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Watch “Arts Advocacy Day 2018: Register Today!”

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#MotownWriters: Free downloads to help sell more books.

Hi, here are some free downloads for authors to use to better market and plan their 2018 year to help sell more books.

Marketing Planner that you need to print off and a must to use for your 2018

Be sure to download my new Monthly Book Marketing Planner for free!
My simple format will help you outline your monthly strategies and deadlines so you’re always on top of your success.
Let me know what you think!
#indieauthors #authors #writers #bookmarketing #BookPromo#selfpublishing

via Author Marketing Experts

Also, free blog planners you can use for 2018 (sorry guys, they are kinda girly)




Do you offer a free download resource for authors on your site?

List the link in the comment.


The Literary World of Sylvia Hubbard

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#MotownWriters: Celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in #Detroit @DHSDetroit @poetswritersinc ‏wsg @onesinglerose

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Watch “Van Converted into Quaint Mobile Bookstore” on #MotownWriters

Even if you can’t find a store front this cult mad a war to get their dream business going. 

What do you think?

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Chk out #MotownWriters Monthly @Meetup at the @DIADetroit w/@ScottBettinger ‏#Detroit #DIAeveryday Jan13th

#MotownWriters Monthly @Meetup Jan 13th Details

(Please forward this to a friend and bring several friends with you.)

Getting your Social Media Together for 2018. Understanding Trends, Media, Etiquette and Creating Content for Authors


Guest Speaker:
Scott Bettinger is the CEO of Echo Media and acts primarily as lead strategist for the agency. His passion is to help mission-focused organizations. Scott has over 20 years experience of helping organizations grow. Brainstorming ideas with the Echo creative team and clients then seeing them come to life to produce truly transformative experiences is what makes Scott smile. Well, hot dogs don’t hurt either … he’s kind of a connoisseur when it comes to the frankfurter.

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See ya Sat and please bring a donation to help us out.


Also after the meeting, please check out the exhibitions currently happening at the DIA
“Making Home”
(Free with admission)

“Monet and Church” Exhibition’s
(Additional Fee)

Also bring your literary challenges, new books to announce and achievements.


Networking is key to our survival as writers and authors! This is your chance to learn, network and connect!

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Watch “Book Nerd Problems | Can’t Give Away Your Books” on YouTube

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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


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


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

Thank you!



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Watch “How to Plot a Novel From Scratch Part 1” on YouTube

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Watch “Book Marketing (E10, P1 of 6)” on YouTube w #smashwords

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#MotownWriters: 8 Minutes A Day With GOD Book Signing Event #Detroit via @ELBrown2011 Dec28th


Join Pastor Eric Lee Brown for his 6th book release: “8 Minutes a day with God.”Learn secrets to experience more of God in less time. Enjoy an evening with a special guest comedian, poet, & psalmist. Tickets are only $10 (includes “FREE EBOOK”) Get yours today!

RSVP https://www.eventbrite.com/e/8-minutes-a-day-with-god-book-signing-event-tickets-39984106539?aff=es2


Thu, December 28, 2017

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST

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#MotownWriters: How to Produce a Professional Book By via @IndiesUnlimited (Video)


Please check out our youtube channel for more videos on how to write, publish and market your literary work.


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Watch “How To Setup Your Email List And Signup Form On Your Author Website” on YouTube

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#MotownWriters: KAN Books Opens in North End @KnowAllegiance #bookstore #Detroit #MichLit

KAN Books Opens in North End


Community Members and Authors Invited to Participate in Cooperative Bookstore.

DETROIT – A new co-op bookstore is opening in the North End by the name of KAN Books, an initiative of Know Allegiance Nation. The bookstore is dedicated to Michigan authors & artists of color and also focuses on national and global authors and artists.

Know Allegiance Nation Books or KAN Books is a bookstore dedicated to authors and artists of color in Michigan and around the globe. The bookstore and the KAN Books Co-op was created to be a worker co-operative business to support Michigan artists and authors of color to have more brick and mortar places to sell their work. We aspire to support as many authors and artists as possible as we do not believe in the terminology of a “starving artist”. KAN Books believes that authors and artists can sustain their livelihoods from what they create and share with the world.

The bookstore serves also as a cultural and literacy resource hub for the North End neighborhood of Detroit. The space will also hold events inclusive of book signings, drum circles, art showings, open mics, children’s story-time, tea-making, film screenings, writing workshops, potlucks, music swaps and more.


Tuesdays/Thursdays: 10am-6pm

Fridays 3pm-10pm

Saturdays/Sundays: 11am-4pm


Porche Johnson selling her comic books at her art shared art show and book release gathering at KAN Books.

