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We Need Your Help to Find the Next Great Michigan Notable Book via @LibraryofMich #michiganwriters #motownwriters #mittenlit #michlit

We Need Your Help to Find the Next Great Michigan Notable Book

Tim Gleisner

by Tim Gleisner, Special Collections Manager, LM

In the last Dispatch article, I told you that the Library of Michigan collects Michigan. Not only do we collect books on the state, but every year we choose the best Michigan books. Every year since 1991, a committee of LM staff, booksellers, librarians, and writers from across the state sit down once a month to debate and haggle as to the next set of Michigan Notable Books (MNB). For the final half of the year it is this committee of 13 people who will be reading numerous titles to determine which 20 truly exemplify the best of the best from Michigan this year.

So far there have been more than 180 titles requested from various authors and publishers. At this time, we have received multiple copies of nearly 90 titles. Each title focuses on Michigan topics, or has an author who has a connection to the Great Lakes State. With so much that is being published about Michigan it is hard to keep track of it all. Perhaps that next great Michigan title is lurking out there and it has fallen through the cracks? Staff and committee members are diligently keeping their eyes and ears open to any potential title that is out there – combing catalogs, bookstore aisles, and online sources for new candidates.

The problem is that there are only so many staff and committee members to go around. The MNB selection committee is only has 13 members. Yet there are 10 million people in our state, 83 counties, and numerous communities. So many local stories being published and too few eyes to find and read them.

That is where we need your help. If you happen on that next potential MNB, email librarian@michigan.gov and provide the author, title, and the publisher.

With your help we will find that next MNB.

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Warrior Pride Metro #Detroit Movie Premiere by Black-Smith Enterprises via @janayablack | Support Indie | #MotownWriters #michiganwriters #michlit Aug 18th 2018

 

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#MotownWriters August Author of the Month PART 2 INTERVIEW: Author Spotlight-T.J.London Historical Fiction writer | @TJLondonauthor #michiganwriters #writerslife

This month of August, Motown Writers Network features, T.J. London, author of The Tory Book #1 The Rebels and Redcoats Saga. Check out the second part of her awesome interview with us, get to know her and then support her by reading and reviewing her book and then sharing this interview with others. If you missed the first interview, click here.

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Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Getting what I see in my head on the page. I almost have to method act out the scene before I write it. Its very emotional, but I think those who read and love my books find the experience very emotional and viceral.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? Kerrigan Byrne. While I am not a huge romance reader, her writing just makes me bleed, and hurt and fall in love. Again, I am all about the experience. I also love the great, the amazing and the legendary Judith McNaught.  Last but not least John Jakes, he gave me my love of the Revolutionary War.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? yes, all the time. London, Upstate New-York, Boston. I am a research purist. If I havenet seen it, I dont write it!

Who designed the covers? Myself and my amazing friend Steve Miller. www.lookatmydesigns.com. I call him my Picasso. He’s inspired and he gets my vision.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? Reliving my own pain and making peace with it.  And the obvious things, writing style, creating your own voice.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? That I can do anything, if I put my mind to it-the Tory is proof of that. Just because you fail and things don’t work out, doesn’t mean life wont throw you another option.

Do you have any advice for other writers? Dont give up no matter what. Just because someone tells you something isnt good, doesnt mean that it isn’t. Everyone has an opinion and they will give you it whether you want it or not. Find people you trust and let them guide and help you.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? I hope you love The Tory, and know there are two more books to come about these two characters. So it dose not end at The Tory! For me this book was a labor of love. Its deep, emotional story about

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Can you share a little of your current work with us? 

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His King or His Conscience…which will he chose?

It is the winter of 1776, and Captain John Carlisle, one of His Majesty’s not-so-finest, has gone back to the scene of the crime to right a wrong so dark it left a permanent stain on what was once an illustrious career and left a man broken, defeated, in search of justice…

In an effort to win back his commission, he must discover the true nature of the relationship between the Six Nations of the Iroquois and the Colonial Army. Undercover as a war profiteer, John travels to the treacherous Mohawk River Valley and infiltrates local society, making friends with those he’s come to betray.

But a chance meeting with a beautiful half Oneida innkeeper, whose tragic history is integrally linked to his own, will provide him with the intelligence he needs to complete his mission—and devastate her people.

