Saturday, July 20, 2019

Black Business Book will be released Sunday, July 21st, 4-7pm, Bert's Entertainment Complex #Detroit #michiganreaders #motownwriters

Black Business Book will be released Sunday, July 21st, 4-7pm, Bert's Entertainment Complex, 2727 Russell St. in Eastern Market District, complimentary admission at an event titled ''Black History in Detroit". Anthony Brogdon cites in his book over 200 black history facts with an emphasis on the history of black business in America.  The program will also feature historian and author Ken Coleman, historian Jamon Jordon, President/Ceo of National Business League Dr. Kenneth L. Harris, Founder of Arise Detroit Luther Keith, Founder of Project BAIT David Rambeau and historian David L. Head.  

Friday, July 19, 2019

The First Two Chapters of Cold Dark Lies via #MichLit Author, @donald_levin #crimewriter #thriller #bookpromo #excerpt #motownwriters #michiganmurderandmayhem

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This week’s blog post is a teaser: the first two chapters of the latest Martin Preuss mystery, Cold Dark Lies.
The ideas for the book go back a long way. As in all the novels, the final version braids together several strands that come from “real” life. The main plot thread comes from an article I read in a Detroit newspaper many years ago about an auto executive from Bloomfield Hills who was found dead in one of the no-tell motels in Ferndale. It was a minor blip in the news day, but it stuck with me all this time. I was intrigued by the dissonance between his privileged, upper-middle class existence and his desire (or need) to take a walk on the wild side at the skeevy motel, with tragic results for himself and the family he must have left behind.
The idea for one of the subplots in the book comes from a student who came to talk to me once about a research study she was undertaking to find out if she was really related to a criminal gang in Detroit in the 1920s, as family lore had insisted.
As always, by the time both of these threads made it to the final version, I had changed much—characters, situations, names, details, circumstances, motivations, and so on. Then I set it all in an imaginary context consistent with a mystery story—so I made up lots of bad actors, bad actions, and events that didn’t happen . . . but that could have. 
At first, I imagined the motel guy as a character in a poem called “The Secret Life,” but I knew there was more to the story than the poem could explore. When I started thinking about the next book in the series after An Uncertain Accomplice, I took the story out of my back pocket where I had kept it all these years and started thinking about using it in a Preuss mystery.
This is pretty typical of how I’ve been working with these books. Only in the first book, Crimes of Love, did I make up the inciting episode; in all the rest, I started out with a situation I knew about either because somebody told me the story or I read about it somewhere. (Henry James’s advice to writers: “Try to be one of those on whom nothing is lost.”) After that, it was a matter of imaginatively transforming the original real inciting situations to make them fit with my own purposes and the demands of the plots.
So here’s the beginning of how that process turned out in Cold Dark Lies. Enjoy!
CDL-Front Cover copy 2

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Introducing #MotownWriters Member, Glenn R. Murray @Glenn220 has a new book out called You Wrote it; Now Go Sell it & an upcoming workshop July20th

Image result for glenn r murrayGlenn Murray is the founder of 220 Communications, parent company to 220 Publishing and Food Wine and Spirits Ventures. He has held strategic positions in the top U.S. companies including General Electric, Leo Burnett, and Discover started as an events company 220 Communications expanded to include divisions publishing, experiential marketing, consulting and music distribution.  220 Publishing has produced over 50 titles under the 220 Publishing imprint in its 9 years of existence as well as several titles under its private label publishing program.
Mr. Murray has created promotional campaigns for the arts, film, music, and culinary events. He led viral social media campaigns that have generated over 1 Million impressions. Over the years, 220 Communications’ marketing has expanded to include promotions and partnerships in Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, Dallas, Atlanta, and Milwaukee. The company supports a number of charities including Surge For Water, One Hope United, South Central Community Services, Gilda’s Club and a host of others through fundraising events and in-kind donations. He created the popular Food and Wine Crawl Chicago event and has expanded that to include 5 cities.
He has blogged for the NBC Chicago Street Team and is has contributed articles to 360 Magazine, and currently writes a blog titled “Stop, Look, Listen” for An author, he was a contributor to “The Entrepreneur Within You” Book Series and wrote the book marketing guide “You Wrote It, Now Go Sell It”. He spent a year as an on-air personality at WBCP in Champaign IL.  He was a contributor to the screenplay Love Miscarriage and has written a documentary titled “Praise and Worship”.  He is overseeing the adaptation of 3 of the titles he’s published to a screenplay. “You Wrote It Now Go Sell It” is his debut solo title.  He is contributing to several anthologies scheduled for 2020 release including “Perspectives Father and Son”, co-written with his father and “Lessons for the Little Girl”.
Social Media
Twitter: @glenn220
IG:  @glenn220
Facebook: 220 Publishing
With his debut book, he’s planning a workshop JULY 20 called Free Publishing Information Workshop

