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About @SylviaHubbard1

AUTHOR, MOTHER, SPEAKER, JOURNALIST, CONSULTANT & MORE! Divorced Mother of three, Detroiter, Sylvia Hubbard, is not only an award winning best selling author of over 28 books, but also founder of one of Michigan's largest interactive literary community, The Motown Writers Network/The Michigan Literary Network.

Book Marketing Gems: How to Market a Self-Published Novel 

Guest post by Kenneth Eade

Now that you’ve successfully self-published your book, you can sit back, relax and enjoy the income stream, right? Wrong. Self-publishing, like any other business, works on the 80-20 principle. You’re going to spend a good deal of time marketing your book. Why? Because nobody else is going to do it.

This article focuses on an initial publication with Amazon. When you launch your book for the first time, you will want to use the KDP Select free feature. When you have a book behind your belt and are developing a following, you can use the Kindle Countdown feature. But using one of these features does not insure that people will download it. You must go one step further…

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AirTime is Helping MI Children Read with Book Drive for Children’s Hospital, School Assemblies via @Worki ngKind & @MintArtists


CONTACT: Sherrie Handrinos


Phone: 734-341-6859

AirTime is Helping More Michigan Children Read with Book Drive for Children’s Hospital, School Assemblies

Metro Detroit, MI – AirTime Trampoline and Game Parks are on a mission to help more Michigan children read with an innovative new community outreach program to put more books in the hands of children, and encourage reading and fitness in fun and rewarding ways.

From March 24 – March 31, AirTime Trampoline and Game Parks in Novi, Sterling Heights, Troy, Westland, and Grand Rapids will be hosting a Book Drive for Children’s Hospital of Michigan. AirTime is asking guests to help support the reading initiative by donating new children’s books for hospital patients and their families. Each guest who donates a new children’s book will receive an AirTime Water Bottle and a Buy One Jump Pass get the 2nd Jump Pass Free voucher, for a future visit.

AirTime is hoping to collect at least 500 new children’s books (100 at each of their five Michigan locations) for Children’s Hospital during the week-long book drive.

“We’re really hoping to collect a minimum of 500 books with this drive,“ said Jennifer Morrow, Quality Assurance Manager, Airtime International Franchise. “One book has the power to change a child’s life, or at the very least, give them an escape from their present reality, especially when a child is sick. When a child is hospitalized, their family is typically at the hospital around-the-clock, and that includes young siblings of the patient. These books will not only help the patients at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, it will help their families, too.”

The Book Drive for Children’s Hospital is part of an AirTime community outreach program that launched early in March for Reading Month. All month-long the Trampoline and Game Parks have been inviting Metro-Detroit students to Jump Into Their Imagination, with elementary school assemblies that encourage students to combine 20 minutes of reading with 20 minutes of exercise each day, to build healthy minds, as well as healthy bodies. The school assemblies, which combine reading, creative writing, storytelling, and dance, provide kids with reading and exercise goals which can be redeemed upon completion for a free hour of jumping fun at all Michigan AirTime Trampoline and Game Park locations.

The next Jump Into Your Imagination assembly will be at Garfield Elementary School (10218 Arthur St., Livonia, MI) at 11:00 am on March 27, 2017.

For more information on AirTime’s new reading initiatives and media requests please contact Sherrie Handrinos at SherrieHandrinos

About AirTime Trampoline & Game Park


AirTime Trampoline & Game Park is a high energy trampoline and music experience unlike any other. Imagine getting your bounce on surrounded by wall to wall trampolines with the speakers pumping out your favorite songs. That is AirTime Trampoline & Game Park.

Launched as a Detroit, Michigan-based business, AirTime is dedicated to supporting local communities while offering a family-friendly, safe and exciting place to jump and experience air time.

AirTime currently has locations in Troy, Sterling Heights, Canton/Westland, Novi, and now in Grand Rapids, with a new park coming soon to Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Because life is good with music.
And even better with trampolines.

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How to create your own audiobooks to profit from the audiobook explosion via @jfbookman

Hi Sylvia,

Audiobooks are IN!

