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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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Emma Locknane

Emma Locknane

Tonight I presented Emma Locknane with her second-place Dandelion Cottage Short Story medallion. This was during the Gwinn School Board meeting. Two TV stations and the Mining Journal were in attendance, but I don’t think they were there to place me on the air waves.

The original purpose of the short story contest was to encourage students to write. This does not appear to be the case. Every one of the winners that I have talked to stated they were writing long before the contest. We did not discover them; they discovered us. They are ecstatic to have a platform where they can show off their writing skills.

Both first and second place winners plan to attend our spring conference. We may have a younger looking conference.

Bio: Emma Locknane is a junior at Gwinn High School. She enjoys hobbies such as writing, drawing, knitting, and daydreaming. Her favorite reading genres are science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism. She has many stories of her own she’s working on, and often spends her time developing characters and fictional worlds

U.P. Reader -- Issue #2

U.P. Reader — Issue #2

The ideal time to get your copy of U.P. Reader #2 is at the book launch which is happening at the UPPAA Spring Conference on June 2nd at the Landmark Inn, Marquette.  The conference is free when you renew your UPPAA membership for 2018 at https://uppaa.org/meeting-registration/

Contributors to either Issue #1 or Issue #2 can claim a 50% off List Price discount and get FREE shipping when they pre-order their copies of U.P. Reader –AND– pick them up in Marquette on June 2nd 2018.  Hurry, coupon expires May 20th. 2018

It’s easy to do!  Just do these steps
1.  Go to http://upreader.org/publications/
2.  Select paperbacks or hardcovers, issue #1 (freighter) or issue #2 (wolf cover)
3.  Click on the floating Shopping Bag to checkout
4.  Apply coupon code SPRINGCONF
5.  Click Checkout!

These purchases are subject to MI Sales Tax on the discounted total.

 If you can’t make it to the launch event on June 2nd, write to victor@LHPress.com and I’ll provide you with an alternate coupon code for 50% off List Price and a minimal shipping charge by MediaMail delivery for small orders or UPS Ground for large orders.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the past and future issue

Allow me to introduce Katie McEachern. Her short story, “The Attack,” earned $250 and first place honors in the Dandelion Cottage Short Story Contest.   Her story will also be featured in the 2nd issue of U.P. Reader which will be released at the UPPAA Spring Conference taking place at the Landmark Inn, Marquette, Michigan on June 2nd, 2018.

Bio: Katie McEachern is a freshman at Negaunee High School.  During her first year, she is active in band, chorus and gymnastics. In her free time Katie enjoys music, writing, drawing, poetry and many other fine arts. She also enjoys adventuring to “cool and unique” places. Additionally, Katie spends time taking pictures with friends, babysitting and doing makeup.

Katie McEachern

Katie McEachern, 1st Place Winner of 2018 Dandelion Cottage Award

For Immediate Release
Contact: Tyler Tichelaar
(906) 226-1543
President@UPPAA.org
www.UPPAA.org

U.P. Publishers & Authors Association Holds 21st Annual Conference:

Publishing & Book Marketing Industry to Be Explored

Historic Landmark Hotel is the site of the 2018 meeting

MARQUETTE, MI (April 15, 2018)  -In its constant commitment to informing regional authors and publishers of the latest changes in the publishing world and offering effective marketing and writing strategies, the Upper Peninsula Publishers & Authors Association (UPPAA) will hold its 21st Annual Conference on Saturday, June 2 in Marquette at the Landmark Inn from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

As always, this year’s conference will cover a variety of topics relevant to writing, publishing, and marketing, and it will be of interest to beginning writers as well as seasoned, published authors.

This year’s keynote speaker is Steve Lehto, an attorney and writer whose family is from the Copper Country. Lehto has written several books about Michigan and automotive history among other topics. His books Death’s Door: The Truth Behind Michigan’s Largest Mass Murder, Michigan’s Columbus: The Life of Douglass Houghton, Chrysler’s Turbine Car: The Rise and Fall of Detroit’s Coolest Creation, and Preston Tucker and His Battle to Build the Car of Tomorrow were all named Michigan Notable Books by the Library of Michigan. Along with the dozen or so books he has written, he writes frequently for others such as Mopar Action magazine and Road and Track.com.

