Embracing The Future of Publishing

In his cutting-edge blog Write It Forward www.writeitforward.wordpress.com, popular fiction author Bob Mayer www.bobmayer.org postulates some important points about the future of publishing. His question “What’s the first thing you walk into now in a B&N?” made me stop and take a mental revisit of the last time I walked into my local mega book “Store” (not using the store’s actual name for now). Mayer rightfully comments on the shelves of major brick and mortar book stores being filled with things other than books and the hardback best sellers have taken a back seat at the front door to ebook reader kiosks.

This echoes my own experience this past weekend when my husband bought an ebook reader. While the sample station set up with four competing ereaders was located directly in front of the café, we had to walk through several feet of displays offering toys, candy, action figures, and calendars to find it. The ereader kiosk was completely surrounded by t-shirts, coffee, mugs, and games. And not one employee approached us to guide us through any questions involved in making a triple figure purchase in their store!

We decided on the Velocity Cruz and since the one we could touch and handle was bolted to the table, we assumed we needed employee help to buy one. Nope. Just go to the checkout counter where they are under lock and key. The cashier tried to sell us a two-year warranty plan with a flimsy protective case and did not offer to let us take the ereader out of the box before purchase, just pushed the warranty deal which we declined. Two hundred dollars and some odd change later, we marveled about being basically ignored by the entire store even though we felt like we had just made a major investment. Not that we wanted applause or anything while leaving the store, but some customer service would have been welcome.

The next day I received an email from the “Store” that the Velocity was now on sale for thirty dollars less than we had paid less than 24 hours ago. Grrrrr. I appreciate that book stores are clinging to the printed versions but with the nod to dismal sales nationwide, stores closing right and left, and discretionary income more than lazy about coming back to life, I expected a more positive experience during the purchase.

Meanwhile, my husband has been like a kid with a new toy. Being an IT guy, he has pushed, pulled, clicked, downloaded, researched, and READ several books in just a couple of days. But he hasn’t downloaded anything from the “Store.”

By the way, we were suitably impressed that the book teaser installed on the ereader was a Brenda Jackson romance Irresistible Forces. At least they know what sells. How many ereaders does the consumer have to buy for stores to embrace the future of publishing?


Published in: on October 27, 2010 at 2:37 pm  Comments (5)  
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Welcome, Rachel! Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hi Liz, great to be here! I live in the UK with my family and basically write as much as I can! I work – for my husband as a personal assistant (he is a Financial Adviser), as well as looking after our two young daughters so it’s not always easy but I’m a very determined lady so I make sure I carve out some writing time every day.

Tell everyone about your journey to publishing a novel.

When I became pregnant with my second baby I knew now was the time to pursue my dream of becoming a writer. If I didn’t do it now, my kids would soon be back at school and I’d fall right back into doing a paid job I hated. So I started writing short stories but one after the other resulted in rejection.

Then I thought, why don’t I skip the short story and write a novel because that was my biggest dream of all. I wrote Searching For Sophie over the next year and then discovered The Wild Rose Press on the recommendation of a writing friend.

They accepted it and my passion was on its way to becoming a reality….

What do you like the most and the least about writing?

My favorite thing is the second draft – I love it when I have the story down but now have something to work with to really make it shine.  Coming in at a close second? Receiving the cover art!

Worst thing for me is plotting – I always hear the hero or heroine’s voice first and then they will tell me their problem. From there, I have the nightmare of figuring out a story of so many thousand words. Easy? No. Great when you get there? Yes!

What are the three things you cannot do without?

My mac

My books

And at the end of the day, my glass of white wine!

Give us a peek into your latest published work.

Transatlantic Loving is my first novella-length story as opposed to a full-length novel. It is part of the amazing Wild Rose Press series, Class of ’85. It is the journey of British heroine, Lisa Cavendish visiting the US for the very first time after being dragged to a school reunion by her American friend, and what happens when she meets sexy American school soccer coach, Aaron Taylor.

What’s next on the writing horizon for you?

My next scheduled release is Getting It Right This Time which is a contemporary romance novel set in the fictional UK city of Foxton. It is a story of motherhood and seconds chances. I love every second of writing it!

I am especially excited about its release as it is my first book with a brand new publisher, Lyrical Press who I have adored working with and can’t wait to do so again.

Is there anything you want to tell readers?

I love hear from you! Feel free to email me on rachelbrimble@googlemail.com – whether to ask about my books, writing or anything else!

