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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
- 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.
- 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:
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
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