YA Author Cecily White Saturday, February 1

Monthly Meeting–Saturday, February 1, 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

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Author Cecily white

Fiction writers and aspiring fiction writers are invited to join us at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 1, 2014, as author Cecily White presents “Developing Conflict and Finding Your Voice.”

Cecily is the author of “Prophecy Girl,” part of the Angel Academy series. You can find “Prophecy Girl” in book stores and at Amazon here:

Visit Cecily online:
WEBSITE: http://www.CecilyWhite.com/
TWITTER: @CecilyWhite
GOODREADS: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6151198.Cecily_White

You may also know her as the tireless warrior who has led the ORAcon planning committee for the last 3 years, resulting in our annual conference being a big hit each year and attracting fabulous speakers and attendees from all over the USA.

ABOUT CECILY:

Cecily White, Psy.D., makes a habit of avoiding boredom whenever possible. She has enjoyed careers as a hand model, GAP salesgirl, movie projectionist, psychotherapist, yoga instructor, university professor, artist, dance choreographer, eating disorders specialist, psych diagnostician, book reviewer and copy editor. None of which are as much fun as writing novels.

She currently lives in Springfield, MO with two FABULOUS kids and a schizophrenic yet well-mannered cat. She can swear in Klingon, take down an alien aggressor using only her mind (or a pair of chopsticks), and kill giant spiders without getting schmutz on her shirt.

When not singing to herself, she spends time creating new worlds and thinking up ways to make this one better…

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

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!

2011 Missouri Writers’ Conference Listed in The Shaw Guides

Ozarks Romance Authors' 2011 Conference is listed on the Shaw Guides web site.

Click on the image to see Ozarks Romance Authors' 2011 Conference listed on the Shaw Guides web site.


Our 2011 writers’ conference is listed in The Shaw Guides: The Guide to Writers Conferences & Workshops.

Ozarks Romance Authors

Website: http://www.ozarks-romance-authors.com
Year Established: 1987
Program Description: Fiction writers conference that includes lectures, panel & group discussions, pitch sessions, Q&A.
Number of Programs/Year: 1
Program Length: 1 day
Group Size or S:T Ratio: ~75
Program Focus: Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Publishing, Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Young Adult
Faculty 2011: Literary agent Louise Fury; editor Lia Brown (Avalon Books); novelists Leigh Michaels, Shannon Vannatter, Shannon Butcher, Eliza Lloyd.
Costs: $65 (early bird $60).
U.S. Locations: Springfield, Missouri

Months: July
Contact: Jill Slack, President
Ozarks Romance Authors
Springfield, MO 65802
United States
Phone: 417-597-4716
E-Mail: ozarksromanceauthors@gmail.com

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Barnes & Noble, Brangelina, Game Stop, and Ozarks Romance Authors — Oh, my!

Hi, future attendees of Ozarks Romance Authors’ annual conference, which will be held in Springfield, Missouri, on July 23, 2011. (Sorry! I got the year wrong in the video.)

I wanted to show you something interesting. We’re going to have a little quiz later.

Click to watch the short video at the top of this page and you will drive around with me (Jill, 2010-2011 president of Ozarks Romance Authors) in a parking lot on the southwest corner of East Battlefield and South Glenstone in Springfield, Missouri.

You’ll see several buildings in the same, large parking lot.

There is a small building with a Game Stop store in the north end and an AT&T Wireless store in the south side. Behind this Game Stop building is the only Barnes & Noble store in Springfield.

Here is the quiz: What could the Game Stop building possibly have in common with this Barnes & Noble, which is where we’re going to have the booksigning for our speakers the evening before our annual fiction writers’ conference?

The booksigning will be here at Barnes & Noble, within walking distance of The Clarion Hotel, which is where our conference is taking place. The booksigning will be Friday, July 22, which is the night before our conference, from 4:00 – 6:00, here in this large, lovely Barnes & Noble store.

Are you curious about what this Barnes & Noble might have in common with the little Game Stop building?

I’ll give you two hints. The clues about what they have in common are Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Yes, Brangelina.

Does that make you even more curious?

By the way, be sure to plan on attending our:

* Booksigning Friday, July 22, here at Barnes & Noble, 3055 S. Glenstone

* Annual Writers’ Conference just down the road at The Clarion Hotel, 3333 S. Glenstone

in Springfield, Missouri.

Now, if you are curious about what this Barnes & Noble store (where our booksigning will take place) has in common with the Game Stop building, Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie, here are the details!

Ready?

