1. Guest: J. Michael Collins Call-in Time: 5:30 p.m.
Guest summary: J. Michael is a photographer and overall friend and a huge supporter of the literary community. He publishes the online magazine sswmagazine.com, coined as the literary community for authors, poets, playwrights, journalist and others who write.
SSW is an online magazine that’s designed around the needs of the literary community.
We started as a local newsletter (Scribblers, Screamers and other Wordslingers) and after only five months of publishing we realized that we needed a broader platform in order to better serve this community.
We are preparing many new features that we hope will benefit writers from every genre.
In the meantime, if you would like to view past issues of the newsletter in PDF form you can go to sswmag.wordpress.com.
Our goal is to make SSW Magazine the destination for writers when they need the latest news and information relative to their needs.
Additionally, SSW will be a community with the goal of sharing experiences and ideas with others. We urge you to participate by being a regular contributor and reader on this new site.
The formal title is Scribblers, Screamers and other Wordslingers. (Scribblers write, while Screamers recite, they’re all Wordslingers, you know, they’re literary types.)
The title is a parody on those who write, speak and visually communicate through artistic means by use of any medium, be it books, songs, poetry, photography, film, stage and more.
Though the title is meant to provoke humor the publication is seriously dedicated to keeping the literary community informed. It also provides information to the broader community about upcoming events, new artist, product reviews and other valuable information about the literary and artist communities.
We also want to connect new and established authors and artist with others in the community to promote, sell and/or exchange products, services, ideas and information.
We know that several credible options already exist for readers seeking information about what’s going on in the literary community and SSW simply wants to be one more option that the consumer will have.
2. Guest: Lenderrick Jones Call-in Time: 5:45 p.m.
Guest summary: Lenderrick Jones is the CEO of Focus One Entertainment, producers of the film Chasing Smoke.
About the film Chasing Smoke:
Chasing Smoke is an urban comedic portrayal of friends seeking a place to chill out and unwind with the proverbial ‘joint.’ The group meet with resistance at every turn. The all-Detroit cast including Kemarr Brooks, T.Q. Powell and Elisa Noeske will take you on a rollercoaster ride as they, indeed, chase smoke. Will they every get to relax and enjoy their day?
What: Red Carpet Premiere of Chasing Smoke
Where: Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center 311 E. Grand River, Detroit
This is the story of Versandra Kennebrew, a massage therapist, who dreams of becoming a successful business owner. But her dream turns into a nightmare when she becomes homeless. What she doesn’t know is her homelessness actually is a blessing that propels her into a life of wealth beyond her imagination.
The Art of Acting Workshop is for Children and Adults
Currently there are two weeks July 11th and July 18th
Children Workshop is offered 2 weeks Monday – Friday 1:00p – 5:30p; Saturday, Family Showcase
Adult Workshop is offered 1 week, Monday – Friday, 6:30p – 9:30p; Saturday, Family Showcase
Her book is called Grace Will Lead Me Home
The meet and greet is Saturday, July 9, 2011, 5 – 7pm at the Virgil H Carr Cultural Arts Center. RSVP for An Evening with Robin Givens online at www.theforeverjourney.com or Cheryl Patterson at 313.778.4449, 313.965.8430.
Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, it’s important to have an opt-in form on your website to capture email addresses of visitors, so that you can contact them now and in the future. Keeping in touch through email helps to build relationships, reinforce your expertise, and keep potential customers from forgetting about you.
You can send “broadcast emails” to your list at any time and use “autoresponders” to automatically send out one or more pre-written emails at specified intervals after someone joins the list. Here’s an example of an autoresponder: when you submit an online form to get a free ebook from someone, you might get an email with a link to the ebook immediately, and then get a follow up message seven days later, and another message ten days after that.
Here are just a few of the ways that authors can promote through autoresponders and broadcast emails:
Offer a sample chapter, short story, prequel, ebook, report, or instructional video to people who sign up for your mailing list. This free bonus should be designed to promote your book or other products.
Send a newsletter to subscribers with educational or entertainment value.
Send your list an announcement of new books or products, and new editions and formats of your book.
