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Our September Author Interviews--9/6 Kathleen Valenti, 9/13 David Burnsworth, 9/20 Jeri Westerson, 9/27 Frances Brody. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.

September Saturday Guest Bloggers: 9/2--Anne Bannon, 9/9 WWK Bloggers, 9/16 Margaret S. Hamilton, 9/23 Kait Carson, and on 9/30 Trixie Stiletto.

“May 16, 2017 – The Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) today announced the finalists of the second annual Star Award, given to authors of published women’s fiction. Six finalists were chosen in two categories, General and Outstanding Debut. The winners of the Star Award will be announced at the WFWA Retreat in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 23, 2017.” In the general category, WWK’s Carla Damron was one of three finalist for her novel, The Stone Necklace. Go to Carladamron.com for more information. Congratulations, Carla!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.

In addition, our prolific KM will have the following shorts published as well: "Sight Unseen" in Fish Out of Water, Guppie (SinC) anthology, just released, and "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for order.

Friday, June 28, 2013



 Like all authors these days, when I completed a short story collection I knew I had options about where I could get it published.  I could self-publish an e-version on Amazon Kindle with or without a print version from Create Space.  Since I have three novels and one short story collection already up on my Amazon author’s page, I am not completely unknown as an author, only very, very obscure. One advantage of using Amazon is that it markets directly to people who buy books.

I could have put it out on Smashwords, which is a publisher I respect.  I have three novels on that publishing platform.  An advantage of Smashwords is they try to help authors get their work in correct shape by giving feedback.  I have found Smashwords to be more helpful than Amazon in that regard. Technically well-written books can reach premium status that qualify them for listing with other sellers.

I could submit it to Avignon Press, the small publisher who published the paperback version of Heartland.  Avignon Press offers very good editing services.  Unlike Amazon and Smashwords, publication is not guaranteed.  If Avigon Press accepts a book that means at least one person besides the author thinks the work is good and is willing to put time and effort into publication. Since there is a tsunami of new books coming at readers each year, and there is not an “Angie’s List” that separates the well-written from the well-intentioned, I prefer to publish through publishers who share my interest in selling books.

I tried Untreed Reads as the e-publisher of my first short story collection Murder Manhattan Style. I was impressed by the exceptional quality of editing.  I found them honest and helpful. I liked the quality of the books they publish.  I also liked their worldwide connections with other e-publishers.  I know I have readers in England and New Zealand.  I have also observed that noir works have sold well. So I submitted to Untreed Reads. They accepted my short story collection.

As you might guess from the title my new short story collection, Killer Eulogy and Other Stories, http://goo.gl/W5SLE is a collection of noir works.  That still leaves me options for paper publications.  Let me get back to you about that.

What enters into your decision about where to look for publication?


James Montgomery Jackson said...

I agree with your assessment that having someone else believe in your story(ies) is an important consideration. I like having the publisher and editor have skin in the game, too.

I am not a fan of giving so much power to Amazon, but as I have noted in my blogs, no one else (are you paying attention Barnes & Noble?) has made it as easy for both writers and readers.

I’ll be interested in how your experiment with Untreed Reads goes; others have had good things to say.

~ Jim

Paula Gail Benson said...

Congratulations on your new anthology, Warren. I got an electronic copy and look forward to reading it. My experience in submitting to Untreed Reads is that it's a very professional organization. Best wishes for great success.

Linda Rodriguez said...

Warren, I think you've got the right attitude here. I do think this will become the future of publishing for smart writers--some books published with traditional publishers and some books self-published.

And super congratulations on your newest book, Killer Eulogy and Other Stories!

Victor J. Banis said...

I've been publishing with Untreed Reads almost from their beginning. They are indeed professional and helpful, and I doubt that anyone in the business works as hard as publisher Jay Hartman to push his books and authors. All in all, I'd say a class act.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Helpful information for all writers, Warren. Wishing you much success with your new mystery collection.

Lesley Diehl said...

I have published with Untreedreads also and think they are professional and produce quality work. Jay Hartman is an enthusiastic fellow and great to work with. Congrats on your new anthology.

Gloria Alden said...

Congratulations on your new book, Warren. I liked how you thought out carefully just how and where you'd get your book out.

Polly Iyer said...

Congratulations, Warren. I've just contracted Untreed Reads for distribution only for my latest novel. I put it up on Amazon, but not on KDPS. I'm interested to see how my book fares on other platforms. Jay Hartman has been great to work with. I've learned how to translate my book to epub, because I'm a control freak. If things work out, I may transfer my other books as their KDPS tenures run out.

Earl Staggs said...

I have some stories published with Untreed Reads, Warren, and I agree with everything you and the others said about them. They're a professional, class act and treat writers the way they should be treated.

E. B. Davis said...

Congratulations on the collection, Warren. Few writers are offered publishing contracts for short story collections Why more readers aren't interested in reading short fiction is a mystery to me. I admire your initiative and look forward to reading your noir stories.

blogsolomon said...

Warren, I'm wondering what you now think of Untreed Reads, almost a year after the fact. I'm prepping my first book, and they sound promising...