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#MotownWriters Article: Seven Ways to Grow Your Resilience as a Writer

by Alex Woolf

No one enjoys being rejected. Writers, who are often a touch more sensitive than the average bear, may feel the sting even more acutely. Which is unfortunate, as the daily work of the writer involves rejection on an almost continuous basis.

There’s the bland “Nos” you get from publishers and agents. The standard email declines from competitions and lit mags. The implicit slow-burn rejection of a Submittable submission that hasn’t changed status for months or even years.

read more https://www.sfwa.org/2019/12/seven-ways-to-grow-your-resilience-as-a-writer/

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  • Marketing – Learn Effective tips & tricks needed to navigate and sell books
  • Promoting – Promotional Materials, Analytics, and offline promotion strategies
  • Social Media – What & How to do? Which one do I do? When do I do it?

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Blogging and Social Media Intensive by Co-op Exchange & Co-op Podcast Studios with @SylviaHubbard1 Metro #Detroit Dec14th | Register NOW

Blogging and Social Media Intensive December 4th in Metro Detroit. Register now and bring your New Year in with promises of new customers and understanding how to rock your social media.

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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? Sale products and services?
Learn the basics of blogging, draw traffic to the site and how to write
incredible blog posts with avid blogger, Sylvia Hubbard
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Save the Date! You’re cordially invited to the #MotownWriters Holiday Literary Gathering with a gift exchange

Every 2nd Saturday of the month

Location

Detroit Library – Main

5201 Woodward Ave. · Detroit, MI

Another year has passed and Motown Writers invites all writers of all kinds out to network, bring good cheer and share their year at the #MotownWriters December @Meetup at the main library.

Instructions: Bring a gift (a minimum of $5) for a writer to give as a gift and in return, you’ll receive a gift.
FCFS, so grab a number when you get there and let’s all be ready to share a lesson you’ve learned, your 2019 literary success and meet wonderful writers in the Metro Detroit Community.
Special prizes and more will be available and if someone could donate the hot chocolate that would be great. Let me know
I hope to see you there
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#Motown Word of the Day: Sesquipedalian #wotd

WORD OF THE DAY
Sesquipedalian
se-skwə-pə-ˈdāl-yən
adjective
1

Describing a word with lots of syllables

2

Overly wordy; verbose

Examples of Sesquipedalian in a sentence

“His use of many sesquipedalian phrases didn’t make him sound smarter — just full of himself.”

“He’s a good teacher, but sometimes he tends to be so sesquipedalian that no one can understand him.”

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Upcoming Events for #MotownWriters & author @SylviaHubbard1

Hi Readers and Writers,

Here is a list of all the upcoming events I will be at. Please come and join me.

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December 14th-MotownWriters Discussion @Meetup| Detroit Public Library – Main 3rd Floor

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Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America 2020 Booksellers’ Best Award Contest

We want our contest to be more representative of all romance writers, so we want as many authors as possible to be aware of and have the opportunity to enter our contest, judged by booksellers and librarians.

 

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A Published Authors’ Contest

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Co-Chairs: Celia Mulder & Deby Henneman

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#Motownwriters Article: How to draw readers into your nonfiction book via @thecreativepenn

By their very nature, many non-fiction books have the clear intention of helping their readers. Author and ghostwriter, Joshua Lisec, shares tips on how to meet that goal so that your book is widely read and recommended.

How To Outline A Non-Fiction Book So Readers Can't Put It Down

The Official Steps to Non-Fiction Author Success:

Write.
Edit.
Publish.

If you’ve read any non-fiction advice articles recently, you probably got some version of that advice. It makes sense in theory. You’re an expert in your field. When you decide it’s time to write your book, shouldn’t you just starting writing, then keep writing until you’ve exhausted your mental library?

Well…

No.

What if simply sitting down and typing whatever comes to mind is the worst way to write your non-fiction book?

What if brainstorming what you would like to write about leaves you with a manuscript that only your parents and pals want to read?

As a Professional Ghostwriter of over forty books, I’ve learned (and taught) a thing or two about how to write a page-turning, mind-opening non-fiction book. The difference between a book that sells a few dozen copies and one that gets word-of-mouth marketed across the world is all about the way the author outlined the book. I’ll explain.

read more https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2019/11/13/how-to-outline-a-non-fiction-book-so-readers-cant-put-it-down/

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Amazon Literary Partnership Is Open for 2020 Grant Applications

News by Porter Anderson

Since 2009, Amazon’s program of funding for nonprofit organizations supporting authors’ work and development has made more than US$12 million in grants.

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By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Deadline for 2020 Applications: January 15

APublishing Perspectives readers know, the Amazon Literary Partnership is one of the retailer’s corporate philanthropy programs, and is aimed at helping to fund literary nonprofits that in various ways support the work of authors.