Offer free or paid mini-courses, online training, or teleseminars, and use the autoresponder to deliver information to the registrants on an automated basis.
In my latest newsletter, I published a more in-depth article that explains how autoresponders work, explores ways that fiction and nonfiction authors can use autoresponders to promote books, and offers tips on choosing a service provider. If you’re not already a subscriber, sign up today to get access to the archive of in-depth newsletter articles and get three free ebooks on book marketing.
Monica Marie Jones is an educator, motivator, performer and author of three novels and one book of poetry, with one on the way, A Sweet Soliloquy: A Collection of Poems.
And don’t forget to check out Ms. Jones every other Monday at 8pm
Monica Marie Jones is an author whose published works include The Ups and Downs of Being Round (Fiction/Self-Help), Taste My Soul (Poetry) FLOSS (Fiction) and Swag (Urban Fiction). She is a contributing author in Chicken Soup for the Girls Soul, New Directions for Youth Development, 44th (A full color coffee table book about President Barack Obama)and Souls of Our Young Sisters: The Next Generation of Women Tell Their Stories, Overcome Their Challenges, and Heal Their Spirits. She has also contributed to several publications and youth development training materials for the High/Scope Educational Research Foundation. She has worked as a columnist and freelance writer for various publications and websites including the Michigan Front Page Newspaper and is an active member of the Motown Writer’s Network where she is the host of her own show, “Marketing and Motivation Mondays with Monica Marie Jones” on the Michigan Literary Network Radio.
Monica received her Bachelor’s Degree and teaching certificate in Elementary Education from Eastern Michigan University. She also received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan.
Monica is a youth development expert that does training and consultation for the Center for Youth Program Quality (a joint venture of the Forum for Youth Investment and The High/Scope Educational Research Foundation.)
She is a professionally trained dancer and dance instructor that has danced with Gospel recording artists such as Dorinda Clark-Cole, in several venues around the United States, and a three-city tour in Japan with Kierra ‘Ki-Ki’ Sheard.
Monica uses her gifts, talents and expertise to inform her work as a motivational speaker with a focus on topics including but not limited to self-esteem, empowering women and girls, fitness and wellness, and youth development.
About the book Soliloquy: A Collection of Poems:
Sweet Soliloquy is a collection of poetic reflections of the heart and soul of a woman who is driven by passion. It begins with “Heart Whisper,” which focuses on faith and family. “Soul Cry” serves some thought provoking poems that prepare you for the deeper dive into the depths of the author’s soul. “Hearts Desire” is quite simply all about love and “Soul Kiss” is all about passion. Last but not least, “Soul Seduction” delves into erotic poetry. Upon completion of this book readers will be affected spiritually, emotionally physically and intellectually.
* 5 p.m. – Michelle Waters, author of Can’t Let Him Go and to be released in July, Through the Eyes off My Mulato Daughter; www.michellewaters.com
* 5:30 p.m. – Simone Mimbs, author of Confessions of a Sinner; www.simonemimbs.com
* 5:50 – Romondo Locke, Publications Specialist, Detroit Main Library, to speak about Authors at The Men’s Health Fair
Monique Mensah is a native Detroiter with an innate love for the written word. She has been an avid reader of fiction since her early years in elementary school when she used to read The “Nancy Drew” and “The Babysitter’s Club ” series. She inherited her fondness for the arts and African-American fiction from her mother who regularly enjoyed black literature. Her mother encouraged her to read at least two novels per month with a promise of increased allowance during the summer months away from school. Monique’s talent for writing was first discovered by her third grade teacher who regularly asked the young student to share her short stories with the class and sometimes the principal and other school administration during assemblies and PTO meetings. At that time she declared her dream to become a published author, as she believed it was what she was destined to be. She continued to receive praise for her writing throughout middle and high school.
While attending the University of Michigan, Monique put her dreams of becoming an author on hold as she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. After graduation, she landed a job in the mortgage industry. Although the job provided steady income and a comfortable lifestyle for both her and her young daughter, she still felt unfulfilled as she realized that she always wanted something more. After being prompted by her best friend to , “just write a book”, she started her first novel. Finding time during lunch breaks at work and late night evenings, Monique completed her first manuscript, Who Is He To You. Shortly after, she launched Kisa Publishing and published her debut novel.
