Check out This Author’s Other Books  | Amazon’s Book Link |

Running an auto shop is hard; running an auto shop as a woman is harder; running an auto shop with your ex–who is about to become your STEP-FATHER–and his hot brother is just insane. (And then there’s the rooster.)

Get the sex positive romcom that Ellie from My Brother’s Editor calls “perfection” and Janna Bonikowski (literary agent) calls “laugh-out-loud hilarious and beautifully touching.”

Amazon Direct Link: 

Universal book link:

Models: Alexis Susalla and Michael Pack
Photography by: Lindee Robinson Photography
GIF by: Najla Qamber Designs

#NowAvailable #romcom #SayYesToConsent #LifeWithHeather #EdiesAuto#autoshopromance #funnypets #smalltownromance #romancebooks #writerslife

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#MotownWriters Article: 5 Book Marketing Strategies for Spiritual Advisors and Authors

Author Marketing Experts, Inc. by Penny Sansevieri

The book marketing strategies I’m covering in this piece are predominantly geared toward spiritual advisors, in honor of Increase Your Psychic Powers Day on October 31, but there’s a lot in here for any author looking to compete in numerous spirituality categories on Amazon, and multiple self-help sub-genres, so keep an open mind about what you can take away from my tips below!

And if you’re in any of these fields and feel like you’re in a book promotion rut, please consider contacting me so we can chat about your goals and what a collaboration could potentially do for you.

These Book Marketing Strategies Work for Other Genres

I’ve worked with a number of spiritual advisors turned authors over the years, and whether you resonate as a Psychic, Intuitive, Empath, Channel or Medium…you all have different experiences and unique perspectives to share with the world.

And my approach to aligning the right book marketing strategies for spiritual advisors is very similar to what I consider for a wide variety of self-help authors on a broader scale – because believe it or not, while your brand should be very unique, the way you’ll connect with, and find, readers is often very similar.

Why is this? Because buyer psychology is very consistent across multiple genres, so the book marketing strategies are often consistent as well, with special tweaks for the right angles to use with media, considerations for the time of year you’re marketing your book, and how your brand is set up to support you long term.

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Does Anyone Care About Your Book?

I have some bad news for first-time authors.

Nobody cares about your book.

Nobody cares about your newsletter.

Nobody comes to your site looking to subscribe to your blog posts—nobody.

Oh, people will come.

They come looking for an answer to a question.

They are trying to solve a problem.

They are looking for information they can trust.

Maybe they want you to entertain them.

Sometimes the searcher is in a tough place. That’s what motivates a lot of people to take action. It could be frustration, not being able to find an answer you desperately need. Or it could be a physical pain.

Years ago I got a pretty nasty case of poison oak. (For those on the east coast of the U.S., it’s very similar to poison ivy.) I was on a walk through some woods with my son. At a certain point in order to continue on the trail, we had to get up and over the trunk of a large tree that had fallen across the trail.

I didn’t notice the poison oak growing there, and hoisted myself up, straddling the trunk to get myself over to the other side. I’ll let you imagine just how uncomfortable this became when, later that night, an angry red rash developed which, sure enough, soon turned into lots of leaking, itchy pustules. Ugh.

Like anyone else, I started searching online for something that would give me more relief than I was getting from Caladryl, and I wanted it right now. That was the only thing I could think about.

Sure enough, I found someone online with a small site selling a “cure” that—he claimed—was the only thing that could solve my problem. It was a very expensive little jar of cream, about $65 as I recall.

Did I care about the price? Nope. All I wanted to know was, did he ship Fedex? I wanted it now.

But here’s what’s intesting for anyone with a site based on expertise and authority. He didn’t call his site “Interesting information on poisonous plants”, or “Avoiding poisonous plants in riparian woodlands.” No, of course not.

He called it something like “Get rid of poison oak itching and discomfort fast, guaranteed!” And he had plenty of content on the site in the form of articles that explained all the benefits to poison oak sufferers of his magic cream.

That’s what I was interested in, and the seller knew exactly what people who actually had poison oak were looking for.

By the same token, it’s absolutely urgent for you to understand why people might be looking for you and for your information (and by extension, your book).

(And isn’t that the essence of marketing?)

Those people, and their interest in your solutions, your stories, and your help, are the key to making sure enough people care about your book when you publish it.

Do you want to sell books?

Do you want to engage the right readers?

You’ll need traffic, people, eyeballs, interest, attention.


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BLOGGING FOR BUSINESS w/@SylviaHubbard1 Workshop Dec17th 10am $$ RSVP now!


“A blog is created every three seconds,” according to Google in 2006. That number has nearly quadrupled today.

“ estimates that in 2012, 96.6 million internet users in the US read a blog at least once a month.”

In 2016, e-Marketer estimates the number to increase to 128.2M or 58% of all US internet users.

