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Michigan Poets: Let #motownwriters highlight your poetry book

For April 2023, I, Sylvia Hubbard, founder of Motown Writers Network, would like highlight your poetry in our group.

I’d like to post a poem twice a week – at least.

If you could fill out the form, COMPLETELY & ONLY ONCE! so we can make that happen!

In all we’re looking for at least 8 poets but if I get 12 that’s fine.

Thank you in advance.

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Article: How to Revive Dead Book Sales: Managing Your BacklistArticle from @DaveChesson #kindlepreneur

Have you had a book that failed to make sales? Or, perhaps a book that was doing great and then all of a sudden the sales just dropped? 

What’s with that? After all, it’s not like the book was bad. Your reviews show that readers enjoyed the book, so what happened? 

Or, better yet, what can you do about this and revive your book sales? 

graph of declining book sales over time

As someone who’s worked closely with Amazon’s algorithm, and recorded book sales data over the years, I’ve found that there are phenomena that cause this, and that there are methods authors can take to correct it. 

Today, I want to show you how and why this happens, but more importantly, how to correct it and revive your book sales. 

In this article, you will learn:

  1. Why Amazon drops your book after a certain time
  2. The effects of what I call the “honeymoon” period
  3. How to identify the problem with your book and fix it
  4. How to kickstart sales and revive a book

So, with that, let’s get started. Read more

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Workshops and Literary Events This Winter! ❄ detroitwritingroom #michlit #mittenlit #motownwriters @DETWritingRoom – Mark yr calendars Jan31, Feb16, Feb23, Feb22, March2, April1 #bookandbusy #detroit #michigan #literacy #authorssupportingauthors

Coming Up This Winter

We’re kicking off 2023 with in-person book talks, writing workshops and more! Whether you’re a book lover or aspiring author, we hope you join us for a fun literary experience.

How to Get Your Book Published
Tuesday, Jan. 31 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. ESTLearn everything you need to know about how to publish your book at this virtual workshop with Two Sisters Writing & Publishing. Since founding this independent press, Elizabeth Ann Atkins and Catherine M. Greenspan have published 36 memoirs, workbooks and novels in four years. This includes Catherine’s young adult novels and memoirs for former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer, a former American Red Cross president, several physicians, and even their mother, a retired judge.

The Two Sisters will explain your three main options: traditional publishing with “The Big Five” in New York; self-publishing; and independent and hybrid publishing. Elizabeth will also share her experience as a bestselling author whose 40 books have been published all three ways. And you’ll learn how to reverse engineer the entire process to strategize your best possible outcome. You’ll leave this high-energy, informative and interactive virtual workshop armed with everything you need to know to choose the best publishing option for your book.Tickets:
General admission is $50.

Elizabeth is available for one-on-one coaching, and workshops attendees will receive 20% off a coaching session with her!
Out-of-the-Box Branding Ideas
Thursday, Feb. 16 from 6 – 7:15 p.m. ESTBuilding a brand is hard for an author, and most of us don’t know where to start. Detroit author Sylvia Hubbard has published over 55 books in two decades.

In this virtual workshop, she’ll cover author platform must-haves on websites and social media, book collaboration ideas, unique branding tips and more. She will share information for beginners, and also help advanced authors not give up and discover more opportunities. Participants will receive digital resources with links. The last 15 minutes will be reserved for Q&A. Come ready to learn to earn and actually have fun doing it!Tickets:
General admission is $45.
Writing Memoir When Memory Fails
Thursdays, Feb. 23 & March 2 from 7 – 9 p.m. ESTDo you have a burning story inside you that’s begging to get out? What to do when you feel the need to write what happened but your memory has a few (or many) gaps?

