Up and Coming – July 2015

Welcome to all current and new members of this monthly update of my writing activities. Thank you and good reading.

Sorry for the delay in posting this but June was an amazing month for my writing activities. Writing is often a solitary endeavor and many marketing and advertising activities can often feel like sending a rocket off into the universe and hoping for some type of response. Well, in June the universe responded! For all of you who have encouraged and supported me for so long, I give a heartfelt thank you. Here are some of the highlights:

Amanda’s Room

Amanda is Moving to California – In mid-June, I received an inquiry from a California Publishing company expressing interest in the original edition of Amanda’s Room and asking if I could send them a manuscript. I did and they responded by saying that after evaluating the book, they believed the concept is marketable and the writing style very good and they made an offer to re-publish the book. On June 26, we entered into a formal contract and have already started working together.

And Getting a Makeover – As part of the contract, the publisher will have an editor re-edit the book, will have designers create a new cover and re-design the interior layout per best-seller practices, will produce a new video trailer, new soft-cover, e-book and audio-book versions, and a first-ever hard-cover edition! Most important, they will advertise and market the book to targeted audiences and help secure new book reviews. I will, of course, be heavily involved in every aspect of the work, but believe me, this is the kind of work I love!

And a Couple Steps Closer to Hollywood – In late June I also received a call from the screenplay writer saying that the draft screenplay for Amanda’s Room was ready. I now have the draft and am currently reviewing it. I am thrilled with what I have read thus far. The goal is to have the final version ready by September. The screenwriter already has a working relationship with a couple California studios and, as a courtesy, wants to pitch it to them first. In addition, if Amanda’s Room hits specific sales quotas, my California publisher will independently pitch it to the Hollywood producers that they work with.  Much, much more to come on these developments in the coming months.

(Injured Angels) – Angels Unaware

Has a New Name – Based upon extensive beta reader feedback, I became convinced that the working title, Injured Angels, gave the wrong impression. Many readers said that the title indicated book might end on a down note and that is definitely not what it is about. Many thanks to my poetry group at the Southington Care Center who discussed the issue thoroughly and helped me identify the new, permanent title and the perfect sub-text for it. From now on, the title for my new book is Angels Unaware. In case that sounds familiar, it should. It comes from Hebrews 13:2 “Forget not to show love unto strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

And a New Voice – Also because of the feedback from my beta readers, I have extensively re-written the first third of the book. While this has been a hell of a lot of work, it has also been well worth it. The chapters are more action oriented and cleaner, the pace is faster and the new story lines are more compelling. I am very proud of what the book is becoming and I firmly believe that those who read it will find it time well spent.

And a Promising Future – As I mentioned in last month’s Up and Coming, I am meeting with two with New York literary agents and a major publishing company editor in August to discuss Angels Unaware. They will be reading the first 40 pages of the new novel (which I have been working on non-stop for the last few weeks) and discussing their impression with me. I’m hoping to impress them enough to secure their interest in publishing the novel.

And Stage Lights? – While I wrote Amanda’s Room for the movie, I have been writing Angels Unaware with the play in mind. I am familiar with plays, having written and directed several over the years. To that end, I have already discussed the project with an equity theater and they are waiting for my draft of the completed manuscript. If they agree it could make a successful play, we will discuss plans for securing a playwright and developing a stage production.

Amanda’s Room – Reader’s Edition 

Something Had to Give – With all of the work going on with the other projects, the new Reader’s Edition has been a neglected child. I put a call into Richard LaPorta of Husky Trail Press to get together and discuss where we’ve been, where we are now and where we will go in the future with this edition. I also need to order additional copies for upcoming signing events. (See below)

Avon Library – Returning Author’s Night – Tuesday, July 21, 7pm – Avon CT  Once again, the Avon Free Public Library in Avon is offering its free summer-long literary series and I feel honored to have been invited back again to speak. I and three other returning authors, Steve Liskow, Carole Shmurak and Cori Lynn Arnold, will be speaking on the series them about “The Reader’s Experience.” If you are interested in how we authors think about you as we are writing, how we tailor our words to meet your expectations and what we try to do to get inside your heads, this free event should be an enlightening and entertaining evening.

New England Author’s Exposition – Wednesday, July 29, 4-9pm – Danversport Yacht Club, Danvers MA.  Once again, I will be selling and signing my books along with over 150 authors, artists and publishers at one of the premier exposition events in the northeast. This year’s event has been expanded to include a ComicCon type expo in a separate area. With so many authors in one place, this is a great place to interact with authors of every genre and discuss the craft with them. Who knows, you may even talk to the next James Patterson or J,K Rowling!

