Sunday, November 14, 2021

Celebrate I Love To Write Day with a reader, writer or someone who isn't to show YOUR love for the WRITTEN WORD!

Monday, October 18, 2021

Using Canva For Book Promotion Workshops Are Back For October via @LashaundaH

These are the last workshops for the year. 

New workshops in 2022.


Hoffman Content LLC
7127 Minnesota Ave
St Louis
Missouri 63111
United States

Thursday, October 7, 2021

#MotownWriters @meetup Oct9th VIRTUALLY @ FB Grp 10am | 21st Century Book Release How Tos w/ @LashaundaH


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Author & Book Promotion Strategist, LaShaunda Hoffman

      LaShaunda C. Hoffman turned her love for books into an award winning online magazine for readers and writers of multicultural literature, Shades Of Romance – SORMAG. Her mission in life is to help promote writers by introducing them to readers.
     Born and raised in St. Louis Missouri, LaShaunda started her adventure in life by joining the United States Navy. She served her country for six years and returned to her hometown. She began to work for the U.S. government. At her 10 year class reunion she reconnected with the man who would become her husband. They are blessed with three children.

     LaShaunda is currently working on a Christian romance and on the hunt for a literary agent. She hopes to one day introduce her books to readers.

About Motown Writers Network 

Established in 2000, Motown Writers Network has been geared to help writers reach their literary goals and connect readers to Michigan Authors. Founder, Sylvia Hubbard has helped thousands of authors to their path to publication and marketing success 

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Friday, September 17, 2021

Fwd: TMR's 31st Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize is NOW OPEN

 The 31st annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize competition is now open for submissions in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. First-place winners in each category receive $5000, feature publication in our spring issue, and are honored at a gala reading and reception in Columbia, Missouri (pandemic permitting). Contest finalists are often published in the magazine also, or in the web-exclusive features we offer on our website in prose and poetry, BLAST and Poem of the Week.  All entrants are considered for publication  


This opportunity is open to writers at all levels. We pride ourselves on focusing on the quality of the writing first and foremost—our allegiance is to discovering and supporting strong work. Past winners have ranged from established writers with long records of publication to beginning writers who have never published before. In fact, for our fiction prize winner in 2018, the prizewinning story was her first published piece. This is why we are particularly excited to get the word out to Motown Writers Network. I've attached a flyer promoting the contest. We would love it if you would pass the word along via e-mail and social media, as well as posting the flyer somewhere your community is sure to see it.   


We accept submissions online or by mail. The postmark deadline is October 1Winners will be announced in January of 2022.   


You can find out more about the contest through our website

This year we are offering two contest entry options:


At the standard $25 level, entrants receive a year-long digital subscription to the Missouri Review ($24 value) as well as the fifth offering from Missouri Review Books, the digital anthology Private Lives ($7.95 value) featuring stellar short fiction from past issues of TMR 


At the $30 all-access level entrants receive the same year-long digital subscription and Private Livesplus full access to our entire ten-year archive of value-added digital issues, complete with print and audio versions of the magazine.  


Monday, September 13, 2021

Your Audience Is Waiting for You ... via @makeyourmarkps

Yooooo, Motown Writers Network


If you're like me, you ain't got time to beat around the bush. As you probably already know, I'm a self-publishing and author branding coach, and I help people like you build profitable brands, get consistent book sales, and position themselves for full-time authorpreneurship. In a gist ...


And today, I will be sharing with you 3 reasons why you should build a ready-to-buy audience before your next (or first) book launch.


But before I do, I gotta remind you about my free live training tomorrow: HOW TO BUILD AN AUDIENCE BEFORE YOU LAUNCH. I'm hosting the training live inside the Savvy Author Society free Facebook group, and I would love to see you there!




As a member of the Savvy Author Society you already have access to the training tomorrow. If you miss it live, you can always catch the replay. 


We had our first live training session last week: Five Reasons to Stop Selling Your Book, and it was bananas! You can catch the replay for that one, too. Just CLICK HERE.


Anyway ... More importantly, today, I will be helping you make a solid decision of whether you want to have readers begging to buy your book when it drops or, instead, spend your time waving your book around to random people who don't care about it, begging them to buy it ... 


The thing is, profitable self-publishing is NOT suitable for everyone. That's the truth. 


I know of so many authors who were excited about launching their books and wanted to hit bestseller lists, sell thousands of books, and really make an impact  ... but they never got anywhere because they didn't dig deep enough to truly understand why building an audience BEFORE you launch is so important.


After being in these indie streets for a while now and helping dozens of self-published authors, I've come up with the main reasons why anyone who wants to be a full-time authorpreneur must build their audience before launching. And it may not be what you imagined, Sylvia!


#1: Because nobody cares about your book, so they won't buy it just because you asked. It's your job to make them care, but not about your book, about your brand. And they will buy the book and all the others because you took the time to connect them with your brand first!


