MWN Blog Archive Don’t Forget: REALIZING RIVER CITY Launch Party &Bookfair Friday, April 22 w/#MichLit Author @melgrunow

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Realizing River City Book Launch Party and Bookfair

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Event details:

REALIZING RIVER CITY Launch Party and Bookfair
Friday, April 22
Barnes & Noble (Rochester Hills, MI)
2800 S. Rochester Road, Rochester Hills, Michigan 48307

https://www.facebook.com/events/986878998072364/

Michigan author Melissa Grunow invites you to the Launch Party for the
release of her memoir REALIZING RIVER CITY. The celebration will include a
reading, meet-and-greet, and book signing, and is being hosted in
collaboration with a Barnes & Noble Bookfair. A percentage of all in-store
and online sales during the Bookfair event will be donated to the Delta Phi
Epsilon Educational Foundation which provides scholarships and financial
support for active sisters and alumnae throughout the United States.

Refreshments provided by the Alpha Psi chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon.

About the book: REALIZING RIVER CITY is a memoir that proves how despite
the troubles we may face, there is hope in the way we continually risk
ourselves in search for the life we want to live. It’s a story about loss,
love, compassion, and finally redemption.

Can’t attend the event? Purchase anything from Barnes & Noble online
between April 21-April 29 and enter the BOOKFAIR CODE 11829942 at checkout
for a percentage to be donated to the Educational Foundation.


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MWN Blog Archive #Detroit Apr24 w/@826Michigan at Little @313Libraries Originals exhibition #michlit #motownwriters #motownlit

Friends of the Detroit Little Libraries campaign:

It’s possible you may not have heard of him, but Mike Kelley was one of Detroit’s seminal sons, widely regarded as one of the most influential, visionary and prolific artists of our time. He created installations, sculptures, paintings, photographs, video, performance art and more beginning in the 1970s until his 2012 death in Los Angeles. His work is in museum collections around the world.

One of his last pieces was a replica of his childhood home in Westland. Known as the “Mobile Homestead,” the structure is located behind the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) and used in accordance with Kelley’s last wishes: to exhibit art with a social mission.

We are honored and beyond thrilled to announce that the Little Library Originals exhibition will be on display at the Mobile Homestead for three months starting from Jan. 15- April 24.

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit's Mobile Homestead
The exhibit aims to highlight our efforts to address Detroit neighborhoods that are book deserts — meaning that many children and adults have few, if any, books in their home. Book deserts in Detroit will be the topic of a panel discussion in April, along with other programs including an artist talk, four story times for kids and book giveaways.

Some of you may recall that the Little Library Originals show was created last summer when 13 artists accepted an invitation to help promote literacy and community in Detroit through the take a book, leave a book movement known as the Little Free Library. We gave the artists plain little libraries, and they transformed them with their artwork. A one-night exhibition, colliding art, literacy and community, was held in August at the 4731 Gallery in the Grand River Creative Corridor.

Since then, we have worked to make the Little Library Originals a traveling exhibit, per the vision of Eno Laget, one of the participating artists. First on display at the Detroit Public Library, and now at the Mobile Homestead.

During the Mobile Homestead show, we will highlight the campaign of Detroit Little Libraries – to expand residents’ access to books through the installation of more Little Free Libraries in neighborhoods. Since our launch in September 2014, we have created numerous partners, installed nearly 150 Little Free Libraries in Detroit and distributed thousands of books.

The show will be open every weekend through April 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday throughSunday.

An additional program has been planned, including:

*** April 24, 1 p.m.: 826Michigan presents, A Lantern of Fireflies: An Illustrated Treasury of Tales of Adventure, Discovery, and Magic. This publication features twenty Huron High School ninth-graders and a class of second-grade students from Mitchell Elementary, in Ann Arbor. Volunteers from 826Michigan will be reading for this Sunday storytime.

Thanks so much to the artists who have used their art to promote reading in Detroit, and further our and Mike Kelley’s vision: Barbara Barefield, Loretta Bradfield, Mary Fortuna, Debora Grace, Jesse Kassel, Eno Laget, Kelly O’Hara, Ndubisi Okoye, Rashaun Rucker, John Sauve, Mitchell Schorr, Pam Shapiro, and Fatima Sow.

