by Taylor Nix
After sixteen years and sixteen books in urban fiction, Omar Tyree calls it quits. This is according to an editorial written by the author himself on thedailyvoice.com
Tyree is disappointed with readers nowadays. With street literature gaining popularity, crossing over and landing in the laps of mainstream publishers, it seems that the once loyal readership that Tyree had came to know and enjoy has not grown since the times of Flyy Girl. There isn't a call for refreshing material by serious black writers that are willing to take readers to new heights and boundaries.
This may sound a bit hypocritical with Tyree writing a drug dealer book titled: Capital City, but Tyree says he never planned to dwell within those same topics time after time. "I never intended to remain on those same topics. And I didn't. I moved on to cover a dozen other community issues through my work," he says.
Tyree explains that, "Teri Woods, Vickie Stringer, Nikki Turner, Shannon Holmes, K'wan, and several others, related to my "urban classics" alone, and they began to match it, writing from their own sources of hardcore street knowledge. And I can't knock them for writing their honest stories. I can't knock them for wanting to be published. I can't knock them for earning an honest living. But after awhile, as dozens of other new writers began to follow in their footsteps, creating more gold-digging, ghetto girl, gangster love, drug-dealer stories, I had to seriously ask myself, "Don't we have some other things to write about it?"
The straw that broke the camel's back was when retailers told his publisher that his latest novel's title wasn't gritty enough for the urban market. Originally, The Last Street Novel was to be titled The Writer. Which sounds better?
Because his contract is running out, Tyree wrote his last adult urban fiction novel titled: Pecking Order, about the innovation and hustle of making legal money. And now, he is moving on.
Tyree ended on this note, "if the only way I can earn a living now in African-American adult fiction is to sell my people the same poison that they've become addicted to, then I quit with my artistic integrity still in tact, while moving on to a more progressive mission."
So let's support Tyree, get ready for Pecking Order.
For more information, visit: www.omartyree.com
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