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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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Deer Tales - 20th Anniversary Edition

Deer Tales – 20th Anniversary Edition

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of publication of a popular series of Michigan deer hunting books, Smith Publications in Marquette has printed a special collector’s edition of the first book in the series. Book 1 of Great Michigan Deer Tales continues to be the best selling title of the series, which now includes six books. Each of the 128-page volumes contains a different collection of true short stories about the biggest bucks bagged by hunters in the state.

The 20th anniversary edition of Book 1 is the fifth printing of the title. Approximately 15,000 copies of the book have been sold, but there are an estimated 750,000 deer hunters in Michigan, so there are still plenty of deer hunters who haven’t read the book.

The first book in the series was originally printed in 1994 to commemorate 100 years of licensed deer hunting in Michigan. The state’s first deer licenses were issued in 1895. Preserving the stories about how, where, when and by whom the state’s biggest bucks were bagged was considered a fitting way to honor the proud tradition of deer hunting in the state by the author.

Veteran outdoor writer Richard P. Smith of Marquette is the author of Great Michigan Deer Tales, and his wife, Lucy La Faive, is the publisher. When the pair published the first book, they had no idea how well it would be received. Since most deer hunters dream about shooting “the big one,” they knew the effort was worth a try.

It didn’t take long for the couple to realize printing the book was a good idea. The 5,000 copies they had printed sold out within the first few months. They printed another 5,000 copies the following year and those were also sold.

The introduction promised that if the book proved to be popular enough, a second book with more big buck stories would be printed, and it was. Since Michigan deer hunters bag a new batch of big bucks every year and create a new collection of great deer tales, it only made sense to add to what had been started. So a new book was added to the series every three or four years.

The stories are based on interviews Smith does with the hunters who bag the biggest bucks in the state every year. Only the best of the best make it into the books. Most of the stories in the books contain at least one important lesson that hunters can learn from reading them. Some of the stories are full of advice that hunters can benefit from.

Photos of live bucks with impressive antlers that were taken by Smith, who is also an accomplished wildlife photographer, grace the cover of each of the six books in the series. A banner across the top right hand corner of the cover of the books identifies the number in the series. When Book 1 was originally published, however, the author and publisher didn’t know there was going to be a Book 2, so there was no banner on the cover of that title.

A banner labeling Book 1 appropriately was added to the 20th anniversary edition. A gold label that says “20th Anniversary Edition” in the lower right hand corner also clearly identifies the collector’s edition of the book. The cover isn’t the only thing that was changed on the anniversary edition. The contents of the book were also updated and new photos were added to make it even better than it was.

Many hunters who have read the book say its contents help get them get pumped up for the coming season. Plenty of deer camps contain copies of one or more of Great Michigan Deer Tales. Some hunters even take the books with them to their blinds to help pass the time while they wait for their “big one” to arrive.

As it says on the back cover of Book 1, “If you are interested in bagging a book buck in Michigan, studying this collection of success stories will help make it happen. There’s no better way to learn than from those who have already accomplished the feat.”

Copies of Great Michigan Deer Tales can be ordered through any bookstore. They are also available in some sporting goods stores and gift shops across the state. Autographed copies can be ordered through the author’s website: www.richardpsmith.com. The mail order price for Book 1 from the author is $15.50 and a complete set of the six books is available for the special price of $72 postpaid. Special pricing is also available from the author for multiple books. For those who prefer not to order online, orders can be sent to 814 Clark St., Marquette, MI 49855.

Great Michigan Deer Tales: Book 1
by Richard P. Smith
Smith Publications
ISBN13# 978-0-9617407-5-7
ISBN10# 0-9617407-5-2
Retail Price: $11.95
Mail Order Price: $15.50 (includes tax & postage)
Special Pricing for sets of books


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Westwood Mall, Marquette Michigan

Westwood Mall, Marquette Michigan

Dear Fellow U.P. Author,

The U.P. Publishers and Authors Association, Gretchen Preston, and I would like to invite you to participate in the Second Annual U.P. Authors Day Book Fair.

Date and Time: Saturday, October 4, 2014 12 noon – 6 pm.

