Peter White Public Library

Peter White Public Library

2015 UPPAA Conference – Saturday, May 30, 2015 – Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

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  • 10:00-10:30 – Registration
  • 10:30-10:45 – Opening Remarks
  • 10:45 – 11:45 – Creating and Operating a Successful Publishing Company – Lloyd Wescoat and Laura Smyth
  • 11:45-12:45 The Kindle Scout Program – Jim Jackson
  • 12:45 – 1:45 Lunch, Activity, and Election of New Board
  • 1:45-2:45 Creating Marketing Success – Diana Oman
  • 2:45 – 3:45 Working with a Traditional Publisher vs. Self-Publishing – Sonny Longtine and Karl Bohnak
  • 3:45 – 4:45 Being a Freelance Writer – Sam and Kim Eggleston


Creating and Operating a Successful Marketing Company

Lloyd Wescoat and Laura Smyth, two of the three partners of Mudminnow Press, will discuss how to set up your own publishing company, the importance of relying upon the individual strengths of the partners, and the art of book design. Laura will also discuss her involvement with Mudminnow and Thimblerry Presses and her experiences with other publishers.

The Kindle Scout Program – Jim Jackson

Jim Jackson, who recently won a contest to have his book published through the Kindle Scout program, will discuss: (1) The genesis of Kindle Scout (2) the key components of the contract if you win (3) the process of applying (4) What he did to win and tips he’s gathered from others that weren’t applicable to him (5) what happens after the win including the editing process (6) how that compares to a standard publishing contract (7) results of books published in the first three months—by genre, over time (8) comparison of results for the various genres, and (9) What he’s gleaned from fellow Kindle Press authors. If time permits, Jim will also discuss: (1) Kindle WriteOn relative to Wattpad (2) how to combine self-publishing printed books with a Kindle Press contract, and (3) whether (and what) Amazon does about Audible books.

Working with a Traditional Publisher vs. Self-Publishing – Sonny Longtine and Karl Bohnak

Tyler Tichelaar will interview Sonny Longtine and Karl Bohnak about their experiences in both self-publishing books as well as being traditionally published. Topics will include the pros and cons of both types of publishing including artistic license, editing, research, royalties and copyright issues, and personal opinions on which form of publishing is preferred by each.

The New ABC’s of Successful Marketing – Diana Oman

“Selling your book can be easy and even fun!” Are you open to believing this statement? Are you willing to choose to think differently? Diana Oman, author of My Heart Smiles, a positive and uplifting ABC book for the kid in all of us (released in March 2014) has successfully “unplugged” from the “shoulds” of conventional marketing. She will share her unique perspectives and offer three top marketing “tools” that have made her heart smile.

Being a Freelance Writer – Sam and Kim Eggleston

The husband-and-wife team will talk about how they’ve developed careers as freelance writers and editors based in the U.P. Discussion will include working for magazines and online publications, how to pitch to and work with editors, adapting writing skills to different publications, and using social media and networking to develop as a freelancer.

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Falling Rock Bookstore, Munising, MI

Falling Rock Bookstore, Munising, MI

April 2, 2015
Lon and Lynn Emerick
North Country Publishing



North Country Publishing of Skandia and the Falling Rock Café and Bookstore of Munising announce the Third Annual U.P. Nature Writing Contest.   Following the success of the 2013 and 2014 contests, which saw entries from all over the peninsula, U.P. nature enthusiasts and writers are again invited to enter their work.

Winners in the 2014 contest were: Attending Every Tiny Funeral, by Kathleen Heideman, Marquette; Whichever Season is Next, by Amanda Rogers, Copper Harbor; All in a Day’s Walk  by Thomas Hoogterg, Engadine: Fiddleheads and Leeks by Rachel Mills, Marquette; and Can’t Wait to Get Back Home by Noah Hausmann, Gwinn.

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.

Only Upper Peninsula residents are eligible to enter the contest; deadline for entries is June 13, 2015. Contest guidelines are available at the Falling Rock Café and Bookstore, the Marquette Arts and Culture Center, by emailing northco@up.net,  or if email is not available, by calling 1-906-942-7879.

E.B. Lewis

E.B. Lewis

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Illustrator Coordinator, Ruth McNally Barshaw, envisioned a jam-packed event that would move creators one hefty step forward in their illustrative (and writing) careers. She knew that a full day with the celebrated fine artist and children’s book illustrator E.B. Lewis would be the catalyst, and that presentations by award-winning author/illustrators, Leslie Helakoski and Matt Faulkner, would enhance the experience. That day is now a reality!

The event is designed to focus on the illustrative hook of the book – that moment in the story that draws in tthe reader (and agent and/or editor). However, we know the content will be valuable to writers as well because understanding how illustrations impact story leads to better, more sellable writing.

Join Ruth and Charlie Barshaw, event co-coordinator + husband + writer, and friends old, new, and soon to be in what promises to be an unforgettable day – and a turning point in your career.

What: Hook of the Book: Creating Illustrations That Capture the Reader including a limited number of optional one-on-one illustration critiques with E.B. Lewis
When: May 16th, 2015
Where: Dexter, MI
More information: http://michigan.scbwi.org/2015/01/21/registration-now-open-for-the-illustrator-day-may-16/
How to Register: https://www.regonline.com/scbwimispring2015hookofthebook1

* Early bird pricing until April 1st. Don’t be a fool and miss out on the best pricing available! *

For Immediate Release

Pat Ryan O’Day, Owner of Marquette Monthly, Passes Away

Marquette, MI, — Pat Ryan O’Day, longtime owner, editor-in-chief and publisher of the Marquette Monthly, passed away at U.P. Health System in Marquette on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, following a brief stay at the hospital.

