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About @SylviaHubbard1

AUTHOR, MOTHER, SPEAKER, JOURNALIST, CONSULTANT & MORE! Divorced Mother of three, Detroiter, Sylvia Hubbard, is not only an award winning best selling author of over 28 books, but also founder of one of Michigan's largest interactive literary community, The Motown Writers Network/The Michigan Literary Network.

First Things First! What to Research Before Writing?

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“How to Research the Competition Before Your Write Your Book” was the title of a blog post that Stephanie Chandler wrote years ago.  I remembered it when I met a group of writers recently, talking with them about the book-writing and marketing process.

Imagine you build a house: You buy a property, but don’t care about zoning, you start building your home without any architectural or static plans, just erecting the beams or setting one stone over the other. The roof? The windows? You don’t care about these details, they will eventually fall in place … You may laugh to read about such a stupid way to start building a home – but it is equal to the way how some writers start their book, their publishing and book marketing.
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Research Is Not Popular
The word research is often not very popular with authors – but unfortunately many writers can relate…

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7 fool-proof marketing tips to promote your blog

Originally posted on Nicholas C. Rossis:

So, you want to promote your blog? Here are some blog marketing tips on how to do so.
  1. Have good content, posted regularly. It’s best if this has a narrow scope. Since I write mostly genre fiction – fantasy and sci-fi – I post things of interest to fans and fellow authors. Use a catchy title for your posts.

  2. Don’t be afraid to reblog. Be nice about it, though. Summarize the post you liked, adding a “to read more about this, visit…” link, with the original address. Mention the original blogger by name. They will be grateful, and your visitors will think of you as a portal that links to interesting information.
  3. In the same manner, encourage people to reblog your posts and link back to you, ideally using your post’s title. Google loves external links, and the title contains your keywords.
  4. Respond to comments on your blog and thank your readers…

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Being More Efficient

Originally posted on Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors:

I recently read a magazine article that said people who are successful in various fields spend no more than 4-5 hours a day doing their work.*  The idea is not how much you work, but how focused you are when you work.  This got me thinking about what we do as writers.  The most important thing we can do is write.  Without a book, we won’t have a product.

While I think social networking is good for building up a platform, establishing a brand, and making connections, I don’t think it’s the way you will sell the most books.  For more on why I believe this, read Kristen Lamb’s blog post “Social Media, Book Signings & Why Neither Directly Impact Overall Sales”.  I see no reason to restate her main points.  Social networking in all its forms is about connecting with people.  I do think it’s important, but writing is way…

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Former Detroit Library Chief Admin Pleads Guilty To Bribery, Conspiracy Charges

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DETROIT (WWJ) – The ex-technology chief for Detroit’s public libraries has pleaded guilty to bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery.

Forty-seven-year-old Timothy Cromer faces up to 15 years in prison when he’s sentenced.

Cromer was the library system’s chief administrative and technology officer in 2006-13.

He was in charge of overseeing contracts and major library projects.

The FBI raided his home and office in 2012.

His sentencing is August 14.

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10 Easy Things You Can Do Now To Prepare Your Manuscript For Publishing As An Ebook

Originally posted on Creative Writing Contests:

10 Easy Things You Can Do Now To Prepare Your Manuscript For Publishing As An Ebook

By Jack Dunigan

Before you do too much formatting, consider these preliminary steps in Microsoft Word to make your life easier when it comes time to self-publish your ebook. This is NOT a comprehensive guide for formatting your ebook, but I’ll show you where to get that information for free and don’t fret; it’s easier than you think!

1. Prepare a cover. Check with the publishing platform (see the links below) for their formatting guidelines. For example, Kindle wants a .jpg file at least 1000 pixels long on the longest side with a height/width ratio of 1.6.

2. Set Word to show all the formatting marks. In Word 2010, go to File -> Options -> Display. Click on the “Show All Formatting Marks” box. Your manuscript will become littered with hundreds of little marks…

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Two Sylvias Poetry Prize

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TWO SYLVIAS PRIZE  —

$15 ENTRY FEE.

Winner receives his or her chapbook published as both print and ebook;

20 copies of the print version for the winner; $250 prize;

and an amethyst depression-glass trophy cup (circa 1930′s).

Submit 17-24 pages of poetry.

Deadline June 16, 2014.

Visit the website: http://twosylviaspress.com/chapbook-prize.html

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Last Call! THE GASSNER PLAYWRITING AWARD

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THE GASSNER PLAYWRITING AWARD

$10 ENTRY FEE.

Two cash prizes will be awarded: First Prize of $1,000, and Second Prize of $500.

The judges may withhold prizes if in their opinion no play merits the award.

Only full-length scripts are accepted.

Deadline April 15, 2014.

The competition is open to all playwrights.

Submissions must be new full-length plays.

Musicals will not be considered.

Visit the website:  http://www.netconline.org/john-gassner-award.php 

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GREAT BLUE HERON POETRY CONTEST & SHELDON CURRIE FICTION PRIZE

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GREAT BLUE HERON POETRY CONTEST

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SHELDON CURRIE FICTION PRIZE

$2,400 in Prizes!

