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.”

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ABOUT MARY:

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.

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION:

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!

VISIT MARY ONLINE:

WEBSITE: http://www.musecharmer.com/
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/musecharmer

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.

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/

Live-Tweet Transcript from June 4, 2011, presentation – “The Editor/Agent Pitch Session: How to Make it a Success!”

Kelly Henkins, who writes as Angela Drake

Kelly Henkins, who writes as Angela Drake

Ozarks Romance Authors, a multi-genre, non-profit group for writers (founded in 1987), met Saturday, June 4, 2011, at The Library Station on North Kansas Expressway in Springfield, Missouri.

The June presentation was by member Kelly Henkins, who writes as Angela Drake.

Her topic was perfect as we prepare for one-on-one pitch sessions at our July 23 annual conference, with Avalon Books Editor Lia Brown and Literary Agent Louise Fury of The L. Perkins Agency — “The Editor/ Agent Pitch Session: How to Make it a Success!”

We live-tweeted during the meeting until Twitter gave us a message that we had exceeded the number of posts allowed. Follow us on Twitter at @OzarksRomance!

Here is the entire transcript of the live-tweet:

June 4, 2011 — 1:10 p.m. CT

Kelly Henkins writes as Angela Drake. Her site is http://angeladrake.blogspot.com/
She is speaking to Ozarks Romance Authors today http://ow.ly/53hr3
Topic: How to have a successful pitch session with editor or agent http://ow.ly/53hr3

Register for our 7/23/11 conference for 2 pitch opportunities #sgf #mo #amwriting http://ow.ly/4lZmp

Avalon Editor Lia Brown and Lit Agent Louise Fury will take pitches at our 7/23 conf http://ow.ly/4lZmp

Everything is a “what if” that moves the story forward.

Same with your writing career.

Must continue to ask “what if” to move your writing career forward.

Pitching is one of those “what if’s.”

When will you have another chance to pitch your book to an editor or agent?

What if you don’t pitch at our conference 7/23/11?

When will you have another chance to pitch? Need to take advantage of this opportunity.

Kelly’s info on pitching was a result of a last-minute pitch opp with an editor 10 years ago.

She gave her 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices for pitching at the conference.

Got her conf packet and found out she was able to pitch to 2 that day.

Advice on having a great pitch?

Don’t be nervous.

Kelly/Angela walked out of her first pitch session EVER with a request for full manuscript.

Agents/Editors told Kelly they are amazed by # of writers who have no idea what to do/say in pitch session.

Pitch session is like a job interview. Prepare for this!

You lose out if you don’t target right editor/agent when pitching.

Sure, you’ll be nervous. But be as prepared as possible.

Editors/agents are people, just like you. They’ve been on job interviews, been nervous, too.

Prepare well. Do your best. You are asking them to trust you to tell great story, meet deadlines.

They may ask you to make changes you don’t totally agree with.

Separate yourself from the story and realize they know more than you.

You think your story is perfect? Pitch it. Editor/agent will ask questions, offer suggestions.

If editor/agent offers advice, don’t be offended. Give it some thought. Will it work?

Editor/Agent knows what the book needs, often without reading it.

How do you prepare for those all-important 5 or 10 minutes in pitch?

Learn about the company. Dress appropriately. Just like a job interview.

You want this editor. Don’t be mousy, mumble, etc. Be confident!

No such thing as a textbook pitch session/interview.

No editor/agent is the same. All are looking for certain things.

10 steps to making your pitch session go well…

1. Have the book finished.

What if the editor/agent asks for the full manuscript and you haven’t finished?

Will you have time to finish it, polish, go over it several times, make it perfect?

All the time spent scurrying to finish book, editor/agent is waiting, accepting other offers, still looking.

She’ll pick up the authors who are finishing the work and getting it to her.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity because you don’t have it ready to go.

Usually ask for first 3 chapters and synopsis.

Even if you get first 3 chapters and synopsis into the mail, don’t let life grind to halt to finish book.

Must be in proper format and FLAWLESS.

You can’t give a confident pitch if you don’t even know what’s going to happen in your story.

1 of first ? asked in pitch session is “Is this book finished?”

You need to know your story inside and out. If you pitch 1 story but change it, your pitch might be invalid.

If editor/agent wants to see story you pitched, but you changed it so much that it isn’t the same…

… might not be interested since it’s so different.

Basically, the blurb on back of book is your pitch.

