2016 Atlanta Chocolate Social

Black Pearls Literary Excellence Awards 

Celebrating Our Living Legends!

It's your time to shine!  Join us for a night of fun created in honor of you. We are the hosts for the 2016 Black Pearls Literary Excellence awards ceremony!  Join the party by  mingling with celebrated authors, publishers, literary icons and  40+  bookclub presidents. Enjoy a elegant plated meal with publishing industry professionals. There will be music and dancing after dinner, so bring your partner!  We offer swag bags, door prizes and more! 


We do not have any more tickets for the dinner hour and awards show. Please do not try to purchase event tickets from this page. We do not have openings. The only seats left are for vending tables and the owners.


While this event is not part of the National Bookclub Conference hosted by Mr. Curtis Bunn, we encourage EVERY guest to attend the actual NBCC event! It is one of the best literary themed events of the year. Ella Curry is a featured author too! Go here to obtain tickets to the NBCC: 

I do not have hotel rooms reserved for this event.  If you are in need of a hotel room, I suggest looking into nearby hotels that have shuttle service.  


Event Sponsorship and Vending Opportunities Listed Below



Featured Authors at the 2016 Atlanta Chocolate Social 
Every table will have an author seated with the readers and bookclubs! 

Opening Keynote Speaker: Lisa Renee Johnson
Legacy Keynote Speaker: Pamela Samuels Young 
Leaders & Legends Keynote Speaker: Lutishia Lovely

Cerece Rennie Murphy 
Author Sage
Re'Gena Bell-Roberts
Pat G'Orge-Walker
Mary B. Morrison
Eartha Dunston
Anita Ballard-Jones
Naleighna Kai
J.L. Woodson
Victoria Christopher Murray
Bridgett Renay
M.J. Kane
Dionne Peart
Michelle Spady
Patricia A. Bridewell
Colette R. Harrell
Monica Mckayhan 
Angelia Vernon Menchan
Christine Young-Robinson
Patricia Saunders
Zuri Day
TaRessa Stovall
Vanessa Riley
D. Michele Jackson



Congratulations to All of our 2016 Award Winners!

Author of the Year Award
Bernice L. McFadden, Novelist at Akashic Books 

Book of the Year - Children's Empowerment  
Ellis and the Magic Mirror by
Cerece Rennie Murphy 
The Hair Adventures of Princess Lindsey Sidney by Eartha Dunston

1. Bobbi Ramey, Sistah Minds In Motion Book Club
2. Denene Millner & My Brown Baby Blog
3. Real Divas Read and More Social Club, Conley Georgia
4. Sharvette Mitchell, Talk Radio Host
5. Patricia Johnson-Harris, Founder African American Author's Expo
6. Black Girls Read, FB Community Organization
7. LaSheera Lee of Read You Later Radio Show
8. Naleighna Kai, Founder Cavalcade of Authors
9. Sharon Blount, Building Relationships Around Books (BRAB)
10. Michelle Chavis, Victorious Ladies Reading Book Club
11. Priscilla C. Johnson, Street Team Leader Baltimore
12. Tamika Newhouse, African Americans on the Move Book Club (AAMBC)
13. Kim Knight, Between the Lines Bookstore
14. Sistahs On the Reading Edge Book Club, Antioch, CA
15. U.S. G.I.R.L.S. Book Club, Jacksonville, FL
16. 556 Book Chicks, Conley, GA
17. Wayne Jordan, founder of Romance In Color
18. Divas Leaving No Pages Unturned Book Club
19. Jamie Broadnax, Founder Black Girl Nerds-Twitter Blogger
20. Diane Rembert, Diamond's Literary World Literary Blog
21. Sisters With Books - Los Angeles, California
22. Angelia Vernon Menchan, SLS Book Reviewer
23. LaShaunda Hoffman, Shades Of Romance Magazine
24. Urban Reviews Online - Raddiah/Charles Hubbert
25. King Brooks, Black Page Turners
26. Tanishia Pearson-Jones, Characters Book Club
27. Mocha Girls Read, Joliet, IL
28. BookWorm Diva's Book Club, Newnan, Georgia 
29. Jason Frost, Rubicon Reader Blogger
30. Johnathan Royal, Books, Beauty & Stuff Blogger
31. Read Reading Between Wine, Greenville, South Carolina
32. Sistahs of Urban Literature Book Club, Winston-Salem, NC 
33. Candy Hall and Elite Book Discussion FB Group
34. African American Authors Book Discussion Group
35. Karyn Smith-Davis and Girl Fridayz Book Club
36. Kisha Green, Writer's Life Chat Radio Show


Event Sponsorship and Vending Opportunities Listed Below




EDC Creations Payment Center

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Submit your payments here. Fill the PayPal form out completely. Sorry no eChecks please. 
We look forward to working with you. No refunds after the online promotion has started. 

