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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.

Promotions Assignments Week #3– Helping you to work as an author… Take the one week Challenge #mmm

We’re rocking into week 3 really understanding what it takes to be an author and we’re pushing ourselves to be up for the challenge.

If you’re just joining us, you can find past assignments here:

Promo Challenge #1 can be found by clicking here

Promo Challenge #2 can be found by clicking here

This basis of this ENTIRE challenge is

  1. Build or strengthen your author platforms
  2. Create Readership/Build SEO
  3. Sell Books

To actually get to the FOURTH one, you MUST do one and two and three. This all to help you learn to Work as an Author! In the video today, you’ll see how doing challenge one and two pulls assignments for week three together.

Now get your notebook, a piece of paper or your calendar out and watch the video. Ask questions in the comments

You can turn your assignments in the comments (leave links for blogs and for pictures of where it’s posted) or join us at the Facebook Motown Writers group and turn your assignment in at our comment section of the video.

For people who complete all four author challenges the top three will receive an author planner with one hour consultation. If you’re behind there’s still time to catch up. Promo Challenge #1 can be found by clicking here

Monday (2 parter)

  • Targeting readers – describe your perfect reader
  • Working on Website – consist of 4 pages (home, about, product/services, contact)
    • Don’t forget to add newsletters, social media links (from week#2 assignment), sharing elements, forms

Note/Word of Advice: WordPress.com or org, but Shopify, square and some even use Wix, but SEO isn’t as prevalent.

Wednesday (3 parter)

  1. Book or Writer Graphic Promo – requirements: must have a link in the graphic. You can use Bookbrush.com or Canva.com
  2. Blog Post: “Editing – lovie it or hate it?” Please include the #mwn hashtag or tag me at @sylviahubbard1 on Twitter, YouTube or Instagram. You can submit your blog post as text, audio or video. If you do it as text, please include a picture to chop up the text and also make sure you add a byline (your bio).
  3. Get a feature on a blog. (If you don’t do #2 you can do #3 or do #3 as extra credit) Links to help.

Friday 

  1. Create a plan to reach your readers
    10 things you will do by the end of the year to reach your readers

Related Links 

Canva.com | Bookbrush.com | AuthorCentral.Amazon.com |

WordPress.com

I look forward to seeing what you offer and what you are doing. Also leave your ask me anything question in the comments! Share this with other authors and writing groups.

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#MotownWriters Author Feature w/Angelique Clemens #bookpromo #michlit #michiganwriters #blackgirlmagic #CanIBorrowYourSkin

About Author: 
Angelique Clemens is a writer, scientist, and speaker. She started writing as an adolescent when she co-wrote a short mystery story about an inept murder with her mother that was published. Later, in high school, poetry that Angelique had written in French was published. Now, she writes biographical fiction around the subjects of loss, #blackgirlmagic, alternative lifestyles, and learning to develop one’s self in a less than supportive world. Her books, generally, address these topics through the lens of the black experience. Angelique enjoys sports, scotch, and true crime novels. When Angelique is not writing, she is playing board games, coloring, or doing puzzles. She resides in Detroit with her husband.

Author Website www.AngeliqueClemens.com
Amazon Author Page https://amzn.to/31riHCA
Facebook Page www.Facebook.com/NicoletteGuyere
Instagram Page www.Instagram.com/CIBYSnovel

Author Website | Buy Book 

About book:

Nicolette is a young black lawyer who struggles with the self as she wants to be seen. Her parents only see her as the child they raised, not the thirty year old woman she has grown into. Her friends see her based on their experiences with her: her sorority sisters as the girl that they pledged and crossed with; her law school friends as the smart girl that always near the top of the class; her high school friends as the shy, naive girl that they always tried to corrupt; her lifestyle friends as the strong, independent, dominant woman with undeniable skills; her sister-cousins as the little sister they never had that they have to protect and mentor; and her church friends as the pious Catholic girl. The men she dated mostly reduced her to their favorite body parts. Nicolette struggled with not living her life by others’ standards and expectations of her. She wrestles with the face that she can not be herself, her true self, around 90% of the people she know.

Can Nicolette work through her problems and learn to be the fierce person that she sees in the mirror? 

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Da Laugh & Giggle Podcast – Read A Book MF #BookReview: What He Wanted by Jada Pearl #motownwriters #michiganwriters #michlit

 

What He Wanted: a Standalone by [Jada Pearl]What He Wanted by Jada Pearl

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Detroit Author, Jada Pearl brings an romance urban intrigue to us.

