Author Archives: @SylviaHubbard1

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.

Authors: Your Book Is Your Business via @pamperry #motownwriters

Expert Author Pam Perry

Start where you are with what you have. You’ve heard it hundreds of times. But what does that mean? You’ve published the book and you got it on up Amazon. Congratulations!

Now what? Now the fun and frenzy begins.

You push people to buy it. You share the link from Amazon. You do “free download” days with the eBook. You run Facebook ads. You blog about it. You send out eblasts. You get creative and do a book trailer and a few blog tours. You write a press release. You pitch yourself to the media. You book yourself on podcasts or run a teleseminar or start podcast all around the subject of the book.

Hoping people buy the book, talk about the book and then have more people BUY the book. Whew!

Book sales are soaring – for at least three months. Then you know what happens after about 90 days?


You’re worn out and tired of pushing your book. You stop pushing it and your sales tank. All that hard work and you are now at a stand still.

That’s why being an author is not enough. You have to become an authorpreneur. You must have a strategy to turn your book into a business.

You are the expert and the authority on whatever the topic of your book. You should not limit yourself to just being a sales person for a book. You are the CEO of your information product business.

An authorpreneur creates courses, workbooks, audio books, home study courses, lecture series – and even “branded” products like T-shirts, journals, backpacks or phone cases. This is what we call “product line extension.”

Think like an entrepreneur – not like an author. Sure, you can go speak and sell books in the back of the room. But you’re not leveraging the entire business model of what is possible with a book.

  • You can hold a yearly conference or convention around the subject of your book.
  • You could create a whole sales funnel and launch video/audio lessons for different levels of learning. Think about launching a series for those who are beginning, then intermediate and finally advanced.
  • You could coach individuals and consult with businesses.
  • You could sell your book in bulk to organizations.
  • You could become a paid spokesperson, columnist or a regular contributor to media organization as the expert.
  • You could get sponsors and provide them with content for their blogs.

The opportunities are endless. There are hundreds of products or streams of income you can pull out of your book, but you’ve got to think like an authorpreneur. It’s really about leveraging your resources, expertise and business savvy to get to the next level.

Ministry marketing pioneer, Award-winning social media strategist and PR Coach Pam Perry helps authors, speakers and coaches 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.” She offers help through her private mentorship program at She also does an “Authorpreneur Bootcamp” and publishes SPEAKERS MAGAZINE.

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How to Boost Your Book Sales Through Marketing with Traditional Media and P.R. with A.G. Billig

Join author A. G. Billig in this Self-Publishing Advice Conference Highlight: How to Boost Your Book Sales Using Traditional Media and P.R., two of  the most valuable tools in your book-marketing arsenal. When used wisely, they can boost your visibility, sales, and number of loyal and get you on the bestseller lists.

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TV Interview Tips for the Timid Writer by A. Kidd

Let me start by saying that the idea of appearing on TV, even local TV, was terrifying to me. I’m an introvert like most writers and prefer to share my thoughts on the page—end of story. But we all know how important marketing is for even the most popular writers out there. So how do you navigate the world of television?

I discovered Pages Promotions which is an organization devoted to helping indie authors like me. They were advertising Indie Reads TV which is broadcast on CMNTV. They have a contact form you can fill out to be a guest. Keep in mind, they are currently taking a break because of the stay-at-home restrictions, but you can still sign up as well as watch episodes on YouTube.

***In general, taking part in writing and book-related listservs and social media groups is the best way to find these opportunities.

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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.

 Check it out!

21st Century Marketing For Authors

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

Available only to order as a paperback. This is a 24-page booklet (5×8) to take you to the next level in marketing your book and becoming the author you were meant to be.

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?

Bonus: Offline Book Selling Techniques | Press Release Techniques | Marketing Checklist | Resources & Links to Reviews, Bookstore, Libraries, Book Bloggers, AA Bookclubs, Book Review List of Trade Associations & Trade Shows, Local bookstores & book associations, Top Book Review Sites & Magazines | Income & Production Goal Planning for Authors, Social Media Calendar

Also, a free partial pdf for you to enjoy while you’re waiting for your book to arrive in the mail as a thank you!

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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

While supplies last
Purchase your Author Planner now for only $25

Annual Planner for the Author in mind to help writers stay on track of writing, publishing and marketing goals.

Free Writing Publishing and Marketing Checklist when purchased and a one hour consultation with me. (Either face to face if in Metro Detroit or a phone)

All Planners will be delivered in 5 to 10 days.


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How to Publish on Google Play Books in 2020 #motownwriters

Google is the world’s leading search engine, as you probably already know. A lesser known part of Google is its very own online bookstore — Google Play Books — which is integrated within the broader Google Play store.

If you’re one of the 2.5 billion people who own an Android device, you’ll know what we’re talking about. Google Play is the place to download or purchase apps, games, music, movies, and, well, books to use on your Android devices.

