MWN Blog Archive Call for Authors in November via @HuronValleyArts #MichiganLit #Book #Events #MotownWriters

Arts & Greens Holiday Market Application is now LIVE!
Arts & Greens Holiday Market is set amidst the beautiful greenery of the Bogie Lake Greenhouses. 50 artists will be selected to display and sell their work. Music and other special events add to the festive experience. Sponsored by Huron Valley Council for the Arts (HVCA.)
HOURS: Fri., Nov. 18, Artist check-in and set-up: noon-5pm; 5pm-7pm Invitation Only VIP Opening & 7pm-9pm Open to the public.
Sat., Nov. 19 – 9am-5pm
Sun., Nov. 20 – 10am-5pm

http://www.huronvalleyarts.org/1/257/gallery_exhibition.asp

The Huron Valley Council for the Arts is currently looking for talented
authors of books for children and teens for our annual holiday fair, Arts &
Greens. We would like to invite you to apply to be a part of this unique
show; applications are now up on the HVCA website, huronvalleyarts.org,
under Artist Opportunities.

Arts & Greens Holiday Market is held inside the gorgeous Bogie Lake
Greenhouses. Guests can shop the artist and author booths nestled between
festive displays of poinsettias and other holiday greens. The unique setting
makes this holiday show a must for many Oakland County residents. In
addition , visitors can also enjoy live music ranging from the Huron Valley
Community Chorus to the ever popular Tuba Christmas performance.

The talented staff of Bogie Lake Greenhouses will be conducting free holiday
greens-arranging classes throughout the weekend, where they will be teaching
visitors the fine art of creating that perfect table centerpiece or festive
holiday decoration.

Arts & Greens will be celebrating its 12th anniversary this year; come and
be part of the unique holiday show! If you have any questions please
contact the Arts & Greens team at ArtShop

Kind regards,

Sybil Phelps,
Authors Coordinator
Arts @ Greens

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#MotownWriters Author Feature: Caitlyn Mancini #Michlit #MotownLit