It’s about Alexis and Zavier fighting to keep their love together while they try to privately deal with their resurfacing past.

What He Wanted takes you into the unbalanced world of a stalker’s unrequited desires, his unwanted advances, and the consequences of what he wants. As he sets in motion his plan to get what he wants, he turns Alexis and Zavier’s lives upside down and it takes its toll on everyone involved, including the stalker himself.

What he Wanted sheds light on a lot of relationship communication issues, but also brings awareness of obsessive behavior and how we allow ourselves to become caught with with things we can’t and shouldn’t have.

 

Pick up your copy now at: https://amzn.to/2DOSB42

 

To find out more about this podcast:

 

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#Motownwriters Word of the Day: Immutable #wotd

WORD OF THE DAY
Immutable
im-MYOO-də-bəl
Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Middle English, 15th century
1

Unchanging over time.

2

Unable to be changed.

Examples of Immutable in a sentence

“The mission of the nonprofit has remained immutable since its founding.”

“You can try to change his mind, but I think he’s immutable.”

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#MotownWriters online @meetup @ FB group Aug8th 10am | Topic: 3 common self-publishing mistake you don’t want to make. @makeyourmarkps #michlit

Join us Saturday, Online at our facebook group, with our guest moderator. 

August 8th 

10am

facebook.com/groups/motownwriters

Bio:

Monique D. Mensah is a three-time national award-winning author, a self-publishing expert, and the owner of Make Your Mark Publishing Solutions. As your personal self-publishing assistant, Monique turns manuscripts into masterpieces by handling the entire self-publishing process for indie authors, from editing to print and everything in between. With a passion for the indie author community, she is known for educating and entertaining her “Indie Friends” on social media with a humorous, tell-it-like-it-is flare.

Website: www.makeyourmarkps.com

Facebook: Make Your Mark Publishing Solutions

Instagram: @makeyourmarkps

Twitter: @makeyourmarkps

Purchase books by this author at: https://amzn.to/39QApDn

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Reminder: #Meetup with #Motownwriters @DetroitPublic Library – Main every 2nd Saturday

http://meetup.com/michiganliterarynetwork

Motown Writers Meetup Group

Detroit, MI
3,222 Writers

Hi everyone. This is a group for everyone in the Detroit Area (and Michigan area) who like to write. Whether it’s a novel, short story, poem, autobiography, or any other gener…

Next Meetup

#MotownWriters Monthly @Meetup

Saturday, Feb 8, 2020, 10:00 AM
7 Attending

Check out this Meetup Group →

If you’re interested in speaking at our group or sending promotional items to our group, please contact us

Find us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterView our profile on LinkedInView our videos on YouTube

Please send items in bulk of 50, please.

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#MotownWriters online @meetup @ FB group Aug8th 10am | Topic: 3 common self-publishing mistake you don’t want to make. @makeyourmarkps #michlit

Join us Saturday, Online at our facebook group, with our guest moderator. 

August 8th 

10am

facebook.com/groups/motownwriters

Bio:

Monique D. Mensah is a three-time national award-winning author, a self-publishing expert, and the owner of Make Your Mark Publishing Solutions. As your personal self-publishing assistant, Monique turns manuscripts into masterpieces by handling the entire self-publishing process for indie authors, from editing to print and everything in between. With a passion for the indie author community, she is known for educating and entertaining her “Indie Friends” on social media with a humorous, tell-it-like-it-is flare.

Website: www.makeyourmarkps.com

Facebook: Make Your Mark Publishing Solutions

Instagram: @makeyourmarkps

Twitter: @makeyourmarkps

Purchase books by this author at: https://amzn.to/39QApDn

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30 Day/5 Post Tour Package on the Michigan Literary Network on $25 | Make #MotownWriters part of your literary promotions #MichiganAuthors #michlit

 

https://www.paypal.me/sylhubbooks/25

*Add Motown Package in Notes

We offer advertisement services for writers and authors looking for exposure online in the Michigan Literary Community. We can work with writer and reading groups to help with promotion and gathering authors for your event.

Find Resources on our site & Connect with us all over the Internet:

http://MotownWriters.com        http://MichiganLiteraryNetwork.com

Visit our website and sign up for our daily news and newsletter to stay up to date with what is going on in Michigan Literary and Metro Detroit Literacy Communities.

  •  http://FaceBook.com/MichigansLiteraryWorld
  •  http://Twitter.com/SylviaHubbard1
  •  http://meetup.com/MichiganLiteraryNetwork
  •  http://youtube.com/user/sylviahubbard1
  •  http://www.linkedin.com/in/sylviahubbard1

We also offer advertisement services for writers and authors looking for exposure online in the Michigan Literary Community. We can work with writer and reading groups to help with promotion and gathering authors for your event.

