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#MichLit Event: Women who Write Author Showcase hosted at Aquinas College on November 18! via @ebonyroadgr #Motownwriters

Come see visit with authors and publishers at the Women who Write Author Showcase hosted at Aquinas College on November 18! There will also be some top-notch session with renowned speakers.

If you’re an author, publisher, editor, or bookseller, and want to participate in the event, there are still vendor tables available. Contact Linda at hasunetwork@gmail.com.

Registration information:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-women-who-write-author-showcase-registration-38712595415

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#Motownwriters: What is your biggest marketing fear this month? What marketing challenges have you overcome?

Take your fears to the next level and use them to gain more book sales and achieve more literary goals!


Comment now about your book fears this month or leave your marketing challenges you’ve overcome to teach others!

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#MotownWriters: Free Downloads to help Writers & Authors #FreeFriday

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#MotownWriters: 5 Ways To Market A Memoir When No-One Knows Who You Are @TheCreativePenn

5 Ways To Market A Memoir When No-One Knows Who You Are

As writers, we often feel like we are howling into the wind, throwing our words out into the world with no one listening. 

But there are ways that you can attract an audience even if you’re just starting out. In today’s article, journalist and memoir author Andrew Emery shares his tips.

The chances are, you’ve never heard of me. In fact, not many people have. Okay, I had a book out a decade ago, I’ve written for plenty of magazines and newspapers, but I’m barely a household name in my own house. And yet I’ve just released my memoir.

How does that work?

Memoirs by the unknown have been a publishing phenomenon for long enough now to be an established sub-genre. Perhaps Frank McCourt kicked things off with his bestseller Angela’s Ashes, which propelled him to fame and riches in 1996.

Now the bookshelves, both real and virtual, groan with (mostly) fascinating stories about people’s unseen lives. There’s a glut, so how does an author, especially an independent author, stand out from the pack?

read more: https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2017/09/28/5-ways-market-a-memoir/

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Opinion: What Should Indie Authors Do with their Back Catalogue of Early Self-published Books?

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Should we ask ourselves “What would Jane Austen do?” (Cover image: Penguin Clothbound Classics)

Should indie authors keep their self-published books available for sale forever? As more writers see self-publishing as a long-haul career, this question will become relevant to a growing number of authorpreneurs. ALLi author members share their views in this composite post taken from a recent online forum discussion. 

Generally speaking, trade-published authors who are contracted to a publishing company will find their older books automatically delisted if they’re not selling profitably, often quite soon after publication. This is because maintaining a book in the traditional publishing environment requires significant investment in inventory and warehousing costs.

Thanks to digital publishing technology, indie authors have much more choice. Once we’ve uploaded a book to our distributor of choice – CreateSpace, IngramSpark, KDP, Kobo, iBooks, etc – we can keep it before the market forever, if we want to. Our files will simply stay available in the ether until a reader orders a copy, whether as an ebook or as a print-on-demand paper copy. It costs us nothing, or next to nothing, to keep all our books available.

But does that mean we should? We put that question to our members via the ALLi Facebook Forum (a members-only privilege) to gauge their views. For the sake of confidentiality, we’ve anonymised their responses.

4 Reasons to Keep All Your Books on Sale

read more: https://selfpublishingadvice.org/indie-authors-back-catalogue-sales/

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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.

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Free Book: The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript Submission

Congrats on the release of The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript Submission. The book is now available to you, completely free.

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#MarketingMonday w/@PamPerry: Bloggers and Blogging Can Create Publicity for Your Book or Ministry #bookpromo #ammarketing

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What’s all the talk about Blogs? What’s a blogosphere?

Well, it’s another vehicle to “get out there.”

When I coach authors, I ask them if they have a blog. Then I ask them if they even subscribe to other blogs or even read and comment on other blogs. More times than not they answer, “No. Why?”

Are you blogophobic? Are you one of those people that “don’t get it” when it comes to blogging, social media and the constant internet chatter?

Whether you love or hate technology, it’s something we all must deal with. And if you’re in business, have a ministry or want to be noticed as an author or artist – a blog is a “must have” if you want to be relevant and extend your brand.

A blog (short for web log) is a type of website that functions as an online journal, with the most recent entry displayed first.

As recently as ten years ago, blogs didn’t exist. It’s estimated that there are between 50 and 100 million blog readers in the U.S. And according to blogworldexpo.com, Blog readers average 23 hours online each week.

