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.” Continue reading
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. Continue reading
SALT LAKE CITY, UT December 2, 2016
Earlier 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!” Continue reading
SALT LAKE CITY, UT October 25, 2016
Jen Delozier’s first novel Type and Cross
(WiDo Publishing, 2016) came out strong at the first of the year and is still selling well in both print and ebook. “It’s fantastic that Jen was able to follow up so quickly with a sequel, to take advantage of the momentum she has with her first book,” states WiDo managing editor Karen Gowen.
Since the author is Dr. Delozier in her day job, how she manages a career as a busy general practitioner as well as a producing novelist is the top question that comes to mind.
“I make time. Pure and simple. I’m used to rolling out of bed and being OTD (out the door) in 15 minutes, so I’m not one of those who can get up early and write in the morning,” Delozier explains. “Blame it on beeper training from my old days of being on call. I write in the evenings and on weekends. My husband is a TV watcher, and I’m not, so I can usually find guilt-free time to write in the evenings.” Continue reading
SALT LAKE CITY, UT September 1, 2016
WiDo Publishing™ submissions team was impressed not only with the manuscript but with the author, Ellen Valladares. This was a strong factor in the decision to offer a contract for her YA ghost story.
Ellen Valladares self-published her first novel, Jonathan’s Journey to Mount Miapu, in 2008. The book received several awards, including a Mom’s Choice Gold Award and the 2009 Coalition of Visionary Resources Visionary Awards Book of the Year.
“Clearly Ellen is the kind of author we are looking for right now,” WiDo’s managing editor Karen Gowen says. “She not only sent us a polished, well-written manuscript but an excellent marketing plan. The fact that she’s done this much with her self-published book is a sign of someone committed to her career.” Continue reading
SALT LAKE CITY, UT August 5, 2016
Elizabeth Fournier’s memoir begins as the charming story of a precocious child obsessed with death. It continues to tell the tale of how this little girl grows up to enter the field of mortuary, a career largely dominated by men, and to become one of the first women to solely own a funeral home.
When not working at her repurposed goat barn mortuary, Fournier uses her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism to write a monthly column for the literary magazine, Black Lamb. She has also been published in other magazines, as well as having been featured widely in the national press for her innovative work with green burials. She is fondly known as the “Green Reaper,” the working title of her memoir, now under contract with WiDo Publishing.™ Continue reading
SALT LAKE CITY, UT August 3, 2016
Stephen Clark got the idea for his political thriller shortly after then-Attorney General Eric Holder declared in 2012 that it was constitutional for the government to kill U.S. citizens overseas without any judicial review if they were deemed a terrorist threat.
Holder’s remarks came after a U.S. drone attack killed an American-born Muslim cleric in the Arabian Peninsula. Given the author’s experience covering national politics at FoxNews.com, he thought it would be fascinating to write a story that takes that policy to its logical conclusion.
“Stephen Clark’s novel is an excellent story on a contemporary subject, very thought-provoking, a complex and thrilling read,” WiDo Publishing™ managing editor Karen Gowen says about the book. “We are excited to be working with a writer of his caliber and background.” Continue reading
SALT LAKE CITY UT July 20, 2016
Millions 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. Continue reading
SALT LAKE CITY UT July 5, 2016
“It is extremely difficult for a non-writing individual to put together an effective memoir,” says WiDo Publishing™ submission editor Allie Maldonado. “There’s so much more to it than just giving details. One must be able to turn the experience into a story that others can relate to. This is exactly what Ali Barton does with her medical memoir.”
Once Maldonado opened the manuscript, she was immediately drawn into it and quick to request a full. “It’s not just the compelling circumstances but it’s the people. You really care about them and have just got to know what happens next.”
SALT LAKE CITY UT June 22, 2016
When WiDo Publishing’s submissions editor, Allie Maldonado, read the manuscript from Norma Rudolph, pen name N. Tolman Rudolph, she found it just as fresh and intriguing as the first one, now in editing with WiDo.
“This seamlessly connects with the first in the series without being repetitive,” states Maldonado. “It’s often difficult to write a good sequel but Norma pulls it off with great skill.” Continue reading