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Yes, there is a #MotownWriters @meetup today @detroitlibrary 10am

I’ve been migrainish on and off these past two weeks and have literally slacked on announcing everything.

I take full responsibility. I’ll have gifts and if you bring a gift we can exchange it.

Today we have Christina Dixon
CHRISTINA DIXON brings contagious enthusiasm to whatever she
does. As a publisher and writing coach, she has spent over fifteen years
equipping writers as they go from manuscript to marketplace. In
November 2001 she released her first book entitled, How to Respect
an Irresponsible Man. She is also co-author of the award-winning
book, HELP! for Your Leadership by PriorityONE Publications
where she is Founder and Chief Publishing Midwife. She is a
contributing writer in the book entitled, African American Church
Leadership by Kregel Publications (2013), and the Wisdom and Grace
Devotional Bible for Young Women of Color, by Nia Publishing
(2002). Her current writing project is entitled, From Estranged to Changed: I Got My Kids Back.


BECOMING A WRITER: Why and What to Write
When you’ve got something to say, but you don’t know where to start, how do you become a writer?

If you need more please don’t hesitate to let me know.


Christina Dixon
https://Author. Speaker. Book Coach.


Chief Publishing Midwife

PriorityONE Publications
PO Box 361332

Grosse Pointe, MI 48236


"Taking Writers from Manuscript to Marketplace!"


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Watch “How to Combat Sagging Middle Syndrome in Your Writing” on YouTube

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How To Define And Organize Your Writing Goals (pdf- download)

We hope you enjoy this free guide—our gift to you!

The Goal-Oriented Writer: How To Define And Organize Your Writing Goals offers valuable information on how to become a better writer. We hope this workbook will invigorate you and bring focused, forward momentum to your writing career. HINT: You may want to print out this booklet so you can fill in your own answers as you read along.

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[VIDEO}#AskMeAnything: How to stop using vanity publishing #ceaseanddesist #syltips

Stop using vanity presses.

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Are you happy with your vanity publisher? Are you ready to leave? If you have left what advice would you give to other writers?

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BLOGGING FOR BUSINESS w/@SylviaHubbard1 Workshop Dec17th 10am $$ RSVP now!


“A blog is created every three seconds,” according to Google in 2006. That number has nearly quadrupled today.

“E-marketer.com estimates that in 2012, 96.6 million internet users in the US read a blog at least once a month.”

In 2016, e-Marketer estimates the number to increase to 128.2M or 58% of all US internet users.

Knowing what a blog is and how to set up your platform will give you the advantage with these readers who could quite possibly become your consumers!

With the success of blogging do you really understand what it takes to have a successful blog?

Would you want to learn how to generate traffic? Get return traffic? Make money from your blog? See product and services?

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#MotownWriters Article: What To Do After NaNoWriMo?


What To Do After NaNoWriMo?

You’ve hit the 50K word mark with barely a minute to spare. Congratulations! You’ve won the NaNoWriMo challenge. You’ve created the framework for a novel, with enough substance that you can imagine the finished product. Now what?

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#MotownWriters Article: Instagram for Authors


Instagram for Authors

Social media is tricky to manage, especially for promotional work. How do you build a super-fun Instagram profile that draws followers and builds your fanbase? A few simple tips, however, can help everyone improve their online brand.

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Watch “Rochelle Riley, “The Burden”” on YouTube

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Monthly Writers Groups in Michigan @meetups | Got One? Contact Us! | #writerslife #motownwriters #michiganwriters

#MichLit Monthly @Meetups

Auburn Hills Writing Meeting – Every 2nd Thursday – Contact Host for more – RSVP next meetup

Freelance Market Place & Rochester Writers – Every 3rd Tuesday – Contact Hostfor more info – RSVP next meetup

Motown Writers Meeting – Every 2nd Saturday – Contact Host for more info – RSVPnext meetup

Pen & Tablet Writers – Every 4th Saturday – Contact Host for more info – RSVP next meetup

The Detroit Script Writers – 2nd Thursday – Contact Hostfor more info – RSVP next meetup

AWAOA Metro Detroit Chapter – 3rd Tuesday – Contact Host for more info – RSVP next meetup

AWAOA – Flint Trailblazers – Contact Host for more info – RSVP next meetup

AWAOA – Flint Chapter –  Contact Host for more info – RSVP next meetup

AWAOA – Sterling Heights Chapter –  Contact Host for more info – RSVP next meetup

Filmmakers UNITE –  Contact Host for more info – RSVP next meetup

Barnes and Noble Writer’s Exchange
5275 Harvey St, Muskegon, MI 49444
Contact Store for Next Meetup

Grand Rapids Region Writers Group
Meetings are held on the 2nd Saturday of the month, starting at noon located at Peppino’s Sports Grille, 1515 Eastport Drive, Kentwood.

