Check out upcoming events for readers and writers in our Michigan Literary Network @Meetup #MichLit #MotownWriters #MotownLit

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Check out upcoming events for readers and writers in our Michigan Literary Network @Meetup

Join our group there to be reminded of events and our discussion board as well.

We’ll love to have you!

If you have a writing group or big literary event, please contact us to be added to our calendar!

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+127 Of The Top Book Promotion Sites: Free And Paid via @DaveChesson

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A grand but overused tactic to improve Kindle book sales is to spread your book’s Amazon sale page link to as many free and paid book promotion sites as possible.

The hope is that regardless of the quality of the book promotion site, or the amount of actual traffic that they receive, sales or downloads will occur and hopefully a review or two may show up.

Whether you love this style of kindle book advertising or not, one cannot deny the effectiveness of this book advertising strategy.

The below list is my compilation of my favorite book promotion sites – some free, while others not so much.

Each one of the ebook promotion sites will have their own set of requirements in order to be accepted. So, to help you out, I did the research on each one and wrote a quick bit about their stipulations and what that website is all about.

In This Article, You Will Gain:

  • An understanding of how these book promotion sites work
  • A list of the best book promotion websites, free and premium
  • A couple of options in order to not have to do this yourself

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https://kindlepreneur.com/list-sites-promote-free-amazon-books/#

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You should update Kindle for PC right now #motownwriters


Kindle for PC allows you to manage your e-book collection and read any of the titles you have purchased on your home computer or tablet. Amazon has just issued a monumental update that includes typesetting enhancements, search improvements, and a text-to-speech feature which allows the app to read some e-Books aloud to you
Read more…

http://goodereader.com/blog/e-book-news/you-should-update-kindle-for-pc-right-now

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LynneQuisition: Shoshanna Evers, SelfPubBookCovers.com via @IndiesUnlimited #MotownWriters

New post on Indies Unlimited

LynneQuisition: Shoshanna Evers, SelfPubBookCovers.com

by Lynne Cantwell

Interviews by Lynne CantwellWe all know that the first thing a prospective reader will see is the cover of your book, so you want it to look both enticing and professional. A lot of authors buy pre-made covers, but you run the risk of your cover being all matchy-matchy with someone else’s.

Trad-pubbed author Shoshanna Evers, now writing as Shoshanna Gabriel, recognized that pitfall when she went indie, so she created SelfPubBookCovers.com. Shoshanna has agreed to take a seat in the comfy chair and tell us about her site.

Shoshanna, how would an author find a cover on your site, and how much can they expect to pay? Read more of this post

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How To Set Up A Successful Blog Tour + A FREE Guide. #motownwriters

Early in my career, I had to go on multiple press tours with the various musicians I worked with. They were expensive, overwhelming, and completely exhausting. So when blogs came around and offered a positive alternative in doing blog tours, I happily jumped on board. 

The concept of a blog tour is to is to find blogs that share a similar audience and create an online “tour” by providing content for multiple blogs to draw attention to your book and expand your audience. When you hit a wide range of blogs that have active and dedicated audiences, you can cover a lot of ground. 

To be perfectly honest with you, as the ease and affordability of a blog tour lost its shine, I developed mixed feelings about blog tours. For one, they are rather time consuming. It’s not something that you toss together at the last minute. You can hire PR firms to coordinate a blog tour for you, but it will cost you. And while I’ve seen some successful blog tours, unfortunately I’ve also seen quite a few quite a few flops. 

Done right, blog tours can be a great way to expand your audience, give you much needed publicity for your new book, and help you gain credibility

Read more…

https://www.mixtusmedia.com/blog/how-to-set-up-a-successful-blog-tour-a-free-download

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Returning to #RustCity17: Stacy McKitrick & AJ @RustCityBookCon #MittenLit #MotownLit #MotownWriters

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New post on Rust City Book Con

Returning to #RustCity17: Stacy McKitrick & AJ Norris

by Jackie

Every book convention must have authors. There’s no question about it and I am working hard to ensure that we not only have a ton of fun people to hang out with, but there’s a wide range of genre talent as well. I know many readers tend to stick with their preferred genres, and there’s […]

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More Ways to Leverage LinkedIn for Business Authors

More Ways to Leverage LinkedIn for Business AuthorsFor any author in the business arena, LinkedIn is an important place to maintain a social media presence. Though it’s substantially smaller than Facebook, the audience on LinkedIn consists primarily of business professionals. Here are some ways to leverage LinkedIn

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http://nonfictionauthorsassociation.com/more-ways-to-leverage-linkedin-for-business-authors/

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Take the book marketing challenge w/@BadRedheadMedia : How to energize your book sales in a month! #MotownWriters

30-day-brhm-marketing-challenge-with-logo_twitter-shareableAre you unsure how to market your book? Do you feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of author platform options out there (or not even sure what the term means)? Do you wish someone could break it down for you in simple steps?

