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Monday, December 29, 2008

Fw: 2nd Annual Black History Month Book Fair -January 25 - March 7, 2009


2nd Annual Black History Month Book Fair
"Give the Gift of Knowledge"
January 25 - March 7, 2009
Totally Online at the Black Authors Network Radio Show

2nd Annual Black History Month Book Fair
"Give the Gift of Knowledge"
January 25 - March 7, 2009

Totally Online at Black Authors Network Radio

Please join us for 42 nights of fun, wisdom, fellowship, and book previews, as well as author interviews. EDC Creations and the Sankofa Literary Society will host the annual Black History Month Internet Book Fair to bring together authors, community leaders and concerned citizens.
You can participate nightly from the comforts of your home! The event is held totally online with nightly panel discussions, seminars, live readings from new book releases, community town hall meetings and open mic poetry nights. Chat on our blog site by day and join us on the radio show by night, for 6 straight weeks!

Our theme is "Give the Gift of Knowledge." We seek to bring together our modern day Griots to share with us the history of our people and to lead us into the future. Are you ready? Do you want to help us prepare an archive of African American legacies for your children? This is an open community forum for all races and cultures. Be the change that you want to see in our global community. Give the Gift of Knowledge.

The Black Authors Network (BAN) is dedicated to providing information to help black business owners and authors gain access to the global consumer and to helping promote the growth of black businesses and literature. The Black Authors Network, is here to bring people together, to create a dialogue, and share valuable resources. Our goal is to be the most informative networking group, serving the unique needs of African American authors, businesses, organizations, and concerned parents who wish to improve literacy and strengthen the image of the African American community.

For more information on nightly themes and promotions, enter here.
Become a BAN Radio Guest in 2009
We are now booking BAN radio for January-March 2009. If you are interested in becoming a guest to showcase your business or books, please visit our website to register.
We are also booking authors for the 2009 42-day Black History Month Affair. Each author will register at BAN to participate in the 6 week literary event. The link is listed above. Ella will email you all the details after payment. 
Ella Curry, President of EDC Creations
Black Authors Network Talk Show Producer
Sankofa Literary Society Founder
Black Pearls Magazine Editor and Publisher
Website: www.edc-creations.com
For the Readers
Holiday Issue of EDC Creations' Black Pearls Magazine, created for just YOU!
EDC Creations Literary eMagazine
Showcasing 50 books that will amaze readers

Please take a moment and read the articles created just for you, explore our gift shop and leave your comments. Give the Gift of Knowledge and share this newsletter with your network too!  Happy Holidays and Be Safe.

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Tell ESSENCE: Know where to meet great Black men? Know a great working

Tell ESSENCE: Know where to meet great Black men? Know a great working

Where are the Black men?
Are you always meeting great men at places and functions most sisters are
unaware of or overlook? ESSENCE.com wants YOU to tell us where we can meet
attractive, single men!

We've already highlighted the following:
Grocery store, Bookstore, Church, Train/Bus, Weddings, Concert, Airports and
sports bars, Salsa clubs, Home Depot, Gyms, Gas stations, Alumni associations,
Weekly social event, Barbershop, Ski Trips

Tell us where else can we meet single men (and make sure you explain why you
chose that particular place). Don't forget to include your name, age and city
of residence in your e-mail. Please pass this along to your friends.
Send all responses to Porsche at pslocum@essence.com


Wanted: Phenomenal Working Moms

ESSENCE is on the lookout for African-American working moms who manage to
balance having a great career with taking wonderful care of their family and
themselves! These super-moms need to be willing to share their secrets to
success: Do they enlist her older kids to help younger siblings with homework?
Do they trade off babysitting with other girlfriends who have kids? Did they
start their own business so they could make their own hours at home?

We're open to everyone, but would love to profile:
•    a single or divorced mom
•    a mom who stays at home, but runs her own business
•    a mom with a developmentally disabled child
•    a mom with a very large family (more than five kids)
•    a mom with multiples who are still young

Moms, please email us at healthyliving@essence.com and tell us about your
family, your career, and how you look out for yourself as well. Please include
your name, age, geographic location and a photo of yourself.

Thanks much!

To reply to this message, follow the link below:


Sylvia Hubbard
Author, Blogger and Founder of Motown Writers Network
NOW AVAILABLE: Secrets, Lies and Family Ties

Fw: Media Release: Fr*ugal Idea Hit in Economic Downturn

With the downturn in the economy I thought this might be of special interest to your readers. Feel free to make it work for your audience. I am always available to send you an article to for an interview if that fits your needs better.

