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Feel like you’re needing extra Marketing for 2020, then check out the 21st Century Marketing For Authors !

It will be a benefit with marketing, promoting and social media.

 
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21st Century Marketing For Authors

The best guide you’ll have in understanding & navigating book marketing in the 21st Century

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Need help getting your Literary Goals together? Grab an Author Planner from Author and Founder of Motown Writers Network, @SylviaHubbard1. Get a 1hr literary empowerment consultation with purchase. $25

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#MotownWriters New book release: Dreams of Stars and Lies is a collection of five short science fiction stories via @JeanDDavis

Dreams of Stars and Lies is a collection of five short science fiction stories, featuring Sipper:

Poverty has shaped Tia’s life since childhood, labeling her a roach. A day without hunger pains or despising looks is pure fantasy until she accepts a job offer to explore a wondrous deserted city on a distant world. All she can think about is the life-altering payout she’ll receive in six months.

A hundred roaches are set free in the city of crystal spires. Their mission: To learn what they can about the previous occupants and to verify that the place is habitable for the host of wealthy future occupants waiting in orbit.

Well-provisioned, Tia and her fellow roaches scatter to explore the dunes and spires. Then people start to disappear. Are they being picked off to lessen the payout or is there a killer among them? All the credits in the world won’t matter if she’s dead.

Dreams of Stars and Lies is available in both print $9.99 and ebook $1.99.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/31GC9x0
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Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dreams-of-stars…/1137170842

About the Author: Jean Davis lives in West Michigan with her musical husband, two nerdy kids, and two attention-craving terriers. When not ruining fictional lives from the comfort of her writing chair, she can be found devouring books and sushi, enjoying the offerings of local breweries, weeding her flower garden, or picking up hundreds of sticks while attempting to avoid the abundant snake population who also shares her yard.

Jean writes speculative fiction. Her novels include Dreams of Stars and LiesThe Narvan SeriesDestiny Pills & Space Wizards, The Last God, A Broken Race, and Sahmara

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Article: 6 Ideas for Promoting Your Book While Watching TV #motownwriters

By Sandra Beckwith

I’m one of those people who likes to watch TV to unwind, but just can’t sit there and watch TV. Know what I mean?

I don’t really like that about myself, but I’ve not only accepted it, I’ve learned to take advantage of it. I try to do something productive while sitting there – knitting, cleaning out my inbox, promoting my books, and so on.

That’s right. I promote my books while watching TV, and you can, too. If you’re a like me and find it difficult to just sit and look at the screen, try doing one of these book promotion activities the next time you’re sitting still in front of your favorite show.

1. Follow people on social media

Pull up the Twitter app on your smartphone and scroll through your notifications to find who has followed you recently — and follow them back. When you’re done with those, find a popular author in your genre on Twitter, and follow the people who follow her.

Do the same thing on other social networks, including LinkedInPinterest, and Instagram if appropriate.

2. Schedule tweets

Use a desktop tool such as Hootsuite or Tweetdeck or a phone app like Everypost to schedule your tweets several days out — all during commercial breaks.

You can also retweet what others share either from your computer or smartphone — all without missing any of the TV action.

I created a master template in PowerPoint and use that for each tipographic. I then save each new PowerPoint slide as a JPG file.

To help you see how this works, I’ve saved my basic template as a PDF file you can download. As you’ll see at that link, my template has:

  • Site logo
  • A headline in one of the logo colors
  • Plain text in the body for bullet points
  • A border with another color from the logo
  • The website URL at the bottom

6. Create images with quotes from your books

I’ll confess: This is my favorite thing to do while watching TV (besides playing CandyCrush). I use both the WordSwag app on my phone and Canva, but there are many other options. Here’s one I created with Canva to promote my e-book on how to write a book announcement press release.

You can also create image quotes with reader reviews and influencer testimonials. Learn more about how to do it and the resources you can use in “How to create shareable images with quotes.”

