Wednesday Wrap-up with Wild Rose Press editor, Ally Robertson


Osiyo~

Today I’m debuting yet another new feature on The Ranch. I’m calling this one Wednesday Wrap-up. Why, you might ask. Well this feature is strictly open to editors and publishers to ‘wrap-up’ all your questions, to put rumors to rest, simplify guidelines, tell you exactly what an editor wants, or whatever they might bring to the table. It will allow these professionals to get word out on changes they might be going through, their own inner-workings, or maybe tips on how to better your writing. Once a month I’m going to try to have someone on the ‘inside’ who can answer YOUR questions. Who knows? Sometime in the future I might even host a blog pitch for readers to have the rare opportunity to interact with and get your writing in front of an editor without the slush pile headache!

So for the first edition of Wednesday Wrap-up I’m thrilled to introduce you to a great writer, a friend, sister OKRWA member and (one of) my own publisher’s excellent Suspense editor. Please show Ally some Ranch love!

Thank you for having me, Calisa. Hi! I’m Ally Robertson and I am extremely pleased to talk about our fantastic publisher, The Wild Rose Press, Inc. I am a Suspense editor for the Crimson line, and I started with TWRP when they opened their doors. We are now entering our seventh year of business, and the business continues to grow. I am thrilled and proud to be a part of the company. They truly treat authors and editors with the utmost warmth, respect, and encouragement.

We call our company a garden, and it’s fitting, because we love to help ‘grow’ writers. I don’t know much about actual gardening. (I tend to kill plant life). But I think I can compare it to the care and nurturing a gardener gives plants, helping them put down roots and eventually blossom. Our editors try to look past some of the rough edges for the beauty underneath. We don’t reject a manuscript just because a submission isn’t perfect. We have to see something in your story, in your writing, but if we do, we try to work with you and help you polish it until it’s ready for a contract offer.

I know that some authors are hesitant to sign with a relatively small e-publisher, but I have found many, many advantages to doing so. Especially with a company like TWRP. (I am an author there as well as an editor). With TWRP, you have a presence on the web that you don’t have as a self-published author. (Obviously, you have your own author presence, but not a company ‘store’ where readers can find your books) You have a wonderful marketing team, beautiful covers, editing, and a whole staff of people working for you. (As an SP, you have to pay for all of those things, sometimes, pay a LOT) Also, literally anyone in the world can self-publish. There is something about an editor wanting your work, a publisher wanting to be your publisher, that gives an author a sense of accomplishment, a sense of pride in having reached a goal. (I have self-published some of my titles, but only the ones that did not fit TWRP criteria). A publisher ‘having your back’ lends credibility to your work. There is nothing wrong with self-publishing, but having a publisher behind you elevates your status as an established author.

TWRP is always looking at how they can gain exposure for their authors. This year, for example, they are working even harder to get titles into audio, they have contracted an International Agent who helps sell the catalog to publishers overseas interested in translating the work into another language.  Such a contract was already signed with the country of Greece. They have produced a television ad (can be found on the website), the books were used as props on a movie set (the movie RED), and one of our recent promo steps was to offer authors an opportunity to have their stories come out on Kindle Select 90 days before the official release date.

Now, for some exciting TWRP news. The timing for this blog post couldn’t be more perfect. The Wild Rose Press is making some changes in 2013.

We are now open to submissions in a few genres that are not romance. Up to this point, we have been a ‘romance only’ publisher, but we are now opening up to the following:

Erotica  

Mystery/Suspense  

Women’s Fiction

Historical Fiction

In the past, I have had to reject some worthy manuscripts that I really enjoyed because the romance wasn’t strong enough. Now, I get to work with a wider variety of genres, and I couldn’t be happier.

Please feel free to ask any questions about TWRP or editing or writing in general. I would be delighted to answer to the best of my ability. You can find us here:

Again, Calisa, thank you so much for inviting me to your blog!

Thank you, Ally! I can see I’ll have to have you back again.

Okay folks, pull out those cheat sheets and ask your questions!

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Posted on 01/09/2013, in guest blogging, inspirations, Pen of the Dreamer, Publishers, The Wild Rose Press and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 74 Comments.

  1. Ally,
    I see TWRP continues to grow and succeed. Impressive!
    -R.T.

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  2. Lovely interview, ladies. I don’t have any questions, but wanted to let you know I enjoyed the post.

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  3. Great interview! I just wanted to pop in and say “Hello!” to two of my favorite ladies–my talented scrimshaw sister, Calisa, and my awesome scrimshaw sister/TWRP editor, Ally. I cannot begin to express the immense gratitude I feel toward each of these incredible women. I credit each of them with the success of my very first published ebook, Skinbound–part of OKRWA’s Tales of the Scrimshaw Doll series. Calisa tirelessly critiqued the book in the early stages, then Ally took over, helping me to mold it into a publishable novella that I could be proud of. Thank you, my sweet friends, and keep up the good work. Love you both!

