Meet The Authors of ORAcon Friday, Sept. 19 at Barnes & Noble 4-6 p.m.

Leigh Michaels

Come mix and mingle with a lot of published authors, including:

* Leigh Michaels | author of how-to-write books, highly sought-after writing instructor, and author romance fiction — http://www.leighmichaels.com/

* Angie Fox | New York Times Bestselling author of urban fantasy — http://www.angiefox.com/

* Mia Marlowe | bestselling author of historical romance fiction — http://www.miamarlowe.com/

* Rosalie Stanton | author of paranormal erotic romance — http://rosalie-stanton.net/

The event is free to attend and will be at Barnes & Noble Booksellers
3055 S Glenstone Ave, Springfield, Missouri 65804 (Map). We’ll be toward the back of the store. Grab some coffee or tea at Starbucks and then follow the noise to find us.

These fabulous authors have traveled to Springfield to speak at a fiction writers conference the next day.

If you are a writer (or hope to become a writer), please stop by to visit, and think about coming to the all-day conference on Saturday, September 20, at University Plaza Hotel. Cost to attend this fabulous, jam-packed event is just $75. Details are available here: https://www.facebook.com/events/551199241559207/

Topics that our guest speakers will cover at the conference are vital for writers of all fiction genres, not just romance.

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, September 6, 2014. Editor Holly Atkinson to Speak on Tips, Tricks, Dos & Don’ts When Pitching to an Agent or Editor

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, September 6, 2014

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Editor Holly Atkinson will give us insight and tips on pitching to editors and agents at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 6, 2014, at The Library Station in Springfield, Missouri.

Holly is an editor at Samhain Publishing and a copywriter at ADsmith Marketing and Advertising. 

Since she can remember, Holly Atkinson’s professional ambition has revolved around fiction editing. She was fortunate to receive her first taste in editing when she was thirteen and wrote copy for a local realtor show. In 2008, Holly graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor’s in English, specializing in Creative Writing. Her first real job in the literary world came in the role of line editor for Lyrical Press. In 2011, she joined Mundania Press as a content editor and finally landed her dream job at Samhain Publishing in 2012.

Holly describes herself as the quintessential book nerd. In her spare time, she writes erotic romance under a penname, though she hopes to produce more mainstream works in the future so the more conservative members of her family can read her work. She lives in Missouri with her husband, loves to travel, and goes a little crazy around the holidays. Her largest writing influences include Pamela Smith Hill, Aaron Sorkin, JK Rowling, Stephen King, and Joss Whedon.

FIND HOLLY ATKINSON ONLINE:

http://www.samhainpublishing.com/author/holly-atkinson/
https://www.facebook.com/hollyda1
http://notesfromyoureditor.wordpress.com/

We’ll be in the Frisco Room at The Library Station on N. Kansas Expressway n Springfield, MO.

 

Join us for Authors at Art Walk–Friday, August 1, 2014

Authors at Art Walk–Friday, August 1, 2014

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Join authors  Ellen HargerWanda FittroAllison MerrittBeth Carter August 1 at Arts and Letters Gallery at 214 S. Campbell Ave Springfield, MO during First Friday Art Walk! Meet the authors and have your books signed!

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, August 2, 2014: Insights and Tips on Writing Your First Novel from Author Mara W. Cohen

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Frisco Room at The Library Station, 2535 N. Kansas Expressway, Springfield, MO

Critique group at 10:00 a. m. followed by lunch at Panera and our speaker at 1:00 p.m.

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Author Mara W. Cohen will give us insight and tips on writing your first novel at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2014, at The Library Station in Springfield, Missouri.

Mara teaches in the English Department at Missouri State University.

With degrees from both Columbia University (NYC) and Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA), she is working on her doctorate at The Spertus Institute of Jewish Leadership and Learning in Chicago.

In addition to writing historical fiction about the Jews of Greece, she the co-director of the Telling Traditions Project, which has a mission to preserve the history of the Jews of the Ozarks and does research on American haggadot.

Along with this first novel, her first documentary “Home, Community, Tradition:The Women of Temple Israel,” about the Jewish women of Springfield, MO, is available from the project.