Authors, Artists and Publishers, there is still booth space available at very reasonable rates. For more information, visit their event page, NewEnglandAuthorsExpo on Facebook, or contact Chris Obert at cobert@PearTreePublishing.net or call him at (978) 372-5825.

Authors – Plan to join Chris Obert, others of his planning team members and me the evening before the Expo when I will be facilitating an informal networking event. This will be an opportunity for participating authors to share what, how and why they write. We will explore the obstacles we face as writers, publishers and promoters of our work and the strategies we have employed to overcome them. Join us 6pm for dinner before the meeting at the Grill & Bistro, Danversport Yacht Club, Danvers MA, or at 7pm for the networking meeting. It should be an entertaining and enjoyable evening. After the meeting stick around for music on the patio at this beautiful waterfront venue.

Unicorn Writers’ Conference – Saturday, August 15 – 7:30 AM-8:00 PM – Reid Castle at Manhattanville College. As mentioned earlier, I will be attending this conference and meeting with agents and editors there about my new book, Angels Unaware. Looking forward to it.

Authors: Interested in a writer’s conference that looks worthwhile and very well organized? Then you may want to check this one out. There is still time to register. You can get additional details on their website at http://www.unicornwritersconference.com/

Books and Bevs – Friday, August 28, 6-9 pm, 340 Broad Street Parkade Site, “Under the Tent”, Manchester. I was invited to participate in this exciting sounding event but a previous commitment made it impossible, so I want to pass the information along to my reading and writing friends. At this event, you will sample Bacardi spirit menu items while hearing from authors of some exciting titles how their particular books compliment the beverage. Participants pay $10, which includes the author book readings and beverage samples. What a civilized concept! For more information, contact Wendy Kopp via proseintime@gmail.com

Authors: Looking for a different kind of event to present your books at? Pare your book presentation up with popular drink menu items from the Bacardi line of spirits. Your entry fee is a donation to the benefiting organization, “Reach Out and Read.” This looks like a great, fun event for authors and readers alike. Check out the flyer or contact Wendy via proseintime@gmail.com

Know someone who has not read Amanda’s Room yet? Copies are available at the following:

Important: When the new edition of Amanda’s Room is ready to be published, some previous editions will be unpublished and the price of the newer edition may be higher. If you know someone who has been on the fence about buying it, now might be a good time.

On-line

Amazon.com (Paperback, Kindle and Audio book), 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).

Libraries –

Connecticut: Southington, Willington, Bristol, 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 library does not carry Amanda’s Room and would like to, please let me know and I will be happy to send them a free copy for their collection.

 Local (In Connecticut)

The Hospital of Central Connecticut, Bradley Memorial Hospital Campus, Gift Shop, 81 Meriden Avenue, Southington, CT 06489

Tops Market, 887 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Southington, CT 06479, (860) 628-8794

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

Grace’s Restaurant, 1678 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Milldale, CT,

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

Thanks and Good Reading

Chuck Miceli,

Why I Write

When people ask me if I enjoy writing I tell them honestly that I find writing fulfilling rather than enjoyable and that I write because I need to rather than want to. Even as I say that I have been conflicted by my own words until tonight when I realized that a perfect metaphor exists, which explains the experience. If you asked a woman if she enjoyed giving birth, few if any would say yes, but almost all would say it was one of their most fulfilling experiences. And so, for now, I’ll keep on writing. 

Up and Coming – June 2015

Welcome to all current and new members of this monthly update of my writing activities. Thank you and good reading.

Injured Angels

I have now received the feedback from all of the beta readers. This has been a valuable exercise. When I teach writing, I point out that every author writes the book he or she loves to read, but great authors write the books others want to read. One of the best ways I know for determining what others want to read is to give my draft manuscripts to others and ask them what gets in the way of their enjoyment. When I receive consistent feedback from several readers that a particular aspect of the book is problematic, I pay particular attention to that and make changes accordingly. That should mean that the rest of you will find the book a much more enjoyable read.

Amanda’s Room – Reader’s Edition

I have begun to offer both the original version of Amanda’s Room and the new Reader’s Edition at reading and signing events and have been delighted at the response. Readers have voiced appreciation at having a choice and thus far, the sales of the Reader’s Edition are running at about the same pace as the original. This new “dime store novel” edition omits the weather quotes at the beginning of each chapter, is in a smaller format (5×7 instead of 6×9), is slightly shorter, has cream-color pages instead of white and has a slightly smaller font to appeal to those who wants a faster read. I hope to make it available on-line in the near future.

