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I am the author of 15 published novels and 2 non-fiction books. One of them, A Christmas Dream (my favorite) has just been converted into a 3-act script by my good friend Billie A. Williams. It is designed for small theater groups, like community theaters, highschool/college drama clubs, etc. I love to write in different genres. I guess you could say that my books match my house--they are "eclectic." My latest book is Bank Roll: A Max Stryker Mystery. I have had an Amazon bestseller, won two RIO Awards of Excellence, and had one named "Best time travel of the year" by Affaire de Coeur Magazine. I'm living my dream! You can see all of my books at . Oh, and in my spare time, I'm the Marketing Director for Star Publish LLC

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Posted on July 13, 2007 at 7:53pm

What's in a name?

As an author, how important is your name? Is there an advantage to using a pen name rather than your own moniker? You probably figure I'm the last person on earth to ask such a thing. I had to laugh when a bookstore manager out in Washington asked me if Janet Elaine Smith is a pen name? Yeah, right! If I were going to pick a name out of thin air, the most logical one to choose would be "Smith," just to avoid any confusion with the umpteen million other Smiths in the…


Posted on June 27, 2007 at 7:30am

Welcome and check me out

My life is an open book! Actually, it is about 18 open books! And there are more on the horizon. You can find my innermost secrets at or at .

I'd love to learn the secrets of the people who have turned their books into a success. I'd especially like to hear some success stories from fiction authors. So much of the…


Posted on June 23, 2007 at 12:43pm

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At 8:27pm on November 3, 2007, Valerie Anne Faulkner said…
I was just checking out all the groups and found yours. I do not speak spanish, well (Pokito...) and in my story I met a girl named Gloria. She spoke spanish and I wanted to say -in spanish- her words.Unfortunatly i don't have a clue how to spell them.

I think she said something like this.Part English,part spanish.
"The pictures,Ey ..the two of them...Deo con es tu corozone." (I interpreted her to say)The pictures,oh ...the two of them...God is in your heart.She continued in English, praising God for his mercy, and told me how all the staff members had been aware of us, due to the pictures on the wall in Bill's ICU room.

If this is to confusing...i'm sorry. I just thought you might be able to spell out what I'm trying to say in spanish. Thank you, Valerie
At 12:44pm on July 23, 2007, Tena Fanning said…
Hello Jane,

Following is the information to book me on your radio show. Please email my publiscist, she handles my schedule. She does not charge so don't worry: Mona Loring, Thank you ever so much. Smiles, Tena
At 11:22am on July 19, 2007, Janet Elaine Smith said…
Are they strictly books you have written, or are you publishing other authors as well? The thing that I have found works best is (1) contact the school librarians in the area around where you (or the author) lives. Word of mouth is still the best reviews you can get. (2) See if the school districts in your area has a newsletter they send out to teachers and see if they will include a short note about the book. (3) Call the school secretary in your area and find out the names of the teachers for the grade level you are aiming at, offering to talk to the classes. Don't expect payment for this, as most school districts are more prone to be paupers than even authors are! (4) Call the program chairman of the local/regional PTA's and see if you can make a presentation at one of their meetings. If you can get the parents and teachers behind your books, it will spread to the kids, but don't forget that it works the other way around too.
Hope that helps some.
At 9:22am on July 19, 2007, Tena Fanning said…

Thank you for the links. Very useful. I feel my books will serve the counseling departments in schools. Would you happen to have any advice regarding school submissions for reveiw? Thanks again.
At 11:38am on July 2, 2007, Janet Elaine Smith said…
Sounds good to me. I love Christmas, and I have two Christmas books out, plus one that's been converted by Billie Williams to a script for this year. Can you send me an email so I can get the phone number to you before Oct. 8? My email addy is
I'm looking forward to it.
At 10:08am on July 2, 2007, Yvonne Perry said…
How about Oct. 8th for my interview on your show? How about Dec. 20 for your interview on my podcast?
At 5:34am on July 2, 2007, Mari Selby said…

What a varied radio show you have, and a huge audience! Wow!

I am finally getting my butt in gear with my writing. Still not sure which projects I want to focus on. And what seems to be coming out of me most easily after years of not writing is poetry. I will be reading my poetry July 12 locally and I am very excited about doing this.

What kind of guests are you specifically looking for?
At 6:01pm on June 29, 2007, Janet Elaine Smith said…
Where were you an acquisitions editor, or is it a deep dark secret?
At 5:56pm on June 29, 2007, Terry Whalin said…
Hello Janet,

I've not been an agent very long--only about six months. For the last five years I've been a book acquisitions editor with two different publishers. I have only signed a few clients-and have many people knocking on my door to be clients. It's a challenge to find the right ones but I continue to actively look.

Great to meet you and I look forward to learning more.

At 3:10pm on June 29, 2007, Yvonne Perry said…
That sounds like a great plan. Let's pick a date!

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