#2: It's more front-loaded work, but it makes selling sooooo much easier in the end. Yes, you have to do some consistent work and put some systems in place to build an audience of target readers on multiple platforms. Yes, there's a lot of prep work to do, but having an audience of ready-to-buy readers gives you permission to sell effortlessly! No more begging! 


#3: Because, as a self-published author, you are a business, and any successful business knows that you must know and grow your audience in order to have long-term, sustainable success. What good is launching if you  don't have anyone to launch to? Not good at all ...

What about you? Do any of these reasons resonate with you?

I want you to get real clear on the reason(s) behind why you want to be an author and self-publish your book. Let's skip all the superficial reasons. I want you to dig deep to truly figure out why you want to get your book into readers' hands.


You may realize at the end of the day that creating a profitable author brand so you can position yourself to be a full-time authorpreneur ain't for you, and that's okay. But if you know that you're all the way 'bout this authorpreneur life, and you're willing to do what it takes, I'm here to walk this journey with you! 


And we can start with my free Audience Builder training tomorrow inside the Savvy Author Society free Facebook group. Just CLICK HERE to RSVP.


So let me know… what's your personal WHY for wanting to to get your book(s) into readers' hands and be a successful self-published author?


Why are YOU interested in self-publishing? Why would YOU like to achieve those big, audacious author goals? 


I don't think that it's a coincidence that you're here. Hit reply and let me know… 



Your Indie Friend, 



P.S. When you're ready, here are three ways my team and I can help you begin your transformation into a successful authorpreneur:


1. Apply for The Savvy Self-Publisher group coaching program, and get access to a free private training that will teach you my proven framework for creating a long-term sustainable career as an authorpreneur.

Apply here:


2. Get my mini workshop bundle, 1K IN 30 DAYS for Authors to learn how to build a marketable Instagram author page and get 1,000 target reader followers in 30 days for just $37. Click here to get it now:






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Thursday, August 26, 2021

Thank You! ๐Ÿ’œfrom Author Sylvia Hubbard and the Michigan Literary Network๐Ÿ“š

Good afternoon,

I wanted to write you a quick note to say thank you for your support to my literary endeavors and the Michigan Literary Network (also Motown Writers Network) as a reader or as a writer or both! 

๐Ÿ’œFor Both that makes you extra special! ๐Ÿ“š

I also want to make sure that I'm meeting your needs. Please take 1 minute to answer the following questions for me. You may choose either the reader questions or the writer questions.


===>What's the biggest challenge that you face when it comes to reading? time? diversity? interest?

===>What Reading trinkets do you wish authors offered more? 

===>What types of genres do you wish I would explore more? 

===>Last fiction book you read by me?

===>Are you subscribed to Sylvia Hubbard's blog update?


===>What kind of writing assistance do you wish you could have? 

===>What kind of promotion training do you need?

===>What is the biggest challenge that you face when it comes to promoting your book now?

===>Have you been featured on Motown Writers Network Website?

Just reply back to this message and let me know.

Looking forward to serving you better.

Talk soon,

Sylvia Hubbard

Suspense/Romance Author & Founder of Motown Writers Network

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

#TuesdayTips: Make sure your website is #mobile ready! #booksellingtechniques | #21CenturyAuthorMarketing

Practical advice for authors who are looking to market their books

mobile ready website

Make sure your site is Mobile ready. 

Over 80% of consumers in the world reach online through mobile devices. Don't make it difficult for someone with a phone, tablet or other mobile device pull up your site because you choose not to incorporate a mobile platform. Imagine all the book business you could be losing because you wanted to be flashy?

Extra tips:

  • Stay away from large images on the front page
  • Too much javascript that doesn't incorporate well in mobile
  • Slow loading sites
  • Bad linkage. (Check you links every quarter to make sure everything is good)

Grab more tips in the 21st Century Marketing for authors 

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Thursday, July 8, 2021

You're invited to #MotownWriters @Meetup Saturday July10th 10am on our Facebook Group [Virtual]

Our guest speaker would be Kimberberly BatchelorDavis

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About this author

Kimberly Batchelor Davis has been in love with books since she was a child. Who would've known that
God would bless her with the gift of writing; however he did, and she was reminded of that on September
11, 2001 after the devastating attacks on America. Kimberly's desire to write was renewed. Kimberly
fervently believes that "We live by faith, not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7.) It reminds us to continue to
put our faith in God instead of ourselves. She realized that something was missing from her life; it was
writing. She says: "I had to have a purpose and it wasn't just about making money, I had to give back
in some way—I just didn't know how." Since then, she has not looked back. She lives by this in creating
stories that have shared experiences and which inspire or cause people to think about situations in a
different way. Recently, she released two children's books "Rose and the Enchanted Seven" and "Look,
Daddy! There's a Bunny. Kimberly released "Escape to Paradise: Book 1, 2 and 3", the exciting, fictional
romantic trilogy book series.

