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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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A few collated call for submissions. Please check links below for details—some of them have July deadlines.

True Story: Creative Non-fiction, 5k-10k words, payment 300USD

Gay Mag: Themed Submission: Pain, Fiction/ Essay up to 3.5k words, payment $1 a word.

Overland is seeking speculative fiction submissions.

Submerging Writer Fellowship: Fiction. Up to 1000USD in support.

Atticus Review Flash CNF Contest: up to 1000 words (There’s a submission fee.)

The MacDowell Colony Residency for fiction will open up mid-July.

The Amsterdam Quarterly is open for themed fiction/ non-fiction submissions.

Split Lip Magazine is looking for submissions of short fiction, memoir, poetry, book reviews.

Middle Grade Historical – Adventure/Fantasy anthology submissions invited by the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.

The Open Minds Quarterly are open to fiction, non-fiction, poetry, book reviews.

Soteira Press is looking for submission on themes— Horror USA: California and The Monsters We Forgot.

The Book Pipeline Fiction Competition is open to unpublished and published books, graphic novels or comics, short stories, and plays for film/TV adaptation consideration.

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Black Business Book will be released Sunday, July 21st, 4-7pm, Bert’s Entertainment Complex #Detroit #michiganreaders #motownwriters

Black Business Book will be released Sunday, July 21st, 4-7pm, Bert’s Entertainment Complex, 2727 Russell St. in Eastern Market District, complimentary admission at an event titled ”Black History in Detroit". Anthony Brogdon cites in his book over 200 black history facts with an emphasis on the history of black business in America. The program will also feature historian and author Ken Coleman, historian Jamon Jordon, President/Ceo of National Business League Dr. Kenneth L. Harris, Founder of Arise Detroit Luther Keith, Founder of Project BAIT David Rambeau and historian David L. Head.

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Auburn Hills Writers July Session @@AHPLibrary from Facilitator, MYCHELLE MARTIN July18th #auburnhills #michiganwriters #michlit #motownwriters

Hello Writers!

Yes. Our group meets Thursday, July 18th from 6:30 pm to 8:30pm in the the Auburn Hills Library located at 3400 Seyburn in Auburn Hills.


  • Writing News
  • Writing Exercise
  • Critique

Critique Session:

  • bring 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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It’s Time for 6 Months of Focus! Pamela Hilliard Owens: YB2C and Detroit Ink Publishing @DIPLLC #motownwriters


It’s the 2nd Half of the Year:
Time for Six Months of FOCUS!

At the time I am publishing this edition of the newsletter, it is the beginning of July. That means that 1/2 of this year is over and another 1/2 of this year lies ahead. It’s time to reflect on the past and plan for the future. Easier said than done…
What Has Happened So Far?

Some people start every new year setting BAGs (Big Audacious Goals) for the next twelve months. One year is a very long time. Just like with the New Year’s January resolutions to go to the gym every day that fade out by February, many BAGs start to peter out after a few weeks.

Do you write down your goals on paper, with an app, or on a spreadsheet? When is the last time you reviewed your annual goals? If you went back and checked them today, what would be the result? Are you where you wanted to be now that one-half of the year has passed?

However you originally wrote down your annual goals, doing a thorough review will be very helpful as you prepare for the 2nd half of this year.
What Is Your Best Timeline for Goals?

Yes, I set annual BAGs, but I have found that realistically, setting quarterly goals works much better. There are thirteen weeks in a calendar quarter; enough time to achieve a goal and not so much time that you start to forget those goals. The first of those thirteen weeks is a great time to review the past quarter and plan out the entire upcoming quarter, including the tasks and activities you will need to achieve each goal.

As I said above, you can go analog with pen and paper, use an app, or use a spreadsheet; the point is to use the method(s) you are most comfortable with and to be consistent.

Personally, I combine analog, digital, and apps. I have used aBullet Journal since August 2015 to track and document my personal and business lives, and I have customized it for my needs. I love using different pens and pencils to write things down by hand, which helps me slow down and think.

