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February Interviews

2/5 Heather Weidner, Glitter, Glam, and Contraband
2/12 Rhys Bowen, Above The Bay of Angels
2/19 Elizabeth Penney, Hems & Homicide
2/26 Annette Dashofy, Under The Radar

Saturday Guest Bloggers:
2/1 Valerie Burns
2/8 Jeannette de Beauvoir
2/15 Kathryn Lane

WWK Bloggers: 2/22 Kait Carson, 1/28 & 1/29 Special Interviews with Agatha Nominees by Paula Gail Benson


WWK is proud of our four Agatha nominees. Kaye George for Best Short Story--not her first time to be nominated, Connie Berry and Grace Topping for Best First Mystery Novel (wish they weren't having to compete against each other), and Annette Dashofy for Best Contemporary Novel--her fifth nomination!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Look for Kaye George and Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Kaye's story is "Life and Death on the Road" and Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."

Kaye George's first novel in the Vintage Sweets mystery series, Revenge is Sweet, will be released on March 10th. Look for the interview here on March 11.

Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, will be released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here on April 29th.

Don't miss Shari Randall's "The Queen of Christmas" available on at Amazon. Shari's holiday story for WWK was too long so she published it for our enjoyment. It's available for 99 cents or on Kindle Unlimited for free!

KM Rockwood's "The Society" and "To Die A Free Man; the Story of Joseph Bowers" are included in the BOULD Awards Anthology, which was released on November 19. KM won second place with a cash prize for "The Society." Congratulations, KM! Kaye George's "Meeting on the Funicular" is also in this anthology, which can be bought for 99 cents on Kindle until November 30.

Paula Gail Benson's story "Wisest, Swiftest, Kindest" appears in Love in the Lowcountry an anthology by the Lowcountry Romance Writers available 11/5 in e-book and print format on Amazon. The anthology includes fourteen stories all based in Charleston, South Carolina.

Kaye George's "Grist for the Mill" was published in A Murder of Crows anthology, edited by Sandra Murphy on October 9th.

Shari Randall will be writing again for St. Martin's, perhaps under a pseudonym. We look forward to reading Shari's Ice Cream Shop Mystery series debuting next year. Congratulations, Shari!

Susan Van Kirk's A Death At Tippett Pond was released on June 15th. Read E. B. Davis's interview with Susan.

Warren Bull's Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories was released. It is available at: GoRead: https://www.goread.com/book/abraham-lincoln-seldom-told-stories or at Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/ydaklx8p


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?


Jim 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.

Anonymous 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...