Friday, June 30, 2017

Oct14th 2017 Quit Whining Start Writing Conf @SplatteredInkMI #Writers #Author #Michigan #MichLit #MotownWriters


Do Something for Your Writing Self

Join authors, writers, and poets at one of the biggest and best writing conferences in West Michigan!

Step away from distractions and demands for a day and treat yourself to a well-deserved break. Get new writing ideas and inspiration. Recharge in the camaraderie of fellow writers — both new and veteran. Share your experiences, expand your network, and help yourself be the best writer you can be.
Enjoy keynote speakers on Friday, October 13, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. - Marcel "Fable the Poet" Price and Rachel Gleason, Spoken Word Poets
Choose from 15 workshops on Saturday, October 14, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - featuring Joy Gaines-Friedler, John Gonzalez, Mardi Jo Link, J.R. Roper, and more.
Sign up for an exclusive 1:1 Marketing Consultation with a seasoned pro. Get the details when you register here for the conference.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Parking is available in the lot directly in front of the Seidman Center.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
If you register as a student, please bring your student ID to the event. You will be asked to show it at registration. If you register as a senior, an ID will need to be shown at registration as well.
What is the 1:1 Marketing Consultation?
If your book is being printed or is published, it’s time to work on getting your book in the hands of readers, the shelves of retailers and libraries, and make you and your work visible online. Even if you’re still writing your book or considering your publishing options, it is never too early to start marketing yourself as a writer. Start with a 30-minute customized consultation with Susan Julien Larimore, a marketing expert from Splattered Ink Press. Sign up for a special session when you register for the Quit Whining Start Writing Conference — for only an additional $50. Prior to your marketing session, Susan will connect with you, determine your needs, request you complete a marketing questionnaire so she can prepare meaningful materials, ideas, and suggestions for you ahead of time.
Additional FAQs can be found at

Upcoming #Author Booksignings around Michigan #MichLit #MotownWriters

July 2017
Pewabic Pottery: A History Handcrafted book-signing event
Free and open to the public, light refreshments will also be served
Pewabic Pottery: A History Handcrafted book-signing event
Author Reading & Talk: Julie Buntin, MARLENA
Everything about fifteen-year-old Cat’s new town in rural Michigan is lonely and off-kilter, until she meets her neighbor, the manic, beautiful, pill-popping Marlena. Cat, inexperienced and desperate for connection, is quickly lured into Marlena’s orbit by little more than an arched eyebrow and a shake of white-blond hair. As the two girls turn the untamed landscape of their desolate small town into a kind of playground, Cat catalogues a litany of firsts―first drink, first cigarette, first kiss―while Marlena’s habits harden and calcify. Within the year, Marlena is dead, drowned in six inches o…
Author Reading & Talk: Julie Buntin, MARLENA
Julie Buntin discusses Marlena
Reading and Q&A with Julie Buntin, author of Marlena

Tuesday, July 18th at 6:30pm.

We were wowed by debut novelist Julie Buntin's book Marlena.  Julie captures the setting of wintery northern Michigan and the tenuous friendship of teenage girls perfectly.  If you are a fan of Nickolas Butler (and really, who out there in Saturn-land isn't?) and Travis Mulhauser, you'll want to read this book and welcome Julie to the store.  Get your tickets soon.

Julie Buntin discusses Marlena
Julie Buntin: Marlena
Literati is delighted to welcome Julie Buntin in support of her debut novel, Marlena, a staff favorite.

Marlena is the story of two girls and the wild year that will cost one her life, and define the other’s for decades.

Everything about fifteen-year-old Cat’s new town in rural Michigan is lonely and off-kilter until she meets her neighbor, the manic, beautiful, pill-popping Marlena. Cat is quickly drawn into Marlena’s orbit and as she catalogues a litany of firsts—first drink, first cigarette, first kiss, first pill—Marlena’s habits harden and calcify. Within the year, Marlena is dead,…

Julie Buntin: Marlena
Kath Usitalo Author visit: Book Signing
Kath Usitalo author of "100 things to do in the Upper Peninsula Before you die" will visit Engadine Library.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Aug3rd: @ RustCityBookCon Author/Reader Event #Michigan #michlit #Motownwriters


