Publisher’s Note: A Decade in the Books!


I reached a milestone over the weekend: 10 years at the helm of WMG. I have a beautiful bouquet of flowers to mark the occasion (Thanks again, Kris and Dean!).

That’s really amazing, when I think about it. When I joined the company, I was the only employee, and it was in the very early stages of a startup. Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith, the owners of WMG, could promise me a year’s salary, but the rest was up to us to make the company a viable endeavor.

And boy, has it grown since then. We had some rough spots in the early years, like all startups do, but we’ve grown every year since the start. We now have about 1,000 titles in our inventory, and our core staff has been on board for five years. Last year alone, we published more than 200 new titles (which is an impressive feat that should not be repeated because of its insanity <grin>).

But our book inventory is not all that has grown exponentially. Our educational offerings, in the form of writing lectures and workshops, has grown exponentially, as well. As of today, we have 224 online workshop and lecture options available on Teachable. Unless I’m wrong, this is the most extensive offering of online writing workshops available anywhere. You can find a wealth of classes taught by Dean, of course, Kris, and me.

And as of today, everything we have available on Teachable is half price! That’s right: all classes, workshops, lectures, pop-ups, subscriptions, challenges…everything!

Just go to https://wmg-publishing-workshops-and-lectures.teachable.com/, hit “See All Courses” and find the course you want.

To receive the discount, click Purchase on the course(s) you want and then on the top of the next page put in the coupon code:

SpringSale

The spring sale will last until 7 p.m. PDT Thursday, April 14.

So don’t wait! WMG’s Teachable is your premier learning resource for writers, by writers.

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: Time and Space


Reading the news these days makes me feel like I’m in some sort of alternate timeline. It’s like the past 40 years never happened and I’m right back to hearing about Russian invasions and nuclear war and World War III.

As a kid growing up in New Jersey, I was doing air raid drills in elementary and middle school much later than many of my peers. New Jersey was home to Bell Labs (now Nokia Bell Labs, but in the ’80s it was Bell Telephone Laboratories until 1984 and then AT&T Bell Laboratories). Bell Labs was considered a major target for a nuclear attack.   

So, every few months, there we were, responding to a sound I’ve never heard associated with any other kind of emergency drill and quickly making our way into the hallways to get on our knees, facing the wall, with our heads down in the junction where wall and floor meet and our hands laced over the backs of our heads. I was told at one point that this was because the anus was the safest orifice for nuclear exposure. I suspect that was bull. In reality it was probably more a physical representation of the metaphorical: bend over and kiss your ass goodbye…

Nothing like an apocalypse drill to make an impression on your school day.

And while we did manage to escape the ’80s without triggering an apocalypse, I’ve been drawn to apocalyptic fiction ever since. And space travel. Because I’ve always figured that if we can conquer space travel—true space travel—we’d be smart enough and united enough as a planet to stop threatening each other with nuclear war. At least one can hope…

Naturally, WMG has a book series that addresses all of that. It’s Dean Wesley Smith’s Seeders Universe series and it’s the subject of our latest Kickstarter, the Rescue Two: A Seeders Universe Kickstarter.

This Kickstarter, in case you haven’t checked it out yet, has really taken off, and we couldn’t be more thrilled.

Since, as of this morning, we’ve already hit eight stretch goals, here’s what you will get with any reward you choose:

Ebooks
A Billion Earths: A Seeders Universe Collection
Life of a Dream: An Earth Protection League Novel
Ball of Confusion: An Earth Protection League Novel
The End Might Be Interesting After All (short story collection)
Time for Cool Madness: A Marble Grant Collection
A Case for Aliens (short story collection)
Playing a Hunch: A Poker Boy Collection
The Big Tom: A Pakhet Jones Short Novel

Writing workshops on Teachable (valued at $150 each)
Pop-Up #70: WORLD BUILDING INSIDE OUR SOLAR SYSTEM
Pop-Up #71: WORLD BUILDING INSIDE OUR LOCAL GALAXY SECTOR
Pop-Up #72: WORLD BUILDING INSIDE OUR FULL GALAXY
Pop-Up #73: WORLD BUILDING ON A COLONY PLANET
Pop-Up #74: WORLD BUILDING IN NEAR FUTURE SCIENCE FICTION
Pop-Up #75: WORLD BUILDING IN FAR FUTURE SCIENCE FICTION
Pop-Up #76: WORLD BUILDING IN HISTORICAL SCIENCE FICTION

That’s a galaxy of great stuff with every reward.

Click here to read more about the Kickstarter. But don’t wait. The Kickstarter ends Thursday.

And if you want another out-of-this-world deal that you can start reading right now, check out the Aliens Among Us StoryBundle, curated by Dean.

This bundle includes three WMG titles—Aliens Among Us: Stories from Pulphouse Magazine, edited by Dean; Alien Influences by Kristine Kathryn Rusch; and a short story collection by Dean called Alien Vibrations—as well as nine other awesome books.