Caitlyn Mancini

Caitlyn Mancini

Where are you from? Ann Arbor, Michigan
Tell us your latest news? My very first book is out: Project S.K.I.E. It’s the first book in the series. 
When and why did you begin writing? I started writing at the age of 7 and I still have all the stories I wrote back then, including a “book series” inspired by my younger sister Laurynn. I wrote to escape. I just loved to escape to my world and daydream about the fantastical worlds I would concoct. I also love giving other people a wondrous world to fall into. 
When did you first consider yourself a writer? I would say college, even though back in high school I would write a full length novel like the next Harry Potter book and what I thought it would be, or some form of fanfiction. It helped me practice writing and I would get inspired by other writings, but in college when I was taking my creative writing courses at the University of Michigan, I was writing my very own original stories. I had stories from when I was a child, but those of course had so many grammatical errors and plot holes so I don’t consider those professional. 
What inspired you to write your first book? Just my love for fantasy and sci-fi. I actually was first rewriting the series I started when I was 12, inspired by my sister, but then this idea struck me and I had to put that series on hold. I’ve always wanted to write a book and in some ways always have been during my practice in my classes and also in my spare time. 
Do you have a specific writing style? Definitely. I think every author has a unique style. I would say mine is an introspective third person POV. I know some writers don’t like to put in a lot of detail. I on the other hand love detail, but I do have to be careful to leave some things to the imagination. 
How did you come up with the title? So I actually started this series back in 10th grade and it was very different back then! It was titled Project X. But then later in life when I came around to it again and was completely revising the story line I realized that Project X sounded too cliche. So once my characters started coming alive and my world, including the advanced technology I made up, the title just easily came with it. I like to make up new words and names that have never been heard before and I wanted it to have an easy and compelling acronym. Once I found the acronym I wanted, SKIE, I researched words that described what I felt it was and then made up my own word to incorporate the use of the AI technology in my world. 
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Well, besides that illegal experiments are wrong, there’s no real message. I do hint at human errors like global warming and environmental pollution, but other than that it’s just about escaping to a fantastical world that’s more exciting than our own. Hopefully readers will come to love the world and the characters as I do.
How much of the book is realistic? Well, besides the scientific research I used as its base, such as genetic engineering, I’m going to say not much. That’s the whole point, right? That’s what makes it so exciting is that it’s not realistic; it’s a fantasy world. But it is something that I believe isn’t entirely impossible, at least some aspects. 
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?  The experiences aren’t exactly based on people I know or my own life, but my characters have traits of people from my life. I will say the scientific research/studies in general is from my life. I have experience with scientific research through my previous job and through my dad who was an amazing and brilliant scientist out to find the cure for cancer and he wrote several articles of which I can’t understand a word.
What books have most influenced your life most?  Well Harry Potter was definitely one of my favorites as well as the Resident Evil series. I have to be honest with you, I spent way more time writing than reading. I’m still in the search for other great books that really transport me to another place and I have some great events coming up where I get to meet some amazing authors so I can’t wait to read their books!
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?  I would say J.K. Rowling. She came from a very humble background and the one thing she really had in spades was her imagination and that just changed her whole world. I think that’s such an inspiring situation. 
What book are you reading now?  Does my own count? Through the editing process I’ve had to read it so many times. I haven’t had much time to read between my job and editing and working on the next book, but I want to finish the Throne of Glass series. I haven’t started the next book and it’s been sitting in my room for months now. So I’d really like to get started on that. 
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?  Yes! Lots of authors that I have been in contact with recently as we are all attending the same writers’ event. I wouldn’t say they’re all “new” authors, but they’re just new to me like Jessica Cage and Stacey Rourke. There are lots of authors that I want to get to know more and learn about the books they write. 
What are your current projects?  Currently, I’m working on book 2 of the S.K.I.E. series. I also have another kids/young adult series that I put on hiatus to work on the S.K.I.E. series and it’s based off of the stories I wrote for my sister when I was 12. And of course more ideas pop into my head all the time. I want to write so many things but I’m trying to focus on one at a time. 
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.  I would say my publishing company Grey Wolfe. They gave me a chance, encouraged me, and provided me a second home.
Do you see writing as a career?   No, I don’t look at it as a career. It’s a hobby; a wonderful hobby that I’ve had since I was little that I’ve nurtured and will continue to nurture in my spare time. I have a career that pays the bills. Writing is for fun. If it starts to feel like a job, it doesn’t flow as easily and it loses some of its charm. 
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?  After four edits back and forth I hope not! Since my first book has just been released it’s hard to say. That’s one of my fears but I feel like once you start writing more books and you look back on the older books, more ideas come to you later on that would have worked out well. But what’s great about the writing process is that as you write your characters help build the world and then as ideas flow you can incorporate more and more into the next books. I think we can always find imperfections in things. Nothing is going to be perfect. My first book was an amazing experience and it’s not one that I would ever change, no matter how much my writing improves in the future. 
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?  Yes. I was four years old and I wanted to write about a cat. I discovered even back then that even if I couldn’t have something, like an animal, I could invent one so I write about one. And that spawned many more stories as a kid that finally led to this series. 
Can you share a little of your current work with us?  The SKIE Series is a young adult sci-fi/fantasy series set in a futuristic world where AI technology capabilities are spreading like wildfire. Medicine and technology have changed drastically which makes room for fun gadgets. It’s a third person POV that follows Selie, my main heroine, along with some friends she meets along the way. Selie is starting up her first year of college and it doesn’t go as planned. She discovers that students have been going missing from various states and she soon becomes a victim herself. And it wouldn’t be a fantasy series without some supernatural abilities, right? I won’t spoil it but let’s just say Selie surpasses being an ordinary college student. It’s an adventure series with fantasy, sci-fi in the form of futuristic genetic engineering, AI technology and of course romance. 
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?  Yes! So genetic engineering is extremely complicated! Just doing the bit of research that I did to provide a stable base for my world was mind boggling. When you create a world you want it to be believable and sometimes you delve into things that you don’t know anything about and while it is fantasy and you can make up whatever you want, you still need a believable base to build off of. 
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? My favorite author I would say is J.K. Rowling just because I’ve read all the books and years ago even attempted to write what I thought the next books would be about. I think what strikes me about her work is that she took many different myths and legends and she created a solid world out of that with endless possibilities and characters. 
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? I do have to travel some. I haven’t had to travel out of state thankfully but I do have to travel around Michigan. One of the events however is in my home town of Ann Arbor, which I’m thrilled about. 
Who designed the covers? Renée Barratt from The Cover Counts.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? I think just being able to hone in all the ideas swimming in my head into one cohesive mass. Great ideas only flourish if they can lead from one to the other with elegance and mastery, which is why editors are so handy. 
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? Yes, I’ve learned that editing is an important but time consuming process. 
Do you have any advice for other writers? Yes, be true to your own voice. Every author is unique. You don’t have to write exactly like other authors. And definitely don’t give up. Writing is a process and it takes practice and patience, but the great thing is that editors are there to help. So just believe in yourself and the passion you have for your writing. Also don’t be afraid of writer’s block. It happens to everyone. It happened to me for several years when I was working and going to school and my brain was just overloaded. You’ll get through it and find ways of tapping back into the writing juices.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? I want to say thanks for taking the time to read Project S.K.I.E. and I hope it’s a world you come to love and enjoy falling into.  

