Medical Memoir by First Time Writer Picked up by WiDo Publishing™

SALT LAKE CITY UT July 5, 2016

image1“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.”

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N. Tolman Rudolph Sequel Under Contract

SALT LAKE CITY UT June 22, 2016

IMG_2893-EditWhen 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.”

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Epic High Fantasy Series by J. M. Cliff Under Contract With WiDo™

SALT LAKE CITY UT June 17, 2016

Screenshot_20160613-133202_1In 2003, two Southern California high school girls, after seeing the Lord of the Rings movie, sat outside the theater, their emotions swept away by the film. Chelsea said she had always wanted to write a high epic fantasy in the Tolkien philosophy. Amanda admitted this had been a dream of hers as well.

Although the high school sophomores were busy with academics, sports and extracurricular activities, they decided to jump right in and together write a book. The next day they sketched out their main character, Gilaon. On the weekends they squeezed in collaborative writing sessions.

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Recent Awards for WiDo Books

SALT LAKE CITY UT May 25, 2016

The following books published recently by WiDo™ have received awards. Congratulations to these talented authors for their achievements! We are so very proud of your work.

Carol Pratt BradleyCarol Pratt Bradley, LIGHT OF THE CANDLE

Whitney Awards finalist in Best Novel by a New Author and finalist in Historical Fiction, 2015

“Alternating between Daniel’s and Sarai’s story, Bradley’s fiction is significant in its research and depth. She moves through this ancient world with ease and assurance, incorporating biblical, historical, and imaginary characters into her narrative, along with an authenticity of language and custom.” –The Historical Novel Society

“Author Carol Pratt Bradley has put a romantic twist on the story of a well-known Old Testament hero. Light of the Candle is thoroughly researched, and readers can learn a lot about ancient Israel and Jewish customs.” –Elizabeth Reid, for the Deseret News

 

140108-084116Paul H. Yarbrough, A MISSISSIPPI WHISPER

Bronze Award for Regional, 2015 Independent Publisher

“The book revels in 1950s nostalgia….Readers who don’t demand an exciting plot point in every single chapter and those nostalgic for their 1950s childhood will enjoy the trip back in time.” –B.J. Sedgwick, The Historical Novel Society

“First time novelist, Paul H. Yarbrough, masterfully transports readers deep into the world of Mississippi Cotton, where life is not as simple as it seems.” –Julie Cantrell, editor, Southern Literary Review

 

DavidAuthor 043David Kalish, THE OPPOSITE OF EVERYTHING

First place winner in Literary Fiction of the 2013 Somerset Awards for Literary & Mainstream Fiction

Finalist in the Humor/Comedy category of the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

“If you enjoy dark comedy and humor about everyday life, as well as witty banter and offbeat characters, then you will love Kalish’s debut novel.”–Margo L. Dill, The News-Gazette

The Opposite of Everything is an evocative tale of pre-hipster Brooklyn in which Mr. Kalish injects his pitch-perfect humor into some of the most challenging quandaries a career-focused New Yorker can face. His oddball characters mix in a clash of cultures between native New Yorkers and the immigrants who infuse the city, and the book’s central character, with new life.” –Gerry Mullany, deputy editor, The New York Times

Book about Saving Baby Seals in Russia Finds Publisher in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY UT May 24, 2016

AlaskaJoe Putnam had sent off his manuscript, a non-fiction account of saving baby seals in Russia, to several different publishers with no success. Generally he was told they loved the story but didn’t think a book about saving seals in Russia would be marketable in the U.S.

WiDo submissions editor Allie Maldonado disagreed with that assessment. “People love animal stories, regardless of the setting. This is a heartwarming story of the ringed seal, endangered in that part of the world. Yet rescuing them is such a bureaucratic nightmare nothing was being done.”

As a staff officer in the army, Joe Putnam did a lot of writing, but story-telling had never been his forte until about nine years ago. He had just begun to write opinion editorials for local newspapers and had an interest in writing, but no real experience in writing books, until he heard the story of Slava and Lena.

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Another Eric Trant Novel to Hit the Shelves

SALT LAKE CITY UT May 18, 2016

Trant_Author_PicEric Trant is not a sequel kind of guy. Once he finishes writing a book, he likes to go on to something different, tackle another story, another genre. Each book is like a new adventure, where he hopes to engage readers to go on the adventure with him. “When I write, I’m exploring new topics as much as the reader.”

The first book he published with WiDo™ Wink (WiDo Publishing, 2013), a gritty thriller set in the South,  is one of those books you can’t easily forget. As one reviewer said, “It is a thriller, but it blends a bleakly Southern Gothic style, action, and supernatural horror into a coming-of-age tale woven with darkly lyrical intricacy.”

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WiDo™ Lands Oceanic Sci Fi Novel by Joe Boudreault

SALT LAKE CITY UT May 12, 2016

Joe Boudreault, author of School's OutTwenty years ago, Joe Boudreault wrote a short story based on the single idea of  dolphins being a transplanted species looking to escape a polluted Earth. Boudreault, who has been writing short stories since his teens, developed this one into a full-length novel.

His literary agent, the late Barbara Bova from Florida, sent it to Tor Books. After Tor had it for a year, the author grew impatient, took it back and re-worked it with a professional editor. Since then, he has queried agents and publishers for the past two years, until the manuscript came to WiDo Publishing’s submissions editor, Allie Maldonado.

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WiDo™ to Publish Kerry Parry’s Creative NonFiction on Faith

SALT LAKE CITY UT May 4, 2016

cmc_parry-1“Life without faith is a precarious way to exist. That was my position as a wannabe believer and admirer of people who seemed to be living a life of deep and abiding faith,” says Kerry Parry, author of a manuscript that immediately caught the eye of WiDo Publishing’s™ submissions editor, Allie Maldonado.

“Kerry’s query about her book, ‘Conversations with the Faithful’, struck me as such an intriguing concept,” says Maldonado. “I was eager to get into it and see if she could pull it off. I was delighted to find that her writing style and charming voice really made it work.”

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Lisa Kusel Memoir Under Contract With WiDo Publishing™

SALT LAKE CITY UT April 25, 2016

kayakLisa Kusel spent a year in Bali with her husband and daughter, when her husband accepted a teaching job with an innovative new school. It was an experience she carried with her for some time, until she was finally ready to write about it.

The decision came when her agent took her out to lunch at a fancy restaurant in New York City. Over fig and prosciutto flatbread, they talked about her future. “Write the Bali book,” her agent told her.

“Who cares that a forty-something woman ran off to Bali to save her marriage,” Kusel responded.  “It’s everyone’s story,” her agent said. “Everyone who ever thought it’d be the greatest thing in the world to run away to a place like Bali.”

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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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