Then this is the book for you!

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Over the course of one month, Rachel provides you daily challenges containing a wealth of information, and easy to follow assignments to help energize your book sales. If you haven’t released your book yet, this book will help you set the stage necessary to build the strongest foundation possible for success.

Topics include:

*Twitter secrets
*Facebook page must-do’s
*Social media ideas you might not know or haven’t thought of
*Promotion, giveaways, and other book marketing secrets
*Website, blogging, and SEO tips designed just for authors

This book is a must-read and must-DO for any aspiring, new, or veteran author! Bloggers and small businesses can also benefit from this guide as well.

I have been encouraging (pleading with?) Rachel to write this book since we met years ago. Rachel is, quite simply, a force of nature, and if you take the challenge the way she has laid it out and actually do the assignments (imagine that!), you will not only find yourself with a greater understanding of social media, you will also start to sell more books.

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I say enthusiastically: GET THIS BOOK AND START THE CHALLENGE. There is no time to waste. You’ll be glad you did. Seriously. Go get the book and start the challenge. I wish I’d had this book when I was promoting my first novel. It would have saved me so much time!

Lori Culwell, Author and SEO expert, Creative Director of Get Creative, Inc, a national SEO agency

When it comes to social media marketing for authors, no one knows more than Rachel Thompson. She practices what she preaches and has helped dozens of our authors enjoy significant leaps in their social media standing.

Steve Bennett, Founder and Creative Director, AuthorBytes

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This book is an amazing compilation of data and resources that only someone with years of experience could pull together. As a book marketing specialist myself, I’m still blown away by the amazing content Rachel provides. If you’re writing or marketing a book, this is a MUST-HAVE.

Alexa Bigwarfe, Author Coach & Owner of Kat Biggie Press Digital Media Company

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#MichLit 2/17/17 with Author, Veronica Dale with @Andi2474 #motownwriters #podcast #detroit

Today, at 5:30p ET, on Michigan Literary Network Radio! Tune in to hear Andrea Daniel’s interview with Veronica Dale, author of “Night Cruiser,” “Blood Seed,” and “Dark Twin.” Listen on line at http://tobtr.com/s/9784753 or call in to listen live to (646) 915-9177.

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Creative use of video for book promotions

Excellent examples and suggestions of creative ways to use video to promote your book, engage with readers, and build your platform. 20 Ways Authors Use Videos to Engage with Readers

image 20 Ways Authors Use Videos to Engage with ReadersSince video can be such a powerful marketing medium, we compiled examples of how authors use videos to engage with readers and sell more books!
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#CreativeMich Vol. 2 N. 69 (01/31/2017) Made-in-Michigan film festival returns; Initiative aims at attracting, retaining creative talent; and more