Also my blog is a busy place to be with guest authors and contests every Tuesday and Friday, please pop by and leave a comment, I’d love see you there.



Thanks, Rachel. Come back soon!

Published in: on October 25, 2010 at 1:00 pm  Comments (2)  

Say Hello To Special Guest MARGARET TANNER!

 Hi, MARGARET! Thanks for joining me today. I’m excited you’ve got a story to tell about your journey to publication. What happened?


My latest release from The Wild Rose Press, Frontier Wife, has led a tortured existence. It has been briefly published before (twice) with the title of The English Rose, great title but very unlucky in my case. Each time, something happened with the publishers that was beyond my control – like going out of business.  This was my first published novel and I wanted to curl up in a corner and die, I really did, but I re-worked my story and sent it to TWRP and after some great editing work it is now out in the public arena once more and I couldn’t be happier.  So, the moral of the story is – have faith in your work and never give up.

 This is so very true, Margaret. And I agree that the editors at TWRP are amazing!

Now, as a follow up to this, and reinforcing the adage of never giving up, I am posting part of a talk that I once gave on this topic.

So you want to get published.

You have written a fabulous novel, your mother loved it and your girlfriend said it was the best story she had ever read.

Now, who is the lucky publisher? You know everyone will want it. The dollar sign lights up in your eyes. Six figure advance, well maybe you would take five for starters. You are already debating what you will wear to your first book launch. Who will play the lead role when your masterpiece is made into a movie? Be honest, haven’t we all thought like this? 

I have sent manuscripts to the large category romance publishers. The bigger the better I thought and received rejection letters, the good, the bad, and the downright ugly. I could paper the side wall of my house with them.  Along the way I entered and won, or was commended in, unpublished manuscript awards so I was reassured that I had some talent.

In desperation, after a few rejections, I once sent a manuscript off and pretended to be my husband. I wrote a little introductory note saying I was a male nightshift worker at an international airport, (which he was.  Of course, he couldn’t write a romance novel to save his life).

A couple of months later the manuscript was returned from the junior editor saying she quite liked the storyline, I really did write like a woman, but they had read something similar only a few weeks previously. Devastating news.

A few weeks before Christmas, a friend of ours proposed a daring plan that would get me out of the ‘slush’ pile. He said. “Wrap the manuscript up in Christmas paper, put a fancy ribbon on it and send it off addressed to the senior editor. No junior editor would dare open the boss’ Christmas present.” What a master stroke I thought, the man was an absolute genius.

Well, a couple of months later, said present winged its way back to me, my pretty ribbons intact, sticky tape untouched by human hand. The note was brief and to the point. Thank you for the gift, but we don’t accept presents, wishing you Merry Christmas etc. etc. The rejection was killing. I felt like the world had ended.

Then I got smart, and started researching publishers who published the kind of novels I wrote and whose business structures were sound.

It has taken me years and a lot of perseverance to get this far, but I am multi-published now and have two publishers, Whiskey Creek Press and The Wild Rose Press.

 Fascinating! What a great testament to perseverance. It works every time.

BIO: Margaret Tanner is an award winning multi-published Australian author. She is a member of the Romance Writers of Australia, the Melbourne Romance Writers Group (MRWG) and EPIC.

 She loves delving into the pages of history as she carries out research for her historical romance novels, and prides herself on being historically correct. No book is too old or tattered for her to trawl through, no museum too dusty, no cemetery too overgrown. Many of her novels have been inspired by true events, with one being written around the hardships and triumphs of her pioneering ancestors in frontier Australia.


Only in the new world can a highborn young Englishwoman and a tough frontier man, ignite the passion that will fulfil their hopes and dreams in ways they never imagined possible.


Tommy Lindsay arrives in colonial Australia to claim the rundown farm she and her brothers have inherited.

Hidden behind her fragile English beauty, beats the heart of a courageous young woman. She will need all this strength to survive the unforgiving heat, and the dangers lurking around every corner.  Lost in the bush, capture by a feral mountain family, raging bushfires are nothing compared to the danger she faces if she gives her heart to Adam Munro.

Adam Munro, a rugged frontier man, has no room in his heart to love a woman.  All he ever wanted was a presentable wife who would provide him with heirs.   He didn’t need passion in his life, not until he fell under the spell of the beautiful young Englishwoman living next door to him.

Margaret Tanner 


FRONTIER WIFE published by The Wild Rose Press


Thanks for spending time with me today, Margaret. Your journey is inspiring. Congratulations on FRONTIER WIFE!

