Forty Michigan authors will be located at the Authors Row at the Ann Arbor Holiday Art Fair on Dec. 4th & 5th with readings scheduled for Saturday and Sunday during the show. Children’s authors will be reading on the hour.
Integrity Shows director Mark Loeb shared marketing strategies for authors at events. Authors of different genres now have a common space to offer a variety of books.
“We focus on the business aspect for creatives. We’ve been taught how to write, how to draw, or other artistic skills, but few of us have had education on how to sell our creative products,” he said.
Kate J. Meyer is an author, speaker, therapist, and minister living in West Michigan with her husband and two chocolate labs.
She self-published her first novel in July 2021. The Red Couch, available on Amazon, is an adult coming of age novel about a woman named Toni, whose life is nothing like she imagined it would be; in fact, it is a mess! When Toni returns to Lake Harbor, WI to bury her grandmother, she does so intending to leave again asap. So when she is challenged to stay for a mysterious project, she’s reluctant. Is a shoebox of old letters worth the risk of staying? Here’s to hoping!
Kate participated in her first NaNoWriMo in 2020 and can now announce that that book is under contract to be published with Lake Drive Books! Keep up to date with the launch date and other information by subscribing at http://www.katejmeyer.com.
Kate also hosts the weekly series ‘Mental Health Mondays with Kate’ videos are available via her blog on her website and on social media.
I finished the NaNoWriMo 50k word challenge in November this morning at 6:38 am right before the start of Christmas Through Lowell. This was my third time participating. I can’t say that the novel writing challenge gets any easier with more experience or with more books published. However, I better understand my inner workings as a writer and an author. I know what is my most productive time, and how many words I need to log in per day, (2, 675) and how to push through a writing block.
Each year, I learn something new. This year, it was the buddy system and that it actually works.
When I saw the daily word log ins by buddies and fellow authors Andrew Smith, Diana Plopa, Marianne Wieland, Brenda Hasse and Jean Davis, I just had to keep up with them.
Near the summit, more insights other than metrics came in, and I will be posting quotes.
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In her Mystekos season series, author Amy Klco takes on the big theme of creating a balance between fantasy and real worlds.
In the second book, “Mystekos Fall” of the Lake of Two Worlds series- Emily returns to Camp Tender-Heart- and to Mystekos-only to find new trouble waiting for her.
All four books are a product of Klco’s participation in the National Novel Writing Month, even though the first book took 12 years to write, while the second book took only the month of November.
You can win the four-book Mystekos series by emailing Amy at email@example.com
What would you change if you could go back to yesterday?
The main character Biz in Hooyenga’s young adult book “Flicker” discovers that she has a special ability; she uses sunlight to jump back to yesterday. She takes advantage of flickering by retaking Trig tests, fixing fights with her boyfriend (or reliving the making up), and repeating pretty much anything that could be done better. Trouble is, flickering makes her head explode from the inside. Or feel like it anyway.
No one knows about her freakish ability and she’s content to keep it that way. Guys don’t stick around because she refuses to let them in, but all that changes when Cameron, her best friend, starts looking oh-so-yummy. Suddenly she’s noticing his biceps, his smile, and the cute way his eyes crinkle when he—gah! This is her friend!
But the butterflies come to a screeching halt when little girls start disappearing, then take a nosedive when the police link the kidnappings to Cameron’s sister, who vanished years earlier. As the police grasp for clues, Biz photographs a strange man lurking in the shadows and realizes that her flickering can help more than just herself.
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Author D. A. Reed delivers a message of hope to struggling teens, their parents and educators in her young adult novels “All The Things We Didn’t See” and “Nothin’ but Gutters and Change.”
“There is always help,” she said. “As a society, we need to eradicate the stigma around mental illness. I didn’t realize it was such a big problem.”
After writing twice about difficult issues for teens, Reed realized that she need to be aware, that these problems exist in society.
“People approached me to write about depression and suicide,” she said.
At first she balked at the issues, but then Reed buckled up to bring awareness to serious problems that people are struggling with.
“I made sure to write it in a way so it’s not that intense that people wouldn’t want to read about it,” she said.
Reed found a balance between stating the truth correctly while injecting some sarcastic humor into the stories.
“I always try to find that silver lining in difficult situations,” she said.
What could be more frightening than the inevitable release of a serial killer?
A former police officer of 30 years, author Rod Sadler draws on his experience and relationships with the key people involved in the investigation, prosecution, and the defense of East Lansing serial killer Don Miller.
Due to pending changes in Michigan law, Miller could be released as soon as next year when he becomes eligible for parole.
Miller was arrested for the attempted murder of two teenagers in 1978. However, the police quickly realized he was probably responsible for the disappearance of four women.
“Most people had forgotten this,” Sadler said. “When Miller gets released, those teenagers will relive that day and each subsequent year. He could be your neighbor.”
With the National Novel Writing Month better known as NaNoWriMo just around the corner, NaNo authors Jean Davis, Sara Shanning, and Kristine Brickey share their insights from their experiences in conquering the word marathon.
According to all the panel participants whether you hit a writers’ block, crossroads in the plot, or the midway slump, you just keep on rolling.
“Just keep on writing,” Davis said.
Author Jared Morningstar takes on different aspects of the great American experience ranging from fake patriotism as reflected in the title of the first collection of poems and short stories- “American Fries” to fear in “American Reality.”
“American Reality captures the darkness of 2020,” Morningstar said. “The fear of politics and our health concerns, but it’s not just about Covid.”
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Author Brenda Hasse has participated in the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November multiple times. Her most recent NaNo book is “A Victim of Desperation” based on a true story about human trafficking.
Her most recent book, romantic suspense, is “A Cursed Witch” with a setting in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1828 when body snatchers stole dead bodies from “kirkyards” and sold them to the local medical college for 8 to 10 British pounds.
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