Please share this invitation with your friends, and we look forward to seeing you during this very special exhibition.

Warmly,
Kim
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Kim Kozlowski
Detroit Little Libraries
313-595-4845

Detroit Little Libraries launched a campaign in September 2014 to promote reading and community in the city and there are now nearly 150 Little Free Libraries in front of homes, faith-based organizations, schools, community gardens, small businesses, parks, health care centers and more.

Our partners have included Rx for Reading Detroit, Detroit Rotary, Detroit Kiwanis, Detroit SOUP, Detroit Bikes, Detroit Public Library, Community United for Progress, General Motors, Chrysler, the Detroit News and Free Press, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, Toys for Tots, the Grand River Creative Corridor, First United Methodist Church of Birmingham, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Novi teachers, and several individuals, including many Eagle Scouts and two young people who make the libraries the centerpiece of their miztvah service project. And, of course, the Little Free Library.

Mailing via The Motown Writers Network &
The Literary World of Sylvia Hubbard
http://sylviahubbard.com
http://MotownWriters.com
http://MichiganLiteraryNetwork.com
http://Hubbooks.biz
http://aaeln.com
http://loveablackwoman.com
http://MichiganMurderandMayhem.com

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MWN Blog Archive Help The #Michigan Metaphorical Melee #fundraising via @deonteosayande #KnightsArtChallenge

I’m currently in the fundraising stages of producing The Michigan Metaphorical Melee. What that is is a biannual four part festival dedicated to poetry in the state of Michigan. There will be a team poetry slam featuring teams from 8 different cities in the state, a theatrical production where poets will be directed into both writing and performing their own parts in a play, workshops for writers and performers, and a showcase for local poetry publishers and writers.

https://www.patronicity.com/project/the_michigan_metaphorical_melee#/

In November I was one of the Knight Arts Challenge winners with the Knight Foundation last year and in order for me to receive the grant that the foundation is awarding me for this project I have to match the funds in the amount of $4,000. This online fundraiser is one in a series of efforts that will acquire that funding match. The online fundraiser is aiming for only $1,000 to get enough to secure the venues for the festival and to lock down specific dates for the event. There is more information at the link that I’m posting in this email. I know you said to include pictures so I added one of the logos for the festival and one of me in case people want to know who is behind the project.

Thank you, I appreciate if you’re able to share it and I think it will be a phenomenal addition to the literary community in the city and statewide.

https://www.patronicity.com/project/the_michigan_metaphorical_melee#/

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The online fundraiser ends on May 17th

Deonte Osayande is a former track and field sprinter turned writer from Detroit, Mi. He writes nonfiction and poetry. His poems have been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology, a Pushcart Prize and published in numerous publications. He has represented Detroit at multiple National Poetry Slam competitions. He’s currently a professor of English at Wayne County Community College, and teaching youth through the Inside Out Detroit Literary Arts Program.

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How to Host a Book Launch That Doesn’t Suck #MotownWriters

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Expert Author Stephanie J. Hale

The most memorable literary event I’ve ever attended was held at an art gallery in London. I’d been a judge for some writers’ awards. It was a black tie event so everyone was dressed up to the nines.

Half-way through the evening, the doors were sealed, security guards appeared and a “surprise guest” was announced. Salman Rushdie walked in looking defiant, gave a speech, mingled, and promptly disappeared again.

It was in the early 1990s, just after he had gone into hiding. But I still remember it like it was yesterday. I can still see those canapés dusted with gold icing, the artistic bowls they were served in, and the strategically-placed minimalist sculptures. We were mesmerised even before Salman entered the room. When he did, we were blown away. The thought and planning that went into that event were phenomenal.

Equally, I’ve known of some pretty dire events. At the worst end of the scale, a multi-millionaire business author and TV personality hired a mansion in an exclusive part of London and sold tickets, promoting it as an opportunity to mix with high net worth entrepreneurs. She had a large cake made, with the cover of her book on it, and set up a “mini-bar” and a sound system.

