Thursday, June 30, 2016

Call for Authors in November via @HuronValleyArts #MichiganLit #Book #Events

Arts & Greens Holiday Market Application is now LIVE!
Arts & Greens Holiday Market is set amidst the beautiful greenery of the Bogie Lake Greenhouses. 50 artists will be selected to display and sell their work. Music and other special events add to the festive experience. Sponsored by Huron Valley Council for the Arts (HVCA.) 
HOURS: Fri., Nov. 18, Artist check-in and set-up: noon-5pm; 5pm-7pm Invitation Only VIP Opening & 7pm-9pm Open to the public. 
Sat., Nov. 19 - 9am-5pm 
Sun., Nov. 20 - 10am-5pm

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The Huron Valley Council for the Arts is currently looking for talented
authors of books for children and teens for our annual holiday fair, Arts &
Greens.  We would like to invite you to apply to be a part of this unique
show; applications are now up on the HVCA website,,
under Artist Opportunities.

Arts & Greens Holiday Market is held inside the gorgeous Bogie Lake
Greenhouses.  Guests can shop the artist and author booths nestled between
festive displays of poinsettias and other holiday greens. The unique setting
makes this holiday show a must for many Oakland County residents.  In
addition , visitors can also enjoy live music ranging from the Huron Valley
Community Chorus to the ever popular Tuba Christmas performance.  

The talented staff of Bogie Lake Greenhouses will be conducting free holiday
greens-arranging classes throughout the weekend, where they will be teaching
visitors the fine art of creating that perfect table centerpiece or festive
holiday decoration.

Arts & Greens will be celebrating its 12th anniversary this year; come and
be part of the unique holiday show!  If you have any questions please
contact the Arts & Greens team at

Kind regards,

Sybil Phelps,
Authors Coordinator
Arts @ Greens

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

What is yr 30 Day Lit Challenge & Success? #MotownWriters @Meetup Reminder every 2nd Sat @DetroitLibrary

Every month we ask this of our participants when we meet. I find this helps give us direction, a goal, a place marker to show we've progress. Whether you're a reader or writer, you can answer this question and we'd like you hear your answer.

Baby steps count too.

I hope to see you at our meetings one day. Motown Writers meet every 2nd Saturday usually at the Detroit main library on the 3rd floor.

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Also subscribe to our website for other literary news, events and more at:

If you'd like to be a speaker, please contact us at:

If you didn't attend last meeting or you're a reader, tell us now, what is your last 30 day literary challenge and success?

Monday, June 27, 2016

TOMORROW: Free Book Vending Machines Installed in Detroit to Combat Local Book Deserts #BookBattle

The award-winning Soar with Reading program is bringing five book vending machines to Detroit that will provide free books to kids all summer long. In research commissioned by JetBlue, areas of Detroit were found to be book deserts, areas where children and their families have little or no access to purchase age-appropriate books. The Hamtramck area of Detroit was found to only have one book for every 42 children.


To launch the program, Detroit Outfielder Justin Upton  and actress Victoria Justice will help unveil the machines tomorrowTuesday(6/28) at 10 a.m. They will read to local children in attendance and help kids use the machine. The event will be hosted at the Matrix Center (13560 E. McNichols; Detroit, MI 48205).


Please note this is an invitational event and media must be credentialed.





Becky Brand

Account Supervisor

40 Broad St., Boston, MA, 02109

O. 617-226-9518  M. 631-235-1052



In 2011, JetBlue launched Soar with Reading, a program designed to encourage kids' imaginations to take flight through reading and get books into the hands of kids that need them most. Since its inception, JetBlue and their partners have donated over $1,750,000 worth of books to kids in need. This year's donation of 100,000 books is in partnership with Random House Children's Books.