Creative Industry News
Detroit native Lily Tomlin honored by fellow actors with lifetime achievement award – MLive – 01/30/2017
Independent Showcase to bring indie artists to Ferris State University for Thursday concerts – Local Spins – 01/30/2017
James Earl Jones, Margo Martindale lead cast of U-Michigan event – Detroit Free Press – 01/30/2017
Students Showcase What ‘Bio Diversity Is’ at 2017 Thunder Bay International Film Festival – WKBK 11 – 01/29/2017
Made-in-Michigan Film Festival to return – Valley Vanguard – 01/29/2017
Snow sculpture winners from Zehnder’s Snowfest announced – MLive – 01/29/2017
Sundance festival comes to Ann Arbor with ‘Wilson’ screening – Detroit Free Press – 01/28/2017
SAG Life honoree Lily Tomlin: ‘I have had a good ride’ – The Detroit News – 01/27/2017
Start Garden restructures leadership to focus on ‘inclusion of all entrepreneurs’ – Grand Rapids Business Journal – 01/27/2017
DIA begins screening home movies collected for ‘Detroit ’67’ project – Detroit Free Press – 01/27/2017
Get ready for Detroit-made horror movie ‘Eloise’ – Detroit Free Press – 01/27/2017
Filmmaker Aviva Kempner: Here’s How You Can Tell You’re a Proud, Longtime Detroit Jew – Deadline Detroit – 01/27/2017
Chiaroscuro International Film Series at UICA – WOOD TV – 01/27/2017
Huron High and EMU alumnus starring in ‘Men are from Mars’ in Detroit – MLive – 01/27/2017
‘Detroit Steel’ debuts on History with inside look at custom car shop – Detroit Free Press – 01/27/2017
LaughFest calls for volunteers – Grand Rapids Business Journal – 01/27/2017
‘Detroit Steel’ more than car refurb show – The Detroit News – 01/26/2017
Free film series brings a world of classics to Detroit venue – Detroit Free Press – 01/26/2017
Happy birthday, Michigan! Let’s celebrate with fun facts – WZZM 13 – ABC – 01/26/2017
First-ever Perrin Brewing Ice Jam festival will feature performances by five W. Michigan bands – Cheboygan News – 01/26/2017
Tom Fletcher Brings Expansive Cinema and Broadcast Lens Expertise to FUJIFILM – Broadcasting Cable – 01/26/2017
Deaf Michigan man to sign National Anthem Super Bowl alongside Luke Bryan – MLive – 01/26/2017
Kresge names Patricia Terry-Ross 2017 Eminent Artist – The Detroit News – 01/26/2017
New initiative aims at attracting, retaining Michigan’s diverse creative talent – Michigan Economic Development Corporation – 01/25/2017
Alumnus starts ‘musical supergroup’ to raise funds for charities – The State News – 01/25/2017
Big Sean raises $100,000 for Flint children – The Detroit News – 01/25/2017
Lansing toddler goes viral for ‘Jolene’ performance – Detroit Free Press – 01/25/2017
Ai Weiwei tells story of social change through Meijer Gardens exhibit – MLive – 01/25/2017
Olivia Millerschin is young, focused and grounded – Detroit Free Press – 01/25/2017
LaughFest adds 12 events before single ticket sales – WZZM 13 – 01/25/2017
A Club Performance From 1960s Detroit Holds One Key To Motown’s Success – NPR – 01/24/2017
Federal Budget Update: concerning Arts, Culture, and Creativity – Creative Many Michigan – 01/24/2017
Food Network star Alton Brown’s favorite coffee shops are in Michigan – MLive – 01/24/2017
Social media tapped for insights into economics, political communication, parenting – U of M News – 01/24/2017
FHS graduate comes back home for Opera House performance – C & G News – 01/23/2017
WMCAT drives social change through education, enterprise – Mi Biz – 01/22/2017
Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Untitled Detroit Project’ to Be First Film Released Through Annapurna’s New Marketing/Distribution Operation – The Hollywood Reporter – 01/20/2017
MSU professor consults on latest Martin Scorsese film, "Silence" – The State News – 01/18/2017
U-M faculty members follow passions to multiple Grammy nominations – MLive – 01/09/2017
Upcoming Events
Feb 3 Orchard Lake Film Festival – West Bloomfield High School
Feb 3 – 5 Made-in-Michigan Film Festival – Frankenmuth
Feb 9 – 12 Central Michigan International Film Festival – Mout Pleasant
Feb 10 WYCE Jammie Awards @ The IntersectionGrand Rapids
Feb 15 Detroit Chamber Digital Marketing Boot Camp Detroit
Feb 16 – 19 Central Michigan International Film Festival – Mout Pleasant
Feb 18 Keys To Working As An Indie Filmmaker – Detroit
Feb 25 Detroit Movie Magic Tour – Detroit History Tours
March 4 14th Annual Teen Filmmaker Festival– Kalamazoo
March 9-19 LaughFest Grand Rapids
March 12 Women’s Film Festival– Oakland University
March 24 Music Takes Action – Ferris State Unviersity, Big Rapids
March 29 Jay and Silent Bob Get Old presented by The Freep Film Festival – The Fillmore Detroit
March 30 – Apr 2 The Freep Film Festival – Detroit
April 7 – 9 color-forwardtofriend-48.png
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Submission Deadlines
March 1 Vidlings & Tapeheads Film Festival
March 27 The Eclipse Awards
"Do you have a news article? Would you like your short film featured in a future bulletin? Want to be added to our distribution list? Drop us a message on ourFacebook page.

