Publisher’s Note: Second Chances

So, I lied. Sort of.

Remember back in May when we announced the one-time cover branding workshop I agreed to teach with Dean Wesley Smith? Well, it turns out that I had quite a bit of fun doing it. So, I told Dean I might consider doing another one if he did, too.

Thus, the one-time Branding Fantasy Covers Workshop was created.

You can read all about it on Dean’s blog (here), but like the last workshop I did, this one will fill up very quickly and then go away. I simply don’t have time to do many of these, much as I enjoy them. So, don’t wait.

As you can tell from the title, this one is genre-specific. But what will be fun for me is the diversity of cover design the fantasy genre can represent. Urban fantasy covers look very different from high fantasy, for example.

The fantasy genre has been one of the most dynamic when it comes to cover design. There are many reasons for this, but chief among them has been the influence from visual media and the popularity of shows such as Game of Thrones.

And that’s the trickiest part of cover design: its dynamic nature. Popular trends have great influence on branding. And in today’s world of instantaneous communication, trends are changing faster and faster.

We just need to keep up.

I’m not going to say more about fantasy design at this point—I’m saving that for the workshop. But I will once again share the covers with you once I’ve created them.

So, stay tuned. I’m looking forward to seeing what we come up with.

Publisher’s Note: Unimagined Designs

I never imagined I’d be a sought-after book cover designer. Heck, I never imagined I’d be a book designer, period.

I never considered myself an artist. I’ve never been particularly good at drawing or painting, and when I was growing up, the concept of computer-based graphic design was still science fiction.

Now, I always wanted to work with books. But I thought it would be on the word end of things. And I do. But the art aspect surprised me.

I didn’t discover my talent for design until graduate school, really. And it led to a master’s degree in not just editing but also design.

Now, I get to use that degree every day. It’s pretty awesome.

And in today’s publishing industry, my design skills come in handy. Because things shift a light speed. And that sometimes means redesigning an entire series at once.

And that’s just what I’ve done recently to Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s award-winning Diving series.

We didn’t change the art, of course. That has been brilliantly executed by the amazing artist Philcold, and is perfect for the series. But the typography needed a refresh.

It was a great time for a reboot. Now that we have the rights to the entire series worldwide, we’ve been able to reorganize the series into a more straightforward reading order. Plus, we added a series starter bundle to make starting or sharing the series even easier. Oh, and did I mention we dropped all the paperback book prices?

If you haven’t started this series yet, there’s no better time. It’s stellar.

And don’t forget that I occasionally share my design knowledge in WMG workshops and lectures (like I’m doing the next few weeks in our latest, but now sold-out, workshop). Stop by the website at https://wmgpublishingonline.wordpress.com/ regularly for new offerings, schedules, and signups.

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

Publisher’s Note: Learning through Lectures

Being a mom seems to come with the need for a lot of lectures. I mean, I’m responsible for creating a fully functioning (and hopefully successfully contributing) member of society. And call me crazy, but I’d like her to be a decent, responsible member of said society.

So, I spend a lot of time explaining how things work, how to behave, etc. For example, the other day I had to explain what “blackmailing” is and why we don’t do that to our friends (or anyone, really, if we want to stay out of jail). I also explained that we can’t be blackmailed if we don’t do things we shouldn’t and then lie about it. Sigh. So many lessons, so little time.

That said, she’s a great kid. I just like to get ahead of potentially damaging future behavior.

But lectures aren’t always a mom thing. And sometimes, we even volunteer to listen to them.

In fact, right now, you can elect to get lectured a lot…and for a great price.

Here are the details from bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith’s website:

 

NEW SPECIAL LECTURE SERIES STARTED

I will record six new lectures in May and through June. One new lecture per week in this special series will be added. Each lecture will consist of between 9 and 15 videos.

These are Advanced, Advanced lectures, taking up where the Business Workshop leaves off. The intent of these is to let writers know this stuff even exists when the time comes.

