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:
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, 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