What happened next by all accounts was a cross between a football scrum and a school disco. More people showed up than expected, and jostled with each other for space. Wine had to be served from boxes in white plastic cups. Vases were broken. The neighbours complained about the goings on next door, and the landlord was called. Of course, no permission had been given to hold an event of this scale on the premises. So everyone was asked to leave. Not quite the impression you would want to give, unless perhaps you are one of the Gallagher brothers.

Generally though, book launches tend to follow a pretty standard format whether they’re held in bookshops, libraries or galleries.

A glass of Merlot awaits you when you roll up. You stand around mingling with the great and the good for an hour. The author makes a speech thanking everyone who has helped them. A request is made for you to buy the book if you haven’t already. Half an hour later, it’s time to go home. You’ve enjoyed yourself, but there’s very little to distinguish one event from another.

So the question is: how can you host a memorable book launch that really stands out, regardless of your budget? Any author can do this if you apply the same degree of creativity that went into writing your book in the first place:

1. Find a venue that complements your book

A bookshop or library is a safe, but conventional, option. If you’re looking for something more prestigious, then pick an upmarket venue like an art gallery, a museum, or a university function room. If it’s the height of summer, then consider a BBQ in a park or garden. If you’re a speaker, then why not tie in your book launch with a talk you’re giving? If you’re a children’s author, can you hold the event in a park, a school or a zoo? If you have the resources, how about a boat, a place of historic interest or a castle? One of my clients wrote her book on her laptop while sitting in Costa’s, so it was natural for her to host a signing there. You don’t have to spend a fortune to make an impact.

2. Set the mood for the event

How can you set the mood from the moment your guests walk in? Do you want candlelight, day light, or fluorescent lighting? Will your guests drink from plastic cups or glass goblets or champagne flutes? Will you offer them Beaujolais or bubbly? Will they have cheese on cocktail sticks, or something more exotic? Will they be served on paper plates or silver platters? Will the room be decorated in bunting or photographs that tie in with your book? Roller banners, with your business logo or your book cover, are a very cost-effective way to make an impression.

3. What will your photos look like?

Imagine a photograph of yourself signing a book at your launch. Would you prefer the event to have a serious or a fun feel? Would you like attendees to wear dress suits or jeans? Should it be upmarket or informal? Is this a no-children affair or a family event? How about a theme where people wear fancy dress? If you’ve written a novel set in the 1920s, could you play jazz, serve Mint julep cocktails, and ask the women to wear flapper dresses? I remember a children’s book launch where the author dressed as a big yellow bird with stripy legs. These photographs will be around for a long time to come. You and your attendees will post them on social media and share them. How will you like to feel when you see these photos: proud and happy, or slightly awkward?

4. Determine your grand finale

A finale is essential for any book launch. Often, a speech or a reading from the author will suffice. But you can be more inventive than this. One of my clients taped copies of his book beneath the seats of 150 people who attended a property event. They had no idea until he told them to look under their seats. He then asked everyone to look at a certain word on a certain page inside their books. The person who had the book with the word highlighted in yellow won a £500 prize. The event was fun. Everyone then stood up and gave him a standing ovation.

Another author I’ve worked with enticed people to pay £65 for his book and attend his event, by offering a seminar to teach attendees how to create a successful million dollar business.

How can you surprise or wow your own audience so that you over-deliver on their expectations and they remember your event for a long time to come?

5. How can you attract the media?

A client of mine wrote an anti-evolution book and invited Ireland’s Minister for Science to launch it (though it caused such a controversy that he didn’t). “Darwin” showed up at the book launch, linking arms with a Gorilla. The author had a glass bowl filled with 15 tennis balls which he announced he would dump on the floor to see if they would arrange themselves in a perfect circle. Of course they didn’t. The author had media coverage in over 50 outlets.

Another property author held a book launch at an event near Marble Arch, in London. She held an auction that raised thousands of pounds for a shelter for homeless people, and the event had coverage in various papers including The Times.

Why were journalists interested in these events? Because they were different: they weren’t traditional book launches.

