I HAVE MOVED. PLEASE JOIN ME AT MY NEW LOCATION – AUTHORCHUCKMICELI.COM

Hello Friends,

This will be the last blog post on my “Something Significant” site.

In case you have been wondering why I haven’t posted on my Something Significant blog for some time, I apologize for not writing sooner. Back in August I was feeling overwhelmed by the need to keep up with the various social media I was on. I found that I was spending so much time publicizing about my writing that I had very little time to actually do writing, which is why I started down this road in the first place. I also realized that most of my blog posts were focusing on my writing activities rather than on personal opinions or helpful information.

With the help of my son, Jason, I consolidated all of my author information on a single site: my author’s website at AuthorChuckMiceli.com. In addition, I moved my monthly newsletter to the Mailchimp.com platform, which allows me, even with my limited technical expertise, to include much more in the way of pictures and graphics and to easily syndicate the post to my other social media sites.

If you have valued receiving my monthly “Up and Coming” posts, would like to continue them and haven’t been lately, please visit my website at AuthorChuckMiceli.com and go to my Events page. There you will find all of my posts since August and a sign-up form to receive the monthly updates automatically to your e-mail. You should be able to go directly to that page on my site by clicking on the the link below:

AuthorChuckMiceli.com/Events

If the link doesn’t work for you, you can simply copy the address and past it into your browser to get there. The sign-up form is at the top of the page.

Thank you for being part of my author/blog community and at this wonderful time of the year let me take this opportunity to wish you and yours all the joys of the holiday season and a happy and healthy New Year,

Warmest Regards,

Chuck Miceli

 

Up and Coming – July / August 2016

Hello Everyone,

I welcome your input regarding these postings. If there a particular area you would like more information on or something you would like to see included, reduced or removed please contact me. If you or someone you know would like to be added to my regular e-mail list, simply send a request to AuthorChuckMiceli@gmail.com and I will be happy to make the addition.

For New, Aspiring or Established Authors

If you are available, consider joining me and over 100 other authors at the New England Author’s Expo in Danvers Ma. This year, Chris has organized a series of workshops during the setup and networking time specifically for authors and publishers. I will be joined by authors, Mandi Lynn and Stephanie Queen for an open discussion on, “The Business of Being an Author.” The doors are open to the public for free admission from 4 to 9 pm and will include a series of special presentations by guest celebrity authors. Information and registration is available on the website at: http://www.newenglandauthorsexpo.com/.

Amanda’s Room:

I was scheduled to meet with Richard LaPorta of Husky Trail Press to initiate the republishing the Amanda’s Room Reader’s Edition through Ingram under the Hitchcock Lake Publications imprint. Unfortunately Richard pulled his back and I became immersed with other projects so that meeting has had to be rescheduled. More to come.

I often get letters from people who have read Amanda’s Room but not all of those comments make it to Amazon.com or one of the other review sites. Just in case, I’ve decided to include some of them here, because frankly, they are one of the best parts about writing. Here is the latest one from Michelle R.

Hi Chuck,

I apologize for the delay in sending you this note.  I met you in the airport and purchased your book “Amanda’s Room” in late April.  I read the book in 3 days.  It was a true page turner and I could not put it down, often stealing 30 minutes here and there until I finished it. Please let me know if you have any additional books.  I would love to read them.

Thanks Michelle.

Thank you for the kind words Michelle. My next book, Injured Angels, is still in the works. I’ll post when it’s available.

Injured Angels

Speaking of Injured Angels, I was challenged by fellow author, Leesa Freeman, to post on Facebook the first lines of each of the three first chapters of my upcoming book. I’ve also included my response below:

(Spoiler alert: My upcoming book, Injured Angels, will be authored under the pen name, Charlotte Mitchell, since it is being told in the first person by my female protagonist.)

  1. “May I Have This Dance?” It seems unbelievable now but three lifetimes ago, it started just that way.
    2. Frank was an optimist. When he told Harvey that I was the future Mrs. Russo, he had no way of knowing how the past and the future would conspire against us to keep that from happening.
    3. That wasn’t all there was to it. I loved Frank and there was no way I was going to stop seeing him.

