Twisted Storytellers Tackle Race and Racism


Friday, April 21st


DETROIT, MI –– The Secret Society of Twisted StorytellersⓇ will tackle race and racism with five storytellers who will tell true, personal stories live onstage. The award-winning, monthly event has received outstanding reviews and has been recognized for its artistic and cultural contribution to Detroit,

“Storytelling is a way for people to learn more about themselves and each other,” says Juanita Moore, president of the Charles H. Wright Museum, which hosts the events. “People coming to these shows experience a feeling of life, growth and excitement through connecting, and that deserves a place to be showcased.”

“I ain’t seen nothing like it,” says Dick Gregory. “Stay in touch with the storytellers. It can heal.”

The Society’s next event “Race” will take place Friday, April 21st, 8PM at The Wright Museum, 315 E. Warren Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201. Rev. David Alexander Bullock, radio host, Frank Joyce, writer/activist, Lucia Kellerman-Eggert, graphic designer, Mayowa Lisa Reynolds, educator and Stewart Shevin, film editor will tell true, personal stories on the theme.

About The Secret Society Of Twisted StorytellersⓇ

The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers has a mission to connect humanity, heal and transform community by providing an uplifting, thought-provoking, soul-cleansing entertainment experience through the art and craft of storytelling.

Tickets: $20 online, $25 @door. For info, tickets and to watch videos, visit www.twistedstorytellers.org or call 313-744-6037.


Media Contact:

Satori Shakoor at 313-744-6037 or via email societyforstorytelling@gmail.com



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6 Quick-Fire Steps to a Killer Content Strategy for Your Book Launch 

Content is the lifeblood of your entire launch campaign. It plays a crucial role in your success as an author, so it’s definitely not something you should overlook.

If you’ve been following our book launch series, you might be balking at the thought of doing any more work, but your content strategy doesn’t need to be complicated. This is a launch after all—not an entire marketing plan for your writing career

Read more…


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37 Top Book Awards for Authors in 2017

The Book Publicist

Book Awards for Authors

Enter Book Award Contests and Become an Award Winning Author in 2017!

By Scott Lorenz

Westwind Communications

“Do book awards matter?”  YES!!

As a book publicist I can assure you they absolutely do matter! One client won several awards and was contacted by two movie producers about her Young Adult Sci-Fi Fantasy Fiction novel.  Another one of my clients won the prestigious Los Angeles Book Festival award. That then led to a flurry of media interest, which subsequently led to a major New York agent deciding to represent the book and pitch it to all the major publishing houses. This author, needless to say, was happy he decided to enter.

You win awards you sell more products.  Jeff Bezos, CEO Amazon

Jeff Bezos at the 2016 Code Conference Jeff Bezos at the 2016 Code Conference (Photo news.techniblogic.com

Recently a business book client won a major award which caused CNN to reach out to request the book.

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#MotownWriters: The Art of Juggling by #MichLit Author @SylviaJordan

There is a lot of talk these days about work-life balance, and no wonder.  Cultural and technological shifts – not to mention economic need – has us running around like proverbial hamsters on the wheel. 

Humanity seems more stressed than ever before, and the marketplace has responded with a plethora of books, lectures and modalities on how we can balance our obligations with fun in order to maintain our mental, physical and spiritual well-being.

Dr. Sylvia Jordan’s The Art of Juggling: The Successful Women’s Guide to Balancing Life is a refreshing, no-holds-barred take on life balance.  She does not rely on the popular lingo of the day, but uses plain language – and a healthy dose of tough love – to demonstrate how we can lead very full but efficient, purposeful and joyous lives.

What sets Jordan apart from other experts is her willingness to tell the unvarnished the truth – juggling takes mental discipline, not only when our pins are in the air, but when we are choosing those pins. It begins with an honest assessment of our lives as they currently are.

Do we lack the time to go back to school, volunteer at a charity or fulfill some other goal we have? While this many seem to be the case, an examination of our routine will likely reveal that a portion of each day is spent on burdens that are not ours to carry.

Chock full of practical advice and a-ha! moments, The Art of Juggling encourages us to get clear on what matters most. Becoming an expert juggler is not about that “superwoman” label often bandied about, but about understanding that we have the capability and the right to achieve and maintain everything life has to offer.



