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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.

Have a suggestion? Have a correction? Please email us

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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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ALERT: AUTHORS!! Don’t break the bank on editing. @AuthorCKBrooke #amediting

Get affordable, professional, quality flat-rate editing, just $175 for 20,000 words. That’s it.

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#Motownwriters: Independent Bookstores in #Michigan

I just found a great resource for independent bookstores in Michigan and I couldn’t be more excited.

You know in my quest to be all things Michigan, this is a valuable find.

They also have a list of all Independent bookstores in the United States as well.

You’re welcome!

To see more resources in The Detroit Literary Network, click here

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Metro Detroit Libraries Listings

List of libraries in the Metro Detroit area. If there are any missing please add only those too comments. If you would like other information, please contact us. An ultimate list of all libraries in Michigan can be found here:

Ann Arbor District Library:

  • Downtown: 343 South Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
  • Malletts Creek: 3090 E. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
  • Traverwood: 3333 Traverwood Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
  • West Branch: 2503 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
  • Pittsfield: 2359 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Auburn Hills Public Library:

  • 3400 East Seyburn Drive, Auburn Hills, Michigan 48326

Birmingham, Baldwin Public Library:

  • 300 W. Merrill St., Birmingham, MI 48009

Canton Public Library:

  • 1200 S. Canton Center Rd., Canton, MI 48188

Clinton Macomb Public Library:

  • Main Branch: 40900 Romeo Plank, Clinton Twp., MI 48038
  • South Branch: 35679 South Gratiot, Clinton Twp., MI 48035
  • North Branch: 16800 24 Mile, Macomb Twp., MI 48042

Dearborn Public Library:

  • Henry Ford Centennial Library: 16301 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI 48126
  • Bryant Branch: 22100 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI 48126
  • Esper Branch: 12929 West Warren, Dearborn, MI 48126

Detroit Public Library:

  • Main: 5201 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI
  • 22 Other locations to serve you!
  • Detroit Detroit Public Library – Bowen 3648 West Vernor Highway 48216 (313) 481-1540
    Detroit Detroit Public Library – Campbell 8733 W. Vernor 48209 (313) 481-1550
    Detroit Detroit Public Library – Chandler Park 12800 Harper Avenue 48213 (313) 481-1560
    Detroit Detroit Public Library – Chaney 16101 Grand River Avenue 48227 (313) 481-1570
    Detroit Detroit Public Library – Chase 17731 West Seven Mile Road 48235 (313) 481-1580
    Detroit Detroit Public Library – Conely 4600 Martin Street 48210 (313) 481-1590
    Detroit Detroit Public Library – Douglass Branch For Specialized Services 3666 Grand River Avenue 48208 (313) 481-1700
    Detroit Detroit Public Library – Duffield 2507 West Grand Boulevard 48208 (313) 481-1710
    Detroit Detroit Public Library – Edison 18400 Joy Road 48228
    Detroit Detroit Public Library – Elmwood Park 550 Chene Street 48207 (313) 481-1732
    Detroit Detroit Public Library – Franklin 13651 East Mcnichols Road 48205 (313) 481-1740
    Detroit Detroit Public Library – Hubbard 12929 West Mcnichols Road 48235 (313) 481-1750
    Detroit Detroit Public Library – Jefferson 12350 East Outer Drive 48224 (313) 481-1760
    Detroit Detroit Public Library – Knapp 13330 Conant Street 48212 (313) 481-1770
    Detroit Detroit Public Library – Mark Twain Annex 4741 Iroquis Street 48214 (313) 481-1790
    Detroit Detroit Public Library – Montieth 14100 Kercheval Street 48215 (313) 481-1800
    Detroit Detroit Public Library – Municipal Reference Library 5201 Woodward Avenue 48202 (313) 833-1440
    Detroit Detroit Public Library – National Automotive History Collection 121 Gratiot 48226 (313) 481-1862
    Detroit Detroit Public Library – Parkman 1766 Oakman Boulevard 48238 (313) 481-1810
    Detroit Detroit Public Library – Redford 21200 Grand River 48219 (313) 481-1820
    Detroit Detroit Public Library – Sherwood Forest 7117 West Seven Mile Road 48221 (313) 481-1840
    Detroit Detroit Public Library – Skillman 121 Gratiot Avenue 48226 (313) 481-1850


