Teri Woods

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Teri Woods (born 8, March 1968) is an American novelist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,[1] and a successful, self-published pioneer of the urban fiction genre.[2]

Woods finished writing her first novel, True to the Game, in 1992 while working at a law firm in Philadelphia.[3] She spent six years submitting the work to numerous publishers, all of which rejected her. In 1998, Woods had copies of the book printed herself and began to hand-sell the novel to booksellers in and around the Philadelphia area and, eventually, across the United States, eventually starting Teri Woods Publishing, a self-publishing house to put out her own work and that of others, principally in the urban fiction genre, aimed at a demographic largely ignored by major publishers.[4] Woods's breakout success helped her negotiate a multimillion-dollar contract with Hachette Book Group USA to re-release her previously published novels.

In 2015, it was announced that True to the Game was being produced into a film of the same name.[5]

Woods is the sister of Dexter Wansel, American keyboardist.

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  1. ^ Barnard, Anne (2008-10-23). "From the streets to the libraries". New York Times. New York City. Retrieved 2013-04-10.
  2. ^ Feeney, Michael J. (2009-10-19). "Blacks slap SoHo club Greenhouse with $1B bias suit following snub of author Teri Woods' guests". Daily News. New York City. Retrieved 2013-04-10.
  3. ^ Morris, Vanessa (2009-07-15). "Q&A: Teri Woods". Library Journal. Retrieved 2013-04-10.
  4. ^ Smith, Dinitia (2004-09-08). "Unorthodox Publisher Animates Hip-Hop Lit". New York Times. New York City. Retrieved 2013-04-10.
  5. ^ Obenson, Tambay A. (December 18, 2015). "Film Adaptations of Teri Woods' Bestsellers 'True to the Game' & 'Dutch' Set to Begin Filming in 2015". Indiewire.