And that’s exactly why Google Play Books is such an important place for any author to be nowadays: it allows you to easily reach those billions of people in the world who own Android devices.

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4 Newbie Writer Mistakes that can Derail a Great Book Idea #motownwriters

Newbie writers should protect fledgling ideas.

 by Anne R. Allen

You’ve got a fantastic idea for a novel. It’s been hanging around for quite a while, knocking inside your noggin. The idea keeps saying, “Let me out! Release me! Put me in a book!”

Maybe there’s a scene in your head that plays like a video, with every detail of the setting right there, as if it’s on a screen. You know those characters. They’re like real people to you.

But you’ve never had the time to write it all down.

Now you do.

So here you are, finally banging out that scene. And another. And pretty soon you’ve written 10,000, maybe 15,000 words of brilliant, deathless prose. It almost wrote itself. Wow. That was almost too easy.

It IS brilliant, isn’t it?

Well, maybe not. Maybe what’s on the page isn’t quite as good it seemed when you were in the zone.

In fact, it could be terrible. What if you have no talent for writing at all? Maybe you should be in the living room doing that kitten jigsaw puzzle with Grandma instead. How do you know if you’re any good?

You’ll have to ask somebody knowledgeable. Like a published author.

And this — this is when you fall down the rabbit hole.

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At 10am, join #MotownWriters live on Facebook w/ author & editor Tenita Johnson: Topic: How to Generate Multiple Streams from one book

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Article: Six Weeks into Quarantine – Reflections on Writing #motownwriters

Six Weeks into Quarantine – Reflections on Writing

It’s been about six weeks since our family went into quarantine. Our state stayed open longer than most, but our county and the schools closed sooner, which means our family’s been doing the #stayhome thing for a while now. We have a six-year-old, so we’re homeschooling, and like for most people, things have changed. However, we’re definitely more in the groove than we were a month ago.

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Celebrating Mother’s Day Weekend, while highlighting our members: Barbra Gentry-Pugh @HeartXpress #motownwriters #michiganwriters #michlit

About this author

  • Name of Author (required) ~Barbra Gentry-Pugh
  • Name of Book (required) ~ Every Beat of My Heart
  • Author Website (required)
  • Amazon Link (required) – to author’s page or book ~
  1. Where are you from? ~ Southfield, Michigan
  2. Tell us your latest news? ~ I was a guess on “Talk With The Author” with Dr. Mamie Smith – I also recently published the Companion Workbook to my book.
  3. When and why did you begin writing? ~ I began writing when my husband passed away in 2009. He died of the same thing that God gave me to write about years prior to his death.
  4. When did you first consider yourself a writer? ~ When I began to write my book.
    5. What inspired you to write your first book? ~ The death of husband
    6. Do you have a specific writing style? ~ a combination of narrative and expository
    7. How did you come up with the title? ~I asked God to give me the title as outlined in one of my chapter in the book.
  5. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? ~ yes Who you are and everything you do flows from the condition of your heart. I provide prescriptions for the physical, emotional, and spiritual blockage that hinders the Source of life which flows from the heartbeat of God. I use the physical heart and its functionalities to teach transforming lessons about life and the heartbeat of God. I share my own life and ministry experiences to illustrate how the physical and emotional heart correlates to deep spiritual truths about life, relationships, and God’s undying love.
  6. How much of the book is realistic? ~It is realistic and relevant because it meets the needs of the heart.
    10. Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? ~both.
    11.  What books have most influenced your life most? ~The Bible, books on counseling, biographical literature and self-help books
    12.   If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? ~ Dr. Robert Kellemen, and Dr. Ornish M.D, and Jay Adams.
    11. What book are you reading now? ~Soul Physicians – by Dr. Robert Kellemen
    12.  Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? ~
    What are your current projects? ~Co-authoring my 7th book, blogging, and maximizing social media and other forums.
    13. Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. ~The Professional Woman Network.
    13. Do you see writing as a career? ~Now that I am retired – it is something I have considered.
    14. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? ~Not so much about regarding the content of book itself – I would have done more research in the beginning as to who I should align myself with in regards to branding, global marketing etc.
    15.  Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? ~Yes.  It was many years ago and after my husband passed away with the same condition re: main concept of the book – it was time to write.
    16.  Can you share a little of your current work with us? ~My main work has been with Motown Writers Network – attending meeting and working with Sylvia Hubbard.
    17.   Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? ~My overall goal is inner healing, transformation, and destiny – to be all that the Creator has designed us to be.
  7. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? ~Jay Adams – His writings on counseling and dealing with the root cause of life’s issues.
    19. Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? ~I have traveled to Texas, Kentucky and Ohio
    20.  Who designed the covers? ~LaTanya Orr for my book and workbook and PWN for the co-author writings
    21.  What was the hardest part of writing your book? ~Sharing aspects of my personal life in regards to past issues, pain and adversity.
  8. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? ~ I learned so much about myself, publishing and marketing.
    22. Do you have any advice for other writers? ~Do extensive research – do your homework – focus more on branding and marketing prior to publishing your book
    23. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? ~Allow the book to confront issues and apply the necessary lessons I learned to assist them in shaping and growing in their journey

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Barbra R. Gentry-Pugh

Heart Expressions Ministries International, LLC


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Wayne State University Press: Day 2370912 of Quarantine (WSUPres)

News and Information from Wayne State University Press. Check out our latest promotion!
May 2020 News


Celebrating 14 years of the Made in Michigan Writers Series!