In his keynote speech, titled “From Unagented Queries to a Dozen Books With Five Different Publishers,” Lehto will discuss how he went from being an unpublished author to having a dozen books published by four different publishers (and picked up an agent along the way). Highlights of his talk will include how he writes, where his book ideas have come from, how to tell good ideas from bad, how he sold his first books without an agent, and how it happened to be that Jay Leno wrote the forewords to two of his books.

Other sessions to be held are “Children’s Book Industry 101: Terms, Conventions, How It Works, and How We Get Paid” by Carrie Pearson, “Open a Vein: The Art of Memoir in Today’s Culture” by Felicia Schneiderhan, “Life-Altering Surprises, Annoying Sisters, and Running from Danger: Using Various Forms of Conflict to Keep Readers Addicted to Your Novel” by Naomi Rawlings, “The Quest for Your Best: A Poetry Workshop” by Janeen Rastall, “The Gift of Reading: A Book-Binding Workshop” by Susan Rosemurgy, and “How to Write a Mystery in 10 Agonizing Steps” by Vickie Fee. All the speakers are members of UPPAA or authors who live in or write about Upper Michigan.

This year, UPPAA will also present the first Dandelion Cottage Awards for its student short story contest. First place winner Katie McEachern of Negaunee will be present to receive her award for her story “The Attack.” The award includes a medallion, the winner’s name on a traveling school trophy, and a $250 cash prize. Second place will be awarded to Emma Locknane of Gwinn for her story “Welcome to the New Age,” accompanied by a medallion and $100 prize. Third place was a tie. Medallions and prize money of $50 will go to both Anna Laakso of Republic/Michigamme for her story “Elite” and to Sarah Lauzon of Ironwood for “Henry the Kitten.” Honorable Mention is also given to Sierra Hendrickson of Negaunee for her story “Abducted.”

In addition, the second volume of U.P. Reader, UPPAA’s own annual literary anthology featuring works by its members, will be released. Last year’s U.P. Reader was a successful publication that helped spread the word about the organization, raise money for it, and highlight the many writers living in the U.P. This year’s issue is even bigger and better than last year’s.

Finally, there will be a business meeting, a catered lunch buffet, a book collection taken up to support the Alger County Kiwanis’ annual auction, and networking opportunities for anyone wishing to learn more about writing, publishing, and book marketing.

The general public may attend the meeting for a $15 registration fee. UPPAA members attend free of charge. Space is limited, so advanced registration is recommended. Membership details, benefits, and registration are available online at www.uppaa.org. A catered deli lunch is available for $10 per person with advance reservations required. For questions, contact membership secretary Brandy Thomas at uppaa.membership@gmail.com or (509) 675-2487. To register by mail, send a check payable to UPPAA to Brandy Thomas, 140 Youngs Road, Gwinn, MI 49841. Registrations online or by mail must be received no later than May 25.

Established in 1998 to support authors and publishers who live in or write about Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, UPPAA is a Michigan nonprofit association with more than 100 members, many of whose books are featured on the organization’s website at www.uppaa.org. UPPAA welcomes membership and participation from anyone with a UP connection who is interested in writing and publishing books.

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Landmark-Hotel-Marquette-U.P.-Winter-2014-13UPPAA Spring 2018 Meeting

Register online now!
Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 at the Landmark Inn.  Sessions will be in the Harbor Room (basement) and the Board Room (1st Floor)

