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#writerslife: Writing Through the Tough Times #motownwriters

Writing Through the Tough Times

Writing Through the Tough Times

Life isn’t always easy. Sometimes it’s just awful. Still, you’re a writer, and you need to write, both for your craft and your own mental health. Whatever your facing, whether it be chronic illness, a death in the family, or a surprise crisis, you can still write. These simple suggestions will help you do it.

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Why Email Marketing Is Important: What You Need to Know via @DIPLLC #motownwriters

Pamela Hilliard Owens: YB2C and Detroit Ink Publishing 

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Jun 19, 2019, 3:59 PM (8 hours ago)

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Welcome to the June 19, 2019 edition of YB2C on Wednesday!
If you missed previous June editions: here are thelinks:
June 5, 2019
June 12, 2019
Enjoy!

Grow Your Email List; Grow Your Outreach

Whether you are trying to grow your business or sell more books, your most important asset is your email list. Networking is important. Social media marketing via the various outlets available is important. However, your email distribution list is the most important. According to a recent study by the Direct Marketing Association, using email marketing can give you a 4300 percent return on investment (ROI)!

What is an email list and how do I start one?

An email list is a special list of the names and email addresses of people you know or have met who have given you permission to send them information, updates, promotions, etc., about your business and/or your book.

There are several good options for email marketing software available. Personally, I’ve used MailChimp for years, and the basic level software is free to use for up to 2,000 contacts. (Affiliate Link: Click on the badge at the bottom of this email to sign up for your own Mailchimp account and receive $30.00 in credits to your account!)

Here are the Top Five Reasons to Grow Your Email List

1. Email is Personal

Your email goes directly into your contacts’ inboxes. There are no ever-changing algorithms that limit the reach of your email.

2. Email is Targeted

Because you know what your contacts are looking for, your email can give them exactly the information they may be looking for.

3. Email is Delivered and Read One-on-One

People read their email privately from their inbox, and they can communicate with you via the email in private. This feature helps you to develop trust and a personal connection with your contacts.

4. People Check Their Email Several Times a Day

Everyone who uses the internet has at least one email account. Email marketing is the best long-term investment you can make because people will always at least receive your email.

5. You Own Your Own Email List

Unlike all of the social media outlets out there, only you own and control your email list. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Google all have their own rules, regulations, and policies, and things seem to change constantly, and you never reach all of your friends, followers, or contacts on these platforms—that is intentional.

Remember “My Space,” “FriendFeed,” “Google Plus,” and so many others that were here yesterday but gone today? Email was here before them and will be here for the foreseeable future.

Not to mention, there are so current social media platforms, how do you know which ones are the favorites of your contacts? With email marketing, you don’t have to worry about that, because all of your contacts have email.

What You Need to Start Your Email List

  1. A website or blog.
  2. An email marketing service.
  3. Opt-in forms.

These are relatively easy for a DIYer or newbie to set up, but if you’d like professional help setting up your email list and designing your email banners and posting information, feel free to contact us at Your Business Your Brand Creatively or Detroit Ink Publishing and we’ll get you going in a jiffy!

In future YB2C on Wednesday newsletters, we’ll expand on how and why you should definitely have your own email marketing list and on how to use it effectively and efficiently.

 

Detroit Startup Week 2019 is here! June 17-21, 2019

It’s almost time for my presentation at DetroitStartupWeek for the 2nd year in a row for “Female Founders Day!”

TechStars Startup Week Detroit is a free five-day celebration of entrepreneurship, hosted by a unified community in spaces that you love. Participate in a new type of conference, led by entrepreneurs dedicated to building momentum and opportunity in a revived city. There will be over 100 events and 250 speakers!

If you are an entrepreneur at any level in the Detroit area, #DetroitStartupWeek is where you need to be June 17 – 21, 2019: downtown Detroit.

I am looking forward to seeing your face in the place! Click on the link in the 1st comment to add this session to your DSW schedule!

That’s it for this week’s
“YB2C on Wednesday!”
See you next time!
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Holton Branch Library Author meet and greet July 27th 9am to Noon @MADLtweets #michiganwriters #detroitreads #michlit #motownwriters

Contact Holton Library for more information via Jack Vanderboegh

SAVE THE DATE!