Knowing what a blog is and how to set up your platform will give you the advantage with these readers who could quite possibly become your consumers!

With the success of blogging do you really understand what it takes to have a successful blog?

Would you want to learn how to generate traffic? Get return traffic? Make money from your blog? See product and services?

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#MotownWriters Article: Kindle Comic Converter is a great tool to make your own manga



Good e-Reader by Michael Kozlowski  /

The Kindle Comic Converter is an indie project that has been going strong since 2013. The free tool allows you to  transform your PNG, JPG, GIF, CBZ, CBR and CB7 files into EPUB, EPUB 3 or MOBI format ebooks.  You can also make your own manga books by downloading the images and converting them to CBZ, which is a popular format most e-readers have support for. The new Kobo Forma has native support for CBZ/CBR and has its own manga rendering engine, so KCC is very useful for this device.

The Kindle does not have support for CBR/CBZ, so you will have to convert them to MOBI, which is one of the main formats all Kindle models recognize. I like KCC instead of Calibre for manga files because Calibre tends to insert weird white spaces in between pages and the metadata is normally messed up.

Kindle Comic Converter can be downloaded from the main website and it is updated often. It is available for MAC, Linux and PC, so virtually anyone can use it.

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My debut novel Ponti came out this year. Alongside the excitement of publication, I didn’t expect that the feelings of vulnerability and panic that had been an integral part of my writing life would intensify. Somehow I’d hoped they would lessen, or vanish altogether. Instead I feel perishable and exposed, like a hard-boiled egg that has been shelled and left out on a counter. There is no magical, automatic end date for anxiety if you’re a fundamentally anxious and insecure person. My imposter syndrome flares up, this old fluky cluster of neuroses and inadequacies. It is bully and spoilt child, wolf and sheep, constantly trying to both push me and pull me away from the cusp of failure. My imposter syndrome is fickle, indecisive and therefore antithetical to the writing process, in which every word choice is a decision.


Some might contend that imposter syndrome and the inner critic are one and the same, but I beg to differ. A critic implies a degree of detachment, a position of removal from which one can judge and assess a particular piece of work. My imposter syndrome is murky, generalized yet far too personal. It is shame and doubt cleaved to the breastbone. The imposter does not trust her own subjectivity and finds it hard to untangle creativity and a sense of playfulness and flow from the thickening skein of her flaws. The imposter believes nothing she thinks or feels is valid or even worth saying. To a writer, such feelings of worthlessness are silencing. If I let it get the better of me, my imposter syndrome paralyses my creativity entirely, keeping me locked in a mirthless limbo between the guilt of fear-based procrastination and the feeling of being left behind.

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NEW BOOK RELEASE: Pamela Hilliard Owens newest book, “It Takes Ten Years to Become an Overnight Success” is now available in print and Kindle versions on Amazon! cc @YB2C_System

Here is the Amazon link.

The book tells the story of my ten-year journey in entrepreneurship from Year 1, 2008-2009, through our 10th anniversary in July of 2018.
I started with one business and grew to three businesses PLUS the podcast over that ten-year span!
I didn’t start out thinking I would have all that I have now, but just like we discuss on the podcast, everyone has a story to tell about their entrepreneurial journey.
If you’d like to read my story, including the ups and downs and successes and challenges, just like we do on the podcast. I would be honored if you would invest in the book AND leave a review on Amazon.

Here is the Amazon link.

Thanks so much,

Pamela Hilliard Owens
Writer, Editor, Publisher, Podcaster
Business Coach
Evernote Certified Consultant
Mobile: 313.341.2398
Office: 313.452.0945
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Metro #Detroit Office Space Available for As Little As $300 A Month | Co-op Business Plus Co-Working Space


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Michigan International Women’s Show Exhibitor Registration NOW AVAILABLE for May 2-5 2019


Shop, sample and share the fun at Novi’s favorite event for women. Discover hundreds of boutiques filled with the latest fashions, trendy jewelry, gourmet treats, health and beauty, and so much more. Enjoy fashion shows, top chefs, and celebrity guests. Bring your mom, sister, and best friend and spend the day doing everything you love!



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#MotownWriters Article: 16.67 Ways to Juice Your Daily NaNoWriMo Word Count

Writer Unboxed by Greer Macallister

image by Pierre Metivier

The best thing and the worst thing about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is the relentlessness of your daily word count goal. You don’t have to write 1667 words a day, of course, but if you want to get to 50,000 words by the end of the month, you need to hit that average.

Some days that’s tough. Some days it feels well-nigh impossible. So here are 16.67 ways to juice your creative energies and string together some sentences – maybe even a scene – to get you closer to your inevitable NaNo win.


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#MotownWhen Writing, How Do You Know When Enough Is Enough?