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Are You the Next Twisted Storyteller? via @twistedtellers

Are You Our Next Twisted Storyteller?
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Dear Twisted Family, Friends and Supporters,

Everyone has a story to tell! We realize now, more than ever, the importance and power of telling our own stories. Win a chance to tell yours on stage at a Twisted Storytellers event. Post a 2-minute video of your true and personal story on Facebook about a profound experience you’ve had during COVID-19. For example, before COVID-19 you had a hobby and now you’ve turned it into a business. You or a family were quarantined or experienced job loss. You had the virus and battled your way back to health. You lost someone important to you to the virus. You graduated, got married, delivered a baby, fell in love. You’re an essential worker who spent time away from family serving on the front lines. You marched and protested to create change. Whatever your story is, we want to hear it.

You Must Meet The Following Eligibility Requirements:

  • Videos must be 2 minutes or less (video will be disqualified if over 2 minutes)
  • Post story on your Facebook Page and The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers Facebook page
  • Use the hashtag #TwistedStorytellerChallenge in your post caption
  • Make your story public and invite others to share it
  • You can post as many stories as you like, as long as they meet the above requirements

Encourage your friends and supporters to like and comment on their favorite stories. Videos of the top three finalists will be shown during our virtual event on Friday, September 18, 2020. After the show, the public will be invited to vote for their favorite story on The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers Facebook Page to decide the winner. Rally your friends and loved ones to support you in telling your story on The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers stage. Break a leg, everybody!

To donate in support of this contest and our live and virtual events, please hit the CLICK TO GIVE button below. Thank you for your continued support and for being an important part of our past, present, and big, bright future!

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#MotownWriters: Word of the Day: Rumbustious #wotd

WORD OF THE DAY
Rumbustious
rəm-bəs-chəs
Part of speech: adjective
Origin: British English, late 18th century
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Boisterous or unruly.

Examples of Rumbustious in a sentence

“The kids were being too rumbustious, so I shooed them outside to play.”

“Expect the litter of puppies to be rumbustious when they hit 6 weeks.”

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Article: 5 reasons to turn your book into an audiobook – Build Book Buzz #motownwriters

book into audiobookToday’s guest blogger, Derek Doepker, is one of my favorite people to collaborate with for many reasons. Derek is a rock guitarist turned seven-time #1 best-selling author. He discovered a proven process that took him from struggling author to selling more than 75,000 books. Now he shares this process with thousands of authors through workshops, courses, and retreats, empowering them to turn their passion for writing into a thriving business. Discover more about his work and pick up your free copy of Why Authors Fail at BestsellerSecrets.com.

5 reasons to turn your book into an audiobook

By Derek Doepker

Audiobook sales are booming.

In fact, Written Word Media said that audiobooks are the number one publishing trend of 2020. With this increase in audiobook popularity, savvy indie authors can reach a whole new audience of readers by creating audiobooks.

Just about every indie author can benefit from having audiobooks. There are a few exceptions, of course, including cookbooks and technical manuals. However, most genres make great audiobooks. This includes fiction, nonfiction, and children’s narrative books.

If you’re in one of these categories, read on to discover five reasons why you’ll want to tap into the audiobook market.

1. You can increase your royalties

I produced a short audiobook for one of my books in about three hours. This audiobook has now made thousands of sales. Imagine generating thousands of new sales by only investing a few hours to create an audiobook.

2. You’ll get into a growing market early

The audiobook market has grown more than 30 percent consistently each year recently. Today, more people consume books while driving, exercising, and doing housework than ever before.

3. You can stand out from the competition

Look at the Kindle marketplace. There are approximately one million books published every year. It’s hard to stand out from all of them, isn’t it?