Join memoirist Diane Gottlieb in this two-part virtual seminar. We will examine the craft choices other authors have made to manage their fuzzy details and tell their truest stories, even in the face of uncertainty. We’ll read several flash pieces, essays and excerpts from book-length memoir, paying special attention to speculative elements (speculation with both a lowercase and capital “S”). We’ll also discuss the big question of how “accurate” or “true” a piece of writing must be to earn the classification of nonfiction. There will also be time for writing! Diane will offer prompts and opportunities for sharing. Tickets:
Early bird tickets are $80 until midnight on 
Jan. 23, 2023.
General admission is $95.
A Latte to Write About: Creative Writing with Coffee
Saturday, April 1 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. ESTThere’s nothing better than good coffee to get you in a caffeinated creative writing spirit! Join us at Drifter Coffee in Ferndale for an interactive creative writing workshop themed all around coffee! Detroit Writing Room founder Stephanie Steinberg will guide you with writing prompts that explore writing with the five senses as you smell, taste — and yes — touch your coffee. We’ll practice writing from different perspectives. You’ll put your imagination to work and pretend you’re a coffee mug on your shelf. What would that mug say about you or your household? We’ll also pour into some of our favorite memories surrounding a good cup of coffee.

The workshop will take place inside Drifter Coffee’s greenhouse. Coffee and treats are included. Each participant will also receive a complimentary purple Detroit Writing Room journal ($15 value) and purple pen. But you’re welcome to bring your favorite writing utensils and coffee mug for inspiration!Space is limited!

Early bird tickets are $50 until 
Feb. 1, 2023.
General admission is $60.

February’s Author Series

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Get to know New York Writing Room Coach Barry Adler!
Barry is a former story doctor for The New York Times. He now works with academic organizations, think tanks and professional services firms, editing or ghostwriting research papers, articles, op-eds and speeches.

Sign up with Barry for help with news and feature writing, story development/story doctoring for long-form narrative journalism and nonfiction, thought leadership content, lessons in copy editing, speech writing and op-eds.

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Kensington Art Fair – May 27-29 – Apply today. Metro #Detroit vendor opportunity for authors

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Integrity Shows
PO Box 21667, DETROIT
Michigan 48221 United States
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Application Deadline February 26!

  • Kensington Metropark Art Fair
  • Milford, Michigan (Suburban Detroit)
  • Seventh Year
  • Drive-up loading, Convenient parking
  • Sunshine Artist Top Show
  • Beautiful beach front site
  • All price points sell
  • Best for traditional art and images

Application fee $25, Booths from $425

Rental tents and displays available

Snacks, beverages, booth support

Artists Application-
Sponsors • Food Booths
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Michigan 48221 United States
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Missed 2nd Saturday this month? #learnwithme video from @SylviaHubbard1 : Selling books from your website #authorgrowthhacks #booksellingtechniques #syltips

Authors should sell their stories on their website to engage with their readers, build trust, and reach a wider audience. By having a website, authors can give readers an insight into their story, their writing process, and what inspired them. They can also use the website to share exclusive content and updates, provide links to where their book can be purchased, and even promote their upcoming events. By establishing a platform to share their stories, authors can create a personal connection with their readers and build a community of loyal followers. Check out this video from one of our second Saturday meetups for more information on the process.

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Upcoming 10am 2nd Saturday Speaker /Workshop Series with #MotownWriters – subscribe for alerts #michlit #mittenlit

Why you should network and learn with other authors and writers

Networking with other writers is a great way to learn from their experiences, get advice on your own writing, and stay motivated. It can also help you make connections that can lead to new opportunities and collaborations. Networking with other writers can also help you stay up to date on the latest industry trends and techniques, and provide you with a support system if you ever feel stuck or overwhelmed. Finally, it can be a great way to make new friends in the writing community who share your interests and passions.

For the upcoming year, we’ve started to reach out to our member experts to bring in more knowledge to our community


Jan – Sylvia Hubbard – Sell Book On Your Website –

Feb – MandyJo Rindhage – Writing Schedule – making them and using tech to help you write better

March – Lev Raphel – How to do a killer reading. Learn skills and planning most writers/authors aren’t ready to do.

