Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Newsletter #10: June 2021

Hello friends! This will be my last Newsletter posted (and emailed to subscribers) in this format. Of course, I will continue to post and share important news regularly! I hope everyone is doing well. Jonathan and I are fully vaccinated, although we're still wearing masks as much as possible, out of respect and in solidarity with the folks around the world who aren't quite out of the woods yet. Personally, this is shaping up to be a banner year for me. In non-author news, you all know how much I love animals, especially snakes and other reptile and amphibian friends, and I wanted to share that this winter I was elected to the Board of the Chicago Herpetological Society! I'm currently serving as a Member-at-Large, which is a representative and ambassadorship role. I also "graduated" this spring from the Master Herpetologist Certification Program through the Amphibian Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia. My heart is full. Here's the latest on everything else:

Recent Awards/Publications

Judges' Favorite, 2021 Golden Haiku Competition.
May 2021

May 2021 (Amazon and Kindle Best Seller and Hot New Release in Ghosts & Haunting, Supernaturalism, and Unexplained Mysteries!)

2021 Golden Haiku Competition, "Milky Way" (pg. 80)
March 2021

"There’s Something About Mary: The Lively Female Spirits of the Old Baraboo Inn," The Feminine Macabre: A Woman's Journal of All Things Strange and Unusual Vol. 1
March 2021

"Not That House, This House: The True Story of a Girl and a Ghost," Haunted Magazine Issue 29
February 2021

Upcoming Publications

In the interest of full disclosure, my long-awaited poetry chapbook, apparitions, was accepted last March by Rhythm & Bones Press for publication in June 2021, winning their Bonechaps poetry chapbook series contest after being long- and shortlisted. I was over the moon. Unfortunately, the press became embroiled in an unrelated scandal soon after, and subsequently folded. This poor little chapbook can't catch a break! It is, however, currently under review with a few other small presses, and I expect to have good news, FINALLY, by the end of this month. Stay tuned...again! In other old but better news, the anthology about the lives and experiences of children detained at the U.S.-Mexico border is still scheduled for publication in fall 2021.

Recent Appearances

Over the winter, I had the honor of being a judge for the Children's Fiction category of the Society of Midland Authors 2020-2021 Midland Authors Awards, and winners were announced this spring! I read about 40 books in three months! The pandemic did not stop authors from living their dreams and producing fine work. At the beginning of May, I received an alumni spotlight as a Hood College featured alumna, which was a bucket list career highlight for me! In television news, The R.I.P. Files has been available on Xumo, and is or will soon be available on Crackle TV, Dark Corners TV, Dark Matters TV, Future Today, PlayStation, Plex, and Vizio. At this point, the show is available on many free streaming services and most VOD platforms. I also shared in my last Newsletter that I was consulting for an upcoming show called My Paranormal Evidence on Travel Channel, which ended up being Fright Club on Discovery+, hosted by Jack Osbourne and Ghost Brothers stars Dalen Spratt, Juwan Mass, and Marcus Harvey. The episode I worked on featured the Old Baraboo Inn and was aptly titled "Ghosts Gone Wild." I also joined Instagram, so please follow me there! Here are some other highlights from my year so far below:

Interview in Haunted Magazine Issue 30.
The Paranormal Burrito, Ep. 46, "The Spooky life of Amelia Cotter"
June 5, 2021

Past Life Regressions with Paul Goddard, Ep. "Past Life Regression with Amelia Cotter"
June 3, 2021

"Amelia Cotter: 'We All Have a Ghost Story,'" Haunted Magazine Issue 30
May 2021

Where the Party Never Ended: Ghosts of the Old Baraboo Inn Virtual Launch Party
May 18, 2021

Spook-Eats, Ep. "The Feminine Macabre Q&A with Amelia Cotter & Courtney Eastman"
March 24, 2021

Amelia's DragonGoddess Boutique Showcase: Tea and Wine Pairings!
March 19, 2021

Amelia's DragonGoddess Boutique Showcase
February 17, 2021

January 11, 2021

January 8, 2021

Upcoming Appearances

I am very much looking forward to attending in-person events again and sharing my new book as well as items from the DragonGoddess Boutique. Jonathan and I received our first wholesale order from the Hermetic Arts Learning Center in Salem, Massachusetts, where both of our incense blends are being sold, and will be launching another item or two in the coming months! In the meantime, please visit my online Store! I'm also working on other exciting television projects and will share more as I am able. My working list of upcoming appearances includes:

I also received my Higgypop award in the mail in January!
This House was the 2020 Paranormal Entertainment Awards
Gold Winner for Best Paranormal Book.
Where the Party Never Ended: Ghosts of the Old Baraboo Inn Launch Party at Old Baraboo Inn in Baraboo, Wisconsin
July 10, 2021 at 7 p.m.

