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Recently a fellow writer was nervously getting ready to go to her first booksigning. "I have an article up at..." "Go to..." "I can give you some tips at..."

My mind had done a 360 on me. I knew I had put an article up on somebody's web site with just the kind of things that could help make her feel more at ease about the situation. But where to find it? I couldn't remember! I guess that's what happens when you get so famous! Everybody wants a piece of you! Well, I went to my favorite search engine, and typed "Janet Elaine Smith article on booksignings" and up popped "Aspiring Authors." So, I went there and sure enough, there I was. So, if you wonder about something I have written and you can't remember what it was, try doing a search. It still boggles my mind that I can find myself all over the place. I'm on in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia and even Japan! I remember when I was a kid, a popular saying was "See you in the funny papers!" Who knows; that might just be my next stop! Meanwhile, I will try to give you some of the places where you can find me, and if you go to my "Links" page, it will take you right to some of these spots.

In the magazines

Heritage Quest. There is a website, and while you can't find most of my actual articles there, you can peruse the issues and see the titles of what I have written. Genealogy is a passion of mine, which began with the research I did on Dunnottar Castle and the Keith clan.
If you like what you see there, I strongly suggest that you order the CD with the back issues. There are loads of ideas for stories. There is nothing funnier than true life. Yes, you can pick and choose and then fictionalize facts so the ghosts of the ancestors of yesteryear don't come back to haunt you.
A current subscription is a great idea for a Christmas gift for your own family historian.

MinnDakota Memories and Mysteries

This started as two magazines, and about a year ago merged into one periodical. It is regional for the Minnesota, North and South Dakota, but where would Louie L'Amour have been without these states? (He was from North Dakota.)
There have been many article of wider interest, such as John D. Rockefeller's father. Did you know that he had two--and possibly three--wives at the same time and that he spent many years living in North Dakota? And almost everybody heard about the murder of Elizabeth Congdon supposedly by her daughter, Margery, in Duluth, MN years ago. But did you know that she was never convicted of the murder, yet she ended up in prison in AZ on an arson charge? And she is due for release in about a year?
Two years ago we did a book, HARD TIMES AND STRANGE TALES, which was a compilation of the best articles from the magazines. It was so popular in the region that in December, when a new Harry Potter book came out, WE OUTSOLD HARRY POTTER!
We are working on a new book for Christmas this year, with all new stories. Keep an eye open for it. I'll let you know when it is available.

BBW (Big Beautiful Woman). While I don't have an article in every issue, I have had numerous articles here. One of my favorites was "Fit As a Cello." Yes, just because you aren't a skinny little fiddle, that doesn't have to mean you can't be physically just as fit!

I have had numerous other article in a variety of magazines, including God's Revivalist, Decision, Message of the Cross, Worldwide Thrust, Christian Life, Woman's World, Historic Travel, and a whole bevvy more. The best way to find me is keep your eyes open. You just never know where I'll pop up next.

In the newspapers

My monthly genealogy column appears in the Grand Forks Herald. It is supposed to run the first Sunday of each month, but quite often it gets put aside until the second week. After all, there is nothing "time dated" when it comes to genealogy.
I quite often do book reviews for the Grand Forks Herald. (Other people's books; they think I'm prejudiced about my own!) Most often these are for books that have a regional flair, but that are not technically "local." Nationally known bestselling author, Debbie Macomber, is a favorite of mine. I did reviews on her Dakota trilogy. Kathleen Taylor does a mystery series with the amateur sleuth, Tory Bauer. These stories are set in South Dakota, and are fun, fun, fun. I have a review of her latest Tory Bauer mystery, Foreign Body," coming out in September in the GF Herald.

Books of my own books often appear in other papers across the country. There is nothing much more exciting than to have somebody send you a copy of a review by a total stranger from someplace you have never been.


Yes, even in a relatively small town like Grand Forks, ND, there is activity a brewin'. When you get nine female authors and one really brave male author, you just know things are bound to happen.
In July, 2000, the Grand Cities Authors Group was formed. The first place they appeared was at the local Ground Round REstaurant for a group booksigning and a chance for the general public to "meet the local celebrities." It was declared a roaring success, complete with newspaper coverage. Since then, there have been many other "sightings" at their "signings." They have been spotted at other restaurants, coffee houses, arts and crafts fairs, writers' conferences, and it is rumored that their next gig will be at a local bank. So, if you are in the area on Friday, Oct. 5th, stop in at Community National Bank on South Washington Street and say "Hi." We'll even pose for a picture with you--if you buy a book, that is!

Before the days of FirstPublish, I put out some small, non-fictions books. You can still obtain these from me at:
Janet Elaine Smith
P.O.Box 126
East Grand Forks, MN 56721

They are:
(A how-to genealogy book)

(Amusing tales on the way to finding your roots)

(The story of the 1997 Grand Forks, ND flood; the worst in U.S. history)

(The family history of Andrew Hallett, who came to MA in the early 1630's, and many of his descendants. Charts, family fables, historic documents.)
Cost per book is $20.00. Make checks payable to Janet E. Smith. (Includes shipping.)

On the Web

With the advent of computers and the internet, people have far more access than ever to things that interest them. Here are some of the sites where you can find bits and pieces by and about me. Thre are also links to these sites on "My Links" page.

Hundreds of online independent bookstores
Barnes & Noble online
Ssuite Magazine (you'll find me here and there--and sometimes hidden
Aspiring Authors (various articles)
Word Thunder (articles, awards, and bulletin board)
Twisted Tales (interview, review, short story)
Samizdat book reviews (Done by Richard Seltzer. The best!)
NUW (on their bulletin board)


A great book is like a great mind; it keeps on giving
over and over and over again!
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