Eastpointe Eastpointe Memorial Library 15875 Oak Avenue 48021 (586) 445-5096

Ferndale Library:

  • 222 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale, MI 48220

Farmington Community Library:

  • Main Branch: 32737 W. Twelve Mile Rd., Farmington Hills, MI 48334
  • Farmington Branch:  23500 Liberty St., Farmington, MI 48335

Flint Public Library:

  • 1026 E. Kearsley St., Flint, MI 48503, (810) 232-7111
  • Flint Beecher Vera B. Rison Library 1386 West Coldwater Road (810) 789-2800
    Flint Cody Branch Library 3519 Fenton Road (810) 238-5822
    Flint Flint Township-Mccarty Library 2071 South Graham Road (810) 732-9150
    Flint Genesee District Library 48504 (810) 732-5570
    Flint Genesee Valley Demonstration Location 3517 South Linden Road (810) 732-1822
    Flint North Flint Library 5005 Cloverlawn Drive (810) 785-9879
    Flint West Flint Library 3601 Beecher Road (810) 238-3637


Garden City Garden City Public Library 31735 Maplewood Street 48135 (734) 793-1830

Grosse Pointe Public Library:

  • Central (Farms): 10 Kercheval Avenue, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236, (313) 343-2074
  • Ewald: 15175 E. Jefferson, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230
  • Woods: 20680 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236, (313) 343-2072
Grosse Pointe Park Grosse Pointe Park Public Library 15430 Kercheval Street (313) 343-2071
Hamtramck Hamtramck Public Library 2360 Caniff Avenue 48212 (313) 365-7050
Harper Woods Harper Woods Public Library 19601 Harper Avenue 48225 (313) 343-2575
Hazel Park Hazel Park Memorial Library 123 East Nine Mile Road 48030 (248) 546-4095

Independence Township Library:

  • 6495 Clarkson Td., Clarkston, MI 48346

Lapeer District Library:

  • 201 Village West Dr. S., Lapeer, MI 48446
  • Lapeer Elba Branch Library 5508 Davison Road (810) 653-7200
    Lapeer Marguerite De Angeli Branch Library 921 West Nepessing Street (810) 664-697
  • 4 other Locations to Serve you!

Livonia Public Library:

  • Civic Center Library: 32777 Five Mile Rd., Livonia, MI 48154
  • Carl Sandberg Library: 30100 Seven Mile Rd., Livonia, MI 48152
  • Alfred Noble Library: 32901 Plymouth Rd., Livonia, MI 48150
  • Vest Pocket Library: 33000 Civic Center Dr., Livonia, MI 48154

Lyon Township Public Library:

  • 27005 Milford Rd., Couth Lyon, MI 48178

Mount Clemens Public Library:

  • 150 Cass Ave., Mount Clemens, MI 48043

Novi Library:

  • 45255 W. 10 Mile Road, Novi, MI 48375

Orion Township Public Library:

  • 825 Joslyn Rd., Lake Orion, MI 48362

Oxford Public Library:

  • 530 Pontiac St., Oxford, MI 48371

Plymouth District Library:

  • 223 South Main St., Plymouth, MI 48170

Pontiac Public Library:

  • 60 E. Pike St., Pontiac, MI  48342
Redford Redford Township District Library 25320 West Six Mile Road 48240 (313) 531-5960
River Rouge River Rouge Public Library 221 Burke Street (313) 843-2040

Rochester Hills Public Library:

  • 500 Olde Towne Rd, Rochester, MI 48307

Romeo District Library:

  • Graubner: 65821 Van Dyke Rd., Washington, MI  48095
  • Kezar Library: 107 Church St., Romeo, MI 48065
Romulus Romulus Public Library 11121 Wayne Road (734) 942-7589

Royal Oak Public Library:

  • 222 E. Eleven Mile Rd., Royal Oak, MI 48067

Shelby Township Library:

  • 51680 Van Dyke, Shelby Twp, MI 48316

Southfield Public Library:

  • 26300 Evergreen Rd., Southfield, MI 48076

Springfield Township Library:

  • 12000 Davisburg Rd., Davisburg, MI 48350

Sterling Heights Library:

  • 40255 Dodge Park Road, Sterling Heights, MI 48313

Troy Public Library:

  • 510 W. Big Beaver Troy, MI 48084

Warren Public Library:

  • Civic Center Library: 1 City Sq. Ste. 100, warren, MI 48093
  • Arthur Miller Branch: 5460 Arden, Suite 303, Warren, MI 48092
  • Maybelle Burnette Branch Library22005 Van Dyke, Warren, MI 48089

Waterford Township Public Library:

  • 5168 Civic Center Drive, Waterford, Michigan 48329

West Bloomfield Township Public Library:

  • Main Branch: 4600 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield, MI 48323
  • Westacres Branch: 7321 Commerce Road, West Bloomfield, MI 48324

Westland, William P. Faust Public Library:

  • 6123 Central City Pkwy, Westland, MI 48185

Wyandotte, Bacon Memorial Library:

  • 45 Vinewood St., Wyandotte, MI 48192


You can also support Free Little Libraries around various citys. Check out Detroit here.


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#MotownWriters: Locally Grown Book Marketing for Indie Authors


Book marketing to national media has becomes increasingly competitive. We’ve seen a dramatic increase in how effectively indie authors have been able to leverage their communities and local media.

Don’t get caught up in Amazon ranking and social media schedules.

As an indie author, part of your focus should be local.  Build your brand. Reach new readers. Nurture relationships with super fans that will support you for the long haul.

Establish yourself as a must-follow local indie author if you live in a vibrant, civic-minded part of the country.  Incorporate this into your long-term book marketing plan.

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ALERT: AUTHORS!! Don’t break the bank on editing. @AuthorCKBrooke #amediting

Get affordable, professional, quality flat-rate editing, just $175 for 20,000 words. That’s it.

Plus, I don’t just copy-edit for grammar and spelling, but analyze content (POV, plot holes, inconsistencies, etc.) to bring your manuscript to publication/submission-ready quality. Visit to learn more.

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Custom Text Logo Solutions starting at $5 for Authors & Shopify Setup starting at $15 via @fiverr


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Happy Halloween! Michigan Blogger Feature @ #MotownWriters w/Liz Parker, Books I Think You Should Read @yesnodetroit

This feature is still new to us and I thank all the bloggers for their patience as we push out the wonderful interviews you’ve submitted. If you’re a blogger interested in highlighting your blog on our website, please contact us.

If you’re an author and would like to contact this blogger for a review or feature please read this interview and then visit their website to see what their submission guidelines are before approaching them.

Without further ado, please meet the wonderful Liz Parker, Blogger at “Books I Think You Should Read“.

Liz Parker earned a BA in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Michigan, and shortly after that started her book blog, Books I Think You Should Read, as well as a lifestyle blog, Yes/No Detroit. By day, she’s an associate editor for a B2B magazine about snack foods, and in her spare time, she enjoys reading, seeing movies, and traveling.
What is the name of your blog?
Books I Think You Should Read
What is the website address?
When did your love for reading start?
At a young age, I believe. My mom has said that I would start reading anything I could get my hands on, including the phone book and the newspaper.
How long have you been book blogging?
Since August 2009
What made you want to start blogging about books?
I’ve always been a voracious reader, so I figured I could put some of my thoughts about the books I read online, in a public forum.
What book genres are your favorite?
Fiction, especially YA and dystopian.
Do you always finish a book, even when you’re not enjoying it?
Usually yes, because it’s for a review. There have been a few e-galleys that I’ve started and then stopped, though, if I can’t get into it.
Where do you usually post your reviews other than your website?
Goodreads and sometimes Amazon.
How often do you post to your book blog?
I try to post once every 1-2 weeks, depending on when I finish a book.
Do you still yourself book blogging in five years?
Social media links here:
Most importantly, don’t forget to visit her blog at:
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