Conference Schedule

  • 10:00 – 10:30 – Registration in the Harbor Room
  • 10:30 – 10:45 – Welcome and Opening remarks in the Harbor Room
  • 10:45 – 11:45 – Keynote, Steve Lehto, “From Unagented Queries to a Dozen Books with Five Different Publishers,” Harbor Room
  • 11:45 – 12:45   Two tracks to choose from:
    (A) Carrie Pearson, “Children’s Book Industry 101: Terms, Conventions, How it Works, and How We Get Paid,” Harbor Room
    (B) Felicia Schneiderhan, “Open a Vein: The Art of Memoir in Today’s Culture,” Board Room
  • 12:45 – 1:30 Lunch
  • 1:30 – 2:00 Business Meeting – including drawing, release of UP Reader, and presentation of short story contest awards, Harbor Room
  • 2:15 – 3:15  Two tracks to choose from:
    (A) Naomi Rawlings, “Life-Altering Surprises, Annoying Sisters, and Running from Danger: Using Various Forms of Conflict to Keep Readers Addicted to your Novel,” Harbor Room
    (B) Janeen Rastall, “The Quest for Your Best: A Poetry Workshop” Board Room (projector)
  • 3:15 – 4:15 Two tracks to choose from:
    (A) Susan Rosemurgy, “The Gift of Reading: A Book-Binding Workshop,” Board Room
    (B) Vickie Fee: “How to Write a Mystery in 10 Agonizing Steps”
  • 4:15 – 5:00 – Networking and Clean Up

Session Descriptions

Keynote — Steve Lehto: From Unagented Queries to a Dozen Books With Five Different Publishers

Steve Lehto is an attorney and writer whose family is from the Copper Country. He has written several books about Michigan and automotive history among other topics. Death’s Door: The Truth Behind Michigan’s Largest Mass Murder, Michigan’s Columbus: The Life of Douglass Houghton, Chrysler’s Turbine Car: The Rise and Fall of Detroit’s Coolest Creation, and Preston Tucker and His Battle to Build the Car of Tomorrow, were all named Michigan Notable Books by the Library of Michigan. Along with the dozen or so books he has written, he writes frequently for others such as Mopar Action magazine and Road and Track.com. In his presentation, he will discuss how he went from being an unpublished author to having a dozen books published by four different publishers (and picked up an agent along the way). Highlights of his talk will include how he writes, where his book ideas have come from (and how to tell the good ideas from the bad), how he sold his first books without an agent, and how it happened to be that Jay Leno wrote the forewords to two of his books.

Susan Rosemurgy: The Gift of Reading:A Book-Binding Workshop

In this hands-on workshop we will explore different book-binding techniques and themes. Everyone will have the tools and materials to make and take their own book nested in origami boxes to then give the gift of reading.

Susan Rosemurgy is an author, illustrator, and art teacher. She teaches at Calumet High School in the Copper Country. Her work includes Copper Country Stories, now in its 2nd edition, and her latest book U.P. Stories (both from Mudminnow Press). These books invite readers to add and share their stories about life around the Great Lakes within the pages and pockets of the books. In her quest to connect people to art and stories she has also designed a series of book-making kits that she has produced. In this interactive session she will lead participants in her unique approach to making books with the first in the series of book-making kits, Tablespoon Books in Boxes. Everyone will have the tools and materials to make and take their own book nested in origami boxes to then give the gift of reading. Learn more about her work at her website: susanrosemurgy.com

Janeen Pergrin Rastall: The Quest for Your Best: A Poetry Workshop

This poetry workshop will discuss writing techniques: how to get past the white space, where to go from your first draft and when to give your work a rest. Revision techniques will be presented from poets: William Stafford, Jack Ridl and the presenter, Janeen Pergrin Rastall. Feel free to bring a poem in need of repair.

Janeen Pergrin Rastall is the author of In the Yellowed House (dancing girl press, 2014) and Objects May Appear Closer (Celery City Chapbooks, 2015). She is a co-author of True Companions (Gordon Publications, 2017) and Heart Radicals (About Editions, 2018). She has been nominated multiple times for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net Award.

Carrie Pearson: Children’s Book Industry 101: Terms, Conventions, How it Works, and How We Get Paid

This is a nuts and bolts session for writers and writer/illustrators to learn how the children’s book industry works. Topics include: standards for traditional publishing (formatting, word counts for categories, conventions, what’s pushy, what’s polite), how the industry works (role of agent vs. editor, publishing houses and what they offer, large house vs. small vs. regional), and how we get paid (advance, royalties). Session includes Q&A and a handout.

