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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Good News!

My novel Never Done has been selected for publication by The Wild Rose Press!
I met Rhonda Penders, Editor-in-Chief of The Wild Rose Press in October of 2013 at a Women Writing the West conference in Kansas City. I pitched my novel to her, and she said it sounded interesting, but I should wait until it was completed before formally submitting it. I finally finished writing Never Done (my second novel) this summer, spent some time revising it, and then queried TWRP. In addition to a query letter, their submission guidelines require a synopsis and the first five pages. It took me a month, off and on, to write the synopsis.

A week after submitting everything to them, I received an email requesting my complete manuscript. This was a positive sign; however five pages isn’t even a drop in the bucket for a 92,000-page novel, so I kept my fingers crossed for another three weeks until I received their congratulations and a Wild Rose Press contract.
The Wild Rose Press has been publishing electronic and print titles of fiction for more than nine years, and they've been voted Best Publisher in the Preditors & Editors Poll for seven of those years. Their primary genre is romance, however they also publish mainstream, historical, and women’s fiction. Never Done is historical fiction, a category Wild Rose calls "cactus," so I hope my novel won't be a lonely little cactus in a garden of scarlet, pink, white, and wild roses.

I signed my contract on October 14th and already have an approved cover. I’m waiting to hear when the editing process is to begin (I’m worried about it a bit, too) as well as an estimate of when Never Done will launch. I’ve added the front cover to the right-hand column of this blog along with the blurb to appear on the back cover. If you'd like a bit more information and flavor, I’ve posted pictures of items described in the story on Pinterest.  You have to join Pinterest (it’s free) to look at the pictures, but if you haven’t already, I think you’ll find browsing through the thousands of collections on Pinterest to be a fascinating experience.

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