Rust City Book Con is a super casual intimate convention and book signing in Troy, MI, with the intent to introduce readers to new authors and genres, as well as the chance to interact with current favorites. We have a fabulous lineup of authors, ranging from indie to NYT Bestsellers, that will be sure to tempt readers of all walks of life.
We'll be focusing on all GENRE fiction, so there's bound to be some interesting and diverse topics discussed at the daily panels. In the evenings we'll be partying and creating some fascinating mayhem with meet & greets, or as I like to call them, mini-parties.
While there is a schedule, there is also time for authors and readers to simply hang out. It's all but guaranteed that readers will have plenty of one-on-one interactions with the attending authors.
Saturday’s book sale and signing is open to convention attendees, and also FREE to the public. However we are asking everyone to bring a gently used book (childrens through adult) to help fill a new #LittleFreeLibrary to be installed within the community after the event. The library will be revealed/displayed throughout the weekend.
I know many readers tend to stick with their preferred genres, and there's nothing wrong with that; but you never know what you'll find, what you'll like, until you take a leap of faith. Join us August 4-6, 2017 and discover the authors who write the stories we love to read!
Can't wait for the festivities? Join the FB group where we keep the party going!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

GDRWA Presents the 2017 Word Nerds Writer's Conference @DetroitRWA #Michigan #Author #Books #MotownWriters #MichLit

WHEN: Saturday, October 21, 2017 with a special Friday night write-in, pitch practice, and critique beginning at 7 pm.
WHERE: Detroit Marriott Troy, 200 W Big Beaver Rd., Troy MI 48084
Step One: Submit your online entry form
Step Two: Pay with PayPal or by check (will receive mailing instructions via email after submitting entry form)
*Early Bird Registration prices only until July 31st!

For inquiries, please contact


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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Authors & Answers Detroit, Michigan: @iamdonovanboyd #Motownwriters July6th


The Brand Playbook tour continues with Authors and Answers presented by The Boyd Group, July 6th at the House of Pure Vin doors open at 6pm. This event is for my aspiring entrepreneurs and authors that want to know what it takes to knock your goals out for 2017. We will feature a HOT SEAT Discussion FEATURING dynamic authors from around the country: Donovan Boyd author of The Brand Playbook, Shawn Blanchard author of How Bout That for a Crack Baby, Author and College Sucess Coach Jahquan Hawkins, author Quentin Love and Moderated Detroits's own Randi Rossario owner of Oh So Radio. If you ever thought about writing a book this is where you need to be. We have added a small twist there will be a Free Wine tasting as well provided by the House of Pure Vin. For tickets register at #thebrandplaybook#authorsandanswers

Monday, June 26, 2017

DETROIT'S AUTHORS NETWORKING EVENT by Detroit Women Entrepreneurs of America June30th


The Authors Networking Event 
Detroit’s Chapter of Women Entrepreneurs of America Inc,
Featured Author TBA
14346 East Jefferson on the corner of Chalmers in Detroit Michigan (Thinkers CoWorking Spaces)

Contact Detroit Chapter of WEA to be featured monthly.
We welcome "All," patrons and inspiring authors.....
Bring family and friends.
Seats, 25-30 comfortably
Networking, Workshops, Training, Fellowship

For directions you can call
Detroit Chapter of Womens Entrepreneurs of America Inc. 888-871-3566 or check out our events on Facebook
A 501 (c)(3) Non Profit 501c(3) Organization 
Contact Information
888-871-3566 or via email
*Event is Free
*Donations will be accepted

Ryan White: Jimmy Buffett: A Good Life All the Way #booksigningeventsdotcom @Literati #MichLit #MittenLit #motownwriters

Ryan White: Jimmy Buffett: A Good Life All the Way
Literati is pleased to welcome Ryan White in support of his new book, Jimmy Buffett: A Good Life All the Way.

In Jimmy Buffett: A Good Life All the Way, acclaimed music critic Ryan White has crafted the first definitive account of Buffett’s rise from singing songs for beer to his emergence as a tropical icon and CEO behind the Margaritaville industrial complex, a vast network of merchandise, chain restaurants, resorts, and lifestyle products all inspired by his sunny but disillusioned hit “Margaritaville.”

