The code is HolidaySale to get 50% off any workshop or challenge or lecture or Pop-Up.
We are calling it the HolidaySale (code is all one word) because it is starting on Thanksgiving, going over Black Friday, then through Small Business Saturday, and through Cyber Monday to end on Thursday, December 2nd. Just one week with a major US holiday and three major shopping days in that week.
And yes, you can give workshops as gifts. Just write me directly and I will make sure it happens.
And you can get credit for future workshops as well.
All of the December and January regular workshops are up and available, and we have up at least 54 Pop-Up classes.
The challenges of doing a short story per week, a novel every two months, or publishing a major project every month are available in this as well.
Also the best deals are the lifetime workshops. Six new Study Along workshops coming this next year.
So just find whatever class you would like, hit purchase, and then put in the code HolidaySale on the top of the next page to get 50% off the price.
Click here to read more about it or here to go straight to WMG’s Teachable page!
And for our readers, we’re offering 50% off of some of our favorite holiday titles. For the next week, all of the books created from the 2019 and 2020 WMG Holiday Spectaculars are 50% off with this special code:
Thanksgiving has taken on new meaning for me since my brain surgery. Near-death experiences tend to change your perspective.
My experience of American Thanksgiving before the pandemic revolved, like many celebrations do, around food.
I only had one “normal” Thanksgiving after my surgery, which was spent with my husband’s family and a huge buffet of Thanksgiving dishes. In the beforetimes, I enjoyed spending Thanksgiving elsewhere. Growing up, we always traveled for Thanksgiving, so I was never involved in the meal preparation aspect of the holiday. My experience was seeing family I rarely saw otherwise and eating food prepared by others. There’s pretty standard fare at American Thanksgiving: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie…
When we visited my dad’s family (of Spanish heritage), there was also lasagna (which I grew up thinking was a Spanish dish) and Caldo Gallego (which actually is a Spanish dish). When we visited my mom’s family (of Irish heritage), there were lots of interesting vegetable sides (and lots of adult beverages).
So, as an adult, my idea of the perfect Thanksgiving was going somewhere else to eat food made by other people.
But when the pandemic hit (with no signs of ending by the holidays last year), we knew we’d be home. Alone. Just my husband and me (our daughter was with her biological father). So, we reevaluated Thanksgiving dinner. As it turns out, we both craved simplicity. I decided to focus on making a couple of key things from scratch: my mom’s pumpkin pie recipe and my grandmother’s Caldo Gallego. We’re not huge fans of turkey, so we got smoked turkey legs instead that just needed reheating. Stuffing and gravy are musts, but those were easily made from a box and a jar. Mashed potatoes were optional and available on-demand thanks to a package. Per my husband’s request, I also made a simple candied yams recipe (because that’s his memory food).
We enjoyed each other’s company, watched movies, and relaxed. We reflected on the many blessings in our lives. We learned to value the little things—the simple joys.
And thus, a new tradition was born.
That is my preferred celebration of Thanksgiving now—the literal giving of thanks. It’s about gratitude for those simple joys and the many blessings in our lives.
One of the things I’m grateful for is having a job that I love. And I’m grateful for all of our readers who support the books we create.
So, whether you celebrate American Thanksgiving or some other holiday this time of year, thank you for your support. I am truly grateful.
And because the day after American Thanksgiving is when some of us in the States turn our thoughts immediately to Christmas, let me take a moment to remind you that the WMG Holiday Spectacular Calendar of Stories makes a great gift (and actually starts on Thanksgiving Day!)
We had crazy, wild weather here at WMG headquarters last week.
Days of heavy rainfall led to dangerous flooding and even landslides. The Coast Guard was called in to evacuate campers from campgrounds and deployed at least one rescue swimmer—inland!
Fortunately, WMG’s offices are on high ground. As are all of our employees’ homes, although I did have a new water feature in my back yard for a while…
And while I was watching this literal flooding, I was instead thinking of a deluge of a much happier kind. A flood of new releases over the past year by our own Dean Wesley Smith.
Only this massive event was no freak occurrence. It was the result of a lot of planning and hard work by Dean (with a little help from his friends…at WMG).
In 2020, as Dean was approaching his 70th birthday, he set a challenge for himself: To publish 70 major books between his 70th and 71st birthdays. For this challenge, a major book is a novel, a novella, a collection, or any major editing project with Dean’s name on the cover.
And he did it! Here is the jaw-dropping result of the 70@70 Challenge (a total of 1.3 million words).
You can find the entire list of 70@70 releases here.
And you can click here to follow along on Dean’s blog as he spends some time over the next few weeks talking about the segments of the challenge and his thinking on them.
And if you thought that producing 70 new books in one year was impressive, here’s a list of what else Dean was up to over the past year:
• Published 37 short stories standalone worldwide, and another four in other venues.
• Wrote, launched, and ran 6 major Kickstarters.
• Put together and ran 4 StoryBundles.
• Wrote 365 blogs of different types, one per day.
• Taught 84 six-week workshops.
• Recorded and taught 14 nine-week collections workshops.
• Created and recorded 21 Pop-Up writer’s classes.
• Moved two condos full of offices and books into a third.
• Ran a marathon and finished and also participated in 10 5K charity races.
Pretty awesome feat, huh? I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get tired just thinking about Dean’s day!
We have something special in mind to celebrate Dean’s achievement, but I’m not ready to announce it yet. So, stay tuned!
Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer, working mother, and brain tumor survivor.
I registered my daughter for her Covid shots last week, literally the moment the signups opened. She’s 11, so we’ve been waiting desperately for the emergency use authorization as the school year continued on and more of her fellow students dealt with exposure quarantine (or worse, Covid itself) and missed two weeks of school.
This is one of the many reasons Nola is so eager to be vaccinated. Once she has finished her series, she won’t have to quarantine if she’s exposed (unless she becomes symptomatic, and then, well, duh, we would keep her home anyway). And she won’t have to worry so much about bringing Covid home from school to her family or inadvertently giving it to her classmates with diabetes.
For Nola, the vaccine represents freedom from the worst of the pandemic and a protective shield for herself and those she loves. For me, it’s pure relief.
What a long, strange trip it has been.
Even as immersed as I am in the science fiction field, I’ve found the events of the past couple of years surreal.
And I’m not alone. Dean Wesley Smith talks about something similar in his introduction to the latest StoryBundle he has curated: the 2021 Visions of the Future Bundle. Here’s what Dean had to say:
Back almost two years ago, in February 2020, just before the pandemic started, I did a StoryBundle with the title Visions of the Future. Thankfully, nothing about the last two years was in that bundle of great novels and stories. I don’t think many people, including the best science fiction writers, saw any of this coming in the way it did.
So now I get a chance to find writers to look into the future again, only on the downward side of the pandemic. And there is all kinds of science fiction in these books, from galaxy-spanning space opera to generation ships to near future science fiction. And yes, this time even one that looks at a world after pandemics. In my opinion, we need them all. These visions are science fiction in nature, looking out into the possibilities of the future.
You can buy the Calendar of Stories (38 holiday-themed stories to your gift recipients’ inboxes for just $25 each) any time before it launches on Thanksgiving Day and even once the Calendar of Stories is underway—up through New Year’s Day. (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.)
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).
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.
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.