1. GAME STOP BUILDING — BRAD

Colonel Day’s Levi’s Emporium, which is where Brad Pitt worked as a sales clerk between the time that he graduated from Springfield’s Kickapoo High School and went to seek his fame and fortune in Hollywood, used to be the only tenant in the Game Stop/AT&T building.

At that time, Brad looked like this:

Brad Pitt, Kickapoo High School, Springfield, Missouri

Brad Pitt, Kickapoo High School, Springfield, Missouri

I couldn’t find any photos of the old Colonel Day’s store, but the building has not changed much. Currently, the building looks like this:

Former site of Colonel Day's Levi's Emporium, where Brad Pitt worked as a teenager in Springfield, Missouri.

Former site of Colonel Day's Levi's Emporium, where Brad Pitt worked as a teenager in Springfield, Missouri.

Back then, it had an odd stucco finish with deep grooves to match the exterior of the Venture store on the west side of the parking lot. These were the only two buildings on the parking lot at that time, but the lot now also has Barnes & Noble, Office Depot, and Olive Garden.

Springfield's Venture store in the 1970s. Currently K-Mart.

Springfield's Venture store in the 1970s. Currently K-Mart. Exterior of building matched Colonel Day's Levi's Emporium, where Brad Pitt worked.

The Venture store has been gone for many years and is now a K-Mart store.

This is the K-Mart Brad and some of the kids reportedly shopped at during their December 2010 trip to Springfield.

2. GAME STOP BUILDING — ANGELINA

Take a closer look at the windows in the Game Stop building. Who do you see there, along with Super Mario?

Posters in Game Stop window, the former site of Colonel Day's.

Posters in Game Stop window, the former site of Colonel Day's.

Yup, that’s an image of Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft, long before she and Brad became Brangelina. The Game Stop building has several large images of Angelina hanging in its windows.

Gee, I wonder if that was the topic of conversation on the Jolie-Pitt private jet. “Darling, did you see the large posters of me in the windows where you used to work? Shall I have the longitude and latitude added to the tattoo on my bicep?”

3. BARNES & NOBLE / STARBUCKS

This is the Barnes & Noble store that became famous in December 2010 when, while in town to visit Brad’s family, Angelina stopped at the Starbucks inside of the bookstore and bought coffee. News of the sighting of Angelina, Zahara, and Shiloh made its way onto the Internet, including:

People magazine

Perez Hilton

Our local NBC affiliate, KY3

JustJared.com

Angelina Jolie, Zahara, Shiloh at Starbucks inside Springfield, Missouri Barnes & Noble in December 2010

Angelina Jolie, Zahara, Shiloh at Starbucks inside Springfield, Missouri Barnes & Noble in December 2010

PopSugar.com

RadarOnline.com

It was also during this visit that Brad and Angelina posed for photos at St. John’s Hospital (where I was born) to dedicate the new Jane Pitt Pediatric Cancer Center, named in honor of Brad’s mom, Jane Pitt. To see the story in People magazine, click HERE.

Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie dedicate Jane Pitt Pediatric Cancer Center at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, December 2010

Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie dedicate Jane Pitt Pediatric Cancer Center at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, December 2010

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There you have it! Thanks for playing, and we’ll see you at our fiction writers’ conference in Springfield, Missouri, on July 23! Click HERE for more details about the great speakers and topics we have scheduled for the day.

P.S. Stop by Barnes & Noble in Springfield to have coffee, just like Angelina! Enjoy it, along with some conversation, during our booksigning on July 22. We can’t promise you’ll see Brangelina but, based on last year’s event, we think you’ll have a lot of fun.

Directions to The Clarion Hotel for our Annual Conference July 23, 2011

Hi everyone!

We sure hope you’re as excited about Ozarks Romance Authors’ annual conference coming up on Saturday, July 23, 2011, as we are!

Since the directions in Mapquest are a little confusing, we wanted to post a couple of videos and explain the wacky way to find the hotel.

The Clarion’s address is 3333 S. Glenstone Avenue here in Springfield, Missouri, and the hotel faces Glenstone. However, you can’t turn into the hotel’s parking lot from Glenstone. That’s the wacky part.

IF YOU’RE COMING FROM THE SOUTH (FROM BRANSON, HEADED NORTH TOWARD SPRINGFIELD)

If you’re coming from the south down Highway 65 (from Branson, headed north toward Springfield), you have a few options. You can exit Highway 65 and get on the James River Freeway heading west, and then take the northbound Glenstone exit. If you take this route, you’ll be headed north on Glenstone and you’ll drive past The Clarion.