Sales for audiobooks are growing far faster than what’s happening in either print or ebooks.

With the recent, staggering growth in the audiobook industry, authors are realizing that getting their books launched into audio is one of the keys to their overall success.

Many indie authors consider narrating their own books, but aren’t really sure where to begin or what to expect.

  • They want to understand the process and potential challenges.
  • They would like to know how to calculate potential income, as well as what expenses may be involved.
  • They have questions about how to handle dialogue or dialects, charts and images.
  • They wonder how long it will take.
  • They fear the hurdles of setting up a home studio.
  • Most of all, they don’t want to take time away from writing to figure it all out.

That’s why we teamed up with author and audiobook expert Becky Parker Geist of Pro Audio Voices to create a training that would guide authors who want to record their own audiobooks.

An audiobook expert who began narrating audiobooks in 1981, Becky created a clear and concise guide, then added a variety of tools to make each step as easy as possible.

The result? Our brand new Audiobook Toolkit for Authors, written specifically for indie authors and covering everything from preparing your audio manuscript to marketing your finished audiobook to releasing your inner celebrity.

If you want to add a completely new revenue stream, created from the work you’ve already done, check out this concise and practical guide to audiobook production today.

To celebrate the launch of this new product, we have it on sale at $50 off until Monday.

Check it out here:

Audiobook Toolkit for Authors Launch Sale



P.S. Did you miss Becky’s information-packed webinar? Catch the replay here: "The Indie Author’s Guide to Successfully Recording Your Own Audiobook."

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Watch “Mailing Lists – Staying in touch with your readership #promotion” via @sormag

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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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Nina Simone’s “Four Women” Performed By Raynetta Manees

Raynetta Manees, Author

In honor of #WomensHistoryMonth and #BlackHistory this is my performance of #NinaSimone’s classic “#FourWomen,” from my 2012 CD “Singing In The Rayne.”

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3 Golden Rules For Your @Amazon Author Page #motownwriters

Dave Chesson Kindlepreneur
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A Guest Post by Kindlepreneur’s Dave Chesson on the importance of the Amazon Author Page.

In the increasingly crowded world of self-publishing, it’s important for authors to do everything in their power to stand out from their competitors.

Of course, a quality book is always the best way. There is no substitute for a carefully crafted, well-edited book with an attractive cover.

While an author’s book is and always will be the main way to attract sales and fans, it is far from the only way. In fact, as more and more self-published authors up their game in terms of the quality of their product, it is essential to seek out other opportunities to make an impression on readers.

One of the best ways is by crafting an Amazon author page to connect with fans and give them a taste of your world as an author.

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How to Optimize Your Book Launch Emails #motownwriters


You’ve probably read thousands of marketing emails over the course of your life, but have you ever thought about why you opened them?

If they persuaded you to take action, have you considered what it was about the copy that convinced you?

Understanding the elements of a compelling email will not only help you craft better emails, but it’ll also help you improve open rates and click-through rates for your own book launch campaigns

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#MarketingMonday w/@PamPerry: What to Do Daily, Weekly and Monthly to Brand Your Book #bookpromo #ammarketing

820d9-pamperry-731603“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” – Stephen Covey

Most authors will not become millionaires unless they have multiple works or multiple streams of income that can keep their income level consistent. Otherwise, they will not be able to give up their “day jobs.”

But there are ways to build momentum, expand your platform and solidify your brand so you are successful. Most authors tell me, “I don’t have time” or “I don’t know what to next” or “I hit a brick wall – and I can’t seem to get motivated to market anymore.”