Date And Time

Sat, July 20, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM CDT


Woodson Regional Library, Chicago Public Library
9525 South Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60628
Workshop for new and existing authors providing advice and answering your questions about publishing your first (or your next) book.

About this Event

Free to attend!

Organizer220 Publishing

The organizer of Free Publishing Information Workshop
“Bringing You The World, One Page At A Time”
220 Publishing is an independent publisher based in Chicago, IL. With over 20 titles in the market across all genres including fiction, self-help, inspirational and instructional. We are actively seeking talented storytellers and game-changers. Let us help you tell your story.

#MadeInMichigan Festival free #Michigan author Showcase #michiganwriters #motownwriters Sept28th #allenpark

Join your peers and meet your fans.  Promote, sell, and sign your Michigan book.  FREE for all family-friendly Michigan authors and publishers.

Saturday, September 28
12:00-3:00 PM
Downtown Allen Park
Email  for application.

Part of the 4th annual Made in Michigan Festival, a celebration of the state’s best artists, food, music, and brews.  Over 15,000 people expected for two great days of eating, drinking, shopping, and dancing – Michigan style.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

#RedInkConference - Time to Grow! Have you registered? @TenitaJEditor ‏#motownwriters #literary #authors #books #publishing

Over 500 Authors Attended The Red Ink Conference … And Now Many of Them are Bestsellers!
Chicago, IL—From sold-out audiences in Detroit three years in a row, to packed rooms
in both Atlanta and Charlotte, The Red Ink Conference is taking the literary map by storm!
And Chicago is next on the map! Whether you’re an aspiring author with only a creative
idea for a book, or you have 20+ books published, and you’re ready to take your books to the
next level, this is the conference for you! This one-of-a-kind conference empowers attendees to
write, edit and market their next bestseller—at a fraction of the cost. It all takes place in Oak
Brook, IL at the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Suites on Saturday, August 17, 2019, from 8 a.m. to
5 p.m. Attendees can expect a time of not just quality information, food and fun—but they will
also experience on-screen editorial exercises, writing prompts, professional headshots, quality
networking and an industry-specific vendor showcase!

Collectively, conference speakers, Tenita “Bestseller” Johnson, Valerie J. Lewis
Coleman, Cynthia Hatcher and Sylvia Hubbard-Hutula have over 30 years of industry experience
and run successful businesses that support indie authors nationwide. Attendees will learn new,
innovative information that will position them to build a solid platform as an authorpreneur and
speaker. Complete with information on marketing, crafting a solid professional bio and book
synopsis, as well as self-publishing industry secrets that save authors both time and money in the
publishing process, writers will leave inspired to take their book from the page to the stage and
beyond—allowing them to develop a six-figure income, even if they just have one book!
General admission tickets are only $129; VIP admission tickets are only $199! VIP
attendees receive an on-site professional photo shoot, as well as preferred seating, swag bags and
more! General admission cost after July 1 goes up to $229. There is also a student rate. Limited vendor space is also
available. To purchase tickets, visit The Red Ink Conference. For interviews or more
information, please contact Tenita Johnson at, or 313.999.6942.
About the Organizer
Authors worldwide write better thanks to editorial guru and author, Tenita C. Johnson.
Perfecting manuscripts for hundreds of best-selling authors, she’s on a mission to end the
prominent everyday abuse of the English language and rectify punctuation pet peeves. Well
known by many as a human spell check, noun nerd and grammar police, she proudly wears the
badge of honor to correct and serve. Dubbed the editor’s editor, Tenita hosts the annual Red Ink
Conference to empower aspiring authors to write from the editor’s point of view to save time and
money in the self-publishing process. She positions writers as experts in the industry serving
them to create their own writing/editorial business and multiple streams of income.
To connect with Tenita, visit or email