This year, Soar with Reading will expand its book vending machine program to Detroit – installing five machines in locations across the city:

Samaritan Center | 5555 Conner Street; Detroit, MI 48213

Northwest Activities Center | 18100 Meyers Road; Detroit, MI 48235

Patton Park | 2301 Woodmere Street; Detroit, MI 48209

Rosedale Park Baptist Church | 14179 Evergreen Road; Detroit, MI 48223

Matrix Center | 13560 E. McNichols; Detroit, MI 48205


For the second consecutive year, Soar with Reading will host the #BookBattle, an online voting competition that allows the public to choose which city will receive books next summer. For additional information, please visit



JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline™, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 35 million customers a year to 96 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 925 daily flights. For more information please visit

Produce*Publish*Promote Summit 2016 #PPP16 @SORMAG FREE Online wsg/@SylviaHubbard1 July8-10

Do you have a book idea?
Learn what it takes to get your book out of your head and unto the screen.
Do you need help with moving your book to print?
Learn about about editing, self-promotion vs traditional, mistakes in publishing.
Is promoting your book frustrating?
Learn about getting your book in front of the readers and building your brand through promotion.
Join 12 experts in the field of writing, publishing and promoting as they share their knowledge and experiences to help you Produce, Publish and Promote your book.
This FREE summit is perfect for:
The person who has a book idea floating in their head but don't know where to start.
The writer who is looking for help with their writing goals?
The writer who is about to publish their first book.
The writer who can't decide to self publish or continue submitting.
The writer who published the book but can't stay consistent with their promotion.
The seasoned writer who wants to learn more about branding and staying in front of readers.
If one of these writers is YOU.  
Register Today so you can have three days to ask all those questions you have.
Would you like to sponsor or be a vendor at the summit?

Day 1 – Produce
Is for the writers who have a book idea and wants to get it out their head or the writers who are working on a book and needs help on how to organize it.
Our Presenters:
Contessa Cooper – Writing Through The Pain
Tamika Howze
Tamika Sims - So You Think You Can't Write
Shalena "DIVA" Broaster
Our expert writers are here to answer questions about producing your book.
Day 2 – Publish
Is dedicated to publishing a book, you will learn about editing, self-promotion vs traditional, mistakes in publishing.
Our Presenters:
Rochelle Carter
Tamika Hall – 5 Mistakes Authors Make In Publishing Their Book
Rhonda McNight – Self Editing To Improve Pacing
LaToya Smith – Traditional vs Self Publishing Things you should know before making a decision
Our expert writers, editors and publishers are here to answer questions about publishing your book.
Day 3 – Promote
Is about getting your book in front of the readers and building your brand through promotion.
Our Presenters:
LaTanyha Boyd – Hot To ROCK Your book Online and Build Your Author’s Platform
Paulette Harper – Increasing Your Author Platform
LaShaunda Hoffman – Are You Ready To Be A Social Butterfly and Start Building Relationships?
Sylvia Hubbard -Offline Marketing to Increasing Your Book Sales
Our expert writers are here to answer questions about promoting your book.


Friday July 8, 2016 at 12:00 PM Eastern
Sunday July 10, 2016 at 10:00 PM  Eastern

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This is a virtual summit, it will be hosted inside the private Face Book Group.

Idea to Book
Edit to Print
Book To Reader

Registration includes: summit program, virtual goody bag, literary directory, private FB group


Contessa Cooper
Takima Howze
Tamika Sims
Shalena "DIVA" Broaster

Rochelle Carter
Tamika Hall
Rhonda McNight
LaTonya Smith

LaTanyha Boyd
Paulette Harper
LaShaunda Hoffman
Slyvia Hubbaard

LaShaunda C. Hoffman

Thursday, June 23, 2016

ALL INVITED! Michigan Readers of all genres: @RustCityBookCon August12th - 14th 2016 Troy, MI #MichLit #MotownWriters

Discover and enjoy bookish shenanigans with 45+ fabulous authors that write the stories we love to read! Join us August 12th - 14th for a weekend of panel discussions, a public book signing, parties, and more at Rust City Book Con 2016!
Register by July 1st to receive a welcome bag filled with books and swag! Registration for ‪#‎RustCity16‬ closes August 13th! 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The #MotorCityBookExperience Calling All #BookClubs! #Detroit #Book #Event @CoboHall Aug20th #MotownWriters

AVOC Publishing & Kenerly Presents invites you to join us Saturday August 20th @ 2pm for The Motor City Book Experience. There will be local talent and authors from around the country. We have live entertainment and a spoken word session! Register for your table today!

