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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.

#writerslife: The Modern Writer’s Life – An Intersection of Art and Industry #motownwriters

The Modern Writer’s Life – An Intersection of Art and Industry

The Modern Writer’s Life – An Intersection of Art and Industry

As writer’s, we’re entering a space where art and industry intersect. Some days we’re hiding in a coffee shop, our minds immersed in an imaginary world. Other days we’re at conferences, conventions, or signings – networking, learning, and meeting our readers. Or maybe we’re working with an editor, agent, publisher, or creating a marketing plan. We may have the soul of an artist, but we have to negotiate our world with the savvy of a CEO.

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Beverly Jenkins & more at #BookBeat #Bookstore @authorMsBev #michigan #literaryevents #detroitreads #michiganreaders #amreading




Beverly Jenkins at Book Beat: June 22

Romance superstar author and Detroit native Beverly Jenkins will return to Book Beat on Saturday, June 22nd from 2-4pm to sign copies of her bestselling books and to promote her latest release, Rebel. Books will be available for signing and purchase at the event. If you have any questions or would like to reserve any of her titles, please call Book Beat at (248) 968-1190. This event is free and …

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June 2019 Reading Group Selection

June 2019 Reading Group Selection

This month’s reading group selection is Last Nights of Paris by Philippe Soupault, translated from the French by William Carlos Williams. The Book Beat reading group will meet Wednesday,  June 26th at 7:00 pm at Goldfish Tea Cafe, located at 117 W. Fourth Street in Downtown Royal Oak. All are welcome. Get 15% off on the Current Reading Group Selection. Written …

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June 2019 Reading Group Selection



The Book Beat- 26010 Greenfield – Oak Park, MI 48237 US

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#DetroitWorkingWriters: JUN 29 Writing Workshop: “The Ten Ingredients That Go into Making a Short Film”

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Date And Time

Sat, June 29, 2019

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

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Yule Love It Lavender Farm

960 Yule Road

Leonard, MI 48367

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Fourth Annual Yule Love it Lavender Farm Writing Workshop:
“The Ten Ingredients That Go into Making a Short Film”
Presenter: Richard Rothrock
Award Winning Screenwriting Instructor at the Motion Picture Institute
Your registration fee will cover lunch and the workshop. Screenplay format will be covered, along with plenty of time for questions and answers. Our presenter asks that you have a few ideas in mind for a short film before you come, as we will be writing! It doesn’t matter what genres you currently write in; this workshop will help you write with a concentration on the visual and aural.
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You’re invited to Join #MotownWriters in #Michigan at the #Pontiac Authors Expo at noon. 📖📚💗💜📙😍👩‍💻📝 #motownwriters

Kicking off their summer reading series, the Pontiac author is hosting a local authors expo.
I hope you can swing by and join me along with other authors in support of literary in Michigan.
Sylvia Hubbard
Author and Founder of Motown Writers Network and The Michigan Literary Network

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TODAY! at Source Booksellers – 6/15/19 #detroit

