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:~: Monday, July 10, 2006 :~:

Industry Interview

Have you ever wondered what industry professionals are really looking for? Well wonder no more.

Today we have a special treat. Paty Jager, editor at The Wild Rose Press has agreed to let us pick her brain about the epub industry. I'm happy to count Paty as not only a professional colleague, but a personal friend.

Elisabeth: Welcome, Paty! Thanks so much for taking the time to be with us today. The Wild Rose Press is a new romance epublisher officially opening it's doors in September, although the website is already up and running. Can you tell us a little about how it got started?

Paty: Sure. The Wild Rose Press was a brainstorm of two critique partners who felt there was a need for an e-publisher who didn't follow all the rules set up by the big presses and other e-presses. WRP takes stories that are 5,000 words (Rosettes), 5,000 to 20,000 words (Miniature Roses) and 20,000 to 50,000 words (Rosebuds) as well as novel length stories. The story lines can be subjects or characters that some of the other houses consider taboo. If it's a good romance that keeps us turning the pages, we'll take a serious look at it.

Elisabeth: What kinds of stories does WRP look for?

Paty: WRP wants page turning stories with unforgettable characters. If you take a look at the website -- www.thewildrosepress.com -- you'll see all the Rose lines. We cover any romance from sweet to hot 'n' spicy. Contemporary to historical. If it is a romance and has a "Happy Ever After" ending, it will fit in at Wild Rose Press.

Elisabeth: What are the benefits to being published by an epub?

Paty: Benefits of being e-pubbed are the author has more say in the cover, the excerpt, and the author even writes their own back cover blurb. There is more hands on with your book from start to finish than with a traditional publisher.

Elisabeth: WRP publishes in both electronic and print formats. How does a book go from electronic format to print format? And what are the print runs for a book that makes it to print format?

Paty: When a book is contracted and sent to WRP, it is set up for e-books as well as print format. There are no print runs, WRP is set up with a print on demand company. Print books can be purchased either through the WRP website or Bowker In Print. E-books can be purchased through WRP website, Fictionwise.com, and Cyberread.com at this time. As we expand so will the ability to purchase the books a more locations.

Elisabeth: What makes WRP different from other epublishers?

Paty: All the editors at WRP are writers. We've been where many writers are and have been. Either just getting their feet wet in the publishing world or been knocking on doors for a while trying to get published with a good book, one the other publishers felt there were either too many of on the market or just didn't fit their list.

When a submission comes to us if it is rejected, the writer will get more than a "thank you, but no thank you." We give reasons why we like it and reasons why it isn't ready to be published. Just today someone who was rejected wrote back and thanked the editor. She wrote, "I was so impressed with the fact that finally someone was kind enough to give me some constructive criticism to allow me to learn from my mistakes." And "I cannot thank you enough for taking the time to email me and I truly will not soon forget The Wild Rose Press." This is what Wild Rose Press is about. Giving the writer something substantial about why their work didn't fit or work. Giving them something to work on along with telling them what was good about their writing.

Elisabeth: What's the best thing about being an editor for WRP?

Paty: The above -- being able to help someone who is either struggling because they haven't received knowledgeable input about their writing or has a story other publishing houses feel is risky or out of their comfort zone. Everyone who is a writer has a great story in them. We at WRP help them dig deeper and put all the pieces together to make it their best story.

Thank you Paty for your time and answers. If anyone has specific questions for Paty regarding The Wild Rose Press, she'll be around through Wed. to answer questions in the comment section here at Romance Worth Killing For.


Blogger Terry said...

I love the fact that WRP accepts and publishes short stores as standalones. There are not a lot of places for these little tidbits to find a home.

Terry Odell
"Words" & "Out of Sight"
Wild Rose Press

10:47 AM  
Blogger Stacy Dawn said...

I like how the editors at The Wild Rose Press are very approachable and willing to answer any questions we have. It's an honour to be part of the garden.

Stacy Dawn
"The Theory of Love"
available now at The Wild Rose Press

11:33 AM  

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