Publisher’s Note: One Gift to Rule Them All!


Now that Halloween is behind us, I’ve really ramped up my holiday shopping.

As crazy things have been for the past almost two years, and the supply chain issues the pandemic has caused, I’m checking off my list ASAP.

And I’m getting creative with my gift choices. The less I have to worry about product fulfillment and shipping times, the better.

If you’re looking to do the same, and you have readers on your holiday shopping list, the WMG Holiday Spectacular Calendar of Stories makes the perfect gift.

As I mentioned last week, the Calendar of Stories brings 38 holiday-themed stories to your gift recipients’ inboxes for just $25 each. And they’ll also get the full compilation ebook in time for Christmas in July next year.

You can still buy the calendar through our Kickstarter, which ends on Thursday, Nov. 4. Plus, if you buy it through the Kickstarter, you get all the stretch goal rewards (we’ve hit three so far, so that’s three bonus ebooks and two bonus writing pop-up workshops).

Click here to view the Kickstarter.

But if you miss the Kickstarter, never fear. You can buy the calendar any time before it launches on Thanksgiving Day and even once the Calendar of Stories is underway—up through New Year’s Day, in fact.

Once the calendar is underway, all new signups get one email with all the links to the stories they missed, plus all the new stories as they are released each day. Easy peasy.

Click here to go to the Calendar of Stories sign-up page.

So, if you need last minute holiday gifts or even belated holiday gifts, never fear. We’ve got you covered.

Holiday shopping managed!

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

Publisher’s Note: Tempting Treats for the Holiday Season


Last week, I talked about the Month of Short Fiction. And I talked about how gifted Kristine Kathryn Rusch is as a short fiction writer.

This week, I need to tell you that Kris doesn’t just love writing short fiction. She loves reading it, too. And she loves the holidays.

So, holiday projects that offer great short fiction—sign her up!

But she couldn’t sign up. Because what she wanted was a way to sign up to receive a holiday short story every day throughout the holiday season. Like an advent calendar, but for readers.

So, WMG created one. And Kris edits it. It’s called the WMG Holiday Spectacular Calendar of Stories, and we’ve just launched our third year—and our third Kickstarter—for the project.

With the WMG Holiday Spectacular 2021 Calendar of Stories, you’ve got 38 days of something to look forward to. And that’s just for starters.

Backers of this project at the $25 level will get an original holiday story delivered to their inbox every day from November 25, 2021, through January 1, 2022, plus an ebook compilation of all the stories and introductions, in order, when it’s released in July 2022.

These stories, which range from sweet romance to dark crime, will also be released in anthology form in the fall of 2022 in three books: Mistletoe Moments, Cold-Blooded Christmas, and A Weird Holiday Season, all edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

Plus, all backers at the $25 level and higher will receive all of the stretch goals we unlock to get extra ebook and pop-up workshops for writers.

Speaking of writers, we’ve added two new Kickstarter-exclusive workshops to the rewards this year: Write a Story for the 2022 Spectacular and Writing Off-Beat Holiday Stories.

We also have rewards that help you catch up on your holiday reading if you’ve missed the past years’ projects.

To read all about the Kickstarter, watch the fun video Kris narrated about this year’s project, and see all of the available rewards and stretch goals, click here.

And if you can’t wait for the winter holidays, you can start reading a spookier edition of the Calendar of Stories today with the Halloween Spectacular 2021 Calendar of Short Stories.

Starting today and running through Nov. 2, you can get a daily dose of spooky fun in your inbox.

To learn more about this project or to sign up, click here.

Whatever your poison, I wish you a happy Season’s Reading!

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

Publisher’s Note: The Month of Short Fiction

I have to admit that before I started working for WMG, I wasn’t a big reader of short fiction. That all changed when I started publishing Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s short stories. She has been putting up one of her short stories for free on her website each week since before I started here almost 10 years ago, and WMG publishes them simultaneously if they haven’t already been published.

Kris is a renowned and gifted short story writer. Who better to introduce me to the art of short fiction?

