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“Bully Me?…NO MORE!”

“Bully Me?…NO MORE!!!,” (grades 3 – 7) is a resource for parents and children offering positive and reassuring principles for you to share with your children to help prepare them for life’s challenges.

FAITH: Use it or Lose it!
Born Grown - An Autobiography
TRANSITION: From Widowhood... to Womanhood
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Author’s Meet and Greet as part of the 37th Annual Holton Days – Vendor Opportunities Available July 28, 9A-12P at Muskegon Area District Library, #michiganwriter #motownwriters #michlit

Holton Days committee and Holton Friends of the Library will sponsor an Author’s Meet and Greet as part of the 37th Annual Holton Days. The Author’s event will take place on Saturday, July 28, 9A-12P at Muskegon Area District Library, Holton Branch. This is an outdoor event, tables and chairs will be provided. This is an opportunity for authors to meet with patrons, promote themselves and sell books. Please contact Holton Library at 231-821-0268 or email jvanderboegh@madl.org for more information and to sign up for the event.

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DPL Author Series : 2nd Annual Writer’s Conference via @detroitlibrary @DplEdison May19th #michiganwriters #michlit #motownwriters #Detroit



Detroit Public Library Author Series Presents: 2nd Annual So,You Want to be a Writer…Now What? Come see how the professionals do it. Published authors share their experiences and advice on taking your book from concept to publication. From writer, to author! Scheduled authors include: J.D Mason; a national bestselling and award-winning author whose many novels include; Seducing Abby Rhodes, The Real Mrs. Price,andDrop Dead Gorgeous. “Mason has become a major name in African American fiction. Her stark portrayals of her characters and their innermost thoughts bring the readers right into the emotional center of the story“. Kiesha Ervinone of the hottest writers in the urban fiction genre is a prolific writer. She is the author of the national best-sellers Cranes in the Sky, ChynaBlack series, Me & My BoyfriendMina’s Joint and Hold U Down.Drew Philp is the author of A $500 House in Detroit: Rebuilding an Abandoned House and an American City. His work has been published both nationally and internationally and has appeared in publications including BuzzFeedThe Guardian, The Detroit Free PressDe Correspondent, The Metrotimes, and The Michigan Daily. This is event is free. Refreshments will be served



Sat, May 19, 2018

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT

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50 Authors // Books & Authors Event // Leon & Lulu #motownwriters #michiganwriter #michlit April29th Metro #Detroit


Meet and Mingle with Michigan Authors a Leon & Lulu with Proceeds Benefiting the Oakland Literacy Council

CLAWSON, MI (April 20, 2018) – On the heels of World Book Day April 23, and just before Children’s Day April 30, Leon & Lulu will host its award-winning Books & Authors event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 29 at Leon & Lulu.

“Books & Authors is one of our most important events,” says Mary Liz Curtin, co-owner of Leon & Lulu. “It’s a great opportunity to share the joy of reading with children and teens who, all too often, have their eyes glued to iPhones and other electronic devices. Everyone can enjoy the chance to meet the author behind the story, learning more about their personal journey inspiring them to write the book,” she explains. This year we’re again working with the wonderful folks at the Oakland Literacy Council, who provide the basic literacy and English language instruction necessary for adults in our community to find employment.”

Books & Authors is a juried book fair featuring mostly Michigan writers. Guests can mix and mingle with 50 authors who will sell and sign books collectively more than 120 books. Authors will also read excerpts for guests. The event is free and open to the public. Proceeds from the event will again benefit the Oakland Literacy Council.

Celebrate words, writers and reading, plus enjoy snacks, refreshments, fun and plenty of shopping. For more information, visit www.leonandlulu.com. Find Leon & Lulu on Facebook at www.facebook.com/leonandlulu.