As always with StoryBundle, you name your own price and can choose to stick with the four included books or go all in for the full 12-book bundle. Plus, you can donate to the incredible AbleGamers charity while you’re at it.

You have a little bit longer to get in on this great deal, but only an extra week, so don’t dally.

Click here for more information.

If there is alien life out there, I sure hope it proves to be smarter than we humans seem determined to be these days.

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: A Galaxy of Options


Well, I guess the US Senate reads my blog because they unanimously passed the Sunshine Protection Act last Tuesday. I guess they’re as over the time change as I am.

Once I got over the shock that the US Senate unanimously agreed on anything, I did a happy dance. But I had little time to dwell the news last week, because we launched a new Kickstarter on Thursday!

Our latest Kickstarter is called Rescue Two: A Seeders Universe Kickstarter and it’s already doing spectacularly well. We funded in less than an hour and were designated a Project We Love by Kickstarter in less than a day.

Plus, we’ve already hit the fourth stretch goals.

The Kickstarter is the first and best place to get Dean Wesley Smith’s latest Seeders Universe novel, Rescue Two.

Here’s the synopsis:

In deep space, bubbles of void space form to keep a balance between matter, space, and time. Inside these bubbles, time barely exists. Five days for a ship trapped in a bubble might be equal to millions of years in real time.

For seven million years, Seeders did not know these bubbles existed and ships kept just vanishing until Chairman Evan West discovered the Void Space Bubbles and learned how to free trapped ships.

Now Chairman West, his wife Tammy and the thirty-five-thousand crew of the Rescue Two must find and free the ancient Seeder ships.

A galaxy-spanning rescue mission like no other before it.

We’ve got lots of cool rewards, including, of course, the new novel, plus the first-ever Seeders hardcovers and two Kickstarter-exclusive writing workhops (Writing Idea Fiction and Writing about Time). And for every additional $2,000 the Kickstarter earns, more stretch rewards add on to your haul, including fantastic ebooks and valuable pop-up workshops.

We’ve also rebranded the series with amazing art exclusively created for the Seeders novels by the incredibly talented Philippe Frias (aka Philcold).

I could tell you more about it, but you really should just click here to watch the video, read the story, and check out the rewards.

And while, thanks to Brandon Sanderson’s wildly successful (and deservedly so) Kickstarter, the traditional publishing world just discovered Kickstarters as a way to get books to readers, our readers already knew that was old news. We’ve been doing it for years.

And why? Because it’s a really cool way to get books into readers’ hands early and generate excitement about a project with lots of great stretch goals and other features that you can’t employ through traditional means.

Kickstarter may love our projects, but we also love Kickstarter and our Kickstarter supporters!

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: Changing with the Times


I’m grumpier than usual about Daylight Saving Time this year. Maybe it’s just because this has been a hard year, and I’m tired, so I’m just grumpier than usual in general. But I’ve been getting increasingly annoyed by this twice-yearly time change for a while now.

It didn’t used to bother me much. Oh sure, it was really annoying when I was a kid and it got dark at like 4 p.m. (I lived in New Jersey), so if I had to take either of the late busses home from school because of after-school extracurriculars, I had to walk home from the bus stop in the dark. And I’ve always resented losing that hour of sleep every spring.

But mostly, it was a blip. Now, however, I find it increasingly annoying because the more I’ve learned about it over the years, the more I realize this is a legacy system we should have jettisoned years ago, but momentum (and lobbying) carries us ever forward.

For an interesting read on the history of Daylight Saving Time, click here.

Now, I’m not going to comment on the politics of Daylight Saving Time. I don’t care if we switch to Standard time permanently or Daylight time permanently or split the difference. The trick is permanent! Stop moving my clock around.

I know, I know, first-world problems. And I recognize the irony of wanting a change to stop the clock from changing.

See, I’m not opposed to change. Not at all. A lot of things need to change. Change can be a powerful force for good. But once a pattern is set, we as humans can have a hard time making those needed changes.

Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes about historical precedent and the human resistance to changing it quite often. Her latest story on that topic, “Alien Ball,” is available free this week on her website.

Here’s the synopsis:

Frank loves basketball. His long career covering basketball puts him in high demand. His purist views on the game well-known.

So, when the Ashtenga seek to form an Ashtenga/Human League for basketball, the Interglobal Sports Network wants Frank to give voice to the anti-alien point of view.

Everyone, including Frank, thinks they know what point he will argue.

But what Frank discovers might change his views…on everything.

Chosen as an Asimov’s Readers Choice Award finalist, “Alien Ball” looks at the history (and future) of basketball from a fresh new perspective.

Click here to read this story as part of Kris’ Free Fiction this week. You can also buy the story for future reading here.