Good thing, too. Because we’re publishing a butt load (did you know that’s a legitimate unit of measure?) of short fiction this month. Forget the week of short fiction. This is the month of short fiction.   

And that multitude of short fiction releases continues this week with the publication of Pulphouse Fiction Magazine #14, one of our biggest issues ever, on Thursday. And of course, Kris has a story in here, too.

Here is the synopsis:

A three-time Hugo Award nominated magazine, this issue of Pulphouse Fiction Magazine offers up twenty fantastic stories by some of the best writers working in modern short fiction.

No genre limitations, no topic limitations, just great stories. Attitude, feel, and high-quality fiction equals Pulphouse.

Includes:
“The Soul Mate Junkie and the Beating Heart” by David H. Hendrickson
“Ecstatically Ever After” by Jerry and Kathy Oltion
“The Bridge” by Robin Brande
“Lower than Black” by O’Neil De Noux
“One Sun, No Waiting” by Annie Reed
“Lifetime Value” by B.A. Paul
“Roadkill” by Brenda Carre
“Living Free” by Dory Crowe
“Ice in D Minor” by Anthea Sharp
“Harry the Ghost Pirate” by Robert J. McCarter
“The Cactus, the Coyote, and the Lost Planet Joyride” by J. Steven York
“Lucky Charm” by Alexandria Blaelock
“Romeo Peterbilt and Isuzu Juliet” by Kent Patterson
“Mounting the Monkeys” by Rick Wilber
“Amelia Pillar’s Etiquette for the Space Traveler” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“Predict THIS” by Michael D. Britton
“Family History” by R.W. Wallace
“Time in Death” by C.A. Rowland
“Where Everything Goes” by Rob Vagle
“The Men without Heads Join a Health Club” by Robert Jeschonek

You can find out where to buy Issue #14 when it releases on Thursday here and click here to learn how to subscribe!

And if that isn’t enough short fiction for you, you can always head on over to Kris’ website and check out her free fiction. It’s a new one this week. Kris’ crime stories are exceptional, even if this one left me a bit queasy in the beginning. Click here to see why.

Short fiction is perfect for this busy holiday season.

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

Publisher’s Note: The Week of Short Fiction


Avid readers of this blog might remember me talking about how many books we have on our calendar this year. This week will certainly drive that point home.

And fans of short fiction will have many reasons to rejoice. Nine of them, to be exact!

That’s because we’re releasing nine new titles this week, and they are all short fiction based: three holiday anthologies, one short story collection, and five Pulphouse books!

The three holiday anthologies, which publish on Tuesday, are from the WMG Holiday Spectacular 2020. Here are the titles and synopses for each:

Mysterious Christmas

Murder, mayhem, and all manner of crimes set during the holiday season give this anthology a bite that serves as a delightful change from the sweetness that often dominates this time of the year.

This volume contains an abundance of thieves, a few murderers, a wannabe murderer, and one or two stories in which the crime lurks on the periphery. With a host of unreliable narrators, a few psychopaths, and one acrobat, who could resist?

From a search for the perfect Christmas tree that turns deadly to a reformed thief who wrestles with the better angels of his nature when temptation arises during the holidays, these marvelous mysteries prove the perfect distraction for even the stormiest winter evening.

Includes:
“Christmas Chase” by Tonya D. Price
“For The Win” by Stephannie Tallent
“Into the Good Night” by Rob Vagle
“A Different, Better Red” by Michael Warren Lucas
“The Art of Waiting” by Kelly Washington
“Christmas in the Ruins” by Mary Jo Rabe
“The Magi of St. Michael’s” by Annie Reed
“Pungent Justice” by Kari Kilgore
“Targets of Opportunity” by Stefon Mears
“All The Bells and Whistles” by B.A. Paul
Not A Cozy” by Steven Mohan, Jr.

Fantastic Christmas

Venture forth into the delightful adventures of ghosts and elves and imps and more found in the magical worlds of Fantastic Christmas.

Enjoy sweets for the sweet romantics, charming ghosts and imps to capture the imagination, and stories both heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time.

From Nordic sprites who long for the porridge and butter and sugar from the hands of their human neighbors to a man desperate to be with his dying wife on their own special holiday, the stories in this volume add a bit of warmth to your holiday season.

