Book to Movie Adaptations 2015


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Originally posted on Southfield Library Reads:

We’ve entered movie season. Now through the rest of the year, some of the best movies of the year will finally be released.   Unsurprisingly, there are a few stories making the transition from book to silver screen. Here are a few that that we’re excited to see:

Paper Towns by John Green—Quentin Jacobsen has been in love with his neighbor, Margo Roth Spiegelman, for years. One night, she appears at his bedroom window and convinces him to be the get-away drive in her revenge mission. The next day, Margo disappears. Quentin believes Margo left a trail of clues and is determined to find her.

The Martian by Andy Weir—Astronaut Mark Watney is the first man to walk on Mars. Six days later, he and his crew are collecting samples when a massive dust storm blows through. The crew flees the storm in the nick of time; but, Watney is trapped behind…

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How would you Feel about #MotownWriters having private membership for readers & authors? POLL

As 2016 approaches and Motown Writers Network is looking for better sustainability we see power is in our outreach and how we can leverage that while not going broke trying to get the word out about the Michigan Literary Network.


So we are thinking of developing an exclusive membership service for authors and readers.

For readers, we’ll have quarterly book giveaways, exclusive content from work in progresses from authors, exclusive events (online & offline) and more… (you can offer suggestions in the comments).

For authors, we’ll provide blog tours on our 7 blog network, set up book giveaway, reader chats and lots of promotional for a week on our network. There will also be discounts on various workshops and events (offline and online), plus free service offers from literary services that advertise with The Michigan Literary Network.

If you are interested in this, please like this post below or submit comments. I’d like you to respond and let me know how much should I charge for readers and authors and any other services The Michigan Literary Network could provide.

Thank you in advance. I can’t wait to hear from you.

Your author and founder of Motown Writers Network, Sylvia Hubbard


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ConClave 39 will be October 9-11, 2015 in Dearborn, MI! #michlit #motownlit

ConClave’s mission is to celebrate Fantasy and Science Fiction in all its forms. Art, music, theatrical performance, film, animation, television, fantasy role-play, renaissance reenactments, gaming and for-real. From writers to spaceship pilots, rennies and furries, ConClave is a gathering for anyone with a sense of wonder.

For more information:

ConClave 39 will be October 9-11, 2015 in Dearborn, MI!

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Guest of Honor: Jody Lynn Nye


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July 30th – The Artistry of Finance: Financial Workshop for Artist

The Artistry of Finance

Financial Workshop for Artist


WHEN: July 30, 2015

Properly budget

TIME: 6:30 p.m.

Fundraising techniques

Save for retirement

Create Wealth

Why Life Insurance?

Hosted by Author, Poet, Playwright and Financial Consultant, Crystal R Brock

** In order to choose an appropriate venue call 313-505-4073 to RSVP **

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How to successfully promote your new book

How to successfully promote your new book.

via How to successfully promote your new book.

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Writers’ Group, Writing Contest, Conference Registration Opens via @talktravel #michlit @meetup #motownwriters

Writers’ Group, Writing Contest, Conference Registration Opens

The Freelance Marketplace Writers’ Group meets this Tuesday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Barnes & Noble Bookstore. We meet the third Tuesday of the month to discuss the Business of Writing. Free and open to New, Working, and Published Writers, Photographers, and Illustrators. Our meeting location could be anywhere in the store – look for us in the events area, the back end of the used book department, or anywhere in between. One of our members, Walerian Domanski, has been awarded a Kresge Art Fellowship for his short stories – he will take a few moments to discuss the application process – he was one of 18 people to receive a $25,000 fellowship in Literary or Visual arts.

The Rochester Writers’ Summer writing contest is NOW accepting submissions. Low Entry Fee – Big Fun – Cash Prizes.

Early Bird Registration is NOW open for the 8th Annual Rochester Writers’ Conference. The Story Within is the theme this year. Michigan author, Bonnie Jo Campbell, will keynote the October 17 Rochester Writers’ Conference. Current Springfed Arts’ members will enjoy a discount this year. If you’re a member in good standing with SpringFed Arts, look for the Special Registration Page on the conference website.

Do you use Meetup? Rochester Writers now has a Profile Page on Meetup.


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Londen’s Love Fundraiser

Poetry Contest


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Today July11th,10am #MotownWriters @DetroitLibrary w/@KeithDYoung: #Storytelling #amwriting #PathoftheHero #michlit

Join ‪#‎MotownWriters‬ at Detroit Public Library where we join Keith Young on understanding great storytelling. Check in at the security desk for location of meeting and see you there! http://meetup.com/michiganliterarynetwork

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Those Red Pumps May Have To Wait~ Featured Article

Those Red Pumps May Have To Wait

By Mary Delia Eatmon

So what if you can’t keep up with the latest dress styles or wear those red bottom shoes that seem to keep calling your name. Right now your main focus is to remember that this too shall pass. This time with your children is precious and it should be used wisely to pour in some much-needed knowledge into your children. Before you know it, time will have passed and you will be able to look back and be glad that you made these little sacrifices. The memories that you are making now will allow you to learn about yourself as you teach them about life and how they will fit in it. Think about it for a moment, this is the time that you will tap into your own creativity while demonstrating the different good and bad things life has to offer. For now, just enjoy each moment you have because time is fleeting. It’s the simple things that you manage that will make you who you are.  You gain strength, confidence, and wisdom by what you are doing now in your life. So, while you are raising you babies raise the inner you.  Save yourself from the unnecessary stress that presents itself on a daily basis and stop looking at the mother down the street that seems to have it all.

