Authors N Focus Web Series Returns


LOS ANGELES, CA – Chatmon’s Books is proud to announce the return of the Authors N Focus web series. It will feature interviews with new, established authors including segments on the latest trends in the publishing world and on upcoming literary events in the Southern California area. Scenes from the Compton Urban Book Expo will kick off the new show in March.

For more information, please send an email to with the subject line ‘Authors N Focus’. Due to the number of possible requests, we plan to reach everyone in a timely manner.

Thank you for your support. We look forward to our latest ventures in promoting literacy!

About Chatmon’s Books
Founded in July 2008, Chatmon’s Books is an online bookstore selling books to a wide range of readers. The bookstore showcases a diverse inventory, holds writers workshops and empowerment luncheons for new and aspiring authors as well as small business owners.

About Authors N Focus
Authors N Focus is a website with interviews of new or established authors, writers and poets, resources for the aspiring author, and notes of trends in the industry. We also focus on the challenges of producing a first book as well as offering our thoughts and opinions on the state of the writing world today. Authors N Focus is a subsidiary of Chatmon’s Books.

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Posted by on January 25, 2017 in Uncategorized


The Best Books List for December 2016


Books! Books! Books! A wide selection of books is on your way by clicking on these links!

Most Popular Books Published In December 2016 – Goodreads
The best books of December 2016 – BookBrowse
Best science fiction and fantasy books this month – The Washington Post
The 10 Best Books of 2016 – The New York Times
Amazon’s Best Books of the Month: December 2016 | AbeBooks
73 Books of Interest to Readers of Black Literature Coming Out Soon – AALBC (Oct/Nov)

Since it’s the end of the year, here’s a list to help you stock up on any books you’ve missed:
These are the 20 best-selling books of the year
Best Books 2016: Publisher’s Weekly

The Chatmon’s Books staff wishes all of you Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Holidays or whatever feels appropriate to you. We wish you all the best in health and wealth for the new year ahead!

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Posted by on December 14, 2016 in Uncategorized


Been a While

It’s been a while since our last post, but we wanted to check up with our fans to let them know we’re doing well. It’s been a busy year for us, with plans moving forward to present Storm Over South Central next year and other projects in the works we think you’ll enjoy.

In the meantime, keep in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter. We’d like to know what’s going on in your world as well, including the books you love to read.

  • The Chatmon’s Books Staff
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Posted by on December 11, 2016 in Uncategorized


The NEW Chatmon’s Bookstore

14702421_1482662995083949_8454956293302010316_n.jpg Thanks to the fine folks at Facebook, we’ve just opened our new online store on their site.  Now you’ll be able to purchase books from us if you’re a user and discover the authors and books we’re helping to promote. Remember, Authors N Focus content is now exclusively shown at Chatmon’s Books, so we want to make sure you enjoy the best of up-and-coming authors by buying a book from us at our new Facebook store or continue to join us here on the blog for more.

Here’s the link to our Facebook page. We invite you to join us if you’re not on this site:

Until then, take care and remember: #LiteratureUnlimited

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Posted by on October 27, 2016 in Uncategorized


Black Writers Festival 2007 Personality Panel

The following was filmed at the 2007 Black Writers Festival at the Howard Hughes Center in Los Angeles, California. Tammy Mac of KJLH Radio (102.3 FM on your dial) hosts a Personality Panel. The topic and discussion for the Adult Book Club is “Building Better Relationships”. Panelists for this discussion are: Rodney Allen Rippy, the late great Barbara Wright Sykes, Pearl Jr., Conney Williams and our very quiet President and co-owner, Charles L. Chatmon.

Black Writers Festival producer Maxine Jackson appears at the end. Many thanks to her for producing this literary event in the past.

This is an Empire Beat Magazine production. Parts 1 & 2 are shown below.

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Posted by on October 5, 2016 in Uncategorized


Taking a Break for Now


Hey folks, it’s time to enjoy the rest of the summer and take a well deserved break. We don’t know exactly when we’ll come back, but we’ll be back this fall. Take care and enjoy the rest of your summer as well.

-Chatmon’s Books

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Posted by on August 17, 2016 in Uncategorized


To The New Author: Don’t Give Up!


Say you’re a brand new author who’s just completed your first book, your ‘baby’. You’re ready to go out into the world and show everyone your latest masterpiece. Along the way, you run into a few obstacles; doubtful critics, sparse attendance at book signings, and the frustration that comes along of not selling as many books as you have hoped.

As authors, we’ve all been there. Just don’t give up.

In my seven years of becoming a published author, I’ve had many friends and colleagues produce great works only to see them fall off the face of the literary earth after a year or so. Either their job has them working a difficult schedule, or they have to take care of more important issues like their children, going after other pursuits using their books as a springboard, and then there are the first time authors who made the decision to just give up. In their minds, their book isn’t selling, so why continue? Although it’s not fair to judge on why an author doesn’t move forward with his/her career after the first written work, I should say perhaps that author is cheating themselves by not moving forward and dreaming up their second book.

I’ve had many a writer tell me they are thinking of a second book, but it never comes out. For any other reason but the ones above, that’s a shame the author wouldn’t grace the reading public with the opportunity to present a new tale or helpful story that could benefit us all. I remember having a conversation with a good friend who’s also a writer and it was mentioned there are at least two good stories in everyone. Unless you’re with a mainstream publisher or have enough funds to self-publish on a consistent basis, that one novel or self-help book may be your only chance to share your wisdom to the world. Again, that would be a shame if you, the author, didn’t have the chance to reveal more wisdom or entertainment to the general public.

Not all of us who are authors will be blessed with multi book deals, nor should that be the case. Maybe that one book is what you intended to write, and that’s not a bad thing. Most of us are so pumped up into how many titles we produce because we’re afraid of being stagnant and our fans desire more. However, there are a ton of examples to show that even one book can make an impact in the literary society. Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man and J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher In The Rye are novels that are influential and have longevity, proving that it’s not always the number of books an author has written, but the great stories readers remember.

If you’re a writer who knows you have more tales to write but you’re letting the opinions of critics, doubters and a few snippy individuals get in your way of crafting that second book, realize this very important fact: it’s your dream, not theirs and no one has the right to take that away from you, no matter what they say. They may say, it won’t sell, it’s not the genre that’s ‘hot’, etc. The fact is you know you have another story in your heart; release it and just go for it. Once you do, you’ll find you have more supporters than critics and best of all, you went ahead and wrote the book anyway. A multitude of authors have let a harsh word or soul-cutting comment ruin what could have been a great writing career based on your first book, but this dream, this gift you have is too important to let others determine your future for you. If you know it’s there, then write! Whether it’s the one novel or a series of them, as an author you are contributing to the world of literature. You are making the difference, just don’t give up.

Charles L. Chatmon
President, Chatmon’s Books

Note: this article appeared on Thoughts On A String, 12/18/08

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Posted by on August 17, 2016 in Uncategorized

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