Helping Writers Become Authors by K.M. Weiland |


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Last month, I invited you to tell me what topics you’d like me to write about. You floodedmy inbox and comments section with suggestions. (I scheduled this as an “easy” post that wouldn’t require much maintenance while I was in the midst of the a big move. When I logged on that first day to over a hundred comments needing to be approved, I was all, Wha? Gah— Ahhh!)

I’m psyched by your enthusiasm—and excited to have such a deep well of ideas to draw from for future posts. So, first off—thank you for contributing to the discussion!

And, second, let’s get started…

How Do You Know When Enough Is Enough?

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#MotownWriters Article: 7 Tips For Writing Horror Stories

The word horror encompasses a broad range of reader expectations and experiences – it is far more than just blood and guts.

For example, I love reading horror but I don’t watch horror movies. I don’t read gore-fest-style horror, but I love supernatural stories. My favorite authors include horror writers like Stephen King and Jonathan Maberry, and some of my own books flirt with horror tropes. I am a devotee of the genre!

In today’s article, award-winning horror writer Alan Baxter gives some tips on how to write horror that emotionally connects with readers and stays true to the genre. Alan’s latest book, Devouring Dark, is out now. You can also listen to a podcast interview with Alan about how to write short stories.

There’s a stigma to horror that needs to be addressed on a regular basis. In some ways it’s understandable, but it’s up to those of us who write horror to re-educate the reading public.

In the 80s and 90s, there was a horror boom in movies and paperbacks that ended up going in two directions. With books, there were some genuinely powerful horror stories, deep, literary, disturbing, original. There was also some sheer pulp, of course, but that’s normal in any genre.

With movies, there were slashers and gore. Sadly, it’s the movies that have stuck in the popular consciousness, which means that now, when I tell people I’m a horror writer, they immediately think of The Texas Chainsaw MassacreHalloweenFriday the 13th, and any number of other blood-soaked movies where dozens of teenagers die horribly.

There’s a place for those movies (and their book equivalents) of course, but that’s not all horror is, or can be. I don’t write slasher horror, or torture porn, or splatter gore. But I do write horror.

I, like many others, write dark, disturbing, thought-provoking, frightening, unsettling stories and novels that interrogate what it is to be human.

So what are a few necessary considerations to keep in mind when writing good horror? Here are seven tips to get you started.

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#MotownWriters Article: Why the Grammar Police aren’t cool.

Good language use is all about sticking to the rules, right?

When I changed career and retrained as an editor, I was pretty confident about my abilities with grammar, and thought I had a good understanding of our language and how it works. I grew up in Scotland and was lucky to be taught a lot more about English language, its component parts and how it works than many have since my time at schools in Glasgow and Dundee in the 1970s and 1980s. So I was confident that I would make a good proofreader and editor.
In fact, I was probably over-confident.
The truth is, the more time I spent with colleagues who have many more years’ experience than me, and the more training I had, the more I realised that I was misguided or just plain wrong about many things.
Yes, I understood sentence structure, had excellent spelling abilities and a natural ability to improve and tighten people’s writing, but there were also many assumptions that I had about grammar and language use that were unfounded. It’s very humbling to realise that you don’t have as good a grasp of a subject as you thought.
This made me realise that I had probably been too quick to correct people, and that I hadn’t been as thoughtful and considered in my responses to ‘errors’ as I could have been.
Which brings me to the Grammar Police.
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Check out This Author’s Other Books  | Amazon’s Book Link |

Running an auto shop is hard; running an auto shop as a woman is harder; running an auto shop with your ex–who is about to become your STEP-FATHER–and his hot brother is just insane. (And then there’s the rooster.)

Get the sex positive romcom that Ellie from My Brother’s Editor calls “perfection” and Janna Bonikowski (literary agent) calls “laugh-out-loud hilarious and beautifully touching.”

Amazon Direct Link: 

Universal book link:

Models: Alexis Susalla and Michael Pack
Photography by: Lindee Robinson Photography
GIF by: Najla Qamber Designs

#NowAvailable #romcom #SayYesToConsent #LifeWithHeather #EdiesAuto#autoshopromance #funnypets #smalltownromance #romancebooks #writerslife

Check out This Author’s Other Books  | Amazon’s Book Link |

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APR6 2019 Annual Author’s Fair 2019 by Preservation Detroit #MOTOWNWRITERS #MICHIGANWRITERS




Join Preservation Detroit for our Annual Author’s Fair on Saturday April 6th, 2019. We are looking for Detroit/Michigan based authors or those with works focused on Detroit/Michigan to gather at the Durfee Innovation Society to sell your literary works.

To reserve a table the pricing breakdown is below.

$30 Per 5ft Table per Author/Vendor
$40 Shared 6ft Table with another Author

Author’s will be provided with a PR/marketing packet, plastic table clothes, and two chairs per tables.


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