We'd like to thank Wild Rose Press for kicking off our initial blog post.
Intro: What is the purpose of the next set of posts? Once upon a time there was a writer. A writer who just wrote.
Her english teachers had always said, “You should write.” So she finally did.
Without a writer’s organization, without an agent—she just, wrote a story.
Lo and Behold! Someone wanted to buy it…but in this digital, changing-by-the-second landscape, it’s ever- so- important to know digital presses and the correct questions to ask before signing a contract.
Our aim is to help new writers make make better, informed decisions. At the beginning of this journey, I never understood the phrase, “Publish well.”
I now do.
Welcome to Rhonda Penders from The Wild Rose Press
Tell us what makes your press unique?
The Wild Rose Press was developed by writers for writers; there are no form rejection letters. Authors will always receive a personalized, detailed rejection on their manuscript helping them to grow as writers and hopefully improve enough to resubmit. While we are an epublisher, we also offer our authors print books for anything that is a full length novel (over 65,000 words). Our ebooks and print books release at the same time.
Do you offer advances? No.
What is your royalty rate?
This information is confidential but we are within the industry averages for royalties.
Do you accept agented and unagented and what is the percentage?
We have no problem with agented work but we deal mostly with unagented. There is no need to hire an agent to work with our publishing house.
Do you publish print (presumably, print on demand) and if so, under what criteria?
Print on demand and anything that is longer than 65,000 words goes to print.
What are your distribution channels? (Without major distributors, your book has no chance of ever landing in a brick and mortar store, at least a chain)
We are an ebook publisher. We only offer our print as a benefit to our authors. Our print books can be purchased at www.amazon.com and through our website. We are not in brick and mortar stores and have no intention of ever going down that path.
Are they returnable? At what percentage? (Also imperative for the brick and mortars) We are not returnable and again see response above about our brick and mortars.
Does your press do audiobooks? With what criteria?
We have investigated audiobooks and are currently still searching for the right company to work with to get our books into audio. We have a handful through audiolark.com but only a few. The criteria for our audio books has strictly been based on our own discretion – usually authors who have had strong sales and a strong background with us.
Does your press do any promotion?
We attend several conferences a year, our editors are located across the United States and get to as many conferences as they can. We promote in trade magazines such as RT. We also have banner ads on internet sites.
Does your press have any foreign sales?
We are available through Amazon at a variety of foreign sites such as Germany, and France.
What formats are the ebooks available and what digital sites (Fictionwise etc)?
Our books are available through a large variety of distributors such as SONY, Amazon, Fictionwise, Barnes and Noble, All About Romance eBooks, Lightning Source, and several others.
When and how are royalties paid? Royalties are paid quarterly and we pay either by check or through paypal.
Tell us about a few titles you are excited about?
With a variety of lines in the company we are excited about everything we publish. I would strongly encourage readers to check out our website www.thewildrosepress.com and sign up for our newsletter to keep current with all our releases. I’ve included a couple of our more current releases. Our holiday releases will start in the next two weeks and one has already come out – In the St. Nick of Time.
The Chauffeur Wore An Evening Gown
When Erin O'Malley agrees to pinch hit for her brother’s limo service and drive millionaire JR Stone to the Governor's Ball, she has no clue how crazy her night will get.
Dumped by his fiancée on the night he’s to accept the biggest award of his career, Josh Stone convinces his chauffeur to slip into an evening gown and onto his arm. They fool everyone into thinking they are an item, but once they kiss, there's nothing fake about the chemistry between them.
Can a blue-collar girl really appeal to this multimillionaire, or is Josh only playing for the crowd?
Of Ghosts and Geeks
Gwen Walberg, literature teacher and self-professed geek, is thrilled to acquire a priceless antique book but soon learns why it came so cheap. The book contains the ghost of Violetta, its former owner, who spices up her boring afterlife by playing matchmaker. Gwen is her new target—and if she won't cooperate, Violetta is prepared to throw a storm of dangerous tantrums. Rather than give up the treasured book, Gwen reluctantly surrenders, and learns Violetta has already chosen the man for her: Gwen's gorgeous gardener and friend, Paul Chang.
Paul is stunned that a ghost wants to cast him as a romance hero but intrigued enough to cooperate. Step by awkward step, Paul and Gwen allow their weird voyeur to force them into compromising positions. But what if the unlikely couple starts enjoying their bizarre, steamy situation? Can they ever cultivate a healthy relationship with an unstable ghost tagging along?
In The St. Nick of Time
All the Sullivans are good cops… The last Sullivan is a girl. Can she stack up against the boys?
Kay Sullivan Lynch, reinstated to the Chicago Police Department after two years as a widowed mom of four, not only plans to excel on the force, but to show her brothers—who opposed her return to “the job”—that she’s up to the challenge.
Captain Flynn Dowd, battling demons of his own, empathizes with Kay’s struggles—but Sidewalk Santas collecting for the hungry are dropping dead all over Chicago. No apparent motive, no identifiable MO. It’s up to Kay and Flynn to stop the "Santa Slayer."
As they race against time to stop the killer, Kay’s grief-deadened senses awaken to Flynn's overwhelming sexual magnetism. But when he becomes more than just her partner, will her hkids' opposition force her to choose between motherhood and her man?
Does your press have any links to larger corporations? No – we are privately owned.
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