Tyler R. Tichelaar – Creating a Local Historical Book

UPDATE: due to the overwhelming popularity of this podcast, which has become our most popular download in 2012, we have released an eBook and printed book transcript of this show. The book that this episode created,  Creating a Local Historical Book: Fiction and Non-Fiction Genres can be found on Amazon Kindle, BN Nook, Kobo NOOK, and everywhere else quality eBooks are found.  Special thanks to Tyler for helping us create such an amazing episode for the ages.

Irene Watson and Victor R. Volkman spoke with local historian, professional editor, and entrepreneur Tyler R. Tichelaar about the ins and outs of producing books on local history, from research to marketing and distribution. Tyler R. Tichelaar,a 7th generation Marquette resident, has written five novels with more to come, all set in Upper Michigan including The Marquette Trilogy, the award winning Narrow Lives, and the recently published history of Marquette, My Marquette: Explore the Queen City of the North, Its History, People, and Places. We covered a wide range of issues, including:

  • What made you decide to write a local history book?
  • What makes your book stand out from other local history books?
  • How did you arrange the book and decide what to leave out and what to include?
  • What was the most difficult part of the research and writing process?
  • Beyond the writing, what other decisions had to be made, such as in acquiring photographs or the layout of the book?
  • What have you done to market the book?
  • What kind of response have you received so far

Tyler R. Tichelaar

Tyler R. Tichelaar

Tyler has a Ph.D. in Literature from Western Michigan University, and Bachelor and Master’s Degrees from Northern Michigan University. He has lectured on writing and literature at Clemson University, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of London.Tyler is the regular guest host of Authors Access Internet Radio and the President of the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association. He is the owner of Marquette Fiction and Superior Book Promotions, a professional book review, editing, and proofreading service. Besides writing about Upper Michigan, he is interested in the Arthurian legend and recently published King Arthur’s Children, a study of treatments of King Arthur’s children in literature from medieval times to twenty-first century novels. Tyler lives in Marquette, Michigan where the roar of Lake Superior, mountains of snow, and sandstone architecture inspire his writing.

Creating a Local Historical Book: Fiction and Non-Fiction Genres

Creating a Local Historical Book: Fiction and Non-Fiction Genres

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5 Responses to Tyler R. Tichelaar – Creating a Local Historical Book

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  2. John Royce says:

    Interesting to hear how Mr. Tichelaar came to write history … I knew he authored historical fiction, and I enjoyed hearing the background of his decision.

    It was also interesting to hear that Tyler’s non-fiction historical book sparked more interest in the community than his fiction works … hopefully there will be some synergy there too.

  3. This podcast broke all records for downloads in 2012 so we were compelled to release a transcript of it as an ebook which is available on Kindle and other platforms.

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