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    • Well look! It’s Rosa herself! And she has many editor at TWRP! *snort*

      Hi Anna. I see you peeking and hiding behind Rosa’s skirts. 😆 Thanks for coming by and your sweet words are…well sweet. I love your story and was happy to read it (repeatedly). 😆 In fact I plan to read it again soon! You are such a darlin and I love you. Thanks for everything.

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    • Hi Anna….thank YOU for such a lovely sentiment. It was truly my pleasure to work with your fantastic story. (And to be your editor for your latest novel! Woohoo) (I know it’s you, even though Rosa is taking over your body, LOL)

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      • Hey, if Rosa’s taking over my body, does that mean I can eat anything I want, but Rosa will be the one getting fat? Kind of like my favorite book, The Picture of Dorian Gray? Wait…can bones get fat? Prolly not 😦

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  4. TWRP is a fantastic publisher to deal with. I hope that I can submit to your company again in the future.

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  5. Hi Ally and Calisa,
    As one of the early TWRP authors, (the lovley and talented Nan Swanson is my editor), just wanted to drop by and say hello. I think it is a great idea that TWRP had decided to “stretch its wings” so to speak.

    regards

    Margaret

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  6. Ally,

    I see you are an epublisher and audiobooks, but will you be publishing paperbacks as well?

    Sylvia
    http://www.writinginwonderland.blogspot.com/

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  7. Great interview and I’m delighted that you’re opening up to mysteries and cozies [as from another commenter above]. However, I do have one quick question, does the same criteria still prevail about Point Of View?

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    • Hello Maddy, lovely to see you. Thanks for coming by. 😀

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    • Hi Maddy, thank you for stopping by. It depends on what you mean by POV. If you mean can there be scenes from more POV’s than just the hero and heroine, then yes, but we still don’t want them to be excessive. If an editor wants to contract your story, but feels the story would benefit from having fewer character POV scenes, then they will suggest you revise to make that happen. But, if the scenes are needed (and are better by being in that character’s POV), they can stay. If you mean POV as in head hopping/POV issues and changing character POV’s in the middle of a scene, and a character whose POV we’re in knowing something they can’t know, we still don’t want to see that. Does that answer your question? if not, I will make another attempt. 🙂

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  8. melindabpierce

    Hi Ally, thank you so much for sharing the news about TWRP!

    Melinda
    @MelindaBPierce

    (**waves** to Calisa and big hugs!)

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  9. Hi Ally and Calisa!
    So lovely to see both of you ladies in the one spot. Isn’t Calisa’s Ranch a great place to meet up? 🙂
    I do have a question for you that I’ve been wondering about for a while now, Ally. I hope its appropriate to ask here. Since before becoming an author for TWRP, I was a preliminary reader. I adore doing this and I feel it really helped teach me what publishers were looking for in my own writing. Can you tell me what helps you most when you receive feedback from the prelim readers. I’ve read a few requested by you over that time. Its been so much fun!

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    • Hi LaVerne, thank you for stopping by the ranch. Yes, it is a great place to meet up. Congratulations on becoming a TWRP author…that’s even more fun than being a reader. 🙂 And, thank you for your work as a preliminary reader, you have no idea how helpful that has been.(Very cool that you received some of my submissions ) I think what has helped most is on the titles where I’m a little on the fence. Sometimes I will see something (either something good or bad) in a manuscript, but I’m not sure if it’s ‘just me’ so having another opinion or two is really helpful. Or, if I really believe in a manuscript and I am going to present a contract to the senior editor, having a glowing reader report solidifies my position.

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    • *Blushing* Aw gee, LaVerne, ’tain’t nuthin. But I’m thrilled you love it! 😀 Thank you so much, darlin.

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  10. You’re fabulous! Thanks so much!

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  11. Hi Cait, I guess you underestimated my wealth of knowledge, LOL. I do know the answer. Yes, we are required by the IRS for our out of the country authors to have an ITIN number before we can pay royalties. Good luck with your sub and thank you for stopping by!

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  12. What a fabulous idea, Calisa, many thanks for giving me the opportunity and the forum to ask Ally a question! Hi Ally, a bit of a boring question I’m afraid, but as a UK writer, would you require me to have an ITIN before you could send me my royalties? I totally understand if you don’t know the answer — this is probably well out of your range :). On another note, i can’t wait to sub to TWRP real soon. Thanks for any advice!

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    • Great to see you here, Cait. I love when my lovely cps pop over! And you have to know there are no boring, stupid or dumb questions in this business. 🙂 Thanks for coming over.

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  13. Another TWRP editor chiming in with congratulations both to Calisa for the wonderful idea of Wednesday Wrap-up and to Ally for how well she described the goals and intentions of the company.

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    • Thank you, Linda. I love that TWRP’s goals are to help authors succeed and to take chances on some that might not be exactly where they need to be. I appreciate you stopping by.