More from the author: 

http://www.greywolfeshop.com/store/p86/Project_S.K.I.E._by_Caitlyn_Mancini.html

Connect with the author https://www.facebook.com/SKIEbookseries/

Purchase Project S.K.I.E.: https://www.amazon.com/Project-S-K-I-E-1/dp/1628281162/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1465506343&sr=8-9&keywords=project+S.K.I.E. Project S.K.I.E

 

 

 

 

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MWN Blog Archive The #MotorCityBookExperience Calling All #BookClubs! #Detroit #Book #Event @CoboHall Aug20th #MotownWriters

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https://www.facebook.com/events/1661352007466465/

AVOC Publishing & Kenerly Presents invites you to join us Saturday August 20th @ 2pm for The Motor City Book Experience. There will be local talent and authors from around the country. We have live entertainment and a spoken word session! Register for your table today!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-motor-city-book-experience-tickets-22466654368

CALLING ALL BOOK CLUBS!!!!Come to the Motor City Book Experience in downtown Detroit on August 20, 2016 at the COBO Center and win $100 to $200 Motor City BookBucks for having the biggest group!!!! That’s right – your purchases are on us….

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Register now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-motor-city-book-experience-tickets-22466654368


Posted By Blogger to MWN Blog Archive at 7/12/2016 08:48:00 AM

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Indies Unlimited Amazon Suspends Authors! Promo Sites Closing Down! How to Deal With These Calamities

Amazon Suspends Authors! Promo Sites Closing Down! How to Deal With These Calamities

by Martin Crosbie

Dont-Panic1A couple of major and somewhat jarring events took place in our self-publishing community recently. An author had her books banned because Amazon detected a one day increase of her page-views from a couple of hundred to 25,000. They’re investigating the situation, but the author’s books have been withdrawn for sale and her agreement with KDP has been terminated.

In other news, Pixel of Ink, one of the major eBook promotion sites, shut its virtual doors. Many of the promotion sites we use have been in contravention of Amazon’s terms of service for some time. Amazon is now taking measures to make them comply or they’ll cease doing affiliate business with them.

Tons of bandwidth has been devoted to discussing these two topics. Authors, readers, and promoters all have opinions. I’ve put together a list of things you should be doing to deal with these situations. Read more of this post

Martin Crosbie | July 12, 2016 at 5:00 am | Tags: advice for authors | Categories: Staff Articles | URL:http://wp.me/p1WnN1-hVZ

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MWN Blog Archive #MotownWriters @Meetup: Editing 101 w/Walter O’Bryant @DetroitLibrary July9th 10am

Our meetup special guest has changed, but we’ll still have fun. Join us!

Walter O’Bryant will be talking about the value of good editing at the Motown Writers Monthly Meetup, 10am at the Main Library in Midtown Detroit. Cliffton Hubbard will be our host.
Connect with Walter O’Bryant on
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/walter.obryant?fref=ts
http://www.linkedin.com/in/obryantandassocllc
http://walterobryant.wordpress.com/
(Please forward this to a friend and bring several friends with you.)

See ya Sat and please bring a donation to help us out.

Also bring your literary challenges, new books to announce and achievements. [url=http://motownwriters.com][img]http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JVRDta94aCs/S3WPjrekcjI/AAAAAAAAA50/aTcHEmlUIlc/s1600/mwnevents-762307.JPG[object 2][/url]

Networking is key to our survival as writers and authors! This is your chance to learn, network and connect!


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Bring Social Media & Ebooks to Your Event in 2016 & 2017 #motownlit

speakingGenericBy 2020, the independent book industry is due to make billions.

In a few years, mobile technology is due to make billions for small businesses.

Did you know at least 70% of new customers find products and services through their mobile devices?

Yet to understand how to make this money, businesses & authors need to learn the technology.

In one to two hours, Social Media, Publishing & Internet Marketing Empowerment Coach, Sylvia Hubbard can give your participants a deeper understanding, power and passion to bring their business, products and services to the emerging Web 3.0.

Get Your Questions Answered:

  • How will technology affect my business?
  • How can I set up online without breaking the bank?
  • How can the e-book technology profit me when I’m not an author?
  • What is Social Media and how can I use it to generate more customers to buy my product, service or book?

Other Workshops Available

  • Time Management & Social Media
  • After the Book Marketing in the 21st Century
  • How to Make Time Being a Good Mother & Running a Business
  • Publishing A Book in the 21st Century

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

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

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

Criteria:

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

Thank you!

CLICK HERE NOW TO ADD YOUR PAGE

http://motownwriters.com/amazonauthorpage

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37 Free Online Writing Courses from Top Universities

Do you have a passion for writing but aren’t confident in your own style? Maybe you have a fantastic idea in mind but aren’t sure how to get it down properly? Luckily, there are many courses and resources available to fine tune your writing skills and share your stories with the world.