I also live by my Google Calendar. Every app I use and everything I do is integrated with and scheduled on my GCal; I can see each morning what I have planned to do for the day, and I can access my GCal from all of my Macs and iDevices.

My primary project management app is Trello. I’ve had a Trello account for several years, but I have only recently really started using the app for all of my personal and business projects. I think I’m in love. I have scheduled a future blog post for myYour Business Your Brand Creatively website soon.

My team and I manage all of our content marketing and social media marketing projects with CoSchedule. The app has features and benefits perfectly scaled for a solo business like mine. I wrote a blog post about CoSchedule last year.
What Goal Areas are Important to You?

Most productivity experts recommend that you set goals in six different areas in your life:

  1. Health: Everything else you do is possible if your health is good.
  2. Wealth: Setting clear personal and business financial goals will keep you on track for building short- and long-term financial security.
  3. Relationships: Growing, maintaining and improving the primary personal and business relationships will also lead to growth and improvement in all other areas on your life.
  4. Personal Development: What are the personal and professional skills you’d like to develop or improve? What will you need to do over the next quarter to grow those skill sets?
  5. Social Life: You know the old adage: “All work and no play makes Jack (and Jill) a dull boy (or girl). Achieving a good balance between work and play actually will help you achieve your goals at a higher level. Entrepreneurs especially often have a hard time stopping work to enjoy the other parts of their lives, making it all the more important to set having a robust social life as a separate goal.
  6. Business: Notice this goal is last on the list. This is on purpose to help you recognize that there really is more to life than working all the time. However, it is important to set 2-3 subgoals that you would like to achieve in your business over the next two quarters.

Achieving The Goals You Have Set for the Next Quarter

Now that you are reviewed the last half-year and planned out the next half-year, it’s time to F.O.C.U.S. (“Follow One Course Until Successful”) and then work every day and every week on the tasks and activities that will ensure that you achieve your goals!

Ready? Set? Go!


ICYMI: Here are the links for the newsletters we published in June.

June 5:     Our Revised Newsletter Schedule
June 12:   Find Me, Friend Me, Follow Me
June 19:   Grow Your Email List
June 26:   It’s Your Schedule
While you’re thinking about your calendar, watch this space to hear about exciting events coming up in July.
There will be a BIG announcement next week!
We can’t wait to tell you!

Don’t Forget!

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“YB2C on Wednesday!”
See you next time!
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Writers Group, Poetry in the Park, Contest, Appearances and More from Rochester Writers Group @RochWriters

Hello Writers!

Writers Group Meets Tuesday, Poetry in the Park next Friday, Writing Contest Deadline a Month away, Rochester Writers’ Appearances in the Community this Summer, and More.

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News and Events

Writers’ Group

Rochester Writers’ hosts The Freelance Marketplace Writers’ Group:
The 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*, however the main conversation is always about the Business of Writing (this is NOT a critique group). Free and Open to the Public. NEXT MEETING IS TUESDAY JULY 16.

  • July 16
  • August 20
  • September 17
  • October 15
  • November 19

Poetry in the Park

The Rochester Poets’ Society hosts their annual event in the Rochester Municipal Park on Friday, July 19, at 7:00 p.m. at the Kiwanis Pavilion. Scheduled poets include James Ahearn, Rochester’s Poet Laureate. Open mic poetry will take place after scheduled readers on a first come basis.

Rochester Writers’ Appearances in the Community

Detroit Festival of Books at Eastern Market:
Sunday, July 21 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Shed 3.
5th Annual Local Author Book Sale & Signing at SterlingFest:
Saturday, July 27, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. outside the Sterling Heights Public Library.
Rochester Hills Public Library Shop Small Saturday:
Saturday, November 30, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Author Sign-ups Now Open

Save the Date

12th Annual Rochester Writers’ Conference, October 19, at Oakland University for Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Business Elements for new writers, working journalists,and published authors. Registration to Open in late July.

Contest Announcement Flier

Call for Entries in the Rochester Writers’ 2019 Summer Writing Contest

Categories: Poetry, Micro Fiction, First Page, Memoir

Prizes: 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.