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    • I’m glad you came by, Linda. I’m happy you like this feature and anytime you want to say something on The Ranch, just pop me an email. 🙂

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  14. Great post Calisa and Ally! I’ve just posted the link on several of my writing loops and sent it to my group in Louisiana. Hopefully, they’ll pop in and ask their questions. This should thrill a lot of mystery writers! Cozies? Whooopeeeee! I love being a new bud (or whatever ya’ll call it) in the garden and can’t wait to really bloom! 🙂 Thanks to Ally, of course, and OKRWA.

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  15. What a great feature for the blog, Calisa! I have mad love for my TWRP editor (Eilidh). I’ve learned so much, so a big thank you to all the editors that help writers make the stories the best they can be. Interesting times in publishing, and I think it’s great TWRP is opening the doors to more genres.

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    • Yes, Eilidh is wonderful. So glad you found her and TWRP. Thanks for dropping in!

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    • Thanks Melissa! As an editor (sorry, not for WRP) I think it’s important to get out and speak to my possible future contacts or provide a way for others to. 🙂 As a writer I try to provide what I would like to see and don’t. Not often enough, anyway.

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  16. Hi Ally and Calisa!

    As a fellow TWRP editor, I think you did a great job of getting to the heart of the garden LOL and I too am excited for the “blooming” we are doing opening up certain genres beyond romance. Looking forward to an exciting year!

    Stacy

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  17. Nancy Jardine

    Hi to Calisa and Ally. It’s great that TWRP is expanding their variety since I know too well that there are books that don’t quite fit a mould! Calisa- I’m so impressed tht you have the time to even think up all your special blog features. Congrats and best wishes!

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  18. Waving hi to Ally. Very interesting things for TWRP this year.

    Calisa, this is a great addition to your blog.

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  19. Ally, nice to hear your story. I agree with you that expanding the variety of books accepted by TWRP is a bold, necessary move. A couple marketing gurus I know said that the e-book option has changed what people read…for one thing, no one has to/gets to see their book covers :-)…people read more widely now. This former English teacher loves to hear that! Rolynn

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    • Roslynn, glad you agree. I think it’s a great move. That’s one of the many things I love about being with TWRP. They are constantly changing and growing with the market.

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  20. Hi, Ally ~ Wonderful post. Thank you for all the helpful information. I’m especially thrilled to see TWRP adding a mystery/suspense line. As a reader, I often look for more than just romance in a book, and mystery/suspense is one of my favorite genres for reading (and writing).

    Calisa, I love the idea of Wednesday Wrap-Up. Thanks for hosting Ally at the ranch! 🙂

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  21. Hi Ally – Question on the mystery line. Will TWRP be acquiring any cozy mysteries? I have one I’m shopping. LOL

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  22. Hi Ally and Calisa! Great article. I am a new rose and happy to say that Ally is my editor. It was a long process before I was accepted, but honestly, I couldn’t have done it without Ally’s belief in me. She gave me the chance and now I am having the wonderful experience of working with TWRP. They are a great group of people. Thanks Ally!

    Great job on your blogs Calisa! I always enjoy coming to your site!

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    • Hi Taylor, Thank you for stopping by. I truly enjoyed the process of working with you and your story to get it ready for a contract offer. You worked hard to improve, and it shows. I’m so glad it lead to your publication with TWRP!

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    • Hi Taylor. I love being a rose too. Welcome and you have an awesome editor! 🙂 Thanks for the kind words about my Ranch, too. 😀

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  23. Welcome Ally! I’m looking forward to many questions and your responses today! 😀

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  24. I’m already a rose in the garden and happy to have been given the opportunity to become published. I really don’t have any questions, just wanted to stop in and lend my support!

    And Calisa…nice addition to your blog…this will be a fun feature 🙂

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  25. Hi Ally,

    I’m sure you don’t remember me but I had to stop by – you acquired and edited my very first novel ‘Searching For Sophie’ back in 2006 and I couldn’t be more grateful. It was that sale that gave me the confidence to keep going and now, seven years on, I write for Harlequin and Kensington!

    You only edited one of my WRP books, saying you were going to be concentrating on your own writing and thus passed my next book to Laura Kelly – yet, you’re still there and clearly loving your job. Huge thanks for catapulting me into this fabulous career of mine. I hope you’ll continue to do the same for many, many other aspiring writers! 🙂

    Rachel x

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    • Ally Robertson

      Hi Rachel, I remember you well! I loved Searching for Sophie. Yes, I intended to leave TWRP and concentrate on writing, and I passed off all my authors I had at the time. Then, I stayed and kicked myself for losing you guys. 🙂 Oh my gosh, I had NO idea you were writing for Harlequin and Kensington. I’m thrilled for you. If I had even a small part in that, I’m so pleased. Thank you for stopping by. Hearing things like this makes my day! Take care.

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    • She is a wonderful editor, Rachel. Ally is also responsible for editing several of the scrimshaw doll series books! How cool she was your first WRP editor! Thanks for sharing. 🙂 Just look at you go girl!

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