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[VIDEO}#AskMeAnything: How to stop using vanity publishing #ceaseanddesist #syltips

Stop using vanity presses.

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Are you happy with your vanity publisher? Are you ready to leave? If you have left what advice would you give to other writers?

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Metro #Detroit Office Space Available for As Little As $300 A Month | Co-op Business Plus Co-Working Space


Co-Op Exchange Executive Office & Event Room Space
248 965 2453

Comes with furnished office space, conference & meeting rooms, WiFi and more!

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Metro #Detroit Office Space Available for As Little As $300 A Month | Co-op Business Plus Co-Working Space

Co-Op Exchange Executive Office & Event Room Space
248 965 2453

Comes with furnished office space, conference & meeting rooms, WiFi and more!

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Metro #Detroit Office Space Available for As Little As $300 A Month | Co-op Business Plus Co-Working Space


Co-Op Exchange Executive Office & Event Room Space
248 965 2453

Comes with furnished office space, conference & meeting rooms, WiFi and more!

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In need of an editor? Story Dazzle Editorial Services

Story Dazzle Editorial and Publishing Services
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Metro #Detroit Office Space Available for As Little As $300 A Month | Co-op Business Plus Co-Working Space


Co-Op Exchange Executive Office & Event Room Space
248 965 2453

Comes with furnished office space, conference & meeting rooms, WiFi and more!


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See what’s going on at Bamboo in the Month of October #Detroit #CoWorking #Workshops

Tuesday | October 16th | 9 – 5 P.M.

Tour Tuesday & Community Day

Join us for our next open house where you can stop in for a tour of our space and stay to work for the day. Or, take a home a free pass to use at a later date.

  • See where you land and expand your business into Downtown Detroit
  • Brand new conference rooms, custom woodwork, and corporate training and event space
  • Common areas, private decks, and multiple floors of private offices
  • Prime location in Detroit’s Capital Park, off of the cozy Washington Blvd.
  • Find out why Bamboo has been raked a top co-working space in the country

It’s Officially Open Season For Desks At Bamboo!

Duo has officially moved to their own floor! What does that mean for you?  We have additional desk space available for existing and new members. So, if you’ve been considering your big comeback, now is the time. If you are rejoining bamboo, we would like to extend to you a free month of open co-working or a dedicated desk, your choice.

The Doers Network Podcast
We launched a Podcast to tell the stories of all the great entrepreneurs and leaders in the community.
Tune in to listen to the famous investor and Detroiter, Jason Mendelson tell his story.
Join Us For Our Open House & See The Changes In Person
Tuesday | October 16th | 9 – 5 P.M.
We’ve been hard at work tearing walls down to move Duo up to the 6th floor. Come in and see how we’ve created more open co-working and desk space. This event is all day, so if you have some spare time,  we’d love to show you the new changes!
Detroit nodejs Meetup
Wednesday, | October 10th | 6 – 8 P.M. 
Come see what problems you can solve with machine learning and how you can implement machine learning solutions in Node.js and client-side applications. Our speaker, Israel Vicars, will cover the fundamentals of machine learning development with TensorFlow, the most popular machine learning framework.

 Food and beer will be provided. Look for the signs on the door.

Join Us Each Second Tuesday of the Month to Meet New Detroit Startups
Thursday  | October 11th  | 6 – 7:30 P.M.

There will be five-minute casual pitches, open Q&A and community updates. This is the landing spot to connect with Detroit’s growing startup community.

After,  grab a drink at Downtown Louis.

This month’s pitches are from the Startup Boost cohort.

Learn more about Detroit’s growing startup community: . To present please email the Startup Detroit team below at, and don’t forget to RSVP below!

DWNL Taking the Leap Conference 
Saturday | October 27th | 10 – 6 P.M. 

We are proud to announce Detroit Women’s Leadership Network’s First Annual Summit: Leap to Lead! Our keynote speaker is Professor, Speaker, Consultant & CEO: Dr. Rita Fields. Our session with her will be moderated by Jewel Gopwani Myers, Sr. Editor, Engagement & Events of Detroit Free Press. You can expect an authentic, inspiring and bold conversation about “Leaping to Lead!”

Attend if you want to be challenged, stretched and moved to the next level in your leadership. Our breakout sessions will inspire you to LEAP into Action in your career and life and we will also have experts on site to provide business support to the entrepreneurs in attendance.

O F F I C E    S P A C E   |   P A R T N E R S   &   P R O G R A M S    |   C O M M U N I T Y    |   E V E N T S
C O N T A C T   |   M E M B E R S   |   P R I C I N G   |   C O R P O R A T E
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20 Podcasts for Authors on Writing, Publishing, and Book Marketing

Bookbub has compiled a list of some of the most popular, well-reviewed, and consistently produced podcasts for authors. We hope this gives you plenty to listen to and learn!

