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Three Times A Charm With Karen Gowen
Three Times a Charm is a weekly feature that spotlights authors, illustrators, bloggers, agents, editors or promoters from the publishing industry.
This week author and assistant editor, Karen Gowen, joins us to talk about her passions: authors & literacy. 
Karen, tell us a little about yourself.
I love to read and I believe in the power of books to change lives. My passion is to empower authors and promote literacy. I am an assistant editor at WiDo Publishing, and the co-founder of Celerytree.com. I blog (excessively) about writing, editing, and publishing issues. I tweet a lot. My published works are Farm Girl, a memoir, and Uncut Diamonds, a novel. House of Diamonds is scheduled for 2011 release by WiDo Publishing.
Congratulations on your books, Karen. Tell us more about WiDo and Celery Tree?
Much of what I do I talk about freely on my blog. Information about my books is on my blog, and I post often about WiDo Publishing, which is an independent publishing company located in Salt Lake City, Utah. I am involved in setting up a new website for authors, Celery Tree, which is set for launching this fall, (a year late but better late than never, right?)
WiDo Publishing is currently accepting submissions. Check out their website to see if your work might be a good fit, and for submission guidelines. They do not accept children’s illustrated stories at this time, but they will accept middle-grade fiction if it has widespread appeal. They are actively seeking YA fiction.
Now, for the Threes. Share with us your top 3’s to help us know you a little better.
  • Top 3 pieces of advice for people just starting in your business.
  1. Write and finish. Nothing gets published unless it is finished.
  2. There are many ways to get published. Research the options and move forward, wasting no time in negative thinking.
  3. Set up a blog and then build relationships. That’s more important than selling.
    • Top 3 snacks to munch on while working.
    They all start with C: Diet Coke, cookies, carrots (at least one is healthy)
        • Top 3 leisure activities.
        Reading, cooking, walking
            Karen, where can our readers find out more about you and your work?
            My blog is Coming Down the Mountain: A Writer’s Blog: www.karenjonesgowen.blogspot.com (Pssst, I’ve been following for awhile - good stuff!)
            WiDo Publishing website: www.widopublishing.com
            Celery Tree blog: www.celerytree.blogspot.com
            Thanks, Karen, for talking with us on this week’s Three Times A Charm. It has been so much fun getting to know you.

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            We like WiDo

            WiDo is my publisher for my MG, and they've been fantastic so far. Thank you Kai, for hosting Karen Gowen.

            Oh, MG author, thanks for commenting. It is always so nice for other authors to hear feedback on a publisher.

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