Avon Library – Returning Author’s Night – Tuesday, July 21, 7pm – Avon CT

I am thrilled to have been invited back again to speak at the Avon Public Library. I and three other returning authors, Steve Liskow, Carole Shmurak and Cori Lynn Arnold, will be speaking about “The Reader’s Experience.” This is part of a larger literary event and the attached flyer provides additional details.

 

New England Author’s Exposition – Wednesday, July 29, 4-9pm – Danversport Yacht Club, Danvers MA.

Once again, I will be selling and signing my books along with over 150 authors, artists and publishers at one of the premier exposition events in the northeast. This year’s event has been expanded to include a ComicCon type expo. If you are an author, artist or publisher, there is still booth space available at very reasonable rates. For more information, contact Chris Obert at PearTree Publishing by visiting the site at http://peartreepublishing.net/events/authors2015info.php

For authors, the evening before the Expo, I will be facilitating a networking event. This will be an opportunity for participating authors to share what, how and why they write. We will explore the obstacles we face as writers, publishers and promoters of our work and the strategies we have employed to overcome them. More information to come.

Unicorn Writers’ Conference – Saturday, August 15 – 7:30 AM-8:00 PM – Reid Castle at Manhattanville College.

While I have been aware of this conference for several years, this is the first time I will be attending. The conference agenda looks worthwhile and very well organized. In particular, I am looking forward to three half-hour meetings I have scheduled – two with New York literary agents and another with a major publishing company editor. They will be reading the first 40 pages of my new novel and sharing their impressions with me. I am hoping this will help toward the novel’s publication. More details to come.

That’s all there is to report right now. I hope this finds you and yours happy and healthy.

Know someone who has not read Amanda’s Room yet? Copies are available at the following:

On-line

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).

 

Libraries –

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

In Massachusetts: Dudley, Woods Hole

In 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 library does not carry Amanda’s Room and would like to, please let me know and I will be happy to send them a free copy for their collection.

 

Local (In Connecticut)

The Hospital of Central Connecticut, Bradley Memorial Hospital Campus, Gift Shop, 81 Meriden Avenue, Southington, CT 06489

Tops Market, 887 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Southington, CT 06479, (860) 628-8794

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

Grace’s Restaurant, 1678 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Milldale, CT,

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

 

Thanks and Good Reading

Chuck Miceli,

authorchuckmiceli.com

Up and Coming – May 2015

Injured Angels – I have completed all of the notes from my first round of beta readers, made substantial changes to the original manuscript as a result, and created and distributed the final review manuscripts. My sincere thanks to all of the beta readers for their time and input. The first round beta readers include: Ruth Boss, Mary Casey, Anne Yuhas, Janet Ebert, Toni Escott, Grace Grab, Sadie MacDonald, Robert Grady, and Evelyn Marshak. The second round reviewers include: Chuck Motes, Shirley Bloethe, Dawn Miceli, Peter Smith, Diane Smith, Joan LaRose, Marion Gifford, Carol Slauenwhite, Julie Norko, Chris Obert and Dennis Schleicher. Thanks to them, end readers won’t have to wade through all of the warts that come with the early drafts. I have a meeting scheduled with an agent in May and I am still aiming toward summer for publication. In the meantime, here are some other activities I am involved in that may be of interest.

Amanda’s Room – Reader’s Edition is now officially published! As a reminder, this new edition omits the weather quotes at the beginning of each chapter, is in a smaller format (5×7 instead of 6×9), is slightly shorter, has tan pages instead of white and has a slightly smaller font. It is the “dime store novel” version of the book, which appeals to those who wants a faster read. The bar code problem, which prevented venues from properly cataloguing the copies, has been corrected thanks to the publisher, Richard LaPorta of Husky Trail Press, who worked with Ingram to correct the issue. In the meantime, I offered copies to readers at the “Made in Connecticut” fare in Durham and was thrilled with their response. As many readers bought the new Reader’s Edition as the original format, and were delighted at the opportunity to choose the version that best matched their reading style.  Readers will be able to purchase either edition and have them signed at my upcoming live events and can now order copies directly through their favorite book stores and libraries.

