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