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Selling Books in Odd Places… Farmers Markets

farmers market books and eggsAdmittedly, I’ve sold books at some odd places: a military retirement, a winery (oh, that was a blast!), a flea market, work (to the surprise of friends who never knew I was an author), and the oddest yet: a farmers market.

Yup, you read that right, a farmers market. Because in my “real” job, I’m a farmer. After 20 years in the military, it was time for a change, so we ended up in the Middle of Nowhere, Kentucky on 100 acres. We have the standard farm animals: chickens, ducks, turkeys, horses, goats, a pig, and a pack of dogs. And there are times of the year our 70 laying hens are going gang-busters producing eggs. More eggs than we can handle. So what do you do with all of them? We try to sell as much as possible to local customers who stop by, but that’s not many. And there are only so many eggs you can donate to the local summer camp. So a friend invited me to come to her county to the farmers market.

This friend knew I was an author, and encouraged me to bring my books to the market. I’d done this before at a different market in a college town, and had sold some, but this county is not one where folks have a lot of disposable income to spend on luxury items like books. It was hit hard when coal mines were closed and many lost their jobs.

I was wrong, and happily wrong.

read more https://www.indiesunlimited.com/2018/06/12/selling-books-in-odd-places-farmers-markets/

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Start Your Novel with a Bang! 12 Ways to Hook Readers

Start Your Novel with a Bang! 12 Ways to Hook ReadersWhenever people ask me what the most difficult part of writing a book is — the beginning, middle, or end — I usually say, “All of it.” Each section of a novel comes with its own set of challenges: Middles are hard to plot, ends need to be satisfying (and in my novels, they usually involve a twist), but then there is a novel’s beginning, which, if I really had to choose, is truly the toughest.

In this age of instant gratification, short attention spans, and tons of other great fiction to compete with, a novel’s beginning needs to grab the reader. Otherwise they might deem the book a big DNF (did not finish) — or if they’re perusing the sample pages online or first pages in a bookstore, they might not make the purchase at all. So how can you start a story with a bang?

read more https://insights.bookbub.com/start-novel-bang-hook-readers/

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#SterlingFest Local Author Book Sale July28th 10am to 4pm Metro #Detroit | #michiganwriters #motownwriters #mittenlit

Local Author Book Sale

Saturday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The library will host a special book sale and signing event during Sterlingfest. Readers of all stripes are invited to purchase the signed copies of books from several creative Michigan authors! Adult, children, fiction and non-fiction will be available. This year, author tables will line the covered walkway between the police department and the library.

Authors in attendance will be:

Local Writing Groups in attendance will be:

  • Creative Writers Workshop
  • Detroit Working Writers
  • Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers
  • Rochester Writers
  • Romance Authors
  • Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
To see more about Sterlingfest, and updates on author attendance, please go to
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Freelance Marketplace Writers Group Meetup w/@RochWriters via @talktravel July17th @ 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:

July 17
August 21
September 18
October 16
November 20


*Please note we do not meet in December

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

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Thursday, July 19, 2018 Auburn Hills Writers Group Meeting!! #michiganwriters #motownwriters

Hello Writers!
 Our group meets Thursday, July 19th from 6:30 pm to 8:30pm in the the Auburn Hills Library located at 3400 Seyburn in Auburn Hills.  
  • Discuss 
  • August meeting plans (restaurant)
  • 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″

Auburn Hills Writers Group Meeting!!

Thursday, Jul 19, 2018, 6:30 PM

Auburn Hills Public Library
3400 East Seyburn Drive Auburn Hills, MI

6 Writers Attending

Writing exercises, discussion, networking and critique every 3rd Thursday at 6:30 at the Auburn Hills Library.

Check out this Meetup →

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Motor City Literacy Fair July28th in #Detroit | #Michiganwriters #motownwriters #mittenlit


AVOC Publishing/ AVOC Services, LLC along with Awesome Authors Kids, invites you to join us Saturday July 28th @ 12pm for The Motor City Literacy Fair. There will be local talent and authors from around the country, live entertainment, activities for children and more!