That’s A Wrap! Don’t forget to use the hashtag and join the conversation #CreativeMich

Creative Industry News
Detroit native Lily Tomlin honored by fellow actors with lifetime achievement award – MLive – 01/30/2017
Independent Showcase to bring indie artists to Ferris State University for Thursday concerts – Local Spins – 01/30/2017
James Earl Jones, Margo Martindale lead cast of U-Michigan event – Detroit Free Press – 01/30/2017
Students Showcase What ‘Bio Diversity Is’ at 2017 Thunder Bay International Film Festival – WKBK 11 – 01/29/2017
Made-in-Michigan Film Festival to return – Valley Vanguard – 01/29/2017
Snow sculpture winners from Zehnder’s Snowfest announced – MLive – 01/29/2017
Sundance festival comes to Ann Arbor with ‘Wilson’ screening – Detroit Free Press – 01/28/2017
SAG Life honoree Lily Tomlin: ‘I have had a good ride’ – The Detroit News – 01/27/2017
Start Garden restructures leadership to focus on ‘inclusion of all entrepreneurs’ – Grand Rapids Business Journal – 01/27/2017
DIA begins screening home movies collected for ‘Detroit ’67’ project – Detroit Free Press – 01/27/2017
Get ready for Detroit-made horror movie ‘Eloise’ – Detroit Free Press – 01/27/2017
Filmmaker Aviva Kempner: Here’s How You Can Tell You’re a Proud, Longtime Detroit Jew – Deadline Detroit – 01/27/2017
Chiaroscuro International Film Series at UICA – WOOD TV – 01/27/2017
Huron High and EMU alumnus starring in ‘Men are from Mars’ in Detroit – MLive – 01/27/2017
‘Detroit Steel’ debuts on History with inside look at custom car shop – Detroit Free Press – 01/27/2017
LaughFest calls for volunteers – Grand Rapids Business Journal – 01/27/2017
‘Detroit Steel’ more than car refurb show – The Detroit News – 01/26/2017
Free film series brings a world of classics to Detroit venue – Detroit Free Press – 01/26/2017
Happy birthday, Michigan! Let’s celebrate with fun facts – WZZM 13 – ABC – 01/26/2017
First-ever Perrin Brewing Ice Jam festival will feature performances by five W. Michigan bands – Cheboygan News – 01/26/2017
Tom Fletcher Brings Expansive Cinema and Broadcast Lens Expertise to FUJIFILM – Broadcasting Cable – 01/26/2017
Deaf Michigan man to sign National Anthem Super Bowl alongside Luke Bryan – MLive – 01/26/2017
Kresge names Patricia Terry-Ross 2017 Eminent Artist – The Detroit News – 01/26/2017
New initiative aims at attracting, retaining Michigan’s diverse creative talent – Michigan Economic Development Corporation – 01/25/2017
Alumnus starts ‘musical supergroup’ to raise funds for charities – The State News – 01/25/2017
Big Sean raises $100,000 for Flint children – The Detroit News – 01/25/2017
Lansing toddler goes viral for ‘Jolene’ performance – Detroit Free Press – 01/25/2017
Ai Weiwei tells story of social change through Meijer Gardens exhibit – MLive – 01/25/2017
Olivia Millerschin is young, focused and grounded – Detroit Free Press – 01/25/2017
LaughFest adds 12 events before single ticket sales – WZZM 13 – 01/25/2017
A Club Performance From 1960s Detroit Holds One Key To Motown’s Success – NPR – 01/24/2017
Federal Budget Update: concerning Arts, Culture, and Creativity – Creative Many Michigan – 01/24/2017
Food Network star Alton Brown’s favorite coffee shops are in Michigan – MLive – 01/24/2017
Social media tapped for insights into economics, political communication, parenting – U of M News – 01/24/2017
FHS graduate comes back home for Opera House performance – C & G News – 01/23/2017
WMCAT drives social change through education, enterprise – Mi Biz – 01/22/2017
Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Untitled Detroit Project’ to Be First Film Released Through Annapurna’s New Marketing/Distribution Operation – The Hollywood Reporter – 01/20/2017
MSU professor consults on latest Martin Scorsese film, "Silence" – The State News – 01/18/2017
U-M faculty members follow passions to multiple Grammy nominations – MLive – 01/09/2017
Upcoming Events
Feb 3 Orchard Lake Film Festival – West Bloomfield High School
Feb 3 – 5 Made-in-Michigan Film Festival – Frankenmuth
Feb 9 – 12 Central Michigan International Film Festival – Mout Pleasant
Feb 10 WYCE Jammie Awards @ The IntersectionGrand Rapids
Feb 15 Detroit Chamber Digital Marketing Boot Camp Detroit
Feb 16 – 19 Central Michigan International Film Festival – Mout Pleasant
Feb 18 Keys To Working As An Indie Filmmaker – Detroit
Feb 25 Detroit Movie Magic Tour – Detroit History Tours
March 4 14th Annual Teen Filmmaker Festival– Kalamazoo
March 9-19 LaughFest Grand Rapids
March 12 Women’s Film Festival– Oakland University
March 24 Music Takes Action – Ferris State Unviersity, Big Rapids
March 29 Jay and Silent Bob Get Old presented by The Freep Film Festival – The Fillmore Detroit
March 30 – Apr 2 The Freep Film Festival – Detroit
April 7 – 9 color-forwardtofriend-48.png
<a href="mailto:creativemich
Submission Deadlines
March 1 Vidlings & Tapeheads Film Festival
March 27 The Eclipse Awards
"Do you have a news article? Would you like your short film featured in a future bulletin? Want to be added to our distribution list? Drop us a message on ourFacebook page.

