**Reprinted with permission from NickiGreenwood.com, originally posted 3/2/14**
CNYRW MEETING WITH RHONDA PENDERS OF THE WILD ROSE PRESSNicki Greenwood
was a terrific day for me, as a writer. I knew it was going to be
terrific because the fabulous Rhonda Penders, Editor-in-Chief of my
publisher, The Wild Rose Press, was presenting at the March meeting of
the CNY Romance Writers.
ABOUT THE WILD ROSE PRESS
Wild Rose Press opened for business in 2006 as a for-authors, by-authors
house, and to this day, they honor that association. They are known
throughout the publishing industry as a "kinder, gentler publishing
house." They are honest but kind about their editorial reviews, and you
will never, never get a form letter from them. Even if your manuscript
is rejected, you will receive a detailed letter explaining your work's
sticking points - and often, the things the editor liked. Having been
an editor for two amazing years for this house before going freelance, I
can say that with confidence ... because I am a very, very wordy editor
who likes to tell authors why something worked, or it didn't. In
detail. They still do that.
To date, TWRP has 1600 stories
available, from authors all over the globe. While primarily a publisher
of romance fiction, TWRP has recently opened its doors to works in
other genres, including women's fiction, mystery or thriller, historical
fiction, and erotica. If you write in one of these genres, I highly
recommend submitting to TWRP ... and not just because I currently write
for them. They have been voted for the fifth straight year as "Best
Publisher" in the Preditors & Editors Poll, because their authors
believe in them so strongly.
TIPS FROM RHONDA
recommends having a second set of eyes take a look through your
manuscript to get it in its best shape before submitting it to anyone.
Too many manuscripts cross an editor's desk as "good," but not great,
because they haven't been polished enough before submission.
also advises that the most successful authors are the ones who are
active self-promoters - visible online, at conferences, at book
signings, and at workshops. Never pass up an opportunity to promote
your work. Blog tours and group promotions like signings with fellow
authors can be cost-effective marketing tools.
Also key in an
author's success is her broad base of inventory. That means you have a
lot of works out there, in several genres or subgenres, in varying
lengths and at various houses (Yes, she did say "Go write for other
houses." Rhonda is very honest, even when it may not benefit her own
Rhonda is very vocal about TWRP's
"open door" policy. When you are signed with The Wild Rose Press, you
are free to bring your concerns right to the top of the food chain if
you feel you're not getting the information or answers you need. Rhonda
will either respond herself to your concern, or get you to the person
who can find the answers you need. I have had very good dialogue with
Rhonda whenever I've had a concern. Even if she can't do what I'm
asking, she has been very transparent about her reasons. These days,
that's a tall order for a publishing house.
I'm proud to say I'm
an author for The Wild Rose Press, not just because of the good times,
but because they have been fast and conscientious with me when I have
And that's why I keep coming back to them.