Press Release: “Is There A Book In You?” is the theme of the 7th Annual Essence of Motown Literary Conference and Jam

For Immediate Release
October 15, 2010

Media Contact:
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Andrea Daniel
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Motown Writers Network Announces
7th Annual Essence of Motown Literary Conference & Jam
A Celebration of the Literary Arts in Detroit

DETROIT – “Is There A Book In You?” is the theme of the 7th Annual Essence of Motown Literary Conference and Jam, hosted by the Motown Writers Network, in partnership for a second year with the non-profit organization, Detroit Impact.  The conference is November 12 and 13, 2010 and aims to celebrate the literary arts with Detroit area authors, writers and avid readers. 

The two-day event is an opportunity for aspiring and established authors and writers to connect with colleagues, peers and most importantly, patrons of their art: readers.  Since 2000, the Motown Writers Network has served as a viable resource and networking organization for writers in the metropolitan Detroit area.  This year is the organization’s 10th anniversary.

“I’m so excited about this year’s conference,” says Sylvia Hubbard, founder of the Motown Writers Network.  “The conference has grown so much through the years and this being our 10- year anniversary as an organization just shows that the literary community in Detroit is alive and hungry for resources.  And that’s what we strive to bring.” 

Presenting at the conference are such notables as New York best-selling author, publisher and visionary, Relentless Aaron and Detroit urban music author, Chris Campbell.  The event will also feature literary experts, publishers for pitching sessions, workshops, and awards.  

The conference host partner, Detroit Impact has supported the Motown Writers Network since its inception, according to Calvin Colbert, executive director. 

 “Sylvia and I go way back,” says Colbert.  “Years ago, she volunteered with us as a young mother, bringing her children with her.  She shared her dream to have the Motown Writers Network and we’ve seen her dream come true. So, definitely, we’re one of her strongest supporters.  Writing and reading are very important parts of our programs at the Detroit Impact Center and we encourage those efforts every opportunity we can.” 

For parents who want to attend the conference, there will be a Literary Kids Zone with activities for children and youth.  Many of the conference activities are of no charge to attendees.

The two-day schedule for the 7th Annual Essence of Motown Literary Conference & Jam is as follows:

Friday, November 12
Poetry Night, hosted by Poetry, Pages and Scribes and EchoVerse Entertainment (Free)
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Detroit Impact Center
9930 Greenfield
Detroit, MI  48227
  • Featured poets TBA
  • Limited open mic

Saturday, November 13
Essence of Motown Literary Conference (Fee & Free Activities)
8:00-9:30 a.m. - Registration
9:30-6:00 p.m.  - Activities
Northwest Activities Center
18100 Meyers
Detroit, MI  48235
  • Workshops
  • Book Marketplace
  • Writers Luncheon
  • Keynote Address by Relentless Aaron
  • Author-Readers Panel
  • Literary Awards
  • Literary Kids Zone
There will be an Essence of Motown Literary Conference After- Affair following the conference with Detroit jazz saxophonist, Yancyy and spoken word artist Brook Blander at 7 p.m.  at the Rub BBQ and Pub, 18 W. Adams in Detroit.

Over the past seven years, more than 1,500 authors, writers and readers have gathered to celebrate the literary arts in Detroit and to strengthen literacy in metro Detroit.  To that end, conference attendees are encouraged to bring teen and adult books to the conference, which will be donated to the Detroit Impact Center’s Youth Library and ProLiteracy of Detroit.

Sponsors of the 7th Annual Essence of Motown Literary Conference & Jam include Penguin Books (New York), Rolling Out Magazine, Miller Design Studio and HubBooks.

For information on tickets, sponsorship and vendor opportunities, please visit, or call (313) 289-8614.  You can also send an email to


From Street Lit to Film Deal: Relentless Aaron Keynotes The Essence of Motown Literary Conference

Recognized by Publisher’s Weekly as a “street lit phenomenon” and by ABC World News as “a one-man-marketing machine,” Relentless maintains a healthy blog that always informs and teaches the ins and outs of the publishing industry from a self-publishing perspective, as well as from the vantage point of one author who has created a brand that has been well-received and has earned global status.

The evolution of Relentless Aaron began in his late teens, when he began promoting concerts with Russell Simmons and Tiny Wood, to name a few.

