WiDo™ to Publish Michael Gaulden’s Memoir of Growing Up Homeless

SALT LAKE CITY UT July 20, 2016

gaulden11Millions of youth are homeless every year in America. Michael Gaulden was one of the very few young men who found his way out. Since beating homelessness, he’s felt compelled to share his story, to tell the truth about his experience.

“In my darkest hour there was no guiding light. I had to stumble along and faced many preventable obstacles along the way.  I made mistakes. I did not have a map to follow the road of homeless life, let alone the inner city.”

Now, a graduate of UCLA, a professional educator, community activist and public speaker, Gaulden’s mission is to provide that guiding light for youth in the same situation as he was. His experience is one that defines resilience and perseverance no matter what obstacle any one faces.

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British Poet P. J. Reed Signs with WiDo™ for Debut Fantasy Novel

SALT LAKE CITY UT April 14, 2016

mummyBritish author and poet P. J. Reed was pondering what to write one day over a cup of tea and Belgian tiffin slice, when a ragged warlock flashed into her thoughts.

“He was sitting dejectedly in a tiny garret above an inn, as his forces suffered yet another defeat at the hands of their all-powerful enemies,” Reed reflects. “I could smell the smoke and see the fear in his eyes. I thought what’s going to happen to him, and suddenly the whole story unfolded before me, writing itself.”

WiDo Publishing™ submissions editor Allie Maldonado found this high fantasy novel fascinating and exciting. “P.J has written a tale of depth and intrigue, complex but not confusing, with multi-faceted characters you can absolutely cheer for. Pretty amazing for a first novel. It’s a great foundation for a series.”

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Ruth Fox’s Previously Self-pubbed MG Fantasy Accepted by WiDo Publishing™

SALT LAKE CITY UT April 11, 2016

20160407_155855dAfter dozens of rejections, along with an experiment in self-publishing, Ruth Fox Sinclair decided to give her middle-grade book another try at traditional publishing. She could hardly believe it when WiDo’s submission editor Allie Maldonado offered her a contract.

Sinclair states, “I was surprised and delighted all at once when Allie Maldonado said WiDo was very interested! It made a long and emotional journey completely worth it.”

“WiDo™ doesn’t publish much middle-grade fiction,” says Maldonado. “For us to consider it, the book must have wide appeal, something people of all ages will read and enjoy. Ruth’s book is like that. It’s a charming, captivating fantasy tale with larger implications about how we categorize and treat people different from ourselves.”

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Sequel to Scott Keen’s SCAR OF THE DOWNERS in the Works

SALT LAKE CITY UT February 6, 2016

DSCN0553-2Scott Keen is a full-time, homeschooling dad, author and screenwriter. His first novel, Scar of the Downers (WiDo, 2015),  came out to rave reviews– 4.7 out of 5 five star reviews on Amazon. The follow-up book is now under contract with WiDo Publishing ™.

“It’s an exciting sequel, a fascinating story, that I read from beginning to end very quickly,” says WiDo’s submission editor Allie Maldonado. “Scott increases the development of the principle characters, Crik and his friends, as they continue in their search for freedom from slavery.”

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“While one editor might reject a piece, another might love it”/ Patty Somlo

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Patty Somlo has received four Pushcart Prize nominations, been nominated for storySouth’s Million Writers Award and had an essay selected as a Notable Essay of 2013 for Best American Essays 2014. (This post originally appeared on Colleen Story’s Writing and Wellness website. We are reprinting it here with Colleen’s permission.)

Talk Yourself Out of Giving Up

Patty hiking. I tend to suffer from many of the emotional challenges of being a writer, including dealing with rejection, depression, motivation, anxiety, self-doubt, isolation, and feeling overwhelmed and stressed by book promotion.

I think the biggest effect it has had on derailing my writing goals is to sometimes cause me to give up on getting a piece of writing published because the work has been rejected a number of times.

The chief way I deal with all of these challenges is to keep on working. I also “talk to myself,” and this seems most effective when I am out on a long walk.

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Sequel to Carol Bradley’s Biblical Novel “Light of the Candle” Coming Soon

     SALT LAKE CITY UT January 6, 2016

 Carol BradleyCarol Pratt Bradley‘s historical fiction, Light of the Candle, about young Daniel of the Old Testament, was published by WiDo Publishing™ last January (2015).  WiDo offered Bradley a contract for her second novel, Fire of the Word, in June of the same year, and for the sequel to Light of the Candle, tentatively titled “Waiting for Light”, in December. This makes 3 novels in 2 years.    