The Haunted Savannah Paracon at Hotel Indigo in Savannah, Georgia
September 10-11, 2021

The Society of Midland Authors' 2020-2021 Midland Authors Awards Banquet
September 14, 2021
October 11, 2021 at 7:45 p.m. | 6:45 p.m. CST

Dark History and Horror Con at IHotel and Conference Center in Champaign, Illinois
October 22-23, 2021

The Haunted Galena Conference at DeSoto House Hotel in Galena, Illinois
April 29-30, 2022

Haunted Road Media ParaCon at Mineral Springs in Alton, Illinois

Thank you all for continuing to share in this journey with me. Please be safe and well, but also explore more, keep creating, stay awesome, and have an adventurous and fulfilling 2021 and beyond. Thank you and Happy Hauntings!

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

New Release: Where the Party Never Ended: Ghosts of the Old Baraboo Inn!

Today is book day! Where the Party Never Ended: Ghosts of the Old Baraboo Inn is now available from Haunted Road Media!

Join the party and meet the lively spirits of the Old Baraboo Inn!

The Old Baraboo Inn in Baraboo, Wisconsin, is one of the Midwest’s most haunted places. Home to a lively cast of ghostly characters, stories of the Inn’s sordid history abound. For more than 150 years, the Inn’s atmosphere has remained warm, welcoming, and full of music, dancing, laughter, and ghosts.

Join me for an exploration of the Old Baraboo Inn’s haunted history, ghost stories, and firsthand paranormal accounts—including more than 40 photos! The Inn is a place where many came to party and perhaps a few met their untimely end, and is a place where it seems the party never ended...

Virtual Launch Party: I invite you to join me on Tuesday, May 18, for the book's informal Virtual Launch Party at 7 p.m. | 6 p.m. CST via Facebook Live! I will read from the book, share some other haunted bar, hotel, and restaurant stories from around the U.S., and answer your questions.

Launch Party at the Old Baraboo Inn in Baraboo, Wisconsin: This will be happening on July 10, the same weekend as Baraboo's annual Big Top Parade & Circus Celebration! More details will be available soon on my Upcoming Appearances page, as well as on my and the Old Baraboo Inn's social media pages!

Your support is greatly appreciated, and you don't have to be from Baraboo to enjoy this collection of ghost stories about one amazingly haunted and historic place. If you order a copy of the book, please consider leaving a positive review on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Goodreads. Thanks and Happy Hauntings!

Friday, April 2, 2021

#GiveBackGetInvolved: Resources for Donating Effectively

We've now passed the one-year anniversary of the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent quarantine reaching us here in the U.S., which have affected all of our lives in profound ways. Certainly, the striking political events of the past year have also shed light on the various injustices and plights that our friends and communities are facing and were facing already. It's also spring cleaning time, and I wanted to share some quick tips on donating effectively to local organizations and name a few Chicago-based orgs that are seeking items now. If there is an event, organization, or volunteer opportunity you would like to see featured in a future post, please contact me at ameliamcotter@gmail.com:

For Animals: Animal shelters always accept monetary donations, of course. The top items otherwise generally needed are: dog food, cat food, food for other types of animals (depending on the type of shelter), food bowls, cat litter, litter pans, chlorine bleach, and office supplies. Check with any local organization on their specific needs and wants before bringing them a donation. PAWS Chicago offers a comprehensive list of Chicago Area Animal Shelters.

For People: Money, yes, and clothing, always. But while donating clothing and food to shelters and depositories is a common practice, people tend to overlook basic needs and, with good intentions, donate "fancier" items in lieu of badly needed essentials. Some items shelters and community outreach programs need the most are: blankets, socks, shoes, and underwear, as well as diapers, feminine hygiene products, and general hygiene products. Some organizations also need school supplies, earbuds, books, and art supplies. Check with any local organization on their specific needs and wants before bringing them a donation. The Youth Empowerment Performance Project offers an excellent list of resources and services, including for Chicago Youth Mutual Aid, for those who want to help and for those who need help.

I'm grateful to Broadway United Methodist Church for inspiring this post. I joined their community at the end of last year and have been deeply moved by their commitment to accepting all people, and their dedication to activism and social justice. They have a Community Donation Box and a Community Food Pantry, where people can add or take items. Donations of socks are especially needed, and all items should be new.