While working as a legal secretary for a law firm and juggling motherhood in Philadelphia, PA, Teri Woods 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. Instead of giving up, Woods’ printed, bound, selfpublished and began selling hand to hand her first book True to the Game. Moving thousands of books primarily from the trunk of her car she was determined to have her story read. Her grassroots tactic paid off; Teri Woods became a self-made millionaire in just three years selling her novel. With the release of True to the Game, Teri Woods has reinvigorated the urban fiction market and created a growing trend in publishing. As owner of Teri Woods Publishing, Woods published eleven of her own novels. 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 generated over 15 million dollars in gross revenue. Woods jump started the entire urban-book marketplace. A booksigning will follow her presentation. Free and open to the public. (abridle)
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