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This Weekend, at Source Booksellers – May 26, 2018 #Detroit #IndieBooks #MichiganWriters #motownwriters #michlit via @sourcebksellers

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Saturday, May 26

10 a.m.

Chair Yoga w/Gail

Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support.

This class is free and open to the public but we do encourage a love offering for our generous instructor who donates her time.

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REMINDER!

Monday, May 28

In honor of Memorial Day, Source Booksellers will be closed. We’ll reopen at 11 a.m. on May 29.

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Come in for your copy of the New York Times Sunday Edition!

Call us to reserve your copy at (313) 832-1155 or email to sourcebooksellers@gmail.com.

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We’re Open Seven Days a Week!
(Except select holidays as noted)

Mon.-Sat. 11a-7p

Sun. 12-5p

All year long remember to…

See you soon!

Sincerely,

The Source Booksellers Team

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Event: The 13th Annual Interlochen Writers Retreat (June 11-14, 2018) | #michlit #motownwriters #michigan |

Interlochen Writers Retreat

The 13th Annual Interlochen Writers Retreat (June 11-14, 2018) offers a choice of four courses, each grounded in different craft concepts, across genres, with an emphasis on generating new work, and appealing to advanced and beginning writers alike. Spend four days studying the craft concept of your choice —content, character, image, narrative— and write new material across an array of genres, or apply new knowledge to your existing drafts as you gain skills in class and write independently during “off” hours. Attend provocative presentations by the faculty, as well as faculty and participant readings. Enjoy lakeside lunches and spontaneous conversations around campus while making connections in the literary world that will last for years to come.

2018 Writers Retreat Course Descriptions: Click Here!

Faculty:
(Extra)ordinary Content: Patricia Ann McNair
Character Development: Eric Charles May
Image Across Genres: Brittany Cavallaro
Building Narratives: Desiree Cooper
Artistic Director: Katey Schultz
Writer-in-Residence: Anne-Marie Ooman
Writer-in-Residence: Mardi Jo Link

 

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#Detroit Public Library Spring Author Series: @CharlieLeDuff via @detroitlibrary – Main #michiganwriter #motownwriters #michlit

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Sh*tshow! The Country’s Collapsing and the Ratings Are Great”
A daring, firsthand, and an utterly-unscripted account of the crisis in America, from Ferguson to Flint to Cliven Bundy’s ranch to Donald Trump’s unstoppable campaign for President–at every turn, Pulitzer-prize winner and bestselling author of Detroit: An American Autopsy, Charlie LeDuff was there.
Charlie LeDuff is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, formerly at the New York Times, the Detroit News, and Detroit’s Fox 2 News. He was one of several reporters who worked on The New York Times series “How Race Is Lived in America,” which was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2001. LeDuff has covered the war in Iraq, crossed the border with Mexican migrants, and chronicled a Brooklyn firehouse in the aftermath of 9/11. The author of DetroitUS Guys, and Work and Other Sins, he lives near Detroit.
An audience Q & A session and book signing will take place following the presentation.
Parking is available in our staff parking lot on Putnam St. Entrance to the library is through either the Woodward or Cass Avenue doors. Accessible parking is available in the circle drive on Cass Avenue. This event is free and open to the public.

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DATE AND TIME

Wed, May 30, 2018

5:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

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LOCATION

Detroit Public Library- Main

5201 Woodward Avenue

Clara Stanton Jones Friends Auditorium

Detroit, MI 48202

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#MotownWriters: Coming in August: Second Time Sweeter: A Blessings Novel by Bestselling Michigan Author Beverly Jenkins @authormsbev

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Second Time Sweeter: A Blessings Novel

by Beverly Jenkins  (Author)

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NAACP nominee and USA Today bestselling author Beverly Jenkins continues her beloved Blessings series with a new heartwarming novel set in Henry Adams, Kansas.

Malachi “Mal” July has run into trouble in the past. With a reputation as a player, he’s now a recovering alcoholic and has made progress in redeeming himself in the eyes of his family and the citizens of Henry Adams, Kansas. He’s not only turned his diner into a profitable business, but also mentors the town’s foster kids. And he’s even staying true to one woman—Bernadine Brown.

But all it takes is a moment of pride to blind Mal to his blessings—a moment that makes him betray his friends and family, and lose Bernadine’s trust and love. Will he ever be able to win her forgiveness?

Meanwhile Homecoming Weekend is fast approaching, and store owner Gary Clark is reunited with his high school sweetheart. All it takes is a few minutes for them to realize the spark is still there, but is it too late for second chances?