We have an early bird special for authors and vendors! Limited number of single tables are $50- $55.00, $100.00 for publisher’s and multi-author tables. Limited number of early bird tables for food vendors are $100. After June 1st, Single tables are $65.00 and $125.00 for publishers and multi-author tables and Food vendors. Come out and celebrate literacy in the city of Detroit! Children, Young Adult, Adult, Non-fiction and all authors are welcome! Crafters, Artists, and Vendors welcome as well.

Motor City Literacy Fair


Grixdale/Hildale Mini Park, Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI 48203

Detroit, Michigan 48203

RSVP or vendor information https://www.eventbrite.com/e/motor-city-literacy-fair-tickets-45168113042

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How to Write a Book In These 8 Steps by guest @TheLeighShulman via @BadRedheadMedia #Writing

How to Write a Book In These 8 Steps by guest @TheLeighShulman via @BadRedheadMedia

You want to write a book?

“I just have bits of scribbles on paper. I don’t know what I’m doing,” Adriana said on a call one day. We’d been working together only a short while, and she was frustrated.

“Writing is a process,” I replied. “This is part of your process.”

I say it all the time. All. The. Damn. Time. But what does it mean for you and your writing?

What Is The Writing Process?

Succinctly described, the writing process is the steps you take to write a book, which, really, as a definition isn’t terribly helpful.

Each of us has a different way of writing. The steps you take change as you gain experience and depending on the type of book or article you’re writing.

Still, there are distinct stages of the writing process to follow, and each has its particular challenges. Knowing where you are in the writing process helps you decide what to do next and avoid getting stuck.

In this post, I’ll talk about the stages in relation to a book. You can adapt it for short stories and essays.

Write a Book with These Eight Steps

read more http://badredheadmedia.com/2018/06/how-to-write-a-book-in-these-8-steps-by-guest-theleighshulman/

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Six Reasons to Revise and Re-Release Your Book

Six Reasons to Revise and Re-Release Your Book

Several years ago I met a guy at a writer’s conference who had a 400-page science fiction book that he had published five years ago. He said “When it comes to book promotion, I wish I knew then what I know now. I think this book could have done considerably better than it did initially.” I suggested to him at the time that he maybe consider re-releasing it. Update the cover, maybe modify some of the content. And, I also suggested that he take this 400-page book and divide it into four segments. Because genre fiction readers love a series, I suggested that if his book fits this model, that he should consider dividing the book into four 100-page segments. He could in turn release them as a series on Amazon and then bundle the entire four-book saga. A book series is a great book promotional tool, and also a great visibility booster on Amazon.

read more https://www.amarketingexpert.com/six-reasons-to-revise-and-re-release-your-book/

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Register NOW for the Path of Consciousness Spiritual and Writing Retreat via @NamouWeam| Oct. 5-7, 2018

The Path of Consciousness is a spiritual and writing conference and retreat that will help you transform your writing life with the help of various ancient, sacred and creative teachings, including writing and storytelling. Choose to stay for the one-day conference or the 3-day all-inclusive retreat (Oct. 5-7, 2018)

The event is close enough to drive to and far enough to find peace, spiritual growth, and writing time at an affordable price. For more information, and to register, visit www.ThePathofConsciousness.com

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Why Are Writers Getting Poorer?


A unique blog dedicated to covering the worlds of book publishing and the news media, revealing creative ideas, practical strategies, interesting stories, and provocative opinions. Along the way, discover savvy but entertaining insights on book marketing, public relations, branding, and advertising from a veteran of two decades in the industry of book publishing publicity and marketing.

Why Are Writers Getting Poorer?

Many authors write books because they love to write.  It comes naturally to them.  Others feel they have something important or wonderful to share with the masses.  And some hope to earn a decent living from practicing their craft. Unfortunately, the latest studies in the U.K and U.S. show that writers are struggling as they earn below minimum wage levels.