6/15, 10a
Mind, Body, Spirit Class – Tai Chi w/Vernice
Monday Reminder!
6/17, 7p
Meet Us at the Brighten Public Library for Sister Pie Book Talk
This Week’s Featured Books
(Top left to bottom right)
1.1919: Poems By Eve L. Ewing
2.Ain’t I a Diva? Beyoncé and the Power of Pop Culture Pedagogy By Kevin
3.For Young Readers – Party: A Mystery By Jamaica Kincaid, Illustrated by Ricardo Cortés
4.Giants of the Monsoon Forest: Living and Working with Elephants By Jacob Shell
5.Writing to Persuade By Trish Hall
6.Symphony in C: Carbon and the Evolution of (Almost) Everything By Robert M. Hazen
7.The Genius Within: Unlocking Your Brain’s Potential By David Adam
Father’s Day Gifts –
Books Now on Sale for 20% OFF!
Come in for a closer look!
Signed Copies!
  1. Here is Where I Walk By Leslie Carol Roberts
  2. The Poet X: A Novel By Elizabeth Agevedo
  3. Violence: Humans in Dark Times By Brad Evans & Natasha Lennard
  4. The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to The Hunger Games By Ebony Elizabeth Thomas
  5. Dream City: Creation, Destruction, and Reinvention in Downtown Detroit By Conrad Kickert
  6. Cedric’s Dream: The Kids on Sturtevant Street (A Novel By A Musician) By Bill Banfield
Books in Honor of
Black Music Month!
Come in for a closer look.
Books in Honor of Pride Month!
Come in for a closer look.
June is Audiobook Month!
Celebrate with librofm and join the Summer Listening Challenge. Sign up at Track your summer listening and share your progress, and you could win free audiobooks for a year!
To all Book Clubs!
We’re overstocked!
Multiple copies of these bestselling books that come highly recommended are available to add to your reading list & purchase at a special rate:
1.The Dawn of Detroit by Tiya Miles
2.The New Jim Crow By Michelle Alexander
3.The Last Blues Preacher By Zach Mills
4.Once In A Great City by David Maraniss
New Sideline Item!
Pick A Stick
They’re like an oracle card or a fortune cookie… on a stick!
Coming Up!
6/21, 6p
Summer Solstice Conversation w/Min. Saladin
6/22, 10a
Mind, Body, Spirit Class – Chair Yoga w/Tene
6/22, 4p
Tarot Card Reading Workshop – Learn to Read the Tarot for Yourself w/Sangoma. For all levels of understanding. Bring your own deck or purchase a deck at the store.
6/25, 6:30p
WDET Book Club Kick Off!
This summer, join WDET in reading “What the Eyes Don’t See”. Book Club meets at Source Booksellers.
6/29, 10a
Mind, Body, Spirit Class – Belly Dancing w/Tene
Visit our website for book and event details.
Come in for your copy of the New York Times Sunday Edition!
Call us to reserve your copy at (313) 832-1155 or email to
All year long, remember to shop small!
And shop your independent bookstore!
We’re Open Seven Days a Week!
(Except select holidays as noted)
Mon.-Sat. 11a-7p
Sun. 12-5p
Source Booksellers
4240 Cass Ave., #105
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 832-1155
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How to Plan a Book Reading That Delights Your Audience

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Today’s guest post is an excerpt from the writer’s guide book How to Read for an Audience: The Stuff Nobody Teaches You, co-authored by public speaking coach and creative mentor James Navé (@JamesNave) and author and workshop leader Allegra Huston (@allegrahuston).

When you’re nervous about reading in public, you tend to picture the audience as the enemy, distant and judgmental, just waiting for you to mess up. If you think about this for a moment, you’ll realize that it’s an illusion born of fear. In fact, your audience wants to love you and your work. Some of these people probably already do.

The audience is on your side. They love writing just as you do; that’s why they’re there. These wonderful people have taken time out of their lives, probably traveled some distance and spent some money, just to hear you read. They’ve come to witness your imagination at work. They’ve come to be moved, entertained, motivated, validated, informed, provoked, stimulated and inspired. In short, they’re receptive.

They are your allies.

So, what are you going to read? Here are things to keep in mind as you make your selection.

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Author of The Marsh King’s Daughter, @KarenDionne, upcoming schedule | #michiganreaders #motownwriters #michlit

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There are a cluster of events in the U.P. in late May/early June, another cluster near Traverse City in June, and one more Michigan event at local libraries in September.


The author is really looking forward to all of these – The Marsh King’s Daughter is being read all over the world (!!!), but Michigan readers connect with the story on a deeper level because they bring their own experiences and love of the state to the book.

Grab your copy of The Marsh King’s Daughter now

See Michigan events below

May 29 – Hancock, Michigan – 12:00 noon – North Winds Bookstore, Finlandia University – meet and greet, signing

May 29 – Calumet, Michigan – 6:30 PM – Calumet Public Library – talk and signing

May 31 – Iron River, Michigan – 11:30 AM – West Iron District Library  “Lunch with an Author”

June 1 – Marquette, Michigan – 10:45 AM – Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association Conference – keynote speaker

June 1 – Marquette, Michigan – 2:00 – 3:00 – Snowbound Books – meet and greet, signing

June 2 – Munising, Michigan – 1:00 – 2:00 PM –Falling Rock Bookstore – signing

June 16 – Glen Lake, Michigan – Peninsula Writers Summer Retreat – keynote speaker