Just like a reader deciding if she wants to spend $ to buy your book,

… editor/agent looks at pitch to see if she wants to take chance on you as writer.

Register for our 7/23/11 conference for 2 pitch opportunities #sgf #mo #amwriting http://ow.ly/4lZmp
Avalon Editor Lia Brown and Lit Agent Louise Fury will take pitches at our 7/23 conf http://ow.ly/4lZmp

10 steps to making your pitch session go well…

2. Know your qualifications.

Do you need to be an expert? Expert on subjects mentioned in your book?

No, you don’t have to be an expert. But know the topic well enough.

Maybe you worked at a summer job related to the heroine’s career.

Maybe you’ve studied it well, researched well, have access to experts.

If non-fiction, being an expert is sometimes required.

Other qualifications? Holding position in writers’ group, contest winner, degree in whatever…

…speaking at confererence or workshops, mentor other writers, critique group.

Anything that lends credibility and lets editor/agent know you are serious about writing career.

If writing non-fiction, need to show knowledge. Example?

Writing about hiking in national forest, and you do this as a hobby.

The more you pad your writer’s resume with credentials, the better.

Take a college course on the topic you’re writing about. Interview people.

Need to know about guns? Take a handgun course.

10 steps to making your pitch session go well…

3. Know the house.

Would you walk into a job interview knowing nothing about the company or job? No!

Learn about the publishing house. Who is the acquisitions editor?

It’s not the senior editor. It’s the underdogs.

Do they publish what you write?

Do you write steampunk but you’re pitching to house that wants contemporary?

What about word count? What are they looking for?

Know your genre, the publishing house, and what they are looking for.

How many titles do they release in a month? Year?

Do they accept unsolicited manuscripts?

If they don’t accept unsolicited manuscripts, here is your loophole:

You don’t have an agent? You’re not getting in that way.

Conferences are your loop hole!

If Writers’ Market says a house does NOT accept unsolicited ms, why are they at a conference?

They are looking for ms.

They won’t waste their time going to conf if they’re not looking for new material, new writers.

Register for our 7/23/11 conference for 2 pitch opportunities #sgf #mo #amwriting http://ow.ly/4lZmp

Avalon Editor Lia Brown and Lit Agent Louise Fury will take pitches at our 7/23 conf http://ow.ly/4lZmp

Take advantage of conferences where editors/agents are accepting pitch sessions!!!

Conf can be expensive – tuition, travel, hotel, etc.

Choose conferences where you can get more bang for your buck.

Writer’s Digest lists upcoming conferences.

Writers’ associations list conferences in their genres.

Research conferences and find out where agents/editors will accept pitches.

Invest your money well in conferences with editors/agents accepting pitches.

Ozarks Romance Authors has 2 TOP NAME people coming to 7/23/11 conf, accepting pitches.

If you don’t even know house’s word count, how do you know your ms is right for them?

Guidelines are usually online. Do your research before pitch session.

Know the publishing house, know the editor/agent. Know what she’s looking for.

If they’re looking for contemporary romance, do you pitch sci-fi fantasy? NO!

Many editors/agents now have blogs and discuss what they’re looking for. Do your research.

See what they are looking for. Look at their web sites.

eHarlequin.com often has free reads online. This is what’s selling, so it’s what they’re looking for.

Don’t let someone tell you no one is reading what you’re writing.

Don’t let someone tell you genre is dead.

Write what’s in your heart, what you want to write.

Genres come in and out of style. It might come back if it’s “out” now.

A year ago, you didn’t see the word “steampunk” everywhere, but now it’s hot.

A year ago, people were writing steampunk so they rode along and it’s popular now.

10 steps to having a great pitch session…

4. Know the editor or agent

Editors/agents often have certain time period they’re interested in.

Read their blogs.

Editors/agents often say on Twitter or Facebook if they’re looking for certain things.

Follow them on FB and Twitter!

Are there authors who write in a way that’s similar to yours?

You’re not copying, of course. But similar genre, style, etc.

Are you more of a sweet romance? Women’s fiction? Mainstream?

Is your writing style edgy? Are you the next Tom Clancy? What’s your flavor?

Editor/agent hasn’t read your stuff yet, but if you say…

“I write in a style similar to ____”

or “My story is a cross between ___ and ____”

… this helps editor/agent know more about your writing.

Can you find out something personal about the editor/agent?

Example: If editor/agent is a new mom and your story focuses on kids,

bring that up in the pitch session.