Opens: April 15, 2019

Deadline: August 15, 2019

Events #RochesterWriters will be at this year
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Introducing #MotownWriters Member, Glenn R. Murray @Glenn220 has a new book out called You Wrote it; Now Go Sell it & an upcoming workshop July20th

Image result for glenn r murrayGlenn Murray is the founder of 220 Communications, parent company to 220 Publishing and Food Wine and Spirits Ventures. He has held strategic positions in the top U.S. companies including General Electric, Leo Burnett, and Discover started as an events company 220 Communications expanded to include divisions publishing, experiential marketing, consulting and music distribution.  220 Publishing has produced over 50 titles under the 220 Publishing imprint in its 9 years of existence as well as several titles under its private label publishing program.

Mr. Murray has created promotional campaigns for the arts, film, music, and culinary events. He led viral social media campaigns that have generated over 1 Million impressions. Over the years, 220 Communications’ marketing has expanded to include promotions and partnerships in Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, Dallas, Atlanta, and Milwaukee. The company supports a number of charities including Surge For Water, One Hope United, South Central Community Services, Gilda’s Club and a host of others through fundraising events and in-kind donations. He created the popular Food and Wine Crawl Chicago event and has expanded that to include 5 cities.

He has blogged for the NBC Chicago Street Team and is has contributed articles to 360 Magazine, and currently writes a blog titled “Stop, Look, Listen” for Chicagonow.com. An author, he was a contributor to “The Entrepreneur Within You” Book Series and wrote the book marketing guide “You Wrote It, Now Go Sell It”. He spent a year as an on-air personality at WBCP in Champaign IL.  He was a contributor to the screenplay Love Miscarriage and has written a documentary titled “Praise and Worship”.  He is overseeing the adaptation of 3 of the titles he’s published to a screenplay. “You Wrote It Now Go Sell It” is his debut solo title.  He is contributing to several anthologies scheduled for 2020 release including “Perspectives Father and Son”, co-written with his father and “Lessons for the Little Girl”.

Social Media

Twitter: @glenn220

IG:  @glenn220

Facebook: 220 Publishing

Website: https://220communications.com/

BUY BOOKYou Wrote It, Now Go Sell It: A Marketing and Promotions Guide For Authors In A Few Simple Steps by [Murray, Glenn R.]


With his debut book, he’s planning a workshop JULY 20 called Free Publishing Information Workshop


Date And Time

Sat, July 20, 2019

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM CDT

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Woodson Regional Library, Chicago Public Library

9525 South Halsted Street

Chicago, IL 60628


Workshop for new and existing authors providing advice and answering your questions about publishing your first (or your next) book.

About this Event

Free to attend!


Organizer220 Publishing

The organizer of Free Publishing Information Workshop

“Bringing You The World, One Page At A Time”

220 Publishing is an independent publisher based in Chicago, IL. With over 20 titles in the market across all genres including fiction, self-help, inspirational and instructional. We are actively seeking talented storytellers and game-changers. Let us help you tell your story.



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Author of The Marsh King’s Daughter, @KarenDionne, upcoming schedule | #michiganreaders #motownwriters #michlit

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There are a cluster of events in the U.P. in late May/early June, another cluster near Traverse City in June, and one more Michigan event at local libraries in September.


The author is really looking forward to all of these – The Marsh King’s Daughter is being read all over the world (!!!), but Michigan readers connect with the story on a deeper level because they bring their own experiences and love of the state to the book.

Grab your copy of The Marsh King’s Daughter now

See Michigan events below

June 16 – Glen Lake, Michigan – Peninsula Writers Summer Retreat – keynote speaker

June 17 – Suttons Bay, Michigan – 11:00 AM – Suttons Bay Bingham District Library – talk and signing

June 17 – Kingsley, Michigan – 6:00 PM – Kingsley Branch Library –  talk and signing,

June 18 – Bellaire, Michigan – 11:00 AM – Bellaire Public Library – luncheon, talk and signing

June 18 – Northport, Michigan – 7:00 PM – Leelanau Township Library – talk and signing

June 19 – Traverse City, Michigan – 12:00 – 2:00 PM – Bookbrokers & Kramer’s Cafe, Grand Traverse Mall – signing

September 18 – Shelby Township, Michigan – 7:00 PM – Shelby Township Library – talk and signing

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Next month promotions ideas to help #MotownWriters authors

Everyone needs a little help. Get your net month promo together.