6. Your invitation should excite your attendees

Many authors send out invitations that have an undercurrent of fear and insecurity. You can almost hear the cogs whirring in their head: “What if no one comes?” They say things like: “Please bring along your friends, neighbours and anyone else you know”. What can you offer them that will make sure they’ll move other events in their diary just to be there? Strike a confident tone with your invitation: you are offering a never-to-be-repeated opportunity for a limited number of people. When the tickets are gone, they’re gone. They’d be foolish not to come. Offer more than just a book launch and set the tone of your expectations. Take for example, the author who recently held a launch at The Ritz in Mayfair, telling attendees to “dress to impress!” and bring along a business card to share with others.

7. How can you have impact and influence beyond this event?

It’s been like sales day at Harrods. People have been desperate for you to sign their books. They’ve loved your idea. But once the wine or champagne has gone, and guests start to drift away, what impact will you have? You’ve had a great event. But what can you do to ensure these people buy your future books, come to other events that you host, or want to work with you? Can you give guests a reason to sign up on your Facebook page, your blog or your newsletter? Can you hand out flyers offering them a free consultation with you? Can you ensure that everyone has your business card or contact details? I’ve had clients who have trebled their speaking engagements after publishing their book, authors who have generated weekly leads for their business several years after their launch, clients who’ve got their own magazine columns. What impact will you have?

Pay attention to all these small details and you should have a book launch that really sings!

Stephanie J Hale is award-winning author of “How to Sell One Million Books” and “Millionaire Author”.

Sign up right now for your free report “How to Write a Six-Figure Book and Why Most Writers Get This Wrong” at:http://www.millionaireauthorsbootcamp.com/report

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MWN Blog Archive Freelance Marketplace Writers’ Group @Meetup April 19th & The Rochesters Writers Conference April 23rd @talktravel

Freelance Marketplace Writers’ Group

The next meeting is Tuesday, April 19, at the Rochester Hills Barnes & Noble Bookstore at 7:30 p.m. 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. We meet the third Tuesday of the month to discuss the business of writing. It’s free and open to new, working, and published writers. Come once, once in a while, or every time.

Crafting and Writing Characters

This is the last week to sign-up for the Spring Writers’ Conference, held at Oakland University on Saturday, April 23, in Rochester. Designed for the fiction author, this focused event will be on Crafting and Writing Characters:

Presentations include:

  • How to Interview your Characters: Learn who your Characters are with Q&A
  • Creating an Emotional Roller Coaster for your Readers through your Hero’s Journey
  • How Supporting Characters and their Subplots Support the Hero’s Primary Journey
  • How to Create Characters who will come Alive in your Novel: Using the Science of Western Face Reading to Craft your Character’s Look
  • Character’s Body Language: Showing Emotion and Feeling by Writing Non-verbal Communication
  • Crafting Believable Dialog: Giving your Characters Voice
  • A Family of Character: Crafting Characters who are Related

All sessions, refreshments, and lunch are included. Presenters have the exclusive right to sell their books and will be on hand to sign copies at the event. Winners of the Winter Writing Contest will be announced at the conference. OnlineRegistration is going on NOW for $125 and then $150 at the door (space permitting).

www.RochesterWriters.com


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MWN Blog Archive Romance Slam Jam 2016 Registration is OPEN! #michlit #amreading #Detroit Apr28-30th #RSJ2016

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April 28 – 30, 2016
Detroit, Michigan

Keynote Beverly Jenkins

Host Authors
Elaine Overton
Karen White Owens

For more information:
RomanceSlamJam.org

Register Now

Click here for a downloadable version of the invitation. Spread the word! More information to come

RSJ To Do List

Register for RSJ 2016
Reserve Hotel Room
Spread the Word


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Michigan Couple Faces Jail Time Over Overdue Library Books — CBS DetroitCBS Detroit

TECUMSEH, Mich. (AP/WWJ) – A southeast Michigan couple faces jail time over two late books that they failed to return to their local public library. Cathy and Melvin Duren of Tecumseh, north of Adrian, each were charged Thursday in Lenawee County with a misdemeanor charge of failure to return rental property. WXYZ-TV reports that the…

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What would you duo of this happened to you?

