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The Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association (UPPAA) presents a new publication called the U.P. Reader. This will be an annual anthology that will feature the collected works of the best of the authors of the Upper Peninsula.

“The U.P. Reader is something I hope will put Upper Peninsula authors in touch with the readers to expand their exposure to a much greater and more effective level,” commented Committee Chair, Mikel B. Classen.

This collection will be published by the UPPAA and will showcase the multitude of talent within the membership of the organization. The U.P. Reader will average 45 – 50K words and will include all genres of writing including non-fiction and poetry. Artwork and photography pertaining to submissions are encouraged.

The U.P. Reader will be available to book sellers as well as authors for sale and promotion. This will allow the members an opportunity to participate in a project that will not only showcase their talents as writers but also to get the finished product in front of readers so they can discover the U.P. authors that interest them no matter what their reading preference.
Submissions will be juried by a panel and those chosen will appear in the U.P. Reader. Authors chosen to be published in the anthology will see their submission published along with an author’s bio to steer readers to more work by that author.

“This is a publication about discovery. Finding new favorites and maybe rediscovering some old ones too. I think it is underestimated how many really talented writers we have living right here in the U.P. and the Reader will be the place to find them.” said Mikel Classen.
Tyler Tichelaar, President of UPPAA, adds, “A collection of short stories, poetry, and essays will allow readers to enjoy a hodge-podge of U.P. literature from many different voices and will offer numerous visions and definitions of what it means to live here. The U.P. can be many different things to many different people and such a collection will help make that clear.”
Proceeds from the U.P. Reader will be used to support operating costs of the UPPAA and its many events to educate its members about writing and publishing and to get U.P. literature into the hands of potential readers.

For more information, including submission guidelines, contact Mikel B. Classen at mikel_classen@yahoo.com

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The Society of Midland Authors

The Society of Midland Authors

Society of Midland Authors award competition is open

The Society of Midland Authors is now accepting submissions for its annual literary awards, which will honor books by Midwestern authors published in 2016.

Each winner will receive $500 and a recognition award. The judges in each category may also deem one or two honorees as worthy of recognition, and each finalist will receive a commemorative award. These honors will be given out at the awards banquet the second Tuesday in May.

A book may be nominated by its author or publisher. Authors do not need to be members of the Society of Midland Authors in order to enter the contest. Please read the following rules carefully before submitting. (The rules are also on our website.)

— An entry form must accompany each book. One copy of the book and one entry form go to each of the three judges in its category. That means a total of three forms per title (three judges, three forms, three books). Books unaccompanied by completed entry forms will not be considered.

— Each book entry must have a 2016 publication date with corresponding copyright date. The author must either reside in, be born in, or have strong ties to one of the 12 Midland states SMA represents: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin.

— Each submission requires an entry fee of $10. To pay by PayPal or credit card, please click here. You may also pay by mailing a check to Society of Midland Authors, P.O. Box 10419, Chicago, IL 60610. This payment must identify the book title, author and source of check, so SMA knows which author and book entry to confirm as a paid entry. (You may use the “comments” box to write the information for PayPal. Copy the entry form to go with your snail mail check.)

— For now, we do not consider e-book originals unless accompanied by a print edition.

— Books by deceased authors are eligible, providing they meet the other requirements.

— Submissions must be postmarked by January 7, 2017We urge early submissions. Send entries to the appropriate judges.

— To enter this year’s competition, print out the entry form at this link: http://midlandauthors.com/contest_form.html. Include a completed copy with each nominated book. Mail a copy of the form and the book to each of the three judges in the selected category. Do not mail the book to the Society’s P.O. box. Make sure that you enter the book in the proper category. (For example, all children’s books go to children’s categories, rather than Poetry or Biography and Memoir, which are for adult submissions only.) Books submitted to improper categories will be disqualified.

If you’d like to confirm that your entry reached the judges, please send a self-addressed stamped postcard with each book submission. Or you can contact Marlene Targ Brill, marlenetbrill@comcast.net, who will verify whether your entry arrived.


