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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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NMUAs you might or might not know, the NMU bookstore was recently acquired by the Barnes & Noble chain.  As such, a complete changeout of inventory was made, leaving some local authors in doubt of whether they could be stocked (again).  Tyler writes:

I have followed up with the NMU bookstore and they do want to carry local books. They are still working it out, but if you want to contact Paul Wright there, he can get you set up. He’ll need a list of your books with the retail and wholesale prices and then he’ll arrange to get you into the B&N system by having B&N send you a vendor application. I returned my vendor app last week and am still waiting for the bookstore to place an actual order with me, but the process is hopefully moving along.

They want 40% as a discount which is standard for most stores.

Just call the NMU bookstore and ask for Paul Wright. The number is 906-227-2480. They are on summer hours right now, so call between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

27th Annual Parade of Nations

27th Annual Parade of Nations

Bob Wenc writes

I’m looking to find find UP authors who write about the area’s ethnic heritage to be part of a panel discussion during the week prior to the Parade of Nations Sept. 17 date.  This would fit into the “Passport to the World” theme of the 27th Annual Parade of Nations and they could talk about how they became interested in writing about their subject matter.  Writers of all genres (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography, etc.) are invited to participate.

Writers of any background who have ethnic / cultural expertise on populations who currently live (or did live) in the Upper Peninsula (regardless of whether they were in the local the Keweenaw Bay area) are encouraged to contact Bob Wenc ( rjwenc@mtu.edu ) as soon as possible.

Robert Wenc is the Program Representative for INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS AND SERVICES at Michigan Technological University (Houghton, MI).

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taxNotes for IRS Recordkeeping 101

By Deborah K. Frontiera

How many cookies can you “snitch” from the cookie jar before somebody notices? It’s tricky knowing how much you can deduct for your writing business without sending “red flags” to the IRS. Deborah K. Frontiera’s daughter, a CPA and her “tax expert”, has taught her a lot over the years about what records to keep, what you can deduct and how much, when you need to fill out 1099s, etc. She’ll share these tips on how to keep all your ducks in a row with interested UPPAA members.

BIO: Deborah K. Frontiera has been a member of UPPAA for many years. While she does not live in the U.P. full time (she still lives in Houston, TX 9 months of the year) that’s where her heart is. Two of her books are entirely U.P. and her book of nature poems is “mostly” U.P. The rest all have at least a “hint” somewhere. She files sales tax in both Michigan and Texas. She’s been UPPAA’s newsletter editor for several years.

Business Name:

Simple partnership with DBA (Doing Business As) or LLC—your choice, but have One of them. Have a separate checking account with your business name on it.

Business Liability Insurance—if you can afford it, it is a good thing to have. The “bigger” you are, the more necessary.

Income Categories:

If you do a lot of little things, or you want to see where the most/least of your business income is coming from, then do this. At the end of the year, you can see what you want to work on. Categories can include:

  • Wholesale sales
  • Retail sales
  • Honorariums (from speaking engagements)
  • Payment for articles sold to publications
  • Royalties received
  • Services: if you do freelance editing, critiquing
  • “Work for Hire” type things—other than editing and critiquing
  • Tutoring
  • ???? depends on you


Have a column for each item/title you sell or distribute. Record the number of each at the beginning of the year.  Columns across the form can include:

  • Date
  • Sent to
  • Received from
  • Title/item
  • Title/item

Total at the end of the year and hopefully reconcile with what you had at the beginning. You’ll also need to figure the retail value of your inventory and the “cost” of what you have on hand.


Columns may include:

  • Returns/allowances/discounts
  • Cost of sales/production
  • Advertising
  • Bank fees
  • Computer expenses and supplies
  • Contributions
  • Internet access
  • Interest expense
  • Meals
  • Membership dues and subscriptions
  • Mileage (at end of year)
  • Office supplies
  • Parking and tolls
  • Postage and p.o. box rent
  • Printing and reproduction
  • Supplies other
  • Taxes
  • Trade show
  • Travel (motel, air fare, bus tickets, etc.)
  • Telephone
  • Utilities
  • Insurance
  • Fees/permits
  • Legal fees
  • Royalties paid out

Damaged, lost, stolen books are reported under Returns/Discounts/Allowances at their full retail price! You were “deprived of any income” from that book. Books given to organizations for promotion/advertising/review are deducted under “advertising” or “contributions” also with full retail price. Pay Pal fees, credit card swipe fees, etc. are “bank fees”.

