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 It took a while to complete the transition, but the CTP editions of Amanda’s Room have been unpublished and the Hitchcock Lake Publication editions are once again on Amazon and BarnesandNobel.com.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

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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,

 

Up and Coming – August / September 2015

Sorry for the delay. This update will cover the remainder of August and most of September. Here are the highlights:

Drum Roll Please – Writer’s Digest Annual Competition – On August 4, I received the following from Writer’s Digest: Hi Chuck, Congratulations! Your poem, “Miner’s Lament,” was awarded Third Place in the Nonrhyming Poetry category for the 84th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. To say that I was thrilled would be an understatement. Given that this competition is open to writers worldwide, to receive a third place award is a very big deal. My personal thanks to Peter Mulholland who taught the OLLI poetry class for which I wrote the poem and who encouraged me to submit it to a writing competition.

My father was a coal miner who died of the black lung at my age. This poem is a tribute to him, as will be my next book, Black Hell Drowning. Sorry, but I will not be posting the poem online yet as I intend to submit it for publication. After I do, I’ll post it for all to read.

Amanda’s Room

Amanda’s Move to California Continues – I reviewed and incorporated over 100 pages of computer-generated edit recommendations from California Times Publishing. As a result, Amanda is now slimmer and a faster read than ever. Now she is in the hands of their human editor and I am awaiting that report. While the process is exhausting, I’m thrilled with the scrutiny. My goal is to do quality writing and through the feedback I’ve received from them and from you, my readers, I am constantly learning how to write better. The publisher also sent options for the new book cover. I selected one, provided some recommendations and I am awaiting their final design. I am anxious to share it with you when it’s ready.

As Does Her Journey Toward Hollywood – I am continuing my review of Carl’s screenplay for Amanda’s Room. One of the most thrilling experiences in writing is when the reader sees things in your book that you, the writer, did not. While I created Amanda’s bedroom to serve as a battleground for good vs. evil, Carl has extended that metaphor by creating a more active presence of the spirit of Snakes Finley. The result is a more compelling story. More on this to come.

Angels Unaware

Are The Angels Ready for Prime Time?  I have finished the new chapters for Angels Unaware and in particular, fleshed out the background of one of the book’s main characters, Frank Russo. Research plays a crucial part in writing fiction and this research took me in directions I never anticipated. Readers will accompany Frank as he struggles to survive in the Pacific theater of WWII. They will also learn, as I have, about the fascinating and heartbreaking story of the Himeyuri students, a group of high school girls who provided nursing and medical care to Japanese troops on Okinawa during the final months of the war. My thanks go to Joan LaRose, who recommended that I pursue Frank’s story line further. I think that she and other readers will find it adds greatly to the book.

 We’ll See What the Experts Have to Say – On August 15, I am meeting with two with New York literary agents and a publishing company editor at the Unicorn Writer’s Conference in New York. They have all read the first 40 pages of Angels Unaware and will be discussing their impression of the book with me. We will see if my writing impresses them enough to secure their interest in publishing the novel.

And Stage Lights? – Now that the novel is finished, I need to cull out the sections that could work for the play. As I mentioned previously, I have already discussed the project with an equity theater and they are waiting for the completed manuscript. If they agree it could make a successful play, we will discuss plans for securing a playwright and developing the stage production. More on this to come.

Amanda’s Room – Reader’s Edition 

What’s Next? – I met with Richard LaPorta of Husky Trail Press just prior to leaving for vacation to discuss where we’ve been, where we are now and where we will go in the future with this edition. Richard and I are meeting again to move this project further. In the meantime, I have ordered additional copies for upcoming signing events (See below).

Unicorn Writers’ Conference – Saturday, August 15 – 7:30 AM-8:00 PM – Reid Castle at Manhattanville College. As mentioned in earlier updates, I will be attending this conference and meeting with agents and editors there about my new book, Angels Unaware. More to come.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UCONN Waterbury Campus – There are several major developments at OLLI at UCONN. This amazing program provides high-quality, low-cost educational services to mature learners throughout Connecticut and beyond. For information about the OLLI program, its offerings and to register online go to: www.olli.uconn.edu

It’s Official – President of OLLI at UCONN for the 2015/2016 Academic YearUCONN’s Director of Community Outreach, Brian Chapman, made the formal announcement today that I have accepted the appointment. I am a long-time participant in OLLI, have great respect for the OLLI program and I am honored to fill this position.

