Nature Writing Contest from North Country Publishing and Falling Rock Cafe and Bookstore.  Deadline June 6th 2014, win $250 and get published.   Submit entries to North Country Publishing, P.O. box 13, Skandia, MI 49855

Contest guidelines are available at the Falling Rock Cafe and Bookstore, the Marquette Arts and Culture Center or email northco@up.net


2014 Nature Writing Contest Poster


Falling Rock Bookstore, Munising, MI

Falling Rock Bookstore, Munising, MI

March 20, 2014
Lon and Lynn Emerick
North Country Publishing

North Country Publishing of Skandia and the Falling Rock Café and Bookstore of Munising announce the Second Annual U.P. Nature Writing Contest. Following the success of the 2013 Contest, which saw entries from all over the peninsula, U.P. nature enthusiasts and writers are again invited to enter their work.

Titles of last year’s winner and two honorable mention winners were: Loving a Wild Place, Fat Kid in a Dark Woods, and The Bounty of the U.P.

The contest winner will receive a $250 prize and publication in the Marquette Monthly and the Munising News, with other publications by permission. Honorable Mention winners will receive Falling Rock Café and Bookstore gift cards. Judges for the Nature Writing Contest are writers with a nature interest, from several Upper Peninsula locations. All entrants will be invited to read their essays and discuss nature writing at gatherings to the held at the Falling Rock Café and Bookstore and Peter White Public Library in September.

Only Upper Peninsula residents are eligible to enter the contest; deadline for entries is June 6, 2014. Contest guidelines are available at the Falling Rock Café and Bookstore, the Marquette Arts and Culture Center, by emailing northco@up.net, or by calling 1-906-942-7879.

North Country Publishing

Falling Rock Café & Bookstore

My Heart Smiles

My Heart Smiles

SAVE THE DATE!         WEDS, APRIL 30th         Everyone is welcome!      This evening is for kids of all ages!

You are invited to an appreciation celebration for “My Heart Smiles” awesome supporters and backers!  This is also the official Marquette book release of my inspiring uplifting ABC book for the kid in all of us!

When:  Wednesday, April 30th
Where:  Peter White Public Library, The Community Room, in Marquette, MI
Time:  7-9pm EST
Reading:  about 7:30pm-ish

Presentation and Reading of My Heart Smiles by author, Diana Oman!
Delicious Fun Desserts!
AWESOME BACKER Special Presentation!
Book Signing by author, Diana Oman, and illustrator, Colleen O’Hara!
Books, Laminated Placemats and Humongous Coloring Books will be available for purchase!

Save the date!   Holy Wah!   Come celebrate with us!   This is going to be so much fun!  Spread the word!  Let’s pack the house…eh?

My Heart is Smiling!

Peter White Public Library (Marquette, Michigan)

Details of the UPPAA’s Spring Meeting in Marquette, Michigan on May 17th, 2014  have just been released.  Please register now so you are guaranteed a seat at the event!

The schedule is still tentative but here is the working draft:

10:00 – 10:30 – registration

10:30 – 10:45 – opening remarks

10:45 – 12:00
Children’s Book Industry 101: Terms, Conventions, and How it Works – Carrie Pearson, Shiras Room
Public Speaking 101 – Frida Waara, Community Room

12:00 – 1:00
A Beginner’s Guide to Blogging – Dara Beevas and Amy Quale, Community Room
How to Profit from Your Self-Published Book – Nicole Fende, Shiras Room

1:00 – 2:00 – lunch and short business meeting – election of new officers

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
How Successful Authors Sell More Books Using Social Media – Dara Beevas and Amy Quale, Community Room
Working with a Bookstore – Lee LaForge, Shiras Room

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Working with a Printer vs. Print-On-Demand – Cheryl Corey, Shiras Room
Writing Fiction: Character Development, Point of View, and Plot – Donna Winters, Jenifer Brady, and Tyler Tichelaar, Community Room

 4:00 p.m. Networking and cleanup

Session Descriptions:

Children’s Book Industry 101: Terms, Conventions, and How It Works

This is a nuts and bolts session for writers and writer/illustrators to learn how the children’s book industry works. Topics include: standards for traditional publishing (formatting, word counts for categories, conventions, what’s pushy, what’s polite), how the industry works (role of agent vs. editor, publishing houses and what they offer, large house vs. small vs. regional), and how we get paid (advance, royalties).

Public Speaking 101

Frida Waara will draw on her years of experience in public speaking to discuss the basics of engaging your audience when speaking. Besides sharing tips and techniques, she will give feedback to participants who want to practice their short elevator pitches about their books. Participants are asked to attend prepared with a short one minute elevator pitch about their books to be critiqued.

A Beginner’s Guide to Blogging

Blogging is all about getting your voice heard on your terms, but did you also know that it’s a great tool for creating an author platform, connecting with an audience, marketing a project, and even creating content for a book? Discover how you can use a blog’s unstructured format to your advantage and make your voice go viral.

