Mega Critique and Write-In–Saturday, January 3, 2015

Mega Critique and Write-In–Saturday, January 3, 2015

Instead of our monthly meeting, ORA and Sleuths’ Ink will be co-hosting our 4th annual Mega Critique and Write-In! You DO NOT need to be a member of either writers’ group to attend. Writers of all genres are welcome.

Check out the 2015 Write-in Flyer then click here for more information and to register.

Monthly Meeting – Saturday, December 6, 2014 – ORA’s annual Christmas party and Dirty Santa Gift Exchange

Monthly Meeting – Saturday, December 6, 2014 – ORA’s annual Christmas party and Dirty Santa Gift Exchange

 

*** We’re Starting At NOON Today, Not Our Usual 1:00 p.m. ***

Ozarks Romance Authors’ Christmas party is a BLAST each year! Mark your calendar now so you don’t forget.

Rather than having a guest speaker at our 1:00 meeting, we will start the fun at noon with a potluck lunch.

A Dirty Santa Gift Exchange will follow, and it’s always full of laughs and good-natured gift stealing.

Bring your favorite dish or dessert and a wrapped (or gift-bagged) gift in the $10 range for the game. The gift can be nice, silly, writing-related or not. Regifting is welcome. All we ask is that the gift be in good taste.

Authors at Art Walk during Springfield’s First Friday Art Walk – December 5, 2014

ORA is participating in yet another First Friday Art Walk with our signature event, Authors At Art Walk! It’s Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m., at BookMarx (325 E. Walnut St., Ste 101, Springfield, MO 65806, 417-501-1062). www.Facebook.com/BookMarxbooks

Please show up, support our members, and make sure it’s a fun night.

Dec 5 AAWParticipating authors:

* BARBARA BETTIS, author of “Silverhawk” and “The Heart of the Phoenix” — http://barbarabettis.com/

* TERRI LEE, author of “The Bootlegger’s Wife” and “Back to Austen” — http://www.terrileeauthor.com/

* S.J. MCMILLAN, author of The City of the Gods series, “City of the Gods: The Descendant” and “City of the Gods: The Betrayal”, “Dark Light 3 Anthology”, “Lillian’s Christmas Surprise” and “An Author’s Assistant” — http://www.mcmillansj.com/

* BRANDY NACOLE, author of “Uniquely Unwelcome”, “Broken Faith”, “Blood Burdens” and “Sacrifice: A New Dawn” — http://www.brandynacole.com/

There is no charge to attend First Friday Art Walk. You will have the chance to meet these authors, purchase their books, and have them signed. We look forward to seeing you!

Authors at Art Walk during Springfield’s First Friday Art Walk – November 7, 2014

ORA is participating in yet another First Friday Art Walk with our signature event, Authors At Art Walk! It’s this Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., at the Park Central Branch Library (128 Park Central Square, Springfield, MO 65806, 417-831-1342).

Please show up, support our members, and make sure it’s a fun night.

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Participating authors:

* LISA MEDLEY, author of The Reaper Series, “Reap & Repent” and “Reap & Redeem” — http://www.LisaMedley.com

* ELIZABETH OBREY, co-author of “Stars in Her Eyes”

* ROSALIE STANTON, author of “Lost Wages of Sin”, “Know Thine Enemy”, “Ripples Through Time”, and “Moving Target” — http://www.rosaliestanton.com

* T. SUE VERSTEEG, author of “My Ex-Boyfriend’s Wedding”, “Twisted Fate”, “Secrets of the Sapphires”, “Another Time, Another Place”, and co-author of “Luck Be A Lady” – http://tsueversteeg.com

There is no charge to attend First Friday Art Walk. You will have the chance to meet these authors, purchase their books, and have them signed. We look forward to seeing you!

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, November 1, 2014 Lori Copeland will share “I Meant To Tell You That”

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, November 1, 2014 Lori Copeland will share “I Meant To Tell You That”

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We are delighted to present novelist Lori Copeland!

Lori will share “I Meant To Tell You That” with Ozarks Romance Authors, a group that she helped launch in 1987. Her interactive presentation will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at The Library Station in Springfield, Missouri.
Lori is the author of more than 100 titles, both historical and contemporary fiction. With more than 3 million copies of her books in print, she has developed a loyal following among her rapidly growing fans in the inspirational market. She has been honored with the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award, The Holt Medallion, and Walden Books’ Best Seller award. In 2000, Lori was inducted into the Missouri Writers Hall of Fame.

Lori began her writing career in 1982, writing for the secular book market. In 1995, after many years of writing, Lori sensed that God was calling her to use her gift of writing to honor Him. It was at that time that Lori began writing for the Christian book market.

We’ll be in the Frisco Room at The Library Station on N. Kansas Expressway in Springfield, MO at 1 p.m.

Join our critique group from 10 a.m. to Noon. Want your work reviewed by talented writers and published authors? Bring twenty copies of up to five pages of your work to share for critique or just listen and offer advice.

Authors at Art Walk during Springfield’s First Friday Art Walk – October 3, 2014

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ORA is participating in yet another First Friday Art Walk with our signature event, Authors At Art Walk! It’s this Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m., at BookMarx (325 E. Walnut St., Ste 101, Springfield, MO 65806, 417-501-1062). www.Facebook.com/BookMarxbooks

Please show up, support our members, and make sure it’s a fun night.