June 17 – Suttons Bay, Michigan – 11:00 AM – Suttons Bay Bingham District Library – talk and signing

June 17 – Kingsley, Michigan – 6:00 PM – Kingsley Branch Library –  talk and signing,

June 18 – Bellaire, Michigan – 11:00 AM – Bellaire Public Library – luncheon, talk and signing

June 18 – Northport, Michigan – 7:00 PM – Leelanau Township Library – talk and signing

June 19 – Traverse City, Michigan – 12:00 – 2:00 PM – Bookbrokers & Kramer’s Cafe, Grand Traverse Mall – signing

September 18 – Shelby Township, Michigan – 7:00 PM – Shelby Township Library – talk and signing

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Watch “WE RISE By Lifting Others | Tea Time with KM” on YouTube

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Next month promotions ideas to help #MotownWriters authors

Everyone needs a little help. Get your net month promo together.

Hashtag #MotownWriters #michlit #MichiganReaders in your promo or tag @sylviahubbard1 on Instagram or Twitter so we can share!


Read an Almanac Month

3/4/5/6 – National Tom Sawyer Days

13 – Isaac Babel’s birthday

18 – 23 Hemingway Days

30 – Paperback Book Day (they were first introduced on this day in 1935)


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The Red Ink Conference 2019: Chicago wsg @sylviahubbard1 #conference August 17, 2019 | RSVP Now via @tenitajeditor


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Date And Time

Sat, August 17, 2019

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM CDT

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Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Suites

10 Drury Lane

Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

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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 in both Detroit and Atlanta!

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

Here are some topics we’ll cover:

  • Overcoming Writers’ Block
  • Self-Publishing Industry Secrets
  • How to Create a Bestselling Bio
  • The Bestseller Book Synopsis
  • Marketing to Make Money
  • Becoming a Media Mogul

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! For a recap of last year’s conference and more information on speakers and the venue, visit!

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Authors, How Do You Collect Sales Tax at Book Fairs? #motownwriters

There’s a story in this morning’s link post about a sales tax exemption, and it got me wondering how authors handled sals tax at book fairs.

It seems Rhode Island has a clause in its tax code whereby creators don’t have to collect state sales tax when they sell their creations at a book festival or other event. This is a great idea, but unfortunately regulators have decided that non-fiction authors don’t count as creators (which is why the ACLU is suing).

Should a decision as to whether a Rhode Island author is entitled to a sales tax exemption depend on whether she has written a fictional murder mystery as opposed to an exhaustive history of the state? That is the question at the crux of a federal lawsuit the ACLU of RI filed today, challenging the state Division of Taxation’s position that a special sales tax exemption for Rhode Island authors applies only to works of fiction, and not to non-fiction, because non-fiction is not “creative and original.” The lawsuit, filed by ACLU of RI cooperating attorney Lynette Labinger, argues that making such a distinction on the content of the work violates the First Amendment’s guarantees of freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

This is the first time I have heard of this particular type of tax exemption, and it made me curious enough that I spent several hours today looking for similar exemptions.

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21st Century Marketing For Authors (paperback only) $5 #michiganwriters #motownwriters #michlit Grab your copy now!

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  • Marketing – Learn Effective tips & tricks needed to navigate and sell books
  • Promoting – Promotional Materials, Analytics, and offline promotion strategies
  • Social Media – What & How to do? Which one do I do? When do I do it?

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Pages Promotions Book Festival: June 22, 2019 #MotownWriters @SylviaHubbard1 Attending! Join us! via @DPlopa ‏#MichLIt #DetroitReads #PagesProBookFest



BOOKFEST LOCATION: The Hilton Garden Inn is located at 200 Wilshire Drive, Troy, MI

48084, with ample parking for both authors and readers. It’s just a stones throw west of I-75.


Please be mindful of the I-75 construction and allow plenty of travel time to get there.


The Hilton Garden Inn is a wheelchair accessible, non-smoking facility. Service animals are welcome.


​BOOKFEST ADMISSION: Admission to attend the Summer Indie Author Book Fest is FREE!

We encourage readers of all ages to attend. We ask that children under the age of 16 years old

be accompanied by a responsible adult.


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50,000 Words in 5 Days [video]

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Watch “”It’s All Write!” Teen Writing Contest” on YouTube

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