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4 Habits For an Organized and Productive Writing Life


4 Habits For an Organized and Productive Writing Life

Almost six years ago, I quit my job to be a full-time mom and writer. I went from a having a predictable routine at the office to creating all my own structure, deadlines, and expectations. I also have ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Lack of structure can spell big problems for me if I’m not careful. I had to learn how to keep myself organized and productive at home.

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Novel set in Michigan, by Michigan raised author – HANNAH VERSUS THE TREE by Leland de la Durantaye (McSweeney’s, Nov 2018)

A novel of stark beauty and even starker consequence.” —Kirkus Reviews 

Unlike anything I have ever read —thriller, myth, dream, and poem combined … Written in an immaculate, lyrically charged, uncannily autonomous prose, this lovely novel is at once a modern story about money and politics and sexual violence, and an ancient fable of grievance and justice. —James Wood, staff writer and book critic, The New Yorker

Betrayal and vengeance have rarely been so elegantly rendered … The beautiful prose exposes and illumines the cost of underestimating an extraordinary girl.” —Amy Hempel


Hannah Versus the Tree coverHannah Versus the Tree

By Leland de la Durantaye

Published by McSweeney’s Books

US/Can publication date: November 20th 2018 (embargoed)

ISBN-13: 978-1-944211-50-9 / $18 / 176 pages

Contact: Jon Maunder | jonmpublicity@gmail.com | 203.837.7630


How do you take revenge against someone protected by firewalls of wealth and power?

A radical departure from contemporary storytelling, HANNAH VERSUS THE TREE enthralls the reader immediately and unfolds as an unerringly beautiful fable of lifelong love and a terrific act of vengeance. It presents nothing less than a new literary genre, the mythopoetic thriller.

At the centre of the story is Hannah, a fiercely intelligent young women, and heiress to her powerful family’s fortune. A devastating wrong is done to her when she opposes a family business scheme and her response is a battle cry of astounding violence and beauty. HANNAH VERSUS THE TREE is a gripping fable for our times which burns brightly on every page. There is sex and drugs, punk rock and anarchism, social media scandal and hacking. Rooted in the ancient, it nevertheless captures the wonder, strangeness, and fear of living in the early 21st century.

Although drawing on ancient myths, it is the perfect book for anyone today raging against the regime, impacted by the #metoo movement, and for all those looking for an escape. It is an exquisitely rendered celebration of the art of revenge – in particular against forces which seem too powerful to ever face the consequences of their actions.



Leland de la Durantaye is a critic, translator, and professor. He taught at the École Normale Supérieure and at Harvard for many years and now lives in Los Angeles, where he is a professor of comparative literature at the Claremont Colleges. His journalism and criticism have appeared in The New York TimesThe London Review of BooksBookforumArtforumThe BelieverCabinet, and others. He is also a translator from French and Italian; his translation of the Jacques Jouet novel UPSTAGED (2011) was a finalist for the PEN Best Translated Book of the Year. HANNAH VERSUS THE TREE is his first novel.



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You Are Cordially Invited To Register For SORMAG’s Online Book Festival

SORMAG s Book Festival R18

SORMAG’s Online Book Festival Registration is open.


Join the fun.

Look forward to working with you,

LaShaunda C. Hoffman
SORMAG’s Online Book Festival


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See what’s going on at Bamboo in the Month of October #Detroit #CoWorking #Workshops

Tuesday | October 16th | 9 – 5 P.M.

Tour Tuesday & Community Day

Join us for our next open house where you can stop in for a tour of our space and stay to work for the day. Or, take a home a free pass to use at a later date.

  • See where you land and expand your business into Downtown Detroit
  • Brand new conference rooms, custom woodwork, and corporate training and event space
  • Common areas, private decks, and multiple floors of private offices
  • Prime location in Detroit’s Capital Park, off of the cozy Washington Blvd.
  • Find out why Bamboo has been raked a top co-working space in the country

It’s Officially Open Season For Desks At Bamboo!

