Tony Rose is an NAACP Image Award Winner and the Publisher/CEO of Amber Communications Group, Inc., the nation’s largest African-American Publisher of Self-Help Books and Music Biographies and an NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Literature; The 2015 First Read Expo Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Literary Work and Leadership; The Los Angeles Leimert Park Book Fair-Jessie Redmon Fauset Book Awards, African American Book Publisher of the Year”; and, The Harlem Book Fair-Phillis Wheatley Book Awards, African American Book Publisher of the Year”.
In February 1996, Tony Rose bought a book called “How to Self-Publish Your Book” by Dan Poynter, and decided to publish a book that he and his wife, Yvonne had written, “Is Modeling For You: The Handbook and Guide for the Young Aspiring Black Model”. He set up a DBA in Los Angeles and called the new company, Amber Books. “Is Modeling For You: The Handbook and Guide for the Young Aspiring Black Model” was published in September 1997 and The Roses went on a cross-country tour to meet and promote the book to bookstores, distributors, wholesalers, and organizations. “Is Modeling For You” has sold, as of 2017, over 80,000 books.
Today, Tony Rose is the Publisher and CEO of Amber Communications Group, Inc. (ACGI) the nation’s largest African-American publisher of Self-Help Books and Music Biographies. ACGI’s imprints include: the award winning Amber Books Publishing; Colossus Books – Music Biographies; Retro Books – Old School Music Biographies; Amber/Wiley Books – Self Help and Financial Books Co-Published with John Wiley & Sons Inc. /Turner Publishing, and Amber/Tom Joyner Books – Co-Publishing with the Tom Joyner Foundation..
Amber Communications Group, Inc. is the first African-American Independent Publisher to secure a multi-book, Co-Publishing/Imprint deal with a major book publisher (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.), and the first book publisher to have titles licensed by Black Expressions Book Club with thirty-five titles signed to date. In addition, Amber Communications Group, Inc has acquired and licensed paperback rights from: Simon and Schuster, Harper Collins and Hyperion Books for publishing and distribution by ACGI.
He has also successfully negotiated numerous world-wide partnerships, licensing and ebook licensing deals for ACGI in the United States, South Africa, Canada, Europe and Asia, including signing an exclusive eBook international licensing rights deal with K-tel International for seven Colossus Books titles.
In 2001 he responded to the needs of the growing market of self-publishers and founded Quality Press, the nation’s largest “African American Book Packager For Self-Publishers”, in order to accommodate authors who wished to self-publish their books, and placed the Quality Press Self-Publishers Book Division under the direction of Yvonne Rose who is also an Associate Publisher for Amber Communications Group, Inc. and the Director of Quality Press. Over the last fifteen years Quality Press has been responsible for turning many, many thousands of African American writers into Published Authors and Book Publishers.