4. You’ll have a compelling bonus to motivate readers

As long as you own the rights to distribute your audiobook anywhere, you could offer your audiobook as a bonus for people to:

5. You can create audiobooks on any budget

Some authors don’t pursue audiobooks because of the financial investment. For some, it’s because they don’t have the technical know-how. Fortunately, there are strategies that help almost any author create audiobooks on any budget.

Learn how to turn your book into an audiobook

The do-it-yourself approach isn’t right for every author, though. That’s why I encourage you to learn more about how to create audiobooks to see what’s right for you.

 

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JUL 17 and 18 The #Detroit Writing Room Summer Writing Retreat by The @DETWritingRoomRoom via @Steph_Steinberg

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Date And Time

Fri, Jul 17, 2020, 1:00 PM –

Sat, Jul 18, 2020, 5:00 PM EDT

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Detroit, MI 48226

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Meet fellow writers and enhance your writing skills at an intimate writing retreat in downtown Detroit this summer.

About this Event

This summer, join The Detroit Writing Room for a weekend retreat to connect with fellow writers, write in a creative space and learn from published authors.

The Detroit Writing Room is offering a Summer Writing Retreat Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18. If you need an escape to unblock writer’s block and get your creative juices flowing, this experience is for you.

The two-day retreat includes time to network with aspiring and veteran authors, writing and publishing workshops, and free writing time. Meals and a Friday happy hour are included in the ticket price. All levels of experience are welcome. Must be 21+.

Come with your laptop and/or writing materials!

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Article: How to Price Your Self-Published Book to Produce Robust Sales (and Determine How Much You Will Earn Selling It) #motownwriters

Pricing your book correctly increases sales and profits. To help you determine the suggested retail price (also known as the list price) and the sales price (the price the consumer pays), you need to:

  1. Determine the costs to deliver the book (which may include printing, shipping/delivery, and handling fees).
  1. Account for the retail outlet and/or distributor’s percentage of the royalty/revenue share.
  1. Review prices of similar books for sale.
1. Calculating Costs and Royalty/Revenue Share

Each vendor (retailer, distributor or aggregator) provides a list of costs and revenue share split information on their website. Several sites also provide an online calculator to assist with determining costs and revenue, as well as currency converters to correctly set the price for your book in territories outside the United States.

2. Determine the Price/Earnings for Your Book

To determine your earnings:

Option A (Direct Sale)

Sales Price (the price the consumer pays for the book)

– Costs (shipping, printing, handling, delivery fees)

– Retail Outlet’s Royalty/Revenue Share

– Distributor/Aggregator’s Royalty/Revenue Share

= Publisher/Author’s Earnings

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Reminder: #Meetup with #Motownwriters on our FB page – every 2nd Saturday

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Article: Guest Post: How to Market Your Book to Teens #motownwriters

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By Hayley Zelda

In this day and age, the internet rules the world, especially for young people. If you’re thinking about marketing to teens and you aren’t looking at online platforms or social media, then you’re doing it wrong.

Social media plays a significant role in marketing today. Here are some ways to market a book to young people:

Leverage a storytelling platform like Wattpad

There are many different platforms on the internet that allow writers and creative artists to share their work with other people. Wattpad is one such platform on which new writers can share their stories and books.

The majority of the members in this community are young people between the ages of 13 and 24. Sharing a story on a site like Wattpad taps into a young audience and potentially some organic distribution.

Anna Todd is probably the most well-known success story on Wattpad. With over 2M followers on Wattpad, her book, originally posted on Wattpad with hundreds of millions of views, has gone on to be published and also made into a movie.

Leverage a storytelling platform like Wattpad

There are many different platforms on the internet that allow writers and creative artists to share their work with other people. Wattpad is one such platform on which new writers can share their stories and books.

Share quotes on Instagram

An excellent way to grab the attention of young people is to type up some of your favorite quotes from your book and share it on Instagram. Add some color or designs onto the writeup and post it on your account or your Instagram story. Teens love reading quotes with pretty backgrounds on Instagram and it has become a huge viral trend.