CALLING ALL BOOK CLUBS!!!!Come to the Motor City Book Experience in downtown Detroit on August 20, 2016 at the COBO Center and win $100 to $200 Motor City BookBucks for having the biggest group!!!! That's right - your purchases are on us....

Register now:

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Library of #Michigan Weekly Digest Bulletin #michlit #author #books #events #news

State Librarian's Excellence Award
From the Desk of the State Librarian

State Librarian's Excellence Award

Dear Library Directors, Trustees, Institution Administrators, and Library Users,

The Library of Michigan Foundation is pleased to announce that nominations for the 2016 State Librarian's Excellence Award are now being accepted.

The State Librarian's Excellence Award recognizes a Michigan Library that best exemplifies excellence in customer service. Roger Mendel will sponsor the $2,000 cash prize awarded to the winning library. The Foundation is pleased to announce this year that the Citation of Excellence Award amounts have increased from $500 to $1,000. Two runners-up will be recognized with a Citation of Excellence. All three award-winners will receive trophies for public display. 

We hope you will consider nominating your library this year! The criteria is described on the nomination form. The deadline for nominations is August 19, 2016. Winners will be announced at the State Librarian's Luncheon on Friday, October 28, 2016, during the 2016 Michigan Library Association Annual Conference in Lansing.

Library directors, trustees, library users, or administrators may make nominations. See the nomination form for details of submission requirements. If, after reviewing the full criteria, you have questions or would like additional information, please contact the Library of Michigan Foundation office at (517) 373-1297.

For software think TechSoup, for hardware think TRIG

Do you need a discount hardware purchasing solution?

Sonya Schryer Norris

Join us on Tuesday, June 21 at 10:00 a.m. at for a webinar with Wendy Hand of Kalamazoo Public Library to talk about a discount hardware purchasing solution for Michigan libraries.



Last year, Michigan libraries were invited to participate in an important initiative. The Technology Readiness Infrastructure Grant (TRIG) program is involved in developing, issuing and administering statewide bids for mobile devices and desktop computers. It provides for lower purchase prices on many products, as well as accessories and even some services such as installation. The nice thing about this program is that it allows you to purchase off the bid and know you're getting a good price without actually issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) yourself.



This year's program includes brands and products such as HP, Dell, Lenovo, Chromebooks, Android tablets, iPads and MacBooks. Accessories include onsite warranty, mice and keyboards, adapters, RAM upgrades and DVD RW drives. 

Last year nearly 170,000 devices were purchased off the bid. Unfortunately, libraries made up a very small percentage of this number but the savings for those libraries was substantial - $60,000.



In our January issue of the LM Dispatch, Wendy Hand of Kalamazoo Public Library (KPL) wrote an article about how KPL bought Chromebases last year to use as an OPAC solutionOn Tuesday she will be conducting a webinar through the LM to talk more about the device purchasing program and walk you through the steps of the ordering process.



I would like to encourage you to learn more about this program. If you're thinking about buying hardware this year, the purchasing window is open now through October 15thTo learn more about this program, check out the TRIG website or join us for the webinar. I hope to see you there! 

Sonya Schryer Norris


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Calling All Independent Authors! 2016 @GreyWolfe_Pub Summer Book Festival July16th #MichLit

Calling All Independent Authors!
If you would like an opportunity to showcase your book to Detroit Area
readers, this is the day!

Date: July 16, 2016
Location: Troy Community Center  3179 Livernois Road, Room #304 Troy, MI

Cost: $75; Includes one six foot table, white table cloth, two chairs.
RSVP BY: June 25, 2016

Do you know an author who would like to share a table with you?  We'll let
you split the cost to save expenses!  Or, if you're an author who only
anticipates needing a half table space, we can accommodate you, too.
Please make the proper table selection at the payment screen.