What I found most compelling with Jordan’s telling of her own mother’s story. What greater juggling act can there be than raising nine children?

Her book is a must-read!  Get the book on Amazon or at www.SylviaJordan.com

Grab your copy now! 


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What is your literary challenge for the month? #marketing #writing #reading #publishing #April


I’m always available to answer questions for you because it may be the questions millions of other authors are trying to get answer and the answer we come up with could help not only you, but others as well.

If you’d like just a private consultation, click here. 

Now, HOW CAN I HELP YOU?  (Leave your response in the comments) 

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COMING APRIL 8 @ PNR: “On Black Revolutionaries (and Yusef Shakur)”

Push Nevahda Review

Mid-Town Detroit Starbucks, ‎Friday, ‎January ‎27, ‎2017 Yusef Bunchy Shakur

…..I found Shakur seated in the crowded Midtown Starbucks located at the busy intersection of Woodward and Mack (just across the way from Whole Foods Market). He looked placid but seemed resolved, ready to talk and share his thoughts on whatever questions I might ask. Shakur has a supercilious countenance, indistinguishable of any definitive sensibility, which could be quite disarming, perhaps, for someone who isn’t used to his company (but would certainly be impressed by his aplomb). As I continued setting up my microphone, pen and paper, arranged my coffee, shifted the cream and sugar packets, Yusef patiently waited, rubbed his hand across his gray-blotched beard, gazed out the window at people passing up and down the cold, obstreperous Woodward avenue, some darting in and out of Starbucks for coffee, hot cocoa, pastries, or temporary shelter from the unrelenting cold. Shakur wore a snugly fitted, beige-colored skull cap…

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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 http://ckbrooke.com/editing/ to learn more.

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Daily Writing Links – 2 April 2017

Writers Write

  1. Writing Article – 4 Reasons To Use Dramatic Irony In Your Story
  2. Daily Writing Comic – Sign Of The Times
  3. We Need More Poetry
  4. Daily Writing Prompt
  5. Daily Writing Quote – Sharon Olds
  6. Words We Like

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What Every Author Should Know About the Social Side of Book Launches #motownwriters

The reclusive, brooding author writing in the shadows no longer exists. With social networking now being a crucial skill for every writer—especially an indie, his seclusion has impaired his ability to grow an audience organically and market his books effectively. He is unknown and irrelevant.

If you’re on this path, do yourself a favor and turn back quickly


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10 Ways First-Time Writers Can Get Noticed on Social Media

K. D. Dowdall

Writer’s Digest, Emily Sweet, Guest Column, March 8, 2017

The changing literary and book publishing landscape makes it difficult for new authors to breakout. A plethora of new distribution formats, especially focused on self-publishing, opens brand new avenues for writers to get noticed, but also makes it incredibly easy to get lost in the sea of content. Unless you have a pre-existing social platform or public profile that extends beyond the world of books, “discoverability” can be a very elusive thing and it can be nearly impossible to get noticed on social media.

The changing literary and book publishing landscape makes it difficult for new authors to breakout. A plethora of new distribution formats, especially focused on self-publishing, opens brand new avenues for writers to get noticed, but also makes it incredibly easy to get lost in the sea of content. Unless you have a pre-existing social platform or public…

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Little Books Might Be the Best Solution for Promotion

Notes from An Alien

When I used the word “Promotion” in the title of this post, I was thinking broadly—more in a minute… 

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A little over a week ago, I published a post about the Main Street Writers Movement.

Back in January, the Independent Book Publishers Association published the article, Portland-Based Independent Press Launches a National Community-Building Writers’ Movement.

In that article, this is said:

Forest Avenue [Press] will give away a thousand notebooks created in partnership with Portland’s Scout Books and featuring a pledge for writers to sign, an action-item list, and quotes about why such a movement is necessary in these times.”

As you might have noticed, the “notebooks” mentioned are Scout Books; and, Forest Avenue Press is backing the Main Street Writers Movement

Scout Books can be 3.5 X 5 inches (each starting at about $2 {more with…

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What is Your Michigan Amazon Author Page? Help #MotownWriters build a database #MichLit

We love authors and we want you to share your amazon author page in the comments


So click this link and add your page to the comments.


  1. Must be a Michigan Author!
  2. Must be to an Amazon Author page and NOT your book page.

Thank you!



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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

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