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Welcome to the Peter White Book Fair sponsored by UPPAA!

Board Meetings – Members welcome!
Open meetings the first Friday of the month at the Peter White Library, Marquette
Next meeting: September 7th, 2018 from 12-1:30 EDT.

To join the conference
Dial: 712-432-6299
Enter your passcode: 483921

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The Escanaba Public Library invites published and self-published authors to participate in our Local Author Fair to be held on Thursday, August 9, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

The event will provide local authors with an opportunity to promote, sell, and sign copies of their work. Download a copy of the author_fair_guidelines_application_2018 or stop in the library for a copy. Deadline for application is July 26

For more information, contact the library @ 906-789-7323

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Next UPPAA Board Meeting – July 6th

Agenda

  • Review of Conference
  • Fall Picnic Planning

All UPPAA members are welcome to attend in person at the Peter White Library in Marquette, MI or by phone through TotallyFreeConferenceCall:

Dial: 712-432-6299
Enter your passcode: 483921

Peter White Public Library

Peter White Public Library

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Sarah Lauzon (Ironwood, MI)

Sarah Lauzon (Ironwood, MI)

Sarah Lauzon’s short story, “Henry the Kitten,” tied for third place in this year’s Dandelion Cottage Short Story Contest. Sarah is an 11 year-old fifth grader who attends Luther L. Wright K-12 School in Ironwood. She loves to read and write. Her hobbies include playing the piano, playing with her cat, and swimming. Sarah’s strong bond with her cat, no doubt, explains her choice for subject matter. Sarah also won this year’s fifth grade U.P. spelling bee. She is obviously a very talented young lady.

For more pictures and information about Sara, please see our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/YooperShortStoryContest/?view_public_for=477889442581890

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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.

 

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UPPAA Summer 2017 Newsletter

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!

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Spring 2017 Meeting Schedule

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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