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A Community of Debut Authors Unite to Help Each Other

by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Please welcome Kate Brandes as our guest today! An environmental scientist with over 20 years of experience, Kate is also a watercolor painter and a writer of women’s fiction with an environmental bent. Her short stories have been published in The Binnacle, Wilderness House Literary Review, and Grey Sparrow Journal. Kate is a member of the Arts Community of Easton (ACE), the Lehigh Art Alliance, Artsbridge, the Pennwriters, and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Kate lives in a small town along the Delaware River with her husband, David, and their two sons. When she’s not working, she’s outside on the river or chasing wildflowers. The Promise of Pierson Orchard is her first novel and debuts today!

Connect with Kate on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

A Community of Debut Authors Unite to Help Each Other

Read more: http://writerunboxed.com/2017/04/22/a-community-of-debut-authors-unite-to-help-each-other/

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What is Your Michigan Amazon Author Page? Help #MotownWriters build a database #MichLit

We love authors and we want you to share your amazon author page in the comments

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So click this link and add your page to the comments.

Criteria:

  1. Must be a Michigan Author!
  2. Must be to an Amazon Author page and NOT your book page.

Thank you!

CLICK HERE NOW TO ADD YOUR PAGE

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#MarketingMonday w/@PamPerry: Be Your OWN Publicist #bookpromo #ammarketing

820d9-pamperry-731603When marketing make it simple. Make it memorable. Make it inviting to look at. Make it fun to read. -Leo Burnett, advertising legend

I saw the PR person rise up out of a lot of people during a recent national Talk Show host contest. People were tooting their “OWN” horn and getting eyeballs to their video audition. And racking in votes! I saw one contestant with more than three million votes. That’s a lot of exposure!

Some took it a bit further and leveraged their audition to get media coverage. They wrote a press release, called their local news station or local newspaper – and BAM – they got a media hit. Not front page story, but some traditional media exposure none the less.

What was their “hook” that led to the media interest? Basic “local guy/girl goes for the big time.” People love to cheer for the underdog and are always fans of folks from their hometown.

It was cute human interest story – nice video and sound bite. Great plug for the national show (the station was a local affiliate.)

Hey, whether they win or lose, they got folks buzzing about them. They got their “15 minutes of fame.” And the TV station got folks tuning in watching the new national TV show which led into their early evening news program. Public Relations (PR) is great when it’s a win-win for everyone!

Which is what people want, right? Publicity is about amplifying your message to the masses – typically through radio, TV or print. But in today’s digital world, by increasing your online presence through social media you can be your own publicist. You could have the next “viral” video sensation by having your YouTube video viewed by millions.

And you know happens when you are a top video on YouTube? You hit the radar of the media. CNN regularly features the top YouTube videos on their program – and print reporters search the web looking for what’s hot. So can you be found? Are you ready for Oprah?

Here’s a few tips to get your PR Mojo Moving:

1. Have a solid brand. Make sure your stuff is tight and right. From your logo, to your tagline, to your website URL, to your professional email (no Gmail, AOL or Yahoo, please!), to your email signature, to your photo and other graphics. Have everything matching – and make sure nothing is random.

2. Position yourself as an expert. One of the quickest ways to do this is to write a book. Even if you don’t become a best-selling author, you would have instant credibility. Write columns for local newspapers or magazines in your niche. Do your own seminars. Host an event where you give out awards to leaders in your field. Have tons of testimonials on your website. Be seen at the right conferences talking/connecting with the right people. Capture that on video or in photos. Post on your website and social media sites. Nothing is random, in PR, every move is strategic and deliberate.

3. Craft and distribute news releases regularly. Just make sure that are newsworthy. Submit them online to the free (or inexpensive) press release distribution services like PR Web, BlackPR, ChristianPR Group or prnewswire. Make sure you have a great press kit and/or news room on your website.

4. Get to know the media. Understand different media outlets. Subscribe to services like PitchRate, HARO or ReporterConnect to get regular emails from media folks looking for sources for stories they are working on. This is the best way for a “newbie” to land in the Wall Street Journal or Good House Keeping.

By using PR effectively you can accelerate your sales and quickly make you a household name. The first step is the most important – making sure your “BRAND ready” and that your brand delivers on its promise. That’s the bottom line.

Ministry marketing pioneer, Award-winning social media strategist and PR Coach Pam Perry helps authors and speakers garner publicity and leverage online strategies. As a 20-year PR veteran, she is also the co-author of “Synergy Energy: How to Use the Power of Partnerships to Market Your Book, Grow Your Business and Brand Your Ministry.” Head over to http://www.PamPerryPR.com and get more free tips. She offers help through her private mentorship program at http://www.PamPerryMentoring.com

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TWISTED STORYTELLERS TACKLE RACE AND RACISM, APRIL 21 #Detroit #MichLit via @twistedtellers

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Twisted Storytellers Tackle Race and Racism

 

Friday, April 21st

 

DETROIT, MI –– The Secret Society of Twisted StorytellersⓇ will tackle race and racism with five storytellers who will tell true, personal stories live onstage. 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,” says Dick Gregory. “Stay in touch with the storytellers. It can heal.”