Published in: on October 18, 2010 at 10:00 pm  Comments (4)  

Happy Birthday, Navy!

Today is the 235th anniversary of the United States Navy!


I learned so many interesting things about the Navy while researching my latest romance novel MESSAGE TO LOVE.

The U.S. Navy figures prominently in MESSAGE TO LOVE as Lt. Rollins McBride of Naval Intelligence is assigned to find a U.S. citizen who has been jailed by the Spanish in Cuba for sympathizing with rebels who are fighting for independence in 1898. Rollins teams up with Audra Wakely because it’s her father in jail and who Rollins wants to arrest for treason and gun smuggling. Things are confusing until they get to Santiago de Cuba, find Greg Wakely, and set the record straight about who’s really dealing in illegal arms in Cuba.

Originally, the U.S. had no interest in getting involved in the Cuba-Spain conflict but when the U.S.S. Maine exploded in Havana harbor while on a peaceful mission to the island, President William McKinley felt pressure from congress, the media, and the country to send our military into battle. Americans believed the U.S.S. Maine had been intentionally targeted. Hundreds of innocent sailors died in the blast. Revenge was called for in headlines and in the homeland. McKinley sent a secret message to the commander of Cuban forces General Calixto Garcia and pledged the military, financial, and political support of the U.S. to help Cuba oust Spain from their island.

I wrote MESSAGE TO LOVE after reading “The Message To Garcia” written by Elbert Hubbard in 1899 where the covert actions of Lt. Andrew Rowan are described as an heroic event that served to liberate Cuba from an oppressor. This event is part of my story and serves as the thematic motivation for the ongoing intellectual tension between Audra and Rollins. Yes, there is more than sexual tension in a romance novel!

It turns out that further investigation many years later by the Navy concluded that an internal fire or combustion was the cause of the destruction of the U.S.S. Maine, but the battle cry “Remember the Maine!” lives on today as the call of American heros willing to sacrifice their lives for democracy.

Happy birthday, Navy!


MESSAGE TO LOVE, The Wild Rose Press, www.thewildrosepress.com

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Published in: on October 13, 2010 at 1:26 pm  Comments (3)  

Welcome Fab Romance Author STACY DAWN!

Thank you so much Liz for having me here today!

Welcome and tell us a little about yourself.

I’m Canadian and live in a little rural town on the shore of Lake Ontario.  Though I live in the country, on a winter day when the trees are bare, I can see the lake from our front porch.  I’ve been writing for quite a while now and the journey has definitely been an experience.

Sounds dreamy there, STACY DAWN. I envy you such a great place to live and write!

Tell everyone about your journey to publishing a novel.

It started with mounds of enthusiasm and a good idea—sort of crashed out when reality set in and I realized that there are A LOT of other writers out there, and enthusiasm and a good idea are just not enough to create a good novel.   If anything, that’s the best advice I can give to new writers.  Understand that writing is a giant learning curve, but believe me, stick with it and the rewards are ENDLESS!  Study, learn, listen and especially READ.  You will only get better at your craft and stand a better chance of getting noticed because you’ve done your homework.

Absolutely right on this one SD. Perserverence and reading get us there.

What do you like the most and the least about writing?

They are actually the same thing LOL.  For me the beginning with all the ideas flowing out and that very last, final, revised edit before you submit are the most exciting.  In between is a tough journey for me because I want it to come out perfect the first time, and it just isn’t—yet if I persist and just believe in the process, it slowly comes together in a far more complete and better way than I ever imagined.  I am very proud of all my stories because of the effort to get them just right.

This is soooooo true. Readers can get out of sorts if the writing isn’t “just right.”

What are three things you cannot do without?

Family, my computer….and chocolate (like you knew I was going to say that!)

All anybody has to say is the word “chocolate” and I can smell it. You are not alone in that necessity.

Give us a peek into your latest published work?

Corvette Confessions just released in September and is part of The Wild Rose Press’s Class of ’85 series.  OMG this was so fun to write because it just took me right back in time to my own high school days and those little nagging ‘what if’s’:

Have you ever been in the right place at the wrong time?

Dumped at the senior spring dance, AJ, who’d always been more into softball and shop class than cheerleading and pep squad, escaped the crowd to mope in the Corvette on loan to the class for the semester. When Greg Roberts unexpectedly joined her, his attempts to cheer her worked—too well. She might have even confessed her love that night if Greg’s longtime girlfriend hadn’t come looking for him.

