2012-03-29 / Community

U.P. Publishers and Authors holds 14th annual conference

In its constant commitment to informing regional authors and publishers of the latest changes in the publishing world and offering effective marketing and writing strategies, the Upper Peninsula Publishers & Authors Association (UPPAA) will hold its 14th Annual Conference on Saturday, April 21, in Marquette at the Peter White Public Library from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Ellen Airgood, whose novel South of Superior was published by Penguin in 2011 and which has been chosen as a 2012 Michigan Notable Book. Airgood, who owns the West Bay Diner in Grand Marais, will discuss her journey from writer to published author with one of the biggest book publisher’s in the business. A question and answer session will follow.

Following Airgood’s speech, three more hour long presentations with time for follow-up discussions will be held. Stacey Willey, coowner of Globe Printing in Ishpeming will discuss “Everything You Want to Know about E-Books.” Lesley Du Temple, Lloyd Wescoat, and Laura Smyth of Mudminnow Press will give a panel presentation on “Operating a Publishing Company,” and Gretchen Preston, author of the popular Valley Cats children’s book series will highlight “How to Market Your Books with Your Mind, Body and Spirit.” A short business meeting and a drawing for various free books will also be held.

The general public may attend the meeting for a $10 registration fee, while UPPAA members can attend free of charge. As space is limited, advanced registration is recommended. Annual membership dues are $25 for individual membership and $35 for family membership (all memberships include the quarterly print newsletter, online discussion group, semiannual meetings, and discounts on dues to two national publishing organizations). A catered deli lunch is available for $8 per person with advance reservations required.

Those interested in registering for the meeting and/or joining UPPAA can get more information online at www.UPPAA.org or by contacting membership secretary Cheryl Corey at 9001 N. Pheasant Ridge Dr., Saline, MI 48176 (734) 429-8757. Registrations online or by mail must be received no later than April 18.

Established in 1998 to support authors and publishers who live in or write about Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, UPPAA is a Michigan nonprofit association with over 60 members. Over 100 member books are posted on the UPPAA website.

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