Kimberly is a contributing writer for Date Night Magazine and Pandem Magazine. She has been featured
on the Brand-New Mommy and the Bougie Black Girl blogs where she discusses her bout of depression,
motherhood and writing. She has published articles with Saved magazine and Mi Estilo, an online
Hispanic magazine. Kimberly speaks professionally on issues that she's passionate about, which include
motherhood, literacy, community civic engagement and writing. Presently, she is the host of the Kim B.
Davis Show which is featured on, Apple, Spotify, Google, Stitcher and she is the Lifestyle
Editor for the Michael Van Tull Show and Community Highlights with Missionary Hattie Humphrey on
Detroit Praise Network and BlogTalk Radio. Kimberly has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science
from Wayne State University.


The link for books is or check out her Amazon store at

Subscribe to the The Kim B. Davis Show

Shows drop on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Her show is available on Apple, Spotify, Google, and Stitcher

Lifestyle Editor on The Michael Van Tull Show and Community Highlights with Missionary Hattie Humphrey

(Every Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.)

To contact Kimberly Batchelor Davis, BatchelorDavis Group, please visit and .

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Going Live (abruptly) with my readers in the Facebook group! Got burning questions about my books? Join me today at 1:45pm See you soon

Today, June29th, at 1:450 pm

Replay will be available on Youtube and Instagram later on this week

What we're going to talk about: (so i won't lose track)

  • What I write & Intro
  • Why I never did a live
  • Current WIP
    • A little bit about Beck
    • WiPs to come
  • Publishing projects
    • Essence's Divinity – Part 2 – August
    • The Trouble With Gabrielle – September
  • What's available upcoming
    • Beck on Vella sometime in July
    • Free Dreams of Reality July 1st through 5th


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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Grosse Pointe Theatre's Ten-Minute #Playwriting Workshop Series starts July 2021 - Registration Now Open, All Welcome #michlit Metro #Detroit

MEDIA CONTACT: Patricia A. Ellis, 313-410-3417 |

Grosse Pointe Theatre's Playwriting Workshops will teach the art of storytelling

Workshops prepare authors for the upcoming ten-minute play festival competition.

GROSSE POINTE, MI – All playwrights and those interested in becoming one are invited to participate in
Grosse Pointe Theatre's Take Ten Playwriting Workshops, which will be held virtually July – October 2021,
from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month. Registration for the workshop series is
now open. The cost for the four-workshop series is $25. However, the workshops are complimentary for
Grosse Pointe Theatre members, so all participants are welcome to become a GPT member. Membership
information is provided on the registration page. The workshops will teach skills in storytelling through
playwriting, specifically the ten-minute play format. This year's playwriting theme is, "While You Were Out,"
similar to the message slips used in offices and the twists and turns that can happen communicating the
message. The virtual workshop format will make it easy for playwrights from around the state to participate.

By the end of the workshop series, participants should have a finished ten-minute play that they can submit
to Grosse Pointe Theatre's Take Ten, Ten-Minute Play Festival competition. The competition is open to all
playwrights. The workshop series will be a worthwhile educational exercise for newcomers, as well as those
who have experience in playwriting. Play submissions to GPT's playwriting competition will be accepted
through Dec. 31, 2021, and the winning submissions will be performed next spring.

Grosse Pointe Theatre's ten-minute play festival, now in its eighth year, is the brainchild of longtime GPT
member Mary Lou Britton who has been leading this program as its executive producer since it began.

After assuming many technical and administrative responsibilities at GPT through the years, Britton honed-
in on her writing skills creating ten-minute plays. She has written several short plays since. Having spent her
career as an executive communicator and editor, and now playwright, Britton is excited to share her skills
and enthusiasm for playwriting with other playwrights and newcomers. Britton will team-teach the
workshops with Stella Woitulewicz, an actor and theatre buff who got hooked on comedy writing at Second
City Detroit. She has written and co-directed numerous short plays since.

"Playwriting has grown in popularity through the years and it's exciting to see someone take a story idea
and create a plot, characters and a setting that audiences can relate too," said Britton. "Playwriting opens
up another dimension to storytelling, connecting each character's experiences in a believable and
entertaining way – in this case, all in ten minutes! We look forward to working with this year's participants
and seeing their creative process develop into a finished ten-minute play."

For more information on Grosse Pointe Theatre's Take Ten Playwriting Workshops and Ten-Minute Play
Festival, visit Additional questions can be addressed by emailing or by
calling 586-779-8974.

About Grosse Pointe Theatre
Grosse Pointe Theatre, a volunteer-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is honored to celebrate more
than 72 years of entertaining audiences in southeast Michigan – connecting, creating and inspiring
communities through theatre. For information on virtual and live performances, youth and educational
programs, membership and other ways to get involved or show support, visit or call 313-881- All donations are tax deductible and appreciated.

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