In my spare time? I had the opportunity to play a surgeon in a commercial for the electronics company, Sennheiser produced by Miceli Productions. My son, Mike, and daughter-in-law, Jenn, are the principles. Several other family members are also featured in the video, including Jenn, two granddaughters and my niece. The product is a high quality digital microphone with companion software that supports the Apple family of products, including I-Phones and I-Pads. Slightly over three minutes long, this commercial is designed for direct promotion and the web rather than television. It was featured at the NAB trade show in Las Vegas and then at Elektronika in Germany. The link to the video is http://hubs.ly/y0J8l80

CAPA-University – May 9, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Hartford Steam Boiler Conference Center, 1 State Street, Hartford CT. I am very pleased to be presenting the workshop The First Five Pages at this year’s event. The $150 cost for the full day includes lunch and parking. The keynote speaker, Hank Phillippi Ryan, is a best-selling author, winner of numerous mystery awards, the Library Journal’s top book for 2014, and 32 Emmys for investigative journalism. To learn more about the conference and/or to register, visit http://aboutcapa.com/capa-u/. To read more about my specific presentation go to: http://aboutcapa.com/capa-u/speaker-chuck-miceli/ .

Avon Library – Returning Author’s Night – Tuesday, July 21, 7pm – Avon CT

I am thrilled to have been invited to speak again at the Avon Public Library. This is a very professionally planned and run event. I and three other authors, Steve Liskow, Carole Shmurak and Cori Lynn Arnold, will be speaking about “The Reader’s Experience.” Last year’s presentations were a tremendous success, which the library staff and patrons said, “exceeded” their expectations. I fully expect this year’s presentations to be even better. More information to come.

New England Author’s Festival – Wednesday, July 29, 4-9pm – Danversport Yacht Club, Danvers MA.

Once again, I will be selling and signing my books along with over 150 authors, artists and publishers at one of the premier exposition events in the northeast. This year’s event has been expanded to include a ComicCon type expo in a dedicated space. If you are an author, artist or publisher, there is still booth space available at very reasonable rates. For more information, contact Chris Obert at PearTree Publishing by visiting the site at http://peartreepublishing.net/events/authors2015info.php

Know someone who has not read Amanda’s Room yet? Copies are available at the following:

On-line

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).

 

Libraries –

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

In Massachusetts: Dudley, Woods Hole

In 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 library does not carry Amanda’s Room and would like to, please let me know and I will be happy to send them a free copy for their collection.

Local (In Connecticut)

The Hospital of Central Connecticut, Bradley Memorial Hospital Campus, Gift Shop, 81 Meriden Avenue, Southington, CT 06489

Tops Market, 887 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Southington, CT 06479, (860) 628-8794

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

Grace’s Restaurant, 1678 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Milldale, CT,

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

Thanks and Good Reading

Chuck Miceli,

authorchuckmiceli.com

Up and Coming – April 2015

Injured Angels – I continue to spend most of my writing time editing the manuscript for my newest book, Injured Angels. I have reviewed all of the notes from my first round of beta readers and made substantial changes to the original manuscript as a result. I would like to acknowledge and thank all of the beta readers for their input. These people get to see all of the warts in my writing so that the rest of you do not have to. They are: Ruth Boss, Mary Casey, Anne Yuhas, Janet Ebert, Toni Escott, Grace Grab, Sadie MacDonald, Robert Grady, and Evelyn Marshack. My progress toward completing the book has slowed somewhat because of a home renovation project. Each spring we humans, like ants and other insects, engage in a flurry of activities after our long winter slow down. I am still aiming toward summer for publication. In the meantime, here are some other activities I am involved in that may be of interest.

Amanda’s Room – Reader’s Edition is published – Sort Of. While I have a box of copies of the new Amanda’s Room – Reader’s Edition in my car, you will not find them at your local bookstore or library just yet. There is a problem with the bar code, which does not allow venues to catalogue the copies correctly. Richard LaPorta of Husky Trail Press, the publisher, is working with Ingram to correct the problem. In the meantime, I wanted to make copies available to readers at my direct signing events, so I ordered them with the current bar code. Readers will be able to purchase either edition and have them signed at the upcoming events listed below.

Next Door Authors Fair – Bristol Library, 5 High Street, Bristol – April 15 – 7-9 pm. I will join 15 other authors from the Bristol CT area in this fair celebrating National Library Week, 2015. While my current novel, Amanda’s Room, takes place in the Catskill area of New York, my newest book, Injured Angels, is centered in and around Bristol CT. Several of the authors will give brief presentations and light refreshments will be served.