Where: Westwood Mall, Marquette, Michigan

Table Fee: $50

Join your colleagues to celebrate U.P. Authors Day at our book fair extravaganza! This event will be highly publicized and the Westwood Mall plans to use the table fees to advertise the event. We hope to have a large turnout of authors, last year we had twenty-three, and get a jumpstart on our holiday book sales.

Please note that you must commit to attending for six hours of the event. Registration deadline is September 19, but the sooner you register and we have a list of attendees, the sooner we can begin promoting the event and the more likely your name will be included in the promotional material.

Please let me know if you plan to attend. Attached is the form to fill out and mail along with your check to the Westwood Mall.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Also, feel free to pass on the information to any other local authors you know. Hope to see you there!

Tyler Tichelaar
President, Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association http://www.uppaa.org
tyler@marquettefiction.com or president@uppaa.org

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Copper Harbor, Michigan

Copper Harbor, Michigan


Summer Writers Workshop Now Offering Buddy Discounts & Scholarships  

EVENT DATE:   JULY 19-20, 2014
PHONE:   (906) 370-5358
COPPER HARBOR – Aspiring and experienced writers both are encouraged to jump-start their creativity by attending the Keweenaw Writers Workshop in Copper Harbor, July 19-20.  This year, need-based scholarships will be offered, as well as  generous “buddy discounts” (bring a friend and each gets a reduced rate).   This relaxing, weekend retreat will be held at the Willow Wisp Cottage and includes refreshments, writing workshops in either poetry or travel/life writing, and an evening presentation by visiting poet Randy Freisinger.   The theme this year is “The Wandering Word.”   Over the weekend, workshop participants may enroll in additional activities designed to enhance creativity such as songwriting, yoga, meditation,  QiJong, and guided nature hikes.    For specific information or to register, please see:   http://www.keweenawwritersworkshop.com/index.html  or  call:   (906) 370-5358.

Workshop Descriptions:
The Wandering Word:   Poetry & Transformation
Words are our common spark, the familiar roost, the nest we have built together and from which each of us can fly. This workshop will hone your skills with imagery and language, broaden your scope, and rekindle your creative energy.
Workshop Leader: Laura Smyth, MFA Columbia University’s Creative Writing Program
The Wandering Word:   Travel & Life Writing  
Writing takes us places – sometimes south of the border, sometimes deep within ourselves.   This workshop is designed to help you access those places, bringing your memories to life in personal essays, short stories, travel memoir, and more.
Workshop Leader:   Suzanne Van Dam (MFA University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Creative Writing Program).
The workshops will be held concurrently and include reading, discussion, the chance for participants to share and receive feedback on their work, and writing prompts designed to  help writers overcome the intimidation of the blank page. Class size is limited to 12, so interested writers are encouraged to register early to hold a place.
About the Workshop Leaders:
Laura Smyth, the instructor for  Poetry and Transformation,  was awarded a Fellowship to attend Columbia University’s Creative Writing Program and while living in New York City had the opportunity to work with a broad array of poets including Diane Ackerman, Quincy Troupe, Anne Lauterbach, Jane Copper, Molly Peacock, and Derek Walcott. She worked as an editorial assistant at the renowned  Parnassus: Poetry In Review, and participated in a Master’s Class in poetry conducted by the poet Amy Clampitt at New York’s 92nd Street Y Poetry Center. Laura’s poetry has been included in several anthologies, literary magazines, online journals, and recent work has been nominated for the 2014 Pushcart Prize. Her teaching experience includes adjunct work at Finlandia University’s Suomi School of Arts and Science, International School of Art and Design, and Gogebic Community College. She is also the Creative Director for two small publishing companies located on the Keweenaw Peninsula:  Thimbleberry Press  and  Mudminnow Press.
Suzanne Van Dam, the instructor for  Travel & Life Writing,  is an Associate Professor of Language & Literature at Finlandia University where she teaches English and creative writing.  She earned both a B.A. and an M.A. in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.F.A. from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Creative Writing Program.  Van Dam has lived abroad in Tanzania, Malaysia, and Mexico, and has traveled widely.   She’s recently completed a novel and received an Honorable Mention  for an essay in the  New Millennium  Writings  competition.   Her work has appeared in  Traverse Magazine,  Further North,  Mothering,  Ceramics Monthly,Running Times,  The U.P. Environment,  and elsewhere.

