Award-winning Author Patty Somlo to Publish Essay Memoir With WiDo™

SALT LAKE CITY UT September 4, 2015

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Patty Somlo’s essay collection has recently been accepted by WiDo Publishing ™, the first of this type memoir the small press has released. “We are always on the lookout for a fresh voice, an interesting twist to an established genre,” says WiDo’s submission editor Allie Maldonado. “Patty’s submission took me by surprise.”

Somlo’s book is about her search for home, beginning with her early years in Hawaii when her father was stationed there. The opening chapter is  a young girl body surfing in the giant waves.

“I was hooked at that point,” recalls Maldonado. “I wanted to know who this joyful girl is and who she grows up to be. The sense of place and love of the water is a strong element through all the chapters. The writing is beautiful, the language washing over you like the waves of the sea.”

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“Focusing on self is not true creativity” / Carol Pratt Bradley

Carol Pratt BradleyCarol Pratt Bradley is a historical novelist with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Her history interests currently include the Ancient Near Eastern world, Reformation England, and 17th century America. She is the author of The Light of the Candle, an imaginative story of the biblical Daniel. She has been married to her wonderful husband Bryan for over three decades. Their three daughters and one son have grown and left their parents to survive on their own. They have a Yorkie named Ozzie, who sleeps beside Carol on the couch while she writes.

This interview originally appeared on Colleen Story’s Writing and Wellness blog. We have reprinted it here with Colleen’s permission.

As Writers, We Must Practice Balance

Writing is part of who I am, but it is not all of me. I like the description of myself as a house filled with various rooms, each with a different purpose.

If I give all of my attention to only one room, making it bigger and more elaborate than the other rooms, then my house is not balanced. To be a productive, creative being, I must practice balance like a tightrope walker in a circus. So I’ve found I need to be careful of how I see my identity. If I see myself only as a writer, I have built that one room too big, to the neglect of the others.

I’ve heard various writers tell how they fit writing into their days, spending long hours at a desk, staring at a blank wall, etc. That may be good for them, but I’ve had to find my own way.

I’ve learned that I am a people person, who goes crazy if I’m alone in the house too much, which does nothing for my creativity. I need variety to my days:  taking nightly “walk and talks” with my husband, going to a tai chi class with a good friend, doing yoga with my twin sister, pulling the ever-present weeds in my flower beds, attending church on Sunday, going to plays and lunches, and enjoying bridal and baby showers in my neighborhood. I need to laugh and talk with friends, and make new ones. Being actively involved in life fuels my creativity.

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“I want to write these stories, and I want people to read them” / Scott Keen

DSCN0553-2Scott Keen grew up in Black River, NY, the youngest of three children. While in law school, he realized he didn’t want to be a lawyer. So he did the practical thing—he became a writer. Now, many years later with an MFA in script and screenwriting, he is married with four daughters, two of whom he homeschools.

Scott was interviewed by Colleen Story on her Writing and Wellness blog. We have reprinted it here with her permission. Thank you, Colleen!

The Pull-Up Bar as a Headache Cure!

One of my biggest physical challenges to writing, and many other things, was neck pain and headaches. Like most everyone else who stares at a computer as part of their job, I hold my tension in my neck and shoulders. There were plenty of times I couldn’t write because of this.

I realized that my life is pretty sedentary. I did not do a whole lot of exercise or stretching that stretched me physically, and that in itself can be pretty depressing.

So one small change I enacted was to buy myself a pull-up bar. Using that each night has eased a lot of my headaches. While it hasn’t cured them completely (I still hold tension there), strengthening the muscles in that part of my body has helped me tremendously.

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“I refuse to settle for a life that is any less than what I dream it to be” / S. B. Roozenboom

author photoS.B. Roozenboom grew up in the Great Northwest. She is the author of three young adult novels: Markings, Predator Girl, and Taste of Silver. Her first science fiction novel will be released next year from WiDo Publishing. When not writing, S.B. can be found high up in the Cascade Mountains, down on the Oregon coast, or cozied up with a latte in Starbucks.

She was recently featured on Colleen Story’s Writing and Wellness blog. We have reprinted the interview with Colleen’s permission.

When Life Interferes with Writing

Gosh, these last two years have held so many physical and mental challenges for me that have really messed with my writing ability. I used to sit down at a computer and complete ten, fifteen pages a day with no problems. I knew exactly where I wanted to go with the story, I knew exactly what I wanted to say, who I wanted the characters to become… but not so much lately.

Most people start writing novels later in life. They don’t sit down at seventeen years old like I did and birth three books in three years. I am now twenty-four which means I’ve hit that “Transitional Stage” in life where I am no longer a teenager whose day-to-day consisted of homework and chores… I’m an adult trying to figure out how the heck to run my life.

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Medical Thriller by Physician Author J. L. Delozier Finds Home at WiDo™

SALT LAKE CITY UT June 1, 2015

employee of the monthDr. Jen Delozier first discovered WiDo Publishing™ by doing research on QueryTracker.net. After checking out WiDo’s website and published books, she decided to submit her debut medical thriller.

Titled “Type and Cross,” the novel is about a nightmare-plagued, tequila-swilling psychologist-for-hire, Dr. Persephone Smith, who takes on a madman physician and creator of a virus that kills people with type O blood.