Monique now resides in Southfield, MI where she is raising her daughter and working full-time for a private university. She also the principal and founder of Make Your Mark Editing Services and a guest reviewer for RAWSISTAZ Literary Group. Stay tuned for more drama-filled pages of literary adrenaline as this break-through author gives readers fresh perspectives and edgy plots as never written before.
About the books
Who Is He And What Is He To You?
When love involves incest, self-mutilation, drug-addiction, and murder will you fight to hold on or will you gain the strength to escape before its too late?
Simone, a shockingly beautiful teen, is on the downward spiral of destruction as she battles incest and self-hatred. Rapidly losing faith in a seemingly unresponsive God, she has no hope or refuge. She finds cutting to be the only way to relieve her pain and heal her gaping wounds. As she loses herself in uncertainty and mixed emotions, she realizes that she must do something to regain control of her life and restore her family back to normalcy and happiness. But Simone may be too late as unexpected events threaten to throw her dream of contentment far out of reach.
Due to her husband, Ross, business acumen and affluence, Jessica lives the upscale lifestyle of a refined society matron. She strives to be the perfect wife, but without her husband, she would be nothing more than the abused stripper he rescued 16 years ago and Ross never lets her forget it. When their marriage is threatened and it forces her to face her detestable past, Jessica vows to do whatever it takes to protect what she has rightfully earned, even if it means murder.
Ryan, a fiery and fashionable thirty-something, is quickly slipping into depression and prescription drug addiction. The only thing that keeps her hanging on to hope is the faint sound of wedding bells as her boyfriend, Anthony, artfully dangles the empty promise of marriage. As she watches their relationship dissolve, she finds that she must dig deep within herself for love and self-esteem. But when she digs, she uncovers much more than she bargained for. She finds herself on a mission of self-restoration while trying to save the life of someone she doesnt even know.
As the shattered lives of three very different women collide, they find that they have one thing in common: they are all in a desperate fight to hang onto love. Will Simone, Jessica, and Ryan win the battle or will they find out who he is to you and be forced to retreat? Who Is He To You features quickly changing perspectives and takes place in posh suburban mansions, wild parties, trailer parks, exclusive private schools and strip clubs. It all comes together in a shocking finish where the main characters will experience injury, imprisonment and even death while crafting new lives from the ashes of their ruination.
Rain (Coming Soon)
I will the rain to be the source of life . . .
Rain grapples with memories of a horrific past that leaves her far from unscathed. After witnessing her mothers gruesome murder as a child, she is now left piecing together the fragments of her shattered psyche as an adult. Quickly, she is drowning in years of frustration and confusion with no promise of relief. Sinister visions and undying spirits haunt Rain relentlessly, driving her deeper into darkness and lunacy. Rains grandmother, GiGi, tries her best to help Rain face the truth, urging her to confront her past, but the past is too painfulits easier to hide.
As Rain struggles desperately to define herself, she’s forced to brave her live-in siblings: a violent and narcissistic brother, Danny, who resents her weakness and Carmen, her promiscuous and hostile older sister, who wishes Rain would disappear. In her fragile mental state, Rain is ill-equipped to handle the chaos of their ruptured lives. When Rain, Carmen, and Danny are submerged into the horrors of prostitution, drug-addiction, domestic violence, and murder, Rain is left alone to face her internal demons and find her identity, with no one to answer to, but herself.
- 5:30 p.m. NEW Keith Jones, author of the motivational book, Cookin Up Your Dreams, www.chefkdj.com
Keith Jones Bio:
Keith Denard Jones or Chef KDJ as his pupils affectionately call him, feeds all the senses while sharing over twenty years of culinary artistry and chef’s secrets through his “Eatertainment” presentations.
“Eatertainment” debuted November 9, 2009 on Colours TV. Chef Keith Jones brings his entertaining presentations to the world of delicious, healthy food preparation. A fifteen week series 2 p.m. EST every Monday.