Made in CT Expo – Durham Fair Grounds – April 18 and 19 – 11 am – 6 pm.  Although this fair runs Saturday and Sunday, I will only be there on Sunday, April 19 from 11am to 6pm. There will be several other Connecticut authors each day of the fair, along with over 150 Connecticut retail companies, crafters, food and beverage producers, artists and artisans. If the weather (and Amanda) cooperates, it should be a great activity for a spring family outing. Admission is only $3.00 and children are free. You can get additional information about the fair on their Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1615956221972369/

A Star is Born?Not likely. However, I was pleased to participate in another video commercial for Miceli Productions. My son, Mike, and daughter-in-law, Jenn, are the principles and one of their services is business commercials. A couple years ago, Judy and I appeared in several television commercials for Evergreen Nurseries. This past week I had the opportunity to play a surgeon in a commercial for the electronics company, Sennheiser.   It features a new product the company is rolling out next week. Several other family members are also featured, including Jenn and two granddaughters. I cannot say now what the product is, but it will support the Apple family of products, including I-Phones and I-Pads. Slightly over three minutes long, this commercial is designed for direct promotion and the web rather than television. It will be featured at the upcoming NAB trade show in Las Vegas and then at Elektronika in Germany. I hope to include a link to the video next month.

Speaking of Television. Many thanks to Tracy Rotkiewicz for interviewing me, March 11, for her cable television program, Broad Mind. I had a great time during the interview. Tracy’s questions made it easy to talk and the time went by quickly. If interested, you can view the interview on Win-TV at http://win-tv.org/whats-on-win-tv/win-tv-on-demand/broad-mind.  You can also learn more about the interview and Tracy’s show on her Broad Mind Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/BroadMindTV

Voices and Visions, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), University of Connecticut, 99 East Main Street, Waterbury, CT.  Our editorial committee, which I co-chair, is meeting every Friday to prepare the publication of our fifth anniversary volume. It will once again feature the prose, poetry, visual arts and photography of participating OLLI members. Filled with wit, wisdom and beauty, the publication provides a visual feast and a literary banquet for the soul. The University of Connecticut continues to provide funding to maintain the high quality of the journal. To request a copy or one of a limited number of past volumes, contact OLLI at UCONN, Waterbury. Email: osher@uconn.edu or call 203-236-9924 or 203-236-9925. For more information on the OLLI program, visit the website at http://www.olli.uconn.edu

May 9, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., CAPA-University, Hartford Steam Boiler Conference Center, 1 State Street, Hartford CT. Each year, this conference provides a wealth of resources. I am very pleased to be one of the presenters for this year’s event. The cost for the full day is $150 and includes lunch and parking. To learn more and/or to register visit http://aboutcapa.com/capa-u/.To read more about my specific presentation go to http://aboutcapa.com/capa-u/speaker-chuck-miceli/.  The schedule for the day is as follows:

  • Breakfast
  • KEYNOTE SPEECH – Hank Phillippi Ryan. Best-selling author, Ryan, has won numerous mystery awards, the Library Journal’s top book for 2014, and 32 Emmys for investigative journalism.
  • AGENTS PANEL – Agents listen to pitches and answer questions about getting your book published.
  • FIVE MORNING SESSIONS: *Picture Books *Young Adult* Outlining for Authors* Editors’ Panel – Editors on Editing *How to Get Your Books Into Libraries, Bookstores, and Specialty Stores.
  • Luncheon
  • THE WRITERS IDOL COMPETITION – A chance to get the first page of your manuscript judged by agents anonymously.
  • FIVE EARLY AFTERNOON SESSIONS: *Speculative Fiction *Writing a Mystery Series, *Life Support for Writers…Money, Money, Money *Preparing Books for Print and E-books * Social Media and Traditional Book Marketing for Mainstream and Self-Published Authors.
  • Afternoon Break
  • FIVE LATE AFTERNOON SESSIONS: *Memoir *The First Five Pages *Scrivener Software Inspiration to Publication *The Different Approaches to Publishing Your Book *Seven Simple Things You Can Do to Market Your Books Online
  • THROUGHOUT THE DAY: 10-minute one-on-one meetings with agents.
  • The end of day wrap-up and raffle for prizes

 

Know someone who has not read Amanda’s Room yet? Copies are available at the following:

On-line

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).

 

Libraries –

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

In Massachusetts: Dudley, Woods Hole

In 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 library does not carry Amanda’s Room and would like to, please let me know and I will be happy to send them a free copy for their collection.