It’s not all about your book. It’s about the whole package.

Authors often mention their agent or editor. It takes detective work sometimes to discover.

Find out agent/editor of authors you like, authors who you are similar to.

Do research. Has editor/agent recently lost authors? Might be looking for new ones.

Some publishing houses won’t work with certain agents.

Send email if you’re curious. Ask agent if they work with specific houses the most.

You’ve done your homework, know everything about agent/editor you’re pitching to.

Book is finished, flawless, and you’ve written blurb.

Now what? Take your blurb/pitch, stand in front of mirror, watch yourself deliver pitch.

Look at your reflexion. Make eye contact with yourself.

Look confident. First few times, you’ll be wobbly. This is silly!

Get it out NOW, in front of mirror, and you’ll feel confident at pitch session.

If you have a critique group (like Ozarks Romance Authors), pitch to each other.

You’ll be more comfortable pitching to someone you know.

They’ll see things you need to change. Stop fidgeting, etc.

They’ll notice things that you do not notice.

Once you have the book finished, everything else is easy.

Business cards — Vital if you are pitching!

White card with black print is best. No cutesy stuff!

Editor/agent often takes home hundreds of biz cards at a conference.

Graphics are OK, but not too busy or cutesy.

Use the back of biz card if you are pitching.

Set aside biz cards for pitch session and include on the back:

Title, target market, theme, word count

Don’t put this on all of your biz cards for general networking. Only for pitch sessions.

This info will help you stand out and remind editor/agent about you.

Little things like this help you stand out immediately after appointment

Helps when you submit, too. Same info will be carried across.

Oops! Sorry! I lost track of which number we were on.

8. Dress appropriately

Business attire is best. Make a good impression.

If you want to dress casually for rest of conference, fine. Just change before pitch.

Women: Dress, skirt, pants, whatever. As long as you look polished.

A short heel is best, but do not wear flip-flops!

Men: Nice dress pants, business casual, possibly blazer.

Don’t go into pitch dressed in a gimmicky way to promote your book!

Don’t go into pitch dressed like Laura Ingalls Wilder!

This is not professional and it distracts from your goal.

Avoid cologne, perfume, jewelry that will distract.

The last thing you want is to attack editor/agent who has allergies.

Don’t want her to spend your entire pitch sneezing at your cologne.

Dangly jewelry can be a distraction.

Kelly says she sees so many people go into pitches popping gum.

Sure, you just had lunch and you’re worried about breath.

Use a mint instead of popping gum!

Neat, clean, and tidy is the key.

You’re not out to impress with fashion sense. You’re a confident business person.

9. Be on time!

Get there about 10-15 minutes early.

Yes, you will end up sitting there waiting. That’s fine.

This can work to your advantage. If someone gets too nervous and drops out, you might go early.

You might end up with 2 time slots if person in front of you drops out.

10. Be confident!

You’re there. You’re prepared. You’re confident. You’re ready.

How do you feel? Are you getting nervous? Think you can’t handle it?

Stop and ask yourself “What if?”

What if you don’t go through with pitch session?

Don’t let this end with you giving up without a fighting chance.

5 years from now, do you want to say “If only I hadn’t chickened out”?

You’ll look at friends’ books on the shelves and wish you had followed through.

Be confident! You’ve come this far! Writing the book was the hard part.

Being early is also good in case you can hear other pitches.

Listen and get an idea of questions asked, editor/agent personality, etc.

When you arrive for pitch, extend your hand and introduce yourself.

Basic etiquette is rare these days.

Introducing yourself shows you are confident and you’re a serious business person.

Agent/editor often have questions/comments to help break the ice.

These questions help separate you-the-person from you-the-writer.

Then you give her the pitch you have rehearsed so well.

Let your passion for the story take over. That passion is what you want editor/agent to hear.

If you talk about book in monotone voice, it says you have no interest in story.

Don’t have to bounce in chair and be all excited. Just let natural flavor of story come through.

Editor/agent will recognize you’re at the end. Now you ask if she has questions.

Don’t let her questions scare you. They serve a purpose.

She’s trying to see if her house has a place for your story.

She might be thinking “We’ve been thinking about doing a line of ___” and you fit.

Answer her questions with utmost confidence. You know the answers. Don’t get flustered.

If you can’t tell her about your characters, who can?

She may even ask more questions to dig deeper. Be prepared.

When meeting is over, extend hand, thank editor/agent BY NAME for their time.