Now, as the flames of war threaten to consume the Mohawk Valley, John has the chance to not only serve King and country, but to clear his name. When the truth he uncovers ties his own secrets to those in the highest positions of the British military and threatens the very life of the woman he’s come to love, he will be forced to make a choice…

two lovers who have lost everything and together they find a way to make it in a war torn world. I hope you have laugh, cry, fall in love and learn a little about the Revolutionary War.

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Register NOW for the Path of Consciousness Spiritual and Writing Retreat via @NamouWeam| Oct. 5-7, 2018 #michiganwriters #motownwriters

The Path of Consciousness is a spiritual and writing conference and retreat that will help you transform your writing life with the help of various ancient, sacred and creative teachings, including writing and storytelling. Choose to stay for the one-day conference or the 3-day all-inclusive retreat (Oct. 5-7, 2018)

The event is close enough to drive to and far enough to find peace, spiritual growth, and writing time at an affordable price. For more information, and to register, visit www.ThePathofConsciousness.com

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Do you want to get clarity on your speaking career so you can get media publicity? via @pamperrypr #BrandAccelerator

It’s almost back-to-school time and time to get busy…
You want more PR so you can get more calls to speak?
Here’s an invitation to join Speakers Magazine Publisher,
Pam Perry’s Branding Accelerator Program….

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If you’re serious and think it’s time, fill out the application
and let’s have a conversation.

Apply TODAY at: www.Brandingacceleratorprogram.com

Applications ONLY being accepted until AUGUST 31.

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#MotownWriters Monthly @Meetup w/@PhetteHollins – Book to Film Journey @DetroitLibrary Aug11 10am to Noon #michiganwriters

Join us this Saturday at the Motown Writers Network meeting with the wonderful Detroit indie author and filmmaker, Phette Ogburn.

10am to Noon at Detroit Public Library | Free to the public

Details

(Please forward this to a friend and bring several friends with you.)

Topic: How I brought my stories to Film with Author & Indie Filmmaker Phette Ogburn

Phette Hollins is a self-proclaimed Human Vault, and Head of the Storytelling Ministry. She empowers people to be brave and courageous in the pursuit of their authentic selves through her books and films, where she shares stories of healing and getting unstuck by removing the layers and getting to the core of our “issues.” Learn more at: bit.ly/phettewritesbooks.

(Project) Seven Whole Days Movie Trailer –

https://youtu.be/vkIeAOfGbIA

www.facebook.com/phettehollins
www.instagram.com/phettehollins
www.twitter.com/phettehollins

 

See ya Sat and please bring a donation to help us out.

Also bring your literary challenges, new books to announce and achievements.

Networking is key to our survival as writers and authors! This is your chance to learn, network and connect!

Ready to RSVP? 

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Warrior Pride Metro #Detroit Movie Premiere by Black-Smith Enterprises via @janayablack | Support Indie | #MotownWriters #michiganwriters #michlit Aug 18th 2018

 

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Bestselling crime writer to visit Kent District Library via @kdlnews August 25, 2018 | Get tickets now! @slaughterkarin #michiganwriters #motownwriters #mittenlit

Bestselling crime novelist Karin Slaughter comes to KDL this August! Spend the afternoon with one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Your $25 ticket includes catered lunch byTwisted Rooster Grand Rapids and one copy of Karin Slaughter’s newest graphic thriller, Pieces of Her, which she will be signing at the event.
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3rd Annual Lost Lake Writers Retreat  October 4-7, 2018 #michiganwriters #michlit #motownwriters | Registeer now

3rd Annual Lost Lake Writers Retreat

October 4-7, 2018

Springfed Arts and Inspiration Alcona are proud to announce the teacher lineup for the 2018 event, to be held Oct. 4-7 at Lost Lake Woods Club in northeast Michigan’s Alcona County. The location is a hotel overlooking a small lake on the edge of the forest.

Novelists Jacquelyn Mitchard and Michael Zadoorian will lead prose writers. Mitchard’s “The Deep End of the Ocean” was made into a movie starring Michelle Pfeiffer in 1999. In March, Zadoorian’s “The Leisure Seeker” debuted as a film starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland.