Motown Writers Network also collects gently used donated books, videos, and DVDs. Contact us

Thank you in advance for advertising and supporting the literary and literacy community!

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Promotions Assignments Week #2– Helping you to work as an author… Take the one week Challenge #mmm

And you’re back! Oh you’re just joining us.

Promo Challenge #1 can be found by clicking here

This basis of this challenge is

  1. Build or strengthen your author platforms
  2. Create Readership/Build SEO
  3. Sell Books

To actually get to the third one, you MUST do one and two. This all to help you learn to Work as an Author!

Now get your notebook, a piece of paper or your calendar out and watch the video. Ask questions in the comments

You can turn your assignments in the comments (leave links for blogs and for pictures of where it’s posted) or join us at the Facebook Motown Writers group and turn your assignment in at our comment section of the video.

For people who complete all four author challenges the top three will receive an author planner with one hour consultation. If you’re behind there’s still time to catch up. Promo Challenge #1 can be found by clicking here

Monday (2 parter)

  1. Work on your bio – requirements: Your bio should be written in third person and no more than 150 word.
    • Extra Credit: post your updated bio to your website and social media. (You will have to shorten it even more for Twitter and Instagram, but if you haven’t updated it recently, most likely it still needs to be done).
  2. Find or get Free item – Get a free item online or offline to gift. Not just bookmarks but something more like a free read they can download or a treat like a personalize pen, candle, coffee or tea cup

Wednesday (2 parter)

  1. Book or Writer Graphic Promo – requirements: must have a link in the graphic
  2. Blog Post: What did you work on this year to better your literary career? Please include the #mwn hashtag or tag me at @sylviahubbard1 on Twitter, YouTube or Instagram. You can submit your blog post as text, audio or video. If you do it as text, please include a picture to chop up the text and also make sure you add a byline (your bio).

Friday 

  1. Gather Links. Get the direct links to your:
    • Website homepage
    • your product page or book page
  2. Social Media Links: Facebook (personal, pages, groups), Twitter, Instagram (personal & business page), Linkedin, Youtube.
    • Extra Credit: Newsletter Link, Amazon Author Page, Bookbub and/or Goodread page.

Related Links 

Canva.com | Bookbrush.com | AuthorCentral.Amazon.com

I look forward to seeing what you offer and what you are doing. Also leave your ask me anything question in the comments! Share this with other authors and writing groups.

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INTEGRITY SHOWS ART FAIR UPDATE: AUTHOR TENTS for Oct and December

Dear Authors,

As you probably already know, Integrity Shows has postponed the following 2020 art fairs: Stony Creek, Belle Isle, The Art of Fire Royal Oak, and Funky Ferndale.

However, our Kensington Art Fair has been rescheduled for Saturday October 3 –Sunday October 4 and we are adding an author’s tent.

With the social distancing guidelines allocating more space per author, we had to slightly increase our fees. We can place you with one other author in a 10×10’ tent on opposite sides for $175 each. The new fee is still about half of the price we are charging our visual artists.

Another opportunity we are offering authors is to participate in the Ann Arbor Holiday Art Fair on Saturday, December 5 – Sunday, December 6, 2020. The event will be at the Washtenaw County Fairgrounds located at 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor. Please note, there will be no application fee for this show. Table rental starts at $145.

 

If you are interested in either or both shows, please go to https://form.jotform.com/90644770830156 to let us know right away so we can start promoting your book(s).

 

We hope you will be able to join one or both of our author events this year. It would be great to see familiar and to meet new ones to add to our mix.

Jody Mitchell

Integrity Shows

Mobile 248 506 9519

PO Box 21667

Detroit, MI 48221

Office 313 486 2666

Fax 866 735 2293

jody@integrityshows.com

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Literati Bookstore – July (going into August) Newsletter @LiteratiBkstore

