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Literary Arts Association (@MichLitArts) looks to gain foothold in Bear Lake via @manisteenews #motownwriters #michiganwriters #michlit

BEAR LAKE — While the multi-billion dollar publishing industry may rely upon their female readership as both a prime demographic and most reliable group of consumers, studies suggest that female authors — particularly indigenous women and those of color — face significant hurdles in pursuit of their writing career.

read more https://www.manisteenews.com/local-news/article/Literary-Arts-Association-looks-to-gain-foothold-15027020.php

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#MichiganWriters Scholarships Contest and Interlochen Programs #motownwriters #michlit

News, Events, & Resources for Michigan Writers

MW Annual Scholarship Contest
For MW Members Only!

Michigan Writers will award three scholarships:
one $450 scholarship and two $225 scholarships.

Entries must be received by March 5, 2020

Three lucky members will be able to use their scholarship toward tuition for the Interlochen Writers Retreat (June 8 – 11, 2020), or another writers retreat or Interlochen workshop of your choosing (subject to MW approval).

Winners will be selected by blind random drawing.

You must be a member of Michigan Writers to enter the drawing. 

If you are not a member of Michigan Writers, please join by visiting michwriters.org/join.

Click here to complete the entry form for your chance to win.

Note: Enrollment in programs at Interlochen is dependent on spaces available at time of registration.

Interlochen College of Creative Arts
2020 Creative Writing Programs

Deep Revision Workshop
Monday, April 13 – Saturday, April 18, 2020

Join Katey Schultz and Anne-Marie Oomen for a week-long writing retreat focused on deep revision. This is a fully-immersive, facilitated writing residency that blends traditional instruction with self-guided writing time, with the end goal of revising a large portion of a full or partial manuscript.  Applications are currently being accepted.  

Interlochen Writers Retreat
Monday, June 8 – Thursday, June 11, 2020

Join us in 2020 to celebrate the 15th year of Interlochen’s Writers Retreat and spend four days writing new material in the course of your choice, attending presentations by award-winning faculty, and enjoying lakeside lunches and evening readings while making connections in the literary world. 


  • Peter Ho Davies: Breaking Rules
  • Andy Mozina: Humor
  • Christine Maul Rice: Fiction Incubator
  • Holly Wren Spaulding: Troubled Times
  • Artistic Director: Katey Schultz
  • Writer-in-Residence: Anne-Marie Oomen
  • Writer-in-Residence: Mary Kay Zuravleff

All verified members of Michigan Writers can enroll for $450, a significant savings (which is more than an annual MW membership costs).

Scholarship opportunities available for the Writers Retreat:
Anne-Marie Oomen & Katey Schultz ICCA Creative Writing Scholarship  Scholarship Application Deadline is March 1, 2020 

Mystery Writing Intensive
Monday, June 22 – Thursday, June 25, 2020

Join Aaron Stander and accomplices for a four-day intensive retreat that will walk you through the genre of mystery and crime writing.
Poetry Writing Intensive: Short Poems
Tuesday, July 21 – Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Join poet Holly Wren Spaulding for two days of generative writing exercises, conversations about the craft, and appreciation of the art and practice of the short poem.

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#SAVETHEDATE: Griot and Grub with @SylviaHubbard1 | Grab A Ticket Now before it’s sold out! #storyteller #literary #detroit #michiganwriters #michlit #motownwriters


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Griot & Grub, is excited to announce another addition to our JUNE guest storytellers…WELCOME, Sylvia Hubbard-Hutula, founder of Motown Writers, and an award winning author! Folks, the upcoming line-up is just filled with awesomeness! BUT, have YOU purchased your MARCH ticket yet??? https://griotandgrub.ticketspice.com/griot-grub



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YOU’RE INVITED TO: Anthony Brogdon author of Black Business Book talk and book signing is Feb25th, 5:30pm, at MSU #Detroit #motownwriter #michiganwriters

You’re invited to hear some good black history presented by

Anthony Brogdon author of Black Business Book
Its over 200 black history facts, how slaves went to college, black millionaires in the 1800’s, list of 140 black owned businesses 9 of which were owned by slaves and so much more
A talk and book signing is Tuesday, February 25th, 5:30-7pm, at Michigan State University Detroit center, 3408 Woodward, Complimentary admission You will be blown away. Book $10 www.businessintheblack.net
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New #michiganwriters join our #Motownwriters Facebook group #michlit


and then also join us offline at Motown Writers Network meetup


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5 Ways to Get Noticed in a Flooded Market – Feb. 18th @gdrwa @sylviahubbard1 #detroit #bookpromo #authortalk #writerslife


To find out more about the meeting, locations, protocols and so forth at http://www.gdrwa.org/meetings/

Notes and Resources available for participants.

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🎧Episode 21: Your Book Launch – The 7 Essential Steps via @pamperrypr

Pam & Vernita management@digitalbusinessacceleration.com via d24c.emsend2.com 

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If you want to publish your book in seven days and make seven figures, then you’re in the right place, because that’s impossible, and we’re here to set the record straight for you.

