How to use Facebook to promote your business #motownwriters

Marketers, Make Facebook network your best tool to run highly effective ads to attract more customers. More than budget, invest in the following strategies.

With 1,700 million users, of which 1.3 billion are active daily – according to the latest investor report released in July 2016 – Facebook is the largest social network in the world. So, it is very likely that a lot of your customers are browsing it.

Given these numbers, it is no surprise that the Facebook advertising platform is the most advanced and efficient method to generate traffic to websites, conversions, and sales


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Book Marketing Gems: How to Market a Self-Published Novel 

Guest post by Kenneth Eade

Now that you’ve successfully self-published your book, you can sit back, relax and enjoy the income stream, right? Wrong. Self-publishing, like any other business, works on the 80-20 principle. You’re going to spend a good deal of time marketing your book. Why? Because nobody else is going to do it.

This article focuses on an initial publication with Amazon. When you launch your book for the first time, you will want to use the KDP Select free feature. When you have a book behind your belt and are developing a following, you can use the Kindle Countdown feature. But using one of these features does not insure that people will download it. You must go one step further…


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AirTime is Helping MI Children Read with Book Drive for Children’s Hospital, School Assemblies via @Worki ngKind & @MintArtists


CONTACT: Sherrie Handrinos


Phone: 734-341-6859

AirTime is Helping More Michigan Children Read with Book Drive for Children’s Hospital, School Assemblies

Metro Detroit, MI – AirTime Trampoline and Game Parks are on a mission to help more Michigan children read with an innovative new community outreach program to put more books in the hands of children, and encourage reading and fitness in fun and rewarding ways.

From March 24 – March 31, AirTime Trampoline and Game Parks in Novi, Sterling Heights, Troy, Westland, and Grand Rapids will be hosting a Book Drive for Children’s Hospital of Michigan. AirTime is asking guests to help support the reading initiative by donating new children’s books for hospital patients and their families. Each guest who donates a new children’s book will receive an AirTime Water Bottle and a Buy One Jump Pass get the 2nd Jump Pass Free voucher, for a future visit.

AirTime is hoping to collect at least 500 new children’s books (100 at each of their five Michigan locations) for Children’s Hospital during the week-long book drive.

“We’re really hoping to collect a minimum of 500 books with this drive,“ said Jennifer Morrow, Quality Assurance Manager, Airtime International Franchise. “One book has the power to change a child’s life, or at the very least, give them an escape from their present reality, especially when a child is sick. When a child is hospitalized, their family is typically at the hospital around-the-clock, and that includes young siblings of the patient. These books will not only help the patients at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, it will help their families, too.”

The Book Drive for Children’s Hospital is part of an AirTime community outreach program that launched early in March for Reading Month. All month-long the Trampoline and Game Parks have been inviting Metro-Detroit students to Jump Into Their Imagination, with elementary school assemblies that encourage students to combine 20 minutes of reading with 20 minutes of exercise each day, to build healthy minds, as well as healthy bodies. The school assemblies, which combine reading, creative writing, storytelling, and dance, provide kids with reading and exercise goals which can be redeemed upon completion for a free hour of jumping fun at all Michigan AirTime Trampoline and Game Park locations.

The next Jump Into Your Imagination assembly will be at Garfield Elementary School (10218 Arthur St., Livonia, MI) at 11:00 am on March 27, 2017.

For more information on AirTime’s new reading initiatives and media requests please contact Sherrie Handrinos at SherrieHandrinos

About AirTime Trampoline & Game Park


AirTime Trampoline & Game Park is a high energy trampoline and music experience unlike any other. Imagine getting your bounce on surrounded by wall to wall trampolines with the speakers pumping out your favorite songs. That is AirTime Trampoline & Game Park.

Launched as a Detroit, Michigan-based business, AirTime is dedicated to supporting local communities while offering a family-friendly, safe and exciting place to jump and experience air time.

AirTime currently has locations in Troy, Sterling Heights, Canton/Westland, Novi, and now in Grand Rapids, with a new park coming soon to Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Because life is good with music.
And even better with trampolines.

For more information visit AirTimetrampoline.com


Vickie Elmer

freelance writer + storyteller & career coach + creative career launcher

My profiles: LinkedIn and About.me
My Twitter: @WorkingKind & @MintArtistsMy articles: Groceries and children playing violins as connections for nonprofits.
My new creative careers nonprofit: Mint Artists Guild "fresh art from Detroit"

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How to create your own audiobooks to profit from the audiobook explosion via @jfbookman

Hi Sylvia,

Audiobooks are IN!

Sales for audiobooks are growing far faster than what’s happening in either print or ebooks.

With the recent, staggering growth in the audiobook industry, authors are realizing that getting their books launched into audio is one of the keys to their overall success.

Many indie authors consider narrating their own books, but aren’t really sure where to begin or what to expect.

  • They want to understand the process and potential challenges.
  • They would like to know how to calculate potential income, as well as what expenses may be involved.
  • They have questions about how to handle dialogue or dialects, charts and images.
  • They wonder how long it will take.
  • They fear the hurdles of setting up a home studio.
  • Most of all, they don’t want to take time away from writing to figure it all out.

That’s why we teamed up with author and audiobook expert Becky Parker Geist of Pro Audio Voices to create a training that would guide authors who want to record their own audiobooks.

An audiobook expert who began narrating audiobooks in 1981, Becky created a clear and concise guide, then added a variety of tools to make each step as easy as possible.

The result? Our brand new Audiobook Toolkit for Authors, written specifically for indie authors and covering everything from preparing your audio manuscript to marketing your finished audiobook to releasing your inner celebrity.

If you want to add a completely new revenue stream, created from the work you’ve already done, check out this concise and practical guide to audiobook production today.