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Payments Through Paypal

Note: A representative will email you at the PayPal address that you made the payment from with further instructions. If this PayPal address is not your main email address, make sure you check out that account for our message. Service will begin after the transaction are completed and all checks cleared. Thank you for contacting us to help you promote your book or business to new levels. If you would llike to speak with Ella Curry, via email, contact her at:  

You do not need a PayPal account to make payments; the majority of our publishing clients do not have a PayPal  account. The steps below will take you to another option, so that you can make payments with a debit or credit card. 

Take a look at the instructions below and follow along.  I'm walking you through the payment with a debit card or credit card  and it does not require you to sign up or register for PayPal. 

1. Type in the amount you are paying in the payment box above. You will see ENTER AMOUNT.

You will be taken to a PayPal processing page. This is who we use to process online payments. You do not need an account at PayPal.  There is another option on that same page.

3. On the right side of this PP page
, you will see a yellow or gold box that says LOG IN. Directly below that you will see these words underlined:
  PAY WITH DEBIT OR CREDIT CARD OR BILL ME LATER.  It is very, tiny, blue writing.  Look close because the words are a link.  If you are on a cellphone or a tablet, it is really small, but it is there,  right below the question "Forgot email or password?"

4. Click on the words
PAY WITH DEBIT OR CREDIT CARD OR BILL ME LATER  and it will open up another option to pay in a few seconds.  You will NOT need to create a PayPal account at all.  You will see a new drop down menu, with a payment form for credit cards.

5. It will open a new option to pay with Debit Cards, Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
You will see their logos. Select your country and fill in your personal information.  When you finish, select REVIEW AND CONTINUE.  You can see your information again before selecting finish.


Event Sponsorship Opportunities

Chocolate Social Sponsorship Packages 

Business owners, publishers and authors are invited to advertise their company or products at the 2016 Chocolate Social in Atlanta. Vending tables are available too. If you cannot join us at the live event we have a few ways to take your products and message with us! Explore your options below.

Each package includes the option to provide up to 250 postcards to go in each bag, to share your product samples, review copies or advance readers copies in the tote bags. We are preparing 250 tote bags to be given out over the entire weekend. No bookmarks please. We will also accept ebook download cards with QR codes to be given to guests.

As a suggestion, the books donated should include a postcard or sell sheet in the book, so that readers can contact you online and share their reviews after the event.


A small table with 2 chairs and table covering will be included. Vendors will be promoted daily on EDC Creations social media pages for 10 days starting on July 1-10, 2016. This includes the option to provide up to 250 postcards to go in each gift bag. No bookmarks please. Offer expires on July 20, 2016. 

OPTION 1: $200.00 - (1 Author) Vending Table and one meal ticket.
Business card size ad in Souvenir Book and 10 social media posts.

OPTION 2: $260.00 - (2 People) Vending Table and two meal tickets.
Business card size ad for two books in Souvenir Book and 10 social media posts.




Swag Bag and Table Top Sponsorship Package

Fee: $55.00 - Review copies, chapbooks, product samples, and/or promotional material added to gift bags and one image included on the place-setting cards on the event tables. This also includes 5 social media posts. Send up to 250 pieces and at least 2 or more review books. No limit on book donations for gift bags. No bookmarks please. Offer expires on July 20, 2016. 




Souvenir Book Sponsorship

View the sample booklet here, click.
Each ad includes a QR code for readers to buy the book from the booklet, images of the product and book/product introduction. Books or products will be promoted daily on EDC Creations social media pages for 10 days starting on July 1-10, 2016. This includes the option to provide up to 250 postcards to go in each gift bag and one image included on the place-setting cards on the event tables. No bookmarks please.  Offer expires on July 10, 2016. 

