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MWN Author Spotlight ~ Linda Anger @TWCinMI

This week’s MWN Spotlight is on Linda C. Anger!

Linda C. Anger has lived and worked in metro Detroit, Michigan all her life. Her poetry and fiction has been published nationally in venues such as “Mused: The Bella Online Journal,” “Still Crazy Literary Magazine,” and “Almost Touching: A reader for women and men.”

Linda is the president and owner of The Write Concept, Inc., a marketing communications company founded in 2000. Her corporate clients have included DaimlerChrysler Corporation, HAVEN, The Royal Park Hotel, The Community Foundation of Greater Rochester, and Demp Coaching. Business articles have been published in Black Engineer Magazine, Profiles in Diversity Journal, and MultiCultural Law Journal. Visit http://www.thewriteconcept.com

Learn more about her creative work and publications at www.fullcrumbcafe.com

Where are you from?

I was born at Mt. Carmel Mercy Hospital in Detroit, grew up in Orchard Lake, and have lived in the Rochester area most of my adult life.

 

Tell us your latest news?

My book “Sweeping the Floors in the Full Crumb Cafe,” which is a collection of poems, stories, and essays, has a modest following. I am working on a self-help book based on a blog I kept over the course of a year of chemotherapy. I am just completing two years as president of Detroit Working Writers, and will step into the presidency of Toastmasters Walsh College Troy in July.

 

When and why did you begin writing?

I was nine years old, was taunted by the other kids because of a physical issue, withdrew, and turned to books and notebooks as an escape.

 

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I was nine, I realized how much I loved to read and tell stories. That’s when I decided to be a writer, and once I made that decision, I was one.

 

What inspired you to write your first book?

Poetry was my initial genre, and was my focus until about five years ago, when I began to write short fiction pieces. Poetry came from daily existence. Stories came when I was mature enough to understand different aspects of life.

 

Do you have a specific writing style?

People tell me I have a strong voice. I only know that I speak / write my mind.

 

How did you come up with the title?

“Sweeping the Floors in the Full Crumb Cafe” – in what became the introduction to this volume, I wrote about the “teeter-totter” of life, and fulcrum on which it totters or rests. This brain of mine turned it into a metaphorical place, which became the Full Crumb Cafe.  “Sweeping the Floors” is the first in what I intend to be a series of Full Crumb Cafe books.

 

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Every poem or story I write has a message.

 

How much of the book is realistic?

The poems are based on my life or my realizations about life. The stories sometimes are based on a real person or experience.

 

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

See question above.

 

What books have most influenced your life most?

Too many to list here!  Anything by Anaȉs Nin, Hermann Hesse, Napoleon Hill

 

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Hermann Hesse and Anaȉs Nin

 

What book are you reading now?

“The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern – for the 4th time

“White House Ghosts” – about the relationships between the US Presidents and their speech writers

“Mrs. Poe” – a novel based on the story of Edgar Allen Poe & his mistress

 

What are your current projects?

The self-help book is my focus as I wish it to be completed and published by spring 2016, but I continue to write poetry and personal essays.

 

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

Detroit Working Writers

 

Do you see writing as a career?

Yes. I have made a living as a copy writer for over 15 years.

 

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No

 

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

See question #3

 

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

I can, yes.

 

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Time is always an issue. Because I spend my workdays writing for other people, it is sometimes difficult to switch off my business brain and give my creative brain free rein.

 

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I have many favorites, as noted in the earlier question. What I love about Nin is the sensuality of her work. The woman can describe a leaf in such a way that it becomes erotic.  Hesse’s work is heavily spiritual, and Hill’s work is serious and practical. Morgenstern (The Night Circus) has an ebb and flow that is remarkable – this is the book I wish I had written!
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

No

 

Who designed the covers?

I did. My business is marketing communications; I am trained as a book compositor (layout and typography), and graphic design.

 

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

See the question above about challenges

 

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

In addition to producing my own book, I have ghostwritten or edited quite a few others. I learn something about content development, layout, and production from each project.

 

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Don’t give up, and don’t ever think your first draft is your finished draft. Write each scene from at least three different perspectives and find the one that drives the story forward.

 

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

One of my writing champions, Margo Lagatutta, used to say, “How can I know what I think until I see what I say?”  I write, partially, to understand what goes on at the depths of me. If the things I learn or struggle with have meaning to you, I am honored.

Full Crumb Cake

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MWN Author Spotlight ~ Yvonne Stegall @WriterYvonne

Yvonne StegallThis week’s MWN Spotlight is on Yvonne Stegall!