Ryan O’Day was long known in Upper Michigan as the owner of Marquette Monthly for over twenty years. Marquette Monthly began in 1987 and was purchased by Ryan O’Day in 1992.

Since then, it has been regularly distributed throughout central and western Upper Michigan. Ryan O’Day was proud that it was the only independent and locally owned newspaper in Upper Michigan. Under Ryan O’Day’s ownership, Marquette Monthly won numerous Good News Awards, and in 2011, it was awarded recognition in the Marquette Arts and Culture Awards for its longstanding excellence and contribution to the community.

Benefiting the community was one of Ryan O’Day’s greatest interests and she always made certain that good causes and important events found mention in Marquette Monthly, from fundraising support for Public Radio 90 to raising awareness of health and environmental issues and encouraging people to shop locally.

Prior to owning Marquette Monthly, Ryan O’Day owned the Action Shopper in Marquette. She was also actively involved as a Board Member of Northern Michigan University’s North Wind student newspaper. Many of those student journalists later found jobs at Marquette Monthly. Ryan O’Day loved to encourage and support young people and to show appreciation for those who made special contributions, including supporting 8-18 Media with its own column in Marquette Monthly and spotlighting locals.

Ryan O’Day was involved in numerous other organizations, sat on many boards and constantly did everything she could to strengthen the community.

Longtime friend Babette Welch described Ryan O’Day as “A true leader of the business community who was devoted to helping others become better people, helping businesses to grow, and supporting women. Her thoughtful insight helped the community evolve and become stronger.”

Author Tyler Tichelaar worked for Ryan O’Day for nearly eight years as the proofreader and book reviewer for Marquette Monthly. “I so appreciated her professionalism and her determination to tell both sides of the story,” said Tichelaar, “but best of all, she had wonderful stories to share of Marquette’s past.”

The Marquette Monthly, Ryan O’Day’s countless friends and admirers and her many contributions to the community are her lasting legacy.

Her daughter, Aileen Ryan, said, “My mum loved this community and she never ceased to be pleased with how its readers responded to the Marquette Monthly. We intend to make sure that legacy continues.”

Those wishing to express their condolences to the Ryan O’Day family can do so by mail sent to 810 N. Third St., Marquette, MI 49855.


Ragene Henry (1947 - 2014) Resided in Marquette, MI

Ragene Henry (1947 – 2014)
Resided in Marquette, MI

I  am sure many of you knew Ragene Henry or are familiar with the four children’s books she wrote about U.P. History. Here is her obituary at the Canale Funeral Home if you wish to read it or offer condolences. It appeared in the Mining Journal and other UP papers today.

Her books include:

  • The Time of the Copper Moon
  • The Barefoot Boys of Fayette
  • The Time of the Shining Rocks
  • An Enduring Christmas (Marquette, Michigan, 1850)

Read a brief interview with Ragene Henry (2009)

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mmMarquette Monthly has hosted an annual Short Story Contest since 1990. It is open to all U.P. fiction writers. A $250 cash prize is awarded to the author of the winning entry, which is also published in the MM.

Contest Guidelines

  • All entries must be works of fiction no longer than 2,500 words, never before published, typed and double-spaced
  • The author’s name, address and phone number, plus the story’s word count, should be typed on a cover sheet ONLY. The author’s name should not appear on any page of the actual story
  • The contest is open to Upper Peninsula residents only
  • A $5 entry fee (check or money order) must accompany the submission
  • One submission per writer
  • Entries will not be returned
  • The winning story will be published in the April issue of Marquette Monthly. MM purchases first North American Serial Rights (the author is free to seek further publication and retains copyright)

The deadline is January 31, 2015  (postmarks or deliveries after this date cannot be accepted)

Send your short story to:
Short Story Contest
Marquette Monthly
810 N. Third St.
Marquette, MI 49855

Past Winners

2014 Eric Hammerstrom, “Fire and Ice” and  Jeremy Vavrick,  “Surprise Party”
2013 John Taylor, “Flying Cars”
2012 Don Kilpela, “Gunnar’s Saga”, The True Story of a Modern Day Icelandic Fighting Sheep
2011 Larry Buege, “Frozen Memories” and
Thomas P. Suchenek, “Unobstructed View”
2010 Dennis Whitley, “The Unofficial Outpost Olympics”
2009 Meghan Namaste, “A Made Pony”
2008 Eric Hammerstrom, “The Leper Boy”
2007 Joe Secreast, “Angel Shreveport, Where are You Now?”
2006 Mark Wisti, “Casandra”
2005 Timothy J. Bishop, “What We Agree On”
2004 Matthew Gougeon, “Making Payment”
2003 Matthew Williams, “Golden Chance”
2002 Todd McCann, “Lunker”
2001 Amy Armstrong-Markantoy, “A Day of Reckoning”
2000 Mac MacDevitt, “Elysia’s Gift”
1999 Clare Mishica, “The Secret”
1998 Beverly Matherne, “The Tobacco Shed”
1997 Ann Marie Kelley, “Why I Left Ameryka”
1996 Tom Holliday, “Laugh or Cry”
1995 Todd McCann, “The Way Things Happen”
Mary Emerick, “Fire Season”
1994 Mac MacDevitt, “Opening”
1993 Robert Davis, “Pushki: A Chekovian Parody”
1992 David Anthony, “Bus Ride”
1991 Sandra Inskeep-Fox, “Pieces”
Linda Sue Hudson, “Lower Than a Dog Walks”

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