Duo has officially moved to their own floor! What does that mean for you?  We have additional desk space available for existing and new members. So, if you’ve been considering your big comeback, now is the time. If you are rejoining bamboo, we would like to extend to you a free month of open co-working or a dedicated desk, your choice.

The Doers Network Podcast
We launched a Podcast to tell the stories of all the great entrepreneurs and leaders in the community.
Tune in to listen to the famous investor and Detroiter, Jason Mendelson tell his story.
Join Us For Our Open House & See The Changes In Person
Tuesday | October 16th | 9 – 5 P.M.
We’ve been hard at work tearing walls down to move Duo up to the 6th floor. Come in and see how we’ve created more open co-working and desk space. This event is all day, so if you have some spare time,  we’d love to show you the new changes!
Detroit nodejs Meetup
Wednesday, | October 10th | 6 – 8 P.M. 
Come see what problems you can solve with machine learning and how you can implement machine learning solutions in Node.js and client-side applications. Our speaker, Israel Vicars, will cover the fundamentals of machine learning development with TensorFlow, the most popular machine learning framework.

 Food and beer will be provided. Look for the signs on the door.

Join Us Each Second Tuesday of the Month to Meet New Detroit Startups
Thursday  | October 11th  | 6 – 7:30 P.M.

There will be five-minute casual pitches, open Q&A and community updates. This is the landing spot to connect with Detroit’s growing startup community.

After,  grab a drink at Downtown Louis.

This month’s pitches are from the Startup Boost cohort.

Learn more about Detroit’s growing startup community: http://startupdetroit.co/ . To present please email the Startup Detroit team below at tapankataria@gmail.com, and don’t forget to RSVP below!

DWNL Taking the Leap Conference 
Saturday | October 27th | 10 – 6 P.M. 

We are proud to announce Detroit Women’s Leadership Network’s First Annual Summit: Leap to Lead! Our keynote speaker is Professor, Speaker, Consultant & CEO: Dr. Rita Fields. Our session with her will be moderated by Jewel Gopwani Myers, Sr. Editor, Engagement & Events of Detroit Free Press. You can expect an authentic, inspiring and bold conversation about “Leaping to Lead!”

Attend if you want to be challenged, stretched and moved to the next level in your leadership. Our breakout sessions will inspire you to LEAP into Action in your career and life and we will also have experts on site to provide business support to the entrepreneurs in attendance.

O F F I C E    S P A C E   |   P A R T N E R S   &   P R O G R A M S    |   C O M M U N I T Y    |   E V E N T S
C O N T A C T   |   M E M B E R S   |   P R I C I N G   |   C O R P O R A T E
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How Successful Authors Use Social Media: 23 Content Ideas


How Successful Authors Use Social Media: 23 Content IdeasSocial media can be a useful part of an author’s platform, helping them connect with readers, fellow writers, and the publishing community. But deciding what content to post next can be a struggle. So how do successful authors use social media to engage with their fans? And what can authors post on social media besides links to their own books?

Below you’ll find 23 ideas, along with examples from dozens of successful authors. Many of these tactics can help promote a book, but in more creative and engaging ways than simply posting a link to a book’s retailer page. We hope this provides you with inspiration when you’re brainstorming content to publish on social media!

Publishers and agents, this post is written for authors. We encourage you to share it with your authors to help them build more engaging profiles!

read more: https://insights.bookbub.com/how-successful-authors-use-social-media-content-ideas/?utm_source=pblog_revamp-social-media-content-ideas

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“The Writer’s Life” Writing Conference Registration Now Open Oct20th #motownwriters #michiganwriters #mittenlit via @RochWriters

Early Bird Registration is going on NOW for the Eleventh Annual Rochester Writers’ Conference at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.

The event will run from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, and will cover a variety of workshops for fiction and non-fiction authors, as well as business of writing talks for all writers.

