USA Today Bestselling Author, Daryl Anderson, Selects E.L. Marker™ for Her Third Novel

SALT LAKE CITY UT March 20, 2017

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From teacher to registered nurse to mystery writer, Daryl Anderson has transitioned from improving lives to saving lives to ending them – but fear not. She will see that justice is done.

After penning USA today bestseller, Murder in Mystic Cove, and Death at China Rose, Anderson faced a mystery of her own: who would publish her third book? “When searching for a publisher, I’d heard a lot of positive comments about WiDo’s editors, and I was also impressed by the support you provide your authors. A successful book is a collaboration, not a solo act.” This made WiDo a likely suspect.

When E.L. Marker’s submissions editor, Joseph Jones, read through Private Investigator Addie Gorsky’s third adventure, taking place in a psychiatric treatment center, he knew he had found a gem. “Anderson’s writing is really impressive,” Jones remarked. “This is just the kind of engaging story E.L. Marker is looking for.” He forwarded Anderson’s manuscript to Karen Gowen, Managing Editor for the WiDo family of publishers, and the plot thickened.

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Veronica Hollis Signs with E.L. Marker™ to Publish Grief Memoir

SALT LAKE CITY UT March 17, 2017

gaulden11Few things are as difficult to endure as losing a beloved spouse. The ensuing feelings of emptiness and isolation are hard to bear and most widows and widowers don’t know where to turn. This was where Veronica Hollis found herself when she lost her husband to an accident.

As a new widow and single mother, Hollis found comfort in her faith and hope and felt strongly that she needed to reach out to others in her same situation.

“I came to write this story to help other widows and to release my own grief emotions.  Grief is exhausting and widowhood is a difficult journey,” says Hollis. “I began writing a few months after my husband passed away, as I needed a safe place to release everything, to know I would not be judged, to say what I wanted without repercussions.  I will forever proudly tell my story of love, loss, and hope.”

To bring about her cause, Veronica co-founded www.stillhis.com, an apparel and accessories company for the widowed and faith-based communities. She has also become a public speaker, writer, blogger and leader in the community. She has found great joy in sharing her hope and healing and is excited to publish her book with E.L. Marker, the new hybrid imprint of WiDo Publishing™.

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“Marketing for the Socially Awkward Introvert” / Liesel Jones

Liesel Jones, author of Roxanne in La La Land by L.A. DeVaul (Wido Publishing, 2011), shares her favorite method of marketing. Being a socially awkward introvert, Liesel speaks from painful experience. She sometimes blogs at Sapphire Cat.

Let’s face it, some of us writers are more secluded, nervous about making eye contact than others, and that’s fine, we all have our unique powers. But the question that used to get me down is: if I’m not outgoing and smiling and talking to people about my book, how will I sell anything?

So your book is coming out, or it’s out already, and you have heard the success stories about being a great marketer by doing simple things like posting on Facebook, Twitter, or whatever else. You will probably create a website or blog and convince yourself you can be outgoing for a while. And you are, blogging with personality and unleashing your charm on Twitter. But it feels forced, you can’t keep it up forever, and those bestseller numbers, or any numbers, just aren’t coming.

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Monster Boy: Lair of the Grelgoroth by Ruth Fox

Genre: Fantacy
Print Price: $16.95 SPECIAL PRE-ORDER PRICE $13.50
Paperback
Page count: 290
Dimensions: 6″x 9″
ISBN: 978-1-937178-82-6

Coming to Bookstores April, 2017

The city of Silvershine is divided by a tall, concrete wall. On one side, live the wealthy and privileged humans. The occupants of the other side are curious and extraordinary monsters.

Zach Morgenstern’s parents adopt Morton, a monster-boy, abandoned and discovered near the Wall. As the only monster on the human side, Morton faces challenges with fitting in. Especially when children of North Silvershine start to vanish, and it appears that the monsters are behind it.

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Rash: a memoir by Lisa Kusel

Genre: Memoir
Print Price: $16.95 SPECIAL PRE-ORDER PRICE $13.50
Paperback
Page count: 271
Dimensions: 6″x 9″
ISBN: 978-1-937178-84-0

Coming to Bookstores September, 2017

Writer Lisa Kusel, while living comfortably in her California home, feels an unsettling lack of personal contentment. When she sees a job posting for a new international school in Bali, she convinces her schoolteacher husband Victor to apply.