According to a new study of professional, writers in the UK, conducted by Authors Licensing and Collecting Society, the median earnings of professional writers – those who spend at least half of their working hours to writing – fell by 42% in real terms since 2005, and by 15% since 2013.

Fewer writers can earn a living writing.

read more http://bookmarketingbuzzblog.blogspot.com/2018/07/why-are-writers-getting-poorer.html

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Increase Your Readers and Your Book Sales with this One Thing

Increase Your Readers and Your Book Sales with this One Thing

Wouldn’t we all love to sell more books? I mean that’s the goal, right? The chasm between writing a book, publishing a book, and actually having a successful book marketing campaign is often wide and treacherous. A lot of the reason why so many authors have a hard time bridging the gap to book sales is this one simple thing: as writers you must know your reader, and many haven’t put in the time to build a reader profile.

Writing a book is such an awesome experience isn’t it? And we’re often told to “write the book we want to read.” Have you heard that before? If you have you’re not alone. The problem is, that advice is largely wrong. In fact, it’s the exact right thing to do in only two cases:

You are your reader. Meaning you are writing in the exact kind of genre you love and that’s all you read and you know your genre inside and out. You know your reader, period.


You don’t care if anyone buys your book. Because I will tell you, if you don’t write for your reader, you’ll sell few, if any books.

Writing and publishing is a big endeavor, and you wouldn’t want it to go sideways just because you didn’t take the time to know your reader. And keep in mind that not every book will be spot on exactly what your reader wants to read. They might dislike one of your characters, or find a chapter or two irrelevant. But the majority of the book, 80% or more, should be spot on specific to the genre and the readers’ needs. Otherwise you’re wasting good book marketing dollars on a campaign for a book with minimal readership.

read more https://www.amarketingexpert.com/increase-your-readers-and-your-book-sales-with-this-one-thing/

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Watch “How To Use Amazon Categories To Sell More Books With Alex Newton From K-lytics” on YouTube

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Attn #MichiganWriters: 30 Day/5 Post Tour Package on the Michigan Literary Network #motownwriters #michlit


Until the end of 2018, Motown Writers Network is looking for 5 authors to feature for one month. Due to the hectic personal schedule of our founder, we are trying to set up authors until December 2018, while also raising funds to support the Michigan Literary Network.

This will be an FCFS endeavor and the faster you turn your information in, the faster we can post.

If you are interested, please email immediately to reserve your spot to Founder of MWN | Click To Email

Place all information inside of a Google Doc (www.drive.google.com) or (onedrive.com) document and then share it with sylviahubbard at gmail dot com.

If you have any questions, please email us  Click To Email


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Call for Entries in the Rochester Writers’ 2018 Summer Writing Contest via @rochwriters @talktravel due Aug 1st


Poetry, Flash Fic

tion, First Page, Colorful Memoir

Cash Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Places in each category. In addition, Best of Show will receive a complimentary pass to a future Rochester Writers’ Conference. Deadline to Enter is August 1, 2018. Details, Rules, and Submission are available at the website.


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Comedian and actor Brandon T. Jackson announced as #NABJ18 panelist #detroit @nabj Conference Aug1-5 cc @detroitnabj @brandontjackson

Comedian and actor Brandon T. Jackson will join an activism panel at #NABJ18
Nationally acclaimed comedian and actor Brandon T. Jackson will join #NABJ18 as a panelist at the highly anticipated and timely panel discussion, “When Art Meets Activism.”
Don’t wait! Register for #NABJ18 today.
Pre-registration ends on June 1. Secure your space now.
Book your room for #NABJ18 today before they’re gone!
Rooms at the official #NABJ18 hotel in downtown Detroit are filling up. See below for reservation instructions.
Hotel information
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center


Reservation instructions

To make your hotel reservation, click here to register online;
Register by phone at 1-877-901-6632 and reference “NABJ” to receive the discounted standard room rate of $179 + tax.
Important notes:
– All room reservations must be made by Friday, July 13, 2018.
– Reservations made after this date will be based on availability and may not be at the negotiated room rate.
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