The Gathering on the Grand: the SCBWI-MI Fall Conference

Below are three different takes from three different organizers of the Gathering on the Grand conference held September 15 and 16 in Grand Rapids:
read more : http://scbwimithemitten.blogspot.com/2017/10/the-gathering-on-grand-scbwi-mi-fall.html
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Valentine’s Day is for #BookLovers. Romance Authors interested in an event on 2/14/2018 w/#OakPark #MichLit Library?

entangled-red-hearts-transparent-backgroundOak Park Library is planning another event for book lovers on Valentine’s Day 2018.

Looking for authors to promote & participate. The Event will only take place if they have a sufficient number of authors and participants. You’ll be contacted by January 30th, if you are accepted.

If you’re a romance author and interested, please fill out the form below

Event: Valentine’s Day is for Book Lovers and

Location: Oak Park Library

Date:  Wednesday 2/14/18 from 6:00-7:45.

Participant: All ages (so your book will have to have a friendly cover. No erotica or lewd covers will be permitted please.)

You will not be paid for the event, but you will be allowed to sell books to participants. All entries MUST be in by January 15th.


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#MotownWriters: Looking for 15 Michigan Romance Authors #MichLit

We’re looking for a variety of Romance Genres to feature every other day in February on MotownWriters.com

We’d love a huge choice of different types of subgenres to expose our reading audience.

First come | First serve so follow instructions to the letter and get your entry in for your awesome feature

  • 1. Answer the following questions. Copy and paste these questions into an email and then ATTACH a picture of the author and a picture of book. DO NOT send pdf & Please make sure ALL links work
    • Book:
    • Genre: Romance
    • Sub-genreAuthorWebsite

      Amazon Link

      Is this book available in Paperback & eBook?

      What is your book about? (200 words max.)

    •  Excerpt (500 words max – PG13 rated)
    • Bio of Author (100 words max.)
    • Social Media Links
    • Any upcoming events (include links to your event page or links to events, if possible.)

2. Don’t forget to attach a picture of the author and the book. If it’s not included in the original email, we’ll make the request but we’ll delete the original email and you’ll need to send everything back as properly instructed. (We get a lot of emails a day and won’t hold emails waiting for replies.)

  • 3. Please keep the word counts requested in the questions.
  • 4. If you have a Twitter handle, you’ll be posted when the feature posts. If we get at least ten features in before January, we’ll actually be able to show a calendar of what dates everyone will be coming out.

And that should be everything.

Send everything to sylviahubbard at gmail dot com

I need 15 right away so I look forward to hearing from you!

your founder and author

Sylvia Hubbard

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#MotownWriters: How To Find Time For #BookPromotion (Video)

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#MotownWriters Guest Post via @IndiesUnlimited:Indie Author 101: How to Get Started w/KDP, #Smashwords &CreateSpace

Indie Author 101: How to Get Started with KDP, Smashwords, and CreateSpace

by Lynne Cantwell

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Don’t be afraid – we’re here to help!

To be an indie author, you have to publish a book. Right? But how do you sign up for that?

This will seem pretty basic to a lot of folks, but those who have never done it may be worried about the process. You know what? It’s really easy. Here’s what you do.

A note before we begin: All of the sites request some of the same information so you will need to have it handy. They will ask for your name, your address, your email address, the password(s) you want to use, and some very basic financial information: your Social Security number for US residents, and the routing number and account number for the bank where you want them to deposit your royalties. And okay, another note – each will have different requirements for book covers, so make sure to read those on the respective sites.

With that said, here we go. Read more of this post

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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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#MotownWriters: Where Do Authors Get Their Ideas?

If I had a dollar for every time someone had asked me, ‘Where do you get your ideas from?’ I’d be so rich I wouldn’t need to write any more books. (But I would, anyway).

