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Local Author speaks to writers Group

Maggie Adams spoke to the Ocular Voices Writers Group Thursday, January 21 at the Books A Million Bookstore in Edwardsville, Illinois. Maggie is a local author of four romance novels with an erotic edge.
Ms. Adams was full of energy and excited members of the writers group with her enthusiasm as she described her first venture into publishing. She explained that promoting your book should begin long before the it is ready to go to press.
Her books are found on Amazon. com and Kindle books. Maggie used a variety of resources to layout and design her interior material, book cover and promotional material.

Year End Wrap-Up

As 2015 comes to an end, I look back and see a successful year in my personal and writing life. My 2015 goals were not all met, but they weren't supposed to be, always plan for more than you can do, it keeps you motivated.
I did getDark Dreamspublished this year after many unexpected challenges. My big challenge for 2016 is to complete and publish my first novella or novel, depending on the word count,Castle of Nightwill be submitted to traditional publishers for possible publication. It will be interesting to begin my education with publishing houses.

Catching up

I'm still playing catch-up. My last post was in August. I just don't know where the time goes. I keep telling myself that I will spend more time updating my blog and website, but for some reason, I run out of day before I can get to it.
It has been a busy three months. I had planned to speak at a conference in Louisville not long after my previous post, but had to cancel due to my mother's declining health. Since then, I have stayed close to home. I have had a few book-signings. Most recently  a local authors book festival at the Latzer Memorial Library in Highland on November 3rd.

Book signing last saturday

I attended a multi-writer book signing last Saturday. It was a fun day, not that many shoppers, thanks to the St. Louis area heat, but there was plenty of excitement as writers showed their latest books and talked about research, publishers and writing in general. There was one non-fiction writer (published several Route 66 books), one romance writer and the rest of us fall somewhere between paranormal and dark fiction.
A few old friends stopped by to say hello.

On a not so happy note, I had to cancel my trip and speaking engagement in Louisville this weekend.

Expanded circulation for Dark Dreams

Although Dark Dreams has been on Kindle since the end of May, I discovered today that it is now listed on Amazon.com as a soft cover book. It will be listed in the upcoming catalog from Ingram Sparks and will be available to local book stores. Your reviews on Amazon will always be welcome. Remember, in Dark Dreams, there are no happy endings.

Things are on the move

The upcoming months are going to be busy. I am looking forward to several upcoming events and speaking opportunities. For those living in the area...
There will be a multi-author book signing at BSR Books in Granite City from 1pm to 4 pm on Saturday August 8th.
I will be speaking in Louisville, KY, at the At the National Literary Habitat on August 15th. This is a one day multi speaker workshop focusing on Completing your First Draft and How to Edit Your Own Work.http://www.nationalliteraryhabitat.com/

Upcoming workshop

The creaters of the Business of Writing International Summit will not hold their three day conference this year. Instead, they have createdThe Literary Habitat, a  non-profit organization designed to provide education, support and the ability to meet and link with other new and established writers. Their motto write - learn - and connectwill provide ideas, knowledge and inspire attendees to improve and market their work.
The first workshop titled,YOUR FIRST DRAFT & HOW TO EDIT YOUR OWN WORK

Route 66 celebration

Once again, I am late in mentioning the Route 66 celebration and grand re-opening of the Afterwords Book Store. The event took place June 14th, however, after it took two days to post photos, I couldn't get on the blog section. Oh well, I made it today.
There were three writers from our Highland group. The crowd was sparse due to a lot of rain, but the dozen or so writers met, talked and a few sold some books. I considered the afternoon a success. Anytime I can meet fellow readers and writers makes for a good day.

Been a While

There has been a lot of activity around the Smith homestead since my last post.  I announced the release of Dark Dreams and haven’t posted since. It certainly doesn’t seem like it has been three months, but life can be hectic at times.
Since my last post, Dark Dreams has been uploaded to Kindle. The books are selling, but will not make it to the New York Times Best Seller List…ha ha ha
It has been a busy spring. I have attended a few book signings. The third weekend of March, I served on three panels at the Mid-South Con in Memphis Tennessee.

Dark Dreams is in print

I received copies of Dark Dreams this morning. I want to thank Lori Perkins and her team at Absolute Printing for helping bring the stories into print. I chose to try something new for my third book. I had soft cover and Case Bound (hard back books) copies. For those who would like to see how the book looks. check out my storefront website at:

I look forward to hearing from everyone about the cover.