That’s A Wrap! Don’t forget to use the hashtag and join the conversation #CreativeMich

Creative Industry News
Detroit native Lily Tomlin honored by fellow actors with lifetime achievement award – MLive – 01/30/2017
Independent Showcase to bring indie artists to Ferris State University for Thursday concerts – Local Spins – 01/30/2017
James Earl Jones, Margo Martindale lead cast of U-Michigan event – Detroit Free Press – 01/30/2017
Students Showcase What ‘Bio Diversity Is’ at 2017 Thunder Bay International Film Festival – WKBK 11 – 01/29/2017
Made-in-Michigan Film Festival to return – Valley Vanguard – 01/29/2017
Snow sculpture winners from Zehnder’s Snowfest announced – MLive – 01/29/2017
Sundance festival comes to Ann Arbor with ‘Wilson’ screening – Detroit Free Press – 01/28/2017
SAG Life honoree Lily Tomlin: ‘I have had a good ride’ – The Detroit News – 01/27/2017
Start Garden restructures leadership to focus on ‘inclusion of all entrepreneurs’ – Grand Rapids Business Journal – 01/27/2017
DIA begins screening home movies collected for ‘Detroit ’67’ project – Detroit Free Press – 01/27/2017
Get ready for Detroit-made horror movie ‘Eloise’ – Detroit Free Press – 01/27/2017
Filmmaker Aviva Kempner: Here’s How You Can Tell You’re a Proud, Longtime Detroit Jew – Deadline Detroit – 01/27/2017
Chiaroscuro International Film Series at UICA – WOOD TV – 01/27/2017
Huron High and EMU alumnus starring in ‘Men are from Mars’ in Detroit – MLive – 01/27/2017
‘Detroit Steel’ debuts on History with inside look at custom car shop – Detroit Free Press – 01/27/2017
LaughFest calls for volunteers – Grand Rapids Business Journal – 01/27/2017
‘Detroit Steel’ more than car refurb show – The Detroit News – 01/26/2017
Free film series brings a world of classics to Detroit venue – Detroit Free Press – 01/26/2017
Happy birthday, Michigan! Let’s celebrate with fun facts – WZZM 13 – ABC – 01/26/2017
First-ever Perrin Brewing Ice Jam festival will feature performances by five W. Michigan bands – Cheboygan News – 01/26/2017
Tom Fletcher Brings Expansive Cinema and Broadcast Lens Expertise to FUJIFILM – Broadcasting Cable – 01/26/2017
Deaf Michigan man to sign National Anthem Super Bowl alongside Luke Bryan – MLive – 01/26/2017
Kresge names Patricia Terry-Ross 2017 Eminent Artist – The Detroit News – 01/26/2017
New initiative aims at attracting, retaining Michigan’s diverse creative talent – Michigan Economic Development Corporation – 01/25/2017
Alumnus starts ‘musical supergroup’ to raise funds for charities – The State News – 01/25/2017
Big Sean raises $100,000 for Flint children – The Detroit News – 01/25/2017
Lansing toddler goes viral for ‘Jolene’ performance – Detroit Free Press – 01/25/2017
Ai Weiwei tells story of social change through Meijer Gardens exhibit – MLive – 01/25/2017
Olivia Millerschin is young, focused and grounded – Detroit Free Press – 01/25/2017
LaughFest adds 12 events before single ticket sales – WZZM 13 – 01/25/2017
A Club Performance From 1960s Detroit Holds One Key To Motown’s Success – NPR – 01/24/2017
Federal Budget Update: concerning Arts, Culture, and Creativity – Creative Many Michigan – 01/24/2017
Food Network star Alton Brown’s favorite coffee shops are in Michigan – MLive – 01/24/2017
Social media tapped for insights into economics, political communication, parenting – U of M News – 01/24/2017
FHS graduate comes back home for Opera House performance – C & G News – 01/23/2017
WMCAT drives social change through education, enterprise – Mi Biz – 01/22/2017
Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Untitled Detroit Project’ to Be First Film Released Through Annapurna’s New Marketing/Distribution Operation – The Hollywood Reporter – 01/20/2017
MSU professor consults on latest Martin Scorsese film, "Silence" – The State News – 01/18/2017
U-M faculty members follow passions to multiple Grammy nominations – MLive – 01/09/2017
Upcoming Events
Feb 3 Orchard Lake Film Festival – West Bloomfield High School
Feb 3 – 5 Made-in-Michigan Film Festival – Frankenmuth
Feb 9 – 12 Central Michigan International Film Festival – Mout Pleasant
Feb 10 WYCE Jammie Awards @ The IntersectionGrand Rapids
Feb 15 Detroit Chamber Digital Marketing Boot Camp Detroit
Feb 16 – 19 Central Michigan International Film Festival – Mout Pleasant
Feb 18 Keys To Working As An Indie Filmmaker – Detroit
Feb 25 Detroit Movie Magic Tour – Detroit History Tours
March 4 14th Annual Teen Filmmaker Festival– Kalamazoo
March 9-19 LaughFest Grand Rapids
March 12 Women’s Film Festival– Oakland University
March 24 Music Takes Action – Ferris State Unviersity, Big Rapids
March 29 Jay and Silent Bob Get Old presented by The Freep Film Festival – The Fillmore Detroit
March 30 – Apr 2 The Freep Film Festival – Detroit
April 7 – 9 color-forwardtofriend-48.png
<a href="mailto:creativemich
Submission Deadlines
March 1 Vidlings & Tapeheads Film Festival
March 27 The Eclipse Awards
"Do you have a news article? Would you like your short film featured in a future bulletin? Want to be added to our distribution list? Drop us a message on ourFacebook page.