Special Lecture Series is called ADVANCED BUSINESS FOR FICTION WRITERS

— 1…Corporations for Writers…$50.00

— 2…Taxes for Writers…$50.00 

— 3…Movies and Television Negotiations for Writers…$50.00

— 4…Estates and Estate Planning for Writers…$50.00

— 5…Copyright and Control for Writers…$50.00

— 6…IP Valuation Dangers and Possibilities for Writers…$50.00 

SPECIAL PRICE FOR A SHORT TIME ONLY!!

For a week or so only, you can get all six new lectures for $250 subscription or 12 lectures in total for a $400 subscription. (You can bank the extra ones or take any existing lecture.)

All the details and planned new lectures after the business lectures are listed in the post two days ago or under the lecture tab. More detailed descriptions added as the recording starts for each one.

If you want the subscriptions, write Dean Wesley Smith directly at dean at deanwesleysmith dot com with lectures in the subject line. Very short-term offer. After that you can just get them on Teachable for their regular price. 

All the available lectures are on http://wmg-publishing-workshops-and-lectures.teachable.com.

 

But that’s not the only new learning opportunity that is available for a limited time. The next one involves me and my cover design skills. And it’s a workshop instead of a lecture. I will design a cover and help brand a series for a limited number of writers. You can find out more details, including whether there are any slots left (we expect this to sell out fast) on Dean’s website by clicking here.

So, there you have it. If you’re a writer, now’s your chance to get lots of lectures for a great value and an opportunity to get my direct help designing your series book covers. This is not something I do often (in fact, never is the more appropriate word), but I wanted to offer something special this spring, so if you’re interested, sign up now. I probably won’t be able to do this again for a very long time—maybe never.

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

Publisher’s Note: Hop to It and Get Reading

I’ve had a long and exhausting couple of weeks, and I need a little pick-me-up. Sunshine. Cute animals. Something.

Bunnies. Bunnies are cute. Little cotton tails. Adorable twitchy nose. Soft, fuzzy ears.

Sadly, I have no bunnies readily available. But I can talk about a rabbit. BundleRabbit, that is.

(OK, it’s a stretch, but you try writing this blog every week and see how many ways you can lead into book promotion <grin>.)

So, I thought I’d tell you about a couple of new projects WMG has books in on BundleRabbit.

The first is the latest Uncollected Anthology: Spells Gone Awry (hmmm….that could explain a lot about my life lately…). For those of you unfamiliar with the Uncollected Anthology, it’s a collection of urban fantasy short stories written around a theme that you can buy individually. Although now you can also buy them as a bundle on BundleRabbit (which, considering the caliber of authors writing these stories, is a really good thing!).

WMG’s Kristine Kathryn Rusch is a member of Uncollected Anthology, so she has stories in almost every issue. Spells Gone Awry features a story from her amazing Abracadabra Incorporated series. This latest story is called “Disrupt Magic.” Here’s the synopsis:

Pascal protects magical items for Abracadabra Inc. But when he finds his latest job thwarted by disruptive magic, he decides to find its source.

Because Pascal knows how much powerful magic runs through Paris. Old magic. New magic. Wild magic. Dangerous magic, all.

Pascal thinks he knows what he will find when he tracks the magic’s creator. But what he finds might prove only the beginning.

You can buy the story alone here or the full Spells Gone Awry issue here.

Next up is a bundle called The Faerie Summer Bundle, curated by Jamie Ferguson. Twenty stories of faeries and magic set in our world or others. It includes Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s “Flower Fairies.”

Check out this cool video about the bundle.

 

Before I sign off, don’t forget about The Write Stuff Bundle 2017. Fantastic writing books, a free WMG lecture, discounts on writing programs… Great stuff. But it ends May 11.

So, there you have it. Go on, get hopping. Great reading awaits!

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

Publisher’s Note: Calling All Nonhumans

Sometimes, it feels like I’m surrounded by aliens. Or maybe I’m the alien. Either way, sometimes humans make no sense to me at all.