Newsletter – July 2020
Literati Bookstore dot com

 Tough times…

Dear book lover,

With the rising statistics of COVID across our state, we still believe it is unwise to put ourselves and our staff at risk and re-open. So, for the time being, we are still closed for regular browsing. Unfortunately, this also means our loss of “normal” sales (we are operating at around 40-50% of normal sales) means tough times ahead. We are working on a few other plans in the meantime, so thanks for your patience as we all navigate these murky waters.
Our curbside team, meanwhile, has been rocking and rolling. The curbside orders have helped tremendously, and we so appreciate all your support this spring and summer. We know that you could make your purchases elsewhere, and you choosing to drive downtown to pick-up your books means we stay in business. Conversely, if you’d rather your books be delivered to your doorstep, we ship to home as well!
Our curbside service is open Monday-Saturday, 11am-7pm. 
We continue to monitor what’s going on locally and across our state. Trust me, I want to be open, more than anyone else. Frankly, we put it seven hard years of work and momentum into this business, and I’m scared that we’ll hit 2021 right back where we started. I try to remind myself that everything changes and nothing is permanent. I also have hope that we can come out of this as a stronger public, a stronger community, and a stronger bookstore.
Thank you for your support these last four months. Hopefully, with luck, we’ll see you soon.
Mike, Hilary and everyone at Literati
Mike Birbiglia reads at Literati Bookstore

Next week: Chuck Klosterman, Mike Birbiglia, and more!

While we’re not doing in-store events, our virtual events series is taking off:
On Monday, we welcome one of my favorites, Chuck Klosterman! 7pm – free. More info… 
On Friday, Mike Birbiglia reads from his latest, The New One, with J Hope Stein. This event is ticketed — we hope you enjoy one of the finest, funniest, and most sincere comedians I know. I loved his book, Sleepwalk With Me, and I can’t wait to tune into this event. More info and tickets…
Thanks to the hard work of our events team, we have many more great virtual events coming up this summer.
Please check out our online calendar here.
Stamped, a staff pick at Literati Bookstore

Staff pick of the week: Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X Kendie

I don’t know who thought of having Jason Reynolds and Ibram X Kendie collaborate on a young people’s edition of Stamped from the Beginning, but it was genius! Reynolds presents the facts from the adult version in a way that is accessible and interesting for younger adults (or for older adults who feel intimidated by the more intense book.) He cogently explains how western culture in general, and United States culture in particular had racism baked in from the very earliest days. There aren’t many books that change your life, but this one has the power to do so.”
-Deb
Check out our other staff picks here.

Literati face masks

Literati Face Masks Back in Stock!

Our made-in-America face masks are back in stock! They feature breathable cotton and have a wire for noses. More information and to purchase here — and act fast, these sold out quickly.

Virtual typewriter note of the week:

“I gave birth for the first time a few months ago. I did not expect every day since to be a battle for the country I want my child to be raised in. Becoming a nurturer has made a warrior of me.”

Curbside pick-up at Literati Bookstore
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The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers – thank you John Lewis @twistedtellers #michiganreaders #detroitreads #michlit #motownwriters

The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers - "MONUMENTAL MOTHERS" - Naomi Long Madgett
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Poet Laureate Naomi Long Madgett reflects on life, mothers and love with intro by poet Terry Blackhawk at The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers® Friday, May 20, 2016, “MONUMENTAL MOTHERS!” at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
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#MotownWriters: Word of the Day: Verso #wotd

WORD OF THE DAY
Verso
vər-soh
Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin, mid-19th century
1

A left-hand page of an open book, or the back of a loose document.

2

The reverse of something such as a coin or painting.

Examples of Verso in a sentence

“Every new chapter begins on the verso.”

“This coin is particularly valuable because of the misprint on the verso.”

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Source Booksellers Update – 7/26/2020 #michlit #indiebookstore #detroit #motownwriters #michigan

