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Some of these publishers may charge while others may work as traditional publishers. Read submission requirements on their website to find out more information.

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The Red Ink Conference 2018: #Detroit! May19th via @tenitajeditor #writers #authors #michlit #motownwriters

Tired of going to conference after conference, and leaving with no solid results? This is NOT that conference!

Last year, we packed out The Hilton Garden Inn–Southfield!

This year, we’re in a new venue with even more engaging content!

Here are some topics we’ll cover:

  • From the Page to the Stage: Turning Your Bestselling Book into a Script
  • Self-Publishing Industry Secrets
  • How to Create a Bestselling Bio
  • The Bestseller Book Synopsis
  • Marketing to Make Money
  • And more!

Prepare to go higher in your craft! Expect a few surprises, giveaways and of course, engaging work to take your authorpreneurial career to the next level!

Limited seating available! Limited vendor space available! 

REGISTER NOW : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-red-ink-conference-2018-detroit-tickets-42207809695

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Path to Promotion: a Six-Week Online Book Publicity Course by Deb Gonzales

Author Deb Gonzales wears many hats and helps our SCBWI-MI members in countless ways. She manages our chapter website, volunteers at events, creates reader guides, and now she’s begun a new adventure: a six week online book publicity course. Here’s Deb to tell us more about why and how she created this course.

Tell us about the online course you’re putting together. 
I’m so glad you asked! I’m having so much fun putting it together!

It’s called Path to Promotion: A Six-Week Online Book Publicity Course. It’s an online collaborative program designed to share promotional information and techniques, to guide in the publicity preparation process, and to clarify steps required to create an affordable marketing platform that is personal, authentic, and professionally sound.

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The People Around You

Weam Namou

Before the publication of my first book in 2004, I was eager to launch my writing career. I imagined the wonderful life of an author that awaited me and expressed this to my Native American teacher as he sat crisscross in his La-Z-Boy, smoking his pipe, staring at me with his inquisitive eyes. After some silence, he said, “The only people that matter are those around you.”

His words remain in my heart today, revealing their wisdom whenever I get too caught up in my work. Although I always strive to improve my craft, to expand my career, and to create beautiful things in the world, what my teacher had said becomes clearer and more meaningful with time. I see a lot of people get mystified and obsessed over famous names or becoming famous themselves – neglecting to discover the treasures within their own circle.

Myself, I try to see…

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Founder of Motown Writers & Author, @SylviaHubbard1 will be a Featured Author @ Lewanee 2018 Author Fair April 21st at 230pm – 4pm

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Founder of Motown Writers Network and Suspense Romance Author, Sylvia Hubbard, will be at the Lenawee District Library on Saturday, April 21st from 2:30 – 4pm as a part of their 2018 author fair!

MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER:

Come out and see me – copies of my books will be available for purchase!

And if you’re reading this if you request a picture with the author, you’ll get a special treat! 

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Watch “Staying Human: Poetry in the Age of Technology” on YouTube

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#MotownWriters: The Marsh King’s Daughter paperback April tour is abt to begin! via #MichLit Author @KarenDionne starting at #RallyOfWriters April14th

And . . . The Marsh King’s Daughter paperback tour is about to begin! Hope to see many of you along the way! Links to more info on the “Events” page on my website! http://www.karen-dionne.com/events/

April 14 – Lansing, Michigan – A Rally of Writers – workshop: “Psychological Thrillers : Six Steps to Writing Unputdownable Suspense”

April 16 – Fort Myers, Florida – 12:00 noon – Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center – Famous Author Lecture Series – luncheon, talk and signing

April 17 – Excelsior, Minnesota – 7:00 PM – Literature Lovers Night Out with Excelsior Bay Books – with Mary Sharratt, Ariel Lawhon and Christina Lauren. Ticket sales ($11) begin in March, and include glass of wine, and some tasty snacks

April 18 – Stillwater, Minnesota – 7:00 PM – Literature Lovers Night Out with Valley Bookseller – call (651) 430-3385 for tickets ($11)

April 19 – LaGrange, Illinois – 6:00 PM – Anderson Bookshop– talk and signing

April 20 – Madison, Wisconsin – 7:00 PM – Mystery to Me – talk and signing

April 21 – Green Bay, Wisconsin – Brown County Library – Untitled Book & Author Festival – 12 noon – Mystery Panel with Lori Radar-Day and Patricia Skalka; 2:00 PM talk and signing

April 22 – Appleton, Wisconsin – 2 PM – Barnes & Noble – talk and signing

April 28 – Shelby Township, Michigan – 6:30 PM – Barnes & Noble – End of tour celebration! Talk, signing, refreshments, door prizes, and more!

