Publisher’s Note: Great Deals Abound this November

We’re solidly into November, a month that’s proving to be one of the busiest times of the year for us. We have books available in three separate Storybundles this week, and I have new news about the WMG Holiday Spectacular 2019 to tell you about.

First, the latest Storybundle: The Historical Mystery Bundle. Curated by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, this new bundle features three WMG books—Fiction River: Past Crime, edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch; Stone Cribs: A Smokey Dalton Mystery by Kris Nelscott; and The Idanha Hotel: A Thunder Mountain Novel by Dean Wesley Smith.

You’ll also recognize a number of the other authors with books in this bundle from the pages of Fiction River and Pulphouse Fiction Magazine.

Here’s what Kris has to say about this bundle:

Most people misunderstand the mystery genre. They expect Agatha Christie type stories—you know, bodies in the library and implausible murders and lots of puzzles. And while that is a form of mystery (cozy), it is not the entire genre.

Really, if we were going to name the genre correctly, we would call it the crime genre. But if we do that, then readers expect true crime, which is a nonfiction genre.

So we’re stuck with the inadequate word “mystery” when we mean “crime.” At least the word “historical” works for us. Although it covers a broad scope. At least in this bundle.

Click here to read much more about the bundle.

And while you’re on the Storybundle website, be sure to check out the other bundles with WMG books on offer there if you haven’t already: The Saving the World Bundle, which ends this week, and The 2019 NaNoWriMo Writing Tools Bundle, which runs until late November.

And now that news about the WMG Holiday Spectacular 2019. If you missed the Kickstarter for this project (or realized you want to order more to fill out your gift list), you’re in luck! WMG is now selling the WMG Holiday Spectacular 2019—which includes a holiday story per day sent to you automatically for 35 days, from November 28 to January 1—on our website for $25. Your purchase includes the Calendar of Stories, which includes a holiday story per day sent to you automatically for 35 days from November 28 to January 1, as well as the WMG Holiday Spectacular 2019 ebook compilation, which includes all 35 stories and introductions in one volume and will be released in July.

Click here for more information about this gift that will last throughout the holiday season.

So many great deals! What a wonderful time of the year.

Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer.

Publisher’s Note: All Bundled Up for NaNoWriMo

After spending a wonderful long weekend in Las Vegas teaching and learning from the fabulous folks at the 2019 Business Master Class, I returned to Oregon last week to true (as I think of it) fall weather. Crisp, cool, sunny, and dry. Jersey fall. I love it! I’ve even broken out my down vest in celebration.

And now that I’m bundled up, and November has arrived, I’m also thinking of NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, and the latest NaNoWriMo Storybundle Kevin J. Anderson has curated to help you writers out there make the most of this month.

WMG has two useful tools in this informative 15-product bundle: How to Make Money by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch and the Stages of a Fiction Writer lecture by USA Today bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith.

How to Make Money is a useful book for any freelancer (and is also part of Kris’ soup-to-nuts Freelancer’s Survival Guide). And the Stages of a Fiction Writer lecture (a $50 value) is a great introduction to the WMG Online Lectures!

Here are a few words about the full 2019 NaNoWriMo Writing Tools Bundle from Kevin:

It’s that time of year, NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month…and it’s time to get ready for your writer’s journey. I’ve gathered another big grab bag of inspirational and informative books on various aspects of writing, publishing, and career building. This year’s NaNoWriMo Writing Tools StoryBundle has 13 books and one video lecture, something for writers at all stages of their craft. Plus, you get a code for 50% off Jutoh and 75% off Jutoh Plus, a tool for formatting and creating your own ebooks!

Click here to read much more about the bundle.

Happy writing!

Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer.

Publisher’s Note: A Storm’s a Comin’

Winter has arrived here on the Oregon Coast in a rather tumultuous fashion. Wait, what happened to fall, you ask? Well, it was very short-lived.

Summer stretched into early October, and fall finally arrived a couple of weeks ago. But just as the leaves were peaking in the Willamette Valley with fall color, we’ve been blasted with a series of winter-like storms (which here means cold, driving rain).

So, yeah, winter.

Now, the leaves are gone, the rain gear is out, the days are darkening, and we’re hunkering down for a long winter’s nap.

And because I have a lot to be thankful for this year (my most recent MRI prompted my neurosurgeon to say that my brain is “healing beautifully,” for example), I’m going all in on holiday prep.

