by Carol Ann Erhardt

There are many negative connotations about e-pubs, so I’d like to talk about the good things—the things I love about being e-pubbed.

1. My publisher—The Wild Rose Press is making a reputation for being a friendly, helpful publisher and they are growing much faster than anyone had foreseen. I signed my first contract in May of 2006 and was one of less than ten authors. Now there are over two hundred. Why? Because they live up to their reputation of wanting to grow writers. No, they do not accept inferior work, but they offer detailed suggestions for improvement with every rejection letter. No one ever receives a canned rejection letter. Authors receive help with promotion and marketing from the Marketing Director. Chats are scheduled, ad opportunities offered, and releases are automatically sent to numerous review sites. If I have a question, or a problem, I get a quick personal response.

2. No Mailing Costs—I submit my queries, synopsis, and manuscript through email. I receive my edits and galleys through email. No worries about making trips to the post office. Sweet!

3. Availability of Books—My books are offered through many channels, including Amazon. Yes, my books are available for download to the newest rage in e-book readers: The Kindle. No need to worry about shelf life either.

4. More Plot Freedom—My writing tends fall outside the standard “formulas” for traditional publishers. My first book, HIT AND RUN, is a romantic suspense with paranormal woven in (twin sisters who have a psychic link that transcends death). This didn’t fit the mold for any traditional publisher. My latest release, JOSHUA’S HOPE, was viewed by traditional publishers as having a plot that was “too twisted.” My publisher doesn’t look for formulaic manuscripts. My editor looks for a good story with a happily ever after ending, but there are no hard and fast rules stating that the hero and heroine must meet in the first three pages.

5. Work From Home—I’m an introvert. I get uncomfortable when placed in the midst of strangers. For me, it’s as bad as being placed on a stage, having a microphone shoved in my face, and being asked to (choke) talk! Being e-pubbed, I can join on-line chats and promotions and not be so frightened my knees knock together. It’s easy to be the “accomplished author” online. And, best of all, I can do all my marketing in my fuzzy pink slippers.

Carol Ann Erhardt writes romantic suspense and inspirational romantic suspense. She has two full-length novels in print and e-book. She also has five short stories in publication, all with The Wild Rose Press. Her second novel, FOXFIRE, finaled for a 2008 Eppie. Visit Carol Ann at her website at
www.carolannerhardt .com.


  1. Devon Gray // May 20, 2008 at 9:14 AM  

    I just recently signed my first contract with The Wild Rose Press and I have been thrilled with the process so far. Thanks for sharing all the great things about being e-pubbed!

  2. Terry Odell // May 20, 2008 at 11:38 AM  

    I hear you about the greater freedom in sub-genre. I write "romantic suspense" by the definition set forth by the book publishing industry, but I write "romantic mystery" -- no villain POV, a puzzle that h/h must solve. Yes, there might be adventure and suspense, but not in the edge of the seat way. And h/h aren't following all the traditional romance 'expectations' with the progression of the relationship. I was glad to find a home for those books -- and since two of them have finaled in major competitions with the "Big Name" NY authors, I think the quality is there as well.

    And I also read those "Big Name" authors in their digital versions. Shelf space is too limited to add all the books I want.

  3. Beth Trissel // May 20, 2008 at 11:42 AM  

    I haven't been at the Wild Rose long but have fallen in love with this wonderful company!

  4. Nightingale // May 20, 2008 at 2:09 PM  

    First I must say that Devon Gray is a fabulous name.

    On topic, each point made perfect sense. The Wild Rose Press is fast gaining an excellent name. For a long time, the prediction has been that electronic is the way the publishing industry will go. Thanks Carol for an informative and interesting article.

  5. Beth Trissel // May 20, 2008 at 6:37 PM  

    Devon Gray is a kewl name. Hi Devon, also new to the Wild Rose. Waving at you!

  6. Mary Marvella // May 20, 2008 at 7:50 PM  

    With the advent and growth of e-publishers, some authors and publishers have been able to make the trends in publishing.

  7. Carol Ann // May 21, 2008 at 5:45 PM  

    You're welcome, Devon! Welcome to the garden.

    Carol Ann

  8. Carol Ann // May 21, 2008 at 5:46 PM  

    So true, Terry!

    Carol Ann

  9. Carol Ann // May 21, 2008 at 5:48 PM  

    Thanks, Beth, for publishing my article!

    Carol Ann

  10. Carol Ann // May 21, 2008 at 5:49 PM  

    Nightingale, glad to see you agree! The Wild Rose Press is a fabulous publisher. I love being e-pubbed.

    Carol Ann

  11. Beth Trissel // May 22, 2008 at 9:36 AM  

    I expect to see a real upsurge in the popularity of the wild Rose and other stellar E-pub companies.