Filled with interviews from friends, musicians, Coral Reefer Band members past and…
Ryan White: Jimmy Buffett: A Good Life All the Way

Sunday, June 25, 2017

#RustCity17 Newsletter - June 22, 2017 via @rustbookcon

#RustCity17 is only 6 weeks away!

Sylvia Hubbard, have you registered yet? We have a fabulous lineup of authors joining us and the schedule will be posted soon. I've made a few changes and added some new activities that will guarantee a whole new experience from last year.

The MEET & GREETS are going to be staggered this year, so instead of having to choose which one to go to, attendees will be able to go to ALL of them.

Added to the schedule this year are GAME SESSIONS. Basically, all this will be is a room full of games. Anyone can go in, grab one of the games, and play with anyone in there. There is no structure to this room - it's just another place for readers to get some one-on-one time with any of our attending authors, or getting some much needed down time, without being in the bar or at a panel. Some of the games available will be Cards Against Humanity, One Night Ultimate Werewolf & VampireDraw What (except for when that one is scheduled), ElementosExploding KittensDoctor Who Clue (because I really want a reason to buy it *grin*), King of TokyoUno Dare, and anything else I get between now and then that looks fun. And yes, I have a few games I'm thinking of getting - Battle MonkeysBang! The Walking DeadBatman Almost Got ImBoss Monster, and a bunch of others.

New this year...I've decided to mimic a feature of the local SF/F cons with a Rust City ConSuite!  If you're unfamiliar with the ConSuite setup, the basic idea is free food. It's simple, easy to prepare food & snacks, but it's available at every meal. There will be sandwich makings - meat, cheese, condiments, etc - and I'm going to try and do hot dogs as well. This way Rust City is able to offer all the meals, and people can drop in, grab something and go if they need to.
Register For #RustCity17 Here!
#RustCity17 author Stacy McKitrick begins the "Anything Goes" #FlashFiction over at Alpha Heroes Book Blog with ON THE HUNT.

"Anything Goes" means authors are welcome to bring in any kind of element they wish to this category, from time travel to zombies. 
Shelf Addiction initiates #RustCity17 author, Jillian David in her very first podcast. Listen in as Tamara talks with Jillian about her Hell's Valley series, Rust City, and more!

Get a glimpse into David's Hell's Valley series with an excerpt from the first novel, LEGACY LOST.
The FREE Public book signing will beSaturday, August 5, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

Just like last year, we are asking everyone to bring a gently used book (childrens through adult) to help fill a new #LittleFreeLibrary to be installed within the community after the event. The library will be revealed/displayed throughout the weekend.

That's all I have for you for now. I hope to see you at #RustCity17!

Copyright © 2017 Rust City Book Convention, All rights reserved.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

#MotownWriters: The Art of Juggling by #MichLit Author @SylviaJordan

There is a lot of talk these days about work-life balance, and no wonder.  Cultural and technological shifts – not to mention economic need – has us running around like proverbial hamsters on the wheel.  

Humanity seems more stressed than ever before, and the marketplace has responded with a plethora of books, lectures and modalities on how we can balance our obligations with fun in order to maintain our mental, physical and spiritual well-being.

Dr. Sylvia Jordan’s The Art of Juggling: The Successful Women’s Guide to Balancing Life is a refreshing, no-holds-barred take on life balance.  She does not rely on the popular lingo of the day, but uses plain language – and a healthy dose of tough love – to demonstrate how we can lead very full but efficient, purposeful and joyous lives.  

What sets Jordan apart from other experts is her willingness to tell the unvarnished the truth – juggling takes mental discipline, not only when our pins are in the air, but when we are choosing those pins. It begins with an honest assessment of our lives as they currently are.  

Do we lack the time to go back to school, volunteer at a charity or fulfill some other goal we have? While this many seem to be the case, an examination of our routine will likely reveal that a portion of each day is spent on burdens that are not ours to carry. 

Chock full of practical advice and a-ha! moments, The Art of Juggling encourages us to get clear on what matters most. Becoming an expert juggler is not about that “superwoman” label often bandied about, but about understanding that we have the capability and the right to achieve and maintain everything life has to offer.

What I found most compelling with Jordan’s telling of her own mother’s story. What greater juggling act can there be than raising nine children? 

Her book is a must-read!  Get the book on Amazon or at 

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