What Makes a Bad Book? (3 Anti-Reader Crimes Some Authors Will Make)

This Sounds Really Familiar…

You know the feeling when you’re reading along on a book and you just know what’s going to happen. Like, yeah did I already read this?

But you know it’s a new book! Just came out. 

You pop online and doublecheck. Even scramble around in the beginning pages to find that copyright page. 

Yep. Brand new book.

But I swear I’ve read this before!

What just happened? OK, You either just:

  • Finished the book, got your noggin’ hit, selectively forgot your hours of previous new book interaction and just blissfully picked it up again (about as likely as beautiful toe fungus).
  • Or you have picked up a (bad) book where the author has committed one of these three heinous anti-reader crimes:
    • Gotcha! You’ve Just Been (Poorly) Troped
    • I Shall Trap You In A White Room and You Will Like It!
    • I Want to Be One of the Cool People, too!

I shall go into each of these is delicious depth, plus how to avoid bad books before you plunk down your money!

So come hang out with me on the MOTHERSHIP blog over the next couple weeks as I go into each of them. 

In the meantime…

A Great Story Series for those who like the THE TWILIGHT ZONE…

Bryant Street Kickstarter

  • Do you like:
    • Dark and Strange Stories?

Then welcome to Bryant Street! 


Bryant Street, a standard subdivision street outside of any city. Well-kept lawns, paint and roofs up to HOA standards, two- or three-car garages. 

Everything looks to any casual observer perfect and normal.  

But inside those perfect-looking homes, the residents seem just a little off. A little twisted or confused or a half-turn out of reality.  

Normal exists on other subdivision streets, but never on Bryant Street.  

Check out the BRYANT STREET Kickstarter!

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Awww, for goodness….




*TAP* *TAP* *TAP* 

There we go!

I think I’m coming in….

Arg! No color, accept for that righteously horrible green.


The andro-coupling must have jimmied out from underneath the Barklavian fish-tank that caused the resonating…

Oh right, hi! That’s me…sort of.

I obviously need more time to hacksaw this configuration into shape.

And I am waaaaaay out here in…well, we’ll get to that later.

While I strain all my ample abilities into shaping up some sort of coherent transmission relay, please let me send you to some truly fine places to start!!

(…and that hopefully have a color variation a little more pleasant than the awkward side of gross.)

This KICKSTARTER launches tomorrow at noon! And it looks super cool…if you like copious amounts of dark and strange, with an occasional dash of humor and a bit of the absurd.

Take it for a test run and see if it interests your fancy!

I like giving gifts. Here is one of the stories for you for free! Sent with joy…

CLICK ABOVE to go to your BRYANT STREET story gift

I’ll see you next week!

And hopefully you will see me!!!

Blog Rebooting…

..and now what will it be?

Will it be cutsie and whimsical? Dark and brooding?

Will it inspire you to hike less and shave more?

*typed in a whisper*…will it be a pony?

Those are fantastic questions!

For the answer, you will have to wait and see.

While you wait, go read something!

Here. Try this out…a little gift of reading while you wait. 

CLICK ABOVE to go to your BRYANT STREET story gift

If you like it, you can get a lot more on the Bryant Street Kickstarter, coming real soon. There will be more stories and other fun rewards. If you like THE TWILIGHT ZONE and TWIN PEAKS, then this will surely entertain you.

We can give you a heads-up when the Kickstarter launches. Just go here and we’ve got you! 

CLICK ABOVE to get a shout-out when this Kickstarter goes LIVE!

See you next Monday! (Hopefully this new blog will have loaded by then…)

Wishing you joy, my reader friends!


This is my 583rd blog. I’ve been writing these for almost 12 years. But this is my final one.

We are making some changes here at WMG. Great changes. Stephanie Writt will be taking over as the voice of WMG, and she’s brilliant and excited and offers a fresh voice. I can’t wait for you to see what she does with our reader communications!

I’ll still be here, just more behind the scenes. And as such, I will use this last blog of mine to tell you about our latest release: Pulphouse Fiction Magazine: Issue #25, edited by Dean Wesley Smith!

Featuring the original story “What Remains of America” by Scott Edelman, Issue #25 also includes:

“An Infinite Number of Idiots” by Robert Jeschonek

“The Sleeping Agent” by Charlotte Munich

“Objects of Desire” by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

“City of Sin Strangler” by David H. Hendrickson

“A Willing Lad” by O’Neil De Noux

“The Remarkable Way She Died” by Karen Fonville

“The Spirit House” by Lisa S. Silverthorne

“Little City Blues” by Annie Reed

“Unity Con” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

“Minions at Work: Inflated Expectations” by J. Steven York

You can buy the book on the Pulphouse Store, here.