See the full list: 20 Podcasts for Authors on Writing, Publishing, and Book Marketing

Also, if any of your friends would find this useful, click here to send them this list!

Best Wishes,

BookBub Partners Team

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Free book edit contest from | Deadline for entries is 15th October, 2018. #motownwriters

Hello Motown Writers Members,

I am offering a contest with the prize being a free edit of a full-length manuscript and would be grateful if you could inform Michigan writers.

Details are at

Entry is free.

As a professional editor since 1999, I work for a number of small, independent publishers, and a steady stream of authors pre-submission. In 2007, I won the Preditors and Editors “Best Editor” award (because one of my clients entered my name, then drummed up support).

Deadline for submissions is 1October 15, 2018.

With thanks,


Click here for details about contest



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Thursday, July 19, 2018 Auburn Hills Writers Group Meeting!! #michiganwriters #motownwriters

Hello Writers!
 Our group meets Thursday, July 19th from 6:30 pm to 8:30pm in the the Auburn Hills Library located at 3400 Seyburn in Auburn Hills.  
  • Discuss 
  • August meeting plans (restaurant)
  • Writing exercise
  • Critique Session
  • writing tool of choice
  • manuscript for critique (2 pages, double spaced, 12 font), bring 7 sets
  • book that has been helpful to your writing
Critique Guidelines:
  • Be kind
  • Be specific 
  • Be encouraging
  • Be careful (critique on style and technique, not your opinion)*;) winking
See you Thursday!
Mychelle Martin, Facilitator
“Nurturing the Auburn Hills Writing Community since 2011″

Auburn Hills Writers Group Meeting!!

Thursday, Jul 19, 2018, 6:30 PM

Auburn Hills Public Library
3400 East Seyburn Drive Auburn Hills, MI

6 Writers Attending

Writing exercises, discussion, networking and critique every 3rd Thursday at 6:30 at the Auburn Hills Library.

Check out this Meetup →

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Michigan Publishers

Prior to submitting to any of this publishers, please look them up on for any complaints.

Motown Writers Network is only listing, not endorsing and we do not get paid to post this information.

Some of these publishers may charge while others may work as traditional publishers. Read submission requirements on their website to find out more information.

Please do your research and success in your literary endeavors.

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Rochester Writers 2018 SPRING CONFERENCE ‎via @RochWriters April 21st #motownwriters #michlit #motownlit

Spring Writers’ Conference is Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Oakland University. Featuring Lev Raphael, Cyle Young, Bethany Morehead, Christine Rhein, Maria Dismondy and More.

>>> Register Now <<<

Photo of Lev Raphael speaking to a room of 100 people in 2014

>>> Register Now <<<

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#MotownWriters: New 2018 Edition of the #Smashwords Book Marketing Guide Offers 65 Book Marketing Ideas

The new 2018 edition of the Smashwords Book Marketing Guide is now available.

Click to your favorite retailer to download it now for free:

Barnes & Noble

You’ll learn 65 book marketing ideas ideas to make your book more discoverable and desirable to readers.  Even if you’ve already implemented some of these ideas, I provide fresh context to make your implementation of these ideas even more effective.

You’ll learn ….


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#MotownWriters: Free downloads to help sell more books.

Hi, here are some free downloads for authors to use to better market and plan their 2018 year to help sell more books.

Marketing Planner that you need to print off and a must to use for your 2018

Be sure to download my new Monthly Book Marketing Planner for free!
My simple format will help you outline your monthly strategies and deadlines so you’re always on top of your success.
Let me know what you think!…
#indieauthors #authors #writers #bookmarketing #BookPromo#selfpublishing

via Author Marketing Experts

Also, free blog planners you can use for 2018 (sorry guys, they are kinda girly)

Do you offer a free download resource for authors on your site?

List the link in the comment.


The Literary World of Sylvia Hubbard

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#MotownWriters: KAN Books Opens in North End @KnowAllegiance #bookstore #Detroit #MichLit

KAN Books Opens in North End


Community Members and Authors Invited to Participate in Cooperative Bookstore.

DETROIT – A new co-op bookstore is opening in the North End by the name of KAN Books, an initiative of Know Allegiance Nation. The bookstore is dedicated to Michigan authors & artists of color and also focuses on national and global authors and artists.

Know Allegiance Nation Books or KAN Books is a bookstore dedicated to authors and artists of color in Michigan and around the globe. The bookstore and the KAN Books Co-op was created to be a worker co-operative business to support Michigan artists and authors of color to have more brick and mortar places to sell their work. We aspire to support as many authors and artists as possible as we do not believe in the terminology of a “starving artist”. KAN Books believes that authors and artists can sustain their livelihoods from what they create and share with the world.