Upcoming Events:

Presentation and Book Sale / Signing, July 27, New England Author’s Expo (NEAE) : Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St, Danvers, MA 01923

July 27, 2016 marks the tenth year of the NEAE annual event and the fourth year I will be participating. Run by Chris Obert, author and owner of Pear Tree Publishing, the NEAE attracts authors, publishers, illustrators and other writing professionals from throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut and other New England states. The location of the event is a posh, amazing venue. It also provides a terrific opportunity for networking with the other participants and with radio and cable television hosts and celebrity authors. Information and registration is available on the website at: http://www.newenglandauthorsexpo.com/.

Book Discussion for Amanda’s Room at Paul Gregory’s Restaurant, 148 Center Street, Southington, CT. is scheduled there for September 14, 2:00 – 4:00 pm. This is a follow-up to the Book Sale and Signing that took place on June 15. Paul Gregory’s is now another regular outlet for sales of Amanda’s Room. If you have already read the book and would like to join in on the September 14 discussion, call Paula at the restaurant Monday through Friday till 3 pm and tell her you plan to attend. The number is 860-621-9999.

New E-mail format and AuthorChuckMiceli.com Website:

My major activity lately has been working with my son, Jason, on revising and updating my website, my e-mail formatting and the rest of my social media. Several of the sites have new, more consistent names, new / updated information and added functionality. We still have a long way to go but the new ones should be more dynamic with better graphics and the new website should be a delight to visit. Expect more interesting and useful information in the near future. More to come.

Well, that does it for now. I hope this finds you and yours happy and well. Until the next time,

Warmest Regards,

Chuck

 

Up and Coming – May / June 2016

Are You a New, Aspiring or Established Author?

Check at the bottom of this month’s alert for information on organizations and publications of interest to writing professionals.

Now on to what’s Up and Coming. As will be self-evident from the following, I am entering into one of the busiest times of my year.

Injured Angels:

Thanks to fans who keep asking how it’s coming and to a writer’s group that holds my feet to the fire for ongoing productivity, I am working more steadily on the new book each week. There is still much rewriting to go but it’s moving forward. More to come.

Amanda’s Room:

The movie: I will be meeting with the screenwriter, Carl Guerra, on the morning of May 11 to plan out our next steps. We welcome inquiries from interested producers. More to come.

The book: A description of Amanda’s Room and publication information appears in the April 26, 2016 issue of Publisher’s Weekly.

I will be meeting with Richard LaPorta of Husky Trail Press on the afternoon of May 11 to initiate republishing the Amanda’s Room Reader’s Edition through Ingram.

Upcoming Events:

Book Sale and Signing: May 6, 10 am – 5pm – Paradies Lagardere Travel Retail Shops – Bradley International Airport – Windsor Locks, CT. If you are flying in or out of Bradley International Airport on the Friday before Mother’s Day look for me on the concourse and stop by to say hello. I will be there on May 6 selling and signing my books and I am thrilled that Paradies Lagardere Travel Retail will be carrying Amanda’s Room for sale after the event.

Book Sale and Signing:  May 14 and 15, 10 am – 6 pm – Made in Connecticut Expo – Farmington Polo Grounds – 152 Town Farms Road – Farmington, CT.  This is one of my favorite annual events. Over 300 companies and businesses all featuring items made in Connecticut. There is no better event to sample all that Connecticut has to offer. The fair is expected to draw between 35,000 and 40,000 people but the grounds are so expansive that it doesn’t feel crowded. Saunter past the tents, sample food, beverages and goodies (you can smell the chocolate and pastries aisles away), shop for arts, crafts and Connecticut made products and visit our book booth to examine books in a wide variety of genres from nine Connecticut authors.

Book Discussion: May 15, 7:00 – 8:00 pm, Southington Mini Diner, 1765 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Southington, CT  This is something brand new I am trying. Two new restaurants are now carrying autographed copies of Amanda’s Room for sale. Since people generally go there, not to purchase books but to enjoy a meal and conversation, I am hosting discussions with those who have read the book and are interested in the “story behind the story.” The Southington Mini Diner is one of our favorite places to eat at any time of the day. If you have already read the book but would like to join in on the discussion, call the Mini Diner and tell them you plan to attend. The number is 860-276-8237. Ask for Theresa or her son if they are around as they have been helping plan this.

