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The UPPAA Summer 2017 Newsletter is now available for reading  Inside this issue you’ll find

  • Report on UPPAA 2017 Spring Conference
  • Minutes of the 2017 UPPAA Annual Business Meeting
  • Member news
  • Call for submissions for the 2nd issue of U.P. Reader (deadline November 2017)
  • Top 10 Tips for closing a sale
  • and much more!

Outback Art Fair is in Marquette, Michigan on the weekend of July 29-30, 2017  at Picnic Rocks.  UPPAA authors Tyler Tichelaar, Deborah Frontiera, Gretchen Preston, and Larry Buege will be signing books at the Outback Art Fair, Picnic Rocks/Shiras Park, Marquette, Michigan.  More than 100 booths were setup at last year’s fair, which features art, food, and live entertainment, according to this Mining Journal article.

Debbie Frontiera is shown below interviewed by WLUC-TV reporter Dustin Bonk for Outback 2012.

Debbie Frontiera interviewed by WLUC-TV6

Debbie Frontiera interviewed by WLUC-TV6

Peter White Public Library

Peter White Public Library

UPPAA Spring 2017 Meeting

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Conference Schedule

  • 10:00 – 10:30 – Registration
  • 10:30 – 10:45 – Welcome and Opening remarks
  • 10:45 – 11:45 – Keynote: The Art of Asking – Sue Harrison (Community Room)
  • 11:45 – 12:45   Two tracks to choose from:
    (A) Traditional Publishing – Rondi Olson (Community Room)
    (B) Screenwriting (Lions Room)
  • 12:45 – 1:30 Lunch
  • 1:30 – 1:45 – Business Meeting
  • 1:45 – 2:15     UP Reader Book Release
  • 2:30 – 3:30  Two tracks to choose from:
    (A)  Freelance Writing  – Jackie Stark, Lee Arten, and Mikel Classen
    (Community Room)
    (B) Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy – Brandy Thomas (Lions Room)
  • 3:15 – 4:15   Two tracks to choose from:
    (A) Social Media for Writers – Vicki Fee (Community Room)
    (B) Comics and Graphic Novels – Emma Jezek and Brad Gischia (Lions Room)
  • 4:15 – 5:00 – Networking and Clean Up

Session Descriptions

“The Art of Asking” by Sue Harrison

In her keynote address, “The Art of Asking,” Sue Harrison will address the secrets and the pitfalls of presenting your work to literary agents and commercial publishers. Her talk will include stories about her own experiences with agents and publishers in the United States, Europe, and Asia, as well as what is expected from authors as they present their work through the all-important query letter.

“Traditional Publishing” by Rondi Olson

The focus of this session will be to educate writers on publication options with a focus on traditional publication. Many authors are unsure of what to do with their completed manuscripts. Traditional publication has always been an appealing option, but with a great number of authors successfully publishing indie, some wonder what value is left in being traditionally published. In this session we will review the pros and cons of traditional versus indie publication, discuss what agents and editors are looking for, and outline what to expect with the traditional publication process. Those attending will be better able to decide which publication route is best for them, and if they decide to pursue traditional publication, have a clearer understanding of what the industry is looking for and how to tailor their work to catch the attention of an agent or editor.

“Screenwriting” by Kyle Hulkonen

Kyle Hulkonen is the writer and producer of the film Waiting For Wiig, the Audience Choice award winner for Best Narrative Short at the 2016 Soo Film Festival. Born and raised in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Kyle received a Writing degree from Northern Michigan University and worked several years in television as a commercial writer and producer for WLUC-TV6. He currently resides in Negaunee, MI and works for State Farm Insurance as a property adjuster. Kyle will present his screenwriting journey, from first idea to crowdfunding, and shooting a film in the UP.

“Freelance Writing” with Jackie Stark, Lee Arten and Mikel Classen

Panelists bring their years of experience to a lively panel discussion on the ins and outs of freelance writing.

“Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy” by Brandy Thomas

Brandy Thomas is an independent editor who has a wide range of experience with science fiction and fantasy. This session will address writing issues that are common, and sometimes particular to the science fiction and fantasy genres. Incorporating examples of classic and modern speculative fiction, she will examine world building, characterization, and a host of other issues, as seen from an editor’s perspective.

“Social Media for Writers” by Vickie Fee

  1. Choosing your platform: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, GoodReads, Blogging. A general overview of the strengths of each.
  2. Detailed look at Facebook — Twelve Tips to Make Facebook Work for You as an Author. Includes discussion of: Benefits of page vs. profile and do you need both? How often should you post? What should you post? Planning ahead, Driving traffic to your website.

“Comics and Graphic Novels” by Emma Jezek and Brad Gischia

Local comic artists Emma Jezek, creator of “Breathe,” and Brad Gischia, creator of “The Curiosity Shop,” will share a panel about all aspects of producing comics and graphic novels. The discussion will encompass everything from how to work out storytelling visually, to character design, to how to self-publish your works or find a publisher that suits you.

The UPPAA Winter 2017 Member Newsletter is here

upreader_tightThe deadline for submitting to this year’s inaugural edition of the U.P. Reader has come and gone and we received some incredible submissions from our writers. But, we would like to get a few more to round out what is shaping up to be an amazing first issue. So, we are extending the deadline for this edition of the U.P. Reader until December 21!

“I’m really excited about what we’ve received so far,” said Mikel Classen, project head for the U.P. Reader. “I really want to see more.”

This gives everyone just a little more time to take advantage of this opportunity to have their work showcased in the U.P. Reader. All fiction or Nonfiction along with poetry, up to 2500 words, will be considered. More information can be found at our new U.P. Reader Website: www.UPReader.org. or submission guidelines can be received by emailing editor@UPReader.org

The U.P. Reader project is managed and operated by the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association (UPPAA), a non-profit organization.

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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
906.226.4318
mboyle@uproc.lib.mi.us

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.

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