Welcome to my monthly update and thank you for your interest in my writing activities.
Here are the September highlights:
Welcome New Readers from the Big-E – I’m thrilled to have you join us. I hope you find these monthly e-mail updates interesting and useful.
California Times Publishing (CTP) Edition – My Edits are Done! – After reviewing and incorporating over 100 pages of computer-generated edits, I have now finally finished making the changes based on their editor’s comments, which were detailed and insightful. I expect the resulting improvements will be obvious in the new edition. For those who decide to reread Amanda’s Room, I expect you will feel like you are reading the book for the first time.
Celebration Will Be In Order – In addition to a new soft-cover and e-mail versions of the book, California Times Publishing is preparing a new book trailer, a new audio-book and a first-time-ever hard-cover edition of Amanda’s Room. To say I am excited about these developments would be a gross understatement. I am thrilled! To celebrate the “second coming” of this novel, I am thinking about a re-launch event somewhere here in Connecticut. I haven’t started the planning so I don’t have any specifics yet, but I will let you know in upcoming updates as things shape up. One thing I do plan on doing is ordering a supply of the first-edition hard-cover books to sign at the event. I will let you know the price of these books when it is determined and will plan on taking pre-orders for those who would like a signed collector’s copy from the launch.
And the Journey Toward Hollywood Continues – In addition to finishing the editing of the new CTP edition, this month I also finished editing Carl’s screenplay for movie. I loved his ideas and incorporated several of them into the new book re-write. Carl estimates it will be about eight weeks for him to finish the changes and to reduce the length of the screenplay to an ideal size. Then we will be ready to pitch it. Carl already has some contacts with studios he works with but we are open to presenting it to other producers as well. If any of you know of a studio or producer who may be interested in reviewing the screenplay, please contact me and we will be delighted to send them a copy.
Reader’s Edition and the Big-E – I ordered an additional 50 copies of the new Amanda’s Room – Reader’s Edition to bring with me to the Big-E, where I offered both editions for sale. The results were amazing. Reader’s appreciated having a choice of versions that matched their reading preferences. Those who enjoyed the introductory weather-related quotes and discovering the links between them and the story and characters chose the full edition. Those who wanted a straight read that did not take them out of the story chose the Reader’s Edition. As a result, I sold out of more than 100 books by my last day at the Big-E and had to re-order more books for other signing events.
Back to the Bristol Senior Center – Today, October 1, I returned to the Bristol Senior Center, the primary local for the new novel and the place where I wrote most of the draft. After getting feedback from New York agents and editors that the book was not yet ready for publication, I began the process of re-imagining it and I will start re-writing it at the Bristol Senior Center beginning next week. Although this will significantly delay the release, I beg your patience as I am convinced it will be a far better read for it.
And Stage Lights – Still a Question – As I mentioned last month, parallel to my rewrite of Angels Unaware I enrolled in a playwriting course with the intention of writing a short play featuring one of the scenes from the book. Thus far, the time required for other projects has made this one impossible to pursue. I hope to have some definitive information on this initiative in my next update.
Madison Craft Show – Madison CT – Oct 3 – 10am – 4pm – I had to cancel this event because of my book sellout at the Big-E. Other wonderful Connecticut authors will be there and I encourage you to stop by and peruse their book offerings.
Apple Harvest Festival – Harvest the Arts – Southington CT – Oct 11 – 10am – 2pm – Once again I will be on Center Street in Southington signing my books during this annual celebration of the arts. Joan LaRose will be joining me. Joan is a longtime Southington resident and a gifted poet whose book of poems, Journey, was published last year.