In fact, I’ve already started my Christmas shopping, and my husband and I have already been scouting out the holiday decorations we might want to add to our outdoor display this year.

And if you, too, are already thinking about the holidays, here’s your final reminder about the WMG Holiday Spectacular 2019 Kickstarter, which ends at 4:14 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23.

We’ve reached our first stretch goal and are approaching our second. That means that everyone who pledges $5 or more also gets Santa and Other Christmas Criminals by Kristine Kathryn Rusch for sure and will get Fiction River: Christmas Ghosts, edited by Kristine Grayson, if we reach our second goal.

Click here to learn more.

It’s practically raining holiday reading fun. Be sure to get in on the deluge while you can.

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: Anything but Haunted this Halloween

Last weekend, my family and I got our Halloween on. Every year, we go pumpkin picking and hay riding and start decorating for this spookiest of seasons. And this year, we’re adding a new level to our Halloween celebrations.

On October 1, I began my term as president of the Kiwanis Club of Lincoln City, and my first official act was to bring about a board vote to take on sponsorship of a local Halloween event that is very special to me and very important to our community.

This event began in 2008 when the late Kip Ward started hosting The Haunted Hotel at the Historic Anchor Inn. The early years were held at the hotel and featured events for the very young as well as those more inclined to the spooky side of the Halloween Street.

When the event outgrew the hotel, it was renamed the Spooky Spectacular and moved to Taft Elementary School. Last year saw the biggest turnout yet.

I was involved in the inception of the event, and when Nola was born, it was where she spent her first Halloween. We have gone every year since (except for the one year we were in Eugene).   

As long-time readers of this blog (or any writer who has attended one of our past Lincoln City workshops) know, Kip was like family to me and a very close friend of Dean and Kris. His sudden death in February 2018 was a shock and a blow to many. We miss him very, very much.

To be able to start my Kiwanis presidency by honoring Kip… Well, let’s just say I know he’ll be with me in spirit.

It’s also one more reminder that life is short, and we must spend as much quality time with our loved ones as we can—while we can.

This was the inspiration behind one of my favorite rewards in the WMG Holiday Spectacular 2019 Kickstarter. Those who pledge this reward (at $60 or more) can share the joy of reading the 35 calendar holiday stories with two friends. It’s a great way to celebrate the season together, especially if your friends don’t live nearby. Click here to learn more.

Friends, fun, holidays. All of these things remind me of Kip (with whom I spent many wonderful holidays). And you can bet I’m going to be sure to enjoy this holiday season with my family and friends as I help keep Kip’s memory alive.

I know he’ll be with me in spirit.

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: WMG Holiday Spectacular 2019 Launches on Kickstarter!

Several years ago, Kristine Kathryn Rusch sent me an online Christmas advent calendar to share with my daughter, Nola. That one thoughtful gift has turned into a much-anticipated family tradition, in which Nola, my husband, John, and I eagerly check into that calendar each day to see what new and wonderful surprise awaits us.

It’s not a religious thing. It’s a magical Christmas calendar that helps us count down the days until Santa’s visit with games, computer crafts, fun scenes, and more. It’s lovely. I hope Kris knows just how very special it is to us.

I, in turn, started sending it as gifts to friends and family. Just as Kris discovered it when a friend sent it to her as a gift. That is the magic of the holiday season, to me.

So, when Kris proposed the idea of a holiday project that would be a Calendar of Stories, the staff here at WMG jumped at the idea. After a year in development, the project has launched on Kickstarter as the WMG Holiday Spectacular 2019!

Backers of this project at the $15 level and higher will get an original holiday story delivered to their inbox every day from November 28, 2019, through January 1, 2020. That’s 35 total. The stories, which range from magical romance to dark crime, will be released in anthology form in the fall of 2020 in three books: Joyous Christmas, Winter Holidays, and Bloody Christmas.

Plus, all backers at the $5 level and higher will receive an electronic copy of Kristine Grayson’s new Santa Series novel, Tidings of Comfort and Joy.

And that’s just the start of the reward levels, which also include gift options (for easy gift-giving), paperback editions, workshop credits, and a brand-new holiday-themed Kickstarter-exclusive workshop.

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

What a great way to get into the holiday spirit and start checking off your gift list (for yourself as well as others).

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