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Black Business Book will be released Sunday, July 21st, 4-7pm, Bert's Entertainment Complex #Detroit #michiganreaders #motownwriters

Black Business Book will be released Sunday, July 21st, 4-7pm, Bert's Entertainment Complex, 2727 Russell St. in Eastern Market District, complimentary admission at an event titled ''Black History in Detroit". Anthony Brogdon cites in his book over 200 black history facts with an emphasis on the history of black business in America.  The program will also feature historian and author Ken Coleman, historian Jamon Jordon, President/Ceo of National Business League Dr. Kenneth L. Harris, Founder of Arise Detroit Luther Keith, Founder of Project BAIT David Rambeau and historian David L. Head.  

Rochester Hills Public Library Seeks Authors for First Author Fair #michiganwriters #motownwriters

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Contact: Amanda Harrison Keighley
Phone: 248-650-7124

Rochester Hills Public Library Seeks Authors for First Author Fair  

(ROCHESTER HILLS- July 8, 2019) Rochester Hills Public Library has partnered with Rochester’s Writers to host its first author’s fair on Shop Small Saturday, November 30. Authors of all genres are being encouraged to apply for a space by July 25.
“This is a unique opportunity to highlight talented Michigan authors while participating in Shop Small Saturday,” said Amanda H. Keighley with the Rochester Hills Public Library. “We would like to offer a wide variety of genres and experiences at the event.”
"Rochester Writers is pleased to collaborate with the Rochester Hills Public Library to bring local authors together. This event will be a wonderful chance for readers and writers to meet each other. We encourage published authors of the community to apply to be a part of this inaugural book sale," said Michael Dwyer, founder of Rochester Writers.
Rochester Hills Public Library is currently recruiting authors for the event. If you or someone you know is interested in participating please apply by July 25 at, under “Use the Library”, “Special Events Information”.
Additional event details will be announced once authors are selected.
If you're an author and would like to sign up, click here!

The Rochester Hills Public Library provides life-long learning opportunities, instills a love of reading, and offers equal access to information. The library serves as a community town square, where over 45,000 monthly visitors enjoy innovative ways to learn and socialize through a variety of programs including Sunday concerts, a summer reading challenge, parent-child workshops, and weekly lectures. The library’s expansive and user-friendly database system allows its 70,000 card holders access to eBooks, movies, and music downloads, language and genealogy services, and consumer reports from the comfort of their own home at no cost. Find more information on Rochester Hills Public Library’s unique offerings at
If you're an author and would like to sign up, click here!
Amanda Harrison Keighley
Community Relations Specialist

Auburn Hills Writers July Session @@AHPLibrary from Facilitator, MYCHELLE MARTIN July18th #auburnhills #michiganwriters #michlit #motownwriters

Hello Writers!
    Yes.  Our group meets Thursday, July 18th from 6:30 pm to 8:30pm in the the Auburn Hills Library located at 3400 Seyburn in Auburn Hills.  

  • Writing News
  • Writing Exercise
  • Critique
Critique Session:
  • bring writing tool of choice
  • manuscript for critique (2 pages, double spaced, 12 font), bring 7 sets
  • book that has been helpful to your writing
Critique Guidelines:
  • Be kind
  • Be specific 
  • Be encouraging
  • Be careful (critique on style and technique, not your opinion)*;) winking

See you Thursday!

Mychelle Martin, Facilitator
"Nurturing the Auburn Hills Writing Community since 2011"
Please forward this email to any writer you feel may benefit from its contents.  
And as always, please let me know if you wish to be removed from our list, thank you.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Michigan Beginner Author Starter Book $20 #michiganwriters #motownwriters #michlit Grab your copy now!

