Southington Summerfest II

I am thrilled to have been invited to participate in the “Southington Summerfest II – Music and Arts Through the Decades” on Saturday, July 12. The event is at the Arts at Angeloria’s, 233 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike in Southington. It’s a lawn picnic type event. Activities and entertainment  will run continuously from about noon to midnight. I will be on “Poets Walk” featuring “Amanda’s Room” and at some point during the day may give a presentation on the “Art of Mystery Writing.” Sounds like a great place to stretch out and take in the atmosphere. More information is on their Facebook page at 

https://www.facebook.com/events/306971442793817/?ref=22

and on the event flyer:  Southington Summerfest II Invite

Mystery Author Night at the Avon Public Library – July 15, 7 pm

On Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 7 pm I will join three other writers for Mystery Author Night at the Avon Free Public Library. The event is free and a special literacy prize pack will be given out to the audience! Other authors include: Cori Lynn Arnold, “Scalding Deceit,” Steve Liskow, “Postcards of the Hanging,” and Carole Shmurak, “Most Likely to Murder.” I will be featuring “Amanda’s Room.” Click on the flyer for additional details.  MysteryFlyer

Up and Coming – July 2014

Hope you had a great Independence Day celebration!

Crafting the Mystery: Tools and Tricks Mystery Writers Use – July 15, 7 – 9 pm, Avon Free Public Library (281 Country Club Rd, Avon, CT). I will be making one of four presentations by Connecticut mystery writers for Mystery Authors Night. Come to learn about the web we mystery authors weave to draw you into our books and to keep you captive until the last page.

New England Authors Exposition – July 30, 10 am – 9 pm, (Doors open to the public 4-9 pm) Danversport Yacht Club (161 Elliott Street (Rte. 62) Danvers, MA). This year I will be attending the Expo in two ways: once again as an author selling and signing my novel, Amanda’s Room, and this year as Vice-president of the American Authors and Publishers Guild (AAPG). Chris Obert, owner of Pear Tree Publishing and organizer of the Expo is also an AAPG board member. I and the other CT AAPG board members will be learning about the Expo this year in order to explore ways in with AAPG can play an expanded role in the Expo’s future.

Where can you get Amanda’s Room?

Local
The Hospital of Central Connecticut, Bradley Memorial Hospital Campus, Gift Shop, 81 Meriden Avenue Southington, CT06489
Tops Market, 887 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Southington, CT06479, (860) 628-8794
The Southington Chamber of Commerce, 1 Factory Sq # 201, Southington, CT 06489, (860) 628-8036
The Bristol Senior Center, 240 Stafford Ave. Bristol, 06010, (860) 584-7895, has copies available to loan to their members.

On-line
Amanda’s Room is available at many on-line sites. Among the most prominent are:
Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle), http://www.amazon.com/Amandas-Room-Chuck-Miceli/dp/1475291973
BarnesandNoble.com (paperback and Nook), http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/amandas-room-chuck-miceli/1109800880
Smashwords.com (multiple e-book formats), https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/131678
Paretreepublishing.net (paperback).

If you have read Amanda’s Room and have not already done so, please consider adding your review to one of the on-line outlet sites. Personal recommendations are one of the best forms of advertising.

Libraries – Paperback copies of Amanda’s Room can be borrowed from the following public libraries:

Connecticut: Southington, Willington, Forestville, Oxford, W. Hartford (Faxon Branch)
Massachusetts: Dudley, Woods Hole
Pennsylvania: Laughlin, Pittston

If your public library carries Amanda’s Room and is not listed above, please notify me and I will add them to the list.

If your local library does not carry Amanda’s Room and you would like them to, please let me know and I will be happy to send them a free copy.

Up and Coming – June 2014

Author FairJune 8, 10 am – 2 pm. The Coventry Regional Farmers’ Market (Nathan Hale Homestead, 2299 South Street, Coventry) An old-fashioned country fair with farmers, produce, home-made pies and preserves, handmade goods, fiddlers, and on Sunday, June 8, twenty Connecticut-based Authors. Come experience what Yankee Magazine calls “New England’s BEST farmers’ market,” and the Boston Globe says, “One of the top 10 things to do in New England this weekend.”  http://coventryfarmersmarket.com/

 

The Story Behind the Stories – Book Reading / Signing – June 18, 1-2 pm, Bristol Senior Center (240 Stafford Ave. Bristol, CT). For the past several months I have spent one to two days each week writing my upcoming literary novel, Injured Angels, at the Bristol Senior Center (where much of the story takes place). Many center members have read or are reading my current paranormal mystery, Amanda’s Room. In this presentation I will discuss the background of both books and sell and sign copies of the current one.

 

American Authors and Publishers Guild (AAPG) – Collaboration Kick-off Event – June 18, 6-9 pm, R. J. Julia Book Sellers (768 Boston Post Rd, Madison, CT). This will launch our new partnership with one of Connecticut’s premier booksellers with monthly featured titles and quarterly book signings of quality independently published books by Connecticut authors.

 

Amanda’s Room E-book Price Reduced – For the first time since its publication, the e-book retail price for Amanda’s Room has been reduced from $2.99 to $0.99 and is available from any of these sites: Amazon.com (Kindle), BarnesandNoble.com (Nook), Smashwords.com (Most e-readers). See below for the specific site addresses)

 

Where can you get Amanda’s Room?