Deadlines: Fictionentries must be postmarked by May 30, 2014 
Poetrymust be postmarked by June 30, 2014 
Guidelines: Previously published works, works accepted for publication or simultaneous submissions are ineligible. No electronic submissions, please. Fiction entries must be typed, double-spaced, one side of page only – poetry must be single-spaced. Please include a separate cover sheet containing your identifying information as well as the titles of all entries. Past winners may not enter.
Your name must appear ONLY on the cover page.
Sheldon Currie Fiction Prize:
Stories on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 20 pages.
First prize: $600 & publication;
Second prize: $400 & publication;
Third prize: $200 & publication;
Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest:
Poems on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 4 pages. Maximum 150 lines. Entries might be one longer…

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Join #MWN TODAY wsg/@OneSingleRose to learn how 2write, publish & market yr poetry| w/special performances

This morning, April 12, 2014 at 10:00 a.m., Rose Marie Wilson aka One Single Roses Bloom (that’s my workshop/motivation series) will be conducting a workshop for the Motown Writers Network at Barnes and Noble, 82 Warren Avenue at Woodward in #Detroit. It’s absolutely FREE! Come on out, poets, writers, authors and lovers of books–network, shake a hand or two or three. Here’s a link to the Motown Writers Network on FB. They always have a wealth of information to share. https://www.facebook.com/groups/motownwriters/ — with Andrea Daniel and 2 others at Wayne State University Barnes & Noble.

To find out more about Rose Marie Wilson,check out her website at: http;//onesinglerose.com

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Are you an aspiring author? Need tips on finishing your book? w/@ReshondaT #Detroit

Are you an aspiring author? Need tips on finishing your book?
You won’t want to miss this event!

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A Literary Workshop Dinner
With
National Bestselling Author
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NAACP Image Award Winner
ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Place: Fellowship chapel
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Detroit, Michigan 48235
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Thursday April 17, 2014
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Tickets are limited! Sign up today!
For ticket information please contact Gina Johnson at
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A-Z Guide: How both my books reached #1 on Amazon @Nicholas_Rossis

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Pearseus, Rise of the Prince (book 2 in the series) book coverA-Z Guide: How both my books reached #1 on Amazon.

via A-Z Guide: How both my books reached #1 on Amazon.

 

This was an amazing article I read in my research hour on Nicolas Rossis’ website that I must share with you!

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Hello!

News: http://alisonbickmore.co.uk/fgx/wmn-news.php

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Blogger versus WordPress Blogs – Pro and Con’s

@SylviaHubbard1:

This is a great article to read!

Originally posted on Savvy Writers & e-Books online:

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Blogging

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Many traditional websites only have 5-6 pages, so the maximum number of times they will ever get indexed by search engines is 5 or 6 times, if they are static pages and not constantly updated.
However,
when you create a blog, every single post you publish has its own URL. Suddenly you can go from 5-6 pages to 20, 50, 100 or over 1,000 at http://SavvyBookWriters.wordpress.com.

If you would like to use a free blog, you have the choice of WordPress or Blogger. Both of them are great blogging systems, but you might be wondering which one to choose. Both WordPress.com and Blogger are great free sites, but which is the right one for you?

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BLOGGER (Blogspot.com)
Blogger is a Google service, and just like YouTube, requires a Google account. It is very easy to use and maintain. With Blogger you get only Google+, Tweet and…

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Support @Boys2Books, Metro #Detroit Afterschool Literacy Initiative #michlit #mwn #MotownLit

boystobooks

The program focuses on improving the lives of young males through literacy, leadership, and life skills. The program has been receiving local and national attention via BET, PBS, and other media sources.  Boys2Books1

For more info. about Boys 2 Books visit: http://www.eddieconnor.com/boys2books or call 313.469.1947

 

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99 Top Forums/Blogs to Post Your Book FREE

@SylviaHubbard1:

Great Resource

Originally posted on Savvy Writers & e-Books online:

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There are more than 46 Top Websites …, more than one road to success and here you get enough material to work on for many months. Remember:  as more your books information, order links and its cover is visible online, as more people will notice it.  Take advantage, that on some sites, for example on Pinterest, Google+ and some communities you can show your books cover more than once. However read carefully the guidelines on forums you want to join, and their policies.

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  1. http://pinterest.com/111publishing/
  2. http://bit.ly/VmtVAS
  3. http://bit.ly/1e1pCCN
  4. http://bit.ly/1a827Xv
  5. http://bit.ly/13NFyBT
  6. http://bit.ly/HwcJpA
  7. http://bit.ly/1dy6IU9
  8. http://bit.ly/1dy6IU9
  9.        http://www.kindlemojo.com
  10.        http://www.Wattpad.com
  11.        http://blog.booksontheknob.org/
  12.        http://www.askdavid.com/
  13.        http://www.goodreads.com/
  14.        http://www.booktalk.org/
  15.        http://www.booktalk.com/authors/
  16.        http://www.librarything.com/
  17.        http://www.shelfari.com/
  18.        http://authonomy.com
  19.        http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums
  20.        http://forums.onlinebookclub.org
  21.        http://www.bookandreader.com
  22.        http://thebookmarketingnetwork.com/forum

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