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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.

Save The Date: “Dear Queen” book signing @EddieConnorJr #MichLit #Motownwriters #MotownLit Feb 23rd #Detroit

 “Dear Queen” book signing. The event will take place on Thursday, February 23rd from
7 pm – 9 pm at PV Lounge.
Proceeds will go to the Pure Heart Foundation, to provide opportunities for children of incarcerated parents.
My website link is: EddieConnor.com and the Amazon link is: http://amzn.to/2kA2sx3
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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!

www.meetup.com/michiganliterarynetwork

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7 Quick Writing Tips (and Editing Advice) to Bring Your Words to Life

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After I sent some feedback and writing tips to a client, I spent this morning editing her revised manuscript. I was thrilled to see the author’s writing improve so dramatically from one draft to the next.

Eureka! Whatever I told her, I realized I should share with you today. Every writer loves to know what she (or he) can do better to improve her writing and make it sing. These writing tips can make a world of difference in your own revisions.

Today’s writing tips all focus on making the words leap out from the page and form a picture for your readers. Whether you are writing a how-to book, memoir or even a novel, you will truly draw your readers in if you paint a scene and share stories.

read more… https://www.lisatener.com/2017/01/7-quick-writing-tips-editing-advice-bring-words-life/

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Take the book marketing challenge w/@BadRedheadMedia : How to energize your book sales in a month! #MotownWriters

30-day-brhm-marketing-challenge-with-logo_twitter-shareableAre you unsure how to market your book? Do you feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of author platform options out there (or not even sure what the term means)? Do you wish someone could break it down for you in simple steps?

Then this is the book for you!

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Over the course of one month, Rachel provides you daily challenges containing a wealth of information, and easy to follow assignments to help energize your book sales. If you haven’t released your book yet, this book will help you set the stage necessary to build the strongest foundation possible for success.

Topics include:

*Twitter secrets
*Facebook page must-do’s
*Social media ideas you might not know or haven’t thought of
*Promotion, giveaways, and other book marketing secrets
*Website, blogging, and SEO tips designed just for authors

This book is a must-read and must-DO for any aspiring, new, or veteran author! Bloggers and small businesses can also benefit from this guide as well.

I have been encouraging (pleading with?) Rachel to write this book since we met years ago. Rachel is, quite simply, a force of nature, and if you take the challenge the way she has laid it out and actually do the assignments (imagine that!), you will not only find yourself with a greater understanding of social media, you will also start to sell more books.

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I say enthusiastically: GET THIS BOOK AND START THE CHALLENGE. There is no time to waste. You’ll be glad you did. Seriously. Go get the book and start the challenge. I wish I’d had this book when I was promoting my first novel. It would have saved me so much time!

Lori Culwell, Author and SEO expert, Creative Director of Get Creative, Inc, a national SEO agency

When it comes to social media marketing for authors, no one knows more than Rachel Thompson. She practices what she preaches and has helped dozens of our authors enjoy significant leaps in their social media standing.

Steve Bennett, Founder and Creative Director, AuthorBytes

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This book is an amazing compilation of data and resources that only someone with years of experience could pull together. As a book marketing specialist myself, I’m still blown away by the amazing content Rachel provides. If you’re writing or marketing a book, this is a MUST-HAVE.

Alexa Bigwarfe, Author Coach & Owner of Kat Biggie Press Digital Media Company

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#scbwi-mi Writer Spotlight! Wendy BooydeGraaff #michlit #motownwriters

It’s time for another Writer Spotlight on this edition of The Mitten!


Today I’m happy to welcome one of my friends (and critique partners), Wendy BooydeGraaff. Wendy was born and raised in Canada, on a fruit farm in Southern Ontario (which, she says, is almost a full degree latitude south of Grand Rapids where she lives now). She’s been in Michigan for over twenty years and is still shocked by all the snow.

