Award-winning author (St. Martins Press) and entrepreneur Maryann Reid has been featured by countless media outlets including USA Today, Essence, Glamour, The CBS Early Show, and The Wendy Williams Experience.
Maryann’s first book Sex and the Single Sister: 5 Novellas was published by St. Martins Press when she was just 25 years old. At that time, Maryann had no idea that a few stories she wrote in her journal would become characters and later become a book. But she quickly learned the power of the media and pop culture influence on publishers and their decision-making. Because of the popularity of HBO’s Sex and The City, she hit the zeitgeist she sold her first book without it being finished. She signed her first book deal with St. Martins and the strong support of a stellar agent.
Several books later, Maryann teaches others how they can sell their own books, attract agents and publicity in half the time they would on their own.
When her third novel Marry Your Baby Daddy was published, Maryann was able to address a social issue that she cared deeply about and rally a new movement. As a result, she and her books have been profiled in The New Yorker, Newsweek, Oprah.com, NBC Nightly News, etc. for her innovative approach to life and solving its complex issues.
Later, Marry Your Baby Daddy was optioned by Hollywood actress Holly Robinson-Peete and Dolores Robinson and is still a part of Maryann’s growing platform as social entrepreneur.
As an author and professional speaker, Maryann has gathered a diverse roster of credentials and affiliations:
Author of 5 novels and several short stories by St Martins Press and Penguin Putnam
Lifestyle expert at Alphanista.com
Held appointments as adjunct professor at various universities including St John’s University, City University of NY, Fordham University, etc., where she taught courses in Creative Writing, Creative Nonfiction, Research and Business Communications
Referred to as the “Oprah of Brooklyn” for her work with women and philanthropic efforts like Marry Your Baby Daddy Day
Guest expert and social commentator on top-rated nationally syndicated radio shows like NPR’s Fresh Air, The Michael Baisden Show, Fox News Radio, CBS Radio, The Gayle King Show on Oprah Radio, etc
Invited by USATODAY to write a novella, Single Black Female, for the acclaimed Open Book section of their website
Maryann has been invited to speak to some of the most innovative groups all over the country and has received over 20 million media impressions worldwide via major news outlets like ABC News 20/20, NBC Nightly News and CNN. She is a popular guest lecturer at colleges, where she has taught her publishing and media techniques to influential groups and thought leaders.
Maryann received her BA in Journalism from Fordham and developed her writing and love for news at Random House and CNN. She later received her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Miami.
She is also a certified scuba diver 🙂
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