Includes:
“The Last Hour of Hogswatch” by Michael Warren Lucas
“The Best Christmas” by Dory Crowe
“Spirit of the Season” by Anthea Lawson
“The Magic of Sharing” by R.W. Wallace
“The Way the Cookie Crumbles” by Angela Penrose
“An Embarrassment of Id’imps” by Ezekiel James Boston
“The Case of the Disappearing Decorations” by Annie Reed
“The Inn, the Black Cat, and Two Halves of the Same Heart” by Kari Kilgore
“Motorcoach Miracles” by Juliet Nordeen
“Magic For a New Year” by Lisa Silverthorne

Sweet Holidays

The best holiday stories delight with heartfelt satisfaction from beginning to end.

Romance forms the core of most of the stories in this volume, and they feature holiday settings from Thanksgiving to New Years, with even some made up holidays in between.

From a young woman trying to wheedle some good-luck collard greens out of the new minister on New Year’s Eve to the two young university students adrift in a foreign country for the holidays, each story touches the heart and warms the soul.

A perfect distraction from the hustle and bustle of the holidays!

Includes:
“Good Luck Greens” by Irette Y. Patterson
“Finding Sanctuary” by Kari Kilgore
“The Journey Home” by Erik Kort
“Pagan Sunrise” by Stefon Mears
“Toast The Stars” by Stephannie Tallent
“Speakeasy to Her Heart” by Stephanie Writt
“Winter’s Perfect Night” by Kelly Shire
“The Slowpokes’ Parade” by Patricia Duffy Novak
“An Unexpected Winter” by Tao Wong
“New Year’s Fortune” by Anthea Lawson
“Andrew and Shichi-Go-San” by Jason A. Adams
“Coming Home” by Chrissy Wissler

To find out more information about these three new holiday anthologies (and the three from last year), click here. And don’t forget to sign up for the 2021 WMG Holiday Spectacular 2021 here.

We also have a fantastic new short story collection by Kristine Kathryn Rusch publishing on Tuesday, which features her five stories from the 2019 and 2020 WMG Holiday Spectaculars. It’s called Stories for the Cold of Winter. Here’s the synopsis:

Light-hearted holiday stories abound, but when the days turn cold and bracing, darker tales tempt the senses. This collection of five stories from award-winning and bestselling master of short fiction Kristine Kathryn Rusch fits that bill.

All centered on the winter holidays, Stories for the Cold of Winter features four crime stories: “The Thanksgiving After,” a suspense story set on Black Friday (more or less); “Frank’s Corner Bar,” a Christmas day story set in a neighborhood bar during an ice storm; “Resolution,” which follows an assassin trying to change her life with the new year; and “Other People’s Stupidity,” which focuses on the legal profession at year’s end.

The fifth offering, “Vigil,” offers a tale of quiet dedication to lives lost.

So, stoke the fire and let these tales entertain on a cold winter’s night.

For more information, click here.

And on Thursday, we’ll release five new Pulphouse books. Here are their titles and synopses:

Don’t Touch My Magic!

Magic stories, by their very nature, create fictional worlds. Take a story with magic and twist it in a way that makes it a Pulphouse story, and you get fiction that sometimes shocks, sometimes challenges, and sometimes breaks your heart.

From flying underwear trying to save the world to Mouse Riders trying to save their own world. From a made-up fantasy world to a magical cartoon character exploring his cartoon world. From a romance bound by two guns to a lawyer who represents the magical world in real court.

These ten stories crafted by extremely talented writers take readers to magical worlds.

Includes:
“In the Empire of Underpants” by Robert Jeschonek
“Coyote and the Amazing Herbal Formula” by Sabrina Chase
“Hand Fast” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“The Reign to Come” by Kevin J. Anderson
“A Magical Negro” by Ezekiel James Boston
“This Magic Moment” by Lisa Silverthorne
“Unnatural Law” by J. Steven York
“PMS and a Hand Grenade” by Brenda Carre
“Custard: A Romeo and Juliet Story (sort of)” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“Queen of the Mouse Riders” by Annie Reed

 

Ghosts Among Us

Everyone loves a good ghost story. Somehow the creepiest, scariest ghost stories always feature sadness at their core.

