Landmark-Hotel-Marquette-U.P.-Winter-2014-13UPPAA Spring 2018 Meeting

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Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 at the Landmark Inn.  Sessions will be in the Harbor Room (basement) and the Board Room (1st Floor)

Conference Schedule

  • 10:00 – 10:30 – Registration in the Harbor Room
  • 10:30 – 10:45 – Welcome and Opening remarks in the Harbor Room
  • 10:45 – 11:45 – Keynote, Steve Lehto, “From Unagented Queries to a Dozen Books with Five Different Publishers,” Harbor Room
  • 11:45 – 12:45   Two tracks to choose from:
    (A) Carrie Pearson, “Children’s Book Industry 101: Terms, Conventions, How it Works, and How We Get Paid,” Harbor Room
    (B) Felicia Schneiderhan, “Open a Vein: The Art of Memoir in Today’s Culture,” Board Room
  • 12:45 – 1:30 Lunch
  • 1:30 – 2:00 Business Meeting – including drawing, release of UP Reader, and presentation of short story contest awards, Harbor Room
  • 2:15 – 3:15  Two tracks to choose from:
    (A) Naomi Rawlings, “Life-Altering Surprises, Annoying Sisters, and Running from Danger: Using Various Forms of Conflict to Keep Readers Addicted to your Novel,” Harbor Room
    (B) Janeen Rastall, “The Quest for Your Best: A Poetry Workshop” Board Room (projector)
  • 3:15 – 4:15 Two tracks to choose from:
    (A) Susan Rosemurgy, “The Gift of Reading: A Book-Binding Workshop,” Board Room
    (B) Vickie Fee: “How to Write a Mystery in 10 Agonizing Steps”
  • 4:15 – 5:00 – Networking and Clean Up

Session Descriptions

Keynote — Steve Lehto: From Unagented Queries to a Dozen Books With Five Different Publishers

Steve Lehto is an attorney and writer whose family is from the Copper Country. He has written several books about Michigan and automotive history among other topics. Death’s Door: The Truth Behind Michigan’s Largest Mass Murder, Michigan’s Columbus: The Life of Douglass Houghton, Chrysler’s Turbine Car: The Rise and Fall of Detroit’s Coolest Creation, and Preston Tucker and His Battle to Build the Car of Tomorrow, were all named Michigan Notable Books by the Library of Michigan. Along with the dozen or so books he has written, he writes frequently for others such as Mopar Action magazine and Road and Track.com. In his presentation, he will discuss how he went from being an unpublished author to having a dozen books published by four different publishers (and picked up an agent along the way). Highlights of his talk will include how he writes, where his book ideas have come from (and how to tell the good ideas from the bad), how he sold his first books without an agent, and how it happened to be that Jay Leno wrote the forewords to two of his books.

Susan Rosemurgy: The Gift of Reading:A Book-Binding Workshop

In this hands-on workshop we will explore different book-binding techniques and themes. Everyone will have the tools and materials to make and take their own book nested in origami boxes to then give the gift of reading.

Susan Rosemurgy is an author, illustrator, and art teacher. She teaches at Calumet High School in the Copper Country. Her work includes Copper Country Stories, now in its 2nd edition, and her latest book U.P. Stories (both from Mudminnow Press). These books invite readers to add and share their stories about life around the Great Lakes within the pages and pockets of the books. In her quest to connect people to art and stories she has also designed a series of book-making kits that she has produced. In this interactive session she will lead participants in her unique approach to making books with the first in the series of book-making kits, Tablespoon Books in Boxes. Everyone will have the tools and materials to make and take their own book nested in origami boxes to then give the gift of reading. Learn more about her work at her website: susanrosemurgy.com

Janeen Pergrin Rastall: The Quest for Your Best: A Poetry Workshop

This poetry workshop will discuss writing techniques: how to get past the white space, where to go from your first draft and when to give your work a rest. Revision techniques will be presented from poets: William Stafford, Jack Ridl and the presenter, Janeen Pergrin Rastall. Feel free to bring a poem in need of repair.

Janeen Pergrin Rastall is the author of In the Yellowed House (dancing girl press, 2014) and Objects May Appear Closer (Celery City Chapbooks, 2015). She is a co-author of True Companions (Gordon Publications, 2017) and Heart Radicals (About Editions, 2018). She has been nominated multiple times for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net Award.

Carrie Pearson: Children’s Book Industry 101: Terms, Conventions, How it Works, and How We Get Paid

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). Session includes Q&A and a handout.