That’s A Wrap! Don’t forget to use the hashtag and join the conversation #CreativeMich

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#MotownWriters Author Feature: Jeff Whitcher #Michlit #MotownLit

 

 

Jeff Whitcher

Jeff Whitcher

Where are you from? Troy, MI
Tell us your latest news? This past year I have published four books. Two are books of poetry for children, Today I Wore a Clown to School and I Dreamt I Was a Waffle, and two are picture books, Everything’s Better with Ketchup and Please Keep Your Feet OFF the Book.
When and why did you begin writing? I began writing fiction in the fifth grade, but it took me another 33 years (and five kids of my own) before I decided what I liked best was writing poems and books for children. I began writing because it was one of the few things besides drawing that I thought I was good at. I enjoy entertaining people and making them laugh and writing is a great way to accomplish both.
When did you first consider yourself a writer? In college when my first article was published in the student newspaper. It was a small community college so I had pretty much unlimited artistic freedom as long as I didn’t write something offensive or pornographic. I wrote several record and book reviews of records and books that didn’t actually exist, mostly to amuse myself.
What inspired you to write your first book? I started writing poems to entertain my youngest children because I enjoyed making them laugh and wanted to prove I could write as good as Shel Silverstein, one of my idols. I took as inspiration my experiences as a father and memories of my own childhood. I’m sure one day my kids will look back and insist that none of the mischief attributed to them was accurate.
Do you have a specific writing style? Most everything I write rhymes. I try to be silly and clever without being pretentious. It is also important to me not to insult the intelligence of my readers. They know what’s good and what’s not without having to be told.
How did you come up with the title? The title of my latest book, I Dreamt I Was a Waffle is the title of my favorite poem in the book. The poem itself is told from the perspective of a child who had a dream that he is a waffle in danger of being eaten. Fortunately the poem is not drawn from personal experience. It’s a suspenseful poem but also a good one to read at breakfast time.