How to Profit from Your Self-Published Book

Self-publishing can be a great way to bring your book to market. Done right it can generate a modest profit (sometimes even before you publish). Done wrong it can be one big money pit. Learn some easy to implement ways to get your book to pay for itself. Presented by self-published author and small business finance expert Nicole Fende, a.k.a. The Numbers Whisperer ™.

How Successful Authors Sell More Books Using Social Media

Subscription lists. Giveaways. Guest posts. Being a bestselling author requires more than just a great book; it requires a bestselling brand. Navigating the waters of social media can make it happen, but you need to know what tips and tricks make it really stick. Some tools are better than others, and this talk will help you discover which ones are right for you.

Working with a Bookstore

Lee LaForge, manager of the Marquette Book World, will share how bookstores decide what books to carry, how you can work with bookstores to get your book in the inventory, ordering and payment policies, book signings, and why customers may choose your book over another, or not.

Working with a Printer vs. Print-On-Demand

Cheryl Corey of book printer McNaughton-Gunn will cover the most recent developments in printing and self-publishing. She will explain what you need to know when working with a printer from paper selection to binding styles, and the pros and cons of using print-on-demand technology versus traditional offset printing.

Writing Fiction: Character Development, Point of View, and Plot

Novelists Donna Winters, Jenifer Brady, and Tyler Tichelaar will discuss three major components of writing fiction—character development, point of view, and plot—including how they make decisions on these components and what is needed to make them effective. They also will share their own writing tips and experiences as well as theories about writing fiction and mistakes people should avoid when writing novels.

Gretchen Preston, author of Valley Cats, and her illustrator Karin Neumann appeared at Snowbound Books in Marquette, Michigan on February 15th 2014

Gretchen Preston with illustrator Karin Neumann

Gretchen Preston with illustrator Karin Neumann

Floyd, Gretchen Preston's Service Dog, with Valley Cats

Floyd, Gretchen Preston’s Service Dog, with Valley Cats

The Historic Adams Home at 200 E. Ridge St. where Will Adams lived with his parents and sister.

The Historic Adams Home at 200 E. Ridge St. where Will Adams lived with his parents and sister.

Willpower is an original play written by Tyler Tichelaar, directed by Moire Embley, and produced by the Marquette Regional History Center. Performances will be September 18 and 19 at 7:00 p.m. at Kaufman Auditorium, Marquette, MI.

But if you can’t wait that long, you are invited on Wednesday, February 26th to the Marquette Regional History Center’s Annual Meeting, where besides the annual business meeting, introduction of new board members, and presentation of the Peter White and Helen Longyear Paul Awards, Tyler Tichelaar will give a short talk about his process of writing this play and then Jessica Bays will offer a dramatic reading of a scene from the play. The meeting is at 7:00 p.m. at the History Center and free to members and the general public.

Here is some more about the play from the Marquette Regional History Center:

There are some stories that deserve to be told.  As a young boy Will Adams’ soft tissues were becoming harder, turning him into a living statue.  Others faced with such a dark future might have felt sorry for themselves, turning inward.  Not so for Will, his disease brought about an amazing creative burst of energy.  His story is as inspiring today as it was 100 years ago.  With a stellar cast and direction, this will be a “do not miss” production! Tickets in advance are $15; $20 at the door.

April 12, 2014

The 27th Year of A Rally of Writers

With 16 breakout sessions, Authors’ Alley, book sales, manuscript reviews, agent. Lunch available.
Rally Warm-Up, April 11, Schuler’s Books and Music, Eastwood Towne Center: “Importance of Early Words.”


Conference Center, West Campus, LCC

Lansing MI

Keynote: Fleda Brown

“Madness and Responsibility – The Writer’s Contrary Companions”

Author of eight collections of poetry, one of essays, and memoir, she has won a

Pushcart, the Felix Pollack Prize, the Philip Levine Prize, and a Great Lakes Colleges Award.

16 Sessions

Fleda Brown: The Motion of Memoir

Andrea King CollierStepping It Up (adv. nf)

Teresa CrumptonDazzling Dialog

George DilaEnding the Short Story

Anneliese Finke: Simple Gifts (poetry)

Denise HillNonfiction for Newbies

Beverly JenkinsCharacters Who Breathe

Jen McConnelYA vs NA

Rick MurcerMarketing for Self-Publishing

Lev Raphael: Avoiding Bad Sex (Writing)

Lori Nelson SpielmanLanding An Agent

Jeff Vande ZandeScreenplay Format 101

Some sessions will be repeated

 $75 in advance

(Students: $55)

Available: Manuscript Review by Teresa Crumpton

Alice Speilburg, literary agent

Lunch w/Networking, $15

Rally Warm-Up:  April 11,   7:00 pm    Free

Early Reading Issues

Panel discussion with Thais Rousseau (Early Child Literacy & Youth Services, CADL); Suzanne Sawyer (RIF and LCC library); Randy Riley (MeL, Michigan Library); plus LIsa Preston, story performer

Schuler Books, Eastwood Mall, Lansing

Details at


or 517-372-3385

Funded in part by Gibson’s Bookstore, Lansing Community College, and the

Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities



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