Book Sale and Signing:  May 21, 10 am – 4 pm – Warren County Sci-Fi Fantasy Day – East Washington Avenue – Downtown Washington NJ.  Are you a sci-fi geek? This promises to be tons of fun. More than just the event itself, Washington NJ appears to be a very hospitable place to visit. Check out their Facebook page for a whole series of videos from local restaurant and shop owners welcoming you to their town for last year’s inaugural event. I am thrilled to be selling and signing copies of Amanda’s Room at the same venue as my son Jason’s game development company, Geek Fever Games  (http://www.geekfevergames.com/)  More information on the Warren County Sci-Fi Fantasy Day at: https://www.facebook.com/WCSFD/timeline

Book Discussion: May 26, 7:00 – 8:00 pm, Davinci Coffee Shop, 1627 Meriden Road – Wolcott CT   This is a second restaurant that has just started carrying Amanda’s Room. Davinci normally serves breakfast and lunch only and specializes in gourmet Italian coffee, tea and a variety of sandwiches and pastries. It is a comfortable, intimate atmosphere. Once again, I will be hosting a discussion of the book for any who have read it and would like to participate. If you have already read Amanda’s Room and would like to attend this discussion session, call the proprietor, Lucy Minnocci, (She is there each day until early afternoon) to let her know you’ll be coming (she wants to have enough pastry on hand). The phone number is 203-528-3711.

Book Sale and Signing:  June 11, 9:30 am – 4 pm – Litchfield Gallery on the Green – Downtown Litchfield CT.  I and a number of other Connecticut authors will be selling and signing our books in addition to over 70 juried artisans and crafters who will showcase and sell their artwork, photography, jewelry, woodworking, pottery, furniture, clothing, glasswork, quilting, leather goods and more. The picturesque town of Litchfield is an art-lovers paradise, making it the second most visited town in the state of Connecticut. This year, the Gallery on the Green will be held on the same weekend as the world-famous Litchfield Hills Road Race, which attracts many of the best runners in the world. More information at: https://www.facebook.com/galleryonthegreenct

Book Sale / Signing and Followup Book Discussion: Book Sale and Signing – June 15, 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Followup Book Discussion September 14, 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Paul Gregory’s Restaurant, 148 Center Street, Southington, CT  This is another new initiative. Since Paul Gregory’s will not be a regular outlet for sales of Amanda’s Room, two separate events have been scheduled at the restaurant. On June 15 from 4-6 pm I will be on hand to sell and autograph copies of Amanda’s Room. Then, once people have had a chance to read it, on September 14 from 2-4 pm, I will return again to conduct a book discussion on the story behind the story. If you have already read the book but would like to join in on the September 14 discussion, call Paula at the restaurant Monday through Friday till 3 pm and tell her you plan to attend. The number is 860-621-9999.

Resources for New, Aspiring and Established Authors:

Connecticut Author’s and Publishers Association (CAPA):  This is a great organization for those thinking about writing a book or those who have written and need advice, encouragement and/or support for polishing, publishing, marketing and distributing their work. CAPA offers very reasonable membership rates, monthly meetings in several sites throughout Connecticut, a monthly newsletter with useful information, frequent webinars, an annual writer’s conference, great opportunities for book sales and signings including a dedicated booth in the Connecticut Building at the Big-E  and a wealth of information, advice and support from other members. Information is available on their website at: aboutcapa.com

Association of Publishers for Special Sales (APSS):  Are you already an established author but need a channel to get your books out into the world? Then APSS could be the organization for you. APSS is headed by Brian Jud, a world famous authority on book marketing, the author of How To Make Real Money Selling Books and one of the co-founders of CAPA (See above). APSS is a rapidly growing organizations that has chapters across the country and now in other countries. They specialize in helping self-published authors or those published by small or independent publishers to get their work out into the world by focusing on outlets that go beyond the traditional bookstores. They have reasonable membership rates, offer very frequent webinars on a variety of marketing methods, in-person meetings, a newsletter with very useful information and a ton of low-cost marketing opportunities (probably more than most authors have the time to use.) They are excellent at partnering with other organizations and using their membership numbers to leverage for discounts on many marketing opportunities for their members. Information is available on their website at: http://community.bookapss.org/

