Bestselling Author Karen Dionne speaks about The Wicked Sister in a recorded interview on YouTube

wicked sister book coverThe Upper Peninsula Publishers & Authors Association (UPPAA) hosted a special online event with U.P. author Karen Dionne about her new novel The Wicked Sister. The interview was hosted by UPPAA President and publisher Victor R. Volkman (Modern History Press, Ann Arbor).

The event featured a brief reading from The Wicked Sister from the author Karen Dionne to be followed by a question-and-answer session. She had originally planned a U.P.-wide book tour which had to be cancelled due to coronavius conditions. However, readers who purchase a copy of The Wicked Sister at area bookstores Snowbound Books (Marquette, MI) or Falling Rock Cafe (Munising, MI) can receive a complimentary signed bookplate with adhesive to insert in their own copy of the book.




Karen Dionne is the USA Today and #1 internationally bestselling author of the award-winning psychological suspense novel The Marsh King’s Daughter published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons in the US and in 25 other languages. Her next psychological suspense, The Wicked Sister, will publish from G.P. Putnam’s Sons in the US and Little, Brown in the UK August 4, 2020. Karen enjoys nature photography and lives with her husband in Detroit’s northern suburbs.

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 more than 100 members, many of whose books are featured on the organization’s website at UPPAA welcomes membership and participation from anyone with a UP connection who is interested in writing and publishing books.

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Q&A: Second Edition or Second Printing?

I will soon be doing a second printing of my book with some minor corrections such as punctuation, and a few word changes. Do you know if this would be considered a 2nd printing or 2nd edition, or still the 1st edition? I want to add the edition on the copyright page. Any suggestions?

This is a VERY common question.  In general, what you have outlined is a “Second Printing”.  And what you would do is underneath the copyright notice on the copyright page indicate “Second Printing — August 2020”

A “Second Edition” is only warranted when there is at least a 20% change in content (as in new or changed content).  Also, you do not want to disappoint fans of the first edition who run out to buy a second edition only to find out there’s virtually NOTHING they can identify as changed.  That makes them feel cheated.  And then, to be perfectly correct, a second edition OUGHT to have a new ISBN.  Why is that?  Because otherwise someone who buys the book would randomly get a first or second edition depending on what store they bought it from.  And the store would not be to blame because they fulfilled the order for a specific ISBN correctly!

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Q&A: Why don’t I get royalties for Used Book Sales?

Q:  I see my book is selling used at Amazon, why am I not getting royalties??

A:  I regret to say that no author has ever been paid even $1 from Used Book sales.  This is because the Used Book sellers have purchased a book and have every right to sell it for as much or as little as they like with no concern for the author.

An author only gets paid “once”:  when the book is sold for the first time. Can you imagine if a book was resold 6 times getting 6 times the royalties?  Well that would be like Christmas morning, but it’s not how it works for Books, Movies, Music, or any other royalty stream.

If it did work, I could imagine a scene where the author would keep selling the same book to himself for a penny and collecting $2 royalties, sell it again for a penny, get another $2.  The publishers would be broke in no time…

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news

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U.P. Reader Issue #3 includes Best Stories from U.P. Writers of All Ages

U.P Reader Issue #3

U.P Reader Issue #3

(MARQUETTE, MI, April 5, 2019) The Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association (UPPAA) presents the third installment of the U.P. Reader. This latest edition of the annual anthology will feature the collected works of thirty-six of the best of the authors of the Upper Peninsula. We are again thrilled to include the three winners of the Dandelion Cottage Short Story Award in our publication. This award, created by UPPAA member Larry Buege in 2017, showcases the best writing from young authors who are enrolled in U.P. primary and secondary public schools.

“The U.P. Reader is something I hope will put Upper Peninsula authors in touch with the readers to expand their exposure to a much greater and more effective level,” commented Committee Chair, Mikel B. Classen.
This collection will be published by the UPPAA and will showcase the multitude of talent within the membership of the organization. The U.P. Reader will average 45 – 50K words and will include all genres of writing including non-fiction and poetry. Artwork and photography pertaining to submissions are encouraged.

The U.P. Reader will be available to booksellers as well as authors for sale and promotion. This will allow the members an opportunity to participate in a project that will not only showcase their talents as writers but also to get the finished product in front of readers so they can discover the U.P. authors that interest them no matter what their reading preference.
Submissions will be juried by a panel and those chosen will appear in the U.P. Reader. Authors chosen to be published in the anthology will see their submission published along with an author’s bio to steer readers to more work by that author.

“This is a publication about discovery. Finding new favorites and maybe rediscovering some old ones too. I think it is underestimated how many really talented writers we have living right here in the U.P. and the Reader will be the place to find them.” said Mikel Classen.

Tyler Tichelaar, President of UPPAA, adds, “A collection of short stories, poetry, and essays will allow readers to enjoy a hodge-podge of U.P. literature from many different voices and will offer numerous visions and definitions of what it means to live here. The U.P. can be many different things to many different people and such a collection will help make that clear.”
Proceeds from the U.P. will be used to support operating costs of the UPPAA and its many events to educate its members about writing and publishing, and to support educational projects like the Dandelion Cottage story contest that encourages young writers, but the main focus remains to get U.P. literature into the hands of readers.


For more information, including submission guidelines, contact Mikel B. Classen at

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Do books in Zambia need an ISBN?

Q: One of my clients in Lusaka Zambia has written a book, I’m not sure whether ISBNs are used in African publishing to distinguish one book title from another.

A: In Zambia, the ISBN seems to be administered by a consortium rather than a government agency. If he can show citizenship or residency, he can probably get ISBNs for free (I’m guessing). If he goes without an ISBN, essentially the book will not be orderable outside of Zambia and Amazon will assign a bogus pseudo-ISBN (“Amazon Stock Index Number” ASIN) to it

Address: Booksellers & Publishers Association of Zambia, P.O. Box 51109, Lusaka
Phone 1: (+260) 977 746477, Phone 2: (+260 1) 253 952
Contact Name: Ms Dongo Banda

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