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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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.
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
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