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.

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.

ORAcon 2013

ORAcon 2013

Saturday, September 21, 2013.

You are invited to Ozarks Romance Authors’ Annual Fiction Writers’ Conference!This event is not just for romance writers. The fundamentals of good writing are universal, and you will learn vital information about the publishing industry, no matter the genre you write.Stay tuned for more details as plans are confirmed. We will also announce the deadline for the 2013 Weta Nichols Fiction Writing Contest, named in honor of the woman who founded our group in 1987, the late novelist Weta Nichols.

Once again, 1-on-1 pitch sessions will be available with agents/editors, we’ll have a Meet The Authors/Booksigning event the night before the conference, workshops, panels, headshots, Q&A, networking, and prizes.

ORACON 2013 – Save The Date

Save The Date

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Ozarks Romance Authors Annual Conference

Springfield, MO

Workshops – Pitch Sessions – Speakers - Headshots - Networking - Fun

We’re putting together a fantastic lineup of speakers. Stay tuned for more details!

2012 Weta Nichols Writing Contest Winners Announced!

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest this year and the judges who offered their expertise in judging! We hope everyone will consider entering again next year.

Contemporary

1st place – Tracy Garrett
Laurie, MO
“In The Line of Fire”

2nd place – Nena Clements
Vilonia, AR
“Maggie’s Find”

3rd place – Sherry Hedden
Springfield, MO
“Student of Desire”

Historical

1st place - Louisa Cornell
Wetumpka, AL
“His Charming Seductress”

2nd place – Joanne L’Estrange
Dublin, Ireland
“The Dark Defender”

2rd place – Woodrow P. Snow
Springfield, MO
“Ejaja”

Young Adult

1st place – Elena Dillon
Santa Clarita, CA
“Breathe”

2nd place – Cecily White
Springfield, MO
“The (Almost) Perfect Revenge”

3rd place – Amy DeLuca
Barrington, RI
“Hidden Deep”

Honorable mention – Fran Young
Springfield, MO
“Bomber Babe”

Honorable mention - Tif Johnson
Springfield, VA
“Girl Player”

Paranormal/Sci-fi

1st place – Christine Canada
Edwardsville, IL
“No Good Deed Goes Unpunished”

2nd place – Jeanmarie Anaya
Neponsit, NY
“Magnetic”

3rd place – Ginny Lynn
Fayetteville, GA
“Animal Management”

2012 ORAcon Speakers

2012 25th Anniversary Ozarks Romance Authors Conference

Saturday, June 23, 2012
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Howard Johnson
3333 S. Glenstone
Springfield, MO 65804

 

TICKET INFORMATION:

As in previous years, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Ozarks Literacy Council to help their mission of promoting literacy in our region.

Members (before May 15) – $50.00
Members (after May 15) – $55.00
Non-members (before May 1) – $60.00
Non-members (afterMay 15) – $65.00
Student discount (up to age 15) – $30.00
Booths for selling books are free for members and an additional $20.00 for non-members.

AGENDA:

8am: Breakfast and Raffles

8:45am: Introductions and Opening

9-12pm: Pitch Sessions with Cori Deyoe and Lucienne Diver

9-12pm: Critique Sessions with Rob Thurman

9-10am: Leigh Michaels – Workshop: Self-Publishing – Tips, Tricks, and Tripwires

10-11am: Jennifer Brown – Craft Workshop TBA

11-12pm: Steven Law – Workshop: Publishing and Publicity

12-1pm: Lunch and Raffles

1-3pm: Pitch Sessions with Goldminds Publishing

1-2pm: J. Brown, C. Deyoe, R. Thurman and L. Diver – Panel: Negotiating the Agent/Author Relationship

2-3pm: Leigh Michaels – Craft Workshop: Plotting Without a Net

3-4pm: C. Deyoe, L. Diver – Query Letter Gong Show

4-5pm- All Speakers – Q & A Panel

5-5:30pm Raffle Drawings and Presentation of Awards.

About The Speakers:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cori Deyoe

 

 

 

 

Cori Deyoe (Three Seas Literary Agency) – Cori Deyoe has over 20 years of experience in the writing industry. She is a published author at Silhouette (national and international). She has also been published in various non-fiction projects. As an employee of 3 Seas Literary Agency since June, 2006, she traded in her “author’s” hat for a brand new one — “literary agent” and concentrates on her clients’ writing only.

Backed by the success of Michelle Grajkowski and 3 Seas Literary Agency, Cori handles her job and clients with the same commitment and values Michelle believes in.

Cori’s clients appreciate her experience in the publishing world, and she has a special talent for editing.

On a personal note, Cori loves reading, traveling, photography, dogs, cats, horses and all animals.