Carrie Pearson grew up as a troll but after 22 years in Marquette, can’t imagine living anywhere else. She feels that being a children’s book author represents the best merger of her education, occupations, and passion. She holds a BA in early childhood education, taught at University of Michigan’s preschool and then moved into the business world for 15+ years. She is now a full-time writer for children and owner of a consulting business in the children’s book industry that focuses on preparing writers to connect with the right agent and/or editors. She is a regional advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and is represented by Kelly Sonnack at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Her first two books were published by Arbordale and are nature nonfiction picture books. Her third launches October 2018 with Charlesbridge and is also a nature nonfiction picture book about the world’s tallest tree. Her next projects are a picture book biography and a nonfiction picture book survey of real-life princesses. Carrie would love to connect with you on Twitter @carrieapearson, Pinterest carrieapearson, and at her website http://www.carriepearsonbooks.com.

Felicia Schneiderhan: Open a Vein: The Art of Memoir in Today’s Culture

The quote “Writing is easy: All you do is open a vein and bleed” is attributed to number of famous writers. Whoever actually said it – they may very well have been a memoir writer. Felicia’s presentation will trace some paths of memoir writing today: How to write it (when to spill your guts and when to protect your truth); and where to publish (and even make some cash). Felicia will also discuss the writing process—schedules, writing groups, workshops, and conferences—and read excerpts from her work.

Felicia Schneiderhan is the author of the memoir Newlyweds Afloat: Married Bliss and Mechanical Breakdowns While Living on a Trawler. Her shorter memoir pieces appear in Real Simple, Lake Superior Magazine, and many anthologies and literary journals. She currently writes from her home in Duluth, where she lives with her Yooper husband Mark and three tsunamis who always seem to find the closet she’s writing in. www.feliciaschneiderhan.com

Naomi Rawlings: Life-Altering Surprises, Annoying Sisters, and Running from Danger: Using Various Forms of Conflict to Keep Readers Addicted to Your Novel

When editors, agents, or readers pick up your book, do they find themselves submersed in a story that they can’t put down? This workshop on conflict covers everything from making sure the central conflict is strong enough to sustain a novel-length plot, to starting your story in the right place, to using micro-tension to both keep your book riveting during smaller scenes and relate to your readers.

Naomi Rawlings is the author of ten historical Christian novels, including the Amazon bestselling Eagle Harbor Series. She first started writing in 2008, and to date, her books include four traditionally published novels and six self-published novels. She has been nominated for two Christian publishing awards, enjoys coaching other writers, and moonlights as a novel editor once in a while. She lives with her husband and three children in the Copper Country.

Vickie Fee: How to Write a Mystery in 10 Agonizing Steps

This session will look at the basic elements and structure of the traditional mystery, including: the engaging detective, the body drop, suspicious characters, clues and red herrings, whodunit—and the big payoff.

Vickie Fee is author of the Liv & Di in Dixie cozy mystery series. Her latest release is Til Death Do Us Party.


Upper Peninsula Publishers & Authors Association, http://www.UPPAA.org

Local Author Extravaganza: Snowbound Books, Marquette, MI

Saturday, December 2.


  • Russ Magnaghi, author of Upper Peninsula of Michigan: A History
  • Cyndi Perkins, author of More Than You Think You Know
  • Tyler Tichelaar, author of Haunted Marquette

2-4 p.m.

  • Karl Bohnak & Jack Deo, authors of Sunburns to Snowstorms
  • G. Bradley, author of Winter Heart
  • Rich Hill, author of Lost in the Woods
  • Sonny Longtine, author of U.P. People

TV6 Christmas Craft Show, Superior Dome, Marquette, MI

December 8-10. Fri. 5-9 p.m., Sat 10-6, Sun 11-4.

  • Tyler Tichelaar, author of Haunted Marquette
  • Gretchen Preston, author of The Valley Cats series
  • Larry Buege, author of Cold Turkey and Chogan and the Gray Wolf
  • Bart Stupak, author of For All Americans, Sat 1:30-4:30 only
  • Sonny Longtine, author of U.P. People

Dear UPPAA Member,

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you what an exciting debut issue of U.P. Reader we had as well as remind you of two very important details:

  • Submission deadline is December 21st, 2017. Please send us your original unpublished fiction, poems, personal anecdotes, and essays.  All subjects and genres are welcome! Full details here.
  • We have expanded the submission length to allow up to 5,000 words stories (double last year’s size).

