Authors at Art Walk

Authors at Art Walk–First Friday Art Walk Featuring Four Local Authors

Friday, August 2, 2013     6:00-9:00 p.m.

LOVE TO READ? COME MEET 4 LOCAL AUTHORS!

For the first time ever, Ozarks Romance Authors is participating in First Friday Art Walk, a program of Springfield Regional Arts Council (ORA is a member of SRAC).

Stop by from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Friday, August 2, 2013, to show support for these local authors. We will be at the Park Central Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square.

Authors participating this evening are:

cecily white* CECILY WHITE, author of the young adult paranormal “Prophecy Girl” — http://www.cecilywhite.com/

Rosenow_Jean (1)* JEAN ROSENOW, author of the novel “Blessed Are the Pure of Heart” — http://www.jeanrosenow.com/

kaye calkins* KAYE CALKINS, author of the historical romance “Deverell’s Dilemma” — http://www.writewithkaye.blogspot.com/

276726_431075926961235_49033174_n* BETH CARTER, author of the children’s books “What Do You Want to Be?” and “The Missing Key” — http://www.banterwithbeth.blogspot.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!

Holly Atkinson, Editor with Samhain Publishing

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, July 6, 2013

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.

Holly Atkinson, Editor with Samhain Publishing

Join us at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013, as Holly Atkinson, editor with Samhain Publishing, tells us what this popular publisher is looking for.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 Degree 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.

Visit her online at: http://notesfromyoureditor.wordpress.com/

About Samhain Publishing:

Launched in 2005 with a vision of bringing extraordinary fiction to compulsive readers (who sometimes can’t wait for a book to actually be printed), Samhain Publishing® is an international publisher of e-book and traditional print fiction. One of the most prominent voices of original e-book fiction, Samhain represents some of today’s brightest authors of romance and horror fiction. To learn why at Samhain “it’s all about the story…”, visit Samhain Publishing online at htttp://www.samhainpublishing.com.

Beth Carter — “60 Free Ways to Market Your Book!”

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, June 1, 2013.

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 Beth Carter to present “The Marketing Mindset: 50 Free Ways to Market Your Book.”

Beth’s career in marketing spanned more than 20 years, in the fields of healthcare, banking and green heat, and she was previously a bank vice president.After 16 years of being a single mom and working in corporate America, Carter happily shed her bank suits, heels, and 8 a.m. meetings, and now writes from home in her pj’s. She fully admits to a slight obsession with T.J. Maxx, skinny vanilla lattes and guacamole (though, not at the same time).She is the author of two picture books, WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE? and THE MISSING KEY. Her short stories and poems are published in three ECHOES OF THE OZARKS anthologies, as well as A Bad Hair Day anthology. Carter’s six-word memoirs were published in IT ALL CHANGED IN AN INSTANT, alongside famous authors and celebrities and SIX WORDS AT WORK, another six-word memoir collection.Carter lives in the Midwest and is a member of Ozarks Romance Authors, Sleuths’ Ink Mystery Writers, and Ozarks Writers League.She founded the one-month writing challenge, JANO, for Sleuths’ Ink in 2009, and served as vice president of Sleuths’.Follow her online at:BLOG: http://banterwithbeth.blogspot.com/
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/beth.carter.1650?fref=ts
TWITTER: @bethsbanterGuests are welcome. Your first 3 visits are free. You’ll find us at The Library Station on North Kansas Expressway in Springfield, Missouri.Critique group is from 10:00 a.m. – noon. We break for lunch and head to Panera next door at noon. We reconvene in our meeting room at 1:00 for our guest speaker and meeting.

We are scheduled to be in the Frisco Room. This is one of the meeting rooms along the front of the building, facing the big windows.

Author Tim Ritter

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, May 4, 2013

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 Tim Ritter

Join us at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013, as author Tim Ritter shares his path toward publication and what it was like to work with the popular print-on-demand publisher Vervante.If you have considered self-publishing and are curious about the process of print-on-demand publishing, bring your questions and be ready to take lots of notes.”Soul Sketches” is a heart-felt collection of poems and writings of life and love, marriage, children, divorce, death, faith, and all the other events and emotions that make up the human experience.Tim Ritter started writing the collection that became Soul Sketches while he was in college, making record of the events going on in his life and the lives of those around him. Over the next 20+ years, he recorded finding love, becoming a husband and father, losing family members, ending a marriage, raising sons, discovering love again in life and other events, as well as expressing whimsical ideas. He also explores his own lusts and desires and examines finding ways to express his faith.Soul Sketches is intended to be a collection of thoughts and experiences where the reader can find him or her self, find pieces they can identify with. The author hopes while reading this collection, the reader wants to stand up and say, “Been there!”The book is available online at: http://store.vervante.com/c/v/V4081608812.htmlWe are scheduled to be in the Frisco Room at The Library Station this month. This is one of the meeting rooms along the front of the building, facing the big glass windows. (NOTE: If you peek into the Frisco Room and nobody looks familiar, it means we got bumped at the last minute and you’ll need to check Facebook and/or ask a library employee to see where they have moved us.)

 

Getting Serious About Writing a Series

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, April 6, 2013

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 Lisa Wells to present “Getting Serious About Writing a Series: An Introduction”

Our very own Lisa Wells is presenting an introduction to her popular online course, Getting Serious About Writing a Series.

Learn the “musts” of writing a series.

Lisa Wells is a 22-year veteran educator. For the past 16 years, she has enjoyed a rollercoaster journey called: The School Counselor – Dramas, Dreams, and Destinies. Add the theme song to “Jaws,” and you have the feel for this fun ride.