M E D I A   R E L E A S E



Contact: Carolyn Howard-Johnson

E-mail: HoJoNews@aol.com

Phone: 818-790-0502





Sought-After Guest Soars on Authors Access Radio



Frugal Message Hits Top Spot for AuthorsAccess Listeners


Ann Arbor, MI--Cohosts of Authors Access radio, Victor R. Volkman and Irene Watson, announced multi award-winning author Carolyn Howard-Johnson was the #1 most popular guest on AuthorsAccess.com podcasts for the year 2008.


Volkman says, "With more than 1,000 listeners this year, Carolyn again proved the lasting power of her Frugal Book Promotion message. Not only is her message popular, but it's way out in front of all the other guests, the 2nd most popular podcast was 20% behind Carolyn's.  We wish Carolyn continued success in 2009 and we are certain her message will become even more important as economic turmoil continues." That podcast may be found at   http://authorsaccess.com/archives/90

This is the 2nd year that Howard-Johnson has starred at AuthorsAccess. In 2007 she was also among the most listened to among industry luminaries and gurus such as Mark David Gerson, Jacqueline Church, and JC Simonds. Authors will also find helpful podcasts from well-known names like John Kremer, Shel Horowitz and Patricia Fry on AuthorAccess.


Authors Access is a joint project of Loving Healing Press and ReaderViews. It features interviews from people around the world who can help authors better manage their writing careers. The show is recorded live each Thursday evening and posted immediately on www.AuthorsAccess.com. Since 2006, aspiring authors have browsed and downloaded more than 75 posted podcast shows for free.  And they come back  again and again: more than 50,000 podcast episode MP3s are downloaded per year.


Watson is the owner/manager of Reader Views, an Austin, Texas, based company that offers book reviews, publicity packages, editing services, as well as support to up and coming authors. The company provides quality service with professionalism, efficiency, and personal attention.


Victor R. Volkman is the publisher/owner of Loving Healing Press, an Ann Arbor, Michigan, based independent press that produces books in the Self-Help, Psychology, and New Age genres. It empowers authors to produce books which redefine what is possible for healing mind and spirit.


Howard-Johnson was selected as a guest for the pair's radio show because of her strong record helping authors. She edits an online newsletter for authors,"Sharing with Writers." She is also author of the HowToDoItFrugally.com series of books for writers that includes the Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't and The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success  


Both books are winners of USA Book News' Best Book award and The Frugal Editor also won Reader Views Literary Award and the New Generation Award for Marketing. She sponsors the annual Noble (Not Nobel!) Prize for books (http://www.myshelf.com/backtoliterature/column.htm) and is also an instructor for UCLA Extension's renowned Writers' Program.


Learn more about Howard-Johnson at http://www.howtodoitfrugally.com .


Learn more about AuthorsAccess at www.AuthorsAccess.com



Support materials are available on request. Contact Volkman at sysop@HAL9K.com or Howard-Johnson at HoJoNews@aol.com.

Sylvia Hubbard
Author, Blogger and Founder of Motown Writers Network
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Fw: Seth's Blog : What is viral marketing?

[You're getting this note because you subscribed to Seth Godin's blog.]

What is viral marketing?