Adult Fiction:
Stephen Sposato, 1440 W Argyle St #1, Chicago, IL 60640
David MacLean, 2232 W. Giddings St Chicago, Il 60625
Eckhard Gerdes, 4212 Chesapeake Drive, Apt. 1A, Aurorra, IL 60504

Adult Nonfiction:
Susan Croce Kelly, 29233 Cardinal Lane, Gravois Millss, MO 65037
Kim Hiltwein, 820 Hinman Avenue, Evanston, IL 60202
Libby Hellmann, 272 Summerfield Road, Northbrook, ILL 60062

Bob Remer, 5840 N. Kenmore, Chicago, IL 60660
Jerry Apps, 522 Togstad Glenn, Madison, WI 53711
Ronne Hartfield, 5750 S. Kenwood Avenue, Chicago, ILL 60637

Rosina Neginsky, PO Box 2175, Station A, Champaign, IL 661825
Jill Baumgaertner,  841 W. Monroe St., #5PH, Chiicago, IL 60607
Joshua Corey, 729 Emerson St. #3W, Evanston, IL 602011

Children’s Nonfiction:
Pat Kummer, 2671 Normandy Place, Lisle, IL 60532-10811
Andrea Warren, 4908 W. 71st St., Prairie Village, KSS 66208
Suzanne Slade, 605 Dawes St., Libertyville IL 60048

 Children’s Fiction:
Marlene Targ Brill, 314 Lawndale, Wilmette, IL 60091<
Patricia McKissack, 14629 Timberlake Manor Court, Chestterfield, MO 63017
Mary Losure, 1311 Osceola Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105

We look forward to your submissions.  Thank you and good luck. 


The UPPAA quarterly newsletter, The Written Word, is sent to all members by mail.

Get the UPPAA Fall 2016 Newsletter here!

Peter White Public Library

Peter White Public Library

September 30, 2016
For  Immediate Release:

Margaret Boyle
Programming Coordinator
Peter White Public Library
217 N. Front St.
Marquette, MI  49855

U.P. Author Day Event  at PWPL

Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 10:30 am-3:30 pm
Peter White Public Library, lower level
217 N. Front St., Marquette, MI 49855
Call 906-226-4318 for more information.

 Readers and writers are invited to celebrate the independent spirit of writers who live in, work in or write about Michigan’s Upper Peninsula at U.P. Author Day on Saturday, October 8 from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm on the Peter White Public Library’s lower level in the Marquette Arts and Culture Center.

Meet over 25 local authors and get some early holiday shopping done at the all-day book fair. Enjoy six different interactive breakout sessions to learn from writers of the same genre in discussions about their work and their inspirations. Genre panel topics include U.P. History, Children’s Literature, Poetry, Fiction Writing, Biographies and Mysteries.

Peter White Public Library

Peter White Public Library

 Authors attending the U.P. Author Day event include Karl Bohnack, Larry Buege, Michael Carrier, Mikel Classen, Vicki Fee, Kathleen Heidemann, Austin Hummell, Sharon Kennedy, Allan Koski, R. Bruce Larson, Sonny Longtine, Rosalyn McGrath, Paulette Noble, Rick Noble (pen name: R. E. Kelly), Maggie Pill (pen name: Peg Herring), Gretchen Preston, Bert Reisterer, Mike Ryan, Christine Saari, John Smolens, Russ Thorburn, Tyler Tichelaar, Jackie Winkowski and D. G. Woodworth.

 At 2:00pm, a live webcast panel presentation by veterans of the literary community will be screened. Hosted by Indie Author Day, viewers will be able to hear from nationally known writers, agents and other industry leaders including: Jon Fine of Amazon, Kiera Parrott of Library Journal, Robin Cutler of IngramSpark, Jim Blanton of Louisville Free Library, American Library Association’s Black Caucus and award winning author, L. Penelope.

 Visitors to the U.P. Author Day event will be eligible to enter drawings for several great door prizes and enjoy light refreshments throughout the day.  Local sponsors include the Upper Peninsula Authors and Publishers Association, Marquette Arts and Culture Center, Indieauthorday.com and Peter White Public Library.

There is no admission charge to attend the event. For more information call Peter White Public Library at 906-226-4318, visit www.pwpl.info or check out U.P. Author Day though the library’s Facebook page.