As a young mother of 8, I learned quickly to accept the role of motherhood. And over the past 70 years I’ve witnessed, as well as experienced first hand, that we innately have the ability to nurture. But on the other hand, to be a mother (to birth, raise, and display appropriate affection) it is a learned process. Now, if you are like I was, and started off having several babies early, you’ll need to pull on a little hidden trait called patience: and you will have to practice it often. Coupled with persistence you will get the hang of this thing called motherhood. Things will fall into place over time as you naturally do what needs to be done. In this fast pace of today’s living, before you know it, you’ll turn around and your little ones will be all grown up and out the door.

We have all heard of the empty nest syndrome. The repercussions are real and when it happens it’s a real shocker. So, it would behoove all young mothers to value this time and make the sacrifice of spending as much time as possible with your loved ones while they are young and yours. It will really pay off in the long run. I can safely say this, don’t worry they will let you know later if you’ve done a good job or not
. Make life, for yourself, as enjoyable as possible. When you’ve secured your own foundation, your children will benefit.

Here’s a little tidbit of info that supports the benefits of being a great mom. Back in the early 1900’s a woman named Anna M. Jarvis, out of Grafton West, Virginia, honored her mother Ann Reeves Jarvis’ who died May 2, 1905 by celebrating mothers everywhere. Anna continued the task that her mother started and successfully marked the 2nd Sunday in May of 1908 as Mother’s Day at Andrew’s Church in Philadelphia.  Today, we all are acknowledged and celebrated because of one woman’s child decision to remember her loving mother.

When Ann originally drafted this task she highlighted the virtues of what a good mother is by pointing out that such a woman is a blessing and her love is never exhausted; She makes endless sacrifices no matter what the obstacles are; She works tirelessly to take care of her children and her home; and she loves deeply. Mothers know the personality of each of her children and generally do not compare one child against the other. She simply loves each child for who they are.

There are women who may not be a biological mother; but instead they were thrust into the role of motherhood. There may be adopted mothers, grandmothers, or stepmothers with the same instinct and all the attributes of a biological mother. If you are a mother good or bad you must remember that it’s a learned process. But if you are in need of a mother, you don’t always have to look far. These women are usually right by your side. Who knows…she may even be your teacher. Granted there are a lot of rotten mothers out there; but if given the chance, along with their own desire, they too can become sweet.

It takes love; passion; patience; a lot of sacrifices; as well as wisdom to accept what your role is as a mother. 
 Through the grace of God every woman bearing a child can rejoice in the fact that the base of her heart is a manifestation of divine mercy.  It is a privilege to be able to produce a child for the glory of God.

Mary Eatmon II

Mary Delia Eatmon, 84yr.

Author of Nine Houses

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Auburn Hills Writers’ June Session

Hello Writers!

Our group meets tomorrow, June 18th, at 6:30 pm in the the Auburn Hills Library located at 3400 Seyburn in Auburn Hills.

We will enjoy a writing exercise, critique your work, and discuss a critical topic.
Remember to bring six sets (two pages double spaced) of the work you want critiqued.

Franklin raised an interesting question on our Facebook page.
How do you know when your writing is finished?
Let’s discuss this tomorrow.

Awesome blogging by members:
Charise www.goldenlifeliving.com
Mary http://greekfusioncuisine.blogspot.com/
Sylvia http://sylviahubbard.com

If you are on Facebook join our online writers’ group at:

Remember, our July meeting will be held at a local restaurant or cafe. Which one? Let’s finalize tomorrow.*;) winking

Mychelle Martin, Facilitator
Auburn Hills Writers

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Check out a local Michigan Literary Autjor. #michlit #motownlit #motownwriters

Originally posted on Linda Bradley:

Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 17th, my debut Women’s Fiction novel, Maggie’s Way will be released on Amazon. Maggie’s Way is the first book in my Montana Bound Series. It will be available in digital print as paperbacks will be released at a later date.

In this story, middle-aged Maggie Abernathy finds herself alone after a long year of teaching. She believes that a summer vacation spent in solitude is the perfect medicine for a not-so-perfect year, until pesky seven-year-old, Chloe McIntyre moves in next door with her father, John. With Chloe on Maggie’s heels, Maggie comes to terms with her cancer, her meddling mother, and an ex-husband that lurks in the shadows with good intentions.