 

 

 

 

 

Lucienne Diver

 

 

 

Lucienne Diver (The Knight Agency) – Lucienne Diver joined TKA in 2008, after spending fifteen years at New York City’s prestigious Spectrum Literary Agency. With her sharp eye and gift for spotting original new voices, Lucienne is one of the most well-respected agents in the industry. A lifelong book addict, she graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York at Potsdam with dual majors in English/writing and anthropology. She thus came well-equipped for her work as an agent.
Over the course of her dynamic career she has sold over seven hundred titles to every major publisher, and has built a client list of more than forty authors spanning the commercial fiction genres, primarily in the areas of fantasy, science fiction, romance, mystery, suspense and erotica. Her authors have been honored with the RITA, National Readers’ Choice Award, the Golden Heart, and the Romantic Times Reader’s Choice, and have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. A publishing veteran, Lucienne has superb industry knowledge, numerous editor relationships, and a keen understanding of the foreign rights market. She is a member of the Association of Authors Representatives, RWA, MWA and SFWA.


 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Brown

 

 

 

Jennifer Brown – Two-time winner of the Erma Bombeck Global Humor Award (2005 & 2006), Jennifer’s weekly humor column appeared in The Kansas City Star for over four years, until she gave it up to be a full-time young adult novelist.

Jennifer’s debut novel, HATE LIST (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009) received three starred reviews and was selected as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a VOYA “Perfect Ten,” and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. HATE LIST also won the Michigan Library Association’s Thumbs Up! Award, was an honorable mention for the 2011 Arkansas Teen Book Award, is a YALSA 2012 Popular Paperback, received spots on the Texas Library Association’s Taysha’s high school reading list as well as the Missouri Library Association’s Missouri Gateway Awards list, and has been nominated for the Oklahoma Sequoyah Award. Jennifer’s second novel, BITTER END, (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011) received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and VOYA and is listed on the YALSA 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults list and is a 2012 Taysha’s high school reading list pick as well.

Jennifer writes and lives in the Kansas City, Missouri area, with her husband and three children.


 

 

 

 

 

Rob Thurman

 

 

 

Rob Thurman – Rob Thurman is currently writing three series for Penguin Putnam’s imprint ROC FANTASY: The CAL LEANDROS Novels, The TRICKSTER Novels, and The CHIMERA Novels. Her first book, NIGHTLIFE, was released in 2006. She has written eight books to date and is releasing two more in 2011. She has also written for a Charlaine Harris & Toni L.P. Kelner Anthology, WOLFSBANE AND MISTLETOE.

Although she does not write Young Adult, her first Urban Fantasy book in The CAL LEANDROS Series—NIGHTLIFE—has received a 2011 Eliot Rosewater Award Nomination for Excellence in High School Libraries—rather to her bemusement as she’d be the first to say her books are not for younger teens. Apparently, the librarians and teens disagree!

Rob’s work is dark, non-stop action from beginning to end, rife with purely evil sarcasm as sharp as a switchblade—and probably nearly as illegal. If one shoved LORD OF THE RINGS, THE SHINING, and PULP FICTION into a wood-chipper, the result would be what Rob aims to deliver in her Urban Fantasy novels.

Rob’s main protagonists are almost exclusively written in a male perspective; in fact, she was “in the closet” as a female writer until her third book, when she posted her bio on her website. Some fans took note and some did not as she received one comment saying, “Thank God! A man is finally writing a male point-of-view. Women simply can’t do it.” Whether this was a compliment or insult is still uncertain, but Rob shrugged and went on.

When asked why she uses a male pen name, she responds that with her books frequently being written in a male “voice,” it might momentarily confuse or cause a disconnect in the buyers’ minds to see a female name on the cover before they begin scanning the book. Besides, family and friends have called her Rob her entire life.

A member of the SFWA, Rob Thurman lives in rural Indiana—land of endless fields, infinite cows and where dial-up is still the only soul-crushing option.


Leigh Michaels
Leigh Michaels

Leigh Michaels – Leigh Michaels is the author of nearly 100 books, including 80 contemporary novels, three historical romance novels, and more than a dozen non-fiction books. More than 35 million copies of her romance novels have been published. Six of her books have been finalists for Best Traditional Romance novel in the RITA contest sponsored by Romance Writers of America. She has received two Reviewer’s Choice awards from Romantic Times.

 

Her work has been translated and published in 120 countries in more than 25 languages, including Japanese, Korean, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Czech, Bulgarian, Russian, Turkish, Hebrew, Greek, Swedish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Africaans, Arabic, Indonesian, and Chinese.

She is the 2003 recipient of the Johnson Brigham Award presented by the Iowa Library Association to an Iowa author for outstanding contributions to literature.

She is the author of On Writing Romance, published by Writers Digest Books.

