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


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.

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 —

* Angie Fox | New York Times Bestselling author of urban fantasy —

* Mia Marlowe | bestselling author of historical romance fiction —

* Rosalie Stanton | author of paranormal erotic romance —

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:

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:

To register for ORAcon 2014, visit

Members of Ozarks Romance Authors – $60.00
Non-members of Ozarks Romance Authors – $75.00
Join ORA now + conference registration – $85.00


For more information about the event, contact 417-827-7800 or email

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


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.


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

Authors at Art Walk Aug 2014

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.


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.


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.


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:



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


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.




Twitter @ellenharger



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.”



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.


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!