Yvonne Stegall, is a communications addict, freelance writer and published book author. She has been a professional writer for over 14 years. She started out as a music reviewer, then landed a job at that very magazine as the Editor-in-Chief, where she remained for just over 2 years (until the magazine was sold by its original owner).

Following her print work, Yvonne started writing online. She has written for online blogs, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, social media and more. In 2010 she started working full time from home as a freelance writer. She has also done work in copyediting/copywriting, SEO, marketing and digital PR.

In 2008 Yvonne published her first book. Since then she has taken up self-publishing and has been focusing on children’s books.

Yvonne also enjoys photography, painting, drawing, and creating many types of crafts (from jewelry to soaps, and many things in between).

Where are you from?

Originally from the thumb, I currently reside in Fenton
Tell us your latest news?

I just released the first book in my new tourist series ‘Experience Michigan.’ The first book is ‘Experience Michigan Wildlife’ and I am already hard at work on ‘Experience Michigan Tourist Traps.’
When and why did you begin writing?

I have been writing since first grade. I did a poetry book in my first grade class.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I started getting poetry published in the late 90s.

 

What inspired you to write your first book?

Michigan and the nature and outdoors. It was a children’s book about a firefly.

 

Do you have a specific writing style?

No. I just write.
How did you come up with the title?

I love Michigan and I think it’s a great place to experience. There is more about Michigan that just being here.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Just that Michigan is an amazing place with so much to offer.
How much of the book is realistic?

This particular book is completely non-fiction.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

I love travelling Michigan and I love the wildlife here in this state. So, it is definitely based on events in my own life.
What books have most influenced your life most? On The Road by Jack Kerouac and Catcher In The Rye by JD Salinger.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

My writing mentor would have to relate mainly to the poetry and short stories I used to write… and then it would be a tie between Edgar Allan Poe and HP Lovecraft. I really loved writing dark and macabre stuff in my teens and twenties.
What book are you reading now?

Ghost Hunting Michigan by Helen Pattskyn
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Kelly Gay, although I don’t know how new she is. I enjoy books with otherworld beings in them.
What are your current projects?

The Experience Michigan series, my own memoir and a couple novelettes that fictional, one is paranormal.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

Probably my friend Anna Gustafson. She’s always quick to read my stuff and give me honest feedback.
Do you see writing as a career? It is my career. When I am not working on books I am a freelance writer professionally. It’s how I make a living.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Nope.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

It was doing that poetry book in first grade.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?

I am most focused on the Experience Michigan series. I already have 13 book ideas, which includes the one already published. I have 3 road trips to take in the next 3 weeks in order to get all the photos and info I need for the tourist trap book, which I hope to have published in July.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Just finding the time to do it all.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

My all time favorite author is also a tie, between Kelley Armstrong and Kim Harrison. I love both of their fictional worlds of otherworld creatures living among us humans. I can’t read a book if I can’t “see” what I am reading, and both of these authors really know how to make my mind turn their words into a mental movie.
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

I hadn’t, but I will be with this new series.
Who designed the covers?

I publish all of my stuff through CreateSpace and I use their cover designer to create my own covers.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Time.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I learned with this Michigan book that I really do have a passion for my home state. I have never felt so good about a book I’ve done and been so excited to share it.
Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write what you know. Put your heart into it. And just keep writing.

Experience Michigan Wildlife

 

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Author, Dawne Prochilo offers December Writing & Marketing Courses in Troy, Michigan #michlit. RSVP now

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Author, Dawne Prochilo is hosting a series of six writing and publishing workshops in the Metro Detroit area.

Workshops include:
~How To Write A Query Letter (Thursday, December 5, 2013)
~How To Write An Outline/Synopsis (Thursday, December 12, 2013)
~Character Building: Character connection and character depth (Thursday, December 19, 2013)
~How To Find The Right Publisher (Thursday January 9, 2014)
~Marketing Tips and Promotions: The next step/vicious cycle of writing and series versus stand alone novels (Thursday January 16, 2014)
~Freelance Writing and Making Money Legitimately Online (Thursday January 23, 2014)

Contact Dawne at dawne.prochilo@yahoo.com for more information and for prices of workshops

For more information http://romancemarketplace.blogspot.com//

Classes are from 6PM until 7:30PM on above listed Thursdays)
Location- Niles Center, 201 W. Square Lake Road, Troy, MI 48098 (west of Livernois Rd, south side)

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Marketing & Writing Workshops in Troy, Michigan offered by Author, Dawne Prochilo @goldendawne1 in December #MichLit

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Author, Dawne Prochilo is hosting a series of six writing and publishing workshops in the Metro Detroit area.