The Society’s next event “Race” will take place Friday, April 21st, 8PM at The Wright Museum, 315 E. Warren Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201. Rev. David Alexander Bullock, radio host, Frank Joyce, writer/activist, Lucia Kellerman-Eggert, graphic designer, Mayowa Lisa Reynolds, educator and Stewart Shevin, film editor will tell true, personal stories on the theme.

About The Secret Society Of Twisted StorytellersⓇ

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

Tickets: $20 online, $25 @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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FREE Workshop: Video for Small Business Introduction to Social Video via The #Detroit Script Writers @Meetup

Video for Small Business 

Introduction to Social Video

 
Combining social media with video to educate, entertain, and enhance brand awareness
 
April 20, 2017
6 pm – 8 pm
Grand River Workplace
19120 Grand River 
Detroit, MI   48223
 
Space is limited
Call 313-566-4615 to register or
Email April@AmethystMediaProductions.com
 
 
 
Can’t join us? 
Check out our monthly meetup at:

The Detroit Script Writers Group Meeting

  • April
  • Sudhaunshu Shrikant Purohit
  • Kim
  • Carol Fluker
  • Arnaud Trambouze
  • Brittanee
  • MC
To Support inspire and facilitate the process of writing a screenplay. Learn more
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6 Quick-Fire Steps to a Killer Content Strategy for Your Book Launch 

Content is the lifeblood of your entire launch campaign. It plays a crucial role in your success as an author, so it’s definitely not something you should overlook.

If you’ve been following our book launch series, you might be balking at the thought of doing any more work, but your content strategy doesn’t need to be complicated. This is a launch after all—not an entire marketing plan for your writing career

Read more…

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37 Top Book Awards for Authors in 2017

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Book Awards for Authors

Enter Book Award Contests and Become an Award Winning Author in 2017!

By Scott Lorenz

Westwind Communications

“Do book awards matter?”  YES!!

As a book publicist I can assure you they absolutely do matter! One client won several awards and was contacted by two movie producers about her Young Adult Sci-Fi Fantasy Fiction novel.  Another one of my clients won the prestigious Los Angeles Book Festival award. That then led to a flurry of media interest, which subsequently led to a major New York agent deciding to represent the book and pitch it to all the major publishing houses. This author, needless to say, was happy he decided to enter.

You win awards you sell more products.  Jeff Bezos, CEO Amazon

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Recently a business book client won a major award which caused CNN to reach out to request the book.

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All BOOKED Up hosted by #MichLit Authors: @traceethewriter & @HEugeneWrites May 6th 1-4pm

 
All Booked UP hosted by Twin Pens founders, H. Eugene and Tracee Boyd.

This is going to be a BOOK LOVERS event. it will take place in Southfield, MI and will showcase authors of all genres and their wonderful books. There will also be raffles, food, drinks, jewelry, and wellness vendors all under one roof.

Authors spend hours, days, weeks, months, and years to bring their books to market. Often, fans of their work are limited to meeting and engaging with them due to having few events, such as this. Come on out and support your favorite author and add a few more to that list.

General admission is $1.00. The event will take place in room 115

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#MotownWriters: The Art of Juggling by #MichLit Author @SylviaJordan

There is a lot of talk these days about work-life balance, and no wonder.  Cultural and technological shifts – not to mention economic need – has us running around like proverbial hamsters on the wheel. 

Humanity seems more stressed than ever before, and the marketplace has responded with a plethora of books, lectures and modalities on how we can balance our obligations with fun in order to maintain our mental, physical and spiritual well-being.

Dr. Sylvia Jordan’s The Art of Juggling: The Successful Women’s Guide to Balancing Life is a refreshing, no-holds-barred take on life balance.  She does not rely on the popular lingo of the day, but uses plain language – and a healthy dose of tough love – to demonstrate how we can lead very full but efficient, purposeful and joyous lives.

What sets Jordan apart from other experts is her willingness to tell the unvarnished the truth – juggling takes mental discipline, not only when our pins are in the air, but when we are choosing those pins. It begins with an honest assessment of our lives as they currently are.

Do we lack the time to go back to school, volunteer at a charity or fulfill some other goal we have? While this many seem to be the case, an examination of our routine will likely reveal that a portion of each day is spent on burdens that are not ours to carry.

Chock full of practical advice and a-ha! moments, The Art of Juggling encourages us to get clear on what matters most. Becoming an expert juggler is not about that “superwoman” label often bandied about, but about understanding that we have the capability and the right to achieve and maintain everything life has to offer.

 

 

What I found most compelling with Jordan’s telling of her own mother’s story. What greater juggling act can there be than raising nine children?

Her book is a must-read!  Get the book on Amazon or at www.SylviaJordan.com

Grab your copy now! 