Since this is the time of year to review, so let’s look at some of our key accomplishments:

  • The Library of Michigan personally wrote to invite U.P. Reader to apply for the “Michigan Notable Books” list. We responded with a dozen hardcover editions!
  • In recognition of sales, the publisher donated a dozen copies to the Superiorland Library Cooperative, ensuring libraries across the U.P. got to experience our work.
  • Stories by Larry Buege and Frank Farwell were nominated for the prestigious 42nd Annual Pushcart Prize, which salutes independent presses across America. Finalists to be announced in March 2018.

UPPAA Members are invited to feature their books and businesses in the advertising section for the special rate of only $25 for a ¼ page business listing.

Last, but not least, we invite you to be present as we launch U.P. Reader Volume 2 at the UPPAA Spring Conference at the Peter White Library in Marquette.

For all concerns, please write to editor@UPReader.org.


Any UPPAA member who is willing to help as a judge for the upcoming student writing contest should contact Larry Buege: LSBuege@aol.com. Judges will read through about 10 stories written by high school students and score them on a number of items. A scoring sheet will be provided. We should have three judges read each story for balance and fairness, so we can use as many judges as are willing to help out. There will be no names on the stories, just an entry number, so judges do not need to worry that they might know a student who submitted. Members who volunteer to help would receive these stories by Jan. 31, 2018, and likely sooner than that.

Read this story and much more news from UPPAA members in the UPPAA Fall 2017 Newsletter


More Than You Think You Know

More Than You Think You Know

More Than You Think You Know, a women’s road (river) trip novel by Cyndi Perkins, has been released by Beating Windward Press. The story of ships and friendships, set in fall 2006, follows Hailey, Robin and Trish, three women piloting the 44-foot luxury trawler Blackout through the Heartland Rivers from Chicago to the Gulf of Mexico.

With her children grown and gone, Hailey can no longer stomach living with her abusive husband. In the midst of both a boating trip and menopausal angst, she steals a sailboat and ventures solo across Lake Michigan. In a Chicago harbor, she meets Robin, the chain-smoking divorcee, Captain of Blackout. When the Coast Guard broadcasts a radio alert for the stolen sailboat, Robin insists Hailey seek asylum and travel downriver with her. In Joliet, they take on Trish, a Las Vegas gold-digger who deserts her Sugar Daddy’s yacht to join the crew and get out of Illinois.

The women navigate the 1,300-mile-long series of rivers and locks through the Heartland Rivers from Chicago to the Gulf of Mexico, keeping weary eyes out for barges and Hailey’s husband. With no sense of destination beyond Mobile Bay, they are on not one journey, but two: America’s Great Loop and the search for their own place to be safe, to be happy, to be themselves.

A Houghton-based writer and editor, Perkins first refined and delivered her successful query for her debut novel at the 2015 Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors (UPPAA) conference in Marquette, in a session on elevator pitches.

“I’m really grateful for all the support and sound advice I continue to receive from my fellow authors,” Perkins says. “They’ve been with me through the editing, query, and revision process, and are now helping me figure the ins-and-outs of marketing and selling the book.” This summer, Perkins teamed up with fellow UPPAA members Corey M. LaBissoniere and Deborah K. Frontiera, along Keweenaw author Kristin Neva, to bring shoppers at Eagle Harbor and Copper Harbor art shows a selection of books that spans genres. “It was a great way to showcase regional authors, and we plan to do the same at the 2017 Keweenaw Art Affair on November 11 in Houghton,” says Perkins. “They’ve all got at least two books out—Debbie many more than that. I’ve got some catching up to do!”

Perkins will present her first book talk at Michigan Tech’s Van Pelt and Opie Library from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, October 19.

The award-winning journalist writes and edits for Michigan Technological University digital and print publications. For 10 years, she worked at the Houghton, Michigan Daily Mining Gazette as a reporter and editor, and wrote the popular “Line of Sight” column. Her nautical writing credits include Cruising World, Latitudes & Attitudes, Good Old Boat, PassageMaker, Southwinds, and Northern Breezes magazines.

Reach her at cyndiperkins.com and connect on social media @cyndiperkins.

Contact Matt Peters to obtain high-resolution cover/author images, or for more information. MattP@BeatingWindward.com


For Immediate Release

Haunted Marqette by Tyler Tichelaar

Haunted Marqette by Tyler Tichelaar

Local Author Tyler Tichelaar Releases New Book about Haunted Marquette

Sep 5th, 2017—Local author Tyler Tichelaar will be giving his readers a treat this Halloween season. On Wednesday, October 11 at 6:00 p.m. at the Marquette Regional History Center he will be releasing his newest book, Haunted Marquette: Ghost Stories from the Queen City. The book contains more than forty stories of ghosts and paranormal activity within the city of Marquette.