To celebrate the launch of this new product, we have it on sale at $50 off until Monday.

Check it out here:

Audiobook Toolkit for Authors Launch Sale



P.S. Did you miss Becky’s information-packed webinar? Catch the replay here: "The Indie Author’s Guide to Successfully Recording Your Own Audiobook."

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Watch “Mailing Lists – Staying in touch with your readership #promotion” via @sormag


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Nina Simone’s “Four Women” Performed By Raynetta Manees

Raynetta Manees, Author

In honor of #WomensHistoryMonth and #BlackHistory this is my performance of #NinaSimone’s classic “#FourWomen,” from my 2012 CD “Singing In The Rayne.”

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3 Golden Rules For Your @Amazon Author Page #motownwriters

Dave Chesson Kindlepreneur
Dave Chesson

A Guest Post by Kindlepreneur’s Dave Chesson on the importance of the Amazon Author Page.

In the increasingly crowded world of self-publishing, it’s important for authors to do everything in their power to stand out from their competitors.

Of course, a quality book is always the best way. There is no substitute for a carefully crafted, well-edited book with an attractive cover.

While an author’s book is and always will be the main way to attract sales and fans, it is far from the only way. In fact, as more and more self-published authors up their game in terms of the quality of their product, it is essential to seek out other opportunities to make an impression on readers.

One of the best ways is by crafting an Amazon author page to connect with fans and give them a taste of your world as an author.

Read more…


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How to Optimize Your Book Launch Emails #motownwriters


You’ve probably read thousands of marketing emails over the course of your life, but have you ever thought about why you opened them?

If they persuaded you to take action, have you considered what it was about the copy that convinced you?

Understanding the elements of a compelling email will not only help you craft better emails, but it’ll also help you improve open rates and click-through rates for your own book launch campaigns


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Publishing Tip: Why Authors Shouldn’t Worry About Piracy

Publishing Tip: Why Authors Shouldn’t Worry About Piracy

One of the common questions from new writers is, “How do I stop people pirating my work?” 

Many of them are even concerned about sending a manuscript to an editor, just in case it ends up on Amazon as a bestselling book under another name.

But authors should be more concerned about obscurity than about piracy, as Robert Kroese discusses today. 

About two years ago, I was on a panel at a writing conference with another author who had self-published a cookbook. I listened while this author declared that she refused to make a digital version of her book available until “they do something about piracy.”


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The Gold Standard of Self-Publishing 

Just a tidbit from: LotsOfWords.com: The word self-publishing spelled backward is gnihsilbupfles which is not a word.

Who would have even thought of spelling it backward?

Of course, there are many book authors who do self-publishing backwards.

There are two ways to write a book that will sell


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Looking for a Book Editor? Here’s How Much You Should Expect to Pay #motownwriters



Looking for a Book Editor? Here’s How Much You Should Expect to Pay

I wish I could tell you that proofreading will always cost one cent per word, copyediting two cents per word, and developmental editing three cents per word, but the truth is much hazier than that.

While I will provide hard numbers, you should first know certain essentials about hiring an editor.

This information may help you understand why editing costs seem to vary widely from one editor to the next, but it should also assist you in comparing possible editors


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HUMANITIES GRANTS New Opportunity in 2017-18! @mihumanities

In order to offer more flexibility in project planning and implementation, MHC will offer two application periods for Humanities Grants during 2017-2018:
Fall 2017 Grants (Awards made in November 2017)

Spring 2018 Grants (Awards made in June 2018)


A draft project proposal form will be available on the MHC website in April 2017. Additional Humanities Grant program information can be found at ourwebsite.


2017 Arts & Humanities Touring Grants 
Apply today – take a look at our Touring Directory and select a performer for your community event! 

  The 2017 Quick Grant Application is Open 
Please allow up to four (4) weeks for your application to be processed.
Quick Grants provide up to $500 to Michigan-based nonprofit organizations in support of public humanities programs. 

Visit our website for more information.

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#MotownWriters: Students Reading In The Dark #MountClemens #Michigan #MichLit #MittenLit #ReadingMonth March 9th

Students at Prevail Academy will celebrate March is Reading Month with special activities and fun ways to read throughout the month.

On Thursday, March 9, the students are invited to bring a flashlight to school to read in the dark. This type of activity helps students to have positive memories about reading and develops their reading further.

Prevail Academy is a free public charter school serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

WHO: Prevail Academy
WHAT: Flashlight Read In
WHEN: Thursday, March 9, 2017
WHERE: Prevail Academy
353 Cass Ave.
Mount Clemens, MI 48043
CONTACT: Kelli B. Smith
616-464-2235 (office); 616-295-4241 (cell)


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2017 Michigan  State Champ Selected! #PoetryOutLoud @mihumanities

2017 Michigan  State Champ Selected! 

MaryKate Wright of Owosso High School, was named the  2017 Michigan Poetry Out Loud State Champion after a day-long recitation competition at Lansing Convention Center in Lansing on March 3.

Ms. Wright took top honors among 39 student competitors, reciting “When You Are Old” by William Butler Yeats in her final round. First runner-up was Lyndon DeFoe of University High School, Lathrup Village, second runner-up was Arrianna Lister of Roosevelt High School, Wyandotte, and third runner-up was a tie between Grace Garver of Petoskey High School and Paige MacGillis of Williamston High School.

As the state champion, Ms. Wright received a $200 cash award, $500 stipend for her school and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to represent Michigan at the National Poetry Out Loud competition in April 2017. The national competition will be live-streamed at www.poetryoutloud.org.

Visit our Facebook page for more photos and video from the competition.  

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Watch “5 Ways to Support Your Favorite Authors (Again)” on YouTube


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