At this point, Mapquest’s confusing directions tell you to make a U-turn. WRONG!
You’ll see The Clarion and the Ford dealership on your left (the west side of the street) and then you’ll see the traffic light at the intersection of Glenstone and Erie. Turn left (west) on Erie and be ready to make an IMMEDIATE left turn (south) in front of the Ford dealership. Stay on this little access road until it is about to dead-end and then you’ll turn right (west) into the hotel’s parking lot.

We took this route to show you what to expect, and here is the video:

IF YOU’RE COMING FROM THE NORTH

If you’re coming from the north, you probably:

* came in on Interstate 44 and took the Glenstone exit, and headed south on Glenstone

* came from the north on Highway 65, headed south, and took the Battlefield exit, and then came west on Battlefield and turned south on Glenstone

* came from the west (headed east) on Battlefield and turned south on Glenstone

this next video will make more sense to you.

At the intersection of Battlefield and Glenstone, you’ll see Barnes & Noble on the southwest corner. This is where we’re having our booksigning on from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Friday, July 22, by the way.

Go south on Glenstone and you will pass Barnes & Noble and Olive Garden. The traffic light will be Erie. Turn right (west) on Erie and be prepared to make an IMMEDIATE left (south) in front of the Ford dealership. Follow this little road until it is about to dead-end and make a right (west) into The Clarion’s parking lot.

Here is a video to show what it looks like coming toward The Clarion from this direction:

Have you reserved your seat at our annual writers’ conference? Click HERE to read all about the great speakers and topics. When you go to that page and scroll down, you’ll see a spot at the bottom to register and pay using PayPal. If you need more information, or if you would prefer to mail a check to register, please email us at OzarksRomanceAuthors@gmail.com.

Live-Tweet of Author Louise A. Jackson’s Presentation July 2, 2011

Louise A. Jackson

Louise A. Jackson

Ozarks Romance Authors’ members had a special treat Saturday, July 2, 2011, as author Louise A. Jackson was our guest speaker.

Louise’s presentation was titled “From an Idea in My Head to a Book in Your Hand.” She took us through the basics of the publishing industry with a healthy sprinkle of her journey toward publication and how the situation changes as you continue to be published.

We used our Twitter account to live-tweet during Louise’s presentation, and we will now paste the transcript below.

If you would like to know about future live-tweets, become our fan on Facebook HERE and follow us on Twitter HERE.

Our next regular meeting will be Saturday, August 6, 2011, at The Library Station on N. Kansas Expressway in Springfield, Missouri. For details about our monthly meetings, click HERE.

Our annual conference will be held July 23, 2011, at The Clarion Hotel and Convention Center in Springfield, Missouri (on Glenstone, between Target and Friendly Ford). Details about our conference are available by clicking HERE.

Our speaker today is award-winning children’s author Louise A Jackson http://www.louiseajackson.net

Louise is a member of Ozark Writers and Illustrators for Children

which is a group that meets here Saturday mornings

Like us, they meet 1st Sat of each month.

Children’s group is having Workshop July 30 at The Library Center

Keynote is Paula Morrow, an agent who was an editor with Highlights for Children mag

Another speaker is Judy Young, a local author and former teacher

Ozark Writers and Illustrators for Children’s web site is http://www.owaic.org

Another speaker at their July 30 workshop will be Vicki Grove

Our speaker today is award-winning children’s author Louise A Jackson

Writing is a seamless garment. No matter the genre you write, it’s much the same.

What should I write about? Who will read it? How can I make it interesting for them? Is this written correctly?

Every author asks these same questions. We can learn from each other in a variety of ways.

Today’s topic: From an Idea in My Head to a Book in Your Hand

Not talking about self-pub today. There are great self-pub places, though.

Chicken Soup books couldn’t find a publisher, so self-pubbed.

Now there are hundreds of publishers who would LOVE to have Chicken Soup.

You CAN be successful as a self-pub author. Louise’s opinion: When you self-pub, it may be wonderful, but how do you know?

No other filter to say that you’ve gotten there.

Louise’s personal opinion is if not good enough to pub on open market, she won’t publish.

So this presentation is about traditional pub, not self-pub or e-pub.

Louise’s first book began with a bit of family lore — a clock that that was passed down

“Gone to Texas” was that book.

Every time you write a scene, your question becomes: Now what does he need, more than anything else, at this point?

“Gone to Texas” came from a family heirloom (clock) used in a fanciful way.

Don’t hesitate to go with regional presses. They’re smaller presses, but many are quite good.

After JK Rowling sold HP and businesses that knew nothing about publishing entered scene,

they compressed things and lost a lot. Naive men thought HP came along every other day.

Same thing happened in publishing that happened in banking.

Citibank, Bank of America bought up smaller banks. After they consolidated, regional banks started opening again

We have lots of regional banks that grew out of demand from “too big to fail” banks.

