An Interview with Debra Womack from Whiskey Creek Press by Sue Waldeck
Recently, electronic and print multi-genre publisher
Whiskey Creek Press changed hands. New owner/publisher Debra Womack is
maintaining founder Beverley J. Haynes philosophy though – a quality
product that is affordable and convenient for the customers.
you travel through WCP’s pages you’ll see that they are indeed
multi-genre – adventure, inspirational, humor, YA, mystery, poetry,
western, horror and even non-fiction. Quiet an accomplishment in just
over a year!
I welcome Debra Womack today, to talk about Whiskey Creek Press.
SW – Debra, first introduce yourself a bit. Where are you coming
from? What made you consider taking on a quickly growing company like
WCP and what have you been doing up to this point in time?
-- I grew up in Massachusetts and eventually moved to Wyoming via
Indiana with my husband and children. My background is in education and
I’ve done my fair share of editing, but one of my great passions has
always been books and reading. When this opportunity presented itself I
knew it was what I wanted!
SW – Let’s talk about Whiskey Creek Press. It was started just over a
year ago and has grown very quickly. That has to be a bit
intimidating. And probably exciting! How are you going to maintain
-- We are going to grow by maintaining our core product, great books by
excellent writers, and offer convenience and affordable prices to our
customers. We have nearly a hundred new titles coming out over the next
several months, and we are expanding our selections, always giving the
customer a great read in either an e-book format or traditional
paperback book. We are very customer focused.
SW – What can we
expect to see in the way of changes over the next year? New lines?
Where will WCP be in a year? 5 years?
– Expect lots of new titles to join the great selection we’ve already
developed. Our first of several science fiction titles, Daughter of
the Stone by Arryn Heath, comes out in November, and we’re excited
about two “coming soon” non-fictions, Decoding the Parable of Dreams
by Florence Ellen, out in September, and an excellent look at
learning disabilities, L.D. from the Inside Out by Carolyn
Brubaker Lampman, a January release. Our romance titles continue to be
very popular, including our growing Torrid Romance label, and we have
new titles coming out in all our genres. We’ll more than double our
current number of titles in the next year and our customers will find
our author’s efforts a great place to get their reading pleasure.
SW – Erotic romance is so popular right now. A few years ago, we
couldn’t get enough time travel romance. Chic lit is said to have come
and be waning already. What do you think about the ebb and tide of
genres, and how does a publisher anticipate what readers will want
before readers even know?
– There is a certain ebb and flow, but a good story that’s well written
never goes out of style, and that’s what our outstanding Senior Staff
looks for when a title is submitted to us for publication.
SW – On electronic books, do you think they’ve proven themselves yet?
What would you say to someone trying to decide whether or not to buy
one? I get people emailing me all the time asking if I can recommend
them – I’m surprised how many people have never read one. How would you
convince a die-hard print reader that ebooks are worth trying?
– The number of e-book customers continues to grow because of the ease
and convenience of e-books. We get a lot of repeat e-book customers, and
that’s a good sign for continued e-book growth. For the new e-book
customer the key is to get a good hand-held device you’re comfortable
with, if you don’t want to use your computer or laptop screen. The
technology is improving rapidly and its becoming very convenient and
user friendly. But tradition is a powerful force too, and we will always
offer paperback books for most of our titles for the reader who likes to
snuggle up with a good book.
SW – There are so many review sites online now, and while they all offer
the same basic service – a book review – they do it in so many different
ways. They have different policies, different philosophies, which means
you’re going to get quite a varied response to a single book. What do
you think is the true value of a book review? Is it beneficial
advertising? Or simply a service to readers? Do they ultimately affect
sales and, as some will suggest, can a bad one ruin an authors’ career?
– Do reviews drive sales, for a movie, a Broadway show, a music CD or a
book? That’s always been the unanswerable question. Do bad reviews hurt
an artist…most mainstream reviewers certainly panned The Beatles when
they first came out, but they still did OK! But a review certainly adds
a sense of validity, to the author as well as the potential customer,
and we continue to post reviews on our author pages.
SW – WCP is accepting submissions at present. I know writers who have
written several works but are completely stymied by the thought of
getting published. What advice can you give authors looking to sell
their work? Where should they start? What should they do before
– Write a good story using traditional writing mechanics, then rewrite
and rewrite again. Think of what sells. Is your work commercial, because
publishing is after all a business. Develop a workable marketing plan,
and be willing to promote your book. Getting an agent is always very
difficult, and getting published by a mainstream publishing company is
against the odds. That’s what Whiskey Creek Press offers good authors,
the chance to get published, and the encouragement to keep writing!
of us at Whiskey Creek Press are excited about the great titles we have
to offer our readers now, and all the growth coming in the next several
months. We look forward to the opportunity to put a good read in the
hands of our customers, time and time again!
SW – Debra, I wish you the best of luck with Whiskey Creek Press.
Thanks for taking some time to introduce yourself and WCP to RTR
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