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She Wrote a Book — Annette Rochelle Aben

Author and book coach, Lena Anani hosts a podcast titled: She Wrote a Book. As the title suggests, this is an interview opportunity for women to promote a book they have written. Although the actual conversation takes less than 12-13 minutes, Miss. Anani helps the interviewee make the most of the experience. Through her blog, […]

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MWN Blog Archive #RedInk Conference – Metro #Detroit May 14th – Register Now! #MichLit @TenitaJEditor

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MWN Blog Archive It’s Your Time! The Aspiring Writers Association of American Conference April 23 #AWAOA @TenitaJEditor

Beyond excited for this conference! Don’t wait! It will fill up and space is limited. Not your ordinary writers conference! #BIG #DOORS https://www.eventbrite.com/e/its-your-time-awaoa-2016-writing-conference-tickets-20403144354

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MWN Blog Archive Apr16 Book Deserts in #Detroit Little @313Libraries Originals exhibition #michlit #motownwriters #motownlit

Friends of the Detroit Little Libraries campaign:

It’s possible you may not have heard of him, but Mike Kelley was one of Detroit’s seminal sons, widely regarded as one of the most influential, visionary and prolific artists of our time. He created installations, sculptures, paintings, photographs, video, performance art and more beginning in the 1970s until his 2012 death in Los Angeles. His work is in museum collections around the world.

One of his last pieces was a replica of his childhood home in Westland. Known as the “Mobile Homestead,” the structure is located behind the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) and used in accordance with Kelley’s last wishes: to exhibit art with a social mission.

We are honored and beyond thrilled to announce that the Little Library Originals exhibition will be on display at the Mobile Homestead for three months starting from Jan. 15- April 24.

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit's Mobile Homestead
The exhibit aims to highlight our efforts to address Detroit neighborhoods that are book deserts — meaning that many children and adults have few, if any, books in their home. Book deserts in Detroit will be the topic of a panel discussion in April, along with other programs including an artist talk, four story times for kids and book giveaways.

Some of you may recall that the Little Library Originals show was created last summer when 13 artists accepted an invitation to help promote literacy and community in Detroit through the take a book, leave a book movement known as the Little Free Library. We gave the artists plain little libraries, and they transformed them with their artwork. A one-night exhibition, colliding art, literacy and community, was held in August at the 4731 Gallery in the Grand River Creative Corridor.

Since then, we have worked to make the Little Library Originals a traveling exhibit, per the vision of Eno Laget, one of the participating artists. First on display at the Detroit Public Library, and now at the Mobile Homestead.

During the Mobile Homestead show, we will highlight the campaign of Detroit Little Libraries – to expand residents’ access to books through the installation of more Little Free Libraries in neighborhoods. Since our launch in September 2014, we have created numerous partners, installed nearly 150 Little Free Libraries in Detroit and distributed thousands of books.

The show will be open every weekend through April 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday throughSunday.

Additionally, programs have been planned, including:

*** April 16, 11 a.m.: Book Deserts in Detroit, a panel discussion, featuring Nell Duke, University of Michigan professor of literacy, language and culture; Satori Shakoor, executive director of the Society for the Re-Institutionalization of Storytelling, and Ethriam Cash Brammer, associate dean of the Center for Latina/o and Latin American Studies at Wayne State University.
Moderated by Mary-Catherine Harrison, University of Detroit-Mercy English associate professor.

*** April 24, 1 p.m.: 826Michigan presents, A Lantern of Fireflies: An Illustrated Treasury of Tales of Adventure, Discovery, and Magic. This publication features twenty Huron High School ninth-graders and a class of second-grade students from Mitchell Elementary, in Ann Arbor. Volunteers from 826Michigan will be reading for this Sunday storytime.

Thanks so much to the artists who have used their art to promote reading in Detroit, and further our and Mike Kelley’s vision: Barbara Barefield, Loretta Bradfield, Mary Fortuna, Debora Grace, Jesse Kassel, Eno Laget, Kelly O’Hara, Ndubisi Okoye, Rashaun Rucker, John Sauve, Mitchell Schorr, Pam Shapiro, and Fatima Sow.

Please share this invitation with your friends, and we look forward to seeing you during this very special exhibition.

Warmly,
Kim
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Kim Kozlowski
Detroit Little Libraries
313-595-4845

Detroit Little Libraries launched a campaign in September 2014 to promote reading and community in the city and there are now nearly 150 Little Free Libraries in front of homes, faith-based organizations, schools, community gardens, small businesses, parks, health care centers and more.