Workshops include:
~How To Write A Query Letter (Thursday, December 5, 2013)
~How To Write An Outline/Synopsis (Thursday, December 12, 2013)
~Character Building: Character connection and character depth (Thursday, December 19, 2013)
~How To Find The Right Publisher (Thursday January 9, 2014)
~Marketing Tips and Promotions: The next step/vicious cycle of writing and series versus stand alone novels (Thursday January 16, 2014)
~Freelance Writing and Making Money Legitimately Online (Thursday January 23, 2014)

Contact Dawne at dawne.prochilo@yahoo.com for more information and for prices of workshops

For more information http://romancemarketplace.blogspot.com//

Classes are from 6PM until 7:30PM on above listed Thursdays)
Location- Niles Center, 201 W. Square Lake Road, Troy, MI 48098 (west of Livernois Rd, south side)

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Writing 101 Workshop w/Beverly Jenkins & Sylvia Hubbard Jan 19th Belleville | Deadline Soon!

writing101On Jan 19th, Join Beverly Jenkins & Founder of Motown Writers Network, Sylvia Hubbard for Writing 101, Publishing and Marketing in the 21st Century at the Belleville Public Library.

Click here to download your form and find out more information.

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[PODCAST] Get 2013 ready 4yr BOOK w/advice on Branding, Marketing & HARD WORK frm Nat’l PR Guru @PamPerry #michlit #mwn #motownlit

Listen in to Pam Perry. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN!

Award-winning Social Media Marketing & PR Pro, Radio host, Author, Community Manager, Content Curator, Wife, mother & Branding Superstar! #socialmediaswag
Find out what NOT to do to market your book
How much time & money it takes to market your book
What Authors should look forward to in the new year to better market their book!
Guest Summary: Pam Perry is a “message strategist” and PR Coach working with non profit organizations, churches, entrepreneurs, emerging and best-selling authors.
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Independent Authors Podcast- 3/29/12

 

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Authors: 10 Tips to Sell More Books on Amazon

 

 

Kai Mann 

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Celebrate @ebookweek w/ @sylviahubbard1: FREE Internet Marketing 4Writers & Business #michlit #mwn

Internet Marketing Guide for Writers and Businesses

By Sylvia Hubbard
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(5.00 based on 2 reviews)

Published: April 12, 2009
Words: 18437 (approximate)
Language: English

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A guide for writers with or without published work. A comprehensive resource that every writer should have in their library in order to learn how to publish, promote, and market themselves on the Internet. With over 1000+ websites, tips and more to help you become a success and spreading the word about your product and services.

Available e-book reading formats

Format Full Book
Online Reading (HTML, good for sampling in web browser) View
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Epub (Apple iPad/iBooks, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, and most e-reading apps including Stanza, Aldiko, Adobe Digital Editions, others) Download
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How to market your book online- the easiest book marketing tip ever

 

 

http://kai-mann.com

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[Video] Virtual Book Launch via @kaiology

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Book Swapping Part 2

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Social Media for Authors: Where are you going?

Coach Versandra Kennebrew

Your social media strategy is your road map to book sales success. But you don’t get on the road traveling to a place you’ve never been before without mapping out your route. If you do, you must anticipate pulling over often and asking for directions. You will probably waste a lot of time and your productivity will suffer. Imagine yourself driving around in circles wandering, wondering how did I get here?

This is exactly why your social media strategy is so very important. Below you will find 10 tips for creating a successful social media strategy that will improve communication with your readers and encourage more book sales. I’ll be looking forward to your questions in the comment section below and will answer them ASAP. Are you ready for the ride?

  1. Determine your sales goal and your why
  2. Decide the date you plan to achieve your goal
  3. Who will help you achieve your goal
  4. How will you celebrate achieving your goal
  5. What incentive will you offer people who help you achieve your goal
  6. Develop 10 pieces of killer content related to you as an author and your book’s benefit to readers (videos, blogs, podcasts, interviews, press releases… add buy now links)
  7. Introduce your content to your readers and potential new customers, 1 per day for 10 days (always ask open-ended questions)
  8.  Encourage your affiliates and respond to your customers daily (refer to buy now links)
  9. Evaluate your customers responses (Facebook insights, inbox messages, analytics), your sales to goal and your affiliate productivity
  10. Repost your previous content using information from your previous posts and acknowledgement of previous supporters and affiliates
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