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Publisher’s Note: A Blast from the Past

Publisher’s Note: A Blast from the Past

The year 1991 was a very important year for me. It’s the year I graduated from high school. It’s the year I started college. It’s the year I turned 18. Really, it’s the year I became an adult.

It was an important year in US history, too. The Cold War ended. The first Gulf War began. We watched a videotape of LAPD officers beating Rodney King, and police brutality became a national discussion topic.

And in the publishing industry, a publication called Pulphouse: A Fiction Magazine, edited by Dean Wesley Smith, was launched.

Now, 26 years later, I’ve found myself reconnecting with classmates I haven’t talked to since high school and college. Topics such as the Cold War, the Gulf War, and police brutality continue to make the news. And Pulphouse Fiction Magazine will soon return to print.

And although time changes all things, many aspects of Pulphouse will remain. Dean remains editor, so the tone of the magazine will remain very similar to its original incarnation. And Kristine Kathryn Rusch, who edited Pulphouse: The Hardback Magazine, is tied to this new project, too.

Despite the fact that WMG didn’t exist during the magazine’s first run, we will honor all unfulfilled Pulphouse subscriptions with either a four-volume ebook subscription (no need to figure out how many issues you had left…you’ll automatically get a full year) or a lifetime ebook subscription (for lifetime subscribers). Just email us at subscriptions@wmgpublishingmail.com.

We’ve been working on this for a while, and I’m thrilled to add this magazine—a three-time Hugo Award finalist—to our product line.

The first release will be a limited edition Issue Zero, which will be available only via Kickstarter later this year. So, stay tuned.

And if you read this blog regularly, you might remember me mentioning I was surrounded by some amazing authors and editors a couple of weeks ago. Well, while other WMG editors bought stories for seven new volumes of Fiction River, Dean bought stories for five issues of Pulphouse.

See, I told you it was exhausting and exhilarating around here. My brain is still recovering, but I couldn’t wait any longer to tell you about Pulphouse. You can read more about the history and future of Pulphouse in Dean’s blog here.

And really, you should.

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

Publisher’s Note: The Makings of a Mysterious March

Publisher’s Note: The Makings of a Mysterious March

 

I’ve just wrapped up a long and exhilarating week with about 50 amazing fiction writers and editors here on the Oregon Coast. It was the best workshop yet, I believe, and I’ll have lots to tell you about from it. But not yet. Right now, I’m so exhausted, I’m a bit brain dead.

Which is appropriate, because what I am going to tell you about right now is a brand-new collection by Dean Wesley Smith called Dead to Me.

The first in a new line of collections for Dean’s short fiction, called, appropriately, Smith’s Fiction Collections, Dead to Me offers five funny, creepy and strange mysteries.

Here’s the synopsis:

Dean Wesley Smith, famous for being one of the most prolific and wide ranging authors working today, draws on his library of short mystery stories to produce this collection, Dead to Me.

Hard-boiled Las Vegas coughs up a very dead and very cold body for the retired detectives of the Cold Poker Gang to deal with in “The Case of the Pleasant Hills Murder.” In “Two Roads, No Choices,” the legendary Sherlock Holmes tackles a lingering mystery surrounding the ill-fated Titanic, with a science fiction twist. A creepy Bryant Street story offers up a strange couple in the suburbs in “An Obscene Crime Against Passion.” Cold-blooded vodka-sipping Mary Jo in “Make Myself Just One More,” offers more twists and turns, and the better halves of two “Husband Dummies” make clear that woman win more than they lose.

I’m thrilled to be able to offer Dean’s work in this way, because these collections give you a true sense of just how diverse Dean’s stories are, even within the same genre.

Speaking of diverse writing, I have another new bundle to tell you about. As you might remember, we have a limited-time bundle that focuses on a Fiction River volume—The Escapist Bundle—which introduces you to the longer work of our great Fiction River authors.

This new bundle I mentioned earlier is on BundleRabbit and is called The Haunted Bundle. It contains stories about ghosts, hauntings, and mysterious things by twenty different authors. WMG has two stories in this bundle: “Waltzing on a Dancer’s Grave” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and “Roses Around the Moment” by Dean Wesley Smith.