From a story about a woman who must face her ghosts on Christmas Eve night, to a ghost detective stuck in his own cemetery helping other ghosts move on by solving their own murders, to a ghost who writes letters to the living—these ghosts seem more alive than dead. Their sagas just continue into another realm.

So, steel your courage and delve into these ten stories from the other side of the veil.

Includes:
“Death by Vodka” by Robert J. McCarter
“Dead Girlfriend” by Ray Vukcevich
“The Writing on the Wall” by Kevin J. Anderson
“The Dead on Somerset Hill” by Chuck Heintzelman
“Dreams of Memories Never Lived” by Rob Vagle
“Flowers for Mother” by J. Steven York
“Ghosts of Christmas Present” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“The Developmental Adventures of Phil” by Jason A. Adams
“Salt” by Thorn Coyle
“Just Desserts” by R.W. Wallace

 

Run!! Creatures, Critters, and Pulphousers…

Take your wildest imagination, and you might just come up with a Pulphouser: a rare creature only found on the pages of Pulphouse Fiction Magazine.

Add in some more strange creatures and critters, and you might just find yourself running—straight to your favorite chair to dive into the ten stories in this wacky volume!

So, welcome to the Pulphouse Zone, with an abundance of creatures and critters that only exist in Pulphouse.

Includes:
“Blackbeard’s Aliens” by Robert Jeschonek
“Vamp until Doomsday” by Stefon Mears
“The Injustice Collector” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“Dog Steps” by Rob Vagle
“For the Love of Killer” by Mary Jo Rabe
“Dog People” by Robert J. McCarter
“The Poodles of Panama” by Kent Patterson
“The True Story of Stanley and Stella” by Johanna Rothman
“Starlings” by Jerry Oltion
“Brick Houses” by Annie Reed

 

There’ll Be Blue Popcorn Without You!

Blue Popcorn means sadness and loss and love. In the pages of Pulphouse Fiction Magazine, it also means very weird and entertaining sadness and loss and love.

The ten stories in this volume range from a dweeby guy trying to win the affection of a beautiful woman, to a tale of a solo man in a future world looking for companionship, to a story about art and the crime it reveals.

Running the gamut from science fiction to fantasy to psychological drama, these tales evoke strong emotion.

Includes:
“A Better Man Than You” by Jerry Oltion and Kent Patterson
“Rose in Dreamland” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“Under the Blood-Red Maple” by Joslyn Chase
“A Cherub by Any Other Name” by Annie Reed
“Small Discrete Intervals from a Sample Size of One” by J. Steven York
“A Night Under the Stars” by Lisa Silverthorne
“Bravo and Jazz” by Ron Collins
“The Man Who Married His Wife’s Thigh” by Bonnie Elizabeth
“Virtual Oracle” by Leigh Saunders
“The Pearce Shootout” by Robert J. McCarter

 

Twisted Robots, Oh, My!

Robots often walk the pages of Pulphouse Fiction Magazine.

Pulphouse prides itself on crossing genre lines, blurring genre lines, and just flat mixing up genres until the genre classification means nothing.

Terms like different, off-center, twisted, and sometimes just head-scratching form the hallmarks of a Pulphouse story.

So, like everything else in Pulphouse, the robots in these ten stories might or might not fit the standard classification of robots. But they definitely scream Pulphouse!

Includes:
“The Clockwork Man’s Canteen” by J. Steven York
“nanoturds” by Ray Vukcevich
“A Little Song, A Little Dance, A Little Apocalypse Down Your Pants” by Robert Jeschonek
“Battery-Operated Boyfriend” by Barbara G. Tarn
“One-Night Stands for Love and Glory” by David H. Hendrickson
“Daisy’s Heart” by Robert J. McCarter
“Taking Care of Business” by Mary Jo Rabe
“Unfamiliar, Foreign, Outré” by Jerry Oltion
“Exchange Policy” by Scott William Carter
“Tinker Henry and the Clockwork Whore” by Jim Gotaas

To find out more information about these five new Pulphouse books (and the nine others that were previously published), click here.