Twenty-five hard years later, forced to come to the reunion by her best friend, AJ escapes back to her favorite class, only to find the exact Corvette—a little worn and faded—sitting right where she’d left it. Fond memories turn into reality when Greg shows up at her driver’s side window again—and déjà vu takes on a whole new meaning.

Available now at The Wild Rose Press: http://www.thewildrosepress.com/corvette-confessions-p-4210.html?zenid=a4210e9eb48bc2ea4a37127583a440bf

The Class of ’85 series is really hot right now. You are fortunate to be a “charter author” there. I think that series has some staying power. The concept is so enticing!

What’s next on the writing horizon for you?

I’m currently finishing up the fifth book in my Christmas series.  All the stories revolve around the hilariously eccentric town of Noelle, Alberta.  Christmas in Noelle….where love and laughter are always at the top of Santa’s list!

You can find the first books in the series on my website at www.stacydawn.com

How fun!

Is there anything you want to tell readers?

Thank you!  Without your support and your love of romance, I’d have all these characters still running around in my head!  I truly appreciate every comment and everyone interested in my work.

You can read more about my releases and contests at www.stacydawn.com

Thanks so much Liz!

Thank you, STACY DAWN! Come back soon!


Published in: on October 8, 2010 at 6:00 pm  Comments (10)  


Welcome, Marie, and tell us a little about yourself.

I’m a Christian / sweet romance writer – with a twist. The reason I add this is because my stories are more than just a romance – they’re an adventure. Most of my stories have a little mystery, a little humor, and lots of twists. I have two stories out right now; Winning Mr. Wrong, and Heart Of A Hero, both with the publisher Walnut Springs Press. I’m a mother of two daughters, one stepdaughter, three grandchildren – and I’ve been a wife for 25 years. (yikes!) I work full time for the state of Utah and work long ten hour days. My dream is to retire early and write for a living. (grins)

Tell everyone about your journey to publishing a novel.

Back when I was in junior high, I remember creating stories. I think the story-creation process actually started when I played Barbies with my younger sister. That’s also where the humor came from. lol  When I was 18, I wrote my first skit for my the youth group in my church, and won an award for ‘Funniest’. A few years later after I was married and had my first child, I wrote another skit for my church. This was done on a bigger scale, and I still won an award “Best Written”.  When I wrote my third skit, I won “Funniest” again – and realized I was on to something enjoyable now. In all my skits, there was a little romance. So…that’s when I wrote my first romance novel. Before the book was even finished, another story popped into my head. That’s how it’s been for nearly 15 years now. Finally this year I became brave enough to write my first Christian romance – and submit it. The publisher I submitted my story to was the one who contracted me in May of this year. In August, my first book was released – Winning Mr. Wrong, and in September my second book was released – Heart Of A Hero. We’re already in the works for book number three to come out around the first of the year.

What do like the most and the least about writing?

What I love about writing is that it take me away… Everyone needs that in their life, and for me, my writing accomplishes that. I enjoy writing love stories and the growth between hero and heroine. I love finding twists to add to my story – and especially adding a little mystery to keep the reader turning pages.

The least of what I like about writing has to be my patience. I don’t have any! lol  I’ve known many authors who have waited months to get their story read by a publisher – mine took three weeks. Then most authors wait nearly a year to get their books released – I waited a few months. I’ve been extremely lucky with this publisher. They must know how impatient I am. lol

What are three things you cannot do without?

My computer


And a clean bathroom

Give us a peek into your latest published work?

Heart Of A Hero is a historical Christian romance. In Utah, 1875, there’s a new hero in town…

When Summer Bennett returns to Richfield after a five-year stint at her aunt’s finishing school, she discovers a lot has changed. Her father has suffered a crippling injury, and Summer is desperate to get the money to pay for surgery that could allow him to walk again. She hears of a reward offered for the capture of a cunning gang of bank robbers, and her years of etiquette training fall by the dusty roadside.

What Summer doesn’t count on in her quest to capture the bandits is the competition from her family’s longtime friend, Jesse Slade. Now a deputy marshal and local hero, Jesse keeps thwarting Summer’s plans, just like he did when she wore pigtails. She would like nothing more than to use Jesse’s head for a slingshot target, but soon Summer finds her aim shifting from his head to his heart. Problem is, Jesse is engaged to her sister Violet.

