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Founded in 2010, WMG Publishing, Inc. is located in Lincoln City, OR. The company publishes more than 700 fiction and nonfiction titles in trade paperback, ebook and audiobook formats. In 2013, the company launched Fiction River: An Original Anthology Magazine, which publishes six volumes a year containing short fiction from New York Times bestsellers to debut authors. In 2018, the company relaunched Pulphouse Fiction Magazine, a quarterly publication containing short fiction from New York Times bestsellers to debut authors. WMG Publishing, Inc. is also an industry leader in the cutting edge of independent publishing, offering online lectures and workshops as well as in-person workshops in Las Vegas. For more information about WMG learning opportunities, go to www.wmgworkshops.comFor more information about the company, go to www.wmgpublishinginc.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Publisher’s Note: I can finally say it: Happy Holidays!


Okay. It’s official. The Christmas season has begun!

Our tree is up, our lights are strung, our house is decorated, and the holiday music and movies are streaming!

I love the Christmas holidays, as you might have gathered.

My daughter is very excited, too. And we haven’t even started the advent calendars yet. This year we have three: our annual Jacquie Lawson electronic advent calendar, an Escape Advent Calendar (which I supported via Kickstarter), and one I do myself (little drawers that I fill with different things year after year).

As you can see, we love advent calendars here at WMG. That’s why we came up with the WMG Holiday Spectacular 2022 Calendar of Stories. Because there was nothing like an advent calendar for fiction on the market.

Of course, our stories cover all sorts of holidays and span the genres. And you get to open them every day from American Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day.

That’s why we call it a Calendar of Stories. Advent calendars inspired the idea, but ours is so much more.

And it’s not too late to get in on the fun. You have until Sunday, Dec. 18, to give it as a Christmas or Hanukkah gift and have the recipient get sent all the stories they’ve missed, plus start getting new ones every day, on Monday, Dec. 19. You have until Sunday, Dec. 25, to make it in time for Kwanzaa.

You can still sign up for the calendar after that, too, if you realize you missed someone on your list or just didn’t have time to read until after the holidays.

Just click here to go to the Calendar of Stories page on our website and find out all the details.

Happy Holidays to one and all!

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: With Gratitude


I was talking with a friend recently about vision issues, and I was trying to articulate what it’s like to have lived for as long as I can practically remember with extreme nearsightedness. I’ve needed a correction of more than -10 diopters for my entire adult life, and I was at greater than -3 by middle school. For those of you who are mercifully not nearsighted, -3 diopters of nearsightedness puts you at about 20/400 vision (unable to see even the big E on the top of the chart).

I’m currently at a correction of -15 diopters, which puts my vision at about 20/2,000. But that’s not really accurate, either, because who can see 2,000 feet away?

What’s really relevant here is that I haven’t truly seen the world since I was 8. I mostly see it. But not what it really looks like. 

Here’s the best way I can describe it: Think about being inside your house and looking at your yard through the window. Maybe you see trees, grass, flowers, birds. You can see the green of the grass, the individual blades. But then, you open the window and look again. Same trees, grass, flowers, birds, but everything is brighter and sharper. You see the variation in the green, the definition of the blades of grass.

My whole life has been looking at things through glass. Either glasses or contact lenses. Without aid, I can only see between .5 and 1.5 inches in front of my face. And what I do see is magnified. So, I have a vague sense of what I’m missing, but not a clear one (yes, I realize the pun I used there).

On the plus side, I’m a master splinter remover. That comes in handy more than you might think.

But it’s strange to never see the world as it truly is. It’s sometimes disorienting and exhausting. However, I’m grateful for the sight I do have. And I’m grateful for the technology that corrects my vision as much as it does and will someday allow me to see clearly again (my ophthalmologist says cataract surgery will be life-changing for me, so I will be grateful to one day get cataracts, too).

I have a friend who is hearing impaired (since birth) and is now also going blind. Yet, she’s one of the sweetest, kindest, most positive people I know. She could absolutely feel angry and frustrated all the time at the cards life has dealt her. And sometimes she does, but she doesn’t let those feelings consume her. She acknowledges them and then thinks about her loving husband, great kids, supportive friends. She’s the living embodiment of why it’s so important to focus not on what you don’t have but instead on what you do.

With American Thanksgiving approaching, now is the perfect time to focus on what we’re grateful for.

One of those things, for me, is always working in a field that I love. Fiction is a great way to escape what troubles us in the real world, and during challenging times, I’m very grateful for that.

And I’m grateful for the readers, like you, who support our fiction.

So, with my gratitude, I’m giving you a free short story this week to celebrate this time of Thanksgiving. It’s one of my favorites.

