Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Meet Jeff Rivera, Author of "Forever My Lady", Up Close and Personal

Once homeless and living in his car, first-time novelist, Jeff Rivera writes passionate stories of those often forgotten and neglected by society. He believes even in the eyes of a gang member, even beneath the soiled clothes of a bag lady or behind the tears of a lonely kid in the back of the class, there lies a common thread that links us all, the universal human story.

It is said his personal mission is to help change the way the world thinks in a positive way through his stories.

The thirty-one year author currently resides in Miami, Florida. Adopted by his Filipino stepfather when he was seven years old, Mr. Rivera's ethnic background is Black American and Native American.

Hurry up! Jeff's Writing Contest Comes to a Close Saturday, September 15th.

Warner Books/Grand Central Publishing author, Jeff Rivera, (Forever My Lady) is holding a writing contest to launch his Urbano Book Publishing Company with a series of Urban Latino mini-books. These mini-books similar to the Bluford Series are roughly 40 single spaced pages and are contemporary stories involving Americans that happen to be Latino, set in the barrio or other urban areas. (Examples of Urban Latino stories are such films and novels as: Blood in Blood Out, Forever My Lady, Illegal tender, etc.)

The Urbano mini-books are written for ages 13-30. There are no restrictions on violence, language or sex. Submissions must be written in English or Spanglish and can be any genre (ie: horror, love story, action, erotica, comedy, gay themed, etc.) as long as they feature Latino or Chicano characters in present day or future (no historical themed stories please). No screenplays or plays please. To see proper novel format, please visit:

Finalists will be published under the Urbano Book Publishing banner in 2008 and be available for sale in bookstores worldwide. They will also receive an opportunity for representation with a New York Literary Agency and be reviewed by major representatives in the publishing industry. Authors chosen will also receive a competitive royalty payment and a publicity campaign.

If interested, please email a 5-page writing sample, contact information, and one-paragraph synopsis to Write "Latino Writing Contest" in the subject heading. If interested, an Urbano Book Publishing representative will contact you requesting the entire 40 page submission.

Note: There is no entry fee. The deadline for these submissions is running out. Send your submission in by Saturday, September 15th.

Be sure to visist Jeff's website:

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