She is the author of non-fiction books such as WRITING THE ROMANCE NOVEL, a step-by-step workbook, and CREATING ROMANTIC CHARACTERS. She is also the author of DEAR LEIGH MICHAELS: A Novelist Answers the Most-Asked Questions about Getting Published, and a cookbook, A TASTE OF LOVE. She has produced audio programs and written magazine articles on subjects of interest to writers in general.

She teaches romance writing on the Internet at Gotham Writers= Workshop, www.writingclasses.com. Men and women from around the world have participated in her workshops, and a number of them have gone on to publish their own romance novels with commercial publishers. She is currently an adjunct professor in the School of Communications at the University of Iowa.

She wrote her first romance novel when she was a teenager and burned it, then wrote and burned five more complete manuscripts before submitting to a publisher. Her first submission was accepted and published by Harlequin Books, the first publisher to look at it.


Steven Law

Steven Law – Steven is the publisher of Goldminds Publishing. He has written and published four novels. His latest, “Yuma Gold,” is scheduled for release by Penguin Group in New York in November 2011. For 12 years, he has worked as a literary publicist for as many as 30 best-selling authors, including New York Times best-seller Stephen Harrigan, Pulitzer Prize finalist S. C. Gwynne, and the late Elmer Kelton.

As a publicist, he has worked with numerous publishing houses, including Alfred Knopf, Tor/Forge Books, St. Martin’s Press, Little Brown, and others. Steven is founder of the ReadWest Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the awareness and diversity of Western literature.

The speakers for our annual conference July 23, 2011, are getting excited!

Eliza Lloyd is one of the authors coming to speak at our annual writers’ conference, and she just gave a little sneak peek on her blog HERE.

In fact, this is the second time she has mentioned our writers’ conference, which is scheduled for Saturday, July 23, 2011, in Springfield, Missouri. We mentioned the other occurrence HERE, along with links to Eliza’s books.

If you like a sexy, steamy read, click on her titles below.

“Wicked Desires”

“Wicked Temptation”

“Another Lover”

Follow Eliza Lloyd on Twitter! Her Twitter name is @elloydwriting .

Writers’ conferences and conventions of this quality in the midwest are not easy to find. This year’s conference is full of presentations and workshops by award-winning authors, plus our attendees can schedule pitch sessions with a literary agent and publishing house editor from New York City. Opportunities like this do not happen often in the Ozarks! If you would like more details about who will be speaking (and who will be taking pitch sessions) at our conference, click HERE.

Ozarks Romance Authors, a non-profit group for Missouri writers of all genres, was founded in 1987. The regional writers’ group holds its meetings the first Saturday of each month at The Library Station, 2535 N. Kansas Expressway, in Springfield, Missouri.

Visitors are welcome. Your first three visits are free. For details about upcoming meetings, please click HERE.

Our annual conference will be held July 23, 2011, at The Clarion Hotel and Conference Center. To learn more about the amazing lineup of speakers and workshops, click HERE to visit our conference page.

If you have questions about the group, please email us at OzarksRomanceAuthors@gmail.com or call (417) 597-4716.

http://elizalloyd.blogspot.com/2011/06/ozark-writers-conferencejust-around.html

Will we live-tweet from our annual conference in Springfield, MO, on July 23, 2011?

Ozarks Romance Authors 2010 Annual Fiction Writers Conference Romancing the Ozarks

2009-2010 President Kathy Mullens leads the group during Ozarks Romance Authors’ July 2010 Annual Conference. Be sure to be a part of our 2011 conference July 23!

Several folks have emailed and called Ozarks Romance Authors to ask if we will be live-tweeting from our annual conference, which is scheduled for Saturday, July 23, 2011, at The Clarion Hotel Conference Center in Springfield, Missouri.

It seems that a few folks were hoping that they could just check in on Twitter to stay up-to-date with everything the award-winning novelists say during their workshops and presentations.

So, the big question is — Will Ozarks Romance Authors live-tweet from our annual conference?

The answer is, “Sort of.”

Here’s the deal.

We will tweet to let our followers know what’s going on behind closed doors to a certain extent. We’ll let you know who is speaking and, toward the end of the day, we’ll announce the winners of the 2011 Weta Nichols Fiction Writing Contest.

However, we will NOT tweet excerpts of the presentations and workshops.

You may be wondering, “Why not?”

There are several reasons.

1. The presentations and workshops contain material that falls under the copyright of the individual speakers. Out of respect for them, we won’t put their information out there on Twitter.

2. Our attendees are paying a fee to attend the conference. Out of respect for them, we will not divulge the contents of the workshops and presentations on Tw. We hope that doesn’t seem harsh. But, think about it. If you had paid anywhere from $50 to $65 to attend an all-day conference, would you be happy if you knew there were folks out there who were reading the same material that you just heard — for free? Didn’t think so.