A little help from the good people of Henry Adams may give both Mal and Gary the best second chance at the happiness they missed the first time around…

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Author’s Meet and Greet as part of the 37th Annual Holton Days – July 28, 9A-12P at Muskegon Area District Library, #michiganwriter #motownwriters #michlit

Holton Days committee and Holton Friends of the Library will sponsor an Author’s Meet and Greet as part of the 37th Annual Holton Days. The Author’s event will take place on Saturday, July 28, 9A-12P at Muskegon Area District Library, Holton Branch. This is an outdoor event, tables and chairs will be provided. This is an opportunity for authors to meet with patrons, promote themselves and sell books. Please contact Holton Library at 231-821-0268 or email jvanderboegh@madl.org for more information and to sign up for the event.

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#Detroit Christian Writers Literacy Fair July 14th via @JonMWynne #michiganwriters #motownwriters #michlit

For the Christian Writers Literacy Fair we’re looking to encourage aspiring writers to go forward. We’re looking for up to 4 sponsors at $250 each and Vendors tables are only $30 up to 7 vendors will be able to talk about their work for an additional $20. There will be 3 workshops/ Seminars. 1. Raising A Writer (for parents) 2. Writing Your Book. 3. Publishing 101. The workshops are $5 per 1 hour session. We will have interactive story tellers for children. Writing Activity Stations for all ages 0-100. The event itself is free.

We hope you can sponsor. Vend or participate in some way. For Sponsor or Vendor Application or more info email me at nsptyouthevents

Please share with other writers, readers book clubs and community groups

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HOW TO TELL YOUR FAMILY THAT YOU’RE WRITING A MEMOIR

HOW TO TELL YOUR FAMILY THAT
YOU’RE WRITING A MEMOIR

“MY MISSHAPEN SKATEBOARDING BOOK HAD BECOME A BOOK ABOUT, WELL, US”

By Neal Thompson

I didn’t intend for it to be a memoir. I swear. It just kept tilting in that direction.

The only scenes that felt real and true were those with my wife and two sons. Still, it took a few years of writing my way in and out of corners and dead ends before I stopped referring to my book as a “history of skateboarding with bits of personal narrative,” before I understood and started calling it what it was: a family memoir, a story about fatherhood and raising boys.

I’m not sure how far along I was before I came clean and told my family that dad’s misshapen skateboarding book had become a book about, well . . . us. The secret grew inside me until I finally admitted to my sons, Sean and Leo, to my wife, Mary, and to myself that the story had evolved, grown more personal, more cathartic for me but more fraught for us all.

When we had “the talk,” my kids and my wife were understanding and generous in ways that I’ll never be able to repay. But coming clean was just the beginning.

read more https://lithub.com/how-to-tell-your-family-that-youre-writing-a-memoir/

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HOW TO RUN STORYTIME WITHOUT BORING EVERYONE TO DEATH By Kristen Arnett

HOW TO RUN STORYTIME WITHOUT
BORING EVERYONE TO DEATH

(OR SUFFERING A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN)

By Kristen Arnett

For eight years I worked Storytime at a public library. When I mention this to people I get very mixed reactions. Sometimes, they’re impressed. They’ll ask about the crafts and the kids; they tell me it sounds like a rewarding experience. Others get a look on their face like they bit into a raw onion. Oh, they’ll reply, grimacing. How was that?

I mean, I get it. It’s a tough gig. I have to say, it’s easier looking back at Storytime with a sweet sense of nostalgia than when I was doing the actual work, peeling dried Elmer’s glue off my only good work pants and singing Raffi at nine in the morning to a bevy of screaming toddlers. Working children’s services sometimes means dealing with a bunch of sugared-up kids who got into a box of Lucky Charms cereal (I recognize that look—I also eat Lucky Charms to get amped). But it also means thinking on your feet and getting way outside your comfort zone. By that I mean you’ll probably have to kneel on the floor, and if you’re wearing a skirt, everyone is gonna see your underwear and four different kids will point it out loud enough for everyone in the library to hear.

read more https://lithub.com/how-to-run-storytime-without-boring-everyone-to-death/

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How to Write 12 Books in 6 Months to Grow Sales & Populate a Backlist #motownwriters

How to Write 12 Books in 6 Months to Grow Sales & Populate a BacklistThanks to the rise of binge-reading and binge-watching behavior, today’s readers often plow through an entire book series quickly. I’m a binge-and-repeat reader myself — I will glom onto a series from start to finish, only to repeat the process months later with the same books. Ditto for television.

According to Dominique Sandis, Children’s and YA Acquisitions Editor at Psichogios Publications, “Market research has shown that young adults and adults go out and buy all the books of a series all at once rather than gradually. In this way, if a publisher has published a series all together, like Divergent/Insurgent/Allegiant, then you may well have better sales than if you publish the first title now and then follow on with the second book in the series a year or more later.”

That, I thought, was what I wanted to do to make money and gain traction in the indie market. I wanted to write a series of sexy contemporary romances — standalone, but connected — and release them fast enough for readers to binge on them. Every two weeks seemed perfect.