OLLI Open House – August 18 – 9 A.M. – 1 P.M. – UCONN Waterbury CampusFree and Open to the Public! Come join us for this opportunity to explore what OLLI at UCONN has to offer you. Learn about the program offerings, schedule and costs, hear from out Keynote Speaker, Jonathan Kellogg, former Executive Editor of the Republican-American, and choose to attend two of the 15 sample classes offered. To register, go online at: olli.uconn.edu/special-events

Voices and Visions 2015 is Published – The fifth volume of the OLLI annual arts and literary review is finished. I have chaired this journal’s editorial committee for the past three years. I am very proud of this quality publication, of the diligence and creativity of the editorial committee, and of the outstanding contributions of OLLI members in areas of visual arts, prose, poetry and photography. You can receive a free copy by attending the OLLI Open House on August 18 or you can request one from OLLI at UCONN by contacting the campus by phone at 203-236-9924, or via e-mail at osher@uconnn.edu   

Every Dollar Feeds Kids (EDFK) Annual Bike Run – Sunday, Sept 13 – 10 A.M. – 4 P.M. Wolcott American Legion, 1253 Wolcott Rd, Wolcott, CT – This may seem an odd entry for my writing update, but if you look on the copyright page of Amanda’s Room you will note that a portion of the proceeds go to this organization. I have been involved with EDFK since its inception and I am past Board Chairman for the organization. Our mission is simple, to raise money to feed hungry children in the U.S. and abroad. If you have a motorcycle (or not) and want to have some great food, fun and enjoy the fabulous scenery of the Connecticut countryside while supporting a worthy cause, join us. For more information about the organization and the event go to: http://www.edfk.org/EDFK/HOME.html

Television Interview by Jan Lewis on Be My Guest – Upton MA – Wednesday, Sep 16 -Jan Lewis will interview me and my fellow author and friend, Casey Morley, on her cable television program, Be My Guest. The program will air locally in the Upton MA area and nationally and globally on the internet and U-Tube. More information to follow.

OLC Book Club discussion, Farmington, CT – Sep 18 – As a writer, one of my favorite activities is meeting with groups that have read my book to discuss their views, answer their questions and provide the “story behind the story.” On September 18, I look forward to doing just that with the members of the OLC Book Club in Farmington, CT. Special thanks to Nancy Castonguay for arranging this get-together.

Eastern States Exposition 2015 – Agawam MA Once again, I’ll be back at the Big-E for this annual New England event at one of the biggest fairs in the country. I will be in the Connecticut building signing and selling my books on the following days and times: Sat 9/19 10am -2 pm; Mon 9/21 10am -2 pm; Weds (CT Day) 9/23 4-6 pm; Sat 9/26 10am -2 pm; and Mon 9/28 12-4 pm. If you are at the fair during any of these periods, stop by the Connecticut building, say hello and, if interested, explore book offerings by me and other Connecticut authors.

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 – 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

Up and Coming – May 2015

Injured Angels – I have completed all of the notes from my first round of beta readers, made substantial changes to the original manuscript as a result, and created and distributed the final review manuscripts. My sincere thanks to all of the beta readers for their time and input. The first round beta readers include: Ruth Boss, Mary Casey, Anne Yuhas, Janet Ebert, Toni Escott, Grace Grab, Sadie MacDonald, Robert Grady, and Evelyn Marshak. The second round reviewers include: Chuck Motes, Shirley Bloethe, Dawn Miceli, Peter Smith, Diane Smith, Joan LaRose, Marion Gifford, Carol Slauenwhite, Julie Norko, Chris Obert and Dennis Schleicher. Thanks to them, end readers won’t have to wade through all of the warts that come with the early drafts. I have a meeting scheduled with an agent in May and I am still aiming toward summer for publication. In the meantime, here are some other activities I am involved in that may be of interest.

