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JUDGES NEEDED FOR NEW STUDENT CONTEST
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

 

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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.

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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.

 

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.

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