Carrie Pearson grew up as a troll but after 22 years in Marquette, can’t imagine living anywhere else. She feels that being a children’s book author represents the best merger of her education, occupations, and passion. She holds a BA in early childhood education, taught at University of Michigan’s preschool and then moved into the business world for 15+ years. She is now a full-time writer for children and owner of a consulting business in the children’s book industry that focuses on preparing writers to connect with the right agent and/or editors. She is a regional advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and is represented by Kelly Sonnack at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Her first two books were published by Arbordale and are nature nonfiction picture books. Her third launches October 2018 with Charlesbridge and is also a nature nonfiction picture book about the world’s tallest tree. Her next projects are a picture book biography and a nonfiction picture book survey of real-life princesses. Carrie would love to connect with you on Twitter @carrieapearson, Pinterest carrieapearson, and at her website http://www.carriepearsonbooks.com.

Felicia Schneiderhan: Open a Vein: The Art of Memoir in Today’s Culture

The quote “Writing is easy: All you do is open a vein and bleed” is attributed to number of famous writers. Whoever actually said it – they may very well have been a memoir writer. Felicia’s presentation will trace some paths of memoir writing today: How to write it (when to spill your guts and when to protect your truth); and where to publish (and even make some cash). Felicia will also discuss the writing process—schedules, writing groups, workshops, and conferences—and read excerpts from her work.

Felicia Schneiderhan is the author of the memoir Newlyweds Afloat: Married Bliss and Mechanical Breakdowns While Living on a Trawler. Her shorter memoir pieces appear in Real Simple, Lake Superior Magazine, and many anthologies and literary journals. She currently writes from her home in Duluth, where she lives with her Yooper husband Mark and three tsunamis who always seem to find the closet she’s writing in. www.feliciaschneiderhan.com

Naomi Rawlings: Life-Altering Surprises, Annoying Sisters, and Running from Danger: Using Various Forms of Conflict to Keep Readers Addicted to Your Novel

When editors, agents, or readers pick up your book, do they find themselves submersed in a story that they can’t put down? This workshop on conflict covers everything from making sure the central conflict is strong enough to sustain a novel-length plot, to starting your story in the right place, to using micro-tension to both keep your book riveting during smaller scenes and relate to your readers.

Naomi Rawlings is the author of ten historical Christian novels, including the Amazon bestselling Eagle Harbor Series. She first started writing in 2008, and to date, her books include four traditionally published novels and six self-published novels. She has been nominated for two Christian publishing awards, enjoys coaching other writers, and moonlights as a novel editor once in a while. She lives with her husband and three children in the Copper Country.

Vickie Fee: How to Write a Mystery in 10 Agonizing Steps

This session will look at the basic elements and structure of the traditional mystery, including: the engaging detective, the body drop, suspicious characters, clues and red herrings, whodunit—and the big payoff.

Vickie Fee is author of the Liv & Di in Dixie cozy mystery series. Her latest release is Til Death Do Us Party.

Upper Peninsula Publishers & Authors Association, http://www.UPPAA.org

Local Author Extravaganza: Snowbound Books, Marquette, MI

Saturday, December 2.

12-2p.m.

  • Russ Magnaghi, author of Upper Peninsula of Michigan: A History
  • Cyndi Perkins, author of More Than You Think You Know
  • Tyler Tichelaar, author of Haunted Marquette

2-4 p.m.

  • Karl Bohnak & Jack Deo, authors of Sunburns to Snowstorms
  • G. Bradley, author of Winter Heart
  • Rich Hill, author of Lost in the Woods
  • Sonny Longtine, author of U.P. People

TV6 Christmas Craft Show, Superior Dome, Marquette, MI

December 8-10. Fri. 5-9 p.m., Sat 10-6, Sun 11-4.

  • Tyler Tichelaar, author of Haunted Marquette
  • Gretchen Preston, author of The Valley Cats series
  • Larry Buege, author of Cold Turkey and Chogan and the Gray Wolf
  • Bart Stupak, author of For All Americans, Sat 1:30-4:30 only
  • Sonny Longtine, author of U.P. People
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