“For years I’ve heard stories of various hauntings and collected them,” says Tichelaar. “I never thought I’d have enough for a book, but as I interviewed people, one story led to another. I’ve found sufficient evidence to make me believe several buildings in Marquette may be haunted or have experienced hauntings in the past.”

Haunted Marquette is divided into several sections on hauntings in Marquette’s churches and cemeteries, the downtown businesses, the lakeshore, various houses, and Northern Michigan University. Tichelaar researched each location to determine the likelihood of a haunting there and whether any historical evidence existed to make the haunting plausible. He also interviewed numerous people about their personal experiences with ghosts.

“I was afraid I would end up talking to a bunch of crazy people when I set out to write this book,” said Tichelaar, “but everyone I talked to was very sincere. Not one of them was seeking attention; most had not believed in ghosts before until they had a strange experience they could not explain logically.”

Numerous city landmarks are highlighted in the book as locations where ghosts have been sighted, including the former Holy Family Orphanage, Park Cemetery, the Marquette lighthouse, the Landmark Inn, the Peter White Public Library, and the Thomas Fine Arts building at NMU.

“Only a couple of the hauntings can really be described as frightening,” says Tichelaar. “Most of these stories are about unexplainable phenomena; a few are heart-wrenching when you realize the tragedies some of the alleged ghosts experienced while still human, which has caused them to linger on this earth.”

Tichelaar will release Haunted Marquette at the Marquette Regional History Center on Wednesday, October 11. A presentation will begin at 6:00 p.m. and last about an hour, followed by a book signing. Partial proceeds from the book signing will be donated to the history center.

Tyler R. Tichelaar is a seventh generation Marquette resident. He is the author of The Marquette Trilogy, My Marquette, and numerous other books. In 2011, he received the Outstanding Writer Award in the Marquette County Arts Awards, and the Barb H. Kelly Historic Preservation Award. His novel Narrow Lives won the 2008 Reader Views Historical Fiction Award. In 2014, his play Willpower was produced by the Marquette Regional History Center at Kaufman Auditorium. You can learn more at Tichelaar’s website www.MarquetteFiction.com and at the MRHC’s website www.marquettehistory.org.



Wed., October 11. Tyler Tichelaar will be releasing his new book Haunted Marquette. He will tell ghost stories from the book and a book signing will follow. 6:00 p.m. Marquette Regional History Center, Marquette, MI.

Wed. October 11, 2017 – Presentation 6:00 p.m. –  Book signing 7:00 p.m.

Haunted Marquette: Ghost Stories from the Queen City

Founded as a harbor town to ship iron ore from the nearby mines, Marquette became known as the Queen City of the North for its thriving industries, beautiful buildings, and being the largest city in Upper Michigan. But is Marquette also the Queen of Lake Superior’s Haunted Cities?

Seventh-generation Marquette resident Tyler Tichelaar has spent years collecting tales of the many ghosts who haunt the cemeteries, churches, businesses, hotels, and homes of Marquette. Now, separating fact from fiction, he delves into the historical record to determine which stories may be true and which are just the fancies of frightened minds.

Hear the chilling tales of:

  • The wicked nun who killed an orphan boy
  • The librarian mourning her sailor lover
  • The drowned sailors who climb out of Lake Superior at night
  • The glowing lantern of the decapitated train conductor
  • The mailman who gave his life for the U.S. mail
  • More ghostly ladies in floor-length white gowns than any haunted city should have

Haunted Marquette opens up a fourth dimension view of the Queen City’s past and reveals that much of it is still present.

Haunted Marquette: Ghost Stories from the Queen City by Tyler Tichelaar

Paperback 6×9 size, 226 pages, ISBN: 978-0-9962400-3-1

Haunted Marquette deftly weaves history, urban legends, and unexplained phenomena into a kaleidoscope of ghostly hauntings that reveal a side of the Queen City most of us have never experienced but perhaps always feared was there.”

— Sonny Longtine, author of Murder in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Have you experienced a haunting in Marquette or elsewhere in Upper Michigan? If so, Tyler would love to hear your story. Email him at tyler@marquettefiction.com along with your phone number and a brief statement about your paranormal experience. Then he’ll set up a time to interview you for possible inclusion in a future book.


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