Peter White Public Library

Peter White Public Library

Hello Everyone,

You are invited to participate in UP Author Day at Peter White Public Library in Marquette, MI from 10:30-3:30 on Saturday, October 8, which is being held this year in conjunction with the first annual Indie Author Day nationwide.

We have table space available for the book fair, and you are invited to come and sell your books. We will have two authors per table, so each author will have about four feet of space.
There are also going to be panel presentations throughout the day (these are already planned out so we are not looking for participants for the panels at this time). Also, at 2 o’clock we will be connected to a live broadcast where we will view the national Indie Author Day event.

If you are interested in attending, please reply to Margaret Boyle at Peter White Public Library mboyle@uproc.lib.mi.us no later than September 20th.

We look forward to celebrating UP Author Day with you.


Tyler Tichelaar

27th Annual Parade of Nations

27th Annual Parade of Nations

On Sep. 12, 2016, at the Portage Lake District Library in Houghton MI, three UPPAA authors will take part in a panel
discussion on writing about different ethnic groups. Deborah K. Frontiera, Cyndi Perkins and Larry Buege (and hopefully Larry Lankton)
will discuss with the public how they researched and wrote about various ethnic groups in the Copper Country. They are hoping for audience
participation and questions. The panel discussion will last about an hour.

Afterward, the authors’ books will be available for sale.

The Parade of Nations is sponsored by Michigan Tech U. and Finlandia U. as a way of introducing foreign students and their cultures
to the people of the Copper Country and celebrating diversity. The theme of this years festival is “Passport to the World.” There will
be several events throughout the week culminating with a parade and food, crafts and entertainment at Dee Stadium on Saturday, Sep. 17 from 12-4 p.m

Hi Everyone,

The Forsyth Township Library in Gwinn has invited UPPAA members to tea. This annual tea party is a fundraising for the library. The event is Saturday, October 8th from 1 pm to 2:30.PM. The library is seeking 4 or 5 authors from different genres to give a short presentation about their book(s). You will have the opportunity to sell your books. In exchange for no table fee, organizers request you consider donating a percentage of your proceeds to the library. This event is well attended by library patrons and the community. For more information, email our UPPAA VP Gretchen Preston at prestongretchen@gmail.com

Note: the time has been changed from the original posting

Doubtful Relations Cover


The Seamus McCree Series consists of three published novels (Ant Farm, Bad Policy and Cabin Fever, a the fourth, Doubtful Relations) . Future novels in the series include Empty Promises (2017) and False Bottom (2018).


What will Seamus do this time?

Financial crimes investigator Seamus McCree has wife problems, and Lizzie’s not even his wife anymore. Her current husband disappeared on a business trip to Savannah. Was he kidnapped? Dispatched by his hedge fund partners? Or did he run off with another woman? Police assume he’s AWOL, and Lizzie turns to Seamus for help.

Seamus has no desire to be sucked into Lizzie’s drama again, but her angst is also affecting their son, Paddy. Seamus agrees to help discover the truth, a quest that soon involves the entire extended family. Long buried secrets surface and each member must confront the question, “How far can you trust your family?”

Equal parts road trip, who done what, and domestic thriller, book four in the Seamus McCree series takes psychological suspense to a new level. Seamus McCree fans and newcomers alike will delight in this fast-paced novel that leaves no one in the family unchanged and keeps you guessing until the very end.

What Readers Say …

James M. Jackson has once again proven himself a skilled storyteller with this highly entertaining page turner that takes the reader into the heart and soul of Seamus McCree’s often dysfunctional family. Doubtful Relations is a rollercoaster ride of missing persons, drug cartels, crime lords, shady stock market dealings, car crashes and shoot-em-ups that left me breathless—and not quite knowing who to trust—until the very end.

~ Annette Dashofy, USA Today bestselling author of the two-time Agatha nominated Zoe Chambers mysteries.

Click here for the book club Discussion Guide.

Get a Free Seamus McCree Story

Send proof of your pre-order or purchase of Doubtful Relations during August to jmj@jamesmjackson.com, and I’ll send you a link so you can download a copy of the not-yet-published story, “Power of Attorney.”

The story takes place in the future after Empty Promises and False Bottom and features Seamus and Niki (from Cabin Fever) and is set in Chicago.

Where to buy the book

More retail links for pre-orders are coming soon!
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