When Maggie and Chloe found their voices, so did I. After several years of writing, querying, and critiquing, something deep inside told me that readers would connect with my cast of misfits. Somewhere along the way, Maggie, Chloe, John, Glad, Beckett, and…

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MWN Author Spotlight ~ Jennifer Fisch-Ferguson @JFF0628

JenniferThis week’s MWN author spotlight is on Jennifer Fisch-Ferguson!

Jennifer Fisch- Ferguson has been writing and publishing fantasy stories since 2003. Publishing credits include short fiction, writing contests and novels.
She attended the Eastern Michigan University and graduated with a B.A in African American History and promptly went to work with AmeriCorps on a literary initiative.

She went to the University of Michigan and got her Master’s degree in Public Administration in 2008 and while she finished writing her thesis, also got a Masters in English – Composition and Rhetoric in 2009. She recently is working on her PhD at Michigan State University in the field of Writing and Rhetoric. She has been teaching collegiate and community writing classes since 2003 and loves the variety and inspiration her students bring.

She currently is finishing her trilogy and dutiful writes on her blog space about her journey.

She lives in the Midwest with two amazing sons, one coffee supplying mate and acts as staff-in-residence to one cranky cat.

Where are you from?

Born in Detroit, but currently just south of Flint, MI
Tell us your latest news?

Book 3 will launch in November of 2015 and complete the story.
When and why did you begin writing?

I have always loved writing.  In fact I used to sell short stories in high school to my friends- with them starring in romantic escapades.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I always been a writer- an author… the moment I hit publish in 2013.
What inspired you to write your first book?

I love werewolves but I think they have been misrepresented- so I strove to tell my view.
Do you have a specific writing style?

I think it depends on the project- my urban fantasy tends to be much more packed and cerebral. My paranormal romances tend to be lighter.
How did you come up with the title?

laboriously – I hate coming up with titles. However it is an urban fantasy about werewolves- so I figured something with moon would be good.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

There is no such thing as normal… life is what you make of it.
How much of the book is realistic?

The locations are very accurate and some of the situations have been formed from experiences.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Not really and I certainly do not sing opera
What books have most influenced your life most?

Octavia Butler for sure.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Nisi Shawl- I had the fortune of speaking to her and interviewing her and she is just amazing.
What book are you reading now?

The Psychology of Batman :D
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

I am a part of an indie group online, so I have read many of them.
What are your current projects?

Book 3 in the series and my new paranormal romance series – oh yea finishing this dissertation too.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

My editor Artie is amazing! Despite the middle of the night texts when we are working on a project questioning why I do such things to my characters – he is more supportive than I could have hoped for.
Do you see writing as a career?

Yes! Between teaching and writing and book coaching- writing is my life.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No, but in the first book I had a two week time frame right in the beginning that I would shorten.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I always had stories to tell. They just all happened to be fantasy in nature.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?

In Follow the Moon (book 3) Kama has some choices to make.  She learns new truths about herself and the people she knows.  And as she finally feels secure with herself- an old encounter comes back to haunt her.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Finding the time to get it all down. I have so many stories in my head that I want to tell.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Octavia Butler, not only did she buck convention and wrote in a genre that didn’t really want her. Her stories sucked me in at age 8 and even still I find new and great things when I reread them.
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

I try to do book signings and shows when possible. I would love to do more, but what I have now is good.
Who designed the covers?

I did the layout. Bryan Syme did the art.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Not so much in the writing- I brainstorm all my works with my husband exhaustively.  The hard part is introducing people to urban fantasy that have no idea what is it.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

Get on a schedule! I write every day for good or bad, but knowing that I have to write each day gets the work done.
Do you have any advice for other writers?

Don’t worry about word count- get into the habit of writing daily for a specific amount of time. Also- treat it like a job not a hobby. And invest in a good editor- a good developmental editor.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Authors love feedback and interaction.  I am active with my blog and facebook/twitter and yes- I do answer.

Howl at the MoonEnter The Moon







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[Free Kindle Book] Self-Publishing Books 101 via @ShellyHitz #amazon


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Get a discount on business cards, stationary & more at @Vistaprint

Have you checked out Vistaprint yet? Use my link to get $10 off personalized business cards, stationery, invitations and more. They have great products and even greater deals.


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#MotownWriters Monthly: Summer Literary Plans | Sat, June 13th

I’ve updated this Meetup (location change in library). For more details, see the full listing:

When: Saturday, June 13, 2015 10:00 AM

Where: Detroit Library – Main – Explorer’s Room
5201 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48202

This Meetup repeats on the 2nd Saturday of every month.

If the changes affect your plans to attend, please take a moment to update your RSVP. (You can RSVP "No" or "Yes".)

You can always get in touch with me through my group profile on Meetup.

You have permission to share this notice. Thank you!

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