April – Tess Combs – Holistic creativity -involving your whole self in creativity endeavors to optimize outcomes

May – (OPEN)

June – Pamela Hillard Owens

July – (OPEN)

August – (OPEN)

September – (OPEN)

October – (OPEN)

December – (OPEN)

Maximize Your Messaging: How Authors Can Use Email to Successfully Market Their Books

If you missed any of these please go into the Motown Writers Facebook group media tab to see if their presentation saved and listen to the video. Subscribe for alerts when our next presentation is coming so you won’t miss anything.

If you’re interested in being a speaker, please contact us

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The 2023 Michigan Writing Workshop: April 29, 2023

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After successful 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 events in Michigan, Writing Day Workshops is excited to announce The 2023 Michigan Writing Workshop — a full-day “How to Get Published” writing event in the Detroit suburbs (Novi) on April 29, 2023.

This writing event is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Note that there are limited seats at the event (200 total). All questions about the event regarding schedule, details and registration are answered below. Thank you for your interest in the 2023 Michigan Writing Workshop! We are very proud of our many success stories where attendees sign with agents following events — see our growing list of success stories here.

(Please note that this is an in-person event. We at Writing Day Workshops plan both online/virtual as well as in-person events. This next MWW is an in-person event happening in the Detroit suburbs on April 29, 2023. See you there.)



This is a special one-day “How to Get Published” writing workshop on Saturday, April 29, 2023, at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Detroit – Novi. In other words, it’s one day full of classes and advice designed to give you the best instruction concerning how to get your writing & books published. We’ll discuss your publishing opportunities today, how to write queries & pitches, how to market yourself and your books, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the day’s classes will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome.

This event is designed to squeeze as much into one day of learning as possible. You can ask any questions you like during the classes, and get your specific concerns addressed. We will have literary agents onsite to give feedback and take pitches from writers, as well. This year’s agent and editor faculty so far includes:

  • literary agent Justin Brouckaert (Aevitas Creative Management)
  • and many more to come.

By the end of the day, you will have all the tools you need to move forward on your writing journey. This independent event is organized by coordinator Brian Klems of Writing Day Workshops. E-mail him to register for the event at



9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, April 29, 2023 — at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Detroit – Novi.

(Please note that this is an in-person event. We at Writing Day Workshops plan both online/virtual as well as in-person events. This next MWW is an in-person event happening in the Detroit suburbs on April 29, 2023. See you there.)



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From the Fussy Librarian: You need marketing know-how to sell your book – FREE#bookmarketing guide #motownwriters

Unless you’re a marketing consultant turned author, you’re probably not as confident in your ability to market your book as you are in your ability to write a great story. But no matter how informative or entertaining your book may be, you can’t make a living as an author if you can’t convince readers to buy it.

So, learning how to market your book effectively is essential.Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. If you try to figure it out yourself, you’ll likely waste a lot of time and money on methods that don’t work.That’s why it helps to get advice from the experts — successful writers and marketers who have learned what it takes to increase book sales. And you can, with Author Marketing: The Ultimate Guide to Increased Book Sales!
By downloading our free guide, you’ll discover 5 important steps you need to take to increase book sales:Writing a blurb that gets readers to buyUnderstanding the importance of book keywordsCreating a book cover that sellsGetting more reader reviewsBuilding your own mailing listPLUS, you can look forward to a bonus Q&A with bestselling author Hugh Howey, whose success as an independent author helped pave the way for other self-published writers.There’s a simple fact that all authors discover: Writing a book is hard, but selling it is even harder. The good news is that when you have a resource full of expert book marketing advice, it becomes a lot easier.So, download our guide today, educate yourself on best practices, and start improving your marketing efforts to increase sales!
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Are you struggling with creating a unique brand for your book to stand out from the crowd? Register for a Virtual workshop on Feb. 16 @ 6 p.m. EST #motownwriters #syllit #writerevent #detroit #michlit

Learn how to start with Author and founder of Motown Writers Network, Sylvia Hubbard!, a Detroit author who has published over 55 books, at our virtual workshop on Feb. 16 @ 6 p.m. EST! Sign up:

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From #StoryOrigin: Dale Roberts: “A cheat code for your business as an author” #motownwriters

a great case study from Dale Roberts covering how to use StoryOrigin as “a cheat code for your business as an author.” 