Live Reading Schedule:
11:30 AM 12:00 PM 100 Things to Do in Michigan Before You Die Amy Eckert, Kim Schneider, Kath Utsitalo
12:00 PM 12:15 PM The Caruso Collection Tom Ulicny
12:15 PM 12:30 PM Hired Man Mary Beyer
12:30 PM 12:45 PM Betrayal of Justice Mark Bello
12:45 PM 1:00 PM Then Again Sue Ann Culp
1:00 PM 1:15 PM House of Thirteen, Book One Andy Lockwood
1:15 PM 1:30 PM The Essence of Death Exie Susanne Smith
1:30 PM 1:45 PM Title 13 Michael Ferro
1:45 PM 2:00 PM Tales From the Dork Side R.J. Fox
2:00 PM 2:15 PM Love and Other B-Sides Lisa Peers
2:15 PM 2:30 PM Sub Rosa Kate McNeil
2:30 PM 2:45 PM Daisies in the Rain Deborah Reed
2:45 PM 3:00 PM Sensational Sidney Diane Eurich Tracey
3:00 PM 3:15 PM The Snitch, The Witch, and The One Who Was Rich Joe Spraga
3:15 PM 3:30 PM Just Try It Wyatt Kelsey Fox
3:30 PM 3:45 PM The Colored Car Jean Alicia Elster
3:45 PM 4:00 PM Monsters First Day at School Karen & Darrin Brege
Authors and Hometown:
John Altomare, Trenton
Tony Aued, Macomb
Mark Bello, West Bloomfield
Angela Berent, Chelsea
Mark Beyer, Beverly Hills
Suraj Bhamra, Shelby Township
Mary Bisciaio, Shelby Township
Madyson Blair, Roseville
Scott Bosek, Roseville
Karen & Darrin Brege, Brighton
Kim Cory, Holt
Sue Ann Culp, Zeeland
Tom Daldin, Under the Radar PBS
Cedric Dukes, Shelby Township
Amy Eckert, Holland
Tara Eldana, Sterling Heights
Judith Ralston, Ellison Royal Oak
Jean Alicia Elster, Detroit
Michael Ferro, Ypsilanti
R.J. Fox, Ypsilanti
Kelsey Fox, Royal Oak
Lee’ah Giaquinto, Grosse Pointe
Andrea Grennan, Commerce Township
Don Haffner, Beverly Hills
Robert Haig, Livonia
Ron Herron, Lake Orion
Andy Lockwood, Jackson
Kate McNeil, Royal Oak
S. Ciara Mitaro, Sterling Heights
Melodie Nicoles, Royal Oak
Dennis Ortman, Shelby Township
Lisa Peers, Birmingham
Cheryl Phillips, Northville
June White Rado, Farmington Hills
Kathe Ray, Novi
Deborah Reed, Rockford
Sharron Renee Rhodes, Roseville
Kim Schneider, Suttons Bay
Michael Schultz, Royal Oak
Elisa Schwartz, Novi
Exie Susanne Smith, Commerce Township
Joe Spraga, Clinton Township
Charles Stern, Birmingham
Diane Eurich, Tracey Farmington
Tom Ulicny, Rochester Hills
Kath Usitalo, Naubinway
Carl Virgilio, Clinton Township
Marianne Weiland, Bellevue
Joan Dee Wilson, Rochester
James Windell, Royal Oak
About Leon & Lulu

Leon & Lulu is a destination lifestyle store featuring an eclectic mix of upscale furniture, unforgettable gifts, and accessories in an environment unlike any other. Located in two historic venues – the Ambassador Roller Rink and the neighboring Clawson Theatre – Leon & Lulu offers 22,800-square feet of fabulous shopping and also restaurant open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. called Three Cats Cafe. Locally owned and family run, Leon & Lulu prides itself in providing a fun, welcoming atmosphere, serving hot coffee, cookies and popcorn – often via roller skates – to visiting patrons. For more information, or to shop online, please visit www.leonandlulu.com.

About The Oakland Literacy Council

The Oakland Literacy Council provides basic literacy and English language instruction to adults in order to facilitate lifelong learning, employment skills and personal well-being. All Oakland County residents deserve to have the skills, knowledge, and understanding needed to flourish in today’s complex and interconnected world. Literate students are able to achieve both personal and educational goals. They can do things like vote, increase their workplace productivity, and pass on the gift of reading to their children. The most important benefit is the improvement in the overall quality of life.