Author of “Dibs,” a sexy romance nominated as Debut Book That Rocks and Best Book of The Year, Lisa believes writers should never quit studying their craft. When she decided to write a series and couldn’t find affordable material that taught the nuances of writing series vs. stand alone books, she designed her own how-to class. Self-appointed number one fan of Margie Lawson, she was thrilled to be given the opportunity to unveil her class at Lawson Writer’s Academy.

Twitter @lisawells1

http://www.lisawellsauthor.com/

More information about the online course is available here: http://www.margielawson.com/lawson-writers-academy-courses/detail/2-writing/68-january-getting-serious-about-writing-a-series

We are scheduled to be in the Frisco Room at The Library Station this month. This is one of the meeting rooms along the front of the building, facing the big glass windows. (NOTE: If you peek into the Frisco Room and nobody looks familiar, it means we got bumped at the last minute and you’ll need to check Facebook and/or ask a library employee to see where they have moved us.)

ABOUT OZARKS ROMANCE AUTHORS:

Ozarks Romance Authors was founded in 1987. The regional writers’ group holds its meetings the first Saturday of each month (usually at The Library Station, 2535 N. Kansas Expressway) in Springfield, Missouri.

Originally a group for writers of romance fiction, we are now considered a multi-genre group, with members writing all types of fiction and nonfiction.

Join us for critique group at 10:00 a.m., lunch at Panera at noon, and a speaker at 1:00 p.m.

We are a registered nonprofit in the state of Missouri, and we are a member of the Springfield Regional Arts Council.

Visitors are welcome! Your first 3 visits are free. Annual dues are $25.

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

For a complete list of guest speakers and topics, visit https://www.facebook.com/OzarksRomanceAuthors/events

2013 Mega Critique Group & Write-In Event

Join ORA and Sleuth’s Ink at The Creamery Arts Center on Saturday, January 5th for our second annual write-in and critique event. We’ll be joining other writers from 10 am to 4 pm with snacks and lunch, critiques, writing, and door prizes! Don’t miss out!Click here to download to flyer to distribute to other writers.

This event is FREE and open to all genres of writers. You do not have to be a member to attend. Please fill out the form below to register so we’ll know how to order lunch and instruct you on how many copies of your work to bring to critique if you select that option.

 


Event Registration Form


Directions to The Creamery:

Creamery Arts Center, 411 N Sherman Pkwy, Springfield, MO 65802
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March 2, 2013 Monthly Meeting Speaker Cara Bristol

  Join us for something spicier than our usual fare — a presentation on how to write sizzling sex scenes!
Cara Bristol writes contemporary, domestic discipline and paranormal erotic romance — just the kind of stories she likes to read.

From newest to oldest, her six published erotic romances are all available here if you’d like to study ahead!

■ False Pretenses, Loose Id (A Rod and Cane Society story
■ A Scent of Longing, Decadent Publishing
■ Reckless in Moonlight, Loose Id
■ Unexpected Consequences (A Rod and Cane Society story), Loose Id
■ Secret Desires, Black Velvet Seductions (BVS)
■ Intimate Submission, Black Velvet Seductions

Both Secret Desires and Intimate Submission have been anthologized in BVS’s Spanked!

She is currently writing another paranormal.

In her spare time (*laugh*) she likes to read, travel with her husband, and watch reality TV shows.

Visit Cara online at:

http://www.CaraBristol.com/

Ozarks Romance Authors was founded in 1987. The regional writers’ group holds its meetings the first Saturday of each month (usually at The Library Station, 2535 N. Kansas Expressway) in Springfield, Missouri.

Originally a group for writers of romance fiction, we are now considered a multi-genre group, with members writing all types of fiction and nonfiction.

Join us for critique group at 10:00 a.m., lunch at Panera at noon, and a speaker at 1:00 p.m.

We are a registered nonprofit in the state of Missouri, and we are a member of the Springfield Regional Arts Council.

Visitors are welcome! Your first 3 visits are free. Annual dues are $25.

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

 

February 2, 2013 Monthly Meeting Speaker Tish Beaty, Editor of “Fifty Shades of Grey

Tish Beaty is making a name for herself not only as an author, but as an editor of “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

She is represented by Louise Fury, who spoke at Ozarks Romance Authors’ 2011 conference. She is a contributor to the book “Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Join us at The Library Station (2535 North Kansas Expressway) in Springfield, Missouri, to hear about the phenomenon of “Fifty Shades of Grey” from someone who was there when it all began.

What can we learn from the success of this book that began as fan fiction and grew to become a best-seller? Visit Tish online at: http://www.TishBeaty.com/ https://www.facebook.com/beaty.graham.infopage?ref=ts&fref=ts

Ozarks Romance Authors was founded in 1987. The regional writers’ group holds its meetings the first Saturday of each month (usually at The Library Station, 2535 N. Kansas Expressway) in Springfield, Missouri. Originally a group for writers of romance fiction, we are now considered a multi-genre group, with members writing all types of fiction and nonfiction. Join us for critique group at 10:00 a.m., lunch at Panera at noon, and a speaker at 1:00 p.m. We are a registered nonprofit in the state of Missouri, and we are a member of the Springfield Regional Arts Council.

Visitors are welcome! Your first 3 visits are free. Annual dues are $25. If you have questions about the group, please email us at OzarksRomanceAuthors@gmail.com, or call (417) 597-4716.

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!

December 1, 2012 ORA Christmas Party

This month in leiu of a regular meeting in December, we will celebrate with writerly fellowship and food!

Join us first for the critique group from 10:00 a.m. to noon at The Library Station 2535 North Kansas Exp, Springfield Missouri. Bring 8-10 copies of up to ten pages of your work for kind and helpful feedback.

The Christmas Party will follow at noon. Bring a potluck dish or dessert to share along with a $5 Dirty Santa gift to exchange.

Hope to see you there!