That’s one of the reasons I enjoy animals and babies. They’re nonverbal, and for some reason, that makes them a whole lot easier to understand. Baby crying? Probably hungry, tired or wet. Cat meowing? Probably hungry or seeking attention.

But an adult human crying? Could be anything: joy, sadness, frustration, anger, exasperation…the list goes on.

Humans are complicated.

Which is one of many reasons I find our latest volume of Fiction River so compelling. What a refreshing break from the complexities of humanity.

Here’s the synopsis:

Humans prove great fodder for fiction. But what about the universe of possibilities offered by the nonhuman protagonist? The eighteen daring humans of Fiction River’s latest volume explore just that. From a goblin who must choose whether to risk everything for love to a heroic rat adventuring at sea to sentient underpants (yes, underpants), these nonhuman tales demonstrate why Adventures Fantastic says: “If you haven’t checked out Fiction River yet, you should. There’s something for everyone.”

Table of Contents
“In the Beginnings” by Annie Reed
“At His Heels a Stone” by Lee Allred
“In the Empire of Underpants” by Robert T. Jeschonek
“The Sound of Salvation” by Leslie Claire Walker
“Goblin in Love” by Anthea Sharp
“Slime and Crime” by Michèle Laframboise
“Always Listening” by Louisa Swann
“Here I Will Dance” by Stefon Mears
“Rats at Sea” by Brenda Carre
“Sense and Sentientability” by Lisa Silverthorne
“When a Good Fox Goes to War” by Kim May
“The Game of Time” by Felicia Fredlund
“The Scent of Murder” by Angela Penrose
“Still-Waking Sleep” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“Inhabiting Sweetie” by Dale Hartley Emery
“The Legend of Anlahn” by Eric Kent Edstrom
“Sheath Hopes” by Thea Hutcheson
“We, The Ocean” by Alexandra Brandt

So, whether you’re weary of humanity or merely interesting in exploring a rich diversity on nonhuman characters, No Humans Allowed will prove an entertaining break from reality.

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

Publisher’s Note: Something old, something new, something bundled

My partner, John, and I recently started watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I’ve seen the series before, but this is his first time. It’s so much fun experiencing it again with him, but it’s hard at the same time. I don’t want to give any spoilers.

That joy of introducing a friend or loved one (or even a random stranger) to a beloved series is, I believe, universal, at least for story people like us.

That’s one of the many reasons we started releasing series bundles this year.

And this month, I have two new bundles to tell you about. Another three-book series starter and the first of the WMG Starter Bundles.

But first, the series starter. The Cold Poker Gang Starter Bundle is hard-boiled mystery.

Here’s the synopsis:

If you love puzzle mystery novels, complicated cold cases, and detectives tackling the most twisted crimes, take this opportunity to introduce yourself to USA Today bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith’s Cold Poker Gang.

This starter bundle includes the first three books in the Cold Poker Gang series: Kill Game, Cold Call, and Calling Dead.

The second new bundle this month is the WMG Starter Bundle: Science Fiction.

Here’s the synopsis for that one:

Find your next science fiction adventure from WMG Publishing in this four-book bundle containing the first book in some of the best sf series being written today.

Meet Miles Flint—called one of “the top ten greatest science fiction detectives of all time” by io9—from Hugo Award-winning Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Retrieval Artist series. Gear up for page-turning space adventure in Rusch’s Diving series. Get ready to travel in time to the Old West with USA Today bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith’s Thunder Mountain series. And prepare to unravel the mysteries of the human race in Smith’s Seeders Universe. 

This starter bundle includes: The Disappeared, Diving into the Wreck, Thunder Mountain, and Against Time.

So, whether you want to share a new mystery series with a friend or sample several new science fiction series yourself—or anything in between—these starter bundles are a great way to launch into something new.

Or, like me, rediscover something old in new ways.

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