New England Author’s Expo (NEAE):  July 27, 2016 marks the tenth year of the NEAE annual event and the forth year I will be participating. Run by Chris Obert, author and owner of Pear Tree Publishing, the NEAE attracts authors, publishers, illustrators and other writing professionals from throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut and other New England states. The Danversport Yacht Club, where the event is held, is a posh, amazing venue. It also provides a terrific opportunity for networking with the other participants and with radio and cable television hosts and celebrity authors. It is also more than simply the annual event since it links to a series of marketing opportunities offered by Chris throughout the year. This year, in addition to the book sales, Chris is organizing a series of workshops during the setup and networking time. Interested authors can sign up to present to other authors or to the public. Information and registration is available on the website at: http://www.newenglandauthorsexpo.com/

Authors Publish Magazine:  I will devote more space to other websites in the future, but for authors who want to get their work published for others to read, I don’t know of any other better information source for current, on-going leads. Every on-line issue lists publications and organizations that are currently accepting submissions for poetry, short stories, or full manuscripts. Descriptions provide details on the kind of publication, submission criteria and financial information. More at:  http://www.authorspublish.com/

Other Projects:

For some time now I have been working with a number of new authors on their projects. I don’t consider myself a writing expert, but you can’t remain in this business for any amount of time without learning something of value, so I do believe I have some knowledge that can help new writers to save time and needless frustration. There are also people who, I believe, are worth the time because they have something special to share with the world and perhaps I can help them to share it, like the painter whose life-long ambition is to see his work in a book, or the friend whose own dedication to his yet-to-be-finished first novel inspired me to write mine, or the non-fiction writer who, with his wife, is creating a first work of fiction, or the young girl who is embarking on her first book. As these projects come to fruition, I will report on them. More to come.

Well, that does it for now. I hope this finds you and yours happy and well. Until the next time,

Warmest Regards,

Chuck

Up and Coming – April / May 2016

Hello Everyone,

 

Please note that because of the lateness of this notice, I will be including events from April and May and will provide an update in May with additional details on some of these items.

Injured Angels:

With all of the activity around Amanda’s Room of late, Injured Angels has had to take a back seat. I did, however, do a significant amount of work during my vacation with some surprising results. Here’s a little inside scoop. When it is published, you will probably not find it under Chuck Miceli, but rather under the pen name Charlotte Mitchell. That is because, during my recent rewrite, I came to the conclusion that in order to fully explore my protagonist’s emotions and behaviors, I wanted and maybe needed to be in her mind and skin, so the entire story is being told as a first person account by my main character, Maureen Russo and I am thrilled with the difference it makes. More on this to come.

 

Amanda’s Room:

The movie: The screenplay is written. I was hoping to pitch it to some studios while I vacationed in California but that didn’t happen. As with Injured Angels, that project has had to take a spot on the back burner while I attended to more pressing issues. I am actively seeking a producer interested in discussing the project. Please note: This is not a low budget movie. To be successful, the film would need to rely heavily on computer generated graphics. Interested persons please message me via Linkedin: cmiceli or Facebook: authorchuckmiceli

The book: By mutual agreement, California Times Publishing (CTP) and I have terminated our contract. It took a while to complete the transition, but the CTP editions of Amanda’s Room have been unpublished and the Hitchcock Lake Publication editions are once again on Amazon and BarnesandNobel.com. I hope to meet with Husky Trail Press in the near future to republish Amanda’s Room Reader’s Edition.

Hard-cover Edition: I am in discussions now with printers for a special hard cover collector’s edition of Amanda’s Room. When printed, I suspect unsigned copies of this edition would retail between $25 and $30 plus shipping. If any of you on my mailing list are interested in pre-ordering an autographed collector’s copy, please let me know. I plan to have the cost lower than normal retail and hopefully can make signed copies available to you for around $20.

 

Upcoming Events:

Book Club Kit Raffle: April 27, 5:30 – 8 pm -The Waterbury Exchange Wine and Beer Tasting – La Bella Vista, 380 Farmwood Road, Waterbury, CT.

This is a great event with multiple local vendors providing free tastings of their wines and beers, loads of food tasting stations and a silent auction, all in a wonderful elegant atmosphere. Advanced tickets are $35 per person and can be obtained from Cathy Chaikowski at 203-598-2438. For the second year, the exchange will be auctioning off one of my book club kits for Amanda’s Room. Each kit contains five copies of the book, story and author information sheets and instructions for organizing the book club meeting, all contained in an attractively wrapped basket. Once everyone has read the book, the organizer contacts me and I meet personally with the group members to discuss the “story behind the story.” There are also instructions on obtaining extra copies for additional people who wish to join the group. It makes for a great, fun-filled evening. If that sounds appealing for one of your groups, I can supply complete kits for $40, which is less than the cost of three books alone.