How much of the book is realistic? 85% of the poems are based on real experiences that I had growing up or those of my children. Of course, some of the facts are exaggerated for comedic effect. Some are exaggerated to embarrass my children.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? My own primarily as a child and as a man child.
What books have most influenced your life most? Without question, Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic. I loved those books as a child and I still love reading them today, which says a lot about the timeless quality of his work. I also loved Dr. Seuss books and the poetry of A.A Milne.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Shel Silverstein. I learned a great deal about the different forms and shapes a poem can take, the importance of rhythm and cadence and also that we are only limited by our imagination. Some of his poems just defy everything I was taught about writing poetry and I love that.
What book are you reading now? You Never Give Me Your Money by Peter Doggett about the breakup of the Beatles. I like biographies when I’m reading for pleasure.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Hailey Leithauser is new to me, but I think she is beyond brilliant. Her poetry is so lyrical and playful and inventive. I almost gave up writing after reading her because I thought I’ll never write anything half as good as this. I’m sure it is the same reaction most musicians have after hearing the Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds” for the first time.
What are your current projects? I am currently writing a collection of poems based on emotions. It’s tentatively going to be called Happy (and other feelings).
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. Teachers have been incredibly supportive. I have been invited to speak at schools across the state of Michigan and actually read to several schools in the Chicago area this past winter. Teachers are one of the greatest and most influential endorsements I could ask for since they have important influence with my target demographic.
Do you see writing as a career? I do, even though it is at the moment a side career. I spend a significant amount of time either writing or thinking about ideas for future books or poems. I hope one day to retire and do nothing but write but that seems to be many years in the future.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Always. Sometimes it’s a word here or there, sometimes an entire poem. But I tend to be highly critical of my own work. Eventually I make peace with it.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? My interest in writing was definitely inspired by Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein. I remember reading the poems in “Where the Sidewalk Ends” and thinking, “I can do that!” Of course, it’s not as easy as it looks, but that’s the fun and the challenge of writing.
Can you share a little of your current work with us? I’d be happy to.

Sad

My shirt is striped,

My pants are plaid,

I’m sad.

It said “subtract,”

So why’d I add?

I’m sad.

My best friend since the second grade

Today with some brand new kids played.

I’d ask to join, but I’m afraid.

I’m sad.

I lost the birthday check I had.

I’m sad.

And now my mother’s really mad.

I’m sad.

I got a D + on my test,

I studied hard and tried my best,

But still too many questions guessed,

I’m sad.

I want to sit and cry a spell,

I’m sad.

I wish I had someone to tell,

I’m sad.

Although I may have lost a friend,

And have no birthday funds to spend,

At least the day is near its end.

I’m sad.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Having a really great idea for a poem but being unable to wrestle it into shape. I have an entire folder of half-finished poems that I had to abandon because I just wasn’t satisfied with how it was turning out. Sometimes I have to concede that the idea I had maybe wasn’t so great in the first place and move on to something else.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? My favorite author is A.A Milne. Most readers only know him from his Winnie the Pooh books but he was a gifted poet as well. There is an innocence, beauty and purity to his poetry that I really admire. He can take the most ordinary image (two raindrops sliding down a window pane) and turn it into something magical and extraordinary in just a few lines.
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? In the springtime during school reading months I travel a couple times a month to different schools around the state. I also travel to arts and crafts shows to market and sell my books. Anything that will put me in touch with the readers I am trying to reach I am game for.
Who designed the covers? I designed the cover based on artwork from the poem the title of the book is based on. I draw all the illustrations for my books.
What was the hardest part of writing your book? Having the self-confidence to put something out there for other people to read knowing there are invariably going to be people who don’t like it. It can be hard to take criticism and most of the time I’m my harshest critic.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? The learning moments for me come from interacting with my audience and finding out what they like and maybe don’t like. Having the opportunity to read the books to a large group of kids is a great way to learn if the poems are resonating with and entertaining your audience or missing the mark.
Do you have any advice for other writers? Feedback is very important so ask as many people as you know (and trust) to read your work and offer their honest opinions. It takes a thick skin sometimes but there is something to take away from even the harshest critique.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Thank you for taking the time to read my work and I appreciate the opportunity to entertain you!