Mid-Michigan MEETINGS
2nd &  4th Monday’s of each Month
6:30 P.M.
West Branch Public Library
(Community Room Downstairs)
119 N. Fourth Street
West Branch, MI 48661

Ludington Writers Group
meets at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts (107 S Harrison St, Ludington, MI 49431), inside Judith Minty Room 202
Contact Group for next meetup

The Grey Wolfe Scriptorium
145 E 14 Mile Rd, Clawson, MI 48017
Contact Store for next meetup

Shiawassee Area Writers
Monthly Meetups: 1st Tues at Vernon Library & 4th Thurs at Corunna Library
Contact Group for more info

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Michigan Author, Hooyenga releases third novel in series @ghtribune cc @MelanieHoo

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Local author Melanie Hooyenga recently released her latest book, “The Edge Rules.” She’ll hold a book release party today (Saturday, Nov. 3) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Bookman in Grand Haven.

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Synopsis of the book:

Sixteen-year-old Brianna had everything she wanted: money to ski all over the world, underlings to do her bidding, and parents who gave her every freedom — as long as she played by their rules. But when she’s busted shoplifting and assigned to the chain gang, she ditches her shallow ways and realizes being herself is easier than manipulating people.

Forced to partner with kids she’d never dream of befriending — including Xavier, a boy who makes her pulse go into hyperdrive — Brianna vows to be a better person. Breaking Old Brianna’s habits isn’t easy, but her infatuation with Xavier — someone her parents would never approve of — motivates her to keep trying. Even when he convinces her to trade her swanky skis for a beat-up snowboard.

Brianna lets go of her need to control everything and finally starts to feel free — until her past threatens to jeopardize her first real chance at love. She discovers balancing on the edge is as challenging in life as it is in snowboarding, and when a new friend is in trouble, Brianna must decide between the superficial things that used to be her world and putting her friend’s safety before herself.

Why did you write the book?: READ MORE of this interview with the author, by clicking here

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"The Edge Rules"

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Keep Calm and Read Cydney Rax’s Newest Novel: A Sister’s Survival @NeeCee48204 #3ChicksAndSomeBooks

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About the book A Sister’s Survival (Book #2 – The Reeves Sisters Series) To keep their family ties strong, the five Reeves sisters meet regularly to give each other a reality check. But explosive family secrets begin to pour out like molten lava, and forever change all they treasure most . . . After a shattering revelation, youngest sister Elyse struggles to overcome the sexual abuse that nearly destroyed her. Between her tough eldest sister, Alita, and a promising fresh start with a new man, she’s finding the strength to make the most of her fierce intelligence. But Elyse still has a score to settle with the perfect sister she feels betrayed by—and she’s going after everything Burgundy can’t afford to lose . . . Coco thinks her useless baby daddy is finally about to commit—until she catches him with a woman who’s everything she’s not. As she tries to move on with her life, she can’t resist carrying out the ultimate revenge. But when she inadvertently gets caught up in Elyse’s plan, she must confront an unforgivable truth that could crush any chance these sisters have to make things right.


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About Author: Cydney Rax became obsessed with becoming a writer after reading Terry McMillan’s Disappearing Acts. Her author dreams were realized through her eyebrow-raising debut novel, My Daughter’s Boyfriend. Her five novels include My Husband’s Girlfriend, Brothers and Wives, My Best Friend and My Man, and My Sister’s Ex (cited by ® as one of 2009’s best reads). She has also contributed to the anthologies Crush and Reckless.
Born and raised in Detroit, she graduated from Cass Technical High School and earned an undergraduate degree from Eastern Michigan University. She resides in Houston. Visit her online via Facebook, www.cydneyrax.com, or email her at booksbycyd@aol.com




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#MotownWriters Article: Tips to Help Pantsers Get Moving Again When the Story Stops


Those who are pantsers (who write by the seat of the pants, rather than outlining a story) can run into a problem that outliners don’t encounter as much: the story stalling.

It’s happened to every pantser at least once, where they’re in a groove, the story is moving along nicely, and then bam, nothing seems to work. Everything they want to write seems flat or the story just doesn’t move in a compelling way anymore. So, if you’re a pantser and your story has stalled, here a couple of things to try to get your writing mojo flowing again.

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Support Books for Detroit Today: Your donation is now tax deductible via @blackbird_lit #motownwriters #michiganwriters #booklife

Thanks to your support, we are now a tax deductible organization!

Thanks to you, we have been able to distribute thousands of books since we started, and we are now an official 501c3 tax-deductible organization.

We have big plans for the coming year, and all of them revolve around getting more books into the hands of more Detroiters. But we need your help. We have the ambitious goal of raising $45,000 by the end of the year–can you help us get there?

The amount of influence the ability to read can have on a lifetime is infinite.

Thank you for making it possible.

Wishing you a warm holiday season,

–Valerie Vande Panne and the Blackbird Literacy team
Books for Detroit + Infinite Possibilities

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