WiDo Publishing™ Acquires Debut Novel by Award-winning Author Angela Jackson-Brown

SALT LAKE CITY, UT April 1, 2013

photo(3)1978. The year I turned ten and the year my mama killed herself. She was thirty-five, and dying is the last thing that should have been on her mind.

These are the words that begin the novel by Angela Jackson-Brown, a story about Sylvia Butler–a feisty, determined, young girl who, in spite of the grown-up situations she must deal with, still maintains a sense of innocence and hopefulness. Young Sylvia shows readers that although there may not be a happily ever after, there can be happy right now.

“Angela has an amazing voice and the words jump right off the page into your heart,” says WiDo’s submission editor, Allie Maldonado. “I wasn’t far into her manuscript when I knew it was exactly the type of book we love to publish– literary, with a story you can’t put down and characters who seem so real they could be living next door.”

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“I felt like I had found home.” WiDo™ Signs Self-Published Author of Four Books

SALT LAKE CITY, UT March 12, 2013

Becky PicBecky Lyn Rickman’s latest novel was born at a dollar store in a small Midwestern town. She was standing at the end of a long line, impatient to get home. There was only one cashier open and when she called for backup, the second cashier hollered out, “I’ll take the next person,” at which point the person behind Becky ran up. Indignant, Becky thought, “Well, that’s certainly a sign of poor breeding!” And Gertie Thump was born.

Becky says, “I took the easily provoked and silently outspoken part of myself and gave her a voice. Then I gave her a mutt, a town full of colorful characters, a lot of opposition, a baseball card worth a quarter of a million dollars, some crime, some mystery, and a little redemption.”

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WiDo Publishing™ Acquires Literary Work by Composer John von Daler of Denmark

SALT LAKE CITY, UT February 26, 2013

5969_1188974094007_6139362_nEvery so often a work that is so fresh and original that it hardly fits in a genre arrives in an editor’s inbox. An agent or a large publisher may not be able to place it but a small press like WiDo™ knows just what to do with it. Offer a contract and be thrilled when the writer says yes!

John von Daler’s manuscript was just such a work. His book, currently titled “Pieces,” is written like a suite in eight movements, thus the title; a book about music, with leitmotifs, repetitions, counterpoint, harmony and disharmony. It is also about the transposition of a life from the U.S.A. to Denmark. And about how to play music.  As described by the author, “It is a series of self-portraits painted by someone who found it much easier to depict the surrounding world than to paint himself.”

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WiDo™ to Publish Whitney Boyd’s Third Novel

SALT LAKE CITY, UT February 8, 2013

098Whitney Boyd’s manuscript landed in the submissions editor’s inbox right about the time her new release Iced Romance was climbing the charts post-Christmas and hitting the Amazon bestseller lists. “I was really excited to see another manuscript by Whitney,” says submissions editor Allie Maldonado. “I figured it would be a definite yes, but of course I had to at least do a read-through, just in case.”

No worries. This new work by Boyd measures up to her previous two books with WiDo: Iced Romance and Tanned, Toned and Totally Faking It. “It’s just a really cute book,” says Allie. “Whitney has such a charming way of writing. Her characters are appealing, her story is entertaining, and like her other books, this one is just a lot of fun to read.”

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Paul Anthony Shortt’s Urban Fantasy Sequel Planned for 2013 Release

SALT LAKE CITY, UT December 18, 2012

ME4Author Paul Anthony Shortt of Dublin, Ireland has signed a contract for the sequel to his debut novel, Locked Within, which was just released in November by WiDo Publishing™. The second in the series, title yet to be determined, is scheduled for 2013 release.

