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Thursday, September 21, 2017
PR: #Detroit @DebraRhodes1 The Author's Brunch Oct 1st wsg NYT Bestseller LaJill Hunt @LLcoolJill #MotownWriters #michlit
For Immediate Release:
(Detroit) - The Second Annual 'Author's Brunch' is set to take place Sunday, October 1, and Debra Rhodes and her team are working hard at making sure this one is more special than ever. This groundbreaking event is where bestselling and independent authors along with aspiring authors and book clubs, come to network, seek inspiration and feedback on their work. This is all possible through the newly established 'Rhodes Literary Group'.
The 'Author's Brunch' will run from 1 to 5 p.m., and will take place at the Motor City Hotel/Casino 2901 Grand River Ave. Detroit, MI. It will be hosted by radio personality Cliff Russell of 910 AM Superstation. The special guest is New York Times Best Selling Author, LaJill Hunt, author of the Drama Queen Series! Hunt will read excerpts from her book and be interviewed by Cliff Russell. The featured author is D.A. Rhodes, "WHY?" Hunt and Rhodes will both participate in a Q&A panel afterwards.
Rhodes, now an award-winning Chicago-based author, stated that if you're not motivated and prepared financially to promote your product, you have to find other ways to get your work noticed. "It's difficult to walk through certain doors, sometimes almost impossible," she said. "That's why I created avenues for myself to promote my first book. I joined the Chicago Black Authors Network, then went to black-owned bookstores talking up my book to see if I could get it on their shelves. It's tough."
When Rhodes first started out as a writer, she found it difficult to get her name known and taken seriously in the industry. "As an independent author, I was always looking for new ways to promote my own work," she said. "In the process I found there were other authors who needed a platform to promote their books as well. I figured why not have an event where we can all come together, share our work, and do our own networking."
Rhodes knows that in her field, there really isn't such a thing as an 'overnight success.' However, she aspires to provide passionate students with an opportunity that wasn't available to her when she was younger. "This year at our Chicago Brunch, we presented three high school seniors who exemplified literary excellence with the Lillie Mae Harris Scholarship," she added.
The students received the scholarships, complementary of Rhodes' newly established nonprofit, the 'Rhodes Literary Group'. These scholarships were new to this year's 'Author's Brunch,' and will be funded through fundraisers, sponsorship dollars, donations and a portion of all brunch ticket sales.
The 'Rhodes Literary Group' was created to inspire authors of all ages to pursue careers in creative writing or journalism. Her group allows students to hone their literary skills through two-hour workshops held at various locations throughout Chicagoland. The workshop being held at the 'Author's Brunch', however, will focus more on current authors who are either struggling to start their books or finish their books.