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Peter White Public Library (Marquette, Michigan)

Details of the UPPAA’s Spring Meeting in Marquette, Michigan on May 17th, 2014  have just been released.  Please register now so you are guaranteed a seat at the event!

The schedule is still tentative but here is the working draft:

10:00 – 10:30 – registration

10:30 – 10:45 – opening remarks

10:45 – 12:00
Children’s Book Industry 101: Terms, Conventions, and How it Works – Carrie Pearson, Shiras Room
Public Speaking 101 – Frida Waara, Community Room

12:00 – 1:00
A Beginner’s Guide to Blogging – Dara Beevas and Amy Quale, Community Room
How to Profit from Your Self-Published Book – Nicole Fende, Shiras Room

1:00 – 2:00 – lunch and short business meeting – election of new officers

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
How Successful Authors Sell More Books Using Social Media – Dara Beevas and Amy Quale, Community Room
Working with a Bookstore – Lee LaForge, Shiras Room

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Working with a Printer vs. Print-On-Demand – Cheryl Corey, Shiras Room
Writing Fiction: Character Development, Point of View, and Plot – Donna Winters, Jenifer Brady, and Tyler Tichelaar, Community Room

 4:00 p.m. Networking and cleanup

Session Descriptions:

Children’s Book Industry 101: Terms, Conventions, and How It Works

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).

Public Speaking 101

Frida Waara will draw on her years of experience in public speaking to discuss the basics of engaging your audience when speaking. Besides sharing tips and techniques, she will give feedback to participants who want to practice their short elevator pitches about their books. Participants are asked to attend prepared with a short one minute elevator pitch about their books to be critiqued.

A Beginner’s Guide to Blogging

Blogging is all about getting your voice heard on your terms, but did you also know that it’s a great tool for creating an author platform, connecting with an audience, marketing a project, and even creating content for a book? Discover how you can use a blog’s unstructured format to your advantage and make your voice go viral.

How to Profit from Your Self-Published Book

Self-publishing can be a great way to bring your book to market. Done right it can generate a modest profit (sometimes even before you publish). Done wrong it can be one big money pit. Learn some easy to implement ways to get your book to pay for itself. Presented by self-published author and small business finance expert Nicole Fende, a.k.a. The Numbers Whisperer ™.

How Successful Authors Sell More Books Using Social Media

Subscription lists. Giveaways. Guest posts. Being a bestselling author requires more than just a great book; it requires a bestselling brand. Navigating the waters of social media can make it happen, but you need to know what tips and tricks make it really stick. Some tools are better than others, and this talk will help you discover which ones are right for you.

Working with a Bookstore

Lee LaForge, manager of the Marquette Book World, will share how bookstores decide what books to carry, how you can work with bookstores to get your book in the inventory, ordering and payment policies, book signings, and why customers may choose your book over another, or not.

Working with a Printer vs. Print-On-Demand

Cheryl Corey of book printer McNaughton-Gunn will cover the most recent developments in printing and self-publishing. She will explain what you need to know when working with a printer from paper selection to binding styles, and the pros and cons of using print-on-demand technology versus traditional offset printing.

Writing Fiction: Character Development, Point of View, and Plot

Novelists Donna Winters, Jenifer Brady, and Tyler Tichelaar will discuss three major components of writing fiction—character development, point of view, and plot—including how they make decisions on these components and what is needed to make them effective. They also will share their own writing tips and experiences as well as theories about writing fiction and mistakes people should avoid when writing novels.

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Gretchen Preston, author of Valley Cats, and her illustrator Karin Neumann appeared at Snowbound Books in Marquette, Michigan on February 15th 2014

Gretchen Preston with illustrator Karin Neumann

Gretchen Preston with illustrator Karin Neumann

Floyd, Gretchen Preston's Service Dog, with Valley Cats

Floyd, Gretchen Preston’s Service Dog, with Valley Cats

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Start: 02/15/2014 1:00 pm  in Downtown Marquette Michigan

118 N 3rd St Marquette Township, MI 49855

We are thrilled to host the launch party of Gretchen’s newest Valley Cats adventure.
Book List

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