There is still time to reserve your seat! If you still have not registered for our annual fiction writers’ conference, click HERE to read all of the details and register at the bottom of the page.

Ozarks Romance Authors is a multi-genre writers’ group, founded in 1987. We are a registered non-profit in the state of Missouri, and more than half of our members have been published.

Meetings are held the first Saturday of each month at The Library Station on North Kansas Expressway in Springfield, Missouri.

Visitors are welcome! Your first three visits are free. Join us for our critique group at 10:00 a.m., lunch at noon, and a guest speaker with a message relevant to the publishing industry at 1:00 p.m.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/OzarksRomance and “Like” us on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/OzarksRomanceAuthors.

If you have questions about visiting our group, feel free to email us at OzarksRomanceAuthors@gmail.com or call (417) 597-4716.

2011 Conference Spotlight: Leigh Michaels

Best-selling author Leigh Michaels will speak at a fiction writers' conference in Missouri July 23, 2011

Best-selling author Leigh Michaels will speak at a fiction writers’ conference in Missouri July 23, 2011

Best-selling author Leigh Michaels is scheduled to be one of our speakers as Ozarks Romance Authors presents its annual conference July 23, 2011, at The Clarion Hotel in Springfield, Missouri.

Leigh’s topics for this event include:

* “Things that Stump the Best of Us (Pacing, Backstory, and Transitions)”

* “Playing Fair: When Characters Keep Secrets”
Leigh will also participate in panel discussions during the day with the other presenters.

Who is Leigh Michaels?

Leigh Michaels is the author of nearly 100 books, including 80 contemporary novels, three historical romance novels, and more than a dozen non-fiction books. More than 35 million copies of her romance novels have been published. Six of her books have been finalists for Best Traditional Romance novel in the RITA contest sponsored by Romance Writers of America. She has received two Reviewer’s Choice awards from Romantic Times.

Her work has been translated and published in 120 countries in more than 25 languages, including Japanese, Korean, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Czech, Bulgarian, Russian, Turkish, Hebrew, Greek, Swedish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Africaans, Arabic, Indonesian, and Chinese.

She is the 2003 recipient of the Johnson Brigham Award presented by the Iowa Library Association to an Iowa author for outstanding contributions to literature.

She is the author of “On Writing Romance,” published by Writers Digest Books.

She is the author of non-fiction books such as WRITING THE ROMANCE NOVEL, a step-by-step workbook, and CREATING ROMANTIC CHARACTERS. She is also the author of DEAR LEIGH MICHAELS: A Novelist Answers the Most-Asked Questions about Getting Published, and a cookbook, A TASTE OF LOVE. She has produced audio programs and written magazine articles on subjects of interest to writers in general.

She teaches romance writing on the Internet at Gotham Writers Workshop, www.writingclasses.com. Men and women from around the world have participated in her workshops, and a number of them have gone on to publish their own romance novels with commercial publishers. She is currently an adjunct professor in the School of Communications at the University of Iowa.

She wrote her first romance novel when she was a teenager and burned it, then wrote and burned five more complete manuscripts before submitting to a publisher. Her first submission was accepted and published by Harlequin Books, the first publisher to look at it.

To learn more about Leigh Michaels, visit her online at http://www.LeighMichaels.com

Ozarks Romance Authors, a multi-genre writers’ group, has been a registered non-profit corporation in the state of Missouri since 1987. Meetings are held the first Saturday of each month, and the group’s annual conference is scheduled for July 23, 2011, in Springfield, Missouri.

For a list of guest speakers and their topics, click here: http://ozarks-romance-authors.com/2011-annual-conference/

Pitch Information for ORA Conference Attendees

Attention ORA conference attendees:

Scheduling for pitch appointments with Avalon editor Lia Brown and L.Perkins Literary agent Louise Fury will officially open at 9am, SATURDAY JUNE, 11th.

Lia Brown is looking for: Single Title, Category, Contemporary, and Historical.

Louise Fury is looking for: Single Title, Category, Historical, Paranormal, Young Adult, Middle Grade, and Picture Books.

We ask that authors signing up for pitch appointments have your manuscript completed at the time of the pitch (although Louise says she will happily offer query or submission advice to those who do not have completed manuscripts, so long as they tell her up front the manuscript is unfinished.) Appointments will run in ten-minute increments between the hours of 9am and 12:20 pm on the day of the conference, so spots are limited.

In your email, tell me who you’d like to meet with (first and second choice, if applicable). If you have a preference for time, you are welcome to mention it at the time of sign-up, but we cannot guarantees those requests. Scheduling will be done on a first come first served basis.

Contact conference chairperson Cecily Cornelius-White at professorcecily@yahoo.com for pitch appointment sign up beginning JUNE 11th at 9am (CDT), when scheduling opens.

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you at the conference!