Up and Coming – June / July 2016

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For New, Aspiring or Established Authors

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

Now what’s Up and Coming.

TONIGHT ! May 26, 7 pm – Book Discussion of Amanda’s Room at Davinci Coffee House – 1627 Meriden Rd, Wolcott, CT 06716 – (203) 528-3711

Have you read Amanda’s Room? Were there parts you found confusing, surprising, infuriating? Did you follow how the weather quotes connected to the chapters? Have you wondered how much of the book is based on reality vs. fiction? Did you wish you could discuss the book with the author and other readers? If yes, you have an opportunity to do all that and more tonight when I will meet with readers and patrons at Davinci Coffee House at 7 pm. Special thanks to the owner/proprietor, Lucy, who is keeping the place open past its normal closing time in order to host this event. You can sip her marvelous coffees (and what else?), taste some of her delectable desserts and discuss and debate the meaning of the “story behind the story” with me and other readers.

Amanda’s Room:

I spoke with Richard LaPorta of Husky Trail Press this week. We are planning to meet next week to initiate republishing the Amanda’s Room Reader’s Edition through Ingram under the Hitchcock Lake Publications imprint. More to come.

AuthorChuckMiceli.com Website:

I’ve been working on revising and updating my website with new / updated information and added functionality. While I still have a long way to go, I’m pleased with the progress. Feel free to check it our, but expect more and more useful information in the near future. More to come.

Upcoming Events:

Radio Interview: May 28, 9:30 – 9:45 pm, The Reggi Voyage, WESU

Donovan Longmore will be interviewing me in conjunction with my participation in the Bloomfield Author’s Fair on June 4. Just connect to the link – www.wesu.org – to hear the live interview. See below for more information on the fair.

Book Sale and Signing:  June 4, 10:00 am – 4 pm – Bloomfield Author’s Fair – Downtown Bloomfield CT.

I will be joining a number of Connecticut authors as part of the Celebrate Bloomfield Festival. The week-long festival will run from June 1-5. June 4 is set aside to focus on authors and the arts. A special guest during Author’s Day will be singer/actress Anika Noni Rose.

Anika, a former Bloomfield High School student, has appeared extensively on stage and screen, including the ABC Television series Private Practice, the film Dreamgirls and as Tiana in Disney’s, The Princess and the Frog. She is currently playing the role of Kizzy in the TV Mini-series Roots (Starting May 30th). For more information on the entire event and all of the festivities, go to: http://www.celebratebloomfield.org/

Book Sale and Signing:  June 11, 9:30 am – 4 pm – Litchfield Gallery on the Green – Downtown Litchfield CT.

I and other Connecticut authors will be joining over 70 juried artisans and crafters. Browse around the green through 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 and Signing – June 15, 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Follow-up Book Discussion – September 14, 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Paul Gregory’s Restaurant, 148 Center Street, Southington, CT

Paul Gregory’s is now another regular outlet for sales of Amanda’s Room. On June 15 from 4-6 pm I will be on hand to autograph and personalize 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.

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 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 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. This year, Chris has organized a series of workshops during the setup and networking time specifically for authors and publishers. I will join 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/.

Resources for New, Aspiring and Established Authors:

Last month I discussed several organizations that support new and established authors, including the Connecticut Author’s and Publishers Association (CAPA): aboutcapa.comThe Association of Publishers for Special Sales (APSS), http://community.bookapss.org/and the New England Author’s Expo (NEAE): http://www.newenglandauthorsexpo.com/

For on line services I discussed Authors Publish Magazine: http://www.authorspublish.com/

Because I am trying to get this out before tonight’s book discussion at Divinci Coffee House in Wolcott, I will hold off until next month to discuss other author / publisher resources.

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

Warmest Regards,

Chuck

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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,

 

My Interview on Broad Mind

Here is my interview on Broad Mind with Tracy Rotkiewicz​. Thanks Tracy for a great interview! If you are interested in the background for all of my major book projects, this interview covers them extremely well. http://win-tv.org/whats-on-win-tv/win-tv-on-demand/broad-mind.

Tracy did an excellent job of leading the interview so as to cover a broad array of topics involving the personal motivation behind each of my writing projects and for that I am extremely thankful.

My Blogtalk Radio Interview with David Ewen

On November 27, 2013 I was privileged to be interviewed on Professor David Ewen’s Your World Discovered on Blogtalk Radio. David did a masterful job guiding the interview and allowing me to cover a wealth of information about Amanda’s Room and my writing career. If this interests you, copy this link address and paste it into your browser: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yourworlddiscovered/2013/11/27/chuck-miceli-author-paranormal-mystery-amandas-room.

Warmest Regards, Chuck

My Interview on WTNH Connecticut Style program

In case you missed my interview on the WTNH Connecticut Style program, they have established a link to the interview on their website. If you click on the link below, it should bring you directly to the video of the interview and from there, you can link to my articles on the WXedge site, or to my author pages on Amazon or Smashwords. I will be working on the print versions of “Amanda’s Room” in the next few weeks and hope to have copies available for distribution through Amazon before the end of April.
 
Warmest Regards,
 
Chuck