Click here to download “Pudgygate” for free.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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 Free Trip to the Old West


I promised last month that I’d tell you about another of our free first-in-series ebooks in November, and that time is now!

Dean Wesley Smith’s Thunder Mountain series deftly blends together science fiction and time travel with the old west, and even throws in a little romance, to boot.

Here’s the synopsis for the first book in the series, the eponymous novel Thunder Mountain:

USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith weaves a science fiction tale of love and survival of two modern professors dealing with the past.

Offered a free trip into a remote Idaho wilderness that she loves and studies, Professor Dawn Edwards agrees. On the trip she meets Professor Madison Rogers, and they fall for each other before they even reach their destination.

But living in the Old West proves to be a brutal task.

A science fiction novel of new times in the old west by one of the best and most prolific writers working in fiction today.

Click here to get the ebook for free now.

And while we’re talking about free books, don’t forget that we’ve put the WMG Holiday Spectacular 2022 Calendar of Stories on a Buy One Get One Free sale for all of your holiday gifting.

Just click here to go to the Calendar of Stories page on our website and add two calendars for the price of one. Or get four for the price of two. Or…well, you get the idea. There’s no limit to how many BOGO deals you can get, so add as many calendars as you want.

Happy reading to one and all!

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: BOGO for the Holidays!


It might still be a couple of weeks until Thanksgiving, but I’m already feeling gratitude. Our WMG Holiday Spectacular 2022 Kickstarter was a great success, with more backers than ever before. Thank you so much to all of our supporters.

If you missed the Kickstarter but just realized that the Calendar of Stories makes great gifts, I understand. Maybe you were in a candy-induced sugar coma. Or maybe you just can’t bear the thought of starting your holiday shopping until after Halloween. Or maybe you were just waiting for a different kind of deal.

Regardless of the reason, we’ve got you covered. Because starting today and running up to Thanksgiving, we’ve put the WMG Holiday Spectacular 2022 Calendar of Stories on a Buy One Get One sale for all of your holiday gifting.

Just click here to go to the Calendar of Stories page on our website and add two calendars for the price of one. Or get four for the price of two.

And so on. I’ll let you do the math from there. There’s no limit to how many BOGO deals you can get, so add as many calendars as you want.

You can read all about the calendar on that page, too, including instructions on how to tell us who to send the gifts to.

One gift to rule them all. 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.

Free Fiction Monday: All Treats, No Tricks


Happy Halloween!

Although the ghosts and bats and skeletons and spiders decorating my house will get packed up tomorrow, the pumpkins will be with us for a while longer. Those hang around until the day after Thanksgiving, when I can finally decorate for Christmas!

Not that I’m not enjoying the fall holidays. I love them. But Christmas is my favorite holiday season of the year.

That’s one of the reasons I love our annual WMG Holiday Spectacular!

We’re in the final days of the WMG Holiday Spectacular 2022 Calendar of Stories, which is edited by the amazing Kristine Kathryn Rusch and gives readers 39 stories over 39 days, from American Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day.

We’ve hit four stretch goals so far, which means anyone supporting the project at the $25 level or higher gets the following bonus treats:

Stories

  • “Christopher’s Crummy Christmas” by Kris
  • “The Last Christmas Letter” by Kris
  • “Sprinkle on a Memory” by Dean Wesley Smith
  • “The Taste of Miracles” by Kris

Workshops

  • Writing Class Bundle #1: How to Write a Short Story lecture & Short Story Strategies Pop-Up #57
  • Writing Class Bundle #2: Think Like a Science Fiction Writer lecture & Writing Science Fiction classic workshop

We’ve got lots more great stretch goal rewards, too, so keep spreading the word. (And a huge thank you to those who already have backed the project!)

We have so many great rewards and gift options available, it’s the best holiday one-stop-shopping ever created for readers and writers.

Click here to learn more. But don’t wait! The Kickstarter ends Thursday.

No tricks here. Only treats.

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: Gift-Giving Season is in Full Swing


My daughter’s seventh-grade year is in full swing. She just wrapped up her volleyball season. And we’ve just completed the fall parent/teacher conferences (all six of them).

During our conference with her Advanced English Language Arts teacher, we got to read a poem she wrote in class, which was inspired by the jazz poetry of Langston Hughes, whom they studied. The students had to choose five random words from one of his poems and create a whole new piece.

I have to say, I was stunned at her result. I guess I shouldn’t have been, but I was. Her natural gifts never cease to amaze me.

Looks like I’ll have one more writer to work with in the future.

But for now, my attention is focused on the writers of our annual Holiday Spectacular.

Much like my daughter’s school year, the WMG Holiday Spectacular 2022 Calendar of Stories, which gives readers 39 days of something to look forward to, is also in full swing.