Wendy writes, “Where I grew up, close to Lake Ontario, the lake effect kept us in a little warm bubble and the other side of the lake (Buffalo) got all the snow. Here in Grand Rapids, lake effect means SNOW, and lots of it. I looked it up because I thought maybe my childhood memory was wrong, but guess what? Grand Rapids receives an average of 20 more inches of snow per year than my hometown.

http://scbwimithemitten.blogspot.com/2017/02/writer-spotlight.html

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Got Galleys? What They Are and Why You Need Them @writerunboxed #motownwriters

Got Galleys? What They Are and Why You Need Them

At the risk of making everybody’s eyes glaze over, today I’d like to talk a bit about one of those hands-on, practical issues that’s key to any book’s life cycle but totally unsexy: Galleys.

No, this has nothing to do with seafaring or food.

The truth is, there’s a lot about writing and publishing that’s not only unsexy but – as my French husband likes to say about certain other things – real “love killers.” (Picture husband sneering at my comfy fleece PJs and saying, “un vrai tue-l’amour.”)

But like with those PJ’s, we’ve just got to have them

http://writerunboxed.com/2017/02/13/got-galleys-what-they-are-and-why-you-need-them/

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Indie Publishing is Like Yoga – Indies Unlimited

http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2017/02/14/indie-publishing-is-like-yoga/

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Coming to #RustCity17: Sara Dobie Bauer & Jillian via @rustcitybookcon #michlit #motownwriters

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Coming to #RustCity17: Sara Dobie Bauer & Jillian David

by Jackie

Every book convention must have authors. There’s no question about it and I am working hard to ensure that we not only have a ton of fun people to hang out with, but there’s a wide range of genre talent as well. I know many readers tend to stick with their preferred genres, and there’s […]

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“Dear Queen” book signing @EddieConnorJr #MichLit #Motownwriters #MotownLit Feb 23rd #Detroit

 “Dear Queen” book signing. The event will take place on Thursday, February 23rd from
7 pm – 9 pm at PV Lounge.
Proceeds will go to the Pure Heart Foundation, to provide opportunities for children of incarcerated parents.
My website link is: EddieConnor.com and the Amazon link is: http://amzn.to/2kA2sx3
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#MarketingMonday w/@PamPerry: 12 Steps to Building a Powerful Brand Image #bookpromo #ammarketing

820d9-pamperry-731603Building Blocks for A Solid Corporate ID Kit

1. Design a simple logo that attracts attention. Keeping it simple keeps it easy to produce and easy for branding. A good trick is to fax it to yourself and see how it shows up. If it’s confusing over a fax, it’s not a good logo.

2. Create a tag line that encapsulates your brand. Make it succinct and “catchy” so people can remember it. Make your tagline inviting without it sounding too “cutesy.”

3. Choose your brand colors as a reflection of the personality you want to project. Know that you will live with these colors forever. Put thought into why you’re choosing specific colors. Keep the same color-scheme in everything you do.

4. Hire a professional graphic designer to produce your corporate ID kit. That kit includes business cards, letterhead, envelopes, labels, and web site (even if it is just a contact page). Visit something like GoDaddy to buy the URL that will be your web site address. This investment is under $10 per year.

5. Get several professional headshot photos to use in ads, blogs, program books and other media. Image is everything. Investing in a professional photo shoot is the foundation of many graphic items that you will use over and over again.

6. Put your best foot forward on your business cards. This says plenty about you before you even open your mouth. Invest in good, heavy paperstock, Use both sides of the card. Consider putting your “tag line” on the back.

7. Print brochures in mass to send to those that ask for more information when considering you as a guest speaker or to hire you. People want information they can touch, feel, and walk away with to read later, even though you have a website containing all that information. Invest in a simple yet high-quality piece for multiple uses.

8. Design CD or DVD labels to match your corporate ID kit or book. Make sure your web site, social media tags and phone number are on everything that goes out. Yes, that means everything!

9. Order a standard podium cover to match your corporate ID for special meetings in venues like hotels where their name is displayed. Show your own “brand” not the hotel’s. Have people in your audience stare at your name not a hotel’s name.

10. Invest in the special touches that make you stand out in a crowd at places like tradeshows, conference exhibit halls, and conventions. Order items like table cloths, acrylic holders, portable exhibits, retractable floor banners, tabletop displays for your book and tape table.

11. Order premiums that promote your brand or book. These are small details that set you apart from the pack. Get bulks items such as ink pens, bookmarks, magnets, post-it notes, notepads, or mints, to distribute at special meetings or at your book/tape table when you travel.