You can market yourself everyday just by doing these things. When I coach clients, these are the things I tell them to do on an ongoing basis:


  • Attend a writers meeting or critique group.
  • Ask for reviews or endorsements from those you’ve given “comp” copies too.
  • Attend a civic organization and tell the members what you do.
  • Read trade publications like Writer’s Digest or The Writer.
  • Take a teleclass or attend another type of live internet event.
  • Look for contests you can enter or awards you can nominate yourself for.
  • Create a YouTube video message or be a guest on a local cable show.
  • Hold or plan a teleseminar.
  • Update your media list & research for new ones to add.
  • Invite a media person you’ve admired to lunch.
  • Participate at an event by speaking, presenting or teaching.
  • Write articles and submit to article directories.
  • Post reviews of other books you’ve read on Amazon.
  • Write and post press releases.
  • Write and pitch feature stories to the media.
  • Create and distribute an online or direct mail newsletter.
  • Reach out to bloggers and see if you can do a “blog tour” with them.
  • Meet with your advisors, mentors or “master mind” partners.
  • Add additional information to your website or blogsite (i.e. a blog article, a link).
  • Keep in touch with key bookstores that are selling your books.
  • Email mini-courses to those who sign up via an Eblast that you send out.
  • Manage back end tasks such as customer support, accounting, sales, etc.
  • Look for easier ways to do business. Ask others what systems they use.


  • Give someone you meet one of your books and follow up in 30 days.
  • Visit an online forum and participate or get some PR coaching.
  • Look for new articles to read on internet marketing and joint ventures (Google).
  • Listen to podcasts (look for the topic of interest online in a podcast directory).
  • Send an eblast to your email list – giving them a tip or link to blog post you found helpful.
  • Mail a handwritten note or postcard to someone you met in person or connect with online.
  • Post to your blog & add a new feature to “amp” it up (get cues from other blogs).
  • Drop postcards or bookmarks at places where you regularly go – bookstores, libraries, hair salons, cleaners, restaurants, coffee shops.
  • Update your website or blogsite by adding current “media hits” and interviews.
  • Send an email to someone online you would like to connect with.
  • Interact with a “group” on Facebook or LinkedIn.
  • Get to know the key authors / leaders in your field. Follow their blogs or Google them to see what they are up to.
  • Keep track of your stats on your website, blogs and Ezine opens.
  • Do at least one blog talk show or at the very least call-in to one.
  • Post a bulletin on your MySpace or Facebook and add some new blogs.


  • Write. Write. Write. That’s your main job. Content is king!
  • Read some trade pubs or read magazines in your niche.
  • Comment on someone else’s blog.
  • Make a phone call to a media outlet you’d like to be featured on.
  • Read the daily newspapers looking for topics you can comment on.
  • Scan columns by the regular columnists and give feedback their blogs.
  • Add friends to your Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn accounts.
  • Follow someone new on Twitter or Shelfari.
  • Add people to your database that you meet or have not been in touch with (with permission).
  • Add an automatic signature to all the emails your answer.
  • Twitter by sending a link to your blog, or a favorite blog, or a free report they can download.
  • Participate in message boards, chat group or yahoo groups that are industry related. This helps to increase exposure and give your information to stay on the cutting-edge.

For a creative writer and author, time is managed with calendars – not with clocks. What you are doing is leaving a virtual “footprint” everywhere you go – online and offline. These elements can be implemented with little or no outside help.

If implemented correctly and consistently, these mini-marketing tactics can help revolutionize your ministry or business in no time. By continually branding yourself with the key message of your platform, people will come to you for information and expertise.

Remember to have a marketing mindset and let people know why they should buy your book (mention the benefits of what the book will do for them.) Keep the main thing “the main thing” – focus on changing lives and making an impact for the Kingdom.

Building solid relationships is critical at every stage of branding. Don’t expect instant results though. Trust is the basis of all relationships. Trust is never freely given – trust is earned. Demonstrate your solid commitment and be willing to stay the course.

Pam Perry is known as the “PR Guru”, “Marketing Whiz” and “Social Media Expert” by the national media such as Detroit Free Press, Publisher’s Weekly and Gospel Today magazine. She was named one of the Top 50 Black Women Business Online by BBWO.