Remember biz card you wrote info on? Give editor/agent this biz card!

If she asks for first 3 chapters and synopsis, be ready to send it as soon as you get home.

Did she ask for hard copy or email? Send what editor/agent asks for.

Do not take your entire manuscript to the conference and expect editor/agent to take it!!!

While you are fresh in editor/agent’s mind, send whatever she asks for.

When you leave pitch, take a minute to step aside and make notes about meeting.

Jot down whatever editor/agent said that will help your pitch stand out.

Did she suggest certain things? Make a note on back of another biz card along with editor/agent name.

Attach that biz card to ms if you snail mail it.

Or if you email it, mention this info in body of email.

Example: “We spoke at the ORA conference in Springfield. You suggested…”

Some editors/agents give you 3 keywords to include in cover letter w/partial.

This helps cut down on unsolicited ms. If you don’t use 3 keywords, they pitch.

If editor/agent says not interested, ask what they ARE looking for.

Ask what they would like to receive.

Anything you come out of pitch session with makes you a winner.

Even if they don’t ask for ms or partial, you have grown!

What if your manuscript isn’t finished? Should you pitch?

Absolutely! Very rare to get this type of opportunity.

Ask professionals ins and outs that you want to clarify.

Ask about the business in general.

Sure, you could email questions but might not ever hear from editor/agent.

This pitch session can be a huge foot in the door!

Google “Predators and Editor” — great resource!

Thanks for joining us today via live-tweet!

ORA’s next meeting is Sat, July 2, 2011. http://ow.ly/5byNH

Follow us @OzarksRomance & http://www.facebook.com/ozarksromanceauthors for July details.

Reminder: Register for our annual conference by July 1 for discount. http://ow.ly/4lZmp

Attendees can pitch to Lit Agent Louise Fury & Avalon Editor Lia Brown! http://ow.ly/4lZmp

Have you registered to attend our annual conference in Springfield, Missouri, on July 23, 2011?

Once you register, you’ll be able to schedule your one-on-one pitch session. Opportunities like this DO NOT come along often in the midwest. A pitch session can be one of the best ways to get your foot in the door and establish a relationship with your future editor or agent. Take advantage of this amazing opportunity now by registering for our conference by clicking here.

LIVE-TWEET TRANSCRIPT: Allan Young’s Presentation on Travel Writing

Allan Cannon Young

Allan Cannon Young speaks to multi-genre group Ozarks Romance Authors June 5, 2010.

Allan Young spoke to Ozarks Romance Authors Saturday, June 5, 2010, on the field of travel writing. We live-tweeted as fast as we could and managed to keep up rather well, sharing his information with the Twitterverse.

If you would like to see our future live-tweets during our meetings, which are held in Springfield, Missouri, on the first Saturday of each month, follow us on Twitter HERE.

Here is a transcript of the live-tweet.

Our speaker today is Allan Young. He has written for travel industry for 40yr and taught at Ozarks Technical Community College for 14 yrs.

OTC’s summer/fall schedules include Young’s courses Travel Writing; 6 Other Ways to Get Your Book Published; and…

How To Get That Job, Keep It & Get Promoted

Allan doesn’t tell people how to write or what to write. He helps them get published.

His 96th book was just published.

Of all the writing he’s done, travel writing has been the most exciting/lucrative of all genres.

Allan Young’s first magazine article published at age 11.

He was a mechanical engineer, which led to becoming a published author in that field. Led to writing college textbooks.

He is 82 years old and has been married to same woman since they were both 20.

Allan traveled a lot as editor of engineering magazine.

While on biz trip to Japan, saw a sexy dress in a window. That’s what led to him becoming travel writer.

Bought that sexy blue dress for his wife (showed us a photo of wife in photo). Oooh la la!

On flight home, thought about experience buying dress. Dress sizes are not the same in Japan!

Wondered what you need to know when traveling to Japan for the first time.

Wrote article on foreign clothing sizes for travelers. Was pub in 3 magazines immediately.

There is a hungry market for useful info for travelers.

Not just travel magazines pub travel articles. All types of publications look for them.

Allan Young is teaching a course about travel writing this summer at Ozarks Tech Comm College — http://www.otc.edu

What is travel writing? Write about…

People, places, things, events so someone who will never go there can visualize.

Travel writing should encourage ppl to visit these places for their own enjoyment.

Educate those who will never go there and encourage those who will go there.