Louise’s “Gone to Texas” was pub by regional press Eakin.

Peachtree Press in Atlanta is also very good.

Another book came from learning Springfield had a home for soldiers’ kids orphaned by war.

Do a LOT of research! Louise is big believer in doing research.

You need MORE data than you will ever use. Then you’ll probably need MORE research before finishing.

Get your idea, do lots of reseach. Begin to develop main characters.

Louise writes paragraphs in the character’s voice to develop the character.

What’s in his life that he doesn’t want anyone to know? This drives their behavior.

Backstory is vital! Write your story, then go back and drop bits of backstory into the manuscript.

Louise strongly urges writers to work with a critique group!

@OzarksRomance Authors hold critique group 10am 1st Saturday of each month.

Louise’s critique group meets weekly. She revises her work based on their critiques.

You’ve finished your book. Now what? Get a copy of “Writer’s Market.”

Do your research BEFORE sending your manuscript to a publisher.

There is nothing worse than sending your manuscript to a publisher who does not publish that genre.

Follow proper manuscript formatting guidelines — double space, 1″ margins, only 1 space after period ending sentence.

Never take for granted the editor is still at that pub house. They constantly move around.

By the time Writer’s Market comes out, they may be gone. Web site might not be correct.

Pick up the phone. Call publisher. Ask if that editor is still there. If in doubt, ask if male or female.

Get the editor’s name right! Develop the art of the query letter.

Conferences are vital for writers. We’re having one July 23! Details: http://ow.ly/4lZmp

Louise says you can have 10 queries out for 1 manuscript, but only send ms to 1 house at a time.

Loads of info online of how to write a query letter.

Louise makes most of her publishing industry contacts through conferences.

She is going back to a national publisher (rather than regional) again for next book.

Someday you’ll get call/letter saying they want to buy your book. Next to having a child, this is the best feeling EVER.

Enter contests! Put your book out there.

Louise’s book “H is for Hope” helps the Rainbow Network. http://rainbownetwork.wordpress.com

Rainbow Network is a faith-based organization working to end extreme poverty in Nicaragua through housing, health care,

education, micro finance, and sustainable agriculture.

A lot of the process of writing means pieces of process take places simultaneously.

Louise was a teacher for many years and earned her doctorate in 1965.

Conferences Louise attends? Society for Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Ozarks Writers League

Thanks for joining our live-tweet of author http://www.louiseajackson.net

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

Congratulations to the Finalists in our 2011 Weta Nichols Fiction Writing Contest

Literary Agent Louise Fury (left) and Avalon Books Editor Lia Brown

Literary Agent Louise Fury (left) and Avalon Books Editor Lia Brown are the final-round judges for Ozarks Romance Authors' annual fiction writing contest and will appear in person at our conference July 23, 2011.


Congratulations to the 8 finalists in our 2011 Weta Nichols Fiction Writing Contest!

Their entries are now in the hands of our final-round judges, literary agent Louise Fury and Avalon Books editor Lia Brown, who will be here in person at our annual conference July 23 in Springfield, Missouri.

During the conference, which will take place at The Clarion Hotel Convention Center (between Target and Friendly Ford on South Glenstone), we will announce the winners and present the cash prizes — $100 for first place, $50 for second place, and $25 for third place. (If you are a finalist and can’t make it, we will mail your prize.)

This year, we had a record-breaking 99 submissions from all over the world, representing many genres.

Many thanks to our first-round juges. Without them, we never would have been able to see our contest double in size.

Our 2011 finalists, in alphabetical order, are:

Linda Carroll Brad
San Antonio, Texas
“Hannah’s Promise”
Historical Romance

Cecily Cornelius-White
Springfield, Missouri
“Snatchers”
Young Adult Paranormal Romance

Alice Cummings
Springfield, Missouri
“The Treasure Hunter’s Lady”
Fantasy Romance

Rebecca Davis
Cincinnati, Ohio
“The Goddess of Michigan Avenue”
Paranormal Romance

Lily Herman
Pont Vedra Beach, Florida
“Out the Backdoor”
Young Adult

Brenda Littau
Pallyup, Washington
“Love and Zombies”
Romance/Horror

Normandie Ward Fischer
Gloucester, North Carolina
“Heavy Weather”
Mainstream

Gail Zerrade
Boise, Idaho
“The Patriarch”
Mainstream

If you are interested in competing in our 2012 contest, please click HERE to follow us on Twitter, or click HERE to follow us on Facebook.

Would you like to be included in the fun, learning, and networking that we have planned for our July 23, 2011, conference? Click HERE for details.