Perry has arguably been one of the more high-powered and visible figures in public relations. Her career serves as a notable example of the potency that personally handled promotion has acquired in the mass media. Perry’s rise in the wrangling world of publicity began when she worked in public relations and advertising. Learning the business from the inside out, Perry and eventually formed her own firm, Ministry Marketing Solutions, Inc. To see how she help clients achieve their goals, see

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Publishing Tip: Why Authors Shouldn’t Worry About Piracy

Publishing Tip: Why Authors Shouldn’t Worry About Piracy

One of the common questions from new writers is, “How do I stop people pirating my work?” 

Many of them are even concerned about sending a manuscript to an editor, just in case it ends up on Amazon as a bestselling book under another name.

But authors should be more concerned about obscurity than about piracy, as Robert Kroese discusses today. 

About two years ago, I was on a panel at a writing conference with another author who had self-published a cookbook. I listened while this author declared that she refused to make a digital version of her book available until “they do something about piracy.”

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The Gold Standard of Self-Publishing 

Just a tidbit from: The word self-publishing spelled backward is gnihsilbupfles which is not a word.

Who would have even thought of spelling it backward?

Of course, there are many book authors who do self-publishing backwards.

There are two ways to write a book that will sell

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Looking for a Book Editor? Here’s How Much You Should Expect to Pay #motownwriters



Looking for a Book Editor? Here’s How Much You Should Expect to Pay

I wish I could tell you that proofreading will always cost one cent per word, copyediting two cents per word, and developmental editing three cents per word, but the truth is much hazier than that.

While I will provide hard numbers, you should first know certain essentials about hiring an editor.

This information may help you understand why editing costs seem to vary widely from one editor to the next, but it should also assist you in comparing possible editors

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HUMANITIES GRANTS New Opportunity in 2017-18! @mihumanities

In order to offer more flexibility in project planning and implementation, MHC will offer two application periods for Humanities Grants during 2017-2018:
Fall 2017 Grants (Awards made in November 2017)

Spring 2018 Grants (Awards made in June 2018)


A draft project proposal form will be available on the MHC website in April 2017. Additional Humanities Grant program information can be found at ourwebsite.


2017 Arts & Humanities Touring Grants 
Apply today – take a look at our Touring Directory and select a performer for your community event! 

  The 2017 Quick Grant Application is Open 
Please allow up to four (4) weeks for your application to be processed.
Quick Grants provide up to $500 to Michigan-based nonprofit organizations in support of public humanities programs. 

Visit our website for more information.

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#MotownWriters: Students Reading In The Dark #MountClemens #Michigan #MichLit #MittenLit #ReadingMonth March 9th

Students at Prevail Academy will celebrate March is Reading Month with special activities and fun ways to read throughout the month.

On Thursday, March 9, the students are invited to bring a flashlight to school to read in the dark. This type of activity helps students to have positive memories about reading and develops their reading further.

Prevail Academy is a free public charter school serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

WHO: Prevail Academy
WHAT: Flashlight Read In
WHEN: Thursday, March 9, 2017
WHERE: Prevail Academy
353 Cass Ave.
Mount Clemens, MI 48043
CONTACT: Kelli B. Smith
616-464-2235 (office); 616-295-4241 (cell)


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New Post from @IndiesUnlimited: Oops. That Book Review’s Not Verified

Oops. That Book Review’s Not Verified

by Big Al

verified review on amazon hook-881444_960_720Way, way back in September of 2013 I wrote an article about verified reviews. In the world of Indie publishing, especially where anything directly related to Amazon is concerned, three-and-a-half years is a lifetime. Much of what I wrote then is either no longer true or suspect. In this article, I’m going to talk about some of the changes and why you, I, or a random reader might care. (Or maybe not.)

At the time I suggested that the only reason someone might care about whether a review was verified was if they thought the review seemed questionable. Then the “verified” flag would indicate the reviewer had actually bought the book or other item from Amazon. For someone looking at reviews and trying to decide on a purchase, the verified flag might still not be that useful. I suspect some people who are more attuned to happenings regarding Amazon might be concerned about fake or paid reviews, and pay a little more attention. But if they’re aware of these issues, they’re probably aware that reviewers who were willing to write a glowing review for a price have options to make sure those reviews showed as verified purchase reviews anyway. Read more of this post

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