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!!December 13th: Book Review of Beautiful by Sylvia Hubbard @ Velma Duke Review!!

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#MotownWriters: How to Write From a Child’s Perspective—But for Adult Readers via @janefriedman

If you’ve ever tried to write children’s literature, you probably found that it’s just as hard as writing for adults, even if the work is typically shorter. Plus there’s the added challenge of understanding and writing about the challenges faced by kids today, which can be different than those you faced twenty, thirty, or forty more years ago. (For those curious about writing for youth, here’s a great post on YA writing.)

But what if you want to write from a child’s perspective for adults? In the latest Glimmer Train bulletin, novelist Sophie Chen Keller offers an incisive look at what’s different about it:

Read more : https://www.janefriedman.com/write-from-childs-perspective-for-adults/

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#Motownwriters: What is your biggest marketing fear this month? What marketing challenges have you overcome?

Take your fears to the next level and use them to gain more book sales and achieve more literary goals!


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#Motownwriters: 14 Ways Authors Can Cross-Promote Each Other’s Books

Many authors cross-promote each other’s books to gain visibility with a relevant new audience of readers. It’s a mutually beneficial way to inexpensively boost book sales and word-of-mouth buzz — and to make new friends and build relationships in the publishing community!

Because we’ve seen so much hype about authors teaming up to promote their books, we wanted to put together a list of some of the top ways we’ve seen authors working together. Hopefully these examples help you brainstorm creative new ways to collaborate and reach new audiences.

read more: https://insights.bookbub.com/authors-cross-promote-books/

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#MotownWriters: – How to be a better writer: Using a growth mindset to hone your craft

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Twisted Storytellers bring Stories of Romance with Comedian Michael Colyar (@MichaelColyar ) Friday, Dec15th via @satori_10




Twisted Storytellers bring Stories of Romance with Comedian Michael Colyar 

Friday, December 15th

DETROIT, MI –– The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers will bring Actor/Comedian Michael Colyar to tell true and personal stories of love and romance. The award-winning, monthly event has received outstanding reviews and has been recognized for its artistic and cultural contribution to Detroit,

“Storytelling is a way for people to learn more about themselves and each other,” says Juanita Moore, president of the Charles H. Wright Museum, which hosts the events. “People coming to these shows experience a feeling of life, growth and excitement through connecting, and that deserves a place to be showcased.”

“I ain’t seen nothing like it,” said the late Dick Gregory. “Stay in touch with the storytellers. It can heal.”

The Society’s next event “Romance” will take place Friday, December 15, 8PM at The Wright Museum. Comedian Michael Colyar, Comedian Karen Addison and Moth Storyteller/Host Dameon Wilburn will tell true, personal stories on the theme. Also appearing Musical Guest Nikki Thomas and Dance Guests Legacy Dance Studio featuring Brooke Taylor.

About The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers

The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers has a mission to connect humanity, heal and transform the community by providing an uplifting, thought-provoking, soul-cleansing entertainment experience through the art and craft of storytelling.

Tickets: $25 online, $35 @door. For info, tickets and to watch videos, visit www.twistedstorytellers.org or call 313-744-6037.

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Satori Shakoor at 313-744-6037 or via email societyforstorytelling@gmail.com


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#MotownWriters: How to Get Your Book in Libraries By via #LibraryJournal

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I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a really emotional person. I tend to be the “buck up and soldier on through” type (dramatic change from my teen years, for sure). But as an author, part of me is always on display and raw. We write so much of ourselves into our books–is it any wonder scathing reviews can sometimes get under our skin?

But conversely, there are moments when we feel touched BEYOND words (which is crazy for authors, because our playground is words). And I want to share some ways my readers have blessed me and encouraged me to keep on writing. Below are five suggestions for you to try!

read more http://heatherdaygilbert.com/five-ways-touch-favorite-authors-heart/

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#Motownwriters: Keep Going With Your Writing

From my years in publishing, I’ve learned there are many different routes to success. As a writer, my task is to keep going and continue pursuing my dreams. Your persistence and continued effort will pay off. It’s a message that I’ve given in my workshops—but one I’ve been hearing from others as well.

The road to success is littered with people who do not persist. These writers try a few things, get rejected then put their writing away and figure it no one wanted it. In contrast, the writers who get published continue to look for the right place for their material to be published. They are persistent.

read more : http://terrywhalin.blogspot.com/2017/11/keep-going-with-your-writing.html
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!!Book Review of Sylvia Hubbard’s Latest Novel “Beautiful” Coming Soon!!


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“How to Write During the Holidays + Minx Lit Unboxing” on YouTube

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Why Pursue Traditional Publishing? (Are There Enough Good Reasons?)

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Today’s guest post is by author Kristen Tsetsi, who is a regular contributor to this sitethrough the 5 On series.

I had beyond-exciting fantasy plans for my latest novel, The Age of the Child, and first among them was that it would not be self-published.

I’ve self-published before. My first novel, Pretty Much True, received agent praise but no takers. As it was explained over the phone by one praising, but non-taking, agent—and by another who said essentially the same thing in a very nice email—the book was literary and I was an unknown. “So hard to market in this climate,” they said. It was because of the agents’ praise that I felt safe to self-publish.

I didn’t try for an agent with my second novel, The Year of Dan Palace, because I’d been disillusioned about the traditional publishing business. (More on that later.) Between the disillusionment period and the completion of The Age of the Child, however, four long years had passed. I’d forgotten the turmoil and was ready to try again.

read more: https://www.janefriedman.com/why-publish-traditionally/

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Is It Too Late to Start Writing After 50? via @janefriedman

Today’s guest post is by author and physician executive Julie Rosenberg.

I have always wanted to write a book.

I grew up with a father who was an English professor and a high school principal. He stressed four things to his two daughters:

  1. Learn to stand on your own two feet.
  2. Pursue a career that you love and don’t let others dissuade you.
  3. Choose to meet the obstacles that you will face head-on.
  4. Learn to read, write, and speak well. He told us these abilities would serve us in all situations and in any career.

I have come to recognize in the intervening years that he was absolutely right.

read more https://www.janefriedman.com/start-writing-after-50/

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ALERT: AUTHORS!! Don’t break the bank on editing. @AuthorCKBrooke #amediting

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Plus, I don’t just copy-edit for grammar and spelling, but analyze content (POV, plot holes, inconsistencies, etc.) to bring your manuscript to publication/submission-ready quality. Visit http://ckbrooke.com/editing/ to learn more.

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