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UPPAA Online Events continues on in 2021 with more exclusive speakers to enhance the professional education of UPPAA Members.   Zoom connection details will be sent automatically to all UPPAA members in advance of each presentation.  Contact with any questions or concerns.  Full descriptions of each speaker will appear below the scheudle:

Craig Brockman 1/21/2021 From Pondering to Publishing
Deborah Frontiera 2/18/2021 Describing Your World—Maximizing the Role of Setting
Brandy Thomas 3/18/2021 Proofreading and Editing
Katherine Pickett 4/15/2021 Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro
David W. Koehser 5/20/2021 Permissions & Publishing Agreements
Evelyn Gathu 6/17/2021 How Authors Can Work with Librarians

From Pondering to Publishing with Craig Brockman

Craig Brockman, author of Dead of November

How does pondering make it all the way to publishing? Every one follows a different path. Whether you’ve been flailing away at a children’s book, a book of poetry or an unfinished novel we will discuss some tools that may help you find your unique track and carry it over the finish line. Craig will be sharing the the track he took when releasing Dead of November:A Novel of Lake Superior in 2020.

CRAIG A. BROCKMAN  lived in the U.P. for nearly 20 years while employed by the Indian Health Service, Lake Superior State University and other facilities. In 2017, an article in the Ontonagon Herald chronicled the final 140-mile leg of his meandering 450-mile hike along the shores of Lake Superior, covering every step of the U.P. from the Drummond Island Ferry Dock in DeTour Village all the way to a sandbar at the mouth of the Montreal River on the Wisconsin border.  Craig currently lives with his wife in Tecumseh, Michigan. In 2007, he also published Marty and the Far Woodchuck, a middle grade novel. You can visit for more information or contact

Describing Your World—Maximizing the Role of Setting

Debbie Frontiera

Debbie Frontiera

No matter what you write, fiction or nonfiction, it happens somewhere. Your readers need to know about that “somewhere” in an interesting way as it’s needed—not too much, which ends up in boring description, and not so little that readers don’t know where they are or when in history you’ve put them. Award-winning author, Deborah K. Frontiera, has published works in many times, places and genres. Her experiences may help you with your own settings.  Topics include

  • Inventing entire fantasy worlds
  • Research issues for historical pieces
  • Points to ponder for contemporary settings
  • How much and how little to include
  • Some of the more interesting experiences she’s had with her settings

DEBORAH K. FRONTIERA grew up in the western U.P. From 1985 through 2008, she taught in inner-city public schools in Houston, TX. This was followed by several years in Houston’s WITS (Writers In The Schools), program where she was a writer-in-residence at several elementary schools guiding young people in creative writing.  Several of her books have been honor or award winners. She has published fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s books, and numerous articles for the Marquette Monthly. She also edits the newsletter for the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association. For fun, she enjoys hiking, swimming, kayaking and reading. For details about her many books and accomplishments, visit her web site:

Proofreading and Editing for Authors with Brandy Thomas

Brandy Thomas, Thomas Editing

What exactly does an editor do? What is the difference between a copyeditor, a proofreader, and a developmental editor? Brandy Thomas will be getting into the nuts and bolts of what an editor does and why every writer needs one. Not only will she explain the differences between types of editors, but also what to look for when selecting one and what is involved in the editing process.

BRANDY THOMAS  is a freelance editor who lives and works in Marquette, MI. She edits across the publishing spectrum but specializes in adult science fiction and fantasy as well as children’s books. In addition to editing the written word, she is also an audiobook narrator and editor. For more information about Brandy please visit

Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro

The road to publication is a lot less scary when you know what to expect. In this presentation, editor and author Katherine Pickett provides insider tips to help you publish your book. Learn the stages of book production, meet the publishing professionals you will be working with, and experience the magic of completing your book project. Attendees will walk away ready to take their book project from manuscript to completion.


  • Understand the editing, design, and layout process
  • Explore the pros and cons of print vs. eBooks
  • Find out what distributors and wholesalers can do for you
  • Discuss industry trends
  • Discover resources for publishing a high-quality book

    Katherine Pickett, author of Perfect Bound

    KATHERINE PICKETT is the owner of POP Editorial Services LLC (, where she provides copyediting, proofreading, and developmental editing to authors and publishers across the country. She is also the author of the award-winning book Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro, now in its second edition; the booklet Freelancing as a Business: 7 Steps to Take Before Launch Day; and several ebooks. Her personal essay “Dented” was published by Lowestoft Chronicle and selected for the 2011 Lowestoft Chronicle print anthology. Her articles have appeared on Publishing Perspectives,, Writer Beware, IBPA Independent, and elsewhere in print and around the web. Katherine is a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association and past president of the Montgomery County chapter of the Maryland Writers’ Association. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her handsome and strong husband, Chris, and their two awe-inspiring daughters.

    Permissions and Publishing Agreements

    Publishers and authors are frequently confronted with permissions questions.  Can we include part of another author’s book in our book, or can we include song lyrics, refer to a trademarked product, use another person’s name or image or discuss some aspect of another person’s life in our book?  This part of the program will help you identify situations where you may be obligated to obtain permission, and will also explain the legal basis for requiring (or not requiring) you to seek permission.

    Publishing agreements can be lengthy and complex documents, but the key terms are usually contained in a handful of contract provisions.  This part of the program will help you identify and understand the terms that are likely to be relevant to you and that are likely to be candidates for negotiation, whether you are the publisher or the author.

    DAVID KOEHSER is a Minneapolis attorney who has over 30 years’ experience representing clients in the publishing industry.  He is a graduate of the University of Iowa and the University of Minnesota Law School, and he is a past chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association Art & Entertainment Law Section and the Hennepin County Bar Association Business Law Section.

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