Our partners have included Rx for Reading Detroit, Detroit Rotary, Detroit Kiwanis, Detroit SOUP, Detroit Bikes, Detroit Public Library, Community United for Progress, General Motors, Chrysler, the Detroit News and Free Press, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, Toys for Tots, the Grand River Creative Corridor, First United Methodist Church of Birmingham, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Novi teachers, and several individuals, including many Eagle Scouts and two young people who make the libraries the centerpiece of their miztvah service project. And, of course, the Little Free Library.

Mailing via The Motown Writers Network &
The Literary World of Sylvia Hubbard
http://sylviahubbard.com
http://MotownWriters.com
http://MichiganLiteraryNetwork.com
http://Hubbooks.biz
http://aaeln.com
http://loveablackwoman.com
http://MichiganMurderandMayhem.com

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MWN Blog Archive Halfway to 313 little libraries! Viva Libris!

to our Detroit Little Libraries friends –

Less than 18 months after we planted the first Little Free Library in Detroit, we are halfway to reaching our goal of 313 libraries in the city!

And there is a reason we keep planting them: There’s only one book for every 37 preschool children in Hamtramck, and one for every five children in Detroit’s University District neighborhood, according to a recent academic study.

Find out more about book deserts this weekend, and help us reach our goal of 313 libraries in Detroit by attending a special evening to benefit the library campaign on Thursday, June 9.

The discussion about book deserts this Saturday at 11 a.m. will feature several local academics and a storyteller at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. This is one of our last programs before our Collision of Art, Literacy and Community exhibitionends April 24 in the Mobile Homestead at MOCAD.

More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1507825142847174/

Just as pressing is keeping up the momentum this spring in our library plantings, so we are throwing a very special fundraising event with hors d’oeuvres, music, a silent auction and more on June 9. https://www.facebook.com/events/927347724052297/

Get your tickets now. Only $25 will help put more Little Free Libraries up in Detroit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/viva-libris-an-evening-for-det…

Even if you can’t come, consider a donation to pay it forward and help make Detroit the Little Free Library capital! http://detroitlittlelibraries.org/donate/

Viva Libris!

Kim

Kim Kozlowski
Detroit Little Libraries
(313) 595-4845

Detroit Little Libraries is a grassroots campaign working in partnership with the Little Free Library to promote reading and community in Detroit through the take-a-book, leave-a-book movement known as the Little Free Library.

Our partners include First United Methodist Church of Birmingham, Rx for Reading Detroit, Detroit Rotary, Detroit Kiwanis, Detroit SOUP, Detroit Bikes, Detroit Parks, the Detroit News and Free Press, Community United for Progress, General Motors, Chrysler, 4731 Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and several individuals, including many Eagle Scouts.

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This is Why Your Books Aren’t Selling: 4 Ways to Improve Now by @BadRedheadMedia

If you have to ask then you really need to read this article. #ammarketing #booksellingtechniques #authors #motownwriters

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 Your Books Aren’t Selling

“My sales are awful, and I’ve done everything. I give up.” 

I heard this from three authors this week, and it’s not an uncommon sentiment right now. As an imprint director, book manager and book marketing consultant, my first questions are always:

  • What do you mean by everything?
  • How do you define “awful?”
  • What do you mean by ‘giving up?’

Let’s deconstruct four ways to improve on that!

1) What Is ‘Everything’ RE: Book Marketing?

Your definition of ‘everything’ and my definition are probably quite different. When I asked one of these authors what he’d done, he said he’d:

  • placed a few Facebook ads,
  • sent out a bunch of tweets during his free days,
  • placed a FreeBooksy promo (cost: $45). That’s about it.

To me, that’s barely scraping the bare minimum of ‘hardly anything,’ but in his mind, that’s more than he’d ever done! When I…

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#MotownWriters Author Feature: Rebecca Lombardo #Michlit @bekalombardo

Rebecca Lombardo

Rebecca Lombardo

Where are you from? I live in Farmington Hills. I was born and raised here.

Tell us your latest news? I’ve been invited to participate in a local author’s night on April 12th at Schuler Books in Okemos, Michigan. It starts at 7:00 PM. I’m looking forward to it.