Hashtag #MotownWriters #michlit #MichiganReaders in your promo or tag @sylviahubbard1 on Instagram or Twitter so we can share!


2 – National Coloring Book Day

9 – Book Lover’s Day

10 – Love Your Bookshop Day

18 – Bad Poetry Day

21 – Poet’s Day

31 – We Love Memoirs Day


For more help to your marketing, check out HowToEbook.org and subscribe.

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The Red Ink Conference 2019: Chicago wsg @sylviahubbard1 #conference August 17, 2019 | RSVP Now via @tenitajeditor


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Date And Time

Sat, August 17, 2019

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM CDT

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Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Suites

10 Drury Lane

Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

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Tired of going to conference after conference, and leaving with no solid results? This is NOT that conference!

Last year, we packed out The Hilton Garden Inn in both Detroit and Atlanta!

This year, we’re in a new venue, new city, with even more engaging content!

Here are some topics we’ll cover:

  • Overcoming Writers’ Block
  • Self-Publishing Industry Secrets
  • How to Create a Bestselling Bio
  • The Bestseller Book Synopsis
  • Marketing to Make Money
  • Becoming a Media Mogul

Prepare to go higher in your craft! Expect a few surprises, giveaways and of course, engaging work to take your authorpreneurial career to the next level! For a recap of last year’s conference and more information on speakers and the venue, visit www.theredinkconference.com!

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Free Event: WRITING ON PURPOSE #amwriting #workshop #detroit @WCCCDistrict ‏ – NW Campus July 16th @ 11am | #michiganwriters #michlit #motownwriter

About this workshop

This workshop will cover how to use creative writing to improve essays, college papers, and general everyday writing.

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The outline and notes for this workshop will be available the day of the event. 


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Interested? You can RSVP in the comments or just show up! Make sure you sign in. I hope to see you all there!

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Watch “Five Tips For Landing Your First Short Story Publication” on YouTube

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21st Century Marketing For Authors (paperback only) $5 #michiganwriters #motownwriters #michlit Grab your copy now!

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The best guide you’ll have in understanding & navigating book marketing in the 21st Century

Available only to order as a paperback


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  • Marketing – Learn Effective tips & tricks needed to navigate and sell books
  • Promoting – Promotional Materials, Analytics, and offline promotion strategies
  • Social Media – What & How to do? Which one do I do? When do I do it?

Bonus: Offline Book Selling Techniques | Press Release Techniques | Marketing Checklist | Resources & Links to Reviews, Bookstore, Libraries, Book Bloggers, AA Bookclubs, Book Review

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How to Create a Live Backup of Your Working Files Using Google Drive #motownwriters

My server getting hacked a couple months ago made me deeply appreciative of regularly scheduled backups (sometimes the best solution to a situation is to delete whatever is causing the problem and do a clean restore from a backup).

That incident also reminded me that I don’t really have a similar process for restoring the working files on my laptop. Sure, I back up my hard disk regularly, but with 400GB of content on the HD, I can’t restore it quickly or easily, which means if I have a problem I can’t get back to work right away.

That is not career ending, but I would like to be able to switch to a replacement computer and pick up where I left off with a minimum of delay and hassle.

I tried a couple solutions, including syncing my work files to a flash drive and carrying it around with me. That worked okay at first, but after I put the second flash drive through the wash I knew I had to find something better.

Right now I am syncing my work files to Google Drive via Google’s Backup and Sync app. This Windows and macOS app lets you sync one or more folders on your computer with folders on Google Drive.

read more https://the-digital-reader.com/2019/05/20/how-to-create-a-live-backup-of-your-working-files-using-google-drive/

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Watch “How Should You Publish Your Book? | Traditional Publishing, Self-Publishing, Indie Press, & Vanity” on YouTube

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