Michigan Author/Artist and have a book or art to sell?
Join the KAN Books Co-op!

Place your books, art and products in the store in exchange for a membership fee and volunteer hours to the store. Know Allegiance Nation Books or KAN Books is a worker co-op created to support Michigan artists and authors of color to have more brick and mortar places to sell their work. Members help keep the store open by working shifts in the bookstore, inventorying products, collecting donations, recruiting new members, and being support during KAN Books and Co-op member events. Co-op members get a vote and can help shape the future direction of the co-op bookstore.

Books by Tawana “Honeycomb” Petty, Anthea Calhoun-Bey and the Illuminate Crew are a few of the selections featured by Detroiters in the bookstore.

Additional benefits include discounts off space and equipment rentals, inclusion in our online marketplace, and placement of products at KAN Books vendor tables.  Co-op meetings are every third Thursday of the month from 6:30-8pm.

To sign-up or for more information please download application form: KAN Books Co-op Membership Form and/or contact us at knowallegiance@gmail.com.

Grand Open Mic, Saturday, Dec 9th, 8pm-Midnight
The bookstore will hold special events during it’s grand opening week including a drum circle on Tuesday at noon, Detroit Music Xchange on Friday from 8-10pm and a Grand Open Mic on Saturday, Dec 9th, 8pm-Midnight. Jamii Tata will be hosting and featuring along with special guests. More info on open mic below:

The Grand Open Mic begins to (re)new an open mic series called the Conscious Cafe. The Conscious Cafe is every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 8pm-Midnight. The series runs from December to May (from June to August, the youth led Illuminate Open Mic will take it’s place). All are welcome to join including singers, poets, emcees, comedians, drummers, air guitarists & karaoke superstars. Door opens at 8:00pm, Open Mic begins at 8:15pm. Food by Jamii. Cover is $10. $5 for performers and co-op members. For more information please contact us at knowallegiance@gmail.com.

DJs and A/V Squad setting up sound for Illuminate Open Mic.
Detroit Music Xchange
As a part of the opening week of KAN Books, in partnership with Operation Rebel Community Radio, we will host a series of music exchanges of Friday at the bookstore. The idea is for Detroit artists to come, share and exchange music with other and the community radio station. We want to build a robust collection  of Michigan Music to keep us in heavy rotation on the airwaves.
Operation Rebel Studio Time

KAN Books serves a secondary studio for Operation Rebel – This means we can offer recording services for artists including poets, singers, emcees and acoustic artists. Rates can change depending on needs but basic rates are $20 per half hour. Youth rates (under 18) is $10 per half hour.

Workshops– Home Recording Studio Workshops – Field Recording, Audacity and other workshops for audiophiles and those wanting to setup home studios, and/or create podcasts will available in the near future.

If interested in studio time or audio workshops please contact us at knowallegiance@gmail.com.

How can you support Know Allegiance Nation

Volunteer with Know Allegiance Nation. We will need many hands to continue to reach our village building goals. This includes bookstore volunteers, potluck dish makers, registration tablers, slam judges, featured open mic artists, youth mentors, article/news leads, article writers, newsletter editors, event logistics and outreach support and more. Please email us if you are interested in volunteering: I Want 2 Be a KAN Volunteer!

Spread the word. Let people know we exist! We are on TwitterFacebook and Wordp ress. Please share this newsletter, our upcoming events and news.

Invite Operation Rebel to cover your event! We will document (audio record) your first event with us for free and then on a donation basis we can cover future events. Request here: Operation Rebel Media Partner Request.

Donate! If you are so inclined, monetary donations are always welcome. You can donate via making a check out to Allied Media Projects c/o Know Allegiance Nation.

Donate stuff! We also accept donations of books! And writing supplies such as pens, pencils, and notebooks. We hope to give away bookbags at our poetry slam again in 2016, so donations of new bookbags, dictionaries, and other school supplies are very welcome as well. Email us if you have items to donate:I Want 2 Donate Stuff.

Thank you for reading this edition of the Know Allegiance Nation newsletter. We look forward to seeing at the bookstore in 2017 and beyond!


Know Allegiance Nation

Copyright © 2017 Know Allegiance Nation, All rights reserved.
You were signed up through Know Allegiance Nation events or through Jamii Tata.

Our mailing address is:

Know Allegiance Nation

222 Marston
Flr 2

DetroitMI 48202

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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.

 Media Contact:

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


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BOOK REVIEW: Beautiful by Sylvia Hubbard


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