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Visit Author’s Website http://www.karen-dionne.com

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Watch “To play your favorite Michigan Radio Podcast on Google Home” on YouTube

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Watch “The Business Of Being A Writer With Jane Friedman” on YouTube #motownwriters

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MotownWriters Author Feature: Darren Kelly

 

Where are you from? Well I was born and raised in the city of Detroit, on the eastside.

Tell us your latest news? I do have some ideas for a new book for young adults. Also, I’m doing some author expos this summer.

When and why did you begin writing? I started writing when I was 17. I write to release emotions, energy, or when I have something to say about an issue. I kept a journal for 10 years and it helped me a great deal. When I got depressed I would write in my journal as a way to cope with pain. Plus I didn’t have a lot of friends in school; I kept to myself a lot. So writing in my journal was like talking to a best friend.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? After college (2013). I wanted to write a book about my college experience and what I got out of college to help others.

What inspired you to write your first book? After I finally graduated college in 2013 with a pre-law degree, I said to myself I wanted to help young people get through school and life in general. I got started on the book in September 2014.

Do you have a specific writing style? My writing style is conversational. I like to write as if I’m sitting down talking with the reader.

How did you come up with the title? I wanted to let people know you can accomplish your dreams with just 6 basic principles that are given in the book. And the book is based entirely in Detroit. So “6 Successful Things I Found in Detroit” was born.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Yes. I want readers to know you can do anything you set your mind too, that with the help of just 6 successful things you can be great.

How much of the book is realistic? The entire book is realistic. I have three brothers. Both of my parents worked in the auto plants. We moved to the East English Village area and stayed there for over 20 years. I graduated from Cass Tech high school in 2004. I entered WSU that same year and first majored in business. I spent years at WSU and loved the campus environment, the diverse student body, and curriculum.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? The events in my own life shape my book.

What books have most influenced your life most? I would say Michael Jackson’s book “Moonwalk” and Richard Wright’s “Black Boy.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? It’s a tie between Toni Morrison and Steven King. They’re both are good at writing.

What book are you reading now? I have taken a little break from reading at the moment. My favorite books though are non- fiction books and books by black authors: Toni Morrison, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Malcolm X, ete.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Colson Whitehead author of Underground Railroad.

What are your current projects? I do have another book about Detroit in mind.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. Co-workers.

Do you see writing as a career? Yes.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? No. I love the entire book.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I kept a journal for 10 years and it helped me a great deal. When I got depressed I would write in my journal as a way to cope with pain.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? Sure. 6 Successful Things I Found in Detroit, is a non-fiction book, a quick easy read about 6 ways to be successful. The text is autobiographical and details my journey growing up in the city of Detroit.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? The hardest part about writing this book is going back and revisiting some painful memories like the death of my brother. As a writer you may have to reflect on some painful memories to prove something to the reader.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? Stephen King. He is good at taking things from his personal life and making them into great stories.”

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? Yes.

Who designed the covers? I designed the cover. I wanted the book’s cover to convey the central theme, which is higher education so I decided to put my graduation picture on there. I wanted to show the reader that if I can do it, you can to.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? Writers’ block. I had a 3 month writers’ block.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? Yes. I learned how hard it is to write a book. It looks easy but the book writing process is hard and time consuming. It can take years to see a book through from start to finish.

Do you have any advice for other writers? Yes. I would tell authors to write about what you know and are passionate about.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? I want to say go out and buy the book on Amazon.com and I believe once you’re done, it will change your life. And thanks for the support!

More From The Author

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Connect With The Author

Facebook Link: www.facebook.com/detroitauthor 

Twitter:@DarrenRKellyBS

 Purchase 6 Successful Things I Found in Detroit: https://amzn.to/2GF2SQh

 

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Michigan author has been queen of the romance/historical genre for 25 years #motownwriters @authormsbev

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Beverly Jenkins strutted on to the literary scene almost 25 years ago, becoming the first African-American woman with a best-selling historical romance novel.

She thought “Night Song,” published in 1994, would open the door for other black women authors.

“The readers were coming through but there no authors behind me,” said Jenkins, who will be in Bowling Green for Researching the Romance, a two-day academic conference on April 13-14 at Bowling Green State University.

“I had the niche to myself for 20 years,” she said. “But now, it’s amazing.”

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Fortify #Writers #Retreat Returns to #Detroit! via @CaseyRocheteau #michlit #motownwriters #event May 18-20,2018

 Fortify Writers Retreat Returns to Detroit!

***For Immediate Release***

Fortify Writers Retreat returns to Detroit for its second year May 18-20, 2018. Applications are open today through the end of the month. We encourage writers of any level or genre to apply for this weekend of generating new work, skill sharing, and building connections while attending workshops led by our phenomenal faculty.  