One thing that will never change is the power of great fiction.

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: Every Day’s a Holiday at WMG


Have you heard about WMG’s latest project?

The Every Day’s a Holiday at WMG newsletter offers specially curated ebooks and discounts only for subscribers! For your $5 a month subscription you get a story or collection (and even the occasional novel) every week that relates to an unusual and fun national holiday.

So, I thought I’d offer a sneak peek at what we have coming up for this week so you can see what it’s all about.

Wednesday, March 9, is National Get Over It Day. There’s so much we need to get over these days that this holiday seems more apropos than ever.

But to narrow our focus, I chose to offer products that speak to moving past an obstacle.

I’ll start with the book we’ve included in this week’s newsletter: The Poker Chip by Dean Wesley Smith, the first book in Dean’s Ghost of a Chance series.

Here’s the synopsis:

Starting into a brand-new series, USA Today bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith asks a simple question: What happens if ghosts can fight crime and bad guys?

Just fifteen minutes after Dr. Jewel Kelly meets Deputy Sheriff Tommy Ralston, they both die. They simply become ghosts, hanging around their own death scene in the mountains of Montana, waiting for something to happen. But even as ghosts they find each other really attractive.

In life, they both worked to help people. It seems that in the afterlife, their job continues.

The strangest crime-fighting ghost duo ever. And the sexiest.

Talk about needing to get over something. Embracing a new life after death definitely fits that bill.

Dean’s Ghost of a Chance series is definitely out-of-the-box creative. And he couldn’t have written it if he suffered from some of the issues writers routinely face that can prevent them from coming up with great stories.

So, to help with that, we’re offering 50% off of a WMG lecture and workshop on Teachable that can help writers overcome such problems.

The workshop, #9 Pop-Up…The Author Problem, teaches writers how to get out of their own way in publishing.

The lecture, Writer’s Block and Procrastination, offers eight videos by prolific writer Dean Wesley Smith to help writers get moving with their writing.

Every week brings a new holiday and new books and discounts, so be sure to check it out. At only $5 per month, it’s a great deal!

So, don’t procrastinate. Get on over and subscribe here.

Because Every Day’s a Holiday here at WMG, and we want to celebrate them with you!

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: Finding Solace in Fiction


My blog last week was eerily timely. Truman slipped away at home with me by his side in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

I was right: It has been beyond brutal.

As such, I’m not much of a conversationalist right now. But the world keeps spinning and with each revolution comes the potential for new worlds to get lost in when living in one’s own is far too painful.

Ironically, the first project I have to tell you about has an orange tabby on the cover, so Truman certainly would have encouraged you to read it, having been a beautiful medium-haired orange tabby himself.

Smith’s Monthly #58 published last week, and it features a brand-new short novel all about cats. Here’s the synopsis:

This 58th issue of Smith’s Monthly contains more than fifty thousand words of original fiction from USA Today bestselling writer Dean Wesley Smith, including a new short novel, Big Eyes, in his Pakhet Jones series about the superhero for cats, and four new short stories from some of his most popular series: Marble Grant, Bryant Street, Sky Tate, and Thunder Mountain.

Also included is The Case of Pilgrim Hugh: Five Strange Detective Short Stories, from Dean’s series about the always weird cases that private detective Pilgrim Hugh takes on.

Settle in for some great reading!

You can read more about the latest issue of Smith’s Monthly here. And you can subscribe to the series here.

Pulphouse Fiction Magazine: Issue #16 also published last week. Cats prowl its pages, too, in places.

Here’s the synopsis:

A three-time Hugo Award nominated magazine, this issue of Pulphouse Fiction Magazine offers up nineteen 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:
“For All Your Head Needs” by Rob Vagle
“Jingle, Waddle, Hop…Penguin Style” by Louisa Swann
“Just a Old Lady” by O’Neil De Noux
“A Fool and His Money” by Jerry Oltion
“An Uncommon Tern of Events” by Johanna Rothman
“Over The River” by Ray Vukcevich
“To the Grave” by Brigid Collins
“Quiet Voices” by Chrissy Wissler
“Daffodils Full of Tears” by C.H. Hung
“Collision” by Sebastien de Castell
“Ways of Counting” by Jim Gotaas
“For the Captain, my Captain, Again and Again” by Stephannie Tallent
“The Root Canal Tango” by Robert J. McCarter
“To Rescue My Best Friend” by Kent Patterson
“Advisors at Naptime” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“Snowman’s Chance in Hell” by Robert Jeschonek
“Homeless” by Annie Reed
“The Steam-Man’s Plantation” by J. Steven York

You can read more about the latest issue of Pulphouse here. And you can subscribe to the magazine here.

Before I go, a quick shout out in gratitude to authors David H. Hendrickson (you read it, right?) and Johanna Rothman (I love a good pun) for making me smile with their story titles.

I needed that.

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