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Returning for #RustCity17: Roselynn Cannes & Kristina Knight @RustCityBookCon #MittenLit #MotownLit #MotownWriters

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Returning for #RustCity17: Roselynn Cannes & Kristina Knight

by Jackie

Every book convention must have authors. There’s no question about it and I am working hard to ensure that we not only have a ton of fun people to hang out with, but there’s a wide range of genre talent as well. I know many readers tend to stick with their preferred genres, and there’s […]

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100 Editing and Proofreading Tips for Writers

Underwood-vintage-typewriter-prop1Editing and proofreading are vital for producing great writing. But where should you look? What should you change? As the most comprehensive editing and proofreading list on the Web, this list provides 100 tips to self-edit your work into professional shape.

The term editing covers a wide range of practices, from restructuring whole documents to recasting sentences. Proofreading is the final stage, when everything’s in place and you’re just looking for consistency of style and final errors.

This tips are divided into six logical sections, including:

  • Habits
  • Practical Processes
  • The Bigger Picture
  • Sentence-level Editing
  • Formatting
  • Don’t Forget!

Let’s get on to the 100 best editing and proofreading tips for writers.

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#MarketingMonday w/@PamPerry: Are You Googlicious? Take This Quiz To See #bookpromo #ammarketing

way companies are thriving while other companies who aren’t “GOOGLICIOUS” are dying.

Test Your Googlicious Quotient:

  1. Do you have a Facebook account with at least 1,000 friends in your niche?
  2. Have you set up a “Like” Page for your brand, book or business and connected it to Twitter?
  3. Do you tweet at least 5 times a day by adding value?
  4. Do you use Twitter tools like Tweet Deck or Hoot Suite with your tweets?
  5. Do you have an updated and full and complete Google profile?
  6. Have you set up a YouTube video channel that brands you by name and look?
  7. Have you created at least one video and posted it on your channel with relevant key words to your brand?
  8. Do you have a LinkedIn account with recommendations from others proving you to be all you say you are and key words in your “about me” section?
  9. Are you part of any groups in LinkedIn and post comments with links (live urls) there often?
  10. Do you blog regularly (at least once a week)? Do you have blogroll on it and RSS feed?
  11. Do you podcast or are featured on Blogtalk Radio frequently?
  12. Do you have photos of yourself tagged on your blog or website with your name as the description?
  13. Have you secured a personal domain of your name at a “dot com?” Have you used NameCheck.com to secure your social media “real estate”?
  14. Do you have a list of the key words people search for in your industry? Do you use them in blogs and in other content-sharing activities?
  15. Have you installed Google Analytics to your blog or website? Do you know where your traffic is coming from and where they are going when they land on your site?
  16. Do you have a FriendFeed account?
  17. Do you Bookmark items in Digg, Stumbleupon or De.lic.ious?
  18. Do you have a professional Flickr account for your photos and videos?
  19. Do you have a Slideshare, Scribd or GoogleDocs account?
  20. Do you have an email marketing program that posts your emails to your social networks?
  21. Do you post articles in article directories and/or do your regularly distribute social media releases?
  22. If an author, do you have an updated bio, your blog and video in your Amazon profile? Do you have an online press kit?
  23. Are you connecting with your core customer in Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn by delivering “fremiums” to them and growing your email list an average of 10 per week?
  24. Do you have RSS “chicklets” or “widgets” on your blog or website that gives you backlinks (which is a key SEO rankings)?
  25. Do you have most of the Google products: Google Reader, Google Friend Connect, Gmail, GoogleTalk,YouTube, Google maps, photos, Feedburner and Google Buzz?

If you have 15 or more “yes” answers, you are on you way to being very Googlicious and having your possible customers, potential clients and media find you. Once they find you – that’s where the “Ka-Ching” happens!

People are searching in Google – can they find you? And once they find you, do you know how to convert that connection into a customer?

Award-winning social media strategist and PR Coach Pam Perry helps African American Christian authors garner publicity and leverage online strategies. As a 20-year PR veteran, she is also the co-author of “Synergy Energy: How to Use the Power of Partnerships to Market Your Book, Grow Your Business and Brand Your Ministry.” For a free MP3 of “What Every Author Should Know,” go to http://www.PamPerryPR.com. She offers help through her private mentorship program at http://www.PamPerryMentoring.com

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