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A New Name in Urban Fiction Publishing

Behind Prison Walls, Marquis McKenzie discovers a Talent for Writing and Entrepreneurship.

Durham, NC, December 21, 2006 --( Author Marquis McKenzie transformed an idea into a company by creating Gatehouse Publications and self publishing his first title, By Sunday Mourn.  The Internet and on-demand printing can turn anyone’s dreams of publishing a novel into reality. With help from friends on the outside, McKenzie made it happen.

McKenzie states, “Gatehouse is a movement that I hope to establish into a national, even international, competitor in the urban fiction market. I want to create an outlet for other inmates to display their talent.”

It’s clear why Gatehouse is referred to as a movement. Word-of-mouth advertising has been the catalyst for propelling sales of McKenzie’s debut novel.  “It isn’t determination that gifted writers behind bars lack, it’s vision. Gatehouse can be the light that guides them.”

In 2003 when By Sunday Mourn was conceived, Teri Woods declined the initial draft. McKenzie overcame the disappointment and rejection by collaborating with other inmates to rejuvenate his story, resulting in an action packed page-turner.

By Sunday Mourn reveals life on the grimiest streets of Durham, North Carolina. Readers will be stunned by the dramatic story of two men who have been successfully robbing big-time drug lords throughout the city for years. When they rob the wrong man for more than a quarter of a million dollars, their lives take a drastic turn for the worse. Time takes on a new meaning for the two because the game must end… By Sunday Mourn.  The book is available for purchase online at

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