Please make sure you have an attractive table display.  Floor banners or
signs that need to be attached to walls are not permitted.  Your entire
display should fit on your table space.  Be sure to have a sign at your
table that lets readers know what types of payment you will be accepting.
Remember to include Michigan Sales Tax when pricing your books.  Authors
are responsible for collecting all monies for book sales. (Don't forget to
bring change for cash sales.)

There are a limited number of tables available, so reservations are on a
first-come, first-served basis.  Fees are non-refundable, unless the event
is canceled by Grey Wolfe Publishing.  Please send all inquiries to

Light refreshments will be on hand for authors and guests.

Here is the table reservation link:

I've also attached a graphic, should you have space for it.

Thank you for all you do to promote Michigan authors!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Rochester Writers' News for Writers via @talktravel #MichLit #MotownWriters June21 @Meetup

Rochester Writers' News for Writers

Freelance Marketplace Writers' Group
The next meeting is Tuesday, June 21, at the Rochester Hills Barnes & Noble Bookstore at 7:30 p.m. Our meeting location could be anywhere in the store - look for us in the events area, the back end of the used book department, or anywhere in between. We meet the third Tuesday of the month to discuss the business of writing. It's free and open to new, working, and published writers. Come once, once in a while, or every time.
Summer Writing Contest Now Open
The Rochester Writers' Summer Writing Contest is NOW accepting submissions. Low Entry Fee - Cash Prizes - Four Categories
Save the Date
9th Annual Rochester Writers' Fall Conference is Saturday, October 8, 2016 in Rochester, Michigan
Lamb's Retreat for Songwriters, November 2016 in Harbor Springs, Michigan
30th Annual Rally of Writers will be April 8, 2017 in Lansing, Michigan
Now on Meetup 
The Writers' Group, Contests, Conferences, and More. It's free to sign-up and comes with reminders for the things you like. Rochester-Writers-Writing- Groups-Conferences-Contests/ 


You're invited to Graphic Design 4 Social Media & Beyond (Jun 22, 2016 - Jun 24, 2016) #Detroit

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 5:00 PM 
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Friday, June 24, 2016 at 8:00 PM (EDT)

Good Cakes and Bakes
19363 Livernois Avenue
Detroit, MI 48221

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GRAPHIC DESIGN 4 SOCIAL MEDIA & BEYOND is a collection of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) graphic design POP-UP WORKSHOPS that teach Digital Visual Design skills for Mobile Social Web content.


We all are creative beings. Whether you're a small business owner wanting to know how to communicate your graphic image needs to a Graphic Designer, or an Entrepreneur without a budget to hire a one or just someone who is curious about how other people create engaging graphic images online, this class will help you to tap into your Inner Creative Genius, that side of you that loves to create.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and join us for a 3-hour introductory hands-on digital graphic design workshop to unleash your Inner Creative Genius!

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Workshops are taught using web-based visual design applications with intuitive and uncomplicated User Interfaces (UI) that make it possible to introduce, explore and increase visual design literacy in learners, while providing you with a means to produce stunning graphic images, guaranteed to increase your online and print effectiveness.

In this introductory GRAPHIC DESIGN 4 SOCIAL MEDIA & BEYOND workshop you will learn how to use Canva, an on-line, drag-and-drop, graphic design application that offers free access to a wide assortment of design tools and options to create beautiful graphic designs and documents.

Workshop practice and instruction will center around project-based, interactive and collaborative exercises to:

  • Deepen the learning experience
  • Engage students in critical thinking 
  • Cultivate rich problem-solving skills
  • Stimulate creativity
  • Build confidence in learning abilities
  • Foster a relaxed "can do" and "fun" learning experience!

And when you register for this workshop, you will be added to an exclusive Facebook Group, GRAPHIC DESIGN 4 SOCIAL MEDIA & BEYOND FACEBOOK GROUP, where you will receive lots of extra resources to help you continue to advance your skills.