Organizing concert venues, stage/sound/lights, street promotion campaigns and direction overall has gave Relentless the grass-roots tools to move into more traditional operations such as producing and directing The Westchester Talent Competition for 2 years, as well as he built two nightclubs—Fool’s Paradise, in the Bronx & G-Strings in Westchester—before eventually launching SuperStar USA.  Already accustomed to coming up with unheard-of accomplishments, the 20-something went on to produce the SuperStar USA TV Show, a one-hour, weekly variety show that featured videos, live performances and exclusive interviews with the entertainment industry’s biggest stars.

He then crafted a free magazine called “The SuperStar” which road side-by-side with the TV content that was broadcasted in 2 million homes throughout the tri-state area and beyond.

Relentless Aaron’s past experiences, his industry connectivity, his marketing magic and his long list of properties has earned him more than normal acknowledgement in International publications such as The New York TimesTIME magazine and on television and radio, to put it lightly.

He was named “Author of The Year” at the 2007 Book Expo America (AfAm Pavillion), as well as he has earned honors from local organizations including the Beta Alpha Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc, as well as the Mount Vernon Public Library and the Leak & Watts school where Relentless periodically shares his theories, methods and progress with disadvantaged youth.

Relentless Aaron’s published works include, PUSH (St. Martin’s Press/Griffin),TRIPLE THREAT (SMP/Griffin), PLATINUM DOLLS (Relentless, LLC), RAPPERS ‘R IN DANGER (Relentless, LLC), THE LAST KINGPIN (SMP/Griffin), SEEMS LIKE YOU’RE READY (SMP/Griffin), SUGAR DADDY (SMP/Griffin), TOPLESS, TO LIVE & DIE IN HARLEM (SMP/Griffin), EXTRA MARITAL AFFAIRS (SMP), LADY FIRST(SMP), DERELICT (G-UNIT), and SINGLE WITH BENEFITS (SMP), releasing in October of this year.

Relentless currently serves on the board of directors for The Harlem Book Fair, he is a contributor to This Is website, and Andrew Morrison’s Small Business Camp, as well as he manages and directs the “Author’s Pavillion” for the Bronner Bros International Hair & Beauty Show in Atlanta.


  • “RELENTLESS AARON IS at the forefront of the Street Lit movement” says The Hollywood Reporter.
  • ”Relentless is a Street-Lit Sensation!” raves the LIBRARY JOURNAL. 
  • The DAILY NEWS says “Readers apparently can’t get enough of Relentless Aaron’s brand of street literature.”
  • Publisher’s Weekly calls Relentless Aaron a “Self-Publishing street-lit phenomenon” 
  • And of course there’s ABC WORLD NEWS: “The books he penned behind prison walls are now breakout hits…he’s now writing a new chapter in the way that authors rise to the top…he is relentless in his drive to succeed…he’s a one-man marketing machine”


Relentless Aaron will be keynote speaker at The Essence of Motown Literary Jam & Conference from Nov 12th - 13th, 2010

Essence of Motown Literary Conference & Jam
November 12 - 13, 2010
Detroit, Michigan
Nov 12 - 5:30pm to 9pm
The Detroit Impact Center
9930 Greenfield, Detroit, MI 48227 (Nr Plymouth)
Networking, Poetry Performances & More!
Nov 13 - 8am to 6pm
18100 W McNichols, Detroit, MI 48235 (nr Meyers & Outer)
Writing, Publishing & Marketing Workshops, Literary Kidzone, Author & Expert Panels, Publisher Pitches, Social Media Coach Sessions, Manuscript Critiques, Awards Presentations & More!

Nov 13 - 7pm to until
Pub Rub Restaurant
Adams & Woodward 48226

Jazz with Yancyy & Spoken Word Artists. Two Detroit artist bringing music and words to celebrate the written word and an ending to a great affair. $5 entrance charge (separate from Conference fees or a five book donation).

All donations made go to support Pro-Literacy of Detroit & The Detroit Impact Youth Center and Library. Contact us for more information or make a monetary donation byclicking here.
Conference Site

Registration Site

Send Promo Items to:
Motown Writers
Attn: Sylvia Hubbard, Chairperson
PO Box 43439
Detroit, MI 48243

Ship Book Donations to:
Detroit Impact Center
Attn: Book Donations
9930 Greenfield, Detroit, MI 48227


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Sponsors Include:
Penguin (NY), Miller Design Studio, Rolling Out Magazine, HubBooks, Pub Rub Restaurant, 220 Communications, Scribal Press & More.


