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Janet Elaine Smith, author
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May 8, 2007 7:19 am US/Central Star Tribune To Cut 145 Positions, 50 In Newsroom(WCCO)Minneapolis Facing revenue and circulation declines, the Star Tribune said Monday it would eliminate 145
positions, or about 7 percent of its work force.
The cuts will include about 50 positions in the newsroom, the paper
said, and a voluntary buyout program has been proposed to the Newspaper Guild, which represents newsroom workers.
For the rest of the article,
go to http://wcco.com/local/local_story_127174341.html
And now, to skip ahead to
popular author Janet Elaine Smith's newest novel, Bank Roll: A Max Stryker Mystery, which was released just yesterday,
May 7, from Star Publish LLC. Smith's author copies were shipped May 7.
Janet was just finishing
the final edit a little over a year ago, the day before the news broke that Knight Ridder was selling many of their newspapers,
including the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Poor Max Stryker! She could have gone to the Minneapolis Tribune,
but they were already overloaded with applications from her fellow writers at the Pioneer Press who were hoping to snatch
a job without having to relocate.
The following is the back
cover blurb from Bank Roll: A Max Stryker Mystery. "It started out like
any other day for Max (Maxine, but only to her mother) Stryker, a crime reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Then the news broke. She was listening to the morning news on WCCO-TV as she rushed to get to work when they announced that
the Knight Ridder chain of newspapers had been sold. When she arrived at the office, the buzz was that their newspaper was
going to go on the auction block, and a lot of the workers would be getting pink slips within days, maybe even hours. With
her notice in front of her, Max called her mother and told her that she was going to be forced to do what she had vowed would
never happen: she was going home! Home to Willow Creek, Minnesota, where nothing exciting ever happened--until Max hit town
again, just in time to hear that the bank president had been kidnapped!"
opposing ne wspaper--in real life--has announced they are cutting 145 jobs. It's sure a lucky break for Max that
she headed back to Willow Creek. If she hadn't, she might well be waiting for that second pink slip. Lucky for Max, too, that
she is just a creation of author Janet Elaine Smith's mind. Nobody should have to go through this, certainly not twice.
So truth is indeed
stranger than fiction! Max Stryker is living proof, even though she is a fictional character. But what are the odds of the
timing on this one--not once, but twice? Does Max Stryker know something more than most sleuths? To find out, check it out
at Amazon.com in a couple of days. The ISBN is 1932993789. Meanwhile, if you want to read an excerpt of Max Stryker, please
|Best-selling author Janet Elaine Smith
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Popular author Janet Elaine Smith marks the release of her 23rd book,
St. Peter by the Bay, the 4th Patrick and Grace Mystery, by Star Publish. She has also been appointed Marketing Director
by Star Publish and she and Star's founder, Kristie Leigh Maguire, have introduced an innovative new program, called
"Shooting Star Books" for the Star authors. The premise of the program is primarily to get Star's books into bookstores all
across the United States to offer readers a glimpse into exciting new authors and the very best storylines around.
Smith has been the most successful (perhaps the only) author to successfully
get her own Print-on-demand books into bookstores nationwide. She is taking that experience to Star Publish. She has already
been granted distribution and shelf placement in major chain bookstores in the country—Barnes & Noble, and Hastings
Entertainment Centers, as well as in many independent bookstores. This is, according to the chain distribution representatives,
a first for across-the-board placement in their stores by a Print-on-demand publisher. Much of this credit also goes to Star
Publish for making all of their books returnable and for offering a full discount (the same as the large NY traditional publishers)
to the stores.
While Smith has become a very successful marketer, "by necessity, not by
choice," she admits, her true love is writing her fun, somewhat get-into-trouble books. Smith writes in various genres, because,
as she says, "I like to read a lot of different things, so it just seems natural to write different types of books, too."
Along with the re-release of her first 14 books by her new publisher, Star Publish, plus several new book in over
a year, she has "many more books in my head" which will one day find the light of being published. Two of Smith's
time travels, House Call to the Past and Par for the Course, have won RIO (Reviewer International Organization)
Awards of Excellence. Par for the Course was also chosen by Affaire de Coeur Magazine as "best time-travel of
the year." Her new time travel, Port Call to the Future, is the sequel to House Call to the Past. Both have just
been placed on the shelves at the Whydah Museum in Portsmouth MA, where the treasure of the pirate Black Sam Bellamy, featured
in both books, is on display.
Janet Elaine Smith grew up in Spring Lake, Minnesota, in the middle of
the Chippewa National Forest. Following her high school graduation, she attended Bethany College of the Bible in Minneapolis,
MN and then went to Venezuela, South America, where she served as a missionary for nine years. It was there that she
met her husband, Ivan. When she was beset by illness, they moved to Grand Forks, ND, where they lived for 35 years. They ran
Mission Socorro, a charitable organization that gives "a hand up, not a hand out" to people in the Red River Valley from all
walks of life. Following Ivan's death in Jan. 2008, Janet moved to Amberg, WI, where she enjoys being "back in the woods."
Smith began writing for magazines 25 years ago, but her dream came true
in June, 2000, when her first book, Dunnottar, was published and soon became the No. 1 bestselling book on Scotland
Both of Smith's time travels, House Call to the Past and Par
for the Course, have won RIO (Reviewer International Organization) Awards of Excellence. Par for the Course
was also chosen by Affaire de Coeur Magazine as "best time-travel of the year." She has based several of her books on
her own genealogical finds. She has taught genealogy and written many columns and articles on the subject over the past 25
Smith writes in many different genres, because, as she puts it, "I like
to read a lot of different kind of books, so it just seems natural to write them, too."
Smith has been asked by Passionate Internet Voices Radio to host two
weekly programs. They can be heard live at http://internetvoicesradio.com and the programs are archived for quite some time after they air. The program
is "Marketing for Fun and Profit," is a program on marketing tips, aimed primarily at authors.
This also features various guests, tips from Smith herself, and call-ins. Air time for this program is 4:30 ET p.m.
In addition, Smith read her entire book, A Christmas Dream, on Internet Voices
Radio and it can be heard on the podcast link. She claims it is the favorite of her books, and it has been compared by many
readers to Miracle on 34th Street, and many claim it has already become a classic with their family and will be re-read every