Readers please come out, support local authors and strengthen Michigan’s Literary Community

 

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MeL’s New Early Literacy eResource via @LibraryofMich #motownwriters

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Dear Library Directors, Trustees, Institution Administrators, and Library Users,

The Library of Michigan Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2019 State Librarian’s Excellence Award applicationis now available. PLEASE NOTE: Branch libraries are eligible to apply for this award. The deadline to apply is Friday, August 16, 2019.

The State Librarian’s Excellence Award recognizes a Michigan Library that best exemplifies excellence in customer service. A $3,000 cash prize will be awarded to the winning library and $1,000 each will be awarded to the two Citation of Excellence runners-up. All three award-winners will receive trophies for public display. 

We hope you will consider nominating your library this year! Winners will be celebrated at the State Librarian’s Luncheon on Wednesday, October 16 during the 2019 Michigan Library Association Annual Conference in Novi.

Library directors, trustees, library users, or administrators may make nominations. See the nomination form for details of submission requirements. If, after reviewing the full criteria, you have questions or would like additional information, please contact the Library of Michigan Foundation office at (517) 335-1488.

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Established in 1985, the Library of Michigan Foundation is a 501 c (3) nonprofit charity governed by an independent Board of Directors. The Foundation provides opportunities for charitable giving to support Library of Michigan programs, collections and services otherwise not provided through state or federal funding. Since its inception, the Foundation has raised more than $6 million in private and corporate donations for programs to boost adult literacy, youth and early childhood literacy, special services for the blind and physically handicapped, statewide support for libraries, librarians, library staff and trustees and construction of the Martha W. Griffiths Michigan Rare Book Room.

MeL’s New Early Literacy eResource
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Supporting Michigan Libraries – June 13, 2019

MeL’s New Early Literacy eResource

MeL team: Kathy Kosinski, Sonya Norris and Liz Breed

The Library of Michigan is pleased to announce that our early literacy eResource procurement process is nearing the finish line and we can announce our intentions.  This RFP process began with one-on-one and group conversations with several library and education staff across the state. Your feedback helped shape the content of the RFP which was issued in January of this year. Several vendors responded to the RFP and 3 vendors were asked to provide trial access and product demonstrations via webinars. Many members of the library and education communities evaluated early literacy eResources during the trial period and provided detailed feedback in an evaluation survey. The decisions on the final choices were made using these evaluations and the available budget allocated to the Michigan eLibrary program.

What Did We Request from Vendors? 

In our last RFP cycle, which concluded in June 2018, we did not find an early literacy product that met the needs of our communities and was priced for our budget. The current RFP cycle has been designed to bolster MeL’s early literacy product offering with full book content to support young readers, specifically pre-Kindergarten through 3rd grade.

What Are the Results of the Evaluation Process?

Our team carefully evaluated all the eResources offered as well as library community feedback, pricing and our available budget. Based on the best cost, evaluation scores for things like content and user interfaces, and library community input via surveys and product demonstrations, we are currently in the final stages of contracting with Coughlin Capstone for a subscription to the animal and social studies modules of their PebbleGo product. Access is tentatively set to begin on August 1, 2019.

What Happens Next?

Once the contract is finalized this summer, more detail about the animal and social studies modules of PebbleGo will be available, and work will begin to configure the subscription access to this new eResource.  MeL team members will also be working with Coughlin Capstone to develop training and support that will help you learn how to use PebbleGo most effectively.  Be on the lookout for upcoming training sessions to learn more about this eResource in the summer and fall.

What Should You Do? 

It is important that you, your public service and technology staff stay abreast of news about the new early literacy addition to MeL and related training opportunities that will be announced in the coming months.  You can stay up to date by subscribing to the following lists or visiting the Library of Michigan’s MeL website:

Now is also a good time to begin planning to make any necessary changes to your website, printed materials, and statistical collection methods.

The MeL team would like to extend its thanks to the many members from the Michigan library and education communities that took time to participate in the product demonstrations and provide evaluations of the resources through the survey. Additionally, thanks to the staff from the Library of Michigan and the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services for doing the work behind the scenes to enable the Michigan eLibrary program to serve our libraries and patrons across Michigan.

Questions?

For questions about the 2019 early literacy RFP please contact Liz Breed, Michigan eLibrary Coordinator, via email at breedl@michigan.gov.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Additional funding is provided by the State of Michigan and the Library of Michigan Foundation.