WiDo submissions editor Allie Maldonado says this about Delozier’s book: “It’s an intense, fast-paced read. I like how Jen takes us into the minds of both the killer and the profiler. I couldn’t put it down and stayed up half the night finishing it.”

J. L. Delozier grew up poor in a small town in Pennsylvania, in a home with little money but plenty of books. She recalls, “I spent most of my time reading the classics. Even then, I loved to write poems and short stories, going so far as to submit my first story-handwritten in pencil on lined school paper-to Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine at age 11. Not surprisingly, it was (kindly) rejected! Classic science fiction-think Asimov and Clark-became my favorite, and my love of science lead me to pursue a career in medicine, a goal that seemed nearly unattainable given my circumstances.”

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“I work out as often as I write” / Melissa Palmer

bioheadThank you to Colleen Story, for this inspiring interview with Melissa Palmer on her Writing on Wellness blog. We are reprinting it here with Colleen’s permission.

Giving the Body and Mind Equal Attention

Whether I like it or not, the dang human body needs sleep, even if I’m on a roll. I tend to stay up way too late writing, much to the chagrin of anyone who has to deal with me during the daylight hours.

I work out as often as I write.

The body feeds the mind as much as the mind feeds the body, so I try to give them both equal attention.

I do at least three cardio and three strength training workouts in a week. (I have to, or I’m unpleasant to be around.) I get out into the gym, turn on the Matt and Kim Pandora station, and it’s like I’m on my own little sunshine planet.

I had to give up long distance running after an injury—I’ve moved to cycling. But, I’ll share a secret with you. I get on the spin bike, pop on an episode of Supernatural, and I am in happy town. With that combo, I can do anything.

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Carol Pratt Bradley to Publish Second Historical Fiction Novel with WiDo™

SALT LAKE CITY UT May 22, 2015

Carol Pratt BradleyWhen Carol Pratt Bradley discovered Anne Askew, a young English noblewoman imprisoned during the Protestant Reformation, she was searching for a novel to write as her thesis project for her Master of Fine Arts degree. This story was it.

Bradley recently submitted her novel about Anne Askew, titled “Fire of the Word,” to WiDo Publishing.™ Submissions editor Allie Maldonado states, “This book set my heart on fire.”

Bradley’s Biblical historical fiction novel about Daniel, The Light of the Candle, was published by WiDo this year and has garnered excellent reviews. Maldonado says, “Carol writes beautifully, her facts are well-researched and transformed with great skill into fiction. I was excited to see another manuscript from her in my inbox, especially one about such a fascinating woman during this significant era.”

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“Submitting to a Small Press” / Julie Musil Interviews WiDo’s Managing Editor

IMG_4672Have you ever considered submitting to a small publisher? Were you confused about their place in the industry, or what they bring to the table? Author Julie Musil interviewed Karen Jones Gowen, Managing Editor at WiDo Publishing,  for her  blog to shed some light on small publishers and bust some common myths.  The post has been reprinted here with Julie’s permission.

Julie Musil: What are some common misconceptions about small publishers? Can you do a little “myth busting” for us?
 
Karen Gowen:

“A small press can’t do anything for me I can’t do as well or better for myself.” A common misconception, that doesn’t take into consideration the cost of time and money it requires to do it all yourself rather than sharing the load with professionals who are willing to invest in your work.

“Small publishers can’t get my book in a bookstore.” If a small publisher has the right distribution channels then your book can certainly be in a bookstore. However, remember that ultimately the bookstore chooses what it puts on its shelves and with millions of books to choose from, they need to have a reason to stock yours. This is why we encourage our authors to promote themselves and their books the first 90 days of their launch, in partnership with their local bookstores.

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“The Symbiotic Relationship between Editor and Author” / Tamara Hart Heiner

Authors and editors are different job titles, but they share the same role: to make something poignant, dramatic, and beautiful out of words.

The two go hand-in-hand. One cannot function without the other. Where would authors be without editors? And where would editors be without authors? The two are so closely related that many an editor has put his hand to pen (or keyboard, as it would be) and pumped out prose or poetry. And more than one author has hung out a shingle and declared herself an editor.

I would say that the very best editors are both, and here’s why.

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“In the beginning, it’s close to impossible not to take rejection to heart” / Amy Saia

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Amy Saia lives in Kansas as a writer and musician. Her work has appeared in Haunted Waters Press and in 2012 her first novel, The Soul Seekers, was published by WiDo followed by The Time Seekers in September 2014. The final book in the trilogy is scheduled for release in 2015. Thank you to Colleen Story, for this insightful interview with another one of our WiDo authors on her Writing on Wellness blog. We are reprinting it here with Colleen’s permission.

Physical Wellness

So far, the biggest physical challenge of being a writer has been accepting the pure sedentary nature of the whole thing. I am not one to sit still, but so far it is the only way I can write. I’ve learned to take frequent breaks and stretch every day to keep my body flexible. Long writing stints can cause backache, and it’s usually a sign to take a day or two off. Another thing I noticed early on is to turn the computer monitor down so I won’t suffer any eye strain.

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