 

Local

The Hospital of Central Connecticut, Bradley Memorial Hospital Campus, Gift Shop, 81 Meriden Avenue Southington, CT06489

Tops Market, 887 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Southington, CT06479, (860) 628-8794

The Southington Chamber of Commerce, 1 Factory Sq # 201, Southington, CT 06489, (860) 628-8036

 

The Bristol Senior Center, 240 Stafford Ave. Bristol, 06010, (860) 584-7895, has copies available to loan to their members.

 

On-line

Amanda’s Room is available at many on-line sites. Among the most prominent are:

Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle), http://www.amazon.com/Amandas-Room-Chuck-Miceli/dp/1475291973

BarnesandNoble.com (paperback and Nook), http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/amandas-room-chuck-miceli/1109800880

Smashwords.com (multiple e-book formats), https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/131678

Paretreepublishing.net (paperback). 

 

If you have read Amanda’s Room and have not already done so, please consider adding your review to one of the on-line outlet sites. Personal recommendations are one of the best forms of advertising.

 

Libraries – Paperback copies of Amanda’s Room can be borrowed from the following public libraries:

 

Connecticut: Southington, Willington, Forestville, Oxford, W. Hartford (Faxon Branch)

Massachusetts: Dudley, Woods Hole

Pennsylvania: Laughlin, Pittston 

 

If your public library carries Amanda’s Room and is not listed above, please notify me and I will add them to the list.

 

If your local library does not carry Amanda’s Room and you would like them to, please have them contact me and I will be happy to send them a free copy.

Up and Coming – May 2014

AMANDA’S ROOM AUDIOBOOK (NARRATED BY RUSSELL JONAS) IS NOW ON SALE

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

  • CAPA-U – Saturday, May 10Hartford Steam Boiler Conference Center

I will be joining with more than a hundred other authors, publishers and agents at this annual day-long writing and publishing conference offered by the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association. There will be many tracks in every specialty.

    • The Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association holds monthly meetings in several regions of Connecticut. They also hold special meetings that focus on issues of networking and marketing and weekly webinars on a wide variety of writing related topics.
    • If you are an aspiring writer and are interested in learning more about CAPA, its services, and the annual CAPA-U Conference, check out their website: Aboutcapa.com, for more information.

 

  • AAPG INAGURAL MEETING, May 29 –  5:30 pm, New Britain Museum of American Art

I am very proud to be vice-president and co-founder of the American Authors and Publishers Guild. This new organization has a very specific focus to raise the quality and visibility of local and independent authors.  We have already begun to work with bookstores, libraries, museums, publishers and many other organizations in CT and surrounding states involved in supporting quality literature. At our inaugural meeting on May 29 we will outline our current initiates and our future plans. More important, we will outline the benefits we provide for our members and participating organizations. 

  • To learn more about AAPG visit our website at:  AAandPG.org

 

  • BOOK READING / SIGNING, June 18 –  1:00 pm, Bristol Senior Center – Room 101

For the past several months I have been writing 1 to 2 days per week at the Bristol Senior Center. Much of the story for my next novel takes place in or around the Center. Many of the center members have read or are reading my current novel, Amanda’s Room. At the reading / signing event, I will explore the “story behind the story” of Amanda’s Room and will also describe my upcoming novel, Injured Angels, including reading excerpts from the book.

 

  • MYSTERY AUTHORS NIGHT – July 15 – 7:00 pm, Avon Free Public Library

I will join three other mystery writers in a series of presentations on the art, craft and life of mystery writing. My presentation will focus on what makes a “page turner” and the tools and tricks mystery writers use to catch and keep their reader’s attention.

 

  • LOCAL AUTHORS BOOK FESTIVAL – August 5 – 6 pm, Avon Free Public Library

I will be joining with 30 other local authors for this event featuring books in every genre.

 

  • NEWTOWN ARTS FESTIVAL – September 13-14 – Newtown CT. More info. to come. 

 

ADDITIONAL OUTLETS FOR AMANDA’S ROOM

  • Amanda’s Room is now also available for loan from the Oxford Public Library

  

Warmest Regards,
Chuck Miceli

Thank You

A fellow author friend shared an important lesson with me yesterday. He commented that he takes the time periodically to thank his readers. After all, that’s the only reason we write, for you the readers. So to all of you who have taken the time to read my book, or listen to the audiobook, or add a review, or pass along a comment to me or someone else about it, my profound thanks.

Agents. Qualified literary gatekeepers?

chuckmmiceli:

Brian’s insights on the role of agents is right on the money. I often find it ironic that many authors who have spent years writing must jump through multiple hoops and humbly request that less experienced agents pass judgement on their work and accept to represent them in order for the agents / publishers to make a greater percentage of the resulting profits then the author. Then, if the book is a literary masterpiece but does not have the right popular twist, it may still be rejected because it lacks income potential, at least in the eyes of the agents. It doesn’t have to be this way. It’s time for a change.

Originally posted on Indie Hero:

A few years ago, Samuel Moffie submitted The Perfect Martini to 100 literary agents. Actually, he submitted 90% of the first twenty pages of Kurt Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions disguised as The Perfect Martini. Any guesses on his success rate? 100 out of 100, right? No. Only one agent responded positively, but that’s because the agent recognized the original author. 99 agents declined. Just to be clear, yes, the critically acclaimed, award-winning, nationally revered Kurt Vonnegut. Rejected.

Agents are concerned with commercial viability, that’s first and foremost. Period. Literary quality is a secondary bonus, if present. Now, if Vonnegut wrote a novel where a dominant vampire becomes master to a naive, submissive, shape-shifting werewolf, I’m sure he would have fared better.

Here’s the point. Why spend months, or even years, writing and submitting queries to agents who are clearly looking the other way? If they passed on Kurt Vonnegut, what chance…

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