Bradley wrote all three novels over time, beginning with her first draft of Light in 2008.  About editing her first book, she says, “It was interesting to review my work after a significant amount of time had passed, and read the story as if it were written by someone else. Flaws and holes glared out at me. I learned the ache and joy of revising, in order to shape and reshape the manuscript into what it should be.”

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“It Takes an Emotionally Healthy Person to Succeed” / Karen Jones Gowen

HeadShot 2 - Copy (2)Born and raised in central Illinois, Karen Jones Gowen attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She transferred to Brigham Young University, where she met her husband Bruce. She graduated from BYU with a degree in English and American Literature.

Karen and Bruce have lived in Utah, Illinois, California and Washington, currently residing in Panajachel, Guatemala. They are the parents of ten children. Not surprisingly, family relationships are a recurring theme in Karen’s writing.

Karen has written six published books, and is managing editor for WiDo Publishing™, a small literary press in Salt Lake City. WiDo publishes 12–15 books a year.

This article originally appeared on Colleen Bradley’s Writing and Wellness blog, and is reprinted here with Colleen’s permission.

I’m An All or Nothing Sort

I’m not the kind of person who can squeeze in 10 or 20 minutes here and there to write. I’m an all or nothing sort who either spends hours a day on my manuscript or not at all.

Although I’ve tried to be more balanced, it still seems to be long stretches at work or else putting it off for another day. The long stretches can be very productive for writing but definitely too much sitting.

Walking is my favorite regular exercise, and I feel best when I get out four or five times a week for about an hour. Living in Guatemala without a car, I walk to the market for what we need. This makes walking a household necessity as well as a pleasant exercise.

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N. Tolman Rudolph Lands Contract With WiDo Publishing™

IMG_2893-EditSALT LAKE CITY UT December 3, 2015

N. Tolman Rudolph (Norma) had submitted and resubmitted her science fiction novel to agents and publishers large and small. With each rejection, she’d go back and revise until it had been rewritten more times than she can count.

When WiDo Publishing’s submission editor, Allie Maldonado, received it, the quality of Rudolph’s writing and the enchantment of her story shone through. “It’s a wonderful blend of science fiction and romance with spiritual elements that will touch hearts. I absolutely loved this book, couldn’t put it down once I started.”

The author approached WiDo™ because “they promote the type of good clean books I like to write. Plus, they seemed willing to try things that did not exactly fit into the standard genre niches. I had had several other publishers show interest, but when it came to publication they did not feel they could get behind it because of the genre. Plus the religious references make it even harder to place.”

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WiDo™ to Publish Viet Nam Memoir by Lt. Col. Joe Putnam

SALT LAKE CITY UT October 6, 2015

001Joe Putnam, raised by a struggling single mother, entered the Air Force  after high school and became an Air Traffic Controller at the age of 19. Transferring to the Army to seek opportunities to get a commission, he was accepted to the Infantry Officer Candidate School and became a Second Lieutenant of airborne infantry at the age of 20.

Putnam was the first military officer in the family as far back as anybody could remember and is in the second of three generations to serve in the armed forces. In 2007, his local newspaper did a front page story about his family’s 100 collective years of military service to the nation.

Recognizing there may be historical value to his combat service in Viet Nam, Putnam wrote down all he could remember about his experience. He says, “I wanted to pass it down through my family for whatever benefit it might be to future generations. After writing it, several family members and friends read it and thought I should try to publish.”

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Third book in Heiner’s Perilous Series to Hit the Shelves Next Year

SALT LAKE CITY UT September 24, 2015

author photo smallTamara Hart Heiner began writing what would become her book Perilous in the seventh grade, with Jaci and her friends reflecting herself and her friends at that age, minus the kidnapping and brushes with death.

Heiner always knew there would be  a sequel, although she thought the story would end there. However, after Altercation (WiDo Publishing, 2012), many readers expressed excitement for the “third book.”

WiDo Publishing™ submissions editor Allie Maldonado was also excited about the third book. “I’ve not run across another YA author who can write suspense any better than Tamara can. She’s got a real talent for plotting a story and moving it forward at breakneck speed.”

Heiner was already done with the third book when it occurred to her that she could take that ending and turn it into a fourth. She says, “The idea excites me and I look forward to exploring the possibility. For right now, I haven’t considered the series past that point. But who knows? More could happen. Or maybe it will be time for one of the other characters to have a book of their own.”

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