…and if you don’t believe the hype, then you’re in the right place, too, because we’re going to walk through the seven essential steps of a book launch, and it’s the real deal – no scams, tricks, or hustle.

We’ll go over how long it really takes to launch a book, how authors can really make more money, and what you really need to do (and not do) to sell your book online.

To start with, you should know that your book probably won’t be a New York Times bestseller – but most books aren’t, and your book doesn’t need to be. You don’t have to sell a million copies of your book to get where you want to go.

Your book isn’t a magic bullet, but it’s the key to being recognized as an authority in your industry, sharing your knowledge and experiences with the world, and earning more money than you did last year.

So listen in and learn how to think beyond the book: how your book is just one format for your knowledge, expertise, and resources (and not the format that will make the most money, either); how to sell your book without paying for ads; how to make email and article marketing work for you; the right way to sell your book on social media; the importance of building anticipation; how publishing a book is not the endgame but just the beginning, and much more.


Whether you’re working on your book, have already published it, or are just getting started, tap into our decades of knowledge and experience – schedule time with us.

Highlights From This Episode:

  • What authors can learn from movie trailers and that old ketchup commercial
  • 2 things your author bio should NOT look or sound like
  • The 2 fundamental facets of branding yourself
  • These 3 things on a one-page website are enough to get you started
  • What publishing a book can do for you (and what it probably won’t do)
  • Why you can give away a large part of your book and still make money
  • Especially for speakers: How to use your book to earn more without selling at the back of the room
  • How your book can support your content/social media marketing
  • Where to publish online now that article directories are out of style
  • 2 ways to build your authority through industry publications
  • 4 simple ways to improve your email marketing
  • The 3 kinds of media attention and why that visibility is the most valuable
  • 3 things to do for your book before you even write it
  • How readers choose which book to buy – whether they’re shopping online or off
  • Why you need at least 3 to 6 months to promote your book with impact
  • The toughest time of year to sell your book
  • How your publication date can help you get free visibility
  • Why you don’t want a separate website or social media profiles for your book
  • What to include on your book’s website’s page

Pam & Vernita

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Anthony Brogdon author of Black Business Book invites you to A talk and book signing is Feb25th, 5:30pm, at MSU #Detroit #motownwriter #michiganwriters

You’re invited to hear some good black history presented byAnthony Brogdon author of Black Business Book
Its over 200 black history facts, how slaves went to college, black millionaires in the 1800’s, list of 140 black owned businesses 9 of which were owned by slaves and so much more
A talk and book signing is Tuesday, February 25th, 5:30-7pm, at Michigan State University Detroit center, 3408 Woodward, Complimentary admission You will be blown away. Book $10 www.businessintheblack.net

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Need help getting your Literary Goals together? Grab an Author Planner from Author and Founder of Motown Writers Network, @SylviaHubbard1. Get a 1hr literary empowerment consultation with purchase. $25

While supplies last
Purchase your Author Planner now https://gumroad.com/l/AuthorPlanner for only $25

Annual Planner for the Author in mind to help writers stay on track of writing, publishing and marketing goals.

Free Writing Publishing and Marketing Checklist when purchased and a one hour consultation with me. (Either face to face if in Metro Detroit or a phone)

All Planners will be delivered in 5 to 10 days.



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Episode 19: Use This Mindset to Build a Bigger Business w/ @pamperry

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From “Show up to go up” to “You can’t sell to broke folk,” this episode will get your mindset straight for building a bigger and better digital business in 2020.

In our make more money in 2020 episode, we talked about how important it is to slow down before you take action – listen, observe, and plan. And if you thought we’d be leaping forward in this next episode, then we’ve got a surprise for you…

This is the ideal time to set your intentions – after you plan and before you act. If you want to invest wisely, look great, and scale up with grace and ease, then take another minute to think things through.

You don’t want your website, business card, or program materials to look like they were thrown together in a hurry, by an amateur, or by accident. The little details make a big difference, and you need to stay in tune with your target market every step of the way.

Listen in to learn about working wise and going pro through intentional action, how to become a thought leader in your industry, establishing a vision for your business by looking at your competitors, a special message for Christians with digital businesses, and real-life examples of details done wrong.

It doesn’t matter where you are with your business, we’re here to help you get started, move forward, or scale up. Schedule time with us to talk through your intentions for 2020 and plan your next steps.