When and why did you begin writing? I actually started writing when I was very young. The first story ever wrote and illustrated myself was in third grade.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? After I got out of high school, I was very good at poetry, and it was about that time I decided I was an actual writer.LASTCOVER

What inspired you to write your first book? Honestly, my life. The book is a true story about me and my battle with bipolar disorder. It started as a blog. I survived a suicide attempt in 2013.

Do you have a specific writing style? I would say my writing style is honest and raw. I don’t hold anything back.

How did you come up with the title? The title is “It’s Not Your Journey” and it just came to me, and was very fitting, because it truly isn’t anyone else’s journey but mine.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Absolutely. I want very much to help people that have been through some of the same things I have with depression. I want them to know that I did survive, but I would never advise making the same decisions I did. Also, people need to know that they aren’t alone.

How much of the book is realistic? All of it. Every last page.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? Absolutely. Everything contained in the book, I lived through.

What books have most influenced your life most? Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden and The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. Anne Rice has long been my favorite author. I also enjoy Jane Green and Jennifer Weiner for more of a comedic spin.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? I don’t think I consider any one writer a mentor to me. I take a little away from everything I read.

What book are you reading now? I just finished Troublemaker by Leah Remini. It was fantastic.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Not at this time.

What are your current projects? At this point, I’m still working on my blog. I’m also contributing to any other blogs that have approached me. I spend quite a bit of time promoting my book as well. I’m still deciding whether I will be writing another book.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. I have some extremely supportive friends that I appreciate, but the people that I have encountered in the Mental Health community have been absolutely amazing, and I’m grateful to all of them.

Do you see writing as a career? I absolutely do, but I haven’t made the decision yet. I love writing, but I’m not sure I could keep writing book after book. It’s extremely physically and mentally exhausting. I am hopeful, though!

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Actually, I would make it longer, but other than that I feel that I accomplished everything I set out to do with it.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? When I was just a kid in third grade I loved writing and being creative. It developed even more as I went through school. I was on the literary magazine staff in high school.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? As I mentioned, I am bipolar. I was diagnosed at age 19. It’s a constant battle to keep your head above water. I have dealt with a lot of pain in my life, and I’ve come out on the other side a stronger person.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Definitely. I have written about some extremely painful things. Having to go back over them again and again to edit or proof read is very difficult.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? My favorite author has been Anne Rice for many years. I absolutely adore the amount of detail she uses in her stories. You begin to feel like you know the characters. I’ve never read a book of hers and not had a clear picture in my head of the scenery or what the character looked like. I feel like I learn from her as well. There have been times I’ve needed to look a word or two up because she just has this vast knowledge of the English language.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? Not at this time.

Who designed the covers? I would like to be able to say it was a team effort. My publisher threw some ideas at me, and I just couldn’t find anything I liked. So, I came up with an idea and spoke to my husband about it. He loved it, so we went to my publisher and he thought it was great. So, he did the actual design elements, we came up with the concept.
What was the hardest part of writing your book? Talking about the people in my life that are no longer here, and describing the day I nearly died.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? I’ve learned quite a bit. One of the most valuable things I learned is how to edit myself. I can read a sentence and if I’m not crazy about it, or it doesn’t sound right, it’s almost automatic now that I can switch it around and add or subtract important elements. In addition, I learned to have confidence in my writing. I am actually good at what I do!

Do you have any advice for other writers? The most difficult thing you will face is rejection. Everyone faces it at one point or another. Try as hard as you can not to take it personally. My book is completely about me, so if I got turned down it felt like I wasn’t good enough. Keep trying and keep fighting to get your name out there. It’s extremely important to keep a log of who you submitted to and when. That’s one thing I desperately wish I had done.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? First of all, thank you. I don’t think anyone has any idea how much of an impact they make on my life when they read my work and accept me. Also, please don’t stop fighting. Whether it’s depression or any other disease, it’s so important to keep telling yourself that you can do it. I hope that my story will show them that.

Learn more about Rebecca at: www.rebeccalombardo.com 

Contact the Author: www.facebook.com/notyourjourney

www.twitter.com/bekalombardo

Blog: http://www.judgmentfreezone2013.blogspot.com/

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