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St. Clair Shores to host first literary walk: Event’s founder, @MLLIEBLER says literature is accessible to everyone@ginaljoseph

This past week alone he was busy doing a library tour in northern Michigan and an interview with C-SPAN to promote a collection of short stories about legendary Detroit musicians along with a visit to the studio where Eminem recorded all of his legendary albums. He’s been a professor at Wayne State University since 1980 and known for his passion to teach young people how to hone their creative writing skills and the importance of literary arts and he’s traveled the world — from Russia, China and Afghanistan to Finland, Italy, Canada and most 50 states — in order to read and perform his work for people of all ages and cultures.

So, it comes as no surprise that he would organize and host the first annual St. Clair Shores Literary Walk by the Lake at Wahby Park, June 22 from 11:30 to 3:30 p.m.

M.L. LieblerM.L. Liebler

“I started a literary walk 12 years ago in Chelsea,” Liebler said, of the first event that brought nationally and locally-renowned authors together in order to highlight the power of literature and poetry in everyday life.

During the event attendees walk through the city and stop at various locations to hear readings. “If you’ve ever been to Chelsea you know it has lots of art galleries, cafes and of course, a great library,” Liebler said. “It was the perfect city for something like this.”

People also loved the idea.

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Schedule of authors for June 22 include:

11:30 a.m.

The start of the inaugural walk features music by the Batesville Memorial Library Ukulele Club and readings from members of the SCS Library Poetry Club including: L. Bush, Mark Morgan, Debbie Benedic, Andy Vinstra, Yvonne Vinstra and Sharon Franco.

12:30 p.m.

Feature readings by Cindy Hunter Morgan, a Michigan poet and Michigan Notable Book Award author of “Harborless” and Diane DeCillis, Detroit poet and Michigan Notable Book Award author of “No Strings Attached.”

1:30 p.m.

Walkers will be treated to readings by Jenifer DeBellis, “Pink Panther Mag” editor, aRIFT Warrior Project director and author of “Blood Sisters”; Dwight “Skip” Stackhouse, poet, writer and Kresge Fellow and K. Michele Moran, an award-winning poet and Detroit area journalist.

2:30 p.m.

Attendees will be treated to the works of nationally-renowned authors Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Anne Finger.

The SCS Literary Walk is presented by the Detroit Writer’s Guild, Michigan Council for Arts and Culture, Friends of the SCS Library, SCS Cultural Committee, SCS Library and John M. Steinberg & Associates of SCS.

This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale and signing.

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to the public. Books will be available for sale and signing.

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From #MotownWriters Member: Pamela Hilliard Owens: YB2C and Detroit Ink Publishing – I want you to Find Me! Friend Me! Follow Me!


If you missed last week’s edition (June 5, 2019): here is the link. Enjoy!

Where Can You Find Me, Friend Me, and Follow Me

As you may know, I’ve been in business almost eleven years, and since 2008, we have grown, changed, added, and subtracted our companies and services offerings. Presently, we have two primary businesses, Your Business Your Brand Creatively, and Detroit Ink Publishing. We also have a very successful podcast, the YB2C Live! Podcast for Entrepreneurs: we are now in Season 3 with almost 125 episodes published.
So, of course, the number of social media outlets we have has grown.
I would love it if you would find me, friend me, and follow me at any and all outlets that interest you:

Please take a minute to “friend’ me and “follow” me. Thanks! 

Detroit Startup Week 2019 is almost here!

It’s almost time for my presentation at DetroitStartupWeek for the 2nd year in a row for “Female Founders Day!”

TechStars Startup Week Detroit is a free five-day celebration of entrepreneurship, hosted by a unified community in spaces that you love. Participate in a new type of conference, led by entrepreneurs dedicated to building momentum and opportunity in a revived city. There will be over 100 events and 250 speakers!

If you are an entrepreneur at any level in the Detroit area, #DetroitStartupWeek is where you need to be June 17 – 21, 2019: downtown Detroit.

I am looking forward to seeing your face in the place! Click on the link in the 1st comment to add this session to your DSW schedule!