Highlights From This Episode:

  • Being intentional is key to getting things right for your business – the first time!
  • Do you want to be considered an expert, an authority, or a thought leader? Here are your first steps…
  • 3 questions you need to ask yourself about your prospects
  • Which conferences you’ll want to attend in 2020
  • Why writing a book can be a great first step
  • Where and how to conduct an on-the-spot “mini focus group”
  • You don’t need big money or big plans to act with intention
  • Selecting a benchmark competitor to establish your big-picture vision
  • The little details make a big difference whether your budget is big or small or nothing at all
  • Stick to your brand colors with everything you create – always think long-term
  • How to know when you need to get a new business card designed
  • How you can tell that your elevator pitch is a winner
  • A special message for Christians from a Christian (because Pam will tell you)
  • 3 things you need to know about your business’s story
  • Are you starting out? It doesn’t have to be perfect, just know where you’re heading
  • Choose strategies and methods that suit your skills, gifts, and talents – do what’s comfortable for you
  • Why you need to hire a specialist to do your Facebook advertising
  • Want to dominate your industry? Here’s where to start…
  • Don’t be a program junkie! Be like a postage stamp – stick to one thing until you get there
  • How people dilute the power of the coaching they’ve invested in

Pam & Vernita

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Speakers Magazine Feature with @SylviaHubbard1 via @pamperrypr @thespeakersmag #sylLIt #author #speaker #mompreneur

Honored to be featured in Speakers Magazine https://twitter.com/sylviahubbard1/status/1225656347418484745

click here to read your FREE copy https://issuu.com/pamperry/docs/february_2020_speakers_magazine


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Kerrytown BookFest is back! on Sunday, August 30

Kerrytown BookFest is back!
When Sun Aug 30, 2020 8am – 8pm (EDT)
Where Ann Arbor Farmers Market (315 Detroit St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104)
Who Meetup Reminder*
Sun Aug 30, 2020
No earlier events
8am Kerrytown BookFest is back!
No later events
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*This is NOT a BCD event. This is just something we love.*

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Kerrytown BookFest

Ann Arbor Farmers Market
315 Detroit St
Ann Arbor, MI

8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Learn more

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Rebecca Regnier: Join the reading challenge @LaughItOff

“I have determined that what most often interrupted my reading time this year was mindless social media scrolling,” Rebecca says in her latest column.

Last year I failed.

Epicly really. I challenged myself to read 45 books in 2019. My reading stats came back for the year and I’ve read, brace yourself, 18.

I consider myself an avid reader. But 17 books in a year is paltry on the avid reader front. Sure, it’s about a book and a half a month, but I was aiming for a book a week!

According to my Goodreads stats, my 18 books translate to 7,000 pages. At 250 words per page, that means I read around 1.7 million words. That made me feel a little bit better.


read more: https://www.monroenews.com/news/20200109/rebecca-regnier-join-reading-challenge

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#MotownWriters Book Reviews of Trac Brothers by Author, @RandyDPearson | ” An Original Story Filled With Fun Characters” 5 Stars

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Jam and Jax Trachsel receive an unexpected inheritance from their recently departed uncle Mac– a fully-functioning Kalamazoo brand handcar from the 19th century. When they become stranded over 150 miles from home,do they set it on the train tracks and pump it all the way back? Or, when they find a hand-drawn map their uncle created, do they follow it even further north to the long lost town of Walton Junction?
What starts out as a thrilling, modern day adventure quickly becomes a battle for survival. Their journey through Michigan’s scenic Lower Peninsula will introduce them to a world they never imagined, forever changing many lives.Can they trust the Rail Riders, the bizarre but friendly group of people living off the grid? Or will the Track Pirates, a ruthless gang led by the insane Santascoy, cause their demise?

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Original Story Filled With Fun Characters

One of the best things about reading anything by Randy D. Pearson is that you’re going to read about fun characters that are well fleshed out. Not only that, the reader goes on an adventure that they’ve never expected or even pondered! I love originality, and this book has it in spades!

For me, I need characters I can identify with, and Randy has a way of doing that. There is always a believability in his characters that make them so endearing. Plus, he has a way of taking an absurd situation and making it not only plausible but funny too.

The Trac Brothers is a well-written page-turner that paints a vivid picture of northern Michigan while igniting your imagination about riding the rails of a handrail car and encountering pirates! Halfway through the book I just couldn’t put it down. The pacing is good through the whole book, but man, when the action kicks in, there’s no way you can just walk away!

Mick McArt
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Call for Submissions: WD’s Self-Published Book Awards

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Publish Your Book, Enter Our Competition, Launch Your Career.

It’s time that self-published authors earn the respect they deserve: All that time you spent writing and rewriting, editing, and making your own choices about covers, layout, and distribution shouldn’t go unnoticed!

That’s why Writer’s Digest has been honoring self-publishing writers for 28 years with the Self-Published Book Awards.

Here’s the scoop: Submit your self-published, printed and bound book in one of 8 categories (mainstream/literary fiction, genre fiction, nonfiction/reference, inspirational, life stories, early reader/children’s picture books, middle-grade/young adult, poetry) for a chance at:

  • $8,000 cash prize
  • A trip to New York City for the Annual Writer’s Digest Conference
  • A feature article about you and your book in the March/April 2021 issue of Writer’s Digest

Every entrant will also receive a brief commentary from one of our qualified judges—all who have experience in their respective categories and/or the publishing world.

Ready to earn the recognition you deserve? Send us your book, which must have been published between 2015 and now, and we’ll take care of the rest. You’ll be well on your way!

The best deal on entering will expire on April 1.

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