In this post, I’ll walk you through how I’m publishing twelve books in six months — from creating the concept of the series to marketing each release. This strategy has helped me increase sales and populate a backlist-driven product, and I hope this helps you when planning your own binge-readable series!

 

 

read more: https://insights.bookbub.com/write-12-books-6-months-grow-sales-populate-backlist/

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YOU’RE INVITED #MotownWriters Author of What My Left Hand Was Doing @JoannCastle Booksigning @PagesontheAve May20th #michiganwriters #michlit

NOTE FROM AUTHOR:

Dear Friends,

YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US on Sunday, May 20th from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at Pages Bookshop, 19560 Grand River Avenue, Detroit, MI. (just west of Outer Drive, in Rosedale Park). A flyer about the event is attached to this email.

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Trade paperback, 324 pages. $22.

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COME CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF MY NEW BOOK,
Joann Castle, author of WHAT MY LEFT HAND WAS DOING: Lessons from a Grassroots Activist, will discuss her new book with Alena Williams.and explore the books’ potential to foster conversation between generations of activists.

A flyer for the event is attached. Please share with your friends.

Check out my website at: www.againstthetidebooks.com. My book is now available on-line at Amazon.com. It is available locally at SOURCE Booksellers and Pages Bookshop.

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Trade paperback, 324 pages. $22.

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Author Jenine May Book Signing “Saved Sanctified Married to a Drug Dealer” June16th via @ShonnieMichelle @KingdomScribes #michiganwriter #motownwriters #michlit $

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Author Jenine May Book Signing “Saved Sanctified Married to a Drug Dealer

Saved, Sanctified and Married to a Drug Dealer

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Tickets Are $25.00 (Includes a copy of the book, entry into event and refreshments. Author Jenine May’s Captivating Story,
Saved Sanctified Married to a Drug Dealer: Discovery how the Road to Perdition paved the way for me to be vulnerable to the manipulating, abuse and demonic oppression. I almost believed I deserved it, but God! Some of you may think you deserve it. I’m telling you, you don’t

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DATE AND TIME

Sat, June 16, 2018

3:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT

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LOCATION

Coop Exchange

25900 Greenfield Road

#326

Oak Park, MI 48237

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REFUND POLICY

No Refunds

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#MOTOWNWRITERS – AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR POP-UP LIBRARIES ARE TARGETING KIDS IN #DETROIT | #MichiganWriters #michlit #readers #michigan

Aside from making millions and possibly billions at the international box office, Marvel Studios’ movies have also had a secondary purpose. In theory, Marvel’s superhero films are meant to lead new readers back to the comics that inspired their big screen adventures. Now, Marvel is using the success of Avengers: Infinity War as a springboard for a new initiative to reach young readers.

Via Marvel.com, Marvel, Little Free Library, and First Book are teaming up for Avengers: Infinity War-themed library stands, which will be placed in nine communities across the country. Disney Publishing Worldwide and First Book will also keep the Little Marvel Library stands stocked for two years, with titles including Road to Avengers: Infinity War and The Cosmic Quest Vol. 1.

Read more: http://www.syfy.com/syfywire/avengers-infinity-war-pop-up-libraries-are-targeting-kids-in-9-cities

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Auburn Hills Writing Group Meeting May 17th

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Hello Writers!

Our group meets tomorrow, May17th, from 6:30 pm to 8:30pm in the the Auburn Hills Library located at 3400 Seyburn in Auburn Hills.

Agenda:

  • Discussion
  • KDL Writers’ Conference presentation – Prarthana Nagaraj
  • Writing exercise
  • Critique Session

See you tomorrow!

Mychelle Martin, Facilitator
"Nurturing the Auburn Hills Writing Community since 2011"

Please forward this email to any writer you feel may benefit from its contents.

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LitFest2018 Debuts in New York!

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LitFest is coming to New York!

Our national LitFest will take place Saturday, June 2, 2018 starting at 7 p.m. at Cassava House, 2270 1st Avenue in East Harlem. The event will feature poetry readings, a book fair and live music.

Since 2012, LitFest has appeared in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Seattle, Minneapolis and Los Angeles. 2018 marks our first New York appearance. A pioneer in the live streaming of literary events, LitFest is a signature program of Willow Books.

The goal of LitFest is access to quality arts programs for all. Our reach is worldwide now, but our first priority remains providing the underserved areas of America the opportunity to see and hear a world-class caliber of diverse artists.

LitFest 2018 NYC performers include National Endowment for the Arts fellows Randall Horton and Reginald Flood, Sokunthary Svay, co-founder of the Cambodian Literary Arts Association and American Opera…

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Watch “Top 5 Tips for Staying Motivated While Writing Your Book” on YouTube

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