2018’s retreat is being coordinated by inaugural Write A House winner Casey Rocheteau and Disquiet International fellow Corina M. Fadel. Fortify will take place in a beautiful home in the historic Boston Edison neighborhood. Airea D. Matthews, 2015 Kresge fellow and winner of the 2016 Yale Younger Poets Prize will be give the keynote address. Our faculty includes Casey Rocheteau, poet Rachel Mckibbens, author Morgan Willis, journalist Anna Clark, and poet Nandi Comer. The retreat is sponsored by Write A House and the law firm Dickinson Wright.

Fortify is a weekend-long retreat centered around the generation of new work, sharing of skills and building connections between writers in Detroit. We want writers in any genre, at any experience level to have a space to hone their craft and acquire new tools for their writing practice. We are offering workshops and events led by acclaimed poets, storytellers, journalists, fiction and non-fiction writers. Detroit-based law firm, Dickinson Wright PLLC, is helping sponsor the event and will lead a special workshop / panel conversation, pertaining to the various legal issues writers may face in their careers. This years retreat also features a dinner time storytelling event that will be open the public. There is space for 45 participants, with five tuition scholarships available. Applications will be open between February 1st and 28th , and acceptances will be sent out in March. The cost of the retreat is $110 and includes meals, tuition and entrance to all retreat programming.

In 2015, Cornetta Lane, Anna Clark, Meghan Catana, Corina Fadel and Casey Rocheteau came together with the idea of building a writing retreat in Detroit. We set out with the shared intention that attendees would leave the space feeling full of knowledge, connections,  new ideas and work. With help from the University of Michigan and Write A House, we saw our vision to fruition and hosted the Fortify Writers Summit in April 2016 at the Charles T. Fisher Mansion in Boston Edison. This year, we are returning with the same intentions, under the theme of Writing the Now, which is meant to encompass many aspects of writing the present moment, be it tracking the growth of a fictional character, or reporting an event which is still currently unfolding.

We look forward to reading applications and bringing you another fantastic retreat!

Contact: FortifyWritersRetreat@gmail.com

Website: https://fortifywritersretreat.splashthat.com/

Application: https://goo.gl/forms/Q9zPfDTgM3SM2Dln1

Instagram: FortifyRetreat // Facebook: FortifyWritersRetreat

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Experiencing Northern Michigan: Writers Up North Educating & Celebrating National Poetry Month

Many of us around Northern Michigan this week are experiencing a detour on our journey for warmer weather. Nevertheless, now that it’s April, I’m excited to honor National Poetry Month, inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996 as a way to increase the awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. The “largest literary celebration in the world, with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture,” National Poetry Month is all about celebration, education, and stimulation through the vibrant art of poetry. As a poet living, working, and writing up north, I find there’s no place more meaningful than Northern Michigan in the spring and summertime for a writer to make art surrounded by the support of nature, community, and the camaraderie of other artists.

Poets’ Night Out is a Traverse City gathering of Northern Michigan poets whose original work is selected by judges for the annual event and anthology publication release at the City Opera House.

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[Video] 1 on 1 with Jane – #authorinterview #writerslife

Check out this great interview I was honored to have with Jane Dab! #1on1 #authorinterview

The Literary World of Sylvia Hubbard

It was great to be on the show and I’m so honored I was asked!

I’d met Jane at a literary function and from being on another show, I was asked to be on hers.

She had an awesome home set up and took taping very serious.

It was a great experience and I’m humbled by the opportunity to be apart of her broadcast.

Let me know how you liked the show in the comments and please like this video!

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Kalamazoo Public Library Presents: Writers Block with @CathieWeir via @KzooLibrary ‏(@youtube)

Kalamazoo Public Library Presents Writers’ Block with Cathie Weir.

2015 recipient of the Community Medal of Arts Award, Cathie Weir has written about her journey before, during and after a double lung transplant in 2008.

I’ll See You Later: When actress and comedienne Cathie Higgins Weir was diagnosed with a devastating disease, she approached her recovery with the same zeal and humor she showed on the stage.

As an accomplished actress, Weir has seen many strange things in her thirty years on stage, but ten years ago she encountered an amazing sight while waiting for a double lung transplant. Her father appeared to her in a dream.
This ghost simply told his daughter, “I’ll see you later.”
The phrase would both haunt and comfort her during the demanding times ahead. As Weir recounts in this new memoir, she had been diagnosed with emphysema at fifty-six. Her father died at fifty-nine. She was terrified she only had three years to live.
Was her father’s appearance a warning? In the hilarious, harrowing adventure ahead, Weir would learn the truth.
Weir’s memoir isn’t merely about her personal fight with emphysema but expands its scope to look at the realities of organ donation, the importance of being your own medical advocate, and the bonds that connect donors, recipients, and their entire support networks.

 

 

Kalamazoo Public Library presents Writers’ Block, a forum where independently published local writers can tell the world about their work.

At the bottom of their website is a signup form

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