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The skills acquired in this workshops will enable students to design and create Digital Visual Content for on-line and off-line digital and print media projects, including:

  • Advertisements
  • Banners
  • Blog & Vlog Images
  • Business Cards
  • Certificates
  • Discount Coupons
  • Flyers
  • Gift Cards
  • Infographics
  • Invitations
  • Letters
  • Logos
  • Menus
  • Parallax Images
  • Photo Collages
  • Postcards
  • Posters
  • Slide Presentations
  • Social Media
  • -- Cover Photos
  • -- Posts
  • -- Questions
  • -- Quotations
  • -- Tips
  • Webinars
  • Websites:
  • -- Featured Images
  • -- Header Images
  • -- Supporting Images
  • -- Thumbnail Images


This workshop will teach you how to design and create Visual Graphic Images for all of the Social Media Platforms, including: 

  • Facebook
  • Google+
  • Instagram
  • Linkedin
  • Pinterest
  • Print Media
  • Twitter
  • YouTube




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  1. JUNE 22, 2016, 0500p - 0800p (Wednesday)
  2. JUNE 24, 2016, 0500p - 0800p (Friday)


  1. Two (2) identical workshops are being offered on 2 different dates. 
  2. Select your desired date from the dropdown menu at the top of the registration page.


One (1) Seat = $36.50 + EventBrite Processing Fee

NOTE: If you have a Discount Code, then enter it in the Promotion Code Field.


Good Cakes and Bakes, 19363 Livernois Avenue, Detroit, MI 48221

GBC bakes from scratch, each and every morning, using organic, high quality, fresh ingredients! April Anderson, Owner, understands the importance of the community and having a gathering place. If you need a venue to host your next event, Good Cakes and Bakes is it!

Good Cakes and Bakes will provide electricity and Internet Access. Food and beverages will be available at reasonable prices.

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To insure your success, please be responsible to yourself and others by doing the following things to prepare for and support the learning process:

  • Arrive on-time to grab the best available seat and to set-up your computer, so you're ready to rock-n-roll when the instruction begins.
  • BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)! Bring your laptop computer or tablet. And be responsible for knowing how to use your device for:
    • Accessing the Internet. 
    • Accessing Facebook (a Private Facebook Group).
    • Accessing your Web/iOS browser. The Chrome Browser is preferred.
  • Bring your device charger. 
  • Dream up a graphic image, in your mind, that you would like to build at the end of the workshop!
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  1. I don't have graphic design experience. Could this workshop still be for me?
    Absolutely. This is an introductory class, which was developed for Non-Designers. By the end of the workshop, everyone will have created at least 3 graphic design projects and understand how the skills they've learned can be applied to other graphic design projects. (See KEY TAKEAWAYS, above)
  2. Do I need to purchase or download a software program for this workshop? 
    The software program that we will use is a free web-based application called Canva, which makes it possible for anyone to design the visual assets they need for a variety of circumstances. We will download Canva, together, in the workshop. But, you can download it before the workshop if you like to be ahead of the curve and feel ambitious.

  3. Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
    18 years and older and mus have their own mobile device.
  4. Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
    You can contact the organizer at:
  5. Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
    Registration is not refundable. Registration is transferrable to another person. 
  6. I'm coming from work. Is there anywhere to get food, fast?
    The workshop will be held at Good Cakes and Bakes, a local bakery/cafe that sells really good fresh soups with cornbread, coffee and baked goods (cakes, coffee, cupcakes, cookies, juices, pies, scones, soda, tea etc.)
  7. What are my transportation/parking options getting to the event?
    On-street metered parking and parking lot across the street from Good Cakes and Bakes.
  8. Can I get help beyond the workshop?
    Yes. The instructor is available for one-on-one consultations and study groups (at a lower rate/person).
  9. Is IDIMDS looking for other instructors to teach workshops?
    Yes. The instructor has long-term goals that include facilitating a digital learning school.
  10. What kind of restroom accommodations are available at the venue site?
    There is a unisex bathroom.
  11. Is the venu accessible to physically-challenged individuals?
    Yes. The venue is on the ground floor. No stairs to climb.
  12. Can I invite my friend(s)?
    Sure! Seating is limited, tell them to register today.


We're excited to see what your Inner Creative Genius will produce!

i did it my damn self

Digital Literacy for the People.


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We hope you can make it!

Prema Qadir

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