As Michigan begins to usher in the signs of spring, we start to notice the new growth popping up around us. Let’s take a cue from mother nature and stretch out of our winter hiding so that we can dig in the dirt of something new. We are welcoming in this season of transformation along with some of the state’s best poets, memoirists, and fiction writers in our month-long Zoom event series.

Writing Thematic Poetry
with Cindy Hunter Morgan, Jeff Kass, and brian g. gilmore
Moderated by Annie Martin, WSUP’s Editor-in-Chief
Wednesday, May 13th
7pm-8pm EST
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Memoir Workshop: Writing through Grief
with Shonda Buchanan, Ames Hawkins, and Gail Griffin
Moderated by Annie Martin, WSUP’s Editor-in-Chief
Wednesday, May 20th
7pm-8pm EST
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Building Your Own Community of Fiction Writers
with Kelly Fordon, Lolita Hernandez, and Laura Hulthen Thomas
Moderated by Desiree Cooper, author of Know the Mother
Wednesday, May 27th
7pm-8pm EST
Register here.



Feature on A People’s Atlas of Detroit
(via Deadline Detroit)

Review of am-phib-ian
(distributed for Broadside Lotus Press)
(via RHINO poetry)

Reviews of From Left to Right(via Mosaic Magazine, Jewish Currents, Commentary Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal)

Reviews of Grief’s Country
(via Michigan Public Radio and Bridge Magazine) (and an interview on WGVU)

Reviews and mentions of I Have the Answer (via Michigan Public Radio, Electric Lit, Shelf Awareness, Hypertext Magazine, and Lit Hub)

Feature on Michigan Place Names

Review of Northern Harvest
(via Books in Northport and Great Lakes Echo)

Interview about Saint Peter and the Goldfinch
(via WHTC)

Interview about Teacher/Pizza Guy
(via All Write in Sin City)

Review of Teaching the Arab-Israeli Conflict
(via Tel Aviv Review of Books and Jewish Journal)

Mention of That That
(via Detroit Metro Times)

Feature on Words Like Thunder
(via New York Times Magazine, WGVU, and Academy of American Poets)

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The latest issue of Framework features articles and reviews by Stephen C. Kenyon-Owen, Laurel Jay Carpenter, Melissa Lyde, Kiki Loveday, and Jimmy Weaver.

(Framework is free to access on Project MUSE through May 31,
along with all Wayne State University Press content!)

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#MichiganWriters Scholarships Contest and Interlochen Programs #motownwriters #michlit

News, Events, & Resources for Michigan Writers

Interlochen College of Creative Arts
2020 Creative Writing Programs


Interlochen Writers Retreat
Monday, June 8 – Thursday, June 11, 2020

Join us in 2020 to celebrate the 15th year of Interlochen’s Writers Retreat and spend four days writing new material in the course of your choice, attending presentations by award-winning faculty, and enjoying lakeside lunches and evening readings while making connections in the literary world. 


  • Peter Ho Davies: Breaking Rules
  • Andy Mozina: Humor
  • Christine Maul Rice: Fiction Incubator
  • Holly Wren Spaulding: Troubled Times
  • Artistic Director: Katey Schultz
  • Writer-in-Residence: Anne-Marie Oomen
  • Writer-in-Residence: Mary Kay Zuravleff

All verified members of Michigan Writers can enroll for $450, a significant savings (which is more than an annual MW membership costs).

Scholarship opportunities available for the Writers Retreat:
Anne-Marie Oomen & Katey Schultz ICCA Creative Writing Scholarship  Scholarship Application Deadline is March 1, 2020 

Mystery Writing Intensive
Monday, June 22 – Thursday, June 25, 2020

Join Aaron Stander and accomplices for a four-day intensive retreat that will walk you through the genre of mystery and crime writing.
Poetry Writing Intensive: Short Poems
Tuesday, July 21 – Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Join poet Holly Wren Spaulding for two days of generative writing exercises, conversations about the craft, and appreciation of the art and practice of the short poem.

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

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…

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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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The Detroit Writing Room

1514 Washington Boulevard

Suite 203

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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XIth Annual MOTOR City BLACK AGE of Comics/Manga Con via @MoCityBlackAge #MICHLit #michiganwriters #literaryevents #motownwriters #detroit June13th

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