Share snippets of your book

Share some short bits of your works for free as a hook. Look for the most exciting, interesting cliffhanger you have and use that. It will attract the most readers and also convert the most people into fans. In a world of short attention spans, a short and strong hook can go a long way.

Share snippets of your book

Share some short bits of your works for free as a hook. Look for the most exciting, interesting cliffhanger you have and use that. It will attract the most readers and also convert the most people into fans. In a world of short attention spans, a short and strong hook can go a long way. Continue reading

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Article: How To Sabotage Your Self-Published Book (in five easy steps) #motownwriters

April 14, 2020

5 Mistakes That Will Doom Any Self-Published Book

By Paul Goat Allen

For the last 25 years, I’ve been a full-time genre fiction book critic—writing for companies from BlueInk Review to Publishers Weekly to The Chicago Tribune. I’ve evaluated titles in every genre category and reviewed both traditionally published and independently published titles.

I’ve read and reviewed enough books (10,000+) to know that self-published authors make common blunders that can virtually guarantee their books receive negative reviews and ruin any chance at creating a positive buzz. These are giant red flags—ear-piercing alarms—warning me of an imminent bad read.

Consider this a public service announcement. Because as a reviewer, I want you, the self-published author, to bring your best book to the table. I want nothing more than to be blown away by a self-published novel and to shout about it from the rooftops for the whole world to hear.

Listed below, in order of importance, are five mistakes that—in my humble opinion—will doom any self-published book.

1. Typographical and grammatical errors

Learn your craft, writers. Spelling and punctuation errors are the biggest red flags of all. If you can’t spell words that most fifth graders should know and you don’t understand how to use commas, chances are good that you probably shouldn’t be publishing a book.

2. Chest beating

This is a big one for me. Don’t brag about what a great writer you are. I’ve read more than a few biographies where the author states that [insert name here] knew from an early age that he or she was an incredibly talented wordsmith, has a special gift that he or she wants to share with the world, etc. A little humility goes a long way, writers.

Don’t say it—do it.

4. Amateurish cover art

Yeah. I know. People shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But guess what? They do. I’ve seen it happen time and time again: a mediocre novel with eye-catching cover art sells well while a brilliant novel with bad cover art comes and goes unnoticed.

5. No social networking presence

Some people may disagree with me about this, but I think it’s critically important: if you’re a self-published author, it is imperative that you have a social media presence. If you’re trying to promote a self-published novel and you don’t have a website and/or you’re not active on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, etc., you’re effectively shooting yourself in the foot.

This is where your readers are. Potentially millions of them! Get your name—and your book—out there and grow your audience!

 

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🎧Episode 43: Untangle the Mess 🧯in Your Digital Life

Pam & Vernita management@digitalbusinessacceleration.com via d24c.emsend2.com 

Tue, Jun 30, 5:40 PM (2 days ago)

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Out here in these digital streets, folks are making a mess by grabbing whatever they can to make it work at the time.
We see it all the time… People start their digital business on the cheap and in a hurry because they’re short on cash and out of time, but that shaky foundation makes it impossible for them to build something bigger and better.
The thing is, when your digital properties aren’t organized, straightforward, and professional, you lose business, waste money, make yourself crazy, and maybe worst of all, miss out on golden opportunities.
Like the time Pam had to do serious detective work to find basic information about a business. It was such a long, hard journey to find their website, she should have packed a lunch!
We don’t want that to be you, so listen in for more digital business horror stories, plus: how what’s quick and cheap now makes things slow and expensive later, how the people you hire to help you can hurt you, password problems and how to fix them, how being organized saves you money, how keeping things simple makes you money, where you may be wasting money … and more!
If you need to untangle your digital mess or want help figuring out a strategy before you move forward, schedule a Private Deep Dive Session with us and we’ll help you clear things out, clean things up, and point the way.