Source Booksellers Update
7/26/2020
After deep thought and consideration, we’ve decided to suspend in-store browsing and shopping, at least for now. But our online store is ALWAYS open, and we’re still in the store processing orders for shipping or at-the-door pickup.
Our current hours are:
Monday-Friday – 11a-6p
Saturday – 12-4p
Sunday-12-4p
To keep feeding your love of books, we’re taking book orders via three ways:
  1. Our online store is always open: https://www.sourcebooksellersonline.com/
  2. Over the phone: (313) 832-1155 – If you call and no one answers, please leave a message and we’ll follow up asap.
  3. Email us: sourcebooksellers@gmail.com
Our shipping cost is $5. Orders of $45 and above are free; there might be a slight delay in shipping.
If there is a book you’re interested in that you don’t see at our online store, email us at sourcebooksellers@gmail.com, and we’ll add it to the online store for purchase to be mailed directly to you.
We are so grateful for all purchases, for the verbal support, lovely calls and notes that we have received. You’ve helped keep us going.
Please stay well, dear friends!
Janet
Virtual Events Coming Up!
7/29, 6p
Big Friendship: How to Keep Each Other Close by Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow in Conversation with Jai Tolentina
Join us online July 29th at 6pm for an evening with Amininatou Sow and Ann Friedman with Jia Tolentino to discuss the book Big Friendship.
This online event and all tickets are free.
General Admission Ticket (Free)
Book Ticket ~ This ticket includes one signed book & shipping
Ticketing at eventbrite.com.
Please note: If you purchase a book ticket and cannot attend the event, we will hold a copy of Big Friendship for you at Source Booksellers for 30 days after the date of the event.
8/7, 6p
Evening with Shaun King in Detroit
We are delighted to host Shaun King on his book tour for a virtual Author Talk featuring his book Make Change: How Fight injustice, Dismantle Systematic Oppression, and Own our Future.
This is an online event and all tickets are free.
General Admission Ticket (Free)
Book Ticket ($28.56) ~ This ticket includes one book
Please note: If you purchase a ticket and cannot attend the event, we will hold a copy of Make Change for you at BookPeople for 30 days after the date of the event.
Visit eventbrite.com for details.
9/3, 6p
Alice Randall Virtual Author Talk
A evening with Alice Randall and the Detroit community celebrating the history and people of the Black Bottom Neighborhood!
This is an online event and all tickets are free.
Book Ticket ($34.01) ~ This ticket includes one book, digital asset and shipping
Ticketing at eventbrite.com.
Please note: If you purchase a book ticket and cannot attend the event, we will hold a copy of Black Bottom Saints at Source Booksellers for 30 days after the date of the event.
The event will include:
Author Talk
Black Bottom Archives
A local Bartender to mix a libation for a Black Bottom Saint
Partnership with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
We are grateful to John Lewis for his work as a Civil Rights Activist & U. S. Congressman. We are saddened by the news of his passing, and will remember him for his book “Preaching to the Chickens” as well as always trying to do what was right, fair and just.
New Releases Announced on Wednesday!
But you can check out our online store to browse current releases.
Order these and other selections online at https://www.sourcebooksellersonline.com/
Newspapers
The Sunday New York Times is available for pickup at the door on Monday. Please call ahead to let us know you’re coming – (313) 835-1155.
The Michigan Chronicle and the Legal News are also available.
All year long, remember to shop small!
And shop your independent bookstore!
SPECIAL STORE HOURS:
Th. & F – 11a-6p
Sat. – Closed
Sun. – Closed
Our online store is always open
Source Booksellers
4240 Cass Ave., #105
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 832-1155
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#MotownWriters Authors Promotions Assignments – Helping you to work as an author… Take the one week Challenge #mmm

We all need that kick in the pants or just get one book sold for the week to inspire us to keep going.

#MotownWriters is starting a small authors promotions group. It’ll get complicated as we grow, but for now, we’re starting small and helping you to be a better writer by helping each other as well.

Are you ready to take the challenge?

First, make sure you subscribe to updates on this website, click here. 

Second, if you aren’t a member on FB to get the 9am weekly updates on Sunday and ask any questions, join now. Click here

Third, get your calendar out and watch the video.

Fourth, in the comments below, let us know you’re taking the challenge.

Now let’s get ready to do this!

 

Here are the weekly assignments as discussed in the video:

Monday: #MondayBlog (suggested topic) Why I wrote my book or Why do I write (post on your blog to send out on monday)

Wednesday: Create a promotional graphic for your book or just your blog (if you don’t have a book). Go to Canva.com or Bookbrush.com. They’re free. Send out to Facebook, Twitter & Instagram with the hashtag #WritersWednesday and then describe how your writing makes readers feel or copy/paste a review of someone talking about your writing.

Friday: Grab an Interview or Interview someone. A Cheat is in the video, but also you can  download the pdf How to grab Podcast Interviews. (click here) You don’t have to have the interview that day, but schedule out an interview for a later date and then come back and let us know.

Post your completed assignment links here or on Motown Writers FB group. http://facebook.com/group/motownwriters

You can use the hashtag #mwn or tag on @sylviahubbard1 on Twitter and Instagram if you’d like me to share throughout the week your accomplishment.

NEXT WEEK’S ASSIGNMENT

I’ll be doing a live on the Facebook group at 9am (mark your calendars) to talk about the results. You have permission to brag. And to get ready for next weeks assignments. We’ll discuss your bio, which we will encourage you to post. (No more than 250 words and in 3rd person please) and also we’ll send out a checklist for your website and social media.

If you really want to get a jump on your August, check out Book buzz post

https://buildbookbuzz.com/awesome-august-occasions-for-authors/

Want more marketing help. Here is my non fiction storefront

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Your Moderator

Sylvia Hubbard

 

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