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Changes at Whiskey Creek Press

January 1, 2008

From January Whiskey Creek Press Newsletters:

The Winds of Change

Happy New Year! As we ring in what will hopefully be a great 2008, we can’t help but think back on 2007. We thank all our authors, readers, and staff for making 2007 the best year yet for Whiskey Creek Press as a company! We’ve come a long way since 2003 when we started, and it’s because of all your hard work and readership!

However, as one year comes to end, so starts another one, and it’s time to put the past behind us and look to the future. Whiskey Creek is taking this new year to heart and changing a few things which we hope will better the company. A lot of things have happened which affect both the General and Torrid lines of Whiskey Creek Press, so this month the articles for the General newsletter and the Torrid ones are the same. But don’t forget to check out our two very different spotlights for each if you are one who reads both newsletters! We have a fabulous General Line article by Sue Perkins on writing fantasy, and for the Torrid line Beth Kery delves into her New Year Resolutions and the fears that authors face.

Alrighty, so onto the many changes with which we’re ringing in 2008. First and foremost, our author contracts have changed. Starting with all newly signed contracts, Whiskey Creek is now directly picking up the printer set-up fee for print books. Authors will not be paying a dime to have their books published – instead, the money will be flowing to the author. This is a big change, and one that we hope will benefit all current and future authors who choose to publish with Whiskey Creek Press. The contract has also changed from a two-year term to a three-year term, allowing more time for both WCP and the author to promote the work and for readers to buy it!

And okay, that’s all great, super really, but what do we have for the readers? Well, starting this month all new releases are available in four formats! We’ve added both the LIT and the MOBI formats! This is great for you all, because it gives you more choices in your format. If you have an ereader that prefers LIT, now you can get that format directly without having to convert from HTML! And yup, of course we’re keeping our ever-popular PDF and HTML formats. We are currently working on converting our backlist to eventually offer all four formats for all WCP books, but that’s going to take a lot of time and effort! Look for those formats for older releases in the coming months!

The addition of the MOBI format also means that we’re going to be available on Amazon’s Kindle! Our newer books will be available there first, but again, we hope to offer our whole backlist for the Kindle eventually. We’re trying to get Whiskey Creek books out in as many ways as you want them!

There are just so many things going on at Whiskey Creek Press, this just keeps on going! Are you tired yet? The next big thing, which you’ll be hearing about for the next coming months, is our five year birthday! This is a big deal, as five years in the epublishing world is a huge accomplishment. We will be celebrating the whole month, and yes, that includes when people are off to EPICON too! We’ll keep a few people around to make sure the rest of us stay amused! We’re going to have scavenger hunts, games, special guests, loop chats, night chats, day chats, and prizes, prizes, and MORE PRIZES!

But to participate, you’ll need to be a member of our reader loops! Have you joined yet? You can click here for our Torrid Readers Group, and click here for our General Line Readers Group. And hey – the party’s going to be going on at BOTH GROUPS! And we’ll be giving away some big hints starting in February, so make sure you’re listed before then for all the juicy details!

Here’s wishing you a happy and prosperous new year in everything you do!

~Whiskey Creek Press Senior Staff~

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Congrats, Lauren!

November 9, 2007

Congrats to our dear friend Lauren Dane! She’s signed a two book deal with Berkley Heat, an amazing publisher!

WOOT! We knew you’d do it!! *Happy dancing for Lauren*

I’m back!

October 18, 2007

I’ll admit, I’ve been a serious slacker on this blog, and I apologize. Life is really kicking my bottom! The day job is getting crazier, editing has picked up like crazy, and all the other things I do for Whiskey Creek Press just keep escalating. I’ve started working with a personal trainer at the gym to keep motivated and get in shape, so that’s pretty much every day (but lord, the energy I have now!). I’ve driven down south two weekends in a row (ugh), and have various family outings and activities pretty much every weekend until January.

So, what have I done now? I’ve joined the 70 Days of Sweat again. *smacks forehead* What am I thinking? I don’t have time to write!

And that is why I joined! Because I need to make time to write! I haven’t touched my MS in like two months, one because I was having that mental dilemma over erotic vs. hot (I decided to stay with erotic for now), but also because I have so much going on in the fall.

 Well, NO EXCUSES anymore for me! I will write, and I will make time for it! If I need Ms. Lauren Dane pinging me all the time since she’s now a cool sponsor and all to keep me motivated, ok! If I need to kick Marissa’s butt so she’ll kick mine and we can keep ourselves on track, ok!

So watch out, Sven, because although I have no time this week, this weekend starts it all for me again!

Oh, and as a side note, CONGRATULATIONS to one of my WCPT authors, Beth Kery, for signing with the Bradford Literary Agency! Laura is Marissa’s (and many other noteworthy authors’) agent, and she got another gem when she signed you! While I know it means fewer works with WCP, I can’t wait to see you in the big time! Woot!

Contest: Erotic or Just Hot?

September 22, 2007

Hey, all you Great Scotts readers! I’m struggling with a question in my current MS (manuscript, for the non-publishing world), and could use your help. From all the comments on this post, I’ll choose one random person who’ll win a $15 gift certificate to either Amazon or Borders, winner’s choice.

So, what are the rules, you ask? I just need your opinion! I’m going back and forth with my MS as to whether to keep it erotic or lower the explicitness to hot. There are many, many reasons I’m having this conundrum, but regardless of the reasons, I’d like to see your opinion on the two.

1. What is the percentage of books from NY (I only stipulate this because that’s what I’m targeting) you buy that are erotic? Hot romances? Sweet romances?

2. I hear that some readers are embarrassed to buy an erotic romance from the store. Do the covers of erotic romances turn you away (again, not talking Changeling here, think NY), or do you just love the sexy bodies on many of the covers?

3. Do you, after reading erotic romances, find yourself bored with general romance?

4. Do you flip back and forth between erotic and general romances without a problem?

5. Have you NEVER read an erotic romance and never plan to? Any reason why?

6. Any other thoughts about the two that I haven’t asked?

So, for your chance to win a $15 GC to either Amazon or Borders, post your opinions! Winner will be chosen next Friday, September 28.

*Tear*

September 8, 2007


RIP author Madeleine L’Engle, author of the famous Wrinkle in Time series. Ms. L’Engle died Thursday night in Connecticut. You can read the first obit here.

Those books had a HUGE impact on my early reading. I devoured the first book, then had to find the others in the series, and found that I might possibly have an obsession with series books. I laughed when Wrinkle was the class book in the 6th grade, as I had it almost memorized by that time, and most of the kids hadn’t even heard of it. (Ironically, this also happened with Edgar Allen Poe. Tangent.)

I also think about the hours and hours hubby and I watched the movie version of Wrinkle on our honeymoon as the hotel had 4 movie channels and it was on all of them all the time. And I loved it. Loved Meg and Charles Wallace and Calvin and the twins… Classic.

So cheers to you, Ms. L’Engle, for the many hours and hours and HOURS of happy reading you gave me. May you rest in peace. You will be remembered.

“Why does anybody tell a story? It does indeed have something to do with faith, faith that the universe has meaning, that our little human lives are not irrelevant, that what we choose or say or do matters, matters cosmically.” ~Madeleine L’Engle, courtesy of NYT

Inspiration…

August 1, 2007

Having trouble continuing to write because of rejections? Or no news at all? Need some inspiration? Check out this site. Wonderful stuff. http://www.writeattitude.net/

Blogging At The Bradford Bunch Today…

July 27, 2007

Hope to see you there!!

Go Lauren!

July 25, 2007

Hugs to you, Lauren! Woot!

First off Ms. Lauren has a book releasing today.  Buy it here.

Second, she’s mentioned in an article on erotic romance.  Woot! 

Spicy Erotica Romance Is Apparently Here To Stay

By Kelly Conway

 

Author Lauren Dane is another prime example of success that can be realized from and within the small press publishing world. Dane, published by Ellora’s Cave and Samhain Publishing, both flagships among e-press publishers, is also beginning to fly into the larger arena with an anthology coming soon from Harlequin Spice.

Remainder of article can be found here as well as for proper copyright.

GO LAUREN!!!!!

Snippets…

July 21, 2007

I noticed others doing snippets of their work when talking about Sven, so here are a couple from me.

“Oh, ewww.”

“What are we going to do now?”

“I don’t know! You’re the oldest! Fix it!”

“Ten whole minutes older, and how the hell am I supposed to fix that?”

 

“Well, well, well, if it isn’t Reed Sinclair. You’ll understand if I don’t BS you and tell you I’m happy to see you.”

The blonde-haired woman had the body of a goddess and a mouth that just begged to be kissed, but she was trouble with a capital T and he wanted no part of it.

“Do you go to hell for telling white lies?”

Marigold Bloom looked up from the cash register. “Depends on what the lie was about and to whom.”

            “Agreed,” Iris said, “But you might want to change the subject.”

            “What?”

            Daisy snorted. “He’s coming this way.”

            “Oh, for the love of God.”

Blogging At The Bradford Bunch Today…

July 20, 2007

talking about winning and what it means. Hope to see you there!