Viral marketing is an idea that spreads--and an idea that while it is spreading actually helps market your business or cause.
Two kinds of viral marketing: The original classic sort in which the marketing is the product and which a self-amplifying cycle occurs. Hotmail, for example, or YouTube. The more people use them, the more people see them. The more people see them, the more people use them. The product or service must be something that improves once more people use it.
A second kind has evolved over the last few years, and that's a marketing campaign that spreads but isn't the product itself. Shepard Fairey's poster of Barack Obama was everywhere, because people chose to spread it. It was viral (it spread) and it was marketing (because it made an argument--a visual one--for a candidate.)
Something being viral is not, in an of itself, viral marketing. Who cares that 32,000,000 people saw your stupid video? It didn't market you or your business in a tangible, useful way.
Marketers are obsessed with free media, and, as is often the case, we blow it in our rush to get our share. We create content that is hampered or selfish or boring. Or we create something completely viral that doesn't do any marketing at all.
I wrote the first mainstream book about viral marketing. It's free (still) eight years (and millions of downloads) later.
I haven't updated it or made it pretty, but I think the core ideas stand up pretty well. (I even talk about the Zipf's Law and the long tail, but didn't realize it at the time).
Here's how the book itself is an example of viral marketing:
1. I posted the PDF for free. Three thousand people downloaded it on day one.
2. The file is small enough to email to your friends. I encouraged people to do just that.
3. Some people mailed it to fifty or a hundred people. It spread.
4. That's just viral. The marketing part? I released a $40 souvenir hardcover edition. People knew the idea but didn't like the format or my design skills. So they paid a lot for a book they had already read. It went to #5 on Amazon (#4 in Japan). We sold the rights in dozens of languages. And the paperback rights. And it helped me get speaking gigs.
BUT! 5. That's not why I did it. If I had done it as a clever way to sell books, it would have failed. It would have failed because I would have somehow tried to track it, or added friction, or tried to profit in some way from the idea. I was way too dumb at the time to have done it right if my goal was to do it 'right'.
The critical element of viral marketing is this: it's built in. It was built into Hotmail and built into YouTube. The more people used the camera on their cell phones, the more the idea spread, the more people wanted a camera.
If you want to do viral marketing, you can try to come up with a viral ad, but you'll probably fail. You're better off building the viral right into the product, creating a product that spreads because you designed it that way.
Viral marketing only works well when you plan for it, when you build it in, when you organize your offering to be spreadable, interesting and to work better for everyone involved when it spreads. If I don't benefit from spreading it, why should I spread it? I won't. If you don't benefit from your users spreading the idea, it might spread, but it won't help you much. So both elements have to be present.
The reason for this post is that viral marketing is getting a bad name, largely from clueless marketing agencies and clueless marketers. Here's what they do: they get a lame product, or a semi-lame product, and they don't have enough time or money to run a nationwide ad campaign. So, instead, they slap some goofy viral thing on top of it and wait for it to spread. And if it doesn't spread, they create a faux controversy or engage a PR firm or some bloggers and then it still doesn't work.
Being viral isn't the hard part. The hard part is making that viral element actually produce something of value, not just entertainment for the client or your boss.

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Sylvia Hubbard
Author, Blogger and Founder of Motown Writers Network
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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

New Lit on the Block :: experiment-o

New Lit on the Block :: experiment-o

experiment-o is published annually as a PDF magazine "with the aim of bringing attention to works that do what art is supposed to do and that is to risk." Amanda Earl of AngelHousePress is behind this new project, and the first issue contains what appear to be several AHP regulars, though the publication is open for submissions.

experiment-o will consider interviews, reviews, visual art, visual poetry, concrete poetry, poetry, prose, manifestos, maps, rants, blog entries, translations and other digital miscellany. Only contributions that are possible in PDF form will be considered.

Issue 1 features: Gary Barwin, Camille Martin, rob mclennan, Pearl Pirie, Roland Prevost, Jenny Sampirisi, Emily A. Falvey, Steve Venright, and Spencer Gordon.

Sylvia Hubbard
Author, Blogger and Founder of Motown Writers Network
NOW AVAILABLE: Secrets, Lies and Family Ties

Monday, December 15, 2008

Book Trade News Kindle Vs The Rest

Kindle Vs The Rest
Kindle Vs Sony Reader, PlasticLogic, Hanlin, iRex, Cybook


Sylvia Hubbard
Author, Blogger and Founder of Motown Writers Network
NOW AVAILABLE: Secrets, Lies and Family Ties

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christmas Special, New E-Book, Get Yo' Dance On! from Author, Kim Brooks


A special offer just for you!

To celebrate this upcoming holiday season, Driven Enterprises is offering you FREE SHIPPING now until December 31, 2008 on your autographed copy of, The Little Black Survival Book for Single Saints, which currently retails for only $4.99

This powerful mini-book, written in a down-to-earth, relatable tone, describes how, as a single, you can overcome loneliness, sexual temptations, impatience, lack of forgiveness, insecurity, and jealousy - all natural, human feelings which may heighten during this season. 

Order now online through www.Kimontheweb.com and receive it in time for Christmas as a perfect Christmas "stocking stuffer" gift for yourself, or single friends and loved ones. The "No Shipping" offer also applies to multiple quantities. 

Here's what one Amazon reviewer who gave it a 5 star rating had to say about the book:

"I love this little book.  I bought one for myself and one of my girlfriends.  I carry the book with me everywhere.  If you are single and still praying...you might want to pick this little book up."
-Nina, New York 

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Be encouraged, be informed, and be inspired!

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Fw: What You Should Know About Promoting Your Books on Google

Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Time: 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT
Duration: One hour

The Google Book Search Partner Program is a proven free marketing tool that is successfully used by more than 20,000 publisher partners worldwide for over one million of their books. The Program allows publishers to make every single word of their books full text searchable.

Book Search is not about online reading, it is about discovery. It connects millions of users that are using Google's search products every day with books that exactly match their queries. A few sample pages are shown as an excerpt, and users are offered links to several retailers - and the publisher - where they may buy the book.