Home Office Expenses:

Mortgage payment, home insurance, utilities (water, electric, home security, heat), telephone, internet, property taxes

Figure the total square feet in your home. Figure the square footage of your office area—separate room or “separated space” in another room. Office Sq. Ft./divided by total = percent you use for all. Total of each expense for year X % = deduction for that part.


A notebook for clip board IN YOUR CAR/TRUCK should include these columns:

  • Date
  • Destination
  • Odometer beginning
  • Odometer ending
  • Total miles for that trip

Total all the miles for a particular calendar year and multiply times the rate the IRS is allowing for that year. (2015 was around $ .58)

This is MUCH easier than keeping track of all the individual purchases of gas, oil changes, repairs, insurance, etc.


I YOU  receive the money from the customer, it is a  retail sale and you MUST report/collect sales tax. GET appropriate forms from your state and KEEP IT WITH YOU whenever you do retail sales.

Keep it simple: have a little sign displayed that reads: Sales Tax Included in the Price. Round your book prices to the nearest dollar—keeps from having to give out pennies, nickels and dimes and quarters.

At the end of a sale, take total of money brought in. Total X .94 = Retail total. Difference between that and the total is the tax you collected. (MI is 6%, hence the .94 above, or whatever the rate for another state). Track and file monthly, quarterly, yearly according to the requirements of a particular state.

Discounts: If your retail price is $17.95, and you decide to sell books at a festival for $15, then 2.95 X number sold = total discounts and you put the amount in the appropriate column of your expenses.


A book store, distributor, gift shop, etc. is the entity taking in the money, the amount you receive is a percentage of the price: this is a WHOLESLAE and you do NOT collect or report sales tax.

To 1099 or not to 1099:

If you pay over $600 to any one person or vendor for services, fill out a 1099 for those entities at the end of a calendar.

E.I. N. Vs. Social Security Number:

If you are still pretty small, you can continue to use just your social security number. If you begin to have substantial income from your small writing business, there are tax advantages in having an Employer Identification Number (EIN).


In all the years I’ve been selling at festivals, I’ve only been asked ONCE to show my Sales Tax form. But I met a vendor in Texas who said he didn’t have one, was asked to show it and was FINED $250.00 for not having one on site!

The odds of being audited are small—because we are all not small businesses but tiny ones, in IRS terms and not worth their time—but it is possible to be selected randomly. If you get audited: Make sure you have receipts for EVERYTHING you claimed as a deduction for that calendar year.

Big Red Flag:

LARGE losses several years in a row—out of proportion to your income.


Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College

Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College

Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College (KBOCC) invites you to the second annual celebration of our Michigan Authors Collections

WHERE:  770 N. Main St., L’Anse, Michigan 49946
WHEN:   Tuesday, June 14th, 4:30 to 7:30pm


  • Chad Faries (The Border Will be Soon)
  • Janeen Pergrin Rastell (Objects May Appear Closer and In the Yellowed House)
  • Russell Thorburn (Father, Tell me I have Not Aged)
  • Sally Brunk.


  • Memory and nonfiction with Chad
  •  variety of poetry workshops lead by Janeen and Sally. 


  • MI authors reading,
  • Food and Mingle,
  • Creative Writing Workshops

More info: koenig.jesse@gmail.com

(Lee Laforge with local author Allen Wright)

(Lee Laforge with local author Allen Wright)

I am very sorry to announce that Lee LaForge, the manager of Book World, in Marquette, passed away yesterday. I don’t know the details, only that it is all over Facebook this morning. He was just short of turning 45. He was a great supporter of local authors. In fact, he was the one who first told me to write a history book about Marquette. He continually accepted local authors books in his store and arranged book signings for authors, and twice he spoke at our UPPAA meetings about working with bookstores to sell your books. He was also very active in community
theatre, starring in and directing plays at the Vista Theatre in Negaunee. There will likely be an obituary in the Marquette Mining Journal in the next few days.


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