The bookstore serves also as a cultural and literacy resource hub for the North End neighborhood of Detroit. The space will also hold events inclusive of book signings, drum circles, art showings, open mics, children’s story-time, tea-making, film screenings, writing workshops, potlucks, music swaps and more.


Tuesdays/Thursdays: 10am-6pm

Fridays 3pm-10pm

Saturdays/Sundays: 11am-4pm


Porche Johnson selling her comic books at her art shared art show and book release gathering at KAN Books.

Michigan Author/Artist and have a book or art to sell?
Join the KAN Books Co-op!

Place your books, art and products in the store in exchange for a membership fee and volunteer hours to the store. Know Allegiance Nation Books or KAN Books is a worker co-op created to support Michigan artists and authors of color to have more brick and mortar places to sell their work. Members help keep the store open by working shifts in the bookstore, inventorying products, collecting donations, recruiting new members, and being support during KAN Books and Co-op member events. Co-op members get a vote and can help shape the future direction of the co-op bookstore.

Books by Tawana “Honeycomb” Petty, Anthea Calhoun-Bey and the Illuminate Crew are a few of the selections featured by Detroiters in the bookstore.

Additional benefits include discounts off space and equipment rentals, inclusion in our online marketplace, and placement of products at KAN Books vendor tables.  Co-op meetings are every third Thursday of the month from 6:30-8pm.

To sign-up or for more information please download application form: KAN Books Co-op Membership Form and/or contact us at

Grand Open Mic, Saturday, Dec 9th, 8pm-Midnight
The bookstore will hold special events during it’s grand opening week including a drum circle on Tuesday at noon, Detroit Music Xchange on Friday from 8-10pm and a Grand Open Mic on Saturday, Dec 9th, 8pm-Midnight. Jamii Tata will be hosting and featuring along with special guests. More info on open mic below:

The Grand Open Mic begins to (re)new an open mic series called the Conscious Cafe. The Conscious Cafe is every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 8pm-Midnight. The series runs from December to May (from June to August, the youth led Illuminate Open Mic will take it’s place). All are welcome to join including singers, poets, emcees, comedians, drummers, air guitarists & karaoke superstars. Door opens at 8:00pm, Open Mic begins at 8:15pm. Food by Jamii. Cover is $10. $5 for performers and co-op members. For more information please contact us at

DJs and A/V Squad setting up sound for Illuminate Open Mic.
Detroit Music Xchange
As a part of the opening week of KAN Books, in partnership with Operation Rebel Community Radio, we will host a series of music exchanges of Friday at the bookstore. The idea is for Detroit artists to come, share and exchange music with other and the community radio station. We want to build a robust collection  of Michigan Music to keep us in heavy rotation on the airwaves.
Operation Rebel Studio Time

KAN Books serves a secondary studio for Operation Rebel – This means we can offer recording services for artists including poets, singers, emcees and acoustic artists. Rates can change depending on needs but basic rates are $20 per half hour. Youth rates (under 18) is $10 per half hour.

Workshops– Home Recording Studio Workshops – Field Recording, Audacity and other workshops for audiophiles and those wanting to setup home studios, and/or create podcasts will available in the near future.

If interested in studio time or audio workshops please contact us at

How can you support Know Allegiance Nation

Volunteer with Know Allegiance Nation. We will need many hands to continue to reach our village building goals. This includes bookstore volunteers, potluck dish makers, registration tablers, slam judges, featured open mic artists, youth mentors, article/news leads, article writers, newsletter editors, event logistics and outreach support and more. Please email us if you are interested in volunteering: I Want 2 Be a KAN Volunteer!

Spread the word. Let people know we exist! We are on TwitterFacebook and Wordp ress. Please share this newsletter, our upcoming events and news.

Invite Operation Rebel to cover your event! We will document (audio record) your first event with us for free and then on a donation basis we can cover future events. Request here: Operation Rebel Media Partner Request.

Donate! If you are so inclined, monetary donations are always welcome. You can donate via making a check out to Allied Media Projects c/o Know Allegiance Nation.

Donate stuff! We also accept donations of books! And writing supplies such as pens, pencils, and notebooks. We hope to give away bookbags at our poetry slam again in 2016, so donations of new bookbags, dictionaries, and other school supplies are very welcome as well. Email us if you have items to donate:I Want 2 Donate Stuff.

Thank you for reading this edition of the Know Allegiance Nation newsletter. We look forward to seeing at the bookstore in 2017 and beyond!


Know Allegiance Nation

Copyright © 2017 Know Allegiance Nation, All rights reserved.
You were signed up through Know Allegiance Nation events or through Jamii Tata.

Our mailing address is:

Know Allegiance Nation

222 Marston
Flr 2

DetroitMI 48202

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