Everything you need to start your writing, publishing and marketing journey, but were afraid to ask, couldn't find or didn't know.

Great for Michigan Authors

Everything a Michigan Author needs to start your writing, publishing & marketing journey but were afraid to ask, couldn’t find or didn’t know

Currently only available as a paperback

In this book you’ll find:

  • Six Month Writing Plan
  • Checklist for Writing, Publishing & Marketing
  • Detailed Independent Publishing Checklist
  • Kindle Publishing Checklist
  • Resources & Links
  • Businesses that sell Michigan Author
  • Important Publication Registrations
  • Resources to Print the Book
  • Book & Business Resource Listings
  • Metro Detroit Library Listings
  • Michigan American Bookseller Association Independent Bookstore List
  • Links to
    • Book Review Listings
    • African American Book Clubs
    • Book Blogger Listings
    • U.S. Public Library Listings

Blackbird Literacy July Book Giveaways + More! @blackbird_lit #detroitreads #michiganreaders

Donate Now

Come visit Blackbird Literacy at these events!

We'll be raising awareness and collecting book donations at the Detroit Book Fest Sunday, July 21.

We'll be giving books away at the 6th Annual Summer Fun in the D event in Southwest at 8500 Longworth St. on Sunday, July 28. 

We'll be giving away books at the Bikes Barrels & Books event in the North End, now on August 10. 

And we'll be giving away even more books at the Engine 40 Back to School Bash on August 24.

Mark your calendars and come pick up books for yourselves and your friends and family--for free.

If you are an educator in need of books for your classroom this Fall, please let us know

Will you please support our work with a financial contribution today? Every dollar counts. Blackbird Literacy is 100% volunteer-driven, and everything we giveaway is 100% freely given. We are a 501c3 non-profit organization. 

The amount of influence the ability to read can have on a lifetime is infinite.

We are so grateful you help make it possible.

To learn more or volunteer, please email us at

With gratitude,

--The Blackbird Literacy team
Books for Detroit + Infinite Possibilities


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Writers Group, Poetry in the Park, Contest, Appearances and More from Rochester Writers Group @RochWriters

Hello Writers!

Writers Group Meets Tuesday, Poetry in the Park next Friday, Writing Contest Deadline a Month away, Rochester Writers' Appearances in the Community this Summer, and More.
Event Sign "Poetry in the Park"

News and Events

Writers' Group

Rochester Writers' hosts The Freelance Marketplace Writers' Group:
The group meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Barnes & Noble Bookstore at 2800 S. Rochester Road (just north of M59). Different topics and guests each month*, however the main conversation is always about the Business of Writing (this is NOT a critique group). Free and Open to the Public. NEXT MEETING IS TUESDAY JULY 16.
  • July 16
  • August 20
  • September 17
  • October 15
  • November 19

Poetry in the Park

The Rochester Poets' Society hosts their annual event in the Rochester Municipal Park on Friday, July 19, at 7:00 p.m. at the Kiwanis Pavilion. Scheduled poets include James Ahearn, Rochester's Poet Laureate. Open mic poetry will take place after scheduled readers on a first come basis.

Rochester Writers' Appearances in the Community

Detroit Festival of Books at Eastern Market:
Sunday, July 21 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in Shed 3.
5th Annual Local Author Book Sale & Signing at SterlingFest:
Saturday, July 27, from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. outside the Sterling Heights Public Library.
Rochester Hills Public Library Shop Small Saturday:
Saturday, November 30, from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Author Sign-ups Now Open

Save the Date

12th Annual Rochester Writers' Conference, October 19, at Oakland University for Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Business Elements for new writers, working journalists,and published authors. Registration to Open in late July.
Contest Announcement Flier

Call for Entries in the Rochester Writers' 2019 Summer Writing Contest

Categories: Poetry, Micro Fiction, First Page, Memoir

Prizes: Cash Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Places in each category. In addition, Best of Show will receive a complimentary pass to a future Rochester Writers' Conference.

Opens: April 15, 2019

Deadline:  August 15, 2019

Events #RochesterWriters will be at this year
A view from above at the last event
Authors Profile Photos of the Event
Event Logo for Shop Small Saturday
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