Registration includes all sessions, lunch and snacks, as well as all day coffee.

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Presentations Include:

  • What’s My Genre? – An Overview of the Major Genres
  • Memoir Writing – Freeing Your Personal Mythology
  • The Independent Middle-Grade Author – From Inspiration to Distribution
  • Author Readings – How to Prepare and Execute a Reading
  • Why Audio? Why Now? – Audio Book Publication
  • Magazine Editor Panel
  • What to do BEFORE Publishing Your Book – Choosing Your Path
  • How to Produce a Podcast – A Live Podcast
  • Twitter for Writers
  • Literary Agent Panel
  • And More

Speakers Include:

  • Lev Raphael
  • Cindy LaFerle
  • David Stricklen
  • Devon Drake
  • Mackenzie Flohr
  • Mel Corrigan
  • Jeff Large
  • Stephanie Steinberg

Literary Agents Include:

  • Carrie Howland
  • Hope Bolinger
  • Bethany Morehead
Register NOW at the Early Bird Rate
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[NaNoWriMo] [USA :: Michigan :: Detroit] NaNo Season is Upon Us!


Dear NaNoWriMotown,

I find myself running around with not enough time to do everything, including writing this note to send to all of you.  That must mean that NaNoWriMo is swiftly approaching!

As you saw from Owen a few weeks ago, we have lots of stuff planned for the next month and a half.  There was a delay with the bake sale (it will be taking place this coming Sunday), but all the goodies which were prepared for it are safely slumbering in the freezer and will emerge this weekend to be sold.

After that, our next event is a familiar one – the Pre-NaNo Game Night at The Rust Belt Market in Ferndale, MI. This isn’t a writing event, it’s simply an opportunity for us to get together and have some fun before November arrives. Come on out hang with your fellow writers for the evening and play some games – they have lots to choose from!

Monday, October 22, 6:00 – 9:00pm
The Rust Belt Market
22801 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI 48220, USA

The Game Night is just the first event in a new week leading into NaNo that we’re calling ‘Minion Madness’!  *insert dramatic music sting here*  From October 23rd through the 26th, there will be NaNo Pre-Writing events each night, headed up by different Minions.  Check out the link to the forum post and the calendar for details on an event near you!

The week will end with the traditional Kick-Off Party at the Ferndale Library. Yes, the Kick-Off Cook-Off will return this year, so dust off your cookbook and find a fun recipe to make and bring for the potluck.  The forum post linked above gives additional details.

Saturday, October 27th, 1-4pm
Ferndale Area District Library
222 E 9 Mile Rd,
Ferndale, MI 48220 [map]

Here’s the whole list of events for you to add to your calendar:

Whew, that seems like a lot and we’ve barely gotten started!  We still have some additional news that will be coming as well.  Let’s just say that you’ll have some new competition this year to help keep you going!

Looking forward to seeing everyone on the 22nd!


ML, Detroit Region

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OCTOBER 18 THURSDAY National Novel Writing Month Prep @DetroitLibrary

NaNoWriMo is the month of November. Meet other writers, get resources and sign-up at these prep sessions.

 Date Thursday, October 18, 2018
 Time 12:00am – 1:00am
 Location Main
HYPE Teen Center
 Age Group Teens
 Category Writing
 Upcoming Occurrences Thursday, October 25, 2018
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Auburn Hills Writer’s October Session Oct19th

Hello Writers!
 Our group meets Thursday, October 19th from 6:30 pm to 8:00pm in the the Auburn Hills Library located at 3400 Seyburn in Auburn Hills.  
  • Discuss 
  • Writing exercise
  • Critique Session
  • writing tool of choice
  • manuscript for critique (2 pages, double spaced, 12 font), bring 7 sets
  • book that has been helpful to your writing
Critique Guidelines:
  • Be kind
  • Be specific 
  • Be encouraging
  • Be careful (critique on style and technique, not your opinion)*;) winking
See you Thursday!
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.  
And as always, please let me know if you wish to be removed from our list, thank you. 
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.@DetroitPublicLibrary Author Series: Dennis Archer #michiganwriters #motownwriters Sunday December 16, 2018

DPL Author Series: Dennis Archer

Sunday December 16th, 2018


Detroit Public Library Main: Stanton Friends Auditorium (underground)

A celebrated attorney, Michigan Supreme Court Justice, two-term Mayor of Detroit, President of the American Bar Association, will discuss his autobiography, Let the Future Begin.