Shortt plans for his urban fantasy tale about unlikely hero, Nathan Shepherd, to be a trilogy.  “Before I even started writing my first book I knew I wanted it to be a series; something epic in scope, like all my favourite stories. This book follows directly from the events in Locked Within, showing how Nathan’s actions have shaken things up in New York, and deals with the consequences not only of his defying the Council, but also of actions he has taken in past lives that he has not yet remembered. The mid-point of a trilogy is often the darkest, and in this, Nathan must confront his darker side to see if he still deserves to be called a hero.”

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WiDo™ Accepts Previously Released Self-published Novel

SALT LAKE CITY, UT December 12, 2012

Photo on 2012-11-12 at 14.58 #4Hyungsook Kim of Berkeley, California submitted her self-published book, Flying Arrow, to WiDo Publishing™ in hopes of getting a wider audience for her novel.

Flying Arrow, which will be released with a different title and cover design, is the first self-published book that WiDo has accepted. Submissions editor Allie Maldonado stated, “Due to the quality and originality of the work, we were happy to take this on. We feel that Ms. Kim, a writer of unusual talent, has written a very marketable novel.”

Kim’s epic story is set in feudal 19th century Korea. Politics, religion, love and betrayal emerge in a tangled maze. This extraordinary historical fiction is written like a folktale told by the main character, indomitable midwife Mrs. Huang.

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Announcing the Acquisition of Southern Saga by Elaine Drennon Little

SALT LAKE CITY, UT  November 19, 2012

elainedrennonlittle_nov2012WiDo Publishing™ is pleased to announce the acquisition of a novel by Southern writer, Elaine Drennon Little, through the Sullivan Maxx Literary Agency; Amanda Wells, agent.

Elaine says, “I am ready to move forward and excited about the journey that lies ahead for me with Wido Publishing. Thank you again for believing in my work enough to include me as one of your writers.  I look forward to working with you and am excitedly ready to begin!”

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WiDo Publishing ™ Signs Eric Trant for His Dark Southern Novel

SALT LAKE CITY, UT October 25, 2012

Trant_Author_PicEric Trant is the author of several short stories, including “Apple Tree” and “One Small Step,” the latter of which introduces the spacesuit-wearing Percy Freebottom, and is the inspiration for his debut novel Out of the Great Black Nothing, from Open Heart Publishing, 2011. His short stories are featured in Open Heart Publishing’s anthology series, An Honest Lie, Volumes 1,2,3 and 4, including his newest short story, “The Man in the Long Black Coat.”

Trant’s second full-length novel is scheduled for release from WiDo Publishing ™ in Fall 2013:

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WiDo Publishing LLC™ to Expand its Marketing Reach

SALT LAKE CITY, UT Sept. 13, 2012

In its ongoing effort to provide their authors with increased sales presence and social media exposure, WiDo Publishing™ is proud to announce that it is acquiring CeleryTree LLC, along with its website celerytree.com.

The merger, which will be implemented over the next four to six weeks, will allow the author’s co-op, CeleryTree, to function as the publicity and sales arm for WiDo Publishing. Although Celeryree.com will continue as a bookstore and forum for all interested writers, this convergence will be an opportunity to primarily showcase the work of WiDo authors and market their titles.

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WiDo™ Acquires Women’s Fiction Manuscript by Award-winning Author, Julie N. Ford

SALT LAKE CITY, UT  Sept. 4, 2012

julie3-bw2WiDo is thrilled to announce the acquisition of a new women’s fiction work by Julie N. Ford, scheduled for 2013 publication.

When Marlie agrees to attend a fancy Cadaver Ball with her old college roommate, she didn’t expect to actually see any cadavers at the ball. Or, that the cadaver would issue her a chilling warning. And she certainly never anticipated that a year later she would be married to a Tennessee State Senator, Daniel Cannon, and living in Nashville with two step sons. Add to the mix a sneaky suspicion that something is amiss with Daniel’s first wife’s death and now Marlie also has her overactive curiosity to deal with. What begins as an innocent inquiry into Daniel’s mysterious past, ends with Marlie right in the middle of a dangerous conspiracy she never saw coming.

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