OPTION 1: $250 for 2- Full page spread and 10 days social media promotion

OPTION 2: $150 for 1- Full page ad and 10 days social media promotion

OPTION 3: $75.00 for Business card size ad and 10 social media posts




Sankofa Banner Sponsorship 

Step-and-Repeat Banner Sponsorship, see sample banner. There will be a large banner placed at the event entrance to be used as a photo backdrop and along side the front podium. This banner will make it back to the web in hundreds of photos and Periscope videos, increasing your exposure and it's a way for our guests to know that your book is out! The QR code on the banner leads back to our online bookstore so readers can order the books. This package includes the option to provide up to 250 postcards for the gift bags, product samples or donated books. Books or products will be promoted daily on EDC Creations social media pages for 10 days starting on July 1-10, 2016. The eblast will go out July 25, 2016. No Substitutions, No Additions!  

OPTION 1: $300.00 - (1) Banner Image Ad, (1) full page in souvenir book and 10 days of social media posts starting on July 1-10, 2016.  SAMPLE BANNER 

OPTION 2: $125.00 - (1) Banner Image Ad and business card size ad in souvenir book.


This offer expires on July 10, 2016. Information, images and all payments must be submitted by July 10, 2016 so that Ella Curry can have the banners and books printed in time for the event in late July. No refunds, no edits, no retractions will be granted after payments are made. We are down to the wire and all transactions will be used for event promotion and supplies.





Small business owners welcomed too! Vendor table sharing is allowed. Only two people allowed at the table. First come-first served. Bring your printed receipt (email) to the door for admission. No refunds unless the event is cancelled by Ella Curry.

Please know that this event will have loud music playing and dancing!  Vendors please arrive at 5:30 pm to setup your tables.  Please DO NOT bring huge signs and banners. Only tabletop signs allowed. Your storage space is limited, so keep it simple! Each vending slot comes with a covered table and two chairs only. Prepare to eat dinner away from your vending table. Vendors will be seated with a featured bookclub or social club for the dinner hour.

All helpers and assistants will have to purchase the full ticket BEFORE attending the event. Tickets will not be sold at the door. 

Open flames, cooked foods, clothing racks, pornographic material and rolling carts are not allowed. Bring enough change to accommodate your customers. Bring bags for your guests, enough display stands and extension cords for credit cards machines. 



My Book is Out Special -- $350.00

Showcase your book or product in Black Pearls Magazine today.  
This package is ideal for new authors or to launch a new book/series!  
The campaign lasts for 45 days and includes eblast and BAN Radio interview.

Click the image to view a digital version of  Black Pearls Magazine.

This wonderful book launch special includes all of the services below for $350.00

-- Audio Promotion on Twitter, Instagram, FB and Google+, view sample. ($99.00 value)
-- 30 minute interview on Black Authors Network Radio Show ($45.00 value)
-- Book excerpt posted to front page of Black Pearls Magazine ($99.00 value)
-- Email Eblast to our 165,000 readers of the EDC Database ($99.00 value)
-- Bookcover added to sidebar on Black Pearls Mag front page for 2 months, view here.
-- Promotional material included in all EDC Creations event swag bags and mail-outs
-- Written interview posted in BPM blog newsletter distributed to 118,000 readers, view here.

Your package will include ALL of the services listed above. Books are promoted on social media for 45 days.  Excerpt and written interview stay on Black Pearls Magazine for 3 months. The email eblast and Pearl Page audio presentation will be active for 3 months.  BAN Radio Show interview with Ella Curry remains active for 6 months.  

The payment for this package can not be split.  No deposit payments available. Make all payments at the EDC Creations Payment Center below. We look forward to sharing your information with our network!  Ella will email your instructions within 24-48 hours.  

After your payment, you will receive 3 emails from the EDC team with your instructions. You will submit the requested material and the EDC Creations team will start to work on your campaign. Thank you for allowing us to help promote your book and business. No refunds after we make the first post to the web!  Any edits will require additional payments. No coaching comes with this package. 


NO tickets will be sold at the door. 
All tickets will be checked at the door!  Menu subject to change by the venue.  No meal substitutions by guests.  ALL media reps, awards presenters, keynote speakers, authors, book club winners, bloggers, attendees, helpers, assistants, friends, publicists or agents must purchase a ticket. If you enter the room, for any reason, you need a ticket!  No refunds after purchase.

We need all guests to arrive before 6:30 pm to be seated.  

The program will start at 7:00 pm