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An American Adviser in Vietnam: My Story by Joe Putnam


Genre: Memoir
Print Price: $16.95 SPECIAL PRE-ORDER PRICE $13.50
Paperback
Page count: 256
Dimensions: 6″x 9″
ISBN: 978-1-937178-80-2

Coming to Bookstores March, 2017

In 1967, Joe Putnam, fresh out of officer training school, is shipped overseas to Vietnam as part of President Johnson’s American Adviser program. Putnam would be one of the American soldiers advising the South Vietnamese Army on how to conduct a war against the invading North Vietnamese Army and their counterparts in the south, the Viet Cong. This plan would supposedly keep the Communists at bay without actually getting the U.S. into full-fledged war in Southeast Asia.

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Sequel to Red-Tailed Rescue by John Irby Coming Soon

SALT LAKE CITY, UT February 17, 2017

John Irby’s delightful middle-grade tale, Red-Tailed Rescue, about the friendship between a young girl and a hawk named Orville, was published by WiDo in 2014. There was no suggestion about a sequel, so WiDo’s Managing Editor Karen Gowen, was surprised by the submission of a follow-up book three years later.

“I was thrilled that John had penned a sequel. Red-Tailed Rescue is one of my very favorite of all our WiDo books,” stated Gowen. “It’s the kind of story you read and re-read, then go buy copies for your kids or grandkids.”

The author hadn’t intended on going further with the story, but as Irby says, “So many people told me how much they loved Red-Tailed Rescue, that I decided to try a follow-up.”

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Against Doctor’s Orders by Ali Weinberg Barton

Genre: Memoir
Print Price: $15.95
Paperback
Page count: 204
Dimensions: 5″ x 8″
ISBN: 978-1-937178-83-3

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In 2012, after multiple failed in vitro fertilization cycles, Ali Weinberg Barton finally becomes pregnant. However, early in the pregnancy she experiences troubling symptoms. Finally, at 21 weeks, she is taken by ambulance to a major Boston hospital where she is told she’s in acute heart failure.

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WiDo to Publish Paul Yarbrough’s 3rd Southern Novel

SALT LAKE CITY, UT January 17, 2017
Paul Yarbrough writes books with a Southern connection. He lived and went to school in Louisiana (South Louisiana).

“My wife was from North Louisiana. There is a big difference in the two areas. I met her after I moved to Houston, ” Yarbrough reflects. His first two books, Mississippi Cotton (WiDo Publishing, 2010) and A Mississippi Whisper (WiDo Publishing, 2014), were, as the titles suggest, set in Mississippi.

He says, “While they are fiction, there is a great deal of autobiography in both Mississippi novels. My original plan was to write a novel about Mississippi (my roots), Louisiana (my wife’s roots), and Texas (my son’s roots). However, I have written two novels about Mississippi and one about Louisiana.”

The author’s new book, now under contract with WiDo,™ encapsulates Southern culture from post-Civil War era to current time, told from the viewpoint of a farming family in the Port Breaux area of Southern Louisiana. The story follows the two boys, Forrest and Travis McKinzie, as they grow up in an evolving South.

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“I Am Not a Spy”– Memoir of a Jewish Student Going Deep in the Arab World

SALT LAKE CITY, UT December 2, 2016

michael_bassin_photoEarlier this year, a manuscript appeared in WiDo Publishing’s™ submission box with the intriguing title “I Am Not a Spy.” It was the true story of a young American Jew, Michael Bassin, who travels to the Middle East in an attempt to understand why the Jews and Arabs can’t seem to get along. Submissions editor Allie Maldonado eagerly opened it.

“At first reading, Michael’s story had some fantastic elements but needed better organization,” Maldonado states. “I was buried under submissions at the time and so I sent off a rapid rejection. He responded with graciousness, asking me if I wouldn’t mind telling him how to improve his work. He seemed genuine, friendly and open, politely requesting a few tips. Unable to resist such a positive attitude, I summarized what I felt it needed and invited him to rewrite and resubmit if he wanted to give it another shot. The revised manuscript was absolutely everything I’d hoped for!”

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