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For New, Aspiring or Established Authors
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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.
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.
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.
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.com, The 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,