Very concerned about preserving Jewish history, Ms. Cohen has just completed, with M. Rachel Gholson, “Jews of Springfield in the Ozarks” published by Arcadia Press.

A world traveler, she loves meeting her fans, so consider inviting her to your community.

FIND MARA W. COHEN ONLINE:
http://english.missouristate.edu/MaraIoannides.aspx
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mara-W-Cohen-Ioannides-author-page/114047885299978
http://www.amazon.com/Mara-W.-Cohen-Ioannides/e/B001JSD266

Join Us Saturday, June 7 as Ashli O’Connell Presents Marketing for Authors & Building a Fan Base Via Social Media

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, June 7, 2014

The Frisco Room at The Library Station, 2535 N. Kansas Expressway, Springfield, MO

Critique group at 10:00 a. m. followed by lunch at Panera and our speaker at 1:00 p.m.

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Ashli O’Connell will speak to us about authors marketing their work and building a fan base via social media on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at The Library Station in Springfield, Missouri.

Guests are welcome! Your first 3 visits are free.

Ashli is the Web Content Developer and Editor at Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri.

She produces and edits content for Evangel’s website, enrollment marketing materials, and the Evangel Undergrad Facebook and Twitter. She alaso manages the Student Digital Marketing Team

Her career has also included writing and editorial positions for The Springfield News-Leader, “Today’s Pentecostal Evangel” magazine and AG Chi Alpha ministries.

Ashli earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and is about to complete a master’s degree in communication.

See Ashli’s work online:
http://www.evangel.edu/
https://www.facebook.com/evangel.undergrad
https://twitter.com/EUndergrad

ABOUT ASHLI O’CONNELL:

http://web.evangel.edu/Directory/bios/index.asp?username=OConnellA

http://www.Twitter.com/ashlio

 

Join Us Saturday, May 3, 2014 As Novelist Ellen Harger Presents: “Three Secrets for Tight Dialogue.”

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You are invited to attend our fiction writers’ group on Saturday, May 3, 2014, as novelist Ellen Harger Presents: “Three Secrets for Tight Dialogue.”

We’ll be in the Frisco Room at The Library Station on N. Kansas Expressway in Springfield, MO. * Critique Group from 10:00 – 11:55 a.m. * Lunch next door at Panera from noon – 1:00 p.m. * Meeting begins at 1:00 p.m.

ABOUT ELLEN HARGER: Our very own Ellen Harger Pollreisz (writing as Ellen Harger) says: I write women’s fiction heavy with sass and snark – my two favorite adjectives. I’m a new stepmom, too, so I have an almost endless supply of writing fodder. I’m also a dog lover. In. Every. Sense. Of. The. Word. Oh, and Southwest Missouri is fabulous. In 2013 I became a published author, wife, and new step-mom. I’ve been a dog lover since birth. For five years I lived in Bean Town, but ever willing to try new places, I eagerly crossed the country to live in Oakland and Berkeley. There I polished and noodled my first novel, and started a few more manuscripts with the help of NaNoWriMo. The bug developed into a full-fledged condition. After eleven years away, and loving the symmetry, I returned to the Midwest to finalize “Strong Enough,” set in a town based on Springfield. I’ve published a poem, “Guidelines,” released my debut novel as an e-book, and written a second Women’s Fiction novel, “The Anonymous Blog of Mrs. Jones.” The pipeline is backed up with short stories and novels waiting their turn. Time to open up the valve.

FIND ELLEN ONLINE HERE:

Website http://www.EllenHarger.com/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AuthorEllenHarger

Twitter @ellenharger

GoodReads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6979258.Ellen_Harger

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Ellen-Harger/e/B00BOUQG26/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Join us Saturday, April 5, 2014 for Mary Muse Wilson

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Frisco Room at The Library Station, 2535 N. Kansas Expressway, Springfield, MO

Critique group at 10:00 a. m. followed by lunch at Panera and our speaker at 1:00 p. m

Join us at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014, as Mary Muse Wilson presents “Discover Your Inner Muse-Powered Super Hero.”