Amanda’s Room – Reader’s Edition is now officially published! As a reminder, this new 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 tan pages instead of white and has a slightly smaller font. It is the “dime store novel” version of the book, which appeals to those who wants a faster read. The bar code problem, which prevented venues from properly cataloguing the copies, has been corrected thanks to the publisher, Richard LaPorta of Husky Trail Press, who worked with Ingram to correct the issue. In the meantime, I offered copies to readers at the “Made in Connecticut” fare in Durham and was thrilled with their response. As many readers bought the new Reader’s Edition as the original format, and were delighted at the opportunity to choose the version that best matched their reading style.  Readers will be able to purchase either edition and have them signed at my upcoming live events and can now order copies directly through their favorite book stores and libraries.

In my spare time? I had the opportunity to play a surgeon in a commercial for the electronics company, Sennheiser produced by Miceli Productions. My son, Mike, and daughter-in-law, Jenn, are the principles. Several other family members are also featured in the video, including Jenn, two granddaughters and my niece. The product is a high quality digital microphone with companion software that supports the Apple family of products, including I-Phones and I-Pads. Slightly over three minutes long, this commercial is designed for direct promotion and the web rather than television. It was featured at the NAB trade show in Las Vegas and then at Elektronika in Germany. The link to the video is http://hubs.ly/y0J8l80

CAPA-University – May 9, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Hartford Steam Boiler Conference Center, 1 State Street, Hartford CT. I am very pleased to be presenting the workshop The First Five Pages at this year’s event. The $150 cost for the full day includes lunch and parking. The keynote speaker, Hank Phillippi Ryan, is a best-selling author, winner of numerous mystery awards, the Library Journal’s top book for 2014, and 32 Emmys for investigative journalism. To learn more about the conference and/or to register, visit http://aboutcapa.com/capa-u/. To read more about my specific presentation go to: http://aboutcapa.com/capa-u/speaker-chuck-miceli/ .

Avon Library – Returning Author’s Night – Tuesday, July 21, 7pm – Avon CT

I am thrilled to have been invited to speak again at the Avon Public Library. This is a very professionally planned and run event. I and three other authors, Steve Liskow, Carole Shmurak and Cori Lynn Arnold, will be speaking about “The Reader’s Experience.” Last year’s presentations were a tremendous success, which the library staff and patrons said, “exceeded” their expectations. I fully expect this year’s presentations to be even better. More information to come.

New England Author’s Festival – 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 dedicated space. 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

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

Up and Coming – April 2015

Injured Angels – I continue to spend most of my writing time editing the manuscript for my newest book, Injured Angels. I have reviewed all of the notes from my first round of beta readers and made substantial changes to the original manuscript as a result. I would like to acknowledge and thank all of the beta readers for their input. These people get to see all of the warts in my writing so that the rest of you do not have to. They are: Ruth Boss, Mary Casey, Anne Yuhas, Janet Ebert, Toni Escott, Grace Grab, Sadie MacDonald, Robert Grady, and Evelyn Marshack. My progress toward completing the book has slowed somewhat because of a home renovation project. Each spring we humans, like ants and other insects, engage in a flurry of activities after our long winter slow down. I am still aiming toward summer for publication. In the meantime, here are some other activities I am involved in that may be of interest.

Amanda’s Room – Reader’s Edition is published – Sort Of. While I have a box of copies of the new Amanda’s Room – Reader’s Edition in my car, you will not find them at your local bookstore or library just yet. There is a problem with the bar code, which does not allow venues to catalogue the copies correctly. Richard LaPorta of Husky Trail Press, the publisher, is working with Ingram to correct the problem. In the meantime, I wanted to make copies available to readers at my direct signing events, so I ordered them with the current bar code. Readers will be able to purchase either edition and have them signed at the upcoming events listed below.

Next Door Authors Fair – Bristol Library, 5 High Street, Bristol – April 15 – 7-9 pm. I will join 15 other authors from the Bristol CT area in this fair celebrating National Library Week, 2015. While my current novel, Amanda’s Room, takes place in the Catskill area of New York, my newest book, Injured Angels, is centered in and around Bristol CT. Several of the authors will give brief presentations and light refreshments will be served.

