Gwen Richardson is an author, publicist and entrepreneur. As an author, she has six published books, five non-fiction and one fiction. 101 Scholarship Applications: What It Takes to Obtain a Debt-Free College Education was nominated for a 2015 NAACP Image Award. Her latest book, You Are Wonderfully Made: 12 Life-Changing Principles for Teen Girls to Embrace, was one she co-authored with her daughter, Sylvia, who is a sophomore at North Carolina Central University, and this book was also nominated for a 2016 NAACP Image Award.
As a publicist, Gwen provides a wide range of marketing services to her clients. Her services include media promotion and contact, development of digital press kits and promotional videos, e-blast services to key markets and industry professionals, speaking engagements, book club marketing, book tour management, ghostwriting and editing. Gwen focuses primarily on the book industry and her clients range from New York Times bestselling authors to authors with debut books.
As an entrepreneur, Gwen is co-founder of Cushcity.com, the world’s largest African-American Internet retailer with over 20,000 products online. Gwen and her husband, Willie, established Cushcity.com in 1998. The web site receives more than 200,000 hits per month and has thousands of customers in all 50 states and internationally. She has been an entrepreneur for more than 20 years.
In addition, Gwen is co-founder and national coordinator of the National Black Book Festival. This annual event, held in Houston, Texas, attracts over 100 African-American authors from across the U.S. and is the largest indoor gathering of Black authors in the world.
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