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Jones studied under certified Master Chef, Edward Janos for eight years, learning classical French cuisine and techniques. “Edward is my mentor and I owe my culinary skills to him. He took a genuine interest in me at an early age and created the foundation that my career is based on today.”
Jones was certified as an Executive Chef in December 1999. Since his certification, he has won several medals from the American Culinary Federation culinary salons in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Colorado, including the grand prize in the Clos Du Bois Wine and Food Pairing competition.
Formerly known as “The Champagne Chef,” Jones recently served for 10 years as the Executive Chef for Roth Distributing Company, a high end appliance distributer. In representing Roth, he trained professional chefs and novices on how to use commercial and residential cooking equipment.
Jones has been featured on The YES Network, (Yankees Entertainment Sports – New York), V-103 FM (Atlanta),KUSATV, Rocky Mountain PBS, Mix100.3 Radio, Rocky Mountain News, Mangia, Colorado Expression, Architecture and Design of The West, Denver Business Journal, ColoradoProud and 5280, Denver’s Mile-High Magazine.
His culinary variety show aired nationwide Summer 2006 on ColoursTV.
Other interesting events Chef Keith has been a part of:
Republican and Democratic Conventions
Rolex Equestrian Time Trials
Ferrari Challenge (race series)
American Le Mans (race series)
The International Golf Tournament
2002 Winter Olympics
2007 Women’s Expo, Denver and Des Moines
2008 Restaurant and Culinary Expo
About the book Cooking Up Your Dreams:
Have you ever had a passion, but been afraid or timid to strike out on your own to make your dreams real? In this inspirational book, Chef Keith takes a close look at what it takes to have a passion and make it part of the magic that defines each of us.
Guest summary: Chiquita is the co-host of the Grown Folks Concert series, and is hosting an evening of entertainment, a poets and storytellers event called, P. S.: Poets and Storytellers Entangled for Peace on May 28.
About the organization:
The organization is a team of professional storytellers dedicated to preserving the oral tradition of African/African American storytelling. All are members of the National Association of Black Storytellers (NABS). All are members of Toastmasters International.
What we do:
We have FUN! We entertain and educate by sharing the storytelling experience with all audiences through storytelling performances and workshops.
What are these Grown Folks Concerts?
Our target audience is grown folks…adults. These concerts provide an elegant night out for grown folks to hear some good old fashioned storytelling. These concerts are hilarious and a lot of fun.
Grown Folks Storytellers’ History:
Master Teller Ivory D. Williams created the Grown Folks concept in 2005 to give adults a venue for good, clean fun that they can not only listen/watch, but participate in. A different form of entertainment. Initially designed as a one shot deal, it has expanded to two major concerts each year since 2005
Join Author and Motivational Speaker Monica Marie Jones as she shares Book and Business Marketing tips on a budget and Motivation to keep you striving toward your goals! This week’s show features the well known reviewer, Joey Pinkney! In addition to being an author himself, he is one of the BIGGEST author advocates in the business. His “5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…” Author interview series features and promotes self-published authors and authors from major publishing houses around the globe! This is a show that you DO NOT want to miss!
Join Author and Motivational Speaker Monica Marie Jones as she shares Book and Business Marketing tips on a budget and Motivation to keep you striving toward your goals! This week’s show features Jah X El, the inspirational poet who is on a mission to encourage, uplift and empower women. This is a show that you DO NOT want to miss!
Join Author and Motivational Speaker Monica Marie Jones as she shares Book and Business Marketing tips on a budget and Motivation to keep you striving toward your goals! This week’s show features K.B Whitaker, debut author of the novel, Fifty-Seven. This is a show that you DO NOT want to miss!
5:50 – NEW Troy Johnson, founder and webmaster of AALBC.com, LLC (The African American Literature Book
Club). He will be hosting a free workshop for traditional publishing
avenues on Sat., 4/17 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American
History in Detroit; www.aalbc.com He will speak
about the event and the importance of bookclubs to authors and the economy.
