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Motown Writers Network Platinum Sponsor~ Sylvia McClain

The Motown Writers Network is pleased to introduce you to the 2012 Essence of Motown Literary Jam & Conference Platinum sponsor. We thank you Sylvia for being a continued supporter of the Motown Writer’s Network and the annual conference.

Sylvia McClain is currently a contributing writer for Equal Opportunity Publications.  She also writes for The Michigan Journal published by the University of Michigan-Dearborn.  She has written articles for the magazines Braids World and Strut to name a few.  She conducts workshops on money management, self-publishing, and freelance writing.

An author of a memoir titled Skipping Through Life: The Reason I Am; Ms. McClain has a new book titled The Write Life: A Beginning Writer’s Guide to Writing, Money Management, Publishing and Marketing.  She formerly wrote a weekly column, “Sylvia Speaks” for the Dearborn Press and Guide.  She has been featured in The Writer’s Digest on-line “Speak Out” section as well as WD’s 2003 Writer’s Yearbook extra.   Ms. McClain has been a guest columnist and a contributing writer for the Michigan Chronicle, was regularly quoted in The Detroit Free Press and Detroit News as a subject matter expert.  She has written features stories published by The University of Michigan-Dearborn in the university’s Lyceum.  Please visit her web site at

She is a former board member of The Detroit Writer’s Guild, responsible for the recording of financial data.  Ms. McClain has been on the board of Project Sis (a nonprofit organization for teens at risk) and the city of Detroit’s Cluster Seven of Detroit’s Community Reinvestment Strategy Process. Her other volunteer work has been with WTVS Public TV volunteer staff for fourteen years, a supervisor with Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) for six years, and the Better Business Bureau as an arbitrator during the 1980’s.  She was previously employed 22 years with Comerica Incorporated as a Data Base Analyst in the Economics Department.

Ms. McClain is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching while holding a Bachelor of General Studies: Art History, Communications, English, degree from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.  She holds an Associate of Arts degree in Accounting from Wayne County Community College.

Ms. McClain is single and has one child.  She lives in Dearborn.

Q&A with Sylvia…

Tell us your latest news

Two of the books I was working on are now done. Currently my editor and I are trying to work out a schedule to go over every page.

When and why did you begin writing?

My writing began in the fourth grade, when I wrote a play called Trapped in a Cave and it was selected to be performed at my elementary school. My fourth grade teacher wanted everyone to know that they all could write.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

In 1997 when I acquire a column at UM-D

What inspired you to write your first book?

I wanted to let everyone know that one life is not always perfect.

Do you have a specific writing style?

Non-fiction only nothing else

How did you come up with the title?

Don’t really remember. I just wanted the title to be simple and telling my stories in vignettes was simpler. Which meant the title should be simple too.

How much of the book is realistic?

All of it, it all happen to me in my book, Skipping Through Life, The Reason I Am

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

Marvin Arnett who wrote the forward in my autobiography

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

Larry Crider

Do you see writing as a career?

Absolutely, I do not have to have a job anymore because I am considered disabled

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

I am always looking for updates

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Selling the books

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

Carolyn Howard-Johnson, The Frugal Book Promoter

Who designed the covers?


What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Making sure things make sense as it is read


More Hops, Skips and Jumps (coming out soon)

Skipping Through Life, The Reason I Am

The Write Life







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Celebrate @ebookweek w/ @monicamjones: FREE @amazonkindle Monday Morning Motivation #MOTOWNLIT #michlit

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Product Description

Monday morning is a new beginning…a fresh start! It’s a time to start over and get it right this time. Sadly, for many it is a time of dread and despair at the mere thought of having to embark upon another week in a situation where they don’t want to be. Monday mornings are an amazing opportunity to re-energize, refresh and refocus so it’s time to change the way that we think about them.

Just like a good cup of coffee or a warm ray of sunshine, the motivational messages in this book give you that boost that you need to start your week off right. Each chapter will leave you encouraged, inspired and excited about the new week that lies ahead.

About the Author

MONICA MARIE JONES is an author, motivator and entrepreneur. Her published works include The Ups and Downs of Being Round (Fiction/Self-help), Taste My Soul (Poetry), Floss (Urban Fiction), Swag (Fiction) and Sweet Soliloquy (Poetry). She has contributed to Chicken Soup for the Girls Soul, New Directions for Youth Development, 44th and Souls of My Young Sisters. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Michigan University and her Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan. Currently she resides in Detroit, Michigan where she operates her motivational speaking, training and consulting company, Inspirationista Ink LLC; her publishing and literary promotions company, The Literary Loft LLC; and her real estate investing company, Team JP Enterprises LLC, along with a partner. Visit her website at

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Publisher: The Literary Loft (October 8, 2011)
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  • Language: English
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