Made in CT Expo – Durham Fair Grounds – April 18 and 19 – 11 am – 6 pm.  Although this fair runs Saturday and Sunday, I will only be there on Sunday, April 19 from 11am to 6pm. There will be several other Connecticut authors each day of the fair, along with over 150 Connecticut retail companies, crafters, food and beverage producers, artists and artisans. If the weather (and Amanda) cooperates, it should be a great activity for a spring family outing. Admission is only $3.00 and children are free. You can get additional information about the fair on their Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1615956221972369/

A Star is Born?Not likely. However, I was pleased to participate in another video commercial for Miceli Productions. My son, Mike, and daughter-in-law, Jenn, are the principles and one of their services is business commercials. A couple years ago, Judy and I appeared in several television commercials for Evergreen Nurseries. This past week I had the opportunity to play a surgeon in a commercial for the electronics company, Sennheiser.   It features a new product the company is rolling out next week. Several other family members are also featured, including Jenn and two granddaughters. I cannot say now what the product is, but it will support the Apple family of products, including I-Phones and I-Pads. Slightly over three minutes long, this commercial is designed for direct promotion and the web rather than television. It will be featured at the upcoming NAB trade show in Las Vegas and then at Elektronika in Germany. I hope to include a link to the video next month.

Speaking of Television. Many thanks to Tracy Rotkiewicz for interviewing me, March 11, for her cable television program, Broad Mind. I had a great time during the interview. Tracy’s questions made it easy to talk and the time went by quickly. If interested, you can view the interview on Win-TV at http://win-tv.org/whats-on-win-tv/win-tv-on-demand/broad-mind.  You can also learn more about the interview and Tracy’s show on her Broad Mind Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/BroadMindTV

Voices and Visions, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), University of Connecticut, 99 East Main Street, Waterbury, CT.  Our editorial committee, which I co-chair, is meeting every Friday to prepare the publication of our fifth anniversary volume. It will once again feature the prose, poetry, visual arts and photography of participating OLLI members. Filled with wit, wisdom and beauty, the publication provides a visual feast and a literary banquet for the soul. The University of Connecticut continues to provide funding to maintain the high quality of the journal. To request a copy or one of a limited number of past volumes, contact OLLI at UCONN, Waterbury. Email: osher@uconn.edu or call 203-236-9924 or 203-236-9925. For more information on the OLLI program, visit the website at http://www.olli.uconn.edu

May 9, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., CAPA-University, Hartford Steam Boiler Conference Center, 1 State Street, Hartford CT. Each year, this conference provides a wealth of resources. I am very pleased to be one of the presenters for this year’s event. The cost for the full day is $150 and includes lunch and parking. To learn more and/or to register visit http://aboutcapa.com/capa-u/.To read more about my specific presentation go to http://aboutcapa.com/capa-u/speaker-chuck-miceli/.  The schedule for the day is as follows:

  • Breakfast
  • KEYNOTE SPEECH – Hank Phillippi Ryan. Best-selling author, Ryan, has won numerous mystery awards, the Library Journal’s top book for 2014, and 32 Emmys for investigative journalism.
  • AGENTS PANEL – Agents listen to pitches and answer questions about getting your book published.
  • FIVE MORNING SESSIONS: *Picture Books *Young Adult* Outlining for Authors* Editors’ Panel – Editors on Editing *How to Get Your Books Into Libraries, Bookstores, and Specialty Stores.
  • Luncheon
  • THE WRITERS IDOL COMPETITION – A chance to get the first page of your manuscript judged by agents anonymously.
  • FIVE EARLY AFTERNOON SESSIONS: *Speculative Fiction *Writing a Mystery Series, *Life Support for Writers…Money, Money, Money *Preparing Books for Print and E-books * Social Media and Traditional Book Marketing for Mainstream and Self-Published Authors.
  • Afternoon Break
  • FIVE LATE AFTERNOON SESSIONS: *Memoir *The First Five Pages *Scrivener Software Inspiration to Publication *The Different Approaches to Publishing Your Book *Seven Simple Things You Can Do to Market Your Books Online
  • THROUGHOUT THE DAY: 10-minute one-on-one meetings with agents.
  • The end of day wrap-up and raffle for prizes

 

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, 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

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.