12. Have postcards or note cards printed to send to media after interviews or to personally keep in touch with select people and prospects. Have the postcards or note cards match your business card in style, prompting brand recognition in the mind of the receiver.

Ministry marketing pioneer, Award-winning social media strategist and PR Coach Pam Perry helps African American Christian authors garner publicity and leverage online strategies. As a 20-year PR veteran, she is also the co-author of “Synergy Energy: How to Use the Power of Partnerships to Market Your Book, Grow Your Business and Brand Your Ministry.” For a free MP3 of “What Every Author Should Know,” go to http://www.PamPerryPR.com. She offers help through her private mentorship program at http://www.PamPerryMentoring.com

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17 Changes Indie Authors Can Expect in 2017 #motownwriters

The world of book marketing is moving and shaking. Part of my job is to make sure to I keep my finger on the pulse of what’s working well, what’s transforming, and what book promotion tactics will soon go the way of the dodo bird. So what changes can indie authors expect in 2017? Although these predictions are educated guesses, I think you’ll find many of these things evolving this year
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https://www.amarketingexpert.com/changes-indie-authors-2017/

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Returning to #RustCity17: Sage Spelling & Donna MacMeans @RustCityBookCon #MittenLit #MotownLit #MotownWriters

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New post on Rust City Book Con

Returning to #RustCity17: Sage Spelling & Donna MacMeans

by Jackie

Every book convention must have authors. There’s no question about it and I am working hard to ensure that we not only have a ton of fun people to hang out with, but there’s a wide range of genre talent as well. I know many readers tend to stick with their preferred genres, and there’s […]

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#CreativeMich Vol. 2 N. 70 (02/07/2017) Detroit comedy series premieres tonight; Ferris, MSU video game design programs help tech firms compete; and more