We funded within an hour, hit our first stretch goal in a day and have since hit more stretch goals and been named a “Project We Love” by Kickstarter.

Edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and featuring stories by more than thirty professional writers, the Calendar of Stories makes a great gift all by itself.

But you can get so much more with this Kickstarter!

For readers, we have gift packs of this year’s holiday calendar, bundles of holiday collections, and variety packs of holiday books. Plus, we have all of the past anthologies, calendar compilations, and the upcoming anthologies available for purchase.

For writers, we have two special Kickstarter-exclusive workshops (How to Write a Hardboiled Holiday Story and How to Write a Secrets Holiday Story) as well as discounts on workshop bundles and even lifetime discounts.

The Calendar of Stories comes with every reward, so no matter what you choose, you have 39 days of holiday short stories to look forward to: for yourself or as a gift.

Click here to learn more.

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: The Calendar of Stories Returns!


This fall feels different. The world is in motion again, with all the distraction and worry that comes with it.

So, with that semblance of normalcy in mind, I’m getting settled into my holiday routines.

I’ve already started my holiday shopping. And you can, too, with this year’s WMG Holiday Spectacular 2022 Kickstarter, which launches on Tuesday, Oct. 18, and features our annual Calendar of Stories.

With the WMG Holiday Spectacular 2022 Calendar of Stories, you’ve got 39 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 24, 2022, through January 1, 2023, plus an ebook compilation of all the stories and introductions, in order, when it’s released in July 2023.

These stories, which range from sweet romance to dark crime, will also be released in anthology form in the fall of 2023 in three books: Candy Cane Kisses, Crooked Little Christmas, and Time Travel Holidays, 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 got Kickstarter-exclusive workshops, as well.

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

And that’s just a sample of the reward levels, which also include gift options (for easy gift-giving), paperback editions, and so much more.

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.

I wish you a very 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: Bring on the Holidays!


Last week felt like Christmas in my house.

We’ve been redecorating our house (after spending so much more time in it during the pandemic), and after painting, the second-biggest change we made was to order two large pieces of furniture: an entryway organization unit and a media center.

I ordered them in February, and because of the massive supply chain disruptions, they just arrived last week. But they’re here!

It’s amazing what a difference the right furniture makes. We have one long windowless wall on our main floor that stretches from the front door to the back deck, and I’ve long struggled with the best way to use that space while also providing separation for the living and dining areas.

The space finally feels finished. It only took me 16 years <grin>. What a wonderful gift.

It felt like Christmas at the office, too, but for a totally different reason. The three anthologies from the 2021 WMG Holiday Spectacular published last week and we’re so getting in the holiday mood!

Here are the three volumes you can read right now:

A Weird Holiday Season

Forget run-of-the-mill holiday stories. In this cleverly creative WMG Holiday Spectacular anthology, award-winning editor Kristine Kathryn Rusch offers a carefully curated collection of unexpected holiday stories to add a delightful twist to the season.

From completely fictional holidays to holidays celebrated in the strangest of places to off-the-wall twists on familiar traditions (pooping Nativity figures, anyone?), this volume will put a smile on your face as it transports you in the weirdest and most delightful ways.

Join eleven of the best writers in the business as they present their take on A Weird Holiday Season.

Includes:
“The Case of The Disappearing Gingerbread City” by R.W. Wallace
“Project Management Miracle” by Johanna Rothman
“The Light Man” by Ron Collins
“The Pooping Knight’s Playbook” by Robert Jeschonek
“Thunder Angel” by Kate Pavelle
“Dong Zhi and the Last Huli Jing” by Julia Vee
“A Hollow Earth Thanksgiving” by Robert J. McCarter
“Sometimes Strange Magic Casts the Best Spell” by Kari Kilgore
“Beast Feast” by Meyari McFarland
“Five Days of Chickenmas” by Brenda Carre
“Gone Gnomin’” by Jessi Hammond

Cold-Blooded Christmas

Scrooges unite! In this crime-filled WMG Holiday Spectacular anthology, award-winning editor Kristine Kathryn Rusch offers a darker and more disturbing take on holiday stories to add a bit of mischief and mayhem to the season.

From characters fighting corruption to facing moral dilemmas to conducting criminal investigations, this volume offers a refreshing change to the usual holiday fare for those with a bit of darkness in their hearts.

Join David H. Hendrickson, Annie Reed and nine other spectacular writers as they offer a more mysterious side of the holidays with Cold-Blooded Christmas.