Ideas are everywhere

To a non-writer, it must seem like a perfectly logical question, but for many writers it’s a difficult question to answer, because we don’t know where to begin. Ideas are everywhere – newspapers, TV, movies, other books, overheard conversations, dreams, nightmares, people we’ve met, loved, hated, been married to. And sometimes we have no idea how we got an idea!

read more: http://storey-lines.com/2017/09/17/authors-get-ideas/

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#MotownWriters: Where Did the English Language Come From?: An Animated Introduction

If you’ve ever deliberately studied the English language — or, even worse, taught it — you know that bottomless aggravation awaits anyone foolish enough to try to explain its “rules.” What makes English so apparently strange and different from other languages, and how could such a language go on to get so much traction all over the world? Whether you speak English natively (and thus haven’t had much occasion to give the matter thought) or learned it as a second language, the five-minute TED-Ed lesson above, written by Yale linguistics professor Claire Bowern and animated by Patrick Smith, will give you a solid start on understanding the answer to those questions and others.

Read more: http://www.openculture.com/2017/10/where-did-the-english-language-come-from-an-animated-introduction.html

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Tips For Pitching Your Book at the 2018 MWW

If you’re going to the Michigan Writing Workshop in 2018, please read this article. For more information on the event, go to: https://michiganwritingworkshop.com/

The 2018 Michigan Writing Workshop

If you are coming to the 2018 Michigan Writing Workshop, you may be thinking about pitching our agent-in-attendance or editor-in-attendance. An in-person pitch is an excellent way to get an agent excited about both you and your work. Here are some tips (from one of last year’s instructors, Chuck Sambuchino) that will help you pitch your work effectively at the event during a 10-minute consultation. Chuck advises that you should:

  • Try to keep your pitch to 90 seconds. Keeping your pitch concise and short is beneficial because 1) it shows you are in command of the story and what your book is about; and 2) it allows plenty of time for back-and-forth discussion between you and the agent. Note: If you’re writing nonfiction, and therefore have to speak plenty about yourself and your platform, then your pitch can certainly run longer.
  • Practice before you get to the event. Say…

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#MotownWriters: Call for poets – Christmas event looking for poets to read #MichLit Dec3rd

An event is looking for poets who would like to read during this wonderful event. Time slot is from 3 to 4pm. please contact Alan Harris Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/314967835575511
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#MichLit Event: Women who Write Author Showcase hosted at Aquinas College on November 18! via @ebonyroadgr #Motownwriters

Come see visit with authors and publishers at the Women who Write Author Showcase hosted at Aquinas College on November 18! There will also be some top-notch session with renowned speakers.

If you’re an author, publisher, editor, or bookseller, and want to participate in the event, there are still vendor tables available. Contact Linda at hasunetwork@gmail.com.

Registration information:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-women-who-write-author-showcase-registration-38712595415

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#Motownwriters: What is your biggest marketing fear this month? What marketing challenges have you overcome?

Take your fears to the next level and use them to gain more book sales and achieve more literary goals!


Comment now about your book fears this month or leave your marketing challenges you’ve overcome to teach others!

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#MotownWriters @Meetup – Canceled due to holiday! Library will be closed! Sorry! But this afternoon…

DUE TO THE HOLIDAY AND THE LIBRARY BEING CLOSED, we won’t be having a meetup today at 10 am.
I’m so sorry for any inconvenience and poor planning on my part. Usually, we go across the street, but I’ve been a little overwhelmed and really forgot about this holiday.
Please forgive me deeply, but if you would like to join me THIS AFTERNOON at the Sisters In Crime Workshop I’ll be conducting at 2 pm that would be just as perfect.
There is a small charge of $10, but trust me you won’t be sorry. There will be resources and networking, so I really invite you to come!


Sat, November 11, 2017

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST


The CoopExchange

25900 Greenfield Road

Suite 326

Oak Park, Michigan

I hope to see you there and please look forward to messages about our December meeting which we are definitely having!!

Your founder and author,
Sylvia Hubbard

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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. http://detroitlittlelibraries.org/


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


I’m always available to answer questions for you because it may be the questions millions of other authors are trying to get answers 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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