Michigan Literary Network for all things literary and helping to increase
literacy rates around Metro Detroit
Join Author and Motivational Speaker Monica Marie Jones as she shares Book and Business Marketing tips on a budget and Motivation to keep you striving toward your goals! This week’s show features Mittie Stephens-Lewis of Business Support by Mittie. This is a show that you DO NOT want to miss! Call-in Number: (646) 915-9177
Motown Writers Meetup Group (Please forward this to a friend and bring several friends with you.) See ya Sat and please bring a donation to help us out. Also bring your literary challenges, new books to announce and achievements. Networking is key to our survival as writers and authors! This is your chance to learn, network and connect! Detroit, MI 48202 - U […]
Motown Writers Meetup Group Writing exercises, discussion, networking and critique every 3rd Thursday at 6:30 at the Auburn Hills Library. Auburn Hills, MI 48326 - USA Thursday, December 19 at 6:30 PM Attending: 4 Details: http://www.meetup.com/michiganliterarynetwork/events/153222432/
Motown Writers Meetup Group formerly American Christian Writers Detroit Chapter, Monthly writers meeting. Education and inspiration for aspiring and established writers.$5 Suggested donation at door Detroit, MI 48227 - USA Thursday, December 26 at 6:30 PM Attending: 2 Details: http://www.meetup.com/michiganliterarynetwork/events/dvjglfyrqbjc/
Motown Writers Meetup Group (Please forward this to a friend and bring several friends with you.) See ya Sat and please bring a donation to help us out. Also bring your literary challenges, new books to announce and achievements. Networking is key to our survival as writers and authors! This is your chance to learn, network and connect! Detroit, MI 48227 - U […]
Recurring Event First start: 2013-07-18 21:00:00 EDT Duration: 10800 Where: 12511 Woodward off of Glendale, in Highland Park Event Status: confirmed Event Description: w/ Torreano Resean Harrison contact https://www.facebook.com/Caesar.Torreano
Recurring Event First start: 2013-07-18 18:30:00 EDT Duration: 9000 Where: 19180 Grand River Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48223 Event Status: confirmed Event Description: Open Mic tonight and every Thursday Always Brewing Detroit! Sign-up starts at 6:30pm, performances start at 7pm. Come and bring a friend! This is an open mic for poets, storytellers, singers/song […]
When: Sun Sep 22, 2013 to Sat Sep 28, 2013 Where: EVERYWHERE Event Status: confirmed Event Description: The last week in September is designated as Banned Books Week in honor of great authors that have been challenged by various institutions
When: Sat Dec 15, 2012 10am to 12pm ESTReplaces event originally scheduled for: Sat Dec 22, 2012 10am Where: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History - Detroit, MI Event Status: confirmed Event Description: Detroit Association of Black Storytellers (DABS) meets at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on the 4th Saturday of each m […]
Bolade Omo Niaja posted a link to Motown Writers Network's wall: Independent Writers Support Twitter Account (https://twitter.com/IndieWriterSupp) I will like to inform you that Indie Writers Support is now doing free re-tweets for all indie authors. If you are promoting your book via twitter and want Indie Writers Support to re-tweet it then please men […]
Bigmofrombflo Boyd posted a photo on Motown Writers Network's wall: Pam is almost to her breaking point. She has a love and hate type relationship with everyone she’s in contact with including her three children. She knows that she hasn’t been the perfect mother, but due to unfortunate circumstances in her life with her children’s father, she tends to t […]
Naomi Daniel posted a link to Motown Writers Network's wall: CORRECTION for Michigan Literary Network Radio today. Our first guest, Jeanne Sirotkin is the author of "Wrestling the Bear" (not from Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room). Check her out at www.jeannespage.com. We're on at 5:30 p.m. ET., bit.lyNh9eQg or listen live at (646) 91 […]
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Naomi Daniel posted a video on Motown Writers Network's wall: Today is MICHIGAN LITERARY NETWORK RADIO DAY!! Sylvia Hubbard's two guests are Jeanne Sirotkin of Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room, and author/illustrator Nick Adkins. Join us on the air at 5:30 p.m. ET, bit.ly/Nh9eQg or call in to listen live to (646) 915-9177. We're all liter […]