An essential aspect of social media is the idea of staying connected and communicating with an audience. Blogs are about two-way communication – because when you write a blog entry, people can comment. Hence, blogs led the “Web 2.0” revolution!

Besides, blogging is fast, cheap and can be fun! It’s a way to put your personality on display – frequently!

Nickcole Byrd, an ordained minister at Higher Dimension church in Houston, Texas and author of “The Purple Book of Success” says, “Blogging is a creative and surefire way for people to experience you, your service and or product. It allows readers to take part in my world as it relates to empowerment and leadership. As a writer it provides a canvas for me to further develop concepts and ideas for future writing endeavors. Blogging creates an infallible opportunity to leave a writing legacy.”

If you already have a traditional website, you can start a separate blog. There are programs that will automatically display your blog posts on your website. Even if you already have a traditional website, you can still add content pages to your blog to make it more like a website. Nickcole Byrd creates “blogsites” for ministries. This is a blog that functions as website but is really a WordPress blog. She can also attach the blog to a current website too. (This will increase your Search Engine Optimization automatically too.)

Byrd created Ministry Marketing Solutions’ website which is really a “blogsite.” She set it up and we update it without any help. No technical skills needed! That’s the beauty of a blog. Anyone can do it!

Each of the entries or articles is called a “post” and the posts are usually updated once or twice a week. They are never long posts (about 300 words). Sometimes posts are lists of favorite things or links, a video from YouTube, a comment on current events or an interesting photo with a tag line.

Whatever you are passionate about, that’s what you blog. Before you set up your blog, think about what you like most – do you want to write opinion, teach theology, do videos, create conversation, or just have a place share your creative content – songs, sermons, devotionals, etc. It’s your blog – there are no rules!

“To connect with audiences today, you need to stop pushing your message out and start pulling your customers in with good content that spreads like a virus via social media. And there is no better tool for this than the blog, said Byrd.

“Blogging gives aspiring entrepreneurs, ministries and authors a strategic way of marketing and influencing buyer’s decisions to buy their product or buy into your ideas. When you post good content, it’s a key way to position yourself as an expert and thought leader. Websites give your validity online – but blogs build your brand and connects to your core audience consistently,” concluded Byrd.

Make your PR stick, blog on and make it viral!

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.” She offers help through her private mentorship program at http://www.PamPerryMentoring.com

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#Motownwriters: What is your biggest marketing fear this month? What marketing challenges have you overcome?

Take your fears to the next level and use them to gain more book sales and achieve more literary goals!


Comment now about your book fears this month or leave your marketing challenges you’ve overcome to teach others!

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Calling out the bloggers who are participating in #MotownWriters #BlogChallenge 2017!

Today we’re Calling out the bloggers who are participating in the challenge.

Let’s all do a check on the participating Michigan Authors who have said they are up to the challenge. Check out their #MotownWriters Blog Challenge articles by visiting their sites.

Let’s all challenge and encourage them; especially if they’re not doing it!!

Irma Givens – http://irmagivens.blogspot.com   Twitter: @Irma_Givens

Dr. Dee – https://drdcmatthews.wordpress.com Twitter: @DrDCMatthews

Denise Bryson – https://redwingredtail.blogspot.com  Twitter: @OneBlackRoseDJB

Lisa Lipscomb – http://somethingnewseries.com/blog/  Twitter:  @LightBreezes

L. Walker – http://www.diaryofaninsanehousewife.com Twitter: @InsaneHW313

Are you interested in signing up? There’s still time. Catch up with us at:


Got questions or comments about the blog challenge, click here and post in the comments

Share this post as well to let others know about the challenge! Especially if you’re one of the challengers.

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Authors: Swallow Your Pride and Work Book Signing Events


“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”  —Stephen King

By D.S. Edwards
Guest Blogger

When most people think of a book signing, they picture John Grisham sitting at a table in Barnes & Noble with a line of people waiting, literary treasure in hand and looks of anticipation on their faces.

While this is an accurate picture in the world of traditional publishing, it’s not necessarily what a book signing looks like in the world of Indie. Before I go further and give you some tips on becoming a known author, I want you to close your eyes, reach deep down into your soul, find that lump of pride all authors carry around, pull it out, chew on it for a minute and swallow it.

Now that we have officially gotten over ourselves, and removed our biggest obstacle, we can begin the journey to becoming a successful author. I’ll give you some ideas by sharing my own journey.

read more; https://publicityhound.com/blog/book-signing-events

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


I’m always available to answer questions for you because it may be the questions millions of other authors are trying to get answers and the answer we come up with could help not only you, but others as well.

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