Participating authors:

* BETH CARTER, author of “Tuesdays at Coconuts” and the children’s books “What Do You Want to Be?” and “The Missing Key” — http://www.BethCarter.com

* VJ SCHULTZ, author of “Death of Bigfoot,” “Truth or Dare,” and “Undercover Love” — http://VerasVersion.blogspot.com

* ELLEN HARGER, author of “The Anonymous Blog of Mrs. Jones” and “Strong Enough” — http://www.EllenHarger.com

There is no charge to attend First Friday Art Walk. You will have the chance to meet these authors, purchase their books, and have them signed. We look forward to seeing you!

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 Ellen and Jeremy Pollreisz of PixelTwister Studio to Speak on The Basic Do’s and Don’ts of Book Trailers

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 Ellen and Jeremy Pollreisz of PixelTwister Studio to Speak on The Basic Do’s and Don’ts of Book Trailers

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Ellen and Jeremy Pollreisz of PixelTwister Studio will discuss the essential principles behind what makes a good book trailer. It will be a lively presentation with videos and lots of energy. “Ask us questions and at the end of the program we’ll announce an exciting opportunity.”

We’re a team made up of author and trained character animator. Together, word motion is our passion making book trailers a natural fit.

Jeremy Pollreisz is the Creative Director, specializing in videos that use dynamic typography. His creative energy is like Old Faithful on constant burst. He needs to share.

Ellen Pollreisz is an author whose mission is to help readers challenge the absolutes they carry around. She’s also obsessed with the process. “Screw results. Show me how you got there.” Which makes her the perfect partner in creating book trailers. Think details.

We believe everyone has a story to tell. What’s popular changes, but personal truth and passion is always en vogue.

We make stories come alive.

We’ll be in the Frisco Room at The Library Station on N. Kansas Expressway in Springfield, MO at 1 p.m.

Join our critique group from 10 a.m. to Noon. Want your work reviewed by talented writers and published authors? Bring twenty copies of up to five pages of your work to share for critique or just listen and offer advice.

 

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

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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.

Fiction Writers Conference Scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Southwest Missouri

SPRINGFIELD, MO – Whether aspiring or multi-published, authors will gather in southwest Missouri to learn from industry professionals Saturday, September 20, 2014, in Springfield. ORAcon2014, which is open to authors and readers of all genres, is sponsored by Ozarks Romance Authors, and will be held from 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center.

In addition, Barnes & Noble in Springfield is hosting a Meet The Authors event from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Friday, September 19, 2014.

Workshops and presentations scheduled for Saturday include traditional and self-publishing, how to capture the attention of editors and readers, plotting, what makes a manuscript appealing to an acquiring agent or editor, and manuscript editing. Speakers include:

“ORAcon 2014 will be my third year in attendance,” said Lisa Medley, multi-published author with Harlequin. “ORAcon provided me with networking contacts, motivation and great workshops that not only educated me but inspired me. The atmosphere of this workshop is nurturing and friendly. No one, author, editor or agent, is unapproachable.”

Published and aspiring authors will have the opportunity to pitch their manuscripts to industry professionals who have traveled to our area to discover new talent. The agents and editors who are accepting pitches are:

  • Liz Pelletier (Entangled Publishing)
  • Nicole Resciniti (Seymour Agency)
  • Tish Beaty (L. Perkins Agency)
  • Holly Atkinson (Samhain Publishing)

“ORAcon offers a fantastic opportunity to learn about the craft and business of fiction writing from bestselling authors, editors and agents,” said Sharon Davis, President of Ozarks Romance Authors. “With a variety of programs and opportunities to pitch your finished novel, we have something for writers of all genres, from beginner to pro.”

Attendees will receive goody bags and have the chance to win prizes. Authors, local and nonlocal alike, will be signing and selling books. In attendance will be authors Mary Caelsto Lenker, Dawna Kreis, Elizabeth Obrey, Barbara Bettis, Lynda Frazier, Ellen Harger, Terri Lee, Heather Snow, Cecily White, Kathleen Garnsey, Sharon Kizziah-Holmes, T. Sue VerSteeg, Lisa Medley, V. J. Schultz, Judy Nickles, William A. Spradley, Willy Robbins, Shirley McCann, Brandy Nacole, Tierney James, Beth Carter, Susan Keene, and Rosalie Stanton.

The conference agenda is available online here: http://ozarks-romance-authors.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/2014-ORAcon-Agenda.pdf

To register for ORAcon 2014, visit http://ozarks-romance-authors.com/conference-2014/oracon-2014.

REGISTER PRIOR TO SEPT. 20, 2014:
Members of Ozarks Romance Authors – $60.00
Non-members of Ozarks Romance Authors – $75.00
Join ORA now + conference registration – $85.00

PAY AT THE DOOR THE MORNING OF THE CONFERENCE:
$80.00

For more information about the event, contact 417-827-7800 or email ozarksromanceauthors@gmail.com.

Ozarks Romance Authors, founded in 1987, is a registered nonprofit group in the state of Missouri, and a member of Springfield Regional Arts Council.

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.