Timeless Creativity – Southington Care Center – 45 Meriden Ave. Southington CT – Oct 11 – 2pm – 4pm – This is the third year for this annual celebration of the art and creativity at the Southington Care Center in conjunction with the Harvest the Arts program. Residents, staff and volunteers of the center will be sharing poetry, memoirs, photography and art. I have been co-coordinating the poetry group at the center during this period and the group members will be reading their poems. I encourage any of you in the local area who can make it to attend this important event. Many of the residents at SCC are well into their 80s and 90s, and others are confined to wheelchairs with debilitating conditions, yet the participating members prove that while the body may falter, the mind can remain vibrant and create works of profound beauty. If you have a church group or youth group that can attend together, it would mean a great deal to these hard working and talented individuals. Refreshments will be served, there is ample parking adjacent to the hospital parking lot, and I will be reading two of my award-winning and unpublished poems.
7th Annual Cromwell Craft Fair – Crown Plaza Hotel – Cromwell CT – October 25 – 10am – 4pm – I will be at this indoor craft fair event selling and signing my books. This will be a great opportunity to get a jump on your holiday shopping.
Television Interviews – I have been fortunate to be interviewed on several local access television programs. After each program, the studio has sent me a DVD of the taping but because of my lack of video production expertise, I had no way of posting the information to the web for public viewing. Many thanks to my daughter-in-law Jennifer, of Miceli Productions LLC (MiceliProductions.com), for doing the video magic needed for me to post those interviews to U-Tube for all to see. You can view any of my posted interviews on U-Tube by following the link below:
Book Review – How does this sound for a novel. A person named Amanda, who slept in a pink painted bedroom, dies an untimely death. Her death leads another young woman to an abandoned mansion in a rural community that, from outward appearances, looks haunted. Our heroine is convinced that there is more to the story of the house than what others accept as truth but the more she delves into the house’s history, the more dangerous the situation becomes for her and those around her. Amanda’s Room? No.
I have just finished reading Killarney Traynor’s wonderful first novel, Summer Shadows. As I read it, the coincidental similarities between her book and mine gave me many moments of added delight. Traynor’s novel is a book worth savoring and I have posted an extensive review on Amazon.com and Goodreads. Check out the review and then check out the book. Traynor will be releasing her second book soon and I would expect we will be hearing much more about this talented writer in the future.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UCONN Waterbury Campus
President of OLLI at UCONN for the 2015/2016 Academic Year – The new OLLI fall semester is now underway. Feedback on the fall classes has been excellent and we have had several outstanding speakers during our lunchtime OLLI Café program. On September 30, OLLI program coordinator, Aleta Staton, and I made a presentation to the Connecticut Retired Teachers Association that was enthusiastically received. To obtain more information about this terrific program visit our website at http://olli.uconn.edu/
***SPECIAL NOTE TO INTERESTED AUTHORS, TEACHERS, PRESENTERS AND OTHERS WHO LOVE TO SHARE***: Do you have a special knowledge area you can share? Are you a recognized expert in your field? Have you developed a skill set in a unique hobby, field or avocation? OLLI members are alert and energized and they participate in the classes we offer for the pure enjoyment of learning. They are eager to explore all that life has to offer and greatly appreciate those who are willing to share their expertise. If this is you, we at OLLI would like to talk to you. Contact us and tell us what you might be interested in sharing with our members. We will send you information about the program and the particulars of teaching an OLLI course. We will also include a copy of our current course catalogue and guidelines for submitting a course proposal. You can learn more and request an information packet by contacting the campus by phone at 203-236-9924 or via e-mail at email@example.com. If you have additional questions, you can e-mail me directly and I will be happy to discuss the opportunities further.
A Special Request – If you’ve finished reading Amanda’s Room and have not done so, I’d love to hear your reaction and would very much appreciate your adding your rating and review to those already posted.
Most reviews are posted on Amazon, and you should be able to get there directly from this link: http://www.amazon.com/Amandas-Room-Chuck-Miceli/dp/1475291973
If you are a Nook reader, you can post your review here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/reviews/amandas-room-chuck-miceli/1109800880?ean=2940148886969#reviews-header
And if you are an avid reader, you can share your thoughts, rating and review with other readers on Goodreads at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6492170.Chuck_Miceli
Know someone who has not read Amanda’s Room yet? Copies are available at the following:
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
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