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Getting Book Reviews and Using Them to Sell Your Books

Presentation Summary:

Getting Book Reviews and Using Them to Sell Your Books

Why are book reviews important? Where do you get a book review? How do you submit your book for review? How do you spot a phony reviewer? How do you prevent a negative review? How will a book review help sell your book? All you ever wanted to know about book reviews will be revealed by Tyler R. Tichelaar, published author, professional book reviewer, and current president of the UP Publishers and Authors Association.


Tyler R. Tichelaar is a novelist, freelance writer, scholar, editor, and book reviewer. Tyler holds a Ph.D. in Literature from Western Michigan University, and Bachelor and Master’s Degrees from Northern Michigan University. Tyler is a regular guest host of Authors Access Internet Radio and the co-author and co-editor of Authors Access: 30 Success Secrets for Publishers and Authors. He is the President of the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association, and he owns Superior Book Promotions, a book editing, proofreading, and book review service. His novels include The Marquette Trilogy, a family saga covering seven generations between 1849-1999 and centering on the pioneers who settled Upper Michigan and the award-winning Narrow Lives. His most recent book is My Marquette: Explore the Queen City of the North—Its History, People, and Places. Visit Tyler at


Copyright and Trademark protection for Writers

Copyright and Trademark protection for Writers
Pamela Osborne, Esq.
Synopsis of workshop

This workshop will give an overview of the field of “intellectual property law” with emphasis in copyright and trademark protection under the law. This will cover copyright law including the definition, how are they created, who owns them, how can they be transferred, how long do they last and what happens if someone uses another’s copyrighted property. Trademark law will define what are trademarks and service marks, how can they be protected, and when are they not protected, who owns them, how is ownership determined, how does a mark receive federal registration, how to find out if a proposed mark is already in use by other businesses, when is notice to the public necessary, and what to do if someone is using your mark.

Attorney Pamela Osborne’s Bio

Pamela Osborne practices in the area of municipal law, with extensive experience in legislative and labor relations matters. She is a publisher and founder of Pavers Publishing. She has authored several books and advises clients on intellectual property law, writing and publishing. She currently serves as editor of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Michigan’s Heart of Justice newsletter and vice president of the State Bar of Michigan’s Arts, Communications, Entertainment, and Sports Section. She is also a member of the Intellectual Property Law Section. She has been a speaker for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education regarding making movies in Michigan and was an adjunct professor in Wayne County Community College District’s Paralegal Program. She has designed and taught numerous conflict resolution seminars

Branding yourself/book using Social Media

workshop details:

How to Define what your brand is or who you are/want to be?
Develop your brand voice 
Why use Social MeDia to push your Brand online
Method of Delivery for your Brand via social MeDia
Protect and Safeguard your brand via social MeDia (using social media to active listen to customers)
\How Increase Sales via social MeDia using Branding Tactics we discussed.  (real world application)

Facilitator Bio

L Martin Johnson founded Infinite Marketing and Media Solutions or InfiniteMMS.  InfiniteMMS provides marketing solutions to reach the African American Demographic through any form of media such as: radio, print, tv, mobile, and social media.

InfiniteMMS has focused its attention to social media marketing for media outlets, book authors and small businesses.  InfiniteMMS has several big name clients such as:, WHCR 90.3FM, and Rollingout Magazine.

InfiniteMMS produces several media solutions such as:
·      Technocolorradioshow on 90.3FM WHCR in NYC for 8 years.
·      Urban Literary Review Radio show on for the past 3 years.
·      Urban Literary Review Magazine in print and online launches 4th quarter 2010
·      Urban Media Network News show on for the past year.
·      Tru Sports Magazine in print and online launches 1st Quarter 2010
Mr. Pratt also writes for Rolling Out Magazine.  Rolling Out Magazine does 1.2Million papers per week in 25 cities.

Mr. Pratt also established the ILUVBLACKWOMEN Brand in 2008 which has grown into an online social media movement with over 16,000 followers on twitter and 3,500 on Facebook.     

Mr Pratt has worked full-time for 22yrs full-time in Technology.

Mr. Pratt serves on the Board of Directors for The Hurston/Wright Foundation - the nation's resource center for writers, readers, and supporters of Black literature.

Mr. Pratt is also a regular guest on “The New School" on Sirius/XM Radio Channels 110, 130 and 169

Mr. Pratt is also the Editor at Large for Live News section for BlackBirdHome the only web browser designed by and for African Americans -

Mr. Johnson Pratt’s philosophy is
1.) Educate the Consumer
2.) Serve an underserved market
3.) Provide a value added product service
4.) Commitment to excellence