All of the $ Allan earns from writers, speaking, selling books, goes to charities including Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer (wife is survivor).

Reasons to become travel writer?

Money is good. Benefits are good (lots of tax deductions).

Everything that you do as a travel writer becomes a biz expense.

Go visit your kids and there are lots of things to write about along the way.

Can even get admission free. Contact places in advance to see about free passes.

People welcome you when they know you are writing about their destination.

Doesn’t call himself freelance writer. Prefers contributing editor to variety of magazines.

Get biz cards. Give them to people. Allan has 12 different biz cards.

You don’t have to travel to be a travel writer.

Most events have a press room. Ask where it is when you are at events.

Allan creates a badge to wear w/biz card & empty convention badge holder. Wears it while out at events/places he’s writing about.

Dress the part. If writing about golf, he dresses like a golfer. Makes you look legit.

Opportunities will come to you once ppl know you are a travel writer.

Allan wrote about golf, suddenly got invitations to play for free on many golf courses.

Most people he contacts re: coming to write about them, he sends letter via US mail.

He has seen every show in Branson more than 1x and never paid a dime. Same in Myrtle Beach.

Let people in charge know you are coming, you’re a travel writer, doing a piece on their biz.

Often will receive free tickets.

Teaches travel writing at OTC 3x per year. Students come from a broad range of backgrounds.

Travel writing can be used to help boost your own biz.

Interviews are important in travel writing. Quote the performers and those who enjoyed the show, for example.

Putting the article together – use the WHEN/BUT approach. “When I…, but…”

“When the American Legion decided to build a new__ it was __, but they were to soon learn…”

You’ve written the article. Now what? Where to sell it?

Study the market. Use Writer’s Market and other resources, of course. Available at library. Hundreds of publications devoted to travel. .

Look beyond the magazines on your coffee table.

Many companies publish their own magazines. Airline magazines publish travel articles.

Don’t forget trade magazines and Internet publications.

When submitting to publishers (selling your work), refer to yourself as writer.

When soliciting for info at places U want to write about, refer to yourself as editor.

There are many aspects to write about in travel writing.

Places to visit, history of those places, seasonal jobs in tourist areas, clothes, food…

things for kids to do, things for young families to do, things for seniors to do, events, fairs,

motorcycles, antique cars…

trains, transportation, farm machinery, boats, lakes, Amish communities…

If taking photos of individuals, if it is far enough away that you can’t recognize them, he says you don’t need a signed release.

1 thing Allan encourages us NOT to do – don’t write about yourself doing this or that. Let the reader experience the trip through your writing.

Of his 96 books, he has recycled 10% of them. Can also recycle with travel articles.

Visit a canyon. Write about a different aspect of that visit each time and it becomes more than 1 article for more than 1 pub.

Much of his travel writing has been result of needing to go somewhere already. What will you see along the way?

Don’t write the same old crap everyone else writes. Put a new twist on the same destination or topic.

Do not embed photos into your Word doc. Do not try to lay out the story.

Just send the story as Word doc and photos as jpg. They will layout the story.

If you embed photos into Word doc, they likely can’t be used. Need to be jpg files.

Allan Young’s latest book is “How To Get That Job, Keep It and Get Promoted.”
He also wrote the book, “Writing For Magazines: How-To Articles, Travel Writing and Short Stories”
He has a CD for $20 that includes curriculum for the 8 courses he teaches at Ozarks Technical Community College.

You can take a series of articles and turn them into books.

You can take a book and turn it into a series of articles.

He also writes with pen names. Doesn’t care what name is on the book as long as he gets a check!

To contact Allan or order his books, write to him at:

CANNON PUBLISHING COMPANY
3428 West Highland Place
Springfield, MO 65807

Or find him on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/100001619838292#!/profile.php?id=100001619838292

Some of Allan’s titles include:
“The Coal Digger”

“The Stoneface Legend”

“Me and Jake”

“How to Get That Job, Keep it, and Get Promoted”

“Take the Hard, Dirty Jobs and Turn Them Into Rackets”

“Writers’ Universal Stylebook”

“Write Right and Get Published”

“Writing For Magazines: How-To Articles, Travel Writing, Short Stories”

“The Last Cruise of the Cajun Queen”

“Twice-Told Tales” (co-written by Rosemary Young)

“So You Want to Live in a Small Town” (co-written by Rosemary Young)

Ozarks Romance Authors has been a registered non-profit in the state of Missouri since it was founded in 1987. The group has fun and informative meetings the first Saturday of each month at The Library Station on Kansas Expressway in Springfield, Missouri.