That’s it for this week’s
“YB2C on Wednesday!”
See you next time!
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[video] Writing Main Characters: Don’t do anything until you watch this. #motownwriters

What if I told you there was a super practical way to writing main characters that DIDN’T include the usual common-sense, “your character has to have X…?” Believe it or not, you can build a character just like a carpenter builds a table. You just need to understand the framework and have the right tools. In this video, I’ll be covering a little-known book called Creating Story People by Dwight V. Swain, and it’s a must-have if you want to be a long-term writer. Get a copy of Creating Characters by Dwight V. Swain: https://amzn.to/2I25IyH How I People Watch (Podcast episode): http://www.michaellaronn.com/episode18 My book, How to Write Your First Novel: http://www.authorlevelup.com/firstnovel Enroll in my Write to Market Course on Teachable: http://www.authorlevelup.com/writetom… Like my Videos? Subscribe for more! https://youtube.com/authorlevelup The writing book with all my secrets (Be a Writing Machine): http://www.authorlevelup.com/beawriti… The writing book for beginners (How to Write Your First Novel): http://www.authorlevelup.com/yourfirs… Listen to my new podcast (The Writer’s Journey): http://www.authorlevelup.com/podcast Support my Channel by Shopping on Amazon! https://www.amazon.com/shop/authorlev… My Writing App of Choice (Scrivener, Affiliate Links): Scrivener for Mac: http://www.authorlevelup.com/scrivene… Scrivener for Windows: http://www.authorlevelup.com/scrivene… 2018 My YouTube Setup (Affiliate) https://kit.com/michaellaronn/my-yout…
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Auburn Hills Writers July Session Thursday, June 20th from 6:30 pm to 8:30pm in the Auburn Hills Library

Hello Writers!
    Our group meets Thursday, June 20th from 6:30 pm to 8:30pm in the Auburn Hills Library located at 3400 Seyburn in Auburn Hills.  
 
Agenda:
  • Writing News
  • Writing Exercise
  • Critique
Critique Session:
  • bring writing tool of choice
  • the 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″
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Detroit’s Affordable Editor via @AuthorCKBrooke #motownwriters #ad

C.K. Brooke has experience editing and proofreading for both traditional and self-published authors in various genres, including adult romance, young adult and middle-grade novels, fantasy, memoir, and much more. She is an in-house editor for 48fourteen, Break Through Author, and The Parliament House Press. References are available upon request.

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Playwrights, Filmmaker, Actors! via @VanessaLynn1 ALL ROADS LEAD TO DETROIT July 18 – 21, 2019 for the Urban Playwrights United 10 year Reunion #michiganwriters #michlit #motownwriters

UPU SHOWCASE GUIDELINES.
SUBMISSION  EXTENDED TO JUNE 17, 2019

WHO CAN SUBMIT?
Anyone
SUBMISSION FEE?
FREE FOR ALL
PARTICIPATION FEE?
If your project is selected and you have paid for full registration there is NO cost to participate in the showcase.
All others there is a $50 showcase fee if selected for non-full registrants

WHAT ARE THE CATEGORIES?

There are three categories you can enter.

  • Short Play (includes short plays, snippets of plays, monologues, comedy skits)
  • Trailer, Sizzle Reel
  • Short Film (includes short films, webisodes)

LIVE PLAY GUIDELINES:

  • Four (4) characters maximum
  • Play should not exceed 15 minutes
  • If performed live, and you are local to Detroit, you must provide your actors. Out of town participants, we will put out a casting call but you will be responsible for casting/rehearsing once you are in town.

SHORT FILM GUIDELINES
Film should not exceed 15 minutes (all genres accepted)

Guidelines for Trailer/Sizzle Reel

Trailers can be from past or present productions
Must not exceed 3 minutes

INSTRUCTIONS:
Please send submissions 25mb and under to upusizzlereel@gmail.com.
Include in the email:

  • Name
  • Company Name
  • Category submitting to
  • Title of submission

Send submissions larger than 25mb and up to 2gb via wetransfer.com

DEADLINE IS MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019. AWARDS show is Sunday, July 20, 2019 tickets available for the award show but you do not have to be present to win.

REGISTER FOR DAY PASSES NOW. CLICK THE LINK FOR SCHEDULE.
FRIDAY TOUR INCLUDES THE HISTORIC MOTOWN MUSEUM!
The Emerald Room
Indoor activities will be held at the beautiful Emerald Room hall located at 23795 Van Dyke, Center Line, MI.
Saturday BBQ held at Metro Beach
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