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#MotownWriters: . The Marsh King’s Daughter paperback April tour w/#MichLit Author, @KarenDionne is about to end! :( #MichiganAuthor #Booksigning #booktofilm April29th

And . . . The Marsh King’s Daughter paperback tour is about to begin! Hope to see many of you along the way! Links to more info on the “Events” page on my website! http://www.karen-dionne.com/events/


April 21 – Green Bay, Wisconsin – Brown County Library – Untitled Book & Author Festival – 12 noon – Mystery Panel with Lori Radar-Day and Patricia Skalka; 2:00 PM talk and signing

April 22 – Appleton, Wisconsin – 2 PM – Barnes & Noble – talk and signing

April 28 – Shelby Township, Michigan – 6:30 PM – Barnes & Noble – End of tour celebration! Talk, signing, refreshments, door prizes, and more!


Purchase your copy now https://amzn.to/2vc1e3Z

Visit Author’s Website http://www.karen-dionne.com

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Michigan Publishers

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Motown Writers Network is only listing, not endorsing and we do not get paid to post this information.

Some of these publishers may charge while others may work as traditional publishers. Read submission requirements on their website to find out more information.

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The Red Ink Conference 2018: #Detroit! May19th via @tenitajeditor #writers #authors #michlit #motownwriters

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–Southfield!

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

Here are some topics we’ll cover:

  • From the Page to the Stage: Turning Your Bestselling Book into a Script
  • Self-Publishing Industry Secrets
  • How to Create a Bestselling Bio
  • The Bestseller Book Synopsis
  • Marketing to Make Money
  • And more!

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!

Limited seating available! Limited vendor space available! 

REGISTER NOW : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-red-ink-conference-2018-detroit-tickets-42207809695

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Path to Promotion: a Six-Week Online Book Publicity Course by Deb Gonzales

Author Deb Gonzales wears many hats and helps our SCBWI-MI members in countless ways. She manages our chapter website, volunteers at events, creates reader guides, and now she’s begun a new adventure: a six week online book publicity course. Here’s Deb to tell us more about why and how she created this course.

Tell us about the online course you’re putting together. 
I’m so glad you asked! I’m having so much fun putting it together!

It’s called Path to Promotion: A Six-Week Online Book Publicity Course. It’s an online collaborative program designed to share promotional information and techniques, to guide in the publicity preparation process, and to clarify steps required to create an affordable marketing platform that is personal, authentic, and professionally sound.

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The People Around You

Weam Namou

Before the publication of my first book in 2004, I was eager to launch my writing career. I imagined the wonderful life of an author that awaited me and expressed this to my Native American teacher as he sat crisscross in his La-Z-Boy, smoking his pipe, staring at me with his inquisitive eyes. After some silence, he said, “The only people that matter are those around you.”

His words remain in my heart today, revealing their wisdom whenever I get too caught up in my work. Although I always strive to improve my craft, to expand my career, and to create beautiful things in the world, what my teacher had said becomes clearer and more meaningful with time. I see a lot of people get mystified and obsessed over famous names or becoming famous themselves – neglecting to discover the treasures within their own circle.

Myself, I try to see…

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Founder of Motown Writers & Author, @SylviaHubbard1 will be a Featured Author @ Lewanee 2018 Author Fair April 21st at 230pm – 4pm

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Founder of Motown Writers Network and Suspense Romance Author, Sylvia Hubbard, will be at the Lenawee District Library on Saturday, April 21st from 2:30 – 4pm as a part of their 2018 author fair!


Come out and see me – copies of my books will be available for purchase!

And if you’re reading this if you request a picture with the author, you’ll get a special treat! 

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Watch “Staying Human: Poetry in the Age of Technology” on YouTube

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#MotownWriters: The Marsh King’s Daughter paperback April tour is abt to begin! via #MichLit Author @KarenDionne starting at #RallyOfWriters April14th

And . . . The Marsh King’s Daughter paperback tour is about to begin! Hope to see many of you along the way! Links to more info on the “Events” page on my website! http://www.karen-dionne.com/events/

April 14 – Lansing, Michigan – A Rally of Writers – workshop: “Psychological Thrillers : Six Steps to Writing Unputdownable Suspense”

April 16 – Fort Myers, Florida – 12:00 noon – Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center – Famous Author Lecture Series – luncheon, talk and signing

April 17 – Excelsior, Minnesota – 7:00 PM – Literature Lovers Night Out with Excelsior Bay Books – with Mary Sharratt, Ariel Lawhon and Christina Lauren. Ticket sales ($11) begin in March, and include glass of wine, and some tasty snacks

April 18 – Stillwater, Minnesota – 7:00 PM – Literature Lovers Night Out with Valley Bookseller – call (651) 430-3385 for tickets ($11)