Poets Cecilia Woloch, Jack Ridl and Kathleen McGookey will lead poets, along with songwriter Emily Rose. Woloch’s “Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem” is a book-length work that has been developed into a stage performance. Ridl has a new book, “St. Peter and the Goldfinch,” coming in 2019. McGookey is a specialist in prose poetry with three books, two chapbooks and a translation of French poetry to her credit. Rose is a Detroit songwriter who has won Best Acoustic Songwriter at the Detroit Music Awards four times since 2009.

Information about the retreat is available at InspirationAlcona.org and Springfed.org.

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HOW TO WRITE A BOOK TO BUILD YOUR BUSINESS WITH SYLVIA HUBBARD Aug20th via CoOpExchange #oakpark #michiganwriters #businessbuilding | Register Now, Limited Seating

Learn how to write a book to build your business and corner your niche.

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HOW TO WRITE A BOOK TO BUILD YOUR BUSINESS WITH SYLVIA HUBBARD

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Library of Michigan Collaborative Library Services Grant program – Timeline Change @LibraryofMich #michiganwriters #motownwriters Intent to file due Jan2019

Library of Michigan Collaborative Library Services Grant program – Timeline Change

The Library of Michigan Collaborative Library Services Grant program’s timeline has changed. The availability of funding and any change in program priorities for the next round of grants will be announced in December 2018. The announcement will be for grants that will begin in October 2019. An Intent to File will be due January 31, 2019 and the application will be due May 31, 2019.

You can find current program information at www.michigan.gov/lsta in the Collaborative Library Services Grant program section. 

If you have any questions on the program, please contact me.

Karren Reish

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A New MeL.org @LibraryofMich #michiganwriters #motownwriters #michlit #mittenlit

A New MeL.org

Liz Breed

We’re redesigning MeL.org and would love to get your feedback as we move through the process.  We’re seeking input about a new look and feel which may include, among other things, colors and layout.

If you are interested, here are the details.

– There will be 2-3 times in the coming months for you to offer feedback.

– Each feedback session is brief…typically 5-6 questions about layout and placement, wording, etc…

– To participate, please provide us with your contact info by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GZBL6XB

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Thanks for considering!

Liz Breed

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Michigan #SistersInCrime presents On Human Trafficking Aug4th @RomeoLibrary | @Mi_SinC #michiganwriters #motownwriters #sinc

Michigan Sisters In Crime speaker, Lt. Wendy Reyes of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, is on the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force.Human trafficking affects individuals across the world, and right here in Michigan. It is commonly regarded as the second largest criminal enterprise after drugs. Human trafficking affects every community in Michigan across age, gender, ethnicity, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Open to members and non-members – Free Event

Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018

Time: 10:45am – 1:00pm

Location: Romeo District Library

Cost: FREE

For more info and to register, go to:  https://tinyurl.com/ya95xh64

Michigan Sisters in Crime Member Info:

* We will be represented at Bouchercon. If you have a published book and want to donate it in a Bourchercon gift basket, bring it along on Aug. 4

* Also, for published members, send a headshot and link to your website or Amazon page to MichiganSinC@gmail.com and we’ll post it on our webpage.

Contact us for questions
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Warrior Pride Metro #Detroit Movie Premiere by Black-Smith Enterprises via @janayablack | Support Indie | #MotownWriters #michiganwriters #michlit Aug 18th 2018

 

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Rochester Writers Group Contest | 4 Categories, Cash Prizes, Low Entry Fee | Due Aug 1st | via @RochWriters @Talktravel #michiganwriters #motownwriters

2018 Summer Writing Contest is Now Taking Submissions
Four Categories, Cash Prizes, Low Entry Fee

  • Margo LaGattuta Poetry Submission: 200 words or fewer, any style, one complete poem.
  • Flash Fiction Submission: 400-500 words, one complete short story.
  • First Page of Novel Submission: 250 words or fewer, the first page of a novel.
  • Colorful Memoir: 300-400 words, non-fiction. From a personal experience, describe a color without using the color’s name. Tell a story in which the reader thinks of one particular color by the end. Do not use the name of the color in the story or in the title, but include it with your contact info.

Deadline to enter is August 1, 2018Winners will be announced at the Fall Conference. Visit the Contest Page for more details.

Save the Date: The 11th Annual Rochester Writers’ Conference is Scheduled for Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Oakland University. Details and Registration starting in August.

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