Read more

http://betteryourselfonline.com/37-free-online-writing-courses-from-top-universities/

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MWN Blog Archive ALL INVITED! Michigan Readers of all genres: @RustCityBookCon August12th – 14th 2016 Troy, MI #MichLit #MotownWriters

Discover and enjoy bookish shenanigans with 45+ fabulous authors that write the stories we love to read! Join us August 12th – 14th for a weekend of panel discussions, a public book signing, parties, and more at Rust City Book Con 2016!
Register by July 1st to receive a welcome bag filled with books and swag! Registration for ‪#‎RustCity16‬ closes August 13th!

www.rustcitybookcon.com

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Posted By Blogger to MWN Blog Archive at 7/03/2016 08:57:00 AM

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MWN Blog Archive The #MotorCityBookExperience Calling All #BookClubs! #Detroit #Book #Event @CoboHall Aug20th #MotownWriters

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https://www.facebook.com/events/1661352007466465/

AVOC Publishing & Kenerly Presents invites you to join us Saturday August 20th @ 2pm for The Motor City Book Experience. There will be local talent and authors from around the country. We have live entertainment and a spoken word session! Register for your table today!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-motor-city-book-experience-tickets-22466654368

CALLING ALL BOOK CLUBS!!!!Come to the Motor City Book Experience in downtown Detroit on August 20, 2016 at the COBO Center and win $100 to $200 Motor City BookBucks for having the biggest group!!!! That’s right – your purchases are on us….

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Register now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-motor-city-book-experience-tickets-22466654368


Posted By Blogger to MWN Blog Archive at 7/02/2016 08:50:00 AM

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So You Want to Self Publish #ampublishing

So You Want to Self Publish http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2016/06/29/so-you-want-to-self-publish

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MWN Blog Archive Call for Authors in November via @HuronValleyArts #MichiganLit #Book #Events

Arts & Greens Holiday Market Application is now LIVE!
Arts & Greens Holiday Market is set amidst the beautiful greenery of the Bogie Lake Greenhouses. 50 artists will be selected to display and sell their work. Music and other special events add to the festive experience. Sponsored by Huron Valley Council for the Arts (HVCA.)
HOURS: Fri., Nov. 18, Artist check-in and set-up: noon-5pm; 5pm-7pm Invitation Only VIP Opening & 7pm-9pm Open to the public.
Sat., Nov. 19 – 9am-5pm
Sun., Nov. 20 – 10am-5pm

http://www.huronvalleyarts.org/1/257/gallery_exhibition.asp

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The Huron Valley Council for the Arts is currently looking for talented
authors of books for children and teens for our annual holiday fair, Arts &
Greens. We would like to invite you to apply to be a part of this unique
show; applications are now up on the HVCA website, huronvalleyarts.org,
under Artist Opportunities.

Arts & Greens Holiday Market is held inside the gorgeous Bogie Lake
Greenhouses. Guests can shop the artist and author booths nestled between
festive displays of poinsettias and other holiday greens. The unique setting
makes this holiday show a must for many Oakland County residents. In
addition , visitors can also enjoy live music ranging from the Huron Valley
Community Chorus to the ever popular Tuba Christmas performance.

The talented staff of Bogie Lake Greenhouses will be conducting free holiday
greens-arranging classes throughout the weekend, where they will be teaching
visitors the fine art of creating that perfect table centerpiece or festive
holiday decoration.

Arts & Greens will be celebrating its 12th anniversary this year; come and
be part of the unique holiday show! If you have any questions please
contact the Arts & Greens team at ArtShop

Kind regards,

Sybil Phelps,
Authors Coordinator
Arts @ Greens

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34 Writing Contests in July 2016 – No Entry Fees 

34 Writing Contests in July 2016 – No Entry Fees http://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/2016/06/34-writing-contests-in-july-2016-no.html

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“My Note Taking & Brainstorming Process” Video #MotownWriters #michlit

I get asked a lot of how to start writing and I thought I’d. idolatry this video. 

For authors how do you write?

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MWN Blog Archive What is yr 30 Day Lit Challenge & Success? #MotownWriters @Meetup Reminder every 2nd Sat @DetroitLibrary

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Every month we ask this of our participants when we meet. I find this helps give us direction, a goal, a place marker to show we’ve progress. Whether you’re a reader or writer, you can answer this question and we’d like you hear your answer.

Baby steps count too.

bookDetroit-728384.jpgI hope to see you at our meetings one day. Motown Writers meet every 2nd Saturday usually at the Detroit main library on the 3rd floor.

Sign up for updates at http://meetup.com/michiganliterarynetwork.

Also subscribe to our website for other literary news, events and more at: http://motownwriters.com

If you’d like to be a speaker, please contact us at: http://kontactr.com/user/sylviahubbard1

If you didn’t attend last meeting or you’re a reader, tell us now, what is your last 30 day literary challenge and success?


Posted By Blogger to MWN Blog Archive at 6/29/2016 05:10:00 AM

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