April 19 – LaGrange, Illinois – 6:00 PM – Anderson Bookshop– talk and signing

April 20 – Madison, Wisconsin – 7:00 PM – Mystery to Me – talk and signing

April 21 – Green Bay, Wisconsin – Brown County Library – Untitled Book & Author Festival – 12 noon – Mystery Panel with Lori Radar-Day and Patricia Skalka; 2:00 PM talk and signing

April 22 – Appleton, Wisconsin – 2 PM – Barnes & Noble – talk and signing

April 28 – Shelby Township, Michigan – 6:30 PM – Barnes & Noble – End of tour celebration! Talk, signing, refreshments, door prizes, and more!


Purchase your copy now https://amzn.to/2vc1e3Z

Visit Author’s Website http://www.karen-dionne.com

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Watch “To play your favorite Michigan Radio Podcast on Google Home” on YouTube

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Watch “The Business Of Being A Writer With Jane Friedman” on YouTube #motownwriters

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MotownWriters Author Feature: Darren Kelly


Where are you from? Well I was born and raised in the city of Detroit, on the eastside.

Tell us your latest news? I do have some ideas for a new book for young adults. Also, I’m doing some author expos this summer.

When and why did you begin writing? I started writing when I was 17. I write to release emotions, energy, or when I have something to say about an issue. I kept a journal for 10 years and it helped me a great deal. When I got depressed I would write in my journal as a way to cope with pain. Plus I didn’t have a lot of friends in school; I kept to myself a lot. So writing in my journal was like talking to a best friend.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? After college (2013). I wanted to write a book about my college experience and what I got out of college to help others.

What inspired you to write your first book? After I finally graduated college in 2013 with a pre-law degree, I said to myself I wanted to help young people get through school and life in general. I got started on the book in September 2014.

Do you have a specific writing style? My writing style is conversational. I like to write as if I’m sitting down talking with the reader.

How did you come up with the title? I wanted to let people know you can accomplish your dreams with just 6 basic principles that are given in the book. And the book is based entirely in Detroit. So “6 Successful Things I Found in Detroit” was born.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Yes. I want readers to know you can do anything you set your mind too, that with the help of just 6 successful things you can be great.

How much of the book is realistic? The entire book is realistic. I have three brothers. Both of my parents worked in the auto plants. We moved to the East English Village area and stayed there for over 20 years. I graduated from Cass Tech high school in 2004. I entered WSU that same year and first majored in business. I spent years at WSU and loved the campus environment, the diverse student body, and curriculum.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? The events in my own life shape my book.

What books have most influenced your life most? I would say Michael Jackson’s book “Moonwalk” and Richard Wright’s “Black Boy.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? It’s a tie between Toni Morrison and Steven King. They’re both are good at writing.

What book are you reading now? I have taken a little break from reading at the moment. My favorite books though are non- fiction books and books by black authors: Toni Morrison, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Malcolm X, ete.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Colson Whitehead author of Underground Railroad.

What are your current projects? I do have another book about Detroit in mind.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. Co-workers.

Do you see writing as a career? Yes.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? No. I love the entire book.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I kept a journal for 10 years and it helped me a great deal. When I got depressed I would write in my journal as a way to cope with pain.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? Sure. 6 Successful Things I Found in Detroit, is a non-fiction book, a quick easy read about 6 ways to be successful. The text is autobiographical and details my journey growing up in the city of Detroit.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? The hardest part about writing this book is going back and revisiting some painful memories like the death of my brother. As a writer you may have to reflect on some painful memories to prove something to the reader.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? Stephen King. He is good at taking things from his personal life and making them into great stories.”

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? Yes.

Who designed the covers? I designed the cover. I wanted the book’s cover to convey the central theme, which is higher education so I decided to put my graduation picture on there. I wanted to show the reader that if I can do it, you can to.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? Writers’ block. I had a 3 month writers’ block.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? Yes. I learned how hard it is to write a book. It looks easy but the book writing process is hard and time consuming. It can take years to see a book through from start to finish.

Do you have any advice for other writers? Yes. I would tell authors to write about what you know and are passionate about.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? I want to say go out and buy the book on Amazon.com and I believe once you’re done, it will change your life. And thanks for the support!

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