Includes:
“Goodness and Mercy Shall Follow” by Tonya D. Price
“A Black Winter’s Night” by Chrissy Wissler
“On A Cold Winter’s Night” by Cate Martin
“On The Feast of St. Stephen” by Patricia Duffy Novak
“The Perfect Christmas” by Lauren Lang
“Evergreen & Crimson” by Lisa Silverthorne
“Maccabees” by Carolyn Ivy Stein
“Negative Spaces” by Annie Reed
“Santa’s Shrinkage” by David H. Hendrickson
“The Lost Gravy Boat” by Meyari McFarland
“Consigned in Peppermint” by Lisa Silverthorne
“Presents for Kitten” by Jessi Hammond

Mistletoe Moments

Romance and holidays go hand-in-hand. In this year’s sweetest WMG Holiday Spectacular anthology, award-winning editor Kristine Kathryn Rusch offers a lovely collection of romantic holiday stories to add a bit more heart to the season.

From traditional Regency and romantic suspense stories to a diverse set of characters who find love and romance in the usual—and some unusual—places, this volume offers eleven heart-warming tales filled with love and joy.

Join Anthea Lawson, Dayle A. Dermatis and nine other wonderful writers as they present a host of holiday happy endings in Mistletoe Moments.

Includes:
“How It Started” by Irette Y. Patterson
“A Different Christmas Experience” by Chrissy Wissler
“Stolen Kisses” by Carolyn Ivy Stein
“French Armoire” by Brenda Carre
“Chicken Chuck & the Congo Connection” by Patricia Duffy Novak
“The Christmas Haters’ Ball” by Robert Jeschonek
“The Plunge” by Daphne Crowe
“A Pinewood Valley Homecoming” by Kelly Washington
“In The Deep Dark Forest on Solstice Night” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“Mr. Bear” by Jessi Hammond
“Holly and The Viscount” by Anthea Lawson

To find out more information about these three new holiday anthologies (and the rest of the holiday anthology collection from previous years), click here. You can also sign up for the WMG Holiday Spectacular 2022 Calendar of Stories here.

But you might want to hold off on that last for a bit. We’ll be launching the WMG Holiday Spectacular 2022 Kickstarter very soon, so stay tuned for more information on that.

It’s the perfect time to start getting a jump on the winter 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: What a Mystery!


Did you know that we have several first-in-series ebooks available for free? One of those is Kill Game, the first novel in USA Today bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith’s Cold Poker Gang series.

If you love puzzle mystery novels, complicated cold cases, and detectives tackling the most twisted crimes, you’ll want to take this opportunity to introduce yourself to USA Today bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith’s Cold Poker Gang. Smith takes you into the world of his acclaimed novel Dead Money with a series focused around a group of retired Las Vegas detectives playing poker and solving cold cases.

Here’s the synopsis:

Retired Detective Bayard Lott hosts the weekly poker games at his home. The group calls themselves the Cold Poker Gang. And they succeed at closing old cases.

Lott’s very first homicide case as a brand-new detective had gone cold more than twenty years earlier. But retired Reno detective Julia Rogers, new to the Cold Poker Gang, suggests they look at that case again for personal reasons.

From that simple suggestion spins one of the strangest and most complicated murder mystery puzzles the gang has ever seen.

Click here to get the ebook now.

And watch this blog for more news on free first-in-series ebooks. I’ll highlight another one next month.

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: Heading into Fall


Fall arrives this week, and our busiest season is already in full swing!

Our Kickstarter for Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s new Fey novel ended last week, and we’re so grateful to all of the backers. What a fantastic showing of support for the first new Fey novel in 22 years!

If you missed the Kickstarter, but still want to get the book, never fear. The book publishes wide in February, and the ebook is already available for preorder here.

Speaking of Kickstarters, this week you can read a story set in another of Kris’ popular series—the Diving series—that WMG previously has only offered as a stretch goal reward during the 2021 Diving Kickstarter. And the story is free, this week only!

“Hunches” offers the backstory on Balázs Jicha, whom we first met in the Diving novel Thieves. Here’s the synopsis:

The Fleet designed the new SC-Class ships with an impenetrable bridge. The most protected spot on the ship. Right in the center.

So, when Lieutenant Balázs Jicha realizes the bridge of the Izlovchi now opens to space, he fights to remember what happened. And what to do next.

Jicha always follows his hunches. Now, he must rely on those hunches to help him save his ship.

A pulse-pounding addition to Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s award-winning Diving Series, “Hunches” offers key insights into one of the series’ newer characters.

You can read the story here for free this week on Kris’ website, as part of her weekly Free Fiction. Or you can order the book here.

Finally, it’s time for the monthly WMG Teachable sale. You can read all about this month’s sale, including our new offerings, on Dean Wesley Smith’s blog by clicking here.

What a great time to fall back into reading, writing and learning!

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