Friday, May 1, 2009

Good Morning From Champagne Rose

Welcome to the Champagne hour! It’s too early for the bubbly stuff, so grab a cup of coffee and join us in a birthday toast.

Three years ago, when Rhonda first told me about her and RJ’s vision for The Wild Rose Press, I didn’t hesitate to sign up. “A publishing house by writers for writers,” as she says. What a great idea! I can’t believe how quickly those years have flown by—and how quickly TWRP has grown and prospered. I remember the first Champagne story I contracted, a beautifully written Rosette called “Words” by Terry Odell. Since that time, the Champagne team has had the privilege of reviewing and contracting scores of wonderful stories.

As senior editor, I’m thrilled to work with a dedicated group of editors: Cindy Davis, Renee Lynn, Kat O’Shea, Stephanie Parent, and Rebecca Terry. If you think your story meets our submission guidelines, we invite you to query us.


Me :) said...

Great to meet you. Hope you have lots more GREAT works sent your way :)

Anonymous said...

Good morning, all! It's a pleasure to work in Champagne Rose as an editor under Roseanne, the grammar and punctuation guru. It's a bit early for me to be up. I'm a rose who prefers to work until the wee hours of the morning, then fall asleep as dawn is breaking, but I'm here to support our fearless leader and to start the morning off with my favorite group of editors and writers--the Champagne Roses! Yay!

Kat O'Shea

Future Mrs. Ashley Rose said...

It's amazing to see how many lines Wild Rose Press has! I was introduced to WR by the talented Ms. Tracy Preston.

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Wish I could be here all day Friends, but time to go.

Hopefully I'll be able to drop by this evening and who knows? Maybe I'll find a wireless connection during my lunch hour :-)

Have a BLESSED day!

Amber Leigh Williams said...

As a reader of Champagne Rose, I know you contract only for the very best submissions. So many of my favorites comes from this line. I'm excited to see what is coming out in the future!



Tess Thieler said...

Champagne Rose is one of my very favorite lines to read. :) As a new author for TWRP Crimson Rose line (release date 09/02/09), I look forward to submitting to this line also. I currently have a story in the works that meets your guidelines. ;) With my schedule, it will be several months before my submission is polished and comes your way. I hope to have a very long romance writing relationship with various lines in your lovely garden. Happy Birthday!
~Tess Thieler

Lauri said...

Good morning, TWRP Champagne Line, and Happy Birthday! It promises to be a beautiful day!

Anonymous said...

Good morning, ladies. Thank you for blogging with us.

Kat, I'm on my fourth cup of coffee. Need I say more? :-)


Leanne Tyler said...

Happy Birthday Wild Rose Press!! May there be many more to come.
Waving hi to all the Champagne authors.

Leanne Tyler
American Rose Author
Victory's Gate 12/07
Through the Garden Gate Anthology 12/09

Anonymous said...

So who picked this early hour?? LOL

I guess it was worth it to see the lovely roses--authors and readers--whose cheery messages are a great way to wake up.


Anonymous said...

Thank you, Tess. I'll look forward to your query. Good luck with your writing!


Donna B said...

Maybe too early for bubbly by itself, but I know a lot of people who like Mimosa's. Bubbly OJ anyone?

Anonymous said...

Ladies, what is about contemporary romances that attracts you? What kind of stories can't you resist?


Lynda Lukow said...

A toast to all the Champagne roses!

Best wishes,

danie88 said...

I like to find stories with heroines that remind me of myself or that I have similar things in common with. That's one of the many things that attract me to contemporary romances.

Anonymous said...

Donna, bubbly OJ sounds good. Can I have my Lorna Doones with that? :-)


Unknown said...

Congratulations to The Wild Rose Press. I love to read--and write--contemporary romance, but my "line" and first love is the Cactus Rose. Nice work, champagne ladies--Celia Yeary

Anonymous said...

If anyone has any questions on the line, you can shoot me an e-mail. I'm always happy to talk to prospective--and current, of course--authors.


Anonymous said...

Thanks, Celia! I have a soft spot for cowboys myself.


Seeker said...

Good Morning and huge congrats to The Wild Rose Press and all those who make it such a great publishing house.

Anonymous said...

Well, our hour is up. I want to thank you all again for celebrating with us. It was wonderful meeting everyone.

I'll be announcing the winner of the drawing in a moment or so.

Wishing you a great weekend,


Susan Shay said...

Congratulations! And happy 3rd birthday.
Susan Shay
Blind Sight
The Wild Rose Press

Loretta C. Rogers said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Thanks to Rhonda and RJ for their vision and for having the fortitude to follow through to realize their dream. And thanks to my Cactus Rose editors, Paty and Eve. This is an auspicious day for all of us!
Here's to The Wild Rose Press--Cheers!

Anonymous said...

The winner of the Champagne hour drawing is Lynda Lukow.

Congratulations, Lynda!


Hywela Lyn said...

Hi Roseanne

Before you go I just wanted to pop in to say Hi and Congratulations - have a wonderful day everyone!

Anonymous said...

Yay, Lynda!! Glad you won!


Clare Austin said...

I am thrilled to have my novel, Butterfly, released August 7, 2009 as a Champagne Rose.

Clare Austin
The Fadó Trilogy
Butterfly, available August 2009
Angel's Share, coming soon

Tina Gayle said...

Love being a part of the Champagne Line.

Pregnancy Plan came out a while ago but I still enjoy learning about all the fun things going on in the garden.

Happy Birthday TWRP

Tina Gayle

Teirney Medeiros said...

Happy Birthday, Wild Rose. I wish you many more years and lots of sales!

Rebecca J. Clark said...

I know our hour is up (way too early for me on the West coast, sorry), but I wanted to pop in and say hello.

I love writing for Champagne Rose and TWRP. I hope to have a long and prosperous relationship in the garden. :)

Becky Clark

Silver James said...

Cheers and happy birthday!

Terry Odell said...

I've been away from the computer today, and when I got back, I saw a Google Alert about me and my short story, the first outside contract from The Wild Rose Press.

Back then, neither they nor I knew what was going to grow in their garden. We took a chance on each other, and although the industry is changing, I think things are only going to get better here at The Wild Rose Press. One of those changes was in word count. That first story, "Words" was really two 900 word vignettes, a love story told from 2 different points of view. Given the economy, a story that short isn't viable in today's market. However, my other stories are still scattered through the garden, in Champagne and Last Rose of Summer.

These 3 years have zipped by.

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