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FREE Workshop: Video for Small Business Introduction to Social Video via The #Detroit Script Writers @Meetup

Video for Small Business 

Introduction to Social Video

 
Combining social media with video to educate, entertain, and enhance brand awareness
 
April 20, 2017
6 pm – 8 pm
Grand River Workplace
19120 Grand River 
Detroit, MI   48223
 
Space is limited
Call 313-566-4615 to register or
Email April@AmethystMediaProductions.com
 
 
 
Can’t join us? 
Check out our monthly meetup at:

The Detroit Script Writers Group Meeting

  • April
  • Sudhaunshu Shrikant Purohit
  • Kim
  • Carol Fluker
  • Arnaud Trambouze
  • Brittanee
  • MC
To Support inspire and facilitate the process of writing a screenplay. Learn more
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#MarketingMonday w/@PamPerry: What Is Branding and a Brand Promise? #bookpromo #ammarketing

820d9-pamperry-731603What is Branding?

Many people think that having a logo, tagline, great photos, and maybe a website, blog and Facebook page is all they need to set up their brand. NOT!

However, brand, as we know it today is not a logo. A logo is the tangible identity of a company in the market. Logos can be emblems, signs or symbols designed to portray the image of a company. So you see a logo (which is essentially a piece of art) is not a brand. However, it is integral to the brand.

By branding – you are creating a PERCEIVED image – SO you must distinguish yourself, your book or your organization from others who do similar stuff or offer similar products.

The most critical part: KNOWING WHAT YOUR BRAND STANDS FOR!

What is your brand promise? Who do people say YOU ARE? Are they confused? Are you?

Said another way, branding is a way you can:

• Affirm your value to the market place

• Highlight your unique selling point

• Establish your reputation and create a loyal “fan” base

• Attract your core target audience and garner customers

It takes a long time build up substantial “brand equity” – don’t destroy it because you have a new idea. Stick with your logo, tagline and other elements you have set in place. You want to get to the point with your brand so that it is embedded into the subconscious minds of your audience.

When it is in the psyche of consumers, they will automatically connect a phrase or photo with you. When you hear a name – you get a mental picture or think of a quality. If I say, TD Jakes or Oprah – you have an idea of what to expect from those “brand names.” They are famous, true, but they are also a brand. And a brand translates in business into dollars. That’s the bottom line.

A good example is the “Just do it” campaign. That phrase and “swoosh” logo are their brand. Whether their shoes are better than others – well, that’s how you see it. But regardless, you’ll pay a premium price for their shoes because they’ve branded themselves that way.

Branding in business is about building an empire. What does your brand say about you? You can gage by checking sales figures. That is a good indication of how well your brand is doing.

What will bad branding do? NOTHING. Meaning you be invisible! NO action. No reaction! FLAT!

And there’s nothing worst than that in the marketplace. A BRAND MAKES YOU STAND OUT!

Your visibility gives you credibility.

Ministry marketing pioneer, Award-winning social media strategist and PR Coach Pam Perry helps African American Christian authors garner publicity and leverage online strategies. As a 20-year PR veteran, she is also the co-author of “Synergy Energy: How to Use the Power of Partnerships to Market Your Book, Grow Your Business and Brand Your Ministry.” For a free MP3 of “What Every Author Should Know,” go to http://www.PamPerryPR.com. She offers help through her private mentorship program at http://www.PamPerryMentoring.com

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What is your literary challenge for the month? #marketing #writing #reading #publishing #April

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Check out upcoming events for readers and writers in our Michigan Literary Network @Meetup #MichLit #MotownWriters #MotownLit

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Check out upcoming events for readers and writers in our Michigan Literary Network @Meetup

Join our group there to be reminded of events and our discussion board as well.

We’ll love to have you!

If you have a writing group or big literary event, please contact us to be added to our calendar!

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COMING APRIL 8 @ PNR: “On Black Revolutionaries (and Yusef Shakur)”

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Mid-Town Detroit Starbucks, ‎Friday, ‎January ‎27, ‎2017 Yusef Bunchy Shakur

…..I found Shakur seated in the crowded Midtown Starbucks located at the busy intersection of Woodward and Mack (just across the way from Whole Foods Market). He looked placid but seemed resolved, ready to talk and share his thoughts on whatever questions I might ask. Shakur has a supercilious countenance, indistinguishable of any definitive sensibility, which could be quite disarming, perhaps, for someone who isn’t used to his company (but would certainly be impressed by his aplomb). As I continued setting up my microphone, pen and paper, arranged my coffee, shifted the cream and sugar packets, Yusef patiently waited, rubbed his hand across his gray-blotched beard, gazed out the window at people passing up and down the cold, obstreperous Woodward avenue, some darting in and out of Starbucks for coffee, hot cocoa, pastries, or temporary shelter from the unrelenting cold. Shakur wore a snugly fitted, beige-colored skull cap…

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


Get affordable, professional, quality flat-rate editing, just $175 for 20,000 words. That’s it.

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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