Who are the people behind Writers Exchange?

Hi all,

First let me say, that Writers Exchange is a writer-friendly company because the owner started out as a writer, and plans to go back to it when she retires in her old age;)

All our long-term staff are or have been writers too!

Here are our current staff:

Publisher/Owner:

Sandy Cummins

Senior Editor: 

JennaKay Francis

 

Editor/Print Formatter/Cover Artist and Miscellaneous:

Jenna Whittaker

 

About Sandy (and Writers Exchange Itself)

Sandy started out doing a Diploma in Freelance Journalism while pregnant with her first child. While doing this she discovered the online world of writing.

Sandy created a review site and did reviews of hundreds of books and computer programs, she also wrote articles online and in small print magazines in Australia. Including becoming the Christian Parenting Columnist for Suite 101 during the early years of her parenting.

Eventually Sandy started an online writing resource website called “Writers Exchange”, this site had hundreds of helpful links for writers and its own ezine. It was featured in a number of books for writers.

In 2000 Sandy decided she could best help other writers by starting a publishing company that judged books by their merits, rather than the pedigree of the writers and Writers Exchange E-Publishing was born.

Sandy got so busy with this company (and homeschooling her children) that her own writing was put on the backburner and she still doesn’t have time to really get back to it yet, even though all her kids have grown up and most have even left home.

Writers Exchange was started with all the idealism of a writer wanting to help other writers get published and make a fortune with their books. Since Sandy started 10 years before ebooks became mainstream (or 13 years before for Australia), this publishing empire didn’t quite happen:)

Now Sandy is older and wiser and always looking for ways to improve her product, her services, her distribution and her marketing. It also means she is a bit more demanding in what she expects from her new authors.

As much as she would love to publish anyone whose book shows potential, she now realises it is financially irresponsible to accept books she knows will only be good after MANY rounds of editing. She also realises that this is a business and sometimes, she has to make hard decisions. Like insisting those edits to a writer’s baby are non-negotiable, and if you can’t handle making improvements to your masterpiece, than perhaps she isn’t the right publisher for you.

Sandy passionately believes in all the books she accepts, she also believes that every writer needs an editor, someone with fresh eyes and experience to polish the book to a professional standard.

Sandy has upgraded her books’ editing and covers a few times over the years, as she knows everyone gets better at their craft with practice, and what she knew 15 years ago, is nothing on what she knows now:)


About JennaKay Francis – Senior Editor

JennaKay Francis is a storyteller of fantasy adventure, fantasy romance, dark fantasy and children’s picture books. She has been published in several local newsletters, several print magazines, as well as numerous online magazines in both fiction and non-fiction. She has won many different awards for her writing, has been an editor for four online magazines, and has done acquisitions for a small electronic press.

JennaKay was first and foremost one of Writers Exchange’s most prolific and talented authors, and was invited to become their senior editor. Since that time she has performed admirably as both author and editor for the company.

Update: JennaKay has mostly retired from her position as Senior editor.

Jenna’s Writers Exchange Books are on her author page.


About Jenna Whittaker – Editor/Formatter/Artist/Etc

We don’t have an editor Bio for Jenna, but here is her author bio:

My name is Jenna Whittaker and I am an Australian author who has been writing fantasy, science fiction, and horror novels for as long as I can remember! I love writing, my artwork, and caring for animals.

All her books are on her author page at WEE.