The program has opened its submissions period for applications, with a deadline of January 15. An application portal is here. Grant recipients are to be notified by May 15.

In terms of eligibility, we quote from the company’s information: “Applicants must be a registered nonprofit organization in the United States, whose core mission is to develop emerging writers, support diversity, celebrate storytelling, and/or build authors’ careers. Organizations should be structurally and financially sound; display energy, passion, and reach; have an online presence and an enthusiastic membership or readership. We rarely support school-affiliated programs (K-12, MFAs).”

read more https://publishingperspectives.com/2019/11/amazon-literary-partnership-is-open-for-2020-grant-applications/

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#MotownWriters Article: Debunking Copyright Myths

by Janet Fries and Jennifer Criss

Note: This was originally published on Landslide, Vol. 11, No. 6, July/August 2019

Janet Fries is of counsel at Drinker Biddle & Reath in Washington, D.C. She focuses her practice on copyright issues, particularly as they relate to authors, musicians, art organizations, artists, and collectors. She can be reached at janet.fries. Jennifer T. Criss is an associate at Drinker Biddle & Reath in Washington, D.C. She focuses her practice on copyright law, technology and outsource licensing, and intellectual property aspects of mergers and acquisitions. She can be reached at jennifer.criss.

These days it seems that copyright law is everywhere, from lawsuits alleging that the multiplayer online battle game Fortnite infringed popular dance moves such as the floss,1 to the Ninth Circuit agreeing that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke’s song “Blurred Lines” infringed Marvin Gaye’s copyrighted hit song “Got to Give It Up.”2 As the Internet and technology have become omnipresent in our lives, the constant availability of copyrighted content—from streamed music to photos and posts on social media—has led to the perpetuation of copyright myths. Unfortunately, these myths and numerous others have caused misconceptions over the rights of the copyright holder and the obligations of the user.

The U.S. Copyright Act is a strict liability statute. In other words, following a “rule” that you believe to be true but which turns out to be a myth will not excuse you from liability for infringement. Under certain circumstances, it is possible to plead “innocent infringement,” but even that only serves to reduce the amount of damages you may owe and does not excuse your infringement.

Here are four of the most common copyright myths—debunked.

read more https://copyrightalliance.org/ca_post/debunking-copyright-myths/

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The Book Marketing Checklist takes you step by step through your literary journey.

Each section of your journey is broken up with notes and checklists to assist you in completing the entire book process of Writing, Publishing, and Marketing. There’s even a traditional publishing section separated by an independent publishing section.

With your purchase, you get a 5 x 8 size 20-page booklet and a download you can use later for your next projects. You will also get a download for:

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Lit Diva of Michigan, Blogger, award-winning best selling #Detroit Author/Speaker Founder of #MotownWriters & The Michigan Literary Network. Busy Mom Expert ♥ Authorpreneur & Literary Social Media Consultant http://about.me/sylviahubbard

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  • Checklist for Writing, Publishing & Marketing
  • Detailed Independent Publishing Checklist
  • Kindle Publishing Checklist
  • Resources & Links
  • Businesses that sell Michigan Author
  • Important Publication Registrations
  • Resources to Print the Book
  • Book & Business Resource Listings
  • Metro Detroit Library Listings
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Illuminate Literacy Entrepreneurs Showcase @knowallegiance Dec19th #detroit #michlit #motownwriters

Illuminate Literacy Entrepreneurs Showcase

by kanbooks

Join us for the Illuminate Showcase & Fundraiser on December 19th, 5-8PM @Co.Act Detroit! Come see the talent from the Illuminate: Literacy Entrepreneurs as they unveil their new self published works of art including chapbooks, broadsides, spoken albums and more.

The evening will be filled with poetry, food and youth vendors! Tickets are donations based, any amount gets you through the door 🙂 #literacybyanymeansnecessary

Shout out to the Erb Foundation, Co.Act Detroit and all the Illuminate Parents & Families for making the showcase posssible!

More info/tix here: Illuminate Showcase.

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Author: Are You Doing These Marketing Activities?

Marketing Christian Books

I sometimes run into aspiring authors who tell me that they will only consider a traditional book contract for their manuscript. I have no problem with this mindset. I understand that desire to have a book accepted after being vetted by an editor.

Are you doing these marketing activities?

However, some of these authors are holding onto the ideal of a traditional book contract because they believe that the publisher will market the book for them. They like the idea of just writing.

The truth is that authors—whether traditionally published or indie published—are largely responsible for the marketing of their books. In fact, one royalty-paying, Christian publisher states right on their website their expectations of authors. Here is what this publisher says:

Author must:

  • Have created a fully developed marketing plan.
  • Keep a web presence.
  • Be technology savvy.
  • Know how to copy and paste URLs.
  • Can search the web for answers and solutions.
  • Check email daily.

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