 

Book Sale and Signing: April 30, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – The Connecticut Festival of Indie Games –  Elm City Games / The Grove – 756 Chapel Street, New Haven CT.

This is a fun-filled day for the whole family. For only $10 per individual or $15 for the family, you can spend the entire day playing board games developed by one of more than 30 local indie game developers. You can try playing as many as you like and if you find one you love, you can purchase it directly from the developers. Who knows, you might just discover the next Monopoly or Magic. I’ll be on hand all day selling and signing copies of Amanda’s Room. For more information and to register, go to their website: http://www.ct-fig.com/

 

Book Sale and Signing: May 6, Exact hours TBA – Paradies Lagardere Travel Retail Shops – Bradley International Airport – Windsor Locks, CT.

Traveling for business or pleasure on the Friday before Mother’s Day? If you’re flying in or out of Bradley International Airport, look for me on the concourse and stop by to say hello. The final arrangements are still being worked out but I will be there on May 6 selling and signing my books and I am thrilled that Paradies Lagardere Travel Retail will be carrying Amanda’s Room for sale after the event. I will provide the specific times for the book signing and the exact store location(s) in my May update.

 

Book Sale and Signing:  May 14 and 15, 10 am – 6 pm – Made in Connecticut Expo – Farmington Polo Grounds – 152 Town Farms Road – Farmington, CT.

This is one of my favorite annual events. Over 300 companies and businesses all featuring items made in Connecticut. There is no better event to sample all that Connecticut has to offer. The fair is expected to draw between 35,000 and 40,000 people but the grounds are so expansive that it doesn’t feel crowded. Saunter past the tents, sample food, beverages and goodies (you can smell the chocolate and pastries aisles away), shop for arts, crafts and Connecticut made products and visit our book booth to examine books in a wide variety of genres from nine Connecticut authors.

 

Book Discussion: May 15, 7:00 – 8:00 pm, Southington Mini Diner, 1765 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Southington, CT

This is something brand new I am trying. Two new restaurants are now carrying autographed copies of Amanda’s Room for sale. Since people generally go there, not to purchase books but to enjoy a meal and conversation, I am hosting discussions with those who have read the book and are interested in the “story behind the story.” The Southington Mini Diner is one of our favorite places to eat at any time of the day. If you have already read the book but would like to join in on the discussion, call the Mini Diner and tell them you plan to attend. The number is 860-276-8237. Ask for Theresa or her son if they are around as they have been helping plan this.

 

Book Discussion: May 26, 7:00 – 8:00 pm, Davinci Coffee Shop, 1627 Meriden Road – Wolcott CT 

This is the other restaurant that has just started carrying Amanda’s Room. Davinci normally serves breakfast and lunch only and specializes in gourmet Italian coffee, tea and a variety of sandwiches and pastries. It is a very comfortable, intimate atmosphere. Once again, I will be hosting a discussion of the book for any who have read it and would like to participate. If you have already read Amanda’s Room and would like to attend this discussion session, call the proprietor, Lucy Minnocci, up until early afternoon to let her know you’ll be coming. The phone number is 203-528-3711.

I hope this finds you and yours happy and well. Until the next time,

Warmest Regards,

Chuck

Up and Coming – October 2015

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.

Amanda’s Room

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 OrderIn 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.

Angels Unaware

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.

Events

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:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJl9eGUwY1DQv4e_LXBlbLA

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 YearThe 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 osher@uconnn.edu. 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:

 

On-line

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

Paretreepublishing.net (Paperback).

 

Libraries –

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

Chuck Miceli,

 

Up and Coming – July 2015

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’s Room

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 proseintime@gmail.com

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 proseintime@gmail.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.

On-line

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

Paretreepublishing.net (Paperback).

Libraries –

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

Chuck Miceli,

Up and Coming – June 2015

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

Injured Angels

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:

On-line

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

Paretreepublishing.net (Paperback).

 

Libraries –

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

Chuck Miceli,

authorchuckmiceli.com