Q&A with Published Author Panel

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, November 2, 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.

Q&A with Published Author Panel: Ask Us Anything!

Join us at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 2, 2013, for an informal afternoon with a panel made up of several of our group’s published authors. Ask them anything!We all have questions about the writing process, how to get published, how to find an agent, why a writer might choose traditional/epublishing/print-on-demand, where to find cover artists for your ebooks, how to conduct a blog book tour, topics for your own blog, marketing, what it means to be within a certain sub-genre, whether contests/conferences help you get published…Jot down your questions between now and then, and we’ll ask them anything and everything.

OUR PANELISTS:

ALLISON MERRITT (Becky Cummings) — Author of “The Treasure Hunter’s Lady,” “The Sky Pirate’s Wife,” The Turncoat’s Temptress,” all part of the Legends & Lovers series; and the short ebooks “Return” and “One Day in D.C.” (Romance / Steam Punk / Epublishing / Kindle / Series / Blog Book Tours / Blogging / Online Critique Groups / Contests) http://havenovelwilledit.blogspot.com/

BETH CARTER — Six-word memoirist and author of the children’s books “Who Do You Want to Be?” and “The Missing Key” (Romance / Mystery / Children’s / Marketing / Blogging / Contests) http://www.banterwithbeth.blogspot.com/

CECILY WHITE — Author of the soon-to-be-released “Angel Academy” series. (Young Adult / Paranormal / Series / Critique Groups / Contests / Conferences / Agents) http://www.cecilywhite.com/

CINDY DAGNAN — Author of “Hot Chocolate for Couples: Practical Ways to Sweeten Your Love Life,” “Scribbles – Sketches for Stressed-Out Moms,” “The Lights of Home – Scenes of Home & Heaven,” “The Chocolate Side of Life,” and “Who Got Peanut Butter on My Daily Planner? Organizing and Loving Your Days as a Mom.” (Creative Nonfiction / Blogging / Public Speaking) http://cindydagnan.com/

KAYE CALKINS — Author of “Deverell’s Dilemma” (Historical Romance / Traditional Publishing / Agents / Critique Groups) http://writewithkaye.blogspot.com/ and http://avalonbooks.com/catbloghr/1173-deverells-dilemma

LISA WELLS — Author of “Dibs.” (Contemporary Romance / Series) http://www.lisawellsauthor.com/

SARA KAY JORDAN — Author of “Snatching Genius,” “Love & Genius,” Prodigy,” and “I’m Ready,” all part of the Moore Family series. (Romance / Series / Kindle) http://www.sarakayjordan.com/

SHIRLEY McCANN — Author of MANY short mysteries and the book, “The Necklace.” Founder of Sleuths’ Ink Mystery Writers, a regional, non-profit group for writers. (Myster / Romance / Epublishing) http://shirleymccann.blogspot.com/

T. SUE VER STEEG (Toni Nichols) — Author of “Secrets of the Sapphires,” “Another Time, Another Place,” “Click!” and “One Wild Weekend.” (Romance / Paranormal / Time Travel / Epublishing) http://www.tsueversteeg.com/

Jeff Houghton

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, October 5, 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.

Actor/Comedian/Writer Jeff Houghton

Jeff HoughtonActor/Comedian/Writer Jeff Houghton is scheduled to speak at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 5, 2013, in the Frisco Room at The Library Station in Springfield, Missouri.

Houghton will share his experiences in taking a leap of faith to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry and the unexpected turns that led to creating the popular local show, “The Mystery Hour.”

ABOUT JEFF HOUGHTON:

Jeff Houghton is a dynamic actor, writer, comedian, and host, based in Springfield, MO. Jeff was raised in Iowa City, IA. Soon after college, Jeff moved to New York City to work for the Late Show with David Letterman appearing in numerous sketches for the show. After that, Jeff began performing for Young Life camps. From there, Jeff moved to Springfield, Missouri chasing love, only to catch her and join the award winning Skinny Improv Mainstage Cast. Performing twice every weekend at the Skinny Improv Comedy Theatre, along with countless traveling shows across the country for seven years, Jeff is no stranger to the improv stage. In 2011, Jeff moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting full time. After an amazing experience working in TV, film, and comedy, Jeff has now moved back to Springfield.

In 2006, Jeff began The Mystery Hour, a late night talk show performed live in the Skinny Improv Comedy Theatre that would last over five years. Acknowledging the work Jeff put in writing and hosting the sold out show, 417 Magazine named Jeff “Entertainer of the Year” in 2009. In 2010, he was named 40 under 40 for Springfield Business Journal.

Jeff has been in numerous commercials and films. He was three times nominated for Best Male Actor for the SATO-48 Film Challenge., and was named an Actor of the Year for 2011 in TAG Magazine.

Jeff is also a freelance writer, writing for Fair City News, a satirical newspaper, and for international aid organization, Convoy of Hope, as well as a monthly featured article in 417 Magazine. He also has a daily blog on his acting experiences.

Jeff has performed stand up across the country, and was selected as Bright New Faces Comedian in Washington D.C. Recently, he has performed at the legendary Comedy Store in Los Angeles.

Visit Jeff online at: http://www.JeffHoughton.net/

On Twitter: @themysteryhour

On Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/TheMysteryHour

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.

Karen Nelson on Blogging

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, September 7, 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 Karen Nelson to speak about blogging.

Author Karen Nelson to Speak to Fiction Writers about Blogging

Join us Saturday, September 7, as author/educator Karen B. Nelson speaks to us about blogging at The Library Station (2535 North Kansas Expressway) in Springfield, Missouri.

Karen Nelson is a writer in southwest Missouri, homeschooling her children in the rural Ozark Mountains. She enjoys all genres of reading and writing, but her heart is firmly rooted in education.

Karen’s triple-certification allows her to teach a variety of age groups, in subjects ranging from literacy and creativity, to technical skills in the fiber arts. She has published numerous educational materials, including the Literature Theme Units for Goldminds’ Young Adult Division, and currently serves as Curriculum Coordinator for Goldminds Publishing.

Karen’s work has appeared as columns, book reviews, and articles in The Ozarks Mountaineer magazine, Mailbox magazine, DollCrafter Magazine, All Roads Lead to Branson, Branson/Lakes Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Travel Guide, Elmer Kelton News, The Old Schoolhouse magazine, Ecology & Conservation Daily News, and more.

She is also the author of the book, “Quotes for Creative Minds,” which is available for Amazon Kindle and Nook.

Her work as received many awards, including those from Ozarks Creative Writers, Ozarks Writers League, Springfield Writers’ Guild, Whispering Prairie Press Literary Awards, and more.

Visit Karen online at: http://kbnelson.wordpress.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Karen-Nelson-Author

Morgan Allen of ADsmith Marketing & Advertising

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, August 3, 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.

Morgan Allen of ADsmith Marketing & Advertising

MorganMorgan Allen, Digital Content Producer for Springfield-based ADsmith Marketing & Advertising, is our guest speaker Saturday, August 3, 2013.

Get ready for an introduction to the many ways we can use the power of online marketing to find, keep, and entertain readers.

When it comes to blogging, hashtags, and internet memes, Morgan is ADSmith’s in-house specialist. She helps clients keep up with their digital needs by producing quality content for their websites, newsletters, and social media posts.

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.)

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