Here’s the synopsis:

Have you ever felt as though someone was watching you, but when you turned around no one was there?

How many times have you been unable to find something, then it later turned up in the exact place you’d searched over and over?

Why does your cat act as though it’s staring at something, even though you can’t see anything?

Just because you can’t see anything doesn’t mean there isn’t something there…

But don’t worry. Ghosts aren’t real.

Or are they?

Mysterious things or just plain mysteries…March has a lot to offer. And it’s only the beginning.

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

Publisher’s Note: Fiction, Fiction Everywhere

Publisher’s Note: Fiction, Fiction Everywhere

I’m surrounded by writers this week. Literally. Our annual anthology workshop runs this week here on the Oregon Coast, and we have about 50 writers from all over the world here.

It’s a ton of work and some of the most fun I have doing this job.

The product of these workshops is Fiction River. So, it’s apropros that we have a brand-new release hitting while all these folks are here.

The newest Fiction River Presents (for those of you who aren’t already subscribers, that’s the reprint line for Fiction River, which I edit) officially publishes tomorrow. It’s called Legacies, and the theme for this one is families—in all their beautiful and sometimes messed up glory.

Here’s the synopsis:

Family time takes the stage with this latest volume of Fiction River Presents. From the gut-wrenching struggle to survive a broken family to the heartbreaking loss of a child to the all-encompassing power of familial love, Legacies takes readers on a roller-coaster of emotions. Spanning genre lines from literary to fantasy to paranormal romance, this volume proves why Adventures Fantastic says: “If you haven’t checked out Fiction River yet, you should. There’s something for everyone.”

Table of Contents
“Prism of the Crab Gods” by Kelly Washington
“Sisters” by Leah Cutter
“Deathmobile” by Michele Lang
“The F Factor” by Chrissy Wissler
“Shaman” by Leslie Claire Walker
“Legacy” by Irette Y. Patterson
“My Real Cousin Ruby” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“The Man Who Decided” by Dean Wesley Smith
“The Farewell Gift” by Louise Marley

And don’t forget that another volume in the Fiction River family—Recycled Pulp—and ten of its authors are featured in the Escapist Bundle of Storybundle, which launched last week. You can read more about it and buy it here.

But I’m still not done. In addition to Legacies, Dean Wesley Smith’s latest Cold Poker Gang novel publishes Tuesday, as well.

Here’s the synopsis for Ace High:

1991. The famous Las Vegas hotel The Landmark scheduled for destruction. A girl’s body found in one of the old rooms. Impossible to even tell her identity or what happened to her.

Seventeen years later Cold Poker Gang members Pickett and Sarge take up the girl’s long-cold case. And layer by layer they uncover one of the most twisted crimes in the history of the famous sin city.

A crime that still needs to be covered up with even more death. Ace High wins the award for the most twisted crime novel yet in the series of Cold Poker Gang novels. If you love great mystery books, grab this one.

So much fiction, so little time. Sounds like a great excuse for a vacation day, don’t you think?

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

Publisher’s Note: A Much-Needed Escape

Publisher’s Note: A Much-Needed Escape

Ever feel like you need to escape from reality for a while? A day, a week, four years—whatever it takes. It seems like many of us feel that way right now, so what better time for some escapist fiction?

Hence, the new Escapist Bundle I’ve curated for Storybundle (my first as curator, by the way), an entertaining vacation of the written word and a bit of a new format for Storybundle.

You see, the eleven fantastic books in this bundle come from authors tied together by, among other accolades, their inclusion in a single volume of Fiction River, in this case a volume called Recycled Pulp. For those of you unfamiliar with Fiction River (if you’re new to this blog, for example), it’s an original anthology series that Adventures Fantastic calls “one of the best and most exciting publications in the field today.”

With 22 volumes published so far, Recycled Pulp proves one of the most creative volumes. Inspired by the fantastic, escapist pulp fiction of the last century