Highlights From This Episode:

  • Why your digital properties need to be organized, straightforward, and professional
  • Your social media accounts aren’t enough! You need a website … period.
  • Your Gmail account isn’t enough, either, here’s why…
  • Horror Story #1: How a nonprofit lost control of their organization’s email accounts
  • What to get from the person you’ve hired to do digital work for you
  • Horror Story #2: How passwords kept this digital business from moving forward
  • Five places to store your passwords
  • Why you shouldn’t use the same password for everything
  • Are your digital properties stored in your accounts?
  • Here’s how to lose money every month by being disorganized
  • Be sure to do this when you buy a domain from GoDaddy
  • How hosting multiple Facebook Pages hurts your business (while driving you crazy)
  • 3 places to do some digital cleanup
  • Make your LinkedIn account look better with this one simple step
  • Is your laptop slowing you down and holding you back?
  • Why you must have antivirus protection and a backup system for your laptop
  • MacBook users: 3 places to look for help (and none of them are us! 😉)
Enjoy!

Pam & Vernita
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Article: The Best Writing Contests and How to Apply #motownwriters

You live to write and have numerous short stories to prove it. Best of all, people other than your mother love and praise them! But because your name doesn’t happen to be Danielle Steel, no publisher is currently knocking down your front door to rip manuscripts from your printer before the pages even cool. So what is an aspiring writer to do? Apply to a writing contest, perhaps?

If you were a singer, you could try out for American Idol; if a dancer, you could apply to So You Think You Can Dance. But let’s face it, a television show where you typed at your keyboard is not must-see TV.

Even so, there are numerous (non-televised) writing contests where you can display your skills and improve your writing. Plus, if you win, you might receive some well-deserved critical acclaim—not to mention a cash award and potential future writing contracts.

In this article, you will learn:

  • How to enter a writing contest and increase your chances of placing or even winning
  • Which contests are reputable
  • Which contests are currently accepting submissions

GENERAL RULES FOR APPLYING TO WRITING CONTESTS

There are a lot of writing contests out there that may or may not be worth your time. As a general rule, it’s a good idea to check out the contest’s social media presence, their history, and the previous winners to be sure that you’re applying to one that isn’t going to waste your time and your money–since most of them do have entrance fees. Never fear, I’ve done some research for you, and listed a few of the best writing contests and how to apply to them below.

But it’s probably a good idea for us to go over some general rules for applying to these contests.

 

WRITER’S DIGEST MAGAZINE 

Writer's Digest Magazine writing contestWriter’s Digest Magazine hosts an annual writing contest that’s been going on for over 80 years. This year’s contest is the 89th, and contest submissions are judged by editors and literary agents with over 500 winners being selected. I like those odds.

There are reading fees for the different types of submissions, starting at $20 for poetry and $30 for manuscripts.  But the cost is well worth the reward. The first-place winner receives $5,000, an interview with the author on the Writer’s Digest website, and a chance to attend the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference with a Pitch Slam slot.
FINAL THOUGHTS

With all these available contests, it’s time to get to work writing and editing your best story within an inch of its life. Then, submit it only after researching to ensure you are adhering strictly to the writing contest’s guidelines, and that you’ve polished it with the shine that appeals to those specific judges.

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Upper Peninsula author to host writing workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. on Tues, July21 @FineAngeline #motownwriters #michiganwriters #michlit

Angeline Boulley

Author Angeline Boulley will have a writing workshop, “From Spark to Story: Workshop for Writers” from 1 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21 at Avery Arts & Nature Learning Center – Hessel School House.

This building is located at 3206 West Cedar Road in Hessel.

Boulley will cover a range of writing topics, including plot, character, theme, voice and hero versus villain. The workshop will address how to question a literary agent, what happens during a book auction and working with an editor.

The cost for the workshop is $50 per attendee.

To help ensure safety, program participants will be required to practice distancing protocols and wear face coverings.

To register, call (906) 484-1333 or visit hesselschoolhouse.org.

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