Phenomenal Women Support Flagler

Self-Publishing Symposium, founded in 2006 by award winning author, Renee Flagler, CEO of Aspicomm Media, a self-published author herself, will be held at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, located at 515 Malcolm X Blvd in Harlem, New York on New York, NY, March 9, 2008, beginning at 9:00 am

The Phenomenal Women Group step up in support of their Phenomenal Sister, Renee Flagler and her Self Publishing Symposium

The Phenomenal Women Group have joined Renee Flagler in support of her Self-Publishing Symposium, to be held at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, located at 515 Malcolm X Blvd in Harlem, New York on March 9, 2008, beginning at 9:00 am.

Founded in 2006 by award winning author, Renee Flagler, CEO of Aspicomm Media, a self-published author herself, the revolutionary annual event was created as a catalyst to educate, inspire and share resources with people who want to learn how to self-publish their literary works.  The Symposium has already begun to secure its presence in the self and small publishing arena as a sought-after event for self published authors and independent publishers.

During  the signature “Hot Topics” panel, celebrity panelists address major issues affecting self-publishers and independent presses in a candid and open forum.  

An additional highlight of the event is the Annual S’Indie Awards (Self/Independent Publishing Awards) which was initiated to raise awareness for works by African American independent and self-publishers and authors and giving homage to them and their contribution to the industry.  The winners are chosen based on literary excellence, quality of production and originality.  Recipients of the Second Annual S’Indie Awards included Rosalind McLymont, Best Fiction for “Middle Ground,” Andrea Travwick Jones, Best Children’s Book for “God Loves Me,” L.Y. Marlow, Best Non-Fiction for “Color Me Butterfly,” Rev. Will Kenlaw, Best Spiritual/Inspirational for “A Father’s Guide to Raising Daughters: For Women,” C.D. Grand, Best Poetry for “Just a Little Love,” Bea Joyner, Best Cover for “A Taste of Things To Come,” and The Trailblazer Award went to Rose Whaley.

Brenda Jeanne Wyche, President of The Phenomenal Women Group, New York and Managing Editor of Harlem Business News stated, “This is a noble initiative that Renee has instituted for the literary world. The Self-Publishing Symposium is a most empowering event for authors and aspiring self-publishers.  Everyone who attends will leave with an arsenal of knowledge on how to be a success in their literary endeavors, and very importantly, how to avoid pitfalls that can stifle one along the way. We are very grateful to Renee and immensely proud of this revolutionary institution that she has created.  It heralds the powerful message to those who try to close doors on the truth that, “We will not be silenced.”


Renee Daniel Flagler is an award winning journalist and the author of ‘Miss-Guided,’ ‘Mountain High, Valley Low,’ and the forthcoming ‘In Her Mind’ (Spring 2008), the highly anticipated sequel to ‘Mountain High, Valley Low.’  Most recently, (on February 13th, 2008), Flagler won the award for Excellence in Journalism by the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ) at Columbia University.


As a freelance writer and marketing professional, her writing has been featured in business and consumer newsletters and magazines, nationwide. Flagler’s company, Aspicomm Media , founded The Self Publishing Symposium an annual business conference for self and independent publishers along with the S’Indie Awards, which honors the works and accomplishments of self and independent publishers. In 2007 Flagler launched the Divas of Literature Tour , a multi-city mall tour featuring five authors. Flagler and her books have been featured in Ebony Magazine, Black Issues Book Review, Black Star News, Mahogany Baby, The Columbus Post, and The Amsterdam News. She was also profiled in Literary Divas, The Top 100+ Most Admired African American Women in Literature. Her written works have been featured in business and consumer publications nationwide. Flagler has been featured in Ebony Magazine, The New York Amsterdam News, Our Times, Caribbean Life Newspaper, The Columbus Post, Black Star News, and Mahogany Baby Magazine thus far. She was also awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year 2005 Award by C&B Books Distribution and the Entrepreneurial Legacy Award of Excellence by Disilgold Soul Magazine.

Flagler is a graduate of New School University with a Masters in Media Arts as well as a graduate of St. John’s University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. She is a member of the National Black MBA Association, National Association of Female Executives and Publishers Marketing Association.  Renee Daniel Flagler is one of the original members of The Phenomenal Women Group.

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