So many awesome short stories. What a great excuse to stay inside with a good book!

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

Publisher’s Note: The Price We Pay for Learning


My daughter had her first volleyball game over the weekend (well, her first two games, actually, because they double up on some of the weekends). It was awesome to see her playing again. She hasn’t been on a court since the world shut down in March 2020, right after basketball season ended.

She also just finished her fourth full week of school. Which has been crazy and chaotic but well worth it so far for her. She’s loving it.

Not that any of this has been easy. Covid has seen to that, of course. Every time we drop her off at school or volleyball practice comes with fear. Will this be the day she’s exposed to Covid?

I do my best to keep my fears to myself.

She, on the other hand, has this stuff down. She wears her mask all day long without complaining. She washes her hands on a regular basis at school, even though many of her peers don’t. She even has to wear a mask to play volleyball because of state mandates, but she rolls with that, too.

If she can do it, so can I. It’s the price we must pay right now for her to learn the things she wants to learn and the way she wants to learn them.

She knows there are risks, but she knows that we’ve given her all the tools at our disposal to minimize those risks.

We’ve done the cost/benefit analysis. And this is the best we can do given the circumstances.

When you’re passionate about learning, you do what you need to do.

We feel that way about learning at WMG. And about teaching.

Which is why we keep the costs of what we teach as low as possible.

And sometimes, we make those costs even lower when we can.

Like right now.

This week, until Oct. 10, we’re offering 50% off on everything on Teachable for our Fall Special Workshop Sale. Every WMG Publishing Workshop, Lecture, Pop-Up, Class, or Subscription on Teachable is half price.

Some of the new offerings available for this sale are: Power Words, Making a Living with Novels, and a Holiday Collections Class.

Go to the WMG Teachable page and click on “see all courses.” Then find the course you would like to buy and hit purchase. On the top of the next page there is a place to put in the code:

FALLSPECIAL

Click here to learn more.

Isn’t it wonderful that, as adults, we have so many Covid-safe ways to continue learning?

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

Publisher’s Note: Full of Fall Frivolity


It’s officially autumn, my favorite season. And although I miss the crisp weather and fall colors of New Jersey (where I grew up), I make up for it with fall treats: pumpkin cream cheese muffins, apple pie, apple cider, pumpkin cream cold brew coffee, and my new favorite: a hot Caramel Pumpkin Brûlée Breve from Dutch Bros.

This weekend, we’ll go get our pumpkins and gourds for the front porch and put up the Halloween decorations.

I love Halloween. It’s really the most fun holiday. Even during the pandemic. I mean, think about it: an activity that already involved being outdoors no matter the weather with everyone wearing masks!

Although Christmas is my favorite holiday, Halloween is my second favorite. And not just because of its pandemic versatility.

So this year, we’ve taken our popular Winter Holiday Spectacular Calendar of Stories concept and applied a Halloween take on it.

So, if the idea of getting a daily dose of spooky fun in your inbox appeals to you, you’ll want to check out this literary equivalent of trick-or-treating.

Here’s how it works:

Every day, starting on October 25, 2021, and running through November 2, 2021, you will get an original short story sent to you (or the recipient of your choice) via email.

Each seasonally themed tale is accompanied by an introduction by the editor of the Halloween Calendar of Stories, Mark Leslie.

You will get each story in ebook format (epub and mobi), so you can read them daily on your own device, anywhere, anytime you choose. Or you can store them up and binge on a weekend.

Your choice.

As an added bonus, all subscribers will receive the Halloween Harvest anthology, which includes all nine stories, plus two bonus stories! Halloween Harvest will be released just two days after the calendar ends, on November 4.

Online ordering for this magical virtual harvest hayride of reading pleasures and treats opens on Wednesday, and can be found at this link: https://wmgpublishinginc.com/project/halloween-spectacula-2021/

Get yourself one or give one or more as a gift or both! If ever we needed to have fun, it’s 2021.

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