Interview with Dennis Archer:


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Let the Future Begin by [Archer, Dennis W., Atkins, Elizabeth Ann]

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Let the Future Begin Kindle Edition

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SAVE THE DATE: OCT20 Saturday at 2 PM – 3:30 PM 21st Century Publishing and Marketing Public · Hosted by Knapp Branch @DetroitLibrary

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SAVE THE DATE: OCT20 Saturday at 2 PM – 3:30 PM
21st Century Publishing and Marketing
Public · Hosted by Knapp Branch Library
Facilitator will navigate participants to understanding 21st Century publishing and marketing best practices.

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#bfw18 BookFest Windsor  18-21 Oct 2018 

BookFest Windsor

#bfw18 BookFest Windsor is an annual literary festival by Literary Arts Windsor. BookFest Windsor 2018 is October 17 -21.






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Local library system receives excellence award

GENERIC: book stack, school

The Library of Michigan has given the 2018 State Library’s Excellence Award to the Bay County Library System.

The award includes $3,000 in private donations.

The Excellence Award was granted to the Bay County Library System for its “superior customer service.”

“With all of the great libraries in Michigan, it’s very difficult to pick just one for this award,” State Librarian Randy Riley said in a press release.

“The Bay County Library System has transformed its community by providing vital opportunities to learn and connect. Community is at the forefront of everything it does.”

read more https://www.wnem.com/news/local-library-system-receives-excellence-award/article_804ee50a-c6fe-11e8-9761-4f8bfcd26fd6.html

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Downriver Book Fair Saturday, December 1, 2018, 10am – 6pm @ Lincoln Park H.S. – Main Library & Hallway #michiganwriters #motownwriters

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Hands of the City” presents the 2nd Annual Downriver Book Fair.

With our “Christmas Shopping” theme for 2018. A diverse selection of books & crafts for everyone.

Event Date/Time:

Saturday, December 1, 2018, 10am – 6pm


Lincoln Park H.S. – Main Library & Hallway

1701 Champaign, Lincoln Park, MI.

Adults: $2

16/under: $1

Family rate: $4

(2 adults & up to 5 kids)

*** NOTE ***

Hands of the City is a group of Lincoln Park volunteers. We do not make money off the event. Proceeds benefit the Library of the Lincoln Park school district.

For more information, go to https://downriverbf.webs.com/

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Freelance Marketplace Writers Group Meetup w/@RochWriters via @talktravel Oct16th @ 7:30pm Barnes & Noble Rochester Hills | #Michiganwriters #motownwriters


The Freelance Marketplace Writers’ Group meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Barnes & Noble Bookstore at 2800 S. Rochester Road (just north of M59). Different topics and guests each month*, but we always discuss the Business of Writing (we are NOT a critique group).

Come once, once in a while, or every time. It’s FREE and OPEN to new, published, and working writers, photographers, and illustrators (although most of us are writers).

Freelance Marketplace Meeting at B&N in Rochester Hills

Freelance Marketplace Meeting at B&N in Rochester Hills

Here are the Tuesdays we meet in 2018:

October 16
November 20


*Please note we do not meet in December

Want to Receive Monthly Reminders of When the Group Meets?

Sign Up to Receive the Monthly Newsletter

for more information https://rochesterwriters.wordpress.com/freelance-marketplace-writers-group/ 

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