Members range from those just thinking about writing a book to award-winning authors.

We are a multi-genre group with members writing all types of fiction, non-fiction, articles, poetry, six-word memoirs, blogs, web sites, and photography.

Visitors are welcome! Your first 3 visits are free. Annual membership is just $25, and our “new year” begins in October (dues, officers, etc.).

If you have questions about our group’s meetings, annual conference, or the Weta Nichols Fiction Writing Contest, leave us a comment, email us at OzarksRomanceAuthors@gmail.com, or call (417) 597-4716 to leave us a message.

Travel Writing to be discussed at regional writers’ group June 5, 2010

Allan Cannon Young

Allan Cannon Young

Local author/editor/instructor Allan Young will speak to a regional writers’ organization regarding travel writing at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 5, 2010, in the Frisco Room of The Library Station, 2535 N. Kansas Expressway.

Young has written for the travel industry for 40 years and has taught at Ozarks Technical Community College for 14 years. The summer and fall schedules at OTC include Young’s courses Travel Writing, Six Other Ways to Get Your Book Published, and How To Get That Job, Keep It, and Get Promoted.

Ozarks Romance Authors is a non-profit organization for writers in the southwest Missouri region. Monthly speakers help writers of all genres hone their skills and explore writing opportunities.

Meetings are held the first Saturday of each month and visitors are welcome.

For more information, visit www.Ozarks-Romance-Authors.com, become our fan on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/OzarksRomanceAuthors, or follow us on Twitter @OzarksRomance.

Our members are on Twitter!

Along with following this popular southwest Missouri writers’ group on Twitter via @OzarksRomance, you can also follow several of our members on Twitter!

Emily Bryan
@EmilyBryan

Beth Carter
@bethsbanter

Becky Cummings
@ar_cummings28

Patricia Elliott
@mystryrtr

Ruth Hunter
@thesagejournal

Shirley McCann
@ShirleyMcCann

DeLane Parrott
@DelaneParrott

Virginia Pohlenz
@palooski65

Jillian Slack
@jillslack

T. Sue VerSteeg
@tsueversteeg

Lisa Wells
@lisawells1

What a great (and easy) way to keep up with what is going on in the lives and careers of the many talented writers here in the Springfield, Missouri, area.

Teen Author Henry Stratmann III Signs Books At ORA Meeting

16-Year-Old Henry Stratmann III Signs Books at ORA on June 2, 2007

16-Year-Old Henry Stratmann III Signs Books at ORA on June 2, 2007

Our June 2, 2007, meeting was extra special as we welcomed Henry Stratmann, III, the teenaged son of member Dr. Maryellen Stratmann.

Henry signed copies of his book, “Eye Has Not Seen: An Anthology of Short ‘Short Stories.’”
His book is available online at Starship Press.

Information about Henry and his book, from his web site:

EYE HAS NOT SEEN: AN ANTHOLOGY OF SHORT STORIES
by teen journalist Henry Stratmann III, age 16

What do you get when you mix H. G. Wells with Ray Bradbury and O. Henry?

The answer: Henry Stratmann III.

This sixteen-year-old takes you on a memorable journey in his first anthology of short “short stories.” With just a few strokes of his pen, he connects you to intriguing characters from the past, present, and future.

Climb on board the roller coaster of his imagination and buckle up for the ride! These are stories that all ages will enjoy.

About the Author:
Henry’s favorite activity is daydreaming. He began writing down his musings at the ripe old age of six, when he started a family daily newspaper. He is a typical teen-ager and attends high school in Springfield, Missouri.

To order Henry’s Anthology of Fiction Fables, send check or money order for $6.99 (sales tax included), plus $2.00 for shipping and handling to:

Fiction Department
Starship Press, LLC
4319 South National, No. 135
Springfield, Missouri 65810-2607

Or order through our bookstore on this website using PayPal or your credit card.

Ozarks Romance Authors, a non-profit group for 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.

Join us for critique group at 10:00 a.m., lunch at noon, and our meeting/guest speaker at 1:00 p.m.

Visitors are welcome. Your first three visits are free.

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.

NOTE: When the first Saturday of the month falls on a holiday weekend, we often reschedule. If you’re thinking of visiting and it’s a holiday weekend, please email us to find out if we have rescheduled.