Dale had a lot of great advice on how he has used StoryOrigin to:

  • Save a ton of time and money
  • Find and vet reviewers for both his audiobooks and ebooks
  • Collect useful feedback from his beta readers.

He also compares the Review CopiesBeta Copies, and Audiobook Review Copies features against how he managed review teams and beta readers before StoryOrigin.

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Stories, Stories, Stories! from The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers #motownwriters #michlit

Stories have the ability to move us, teach us, and bring out our emotions. A story can bring people together and help them to find common ground. It can also be used as an educational tool to learn about different cultures and customs. For businesses, storytelling instead of listing facts and figures, can be a powerful marketing opportunity.

Your challenge today: think about how you will use the power of storytelling to make a difference in your or someone else’s life this week. The possibilities for how we use stories are endless – so let’s take some time to explore their power!

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Have you tried Story Origin? Promotion tool to increase readership, create collaborations with other authors & content creation goals

Company Description: A marketing tool and community of authors that work together to find reviewers, build mailing lists, increase sales, and stay on top of deadlines

Looking for new readers? Trying to create reader magnets? Collaborate with authors, stay on your campaign creation goals?

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Dr. M. Roy Wilson Memoir Release Event with The Detroit Writing Room #motownwriters

We are excited to announce that we are starting a six-month Author Series that features intimate events with high-profile authors celebrating their recent releases. We thought some members of your writing group, Motown Writers Network, would be interested in attending as you share our love for literature and writing, and we’d love to have you attend!

While I also have you here, I am planning on sending out a very similar email for the Out-of-the-Box Branding Ideas Workshop you are working with us on. Are there any specific groups or businesses that you would like me to reach out to to let them know about that event?

Our first event takes place on Wednesday, January 25 at The Whitney from 7-8:30 p.m. The first author we are hosting is Wayne State University President Dr. M. Roy Wilson who will discuss his memoir, “The Plum Tree Blossoms Even in Winter.”

Guests will also enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres in The Whitney’s Music Room along with a meet-and-greet with the author. Following the meet-and-greet will be a book talk, signing, and Q&A with Dr. Wilson.


  • Tickets are $60 and can be purchased online.

  • Author Series Passes to attend all 6 events are also available. Pass holders can attend 1 event for free and receive a 15% discount on books.

Date and Time

Wednesday, January 25 from 7-8:30 p.m.

The Location

The Whitney

4421 Woodward Avenue

Detroit, Michigan 48201


The Whitney offers valet parking in their main lot for $10 per car. Guests may self-park in the lot located across the street at Woodward and Canfield. There is also street parking along Canfield Street.

All About Dr. M. Roy Wilson

Dr. M. Roy Wilson is Wayne State University’s 13th President. He was born in Yokohama, Japan to a Japanese mother and a Black father. His childhood was marked by sexual abuse, parental absence, as well as periods as a runaway. His life turned around under the guidance of his High School English teacher and he later received his MD from Harvard Medical School. After becoming a physician, Dr. Wilson developed a blinding eye disease and cancer that was thought to be terminal. He shares more about his experiences in his memoir “The Plum Tree Blossoms Even in Winter.”

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Fiction Writer’s Block Kit to help boost creativity and help you to get to writing

Three books I would recommend to help you fight writers block and get you to start writing are as followed

get the link for each book below

Writing Prompts

Trope Thesaurus

Conflict Thesaurus

I found these books to be great to help with boosting my creativity efforts when I hit brick walls in my story

I hope they can help you.

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