But before you go do that, I want to thank you all for reading what I’ve put down on the page all these years. Maybe this is your first or maybe your 583rd, but regardless, I appreciate your readership. Always.

Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer, working mother, and brain tumor survivor.

Share the Love

We’re back to our normal winter weather here on the Oregon Coast (cold and rainy) after the fun of ice storms from Winter Storm Heather. Thank goodness!

Our stores are stocking back up (it was grim here for a few days), and they look so festive with all the hearts for Valentine’s Day.

Every time I see them, I think about our Hearts Collide Kickstarter, and it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Who wouldn’t love 100 strange romance stories?

If you haven’t checked it out yet, we’ve added a very special stretch goal to that Kickstarter.

If the campaign reaches 100 backers by the time we end on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m., every backer of any reward at $30.00 and above will get a free ebook copy of The Idanha Hotel: A Thunder Mountain Novel by Dean Wesley Smith.

And for writers, the full Classic Workshop WRITING ROMANCE FICTION, with over 40 videos and assignments you can do for yourself. This is a $150 value and if you’re not a writer, you can gift it to a writer friend. Maybe even as a Valentine’s Day gift <grin>.

Be sure to check out the Kickstarter here.

And speaking of writing workshops, Dean Wesley Smith just announced two new in-person craft workshops (and a reminder for the anthology workshop). Here’s what he had to say:

Because Kris is just finishing up the in-person workshop here in Las Vegas, and she had a blast doing it with 14 really great writers at Resorts World, we decided to announce another two in-person craft workshops.

  • FANTASY DETECTIVES… May 6th through 9th… Resorts World in Las Vegas. Taught by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Cost is $750 for the class. Must be paid to hold your spot. Limited to only 14 writers.
  • SPACE OPERA… January 13th through 16th, 2025… Resorts World in Las Vegas. Taught by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Cost is $750 for the class. Must be paid to hold your spot. Limited to only 14 writers.

If you have never been to a WMG in-person workshop, contact me directly with information about your writing and publishing.

If you have been to one, contact me at dean.wmgworkshops@gmail.com and I will get you how to pay the fee through Paypal and get your name on the list.

Again only 14 spots total and as I write this to announce this, three spots are already gone to writers who are here at the moment. So basically 11 spots left at the moment.

Both these craft workshops will fill very quickly. They are really fun.

(Study Along classes are also up for both.)

  • ANTHOLOGY WORKSHOP…Reminder that it will happen at Resorts World in the middle of July (dates not yet announced). The cost is $900 to hold your spot and out of the 40 spots, only 9 spots left. So don’t miss this one. Got a hunch it will fill soon. Contact me at dean.wmgworkshops@gmail.com on how to pay and to get on the list if you have been to an in-person workshop before.

So three in-person workshops in Las Vegas. Two fun craft classes taught by Kris and the Anthology Workshop returning for the first time since 2020.


So many cool things to make your heart sing.

Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer, working mother, and brain tumor survivor.

I Heart Las Vegas

Well, I’m not where I thought I’d be this week. I was supposed to be in Las Vegas for the Science Fiction/Mystery Craft Workshop Kristine Kathryn Rusch is teaching this week. Instead, I’m coordinating it virtually from my office on the Oregon Coast.

Thanks, (Winter Storm) Heather.

I’m consoling my broken heart by focusing on other hearts instead. The hearts in our Hearts Collide Kickstarter, of course!

We’ve already funded, been named a Kickstarter Project We Love, and hit our first stretch goal. And there are so many great rewards on offer!

There’s the titular projects themselves, of course. One hundred strange romance stories by Kris and Dean Wesley Smith, available in five volumes in ebook, trade paperback or hardcover. (To see more about what we mean by “strange romance,” check out the Kickstarter video and read the story.)

For writers, there are also two fantastic special workshops: HOW TO WRITE WITH EMOTION IN ALL GENRES and A DEEP LOOK AT ROMANCE TEAM STRUCTURE AND HOW TO USE IT IN ANY GENRE.

And there’s even a chance to submit a story (or several chances) to Pulphouse Fiction Magazine, when we hit more stretch goals.

So, what are you waiting for? Put some heart into it and check out the Hearts Collide Kickstarter here before it’s too late!

Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer, working mother, and brain tumor survivor.