My writing experience:
I was originally published with another electronic press. When the contracts for my books came up for renewal, I elected to obtain the rights back, then brought them to Wild Rose Press. Captain Marvelous came out in re-release in 2008; Try Just Once More will be out in May 2010.
It is my opinion, and I'm speaking only for myself, WRP's art department is the best ever. Too prove this point, I invite the readers to surf the web and take a look at the art work produced by our competitors. Also, WRP goes above and beyond with author promotion. That’s not to say we as authors can sit back and relax [one of the bigger mistakes I made with my previous publisher] but WRP goes a whole lot farther than other presses with regard to promoting their authors.
Writing tip(s) for beginners:
Join a writers group, in person or on line. Become involved with a critique group. Once you're comfortable, look for the winners, those authors who are willing to help the less experienced author. Listen to what they have to say, and stick with them.
How do I define a winner?
* The person whose smile extends from their mouth into their eyes, who welcomes the new author to the meeting, who takes time to ask what they are currently writing.
* Avoid the person who tears down another for their writing success.
* If group has a guest speaker, beware of that person who hogs all the workshop time by asking foolish, already answered questions, and is compelled to express their opinion every other minute.
* Look for the person whose critique is fair and asks questions or makes comments in simple understandable terms.
* Enter contests and pay attention to the feedback. Talk to the more experienced members of your group to determine the contests with a long track record for offering fair, non-judgmental comments and suggestions for improvement. If you receive the one-time only comment, take it for what it's worth. If you hear the same comment over and over, pay attention!!
Set a goal to write a certain number of pages or words per day or week. Not everyone has the opportunity to write every day; that's okay. It doesn't matter when you write, or how often, it's that you write.
Tomorrow: Goals, Motivation, and Conflict