DETROIT, MI –The Metro Detroit Literary Collective in conjunction with the Essence of Motown Writers Alliance will host the 1st Annual Literary Entrepreneur Awards Banquet and Writers Conference this August in Detroit for educational networking and to recognize the achievements of self publishers in the literary industry.
The awards show, the first of its kind to be held in Michigan and nationally publicized, will honor excellence and achievements among those in the self publishing business. "For too long the power of the written word has been cast by those represented by agents and large publishing houses," stated Nilah Daniels, a new Romance Author of Detroit. "We (‘literary entrepreneurs’ -a term created by Tia Shabazz, Founder of Blackwriters.Org & Pen Touch Literary Services) have stepped up to the plate and taken on the challenge of publishing and marketing our own works without the assistance of large houses and publishing contracts." Writers intend to show the country that there is a multitude of talent and resources not only among this group, but right here in the Midwest.
The Metro Detroit Literary Collective founded by Sheri Brooks consists of five entities which exist to promote, educate, encourage and strengthen Michigan’s literary community through networking events, book fairs, workshops, author meet & greets and conferences. It is also the hope of MDLC to help expel illiteracy in the Metro Detroit community by offering volunteer and monetary assistance to literacy programs in and around Metro Detroit.
In addition to the Awards Banquet, the weekend’s festivities also include a poetry slam, author meet and greet, and workshops such as: The Business of Self-Publishing, Internet Marketing, Fiction 101, Screenwriting, Heating Up Romance, Christian Publishing and Marketing Your Self Published Work. Reshonda Tate Billingsley, (My Brother’s Keeper and Let the Church Say Amen) & Beverly Jenkins (The Edge of Midnight and Something Like Love) are keynote speakers. The conference and banquet are slated to take place at the Metro Detroit Marriott Hotel in Southfield.
The conference registration is $179.00. Ask about discounts. All authors, aspiring writers/poets, book clubs and individuals interested in sponsorship, exhibiting or attending can visit
www.mdlc.mllbnetwork.com or call 248-763-2254 for more info and registration.