Creative Industry News
Detroit actress gets TV break by joining ‘Detroiters’ – Detroit Free Press – 02/06/2017
TV review: Inside jokes makes ‘Detroiters’ better – The Detroit News – 02/06/2017
‘Detroiters’ wants to buy metro Detroit fans a beer for its premiere – Detroit Free Press – 02/06/2017
Detroiters stars Sam Richardson and Tim Robinson are best friends in real life, and on TV – Uproxx – 02/06/2017
Teen finds she loves creating video – The Alpena News – 02/06/2017
Lady Gaga world tour to hit Little Caesars Arena – Detroit Free Press – 02/06/2017
Reality based: Video game design educational programs help tech firms compete in VR/AR – Mi Biz – 02/05/2017
Metro Detroit businesses, agencies get creative for Super Bowl – Crain’s Detroit Business – 02/05/2017
These 8 College Startups To Compete At SXSW – Nibletz – 02/05/2017
10 very Detroit things to watch for in Comedy Central’s ‘Detroiters’ – Detroit Free Press – 02/04/2017
Detroit filmmakers bring the world together for new movie ‘Train Station’ – Detroit Free Press – 02/04/2017
New season of ‘Wardens’ on Outdoor Channel features Michigan Conservation Officers – Midland Daily News – 02/04/2017
Michigan culinary students compete in ice carving contest – MLive – 02/04/2017
Microsoft’s move boosts Detroit’s credibility as tech hub – Detroit Free Press – 02/03/2017
Traverse City Chef Wins Season 16 of ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ – 9 & 10 News – 02/03/2017
‘Detroiters’ gets Motor City details (and buddy-comedy bonding) right– Detroit Free Press – 02/03/2017
‘Detroiters’ strives for authentic feeling – Detroit Free Press – 02/03/2017
Local ‘Detroiters’ premiere party announced – The Detroit News – 02/03/2017
Film festival expands to show 60 filmstrips – Broadcasting Cable – 02/03/2017
Big Sean strives for balance on new album ‘I Decided’ – The Detroit News – 02/03/2017
Brighton 3rd-grader appearing in horror movie ‘Eloise’ – Detroit Free Press – 02/03/2017
Pontiac Creative Arts Center’s Black History Month artists share their stories – The Oakland Press – 02/03/2017
‘X Games Aspen’ Provides Learning Opportunity for Ferris Students – The Torch – 02/03/2017
Hello, this is "Let’s Talk GR Music" – The Rapidian – 02/02/2017
Comedian CP promises you’ll see Detroit in ‘Detroiters’ – The Detroit News – 02/02/2017
Vibrant Cinema visits Southwest Michigan thanks to the Kalamazoo Film Society– The Western Herald – 02/02/2017
Carol Halsted, a driving force in Detroit’s dance world, dies – Detroit Free Press – 02/02/2017
109 will lose jobs as Alamo Drafthouse Cinema closes; patrons saddened – MLive – 02/01/2017
Local hip-hop artist creating original U-M music – Battle Creek Enquirer – 02/01/2017
Big Sean talks new album, Eminem, Kanye West – Detroit Free Press – 02/01/2017
First episode of ‘Detroiters’ hits web before Tuesday debut on Comedy Central – Detroit Free Press – 02/01/2017
Mo Pop will be back in Detroit – Detroit Metro Times – 02/01/2017
Film celebrating engineering to debut at metro Detroit theaters – Crain’s Detroit Business – 02/01/2017
5 movie-specific film festivals for hardcore fans – AJC – 02/01/2017
The International Film Festival will show more films than ever before – Central Michigan Life – 01/31/2017
“When I Shoot Film Today The Set Seems to Move Faster”: DP Nancy Schreiber on Moving from Film to Digital Throughout Her Career – Filmmaker Magazine – 01/31/2017
The 20 Monroe Live Q&A: A ‘long overdue’ venue that hits the ‘sweet spot’ in Grand Rapids music scene? – Local Spins – 01/31/2017
Bruce Dern, Jennifer Jason Leigh & Rory Cochrane Board ‘White Boy Rick’ – Deadline – 01/31/2017
MFDMO shifting priorities to growing Michigan’s economy – The Peninsula News – 01/31/2017
The 21 Best Michigan Game Design Schools – Game Designing – 01/06/2017
Upcoming Events
Feb 8 Women in Tech panel – Grand Rapids
Feb 9 – 12 Central Michigan International Film Festival – Mount Pleasant
Feb 10 WYCE Jammie Awards @ The IntersectionGrand Rapids
Feb 15 Michigan House Warming Grand Rapids
Feb 15 Detroit Chamber Digital Marketing Boot Camp Detroit
Feb 16 – 19 Central Michigan International Film Festival – Mount Pleasant
Feb 18 Keys To Working As An Indie Filmmaker – Detroit
Feb 25 Detroit Movie Magic Tour – Detroit History Tours
March 4 14th Annual Teen Filmmaker Festival– Kalamazoo
March 9-19 LaughFest Grand Rapids
March 12 Women’s Film Festival– Oakland University
March 24 Music Takes Action – Ferris State Unviersity, Big Rapids
March 29 Jay and Silent Bob Get Old presented by The Freep Film Festival – The Fillmore Detroit
March 30 – Apr 2 The Freep Film Festival – Detroit
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March 1 Vidlings & Tapeheads Film Festival
March 27 The Eclipse Awards
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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!

www.meetup.com/michiganliterarynetwork

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+127 Of The Top Book Promotion Sites: Free And Paid via @DaveChesson

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A grand but overused tactic to improve Kindle book sales is to spread your book’s Amazon sale page link to as many free and paid book promotion sites as possible.

The hope is that regardless of the quality of the book promotion site, or the amount of actual traffic that they receive, sales or downloads will occur and hopefully a review or two may show up.

Whether you love this style of kindle book advertising or not, one cannot deny the effectiveness of this book advertising strategy.

The below list is my compilation of my favorite book promotion sites – some free, while others not so much.

Each one of the ebook promotion sites will have their own set of requirements in order to be accepted. So, to help you out, I did the research on each one and wrote a quick bit about their stipulations and what that website is all about.

In This Article, You Will Gain:

  • An understanding of how these book promotion sites work
  • A list of the best book promotion websites, free and premium
  • A couple of options in order to not have to do this yourself

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https://kindlepreneur.com/list-sites-promote-free-amazon-books/#

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