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Since the emergence of the ebook, publishers have been scrambling to find their way along this winding, digital speedway. People have shifted their reading habits from terrestrial books, and the market has been driven by devices—The Kindle, The Nook, The iPad—not driven by content.

That’s about to change!

 

From the clay tablets to papyrus, from Guggenheim to Random House the one thing that hasn’t changed is that a book is still a book—produced from the mind, the spirit and the soul of a person. With that philosophy, First One Publishing will focus on digital books. But more than that, it will focus on the people who produce those books.

 

It’s time for the producers of books to reclaim their power.

 

First One Publishing is the first major publisher to put the ebook first. Our focus is on all things digital—from the ebook, to the trailer, from the audiobook to the songtrack (music to accompany our books).

 

We are also the first publisher to truly put the focus on the author.

“In this world, people relate to people,” said First One president Karen Hunter. “Our publishing house will focus on people who tell great stories, and people who are great stories.”

First One Publishing will launch with a contest, a search for the next great story teller. We will do a worldwide viral search that will culminate in a digital publishing deal and a global marketing campaign for the winner.

 

Each month, First One will educate, entertain and enlighten with new releases and new titles added to our free ebook library. There will also be book, T-shirt, ereader and tablet giveaways as well as special announcements of new partnerships and initiatives.

 

Welcome to the future of publishing…

 

First One is the first major publisher to:

• Promote the ebook not as an afterthought or an add-on, but as a special entity unto itself

• Treat each author as a star

• Focus on book clubs and other groups devoted to reading

• Feature product placement within books.

Leading The Charge!

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Karen Hunter is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, President and CEO of Karen Hunter Publishing, a radio talk-show host, and co-author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Ladies First with Queen Latifah, I Make My Own Rules with LL Cool J, On the Down Low with JL King, and Wendy's Got the Heat with Wendy Williams.

She is also leading the charge into the digital era of publishing as President of First One Publishing, a Division of MGMT-One, which focuses on publishing books in every digital format.

As a publisher of Karen Hunter Publishing, the former journalist, has produced New York Times bestselling Mama Dearest with the late E. Lynn Harris, as well provocative titles: Why Black Men Love White Women, Don’t Bring Home a White Boy, Why Men Fear Marriage and Stop Being Niggardly. In addition, she has published Romare Bearden-inspired epic griotsong Children of Children Keep Coming and Patti Labelle’s latest cookbook, Recipes For The Good Life. Karen Hunter Publishing is slated to produce pop diva’s Janet Jackson’s first book in 2011.

As an author, Karen has collaborated with Sandy (Pepa) Denton, Mason Betha (the rapper Mase), Donda West (Kanye’s mother), and Rev. Al Sharpton on his critically acclaimed political manifesto Al on America.

A former sports and news reporter with the New York Daily News for 12 years, Karen served for four years on the editorial board of The News, where she was a member of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize- and Polk Award-winning teams. She was also the paper’s first African-American female news columnist.

Karen, a New Jersey native and Drew University graduate, is an MSNBC contributor and a full-time professor and Distinguished Lecturer in the Film & Media department at Hunter College.

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