This program is designed to empower young black authors ages 13-17 to write and publish their first book on Amazon. 

This program is FREE for teens
in the Greater Cincinnati area.
Space is limited.

black teen author program

Do you want to learn more about this program? Mark your calendar for an upcoming information session. It will be held on Thursday, May 25th at 7pm via Zoom. Sign up here and we will send you the link. 

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Are you a creative, passionate young person with a story to tell? Do you have a unique perspective that you want to share with the world? If so, you've come to the right place. Our mission is to help you bring your vision of writing a book to life.

Through our program, you'll learn the skills and strategies you need to write and publish your own book on Amazon. From crafting compelling characters, to marketing your work, we'll guide you through every step of the process.

But this program is about more than just publishing a book. It's about discovering your voice, connecting with other young writers, and gaining the confidence to share your ideas with the world. You'll be part of a supportive community of like-minded peers who are all working towards a common goal.

So, are you ready to unleash your creativity and become a published author? Apply now to join the Black Teen Author Program and take the first step towards your dream.


the world is waiting for your words

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become a published author in one summer!

Through the program, students will have the opportunity to become a published author and share their story with the world. By the end of the program, they will have a published book available for purchase on Amazon.

develop valuable entrepreneur skills

As you work on your book and navigate the publishing process, you will develop valuable entrepreneurial skills that will be useful in any career path you choose. You will learn how to market yourself and your book, communicate effectively with others, manage your time and resources, and much more.


Your book will be available to readers all over the world on Amazon, giving you the opportunity to share your unique perspective and message with millions of people. This is your chance to make an impact and inspire others with your words and ideas.

make your own money

Earn 70% royalty with every book you sell!: As a published author on Amazon, you will earn a 70% royalty with every book you sell. This means that you have the potential to make money from your book sales and create a passive income stream. With hard work and dedication, your book could become a bestseller and open up new opportunities for you in the future.

building your portfolio

Completing the program and publishing a book can serve as an impressive addition to your portfolio and can set you apart when applying to college or future jobs in the writing/publishing field.

program benefits

meet ceo + founder dr. kim

Dr. Kimberly-Ventus Darks is an international motivator who has spoken at over 300 FORTUNE 500 businesses and conferences in more than 15 cities per month. She has ghostwritten over 15 books for clients and published four popular books of her own, including her new release "Are You Spiritually Exhausted?" and upcoming books "Stop Allowing Racism to Be Your God" and "Your Purpose Is Your Problem!" As the co-owner of DARX Publishings and an expert communication strategist for the Mayor of Oakland Park, Florida, Dr. Kim is a highly sought-after coach for executives, CEOs, and apostles. 

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are you spiritually exhausted?

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The book focuses on common things that steal our spiritual energy, for example UNFINISHED BUSINESS. It is often better to not start a task than to start something and not finished it . When you have unfinished business it stays active in your mind because of the worry and stress of not completing things that need to be done. It also unravels why the energy of drama and chaos has the power of seduction and will leave us distracted, agitated and completely exhausted.   

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This FREE program is designed for black teenagers between the ages of 13-17 in the Greater Cincinnati area who are interested in writing and publishing their own book. The program will run from May to August and will be facilitated completely online via Zoom.

Participants will have access to a mentor who will guide them through the book writing and publishing process. The program will consist of group meetings, workshops, and work sessions in small groups of 2-3, where participants will receive personalized support and feedback on their writing.

At the end of the program, participants will walk away with a published book (max 35 pages) through Amazon and a certification that can be added to their portfolio and/or resume. This is a unique opportunity for black teenagers to not only develop their writing skills but also gain valuable experience in the publishing industry.

We believe that everyone has a story to tell, and we're excited to help black teenagers in the Greater Cincinnati area share their unique perspectives and experiences with the world. SPACE IS LIMITED SO SIGN UP TODAY!


discover your voice, share your story

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Writing Workshops

brainstorm ideas + discover your book's 'why'

the power of your title

Create a "must have" story

Sell your book fast!

In this workshop, participants will learn about the process of generating ideas for their writing. We will cover techniques for brainstorming, finding inspiration, and developing a unique perspective on their chosen topic. 

In this workshop, participants will explore how to create titles that grab their readers' attention. We will discuss techniques for brainstorming titles and get feedback.

In this workshop, participants will learn about the basic elements of storytelling and how to use them to create a compelling narrative. We will cover topics like plot, character development, setting, and dialogue. 

In this workshop, participants will learn about the publishing process and how to market their work. Participants will walk away with a marketing plan to promote their book.


empowering young authors one book at a time

This program is designed to take young writers through the process of writing a short book, and we are seeking students who have a passion for writing and a strong commitment to the creative process. As a part of our application process, we ask that each applicant provide a recommendation from someone who knows them well and can speak to their qualifications for the program. After completing the application, please share this link with someone who can complete the recommendation on your behalf.

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