For seven years, little Summer Bennett was the burr under Jesse’s saddle. Now he feels a different irritation as Summer is always on his mind—whether he wants her to be or not. But Summer’s father expects him to marry Violet, and he won’t let him down. So why does Jesse find himself encouraging Summer’s attentions, and why do sparks fly every time they are together?

What’s next on the writing horizon for you?

My publisher and I are now working on my next release – My Heart’s Desire. This is a ghost story – but not the scary kind we hear about. My story has a LOT of mystery, a little humor and a good dose of romance. This story isn’t a Christian romance, but a sweet romance.

When a beautiful woman claiming to be a ghost from 1912 appears in Nick Marshal’s new office and begs for help in solving her murder, he’s intrigued enough to consider her plea. A scandal that rocked Hollywood almost destroyed his law practice, so taking on a client who insists she’s dead seems a good way to refresh his career. The more history he uncovers, the deeper his feelings are for the ghost. Abigail Carlisle believes Nick is her heart’s true desire, but how can happily ever after happen when she’s already dead?

Can Nick and Abbey solve the riddle of the gypsy curse and find a way to be together?  Or will decades of sinister forces intervene?

Is there anything you want to tell readers?

I would love to hear from you. You can email me at mariehiggins84302@yahoo.com 

Please visit my blog – http://mariehiggins84302.blogspot.com/ I have fun book trailers for my stories as well. Check my blog for contests I’ll have from time to time!

My books are available at all major bookstores, Walmart and Costco. If you don’t see my stories at your bookstore, please ask them to order it. Or… you can go directly through the distribution company – Brigham Distributing – http://brighamdistributing.com/search.php?orderby=position&orderway=desc&search_query=marie+higgins  Also you and find my books on www.Amazon.com

On a side note, this is just the beginning of my career. I have sooooo many stories to publish. I’m just getting started. J

Thanks Liz for this great interview! It’s been fun!

Here is the excerpt –

The deputy marshal must be the one holding me. Summer Bennett let her body relax against the contours of his body. Normally, she wouldn’t want to be protected and cared for by anyone, but at the moment she was reluctant to break the spell.

She dared a peek at his face. His deep blue eyes grabbed her attention. Kind eyes. Sunlight glinted off the golden tones of his light brown hair. He must have sensed her watching, for his square jaw changed shape and a soft smile bracketed his mouth.

He was very handsome. She couldn’t have dreamed up a better vision of a hero, and dream it must be because things this good just didn’t happen to her. Safety and security spread over her like a warm blanket and she melted against him, closing her eyes while his long fingers continued to stroke her cheek. It was the first time in her life she had allowed a man to touch her like that—a soft stroke, a gentle caress—and the first time she had ever really relaxed in a man’s presence.

She sighed. Wonderful.

“How do you feel, Summer?”

The soft baritone voice rumbling in his chest seemed oddly familiar. Summer frowned and took a second peek at his hair and his mouth. He gave her a full smile. Awareness tugged at her memory and a large knot formed in the pit of her stomach. When recognition came, it struck like a thick piece of wood right between her eyes. She jerked, moving off the comfortable nest she had made of his chest.

“Jesse Slade?”

A crafty smile claimed his face. “The one and only, darlin’.”

She widened her eyes. “Darlin’? I’m not now, nor will I ever be your darling, Jesse Slade.” She couldn’t believe her rotten luck. She fought to move from his grasp, batting his hands away. “Get your hands off me.”

“Be still Summer, or—”

“Let me go,” she demanded.

“Tarnation, Summer.” His hands moved to her waist. “You’re as slippery as a wet weasel.”

“Quit touching me and put me down.”

Although he tried to hold onto her, she managed to slither from the horse.

“Of all the confounded foolish female stunts.” He pulled the horse to a halt and dismounted.

The moment her feet touched the ground, dizziness overtook her and she plopped down on her bottom. When Jesse reached for her, she slapped at his hands.

She glanced up at him from her undignified position and clenched her teeth. “You. Of all people, it had to be you.” Holding onto a stirrup, she pulled herself to her feet and gazed into the heavens. “Why Lord? Why me?”

“There’s no need to get your feathers ruffled.” Jesse looked at the blood oozing from her shoulder wound. “Look what you’ve done. You’re bleedin’ again.”

She glanced at her injury. It was worse than she thought, but she’d die before admitting it to him. She was not riding into town perched on Jesse’s lap for the whole town to see.

Published in: on October 6, 2010 at 2:19 am  Comments (10)  

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Check out the great historical romance authors for The Wild Rose Press today at TWRP Historical Rose Line blog and read my article on character creation.


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