 

Local (In Connecticut)

The Hospital of Central Connecticut, Bradley Memorial Hospital Campus, Gift Shop, 81 Meriden Avenue, Southington, CT 06489

Tops Market, 887 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Southington, CT 06479, (860) 628-8794

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

Grace’s Restaurant, 1678 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Milldale, CT,

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

 

Thanks and Good Reading

Chuck Miceli,

authorchuckmiceli.com

My Interview on Broad Mind

Here is my interview on Broad Mind with Tracy Rotkiewicz​. Thanks Tracy for a great interview! If you are interested in the background for all of my major book projects, this interview covers them extremely well. http://win-tv.org/whats-on-win-tv/win-tv-on-demand/broad-mind.

Tracy did an excellent job of leading the interview so as to cover a broad array of topics involving the personal motivation behind each of my writing projects and for that I am extremely thankful.

Up and Coming – March 2015

I am spending most of my time lately editing the manuscript for my newest book, Injured Angels, and I am pleased to be making real progress toward completion. I am still looking toward summer for publication. In the meantime, here are some other activities I am involved in that may be of interest.

March 15, 9 am – 5 pm, New England Craft Show, Aqua Turf Club, 556 Mulberry Street, Plantsville, CT (Exit 28 from I-84 east, exit 29 from I-84 west). I will be doing book signings at this 14th annual indoor event. The beautiful Aqua Turf banquet and convention facility will host over 200 crafters, including several Connecticut authors.

Voices and Visions, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), University of Connecticut, 99 East Main Street, Waterbury, CT.  I am on the OLLI Leadership Council, an active OLLI member and once again proud to co-chair the editorial committee for this annual literary and arts journal. Volume 5 will again feature the prose, poetry, visual arts and photography of participating OLLI members. Filled with wit, wisdom and beauty, the publication provides a visual feast and a literary banquet for the soul. The University of Connecticut continues to provide funding to maintain the high quality of the journal and a limited number of past volumes are available free by contacting OLLI at UCONN, Waterbury. Email: osher@uconn.edu or call 203-236-9924 or 203-236-9925. For more information on the OLLI program, visit the website at www.olli.uconn.edu

May 9, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., CAPA-U, Hartford Steam Boiler Conference Center, 1 State Street, Hartford CT

The mission of the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association is to help writers succeed in authoring, editing, publishing and marketing their work. I have been a CAPA member for many years and have benefited through information and inspiration. Each year, their annual conference —CAPA University—provides a wealth of resources. I am very pleased to be one of the presenters for this year’s event. The cost for the full day is $150 and includes lunch and parking. To learn more and/or to register visit http://aboutcapa.com/capa-u/. To read more about my specific presentation go to http://aboutcapa.com/capa-u/speaker-chuck-miceli/.  The schedule for the day is as follows:

  • Breakfast
  • KEYNOTE SPEECH – Hank Phillippi Ryan. Best-selling author, Ryan, has won numerous mystery awards, the Library Journal’s top book for 2014, and 32 Emmys for investigative journalism.
  • AGENTS PANEL – Agents listen to pitches and answer questions about getting your book published.
  • FIVE MORNING SESSIONS: *Picture Books *Young Adult* Outlining for Authors* Editors’ Panel – Editors on Editing *How to Get Your Books Into Libraries, Bookstores, and Specialty Stores.
  • Luncheon
  • THE WRITERS IDOL COMPETITION – A chance to get the first page of your manuscript judged by agents anonymously.
  • FIVE EARLY AFTERNOON SESSIONS: *Speculative Fiction *Writing a Mystery Series, *Life Support for Writers…Money, Money, Money *Preparing Books for Print and E-books * Social Media and Traditional Book Marketing for Mainstream and Self-Published Authors.
  • Afternoon Break
  • FIVE LATE AFTERNOON SESSIONS: *Memoir *The First Five Pages *Scrivener Software Inspiration to Publication *The Different Approaches to Publishing Your Book *Seven Simple Things You Can Do to Market Your Books Online
  • THROUGHOUT THE DAY: 10-minute one-on-one meetings with agents.
  • The end of day wrap-up and raffle for prizes

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Know someone who has not read Amanda’s Room yet? Copies are available at the following:

On-line

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).

Libraries –

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

In Massachusetts: Dudley, Woods Hole

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

Local (In Connecticut)

The Hospital of Central Connecticut, Bradley Memorial Hospital Campus, Gift Shop, 81 Meriden Avenue, Southington, CT 06489

Tops Market, 887 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Southington, CT 06479, (860) 628-8794

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

Grace’s Restaurant, 1678 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Milldale, CT,

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

 

 

 

 

Thanks and Good Reading

Chuck Miceli,

authorchuckmiceli.com