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ABOUT MARY:

During the course of my decade plus career as a published author, I’ve worked with some of the best, and largest, digital-first publishers in the industry. I wrote ebooks back when you had to explain exactly what an ebook was. My first book came out in December 2002, and I haven’t looked back.

I’ve published over 50 books in the romance genre under four pen names, worked with 9 publishers (Seven of whom are still in business, which is no small feat these days!), started self-publishing, and shared my knowledge of publishing with countless writers just like you.

There is no greater time to be in the publishing industry than right now. Writers have more options and more career paths than ever before. They also face more overwhelm, more uncertainty, and more changes than ever before, too. Let me share my knowledge with you, helping you to create your perfect path to publishing.

By introducing you to your inner muse-powered super hero (he or she was there all along!), together, you and your muse can craft a career as inspired as the stories you write.

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION:

Not everyone wants to write a book, and of those who want to write one, it takes a special kind of nerve, dedication, and persistence to finish a book, and then a writer has to start on the path of publication.

Along the way well-meaning friends and family, the industry, even other authors can make a writer doubt his or her craft. However, as a writer, you have a secret ally on the road to making your writing career dreams come true–your muse.

Meet your inner muse-powered super hero and discover just how powerful your muse can be, and just how awesome your writing career can become!

VISIT MARY ONLINE:

WEBSITE: http://www.musecharmer.com/
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/musecharmer

Join us Saturday, March 1, 2014 for Paranormal Author/Editor Jacquelynn Gagne

559910_10151637009608083_2068634096_n Make plans now to join us Saturday, March 1, 2014, with guest speaker Paranormal Author/Editor Jacquelynn Gagne. Her book, “Blood Rose,” was released April 1, 2013. Jacquelynn F. Gagne is an obsessive compulsive author of all things paranormal. When she cannot be found in the real world she is usually found covered in paint, pastels, or most usually words. Among writing, photography and art, Jacquelynn is also an editor for publishing houses Midnight Hour Publishing. As well she free lances her editorial services.

Jacquelynn began working on her first novel in January of 2008, while still working full time. Though Jacquelynn has been writing most of her life, it was never her intention to become a professional writer. But when obsession grabs you, it doesn’t tend to let go. In addition to writing, Jacquelynn enjoys reading everything she can get her greedy little hands on. Currently she lives in Rogersville, Missouri with her husband James and their two sons, though she has declared to one day build a library that will substitute as her house.

She is also a co-owner of Ambrosia Arts, offering editorial services and critiquing to authors. The firm also offers graphic design.

Find Jacquelynn online at:

http://www.Ambrosia-Arts.com/

http://ambrosia-arts.blogspot.com/ https://twitter.com/JacquelynnGagne

YA Author Cecily White Saturday, February 1

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Frisco Room at The Library Station, 2535 N. Kansas Expressway, Springfield, MO

Critique group at 10:00 a. m. followed by lunch at Panera and our speaker at 1:00 p. m

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Fiction writers and aspiring fiction writers are invited to join us at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 1, 2014, as author Cecily White presents “Developing Conflict and Finding Your Voice.”

Cecily is the author of “Prophecy Girl,” part of the Angel Academy series. You can find “Prophecy Girl” in book stores and at Amazon here:

Visit Cecily online:
WEBSITE: http://www.CecilyWhite.com/
TWITTER: @CecilyWhite
GOODREADS: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6151198.Cecily_White

You may also know her as the tireless warrior who has led the ORAcon planning committee for the last 3 years, resulting in our annual conference being a big hit each year and attracting fabulous speakers and attendees from all over the USA.

ABOUT CECILY:

Cecily White, Psy.D., makes a habit of avoiding boredom whenever possible. She has enjoyed careers as a hand model, GAP salesgirl, movie projectionist, psychotherapist, yoga instructor, university professor, artist, dance choreographer, eating disorders specialist, psych diagnostician, book reviewer and copy editor. None of which are as much fun as writing novels.

She currently lives in Springfield, MO with two FABULOUS kids and a schizophrenic yet well-mannered cat. She can swear in Klingon, take down an alien aggressor using only her mind (or a pair of chopsticks), and kill giant spiders without getting schmutz on her shirt.

When not singing to herself, she spends time creating new worlds and thinking up ways to make this one better…