Like most businesses, Prairie Rose Publications started small. The owners worked their butts off around the clock and conserved limited resources while trying to create something that would outlast an ice cream cone on the sidewalk during a Texas heatwave. The majority of new businesses fail—not for lack of talent and ingenuity, but because the world is a crowded place.
PRP celebrates its first anniversary this month, and we’re proud to say the company is growing like the proverbial weed. It’s still small, the owners still work their butts off around the clock and conserve resources, but founders Cheryl Pierson and Livia Washburn Reasoner have created more than a book publisher. The two phenomenal women built a home where authors are appreciated, nourished, and encouraged to grow as both scribes and people. Authors have a tremendous amount of input at every step in the publishing process, and the royalties we enjoy were unheard-of previously.
Best of all, women who write western historical romance never receive a dispiriting rejection letter saying something like, “Love your story, but westerns don’t sell.” Daily, PRP proves westerns do sell, and they sell well. All of us are grateful to the underserved market of romance readers who crave being swept into the wild and wooly past by mild to wild love stories starring untamed heroes in Stetsons and the strong, determined heroines who show them they’ve met their match.
As an anniversary gift to itself, Prairie Rose Publications launched a new website Sept. 1. As all websites are, PRP’s is a never-ending work in progress. We refuse to stop tweaking existing components and adding new ones, because we believe readers and authors deserve more from a publisher than just the opportunity to buy or write books. Both deserve a peek behind the scenes, up-to-the-minute news, and fun little extras they won’t find anywhere else. In short, PRP’s new website is a gift to everyone the company holds dear: the readers and writers who are the reasons for PRP’s success.
Tromp around in our news digs at PrairieRosePublications.com. We hope you’ll like what you see. (Mind the extension cords and ladders decorating the floor in a few spots.) As with everything else we do, PRP welcomes comments and suggestions, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Thanks again to everyone who has supported and cheered on Prairie Rose Publications through its first year of growing pains. PRP plans to be around for a long, long time, putting every bit of its heart into western historical romance.