Join us for this free webinar, and listen as our speakers discuss:

  • A broad explanation of Google
  • Insight into the thinking behind the Book Search Partner Program
  • The benefits to your books - in fact, to all the books a publisher has ever published, backlist and frontlist.

Come to this session armed with your questions about Google Book Search, and get the answers you're looking for in the presentation – you'll be able to submit questions directly to our speakers for a live Q&A session during the hour.

Can't make it on December 16? No problem! Publishing Executive webinars are archived for 90 days after the live event. With your webinar registration, enjoy the ability to access this event on-demand as often as you'd like.

Sylvia Hubbard
Author, Blogger and Founder of Motown Writers Network
NOW AVAILABLE: Secrets, Lies and Family Ties

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Nintendo Makes Way For Shakespeare | Penguin Launches 2.0

Mario Makes Way For Shakespeare On Nintendo DS In Harpercollins Deal
Nintendo is to announce a deal with HarperCollins to make literary
classics available to read on its DS portable games consoles


Penguin Launches Penguin 2.0,
iPhone App; Stanza Deal With Random House
A hint of optimism follows one of publishing's bleakest weeks in the
form of digital announcements from two of the big trade houses:
Penguin Books and Random House


Sylvia Hubbard
Author, Blogger and Founder of Motown Writers Network
NOW AVAILABLE: Secrets, Lies and Family Ties

Monday, December 8, 2008

Free CD of John Kremer's Ten Million Eyeballs Teleseminar

Free CD of John Kremer's Ten Million Eyeballs Teleseminar
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Sylvia Hubbard
Author, Blogger and Founder of Motown Writers Network
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Kindle Version of Give God the Glory! Available

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Reminder - RawSistaz Online Readers & Writers Conference

Hey hey everyone!  Don't forget our readers & writers conference going on this week ONLINE.  We have a well-rounded group of participants, great panels & workshops, as well as book discussions, spotlights and more.  This is our first event being held online, but hopefully it'll be just as much fun as our other six offline events have been.  Hope you can join us!   


 RAWSISTAZ Literary Group presents

their 7th Annual Readers & Writers Conference

The RAW Affair 2008 ONLINE

December 8-13, 2008




Until next time, keep on reading and writing...


-Tee C. Royal




"Keeping you In the Know regarding the African-American Literary community."



Thursday, December 4, 2008

Free MP3 "What Every Christian Author Should Know" to first 100 downloads

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 So you were inspired to write and nudged to publish and now you are holding your dream in your hands: your book.   It was a hard, tedious process - but you did it. It's so exhilarating.
Until you announce to the world and everyone seems to yawn. Worst yet, no one is placing those bulk orders you'd hope for or the phone is not ringing for you to come and speak and sign books.
Now is the perfect time for a little course in platform building by parlaying your knowledge and experience to become a recognized expert or "authority."  After all, author and authority are synergistic. You may not be famous or a brand name - but you can become one. 
So, download this free Mp3 that tells you some of ways to develop a strategy that increases your brand equity, credibility and get you in the public eye.
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Also, look out for information regarding my new book due out in 2009:
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Young Writers & Authors: Kids' Letters to President Obama

Dear Motown Writers Network Moderator,


I am working on a book called Kids' Letters to President Obama.


We are looking for letters from children ages 5 - 15, and I thought that this might be a fun activity for children.  We're very excited about Kids' Letters to President Obama, which will be published by Random House in 2009.    


Could you post a query about Kids' Letters to President Obama on Motown Writers Network?  We think that parents on your group might like to have their child's letter in the book.  This might help inspire children to become writers, too.


Children can write a letter to Barack Obama that is up to a page long.  The letter can be about anything he or she would like to say to the new President.  Letters could give the President advice, or talk about problems that the President should address, or ask Obama questions about his childhood or why he wanted to be president.  Or the letter could be about your own child life and feelings about the future.  In short, whatever kids are interested in is fine for a letter.


The letter should begin with "Dear President Obama" and should be emailed to obamakidsletters@gmail.com (obamakidsletters @ gmail.com) or sent by regular mail or fax to:


Bill Adler

Adler & Robin Books, Inc.

3000 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20008

Fax: 202-478-5211



You can find out more information on our website: http://sites.google.com/site/kidsletterstopresidentobama/letters or



If you have any questions about the book, please let me know.  The deadline for letters is December 31, 2008.  If your letter is published, you will receive a free copy of Kids' Letters to President Obama.


Thank you.





Bill Adler


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