Urban Literacy Project. What is the purpose of this project and how will it uplift youth?

Omar Tyree Responds:

Continuing with the business question of last week, I pick back up with the 5 Key Components of Literacy by discussing the 3rd Component of Thinking. The human ability to Think becomes the engine of everything we Read, Write,… Continue

Posted on May 26, 2009 at 10:16am

What About the Children

This week’s “Business Question of the Week” focuses on our next generation. Rochelle Frazier from Memphis, TN asks:

Recently you began the Urban Literacy Project. What is the purpose of this project and how will it uplift youth?

Omar Tyree Responds:

A decade ago, in the limelight of my writing and publishing career, I was so bothered by a refusal of African-American males to read books of fiction, that my then agent barked at me, “Omar, look, men don’t read fiction!… Continue

Posted on May 26, 2009 at 10:13am

Is Oprah's Book List Attainable?

This week’s Business Question of The Week was sent in from the boot. Jacqueline Turner from Louisiana asks:

What is a realistic goal for me in trying to get media exposure? Is it likely that I could ever get my book on Oprah’s list? What could I do to get there?

Omar Tyree Answers:

Jacqueline, you have just jumped out of my range with the Oprah question. I hear people actually e-mail her repetitively to attempt to get their books considered for her club, but… Continue

Posted on April 27, 2009 at 10:44am

You Must Crawl Before You Can Run

According to the media it’s a great time to start a business. Although this may be true, it is imperative that up and coming entrepreneurs research business opportunities before jumping in head first. This week’s business question is a reality in many households that are being affected by our present economy. Christy from Boston asks:

I have a good friend who is willing to build a website for me. What advice do you have on what should be included on the website? I really do have… Continue

Posted on April 7, 2009 at 6:54pm

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At 10:29am on April 7, 2009, Duane Rhodes said…
I know you are busy but Im trying to do something poisitive. check out my page or website when you get a chance. Please watch my book trailer Thanks Duane any advice I can receive from you will be great.
At 11:51am on March 31, 2009, Christian Schaal said…
i am reading through your website now. I am always looking for persons who evoke positivity in this world....Possibly for cross promotion if it works out.

Be blessed and find some joy today

At 4:18pm on February 1, 2009, Tonya K. Freeman said…
Hi Omar,

Forgive me for taking so long to thank you for accepting my friend request. My social networking needs to become more tailored perhaps :-)

Enjoy a wonder filled week!

In Bliss
At 10:28pm on January 19, 2009, Gina McGowan Cade said…
Hello Mr. Tyree and welcome to Book Marketing Network!
It's a pleasure to meet you here. I quote you "Tyree plans to reestablish his college-age roots by doing magazine features focusing on community, culture, entertainment, politics, and new-wave intellectualism." We will launch in September. I hope to hear from you soon.
At 8:33pm on January 8, 2009, Patricia A. Bridewell said…
Thank you, Omar. I've learned very early that being in the literary world is not easy, but I have tough skin. Congrats on all of your accomplishments.

Peace and Blessings,

Patricia A. Bridewell
At 11:43pm on January 6, 2009, John Kremer said…
Welcome to the Book Marketing Network. Join in some discussions, post a blog or video, make some friends. I think you'll enjoy it here.

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