A Journalist, Historian, Essence best selling author, and NAACP Literary Award Nominee. Born and raised in Harlem.
After earning a journalism degree from Temple University she was a staff writer for the Associated Press, The Norfolk Virginian Pilot, and lastly for The Philadelphia Inquirer where she was employed for nine years. She also worked as a correspondent for People Magazine from 1996 to 1999.
Miller and has been featured in programs on The History Channel, BET, and TV-1 discussing various historical Harlem events and personalities.
Miller wrote her first novel-- Satin Doll -- in 1999, and after many unsuccessful attempts at finding a publisher, decided to self-publish. She sold 28,000 copies on her own in just three months, and Satin Doll wound up on the Essence Bestseller's List for two months.
Publishing rights were later sold to Simon & Schuster (via auction) for six figures.
Miller went on to write five other Essence Bestselling novels for Simon & Schuster, Warner Books, and Grand Central Books.
Miller -- who is included in the book Literary Divas: The Top 100+ Most Admired African-American Women In Literature -- often gives publishing and self-publishing seminars in her Philadelphia home, and was the CEO of Oshun Publishing Company which first published Daaimah S. Poole's Essence Magazine's bestselling novel, 'Yo Yo Love' as well as 'The Guide to Becoming the Sensuous Black Woman,' 'Raw: An Erotic Street Tale," and 'Harlem Godfather: The Rap on My Husband, Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson,' which she co-wrote with Mayme Johnson, 93-year old widow of the legendary gangster.
Miller also worked as a literary agent, and an editor before retiring.
Books written by Karen E. Quinones Miller:
Using What You Got
Harlem Godfather (co-written with Mayme Johnson)
An Angry-Ass Black Woman
Hittin' It Out The Park (co-written with Allison Hobbs)
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How to Write a Query Letter:
Dear readers, YOU are my community!
My readers, my friends, and all who just happen come across this website.
I believe we are put on this earth in order to help each other in any way we can, so don't ever hesitate to reach out if you need help.
In addition to being an author, I'm also a community/social activist. My heart has broken a thousand times in the last 8-10 years over the atrocities that have been visited
upon us . . . from the Trayvon Martin murder and before, to the George Floyd murder and after.
So you will see that on my blog I write post about the art of writing/publishing, social justice issues, and African-American history . . . amongst other stuff.
And that's because I like to write, and I LOVE writing about things that help us move forward -- as a community.