Sunday, January 13, 2008

Pimping for Trish

Over at Writers at Play blog, Wild Rose Press (WRP) editor Trish Owens is discussing the music we listen to as we write AND inviting people to ask questions about writing for WRP. Trish edits for WRP's "Scarlet" erotica line.

Trish is a also a friend of mine from this group of romance writers on AOL who have been chatting via message board and listserv since the beginning of time. (OK, since the beginning of many of our careers, which haven't been THAT long.) So I can say with some authority that she won't bite. At least not in that setting.

Here's something interesting about Wild Rose Press: In the latest issue of the Romance Writers Report (the monthly magazine for members of the Romance Writers of America), WRP editor-in-chief Rhonda Penders said, and I quote, "No writer will ever receive a form rejection letter from us. Each and every submission gets a personalized letter, and if it is a rejection, the writer gets some solid tips and constructive criticism to help her improve her writing."

I have no idea how they are going to accomplish this as WRP continues to grow--I'm a nonprofit magazine editor in my other life, and even though our circulation is only about 100,000 (i.e. smaller than, say, Martha Stewart Living) the thought of sending personalized critiques to every single submission we get makes me want to lie down in a dark room with a cold cloth over my head. Unless, of course, said personalized rejection could read something like:

Dear Josephine Schmo,

Don't suck.


Annie Editor

But I'm guessing that's not the case here, since Penders also noted in the article that many writers thank them for their rejections! So, hat's off to Wild Rose Press for taking on what has to be a considerable chunk of extra work to help "grow writers."

Curious about that policy and other aspects of writing for Wild Rose Press? Ask Trish about it today!


Cathy in AK said...

Makes me want to sub to them just so I can get a nice, personal rejection ;)

Jennifer McKenzie said...

Well, currently I think the ratio of submissions to editors is low enough to give everyone a detailed rejection. Whether WRP will be able to keep it up, I don't know. It's a great place to be for me.
(And I love the Scarlet Line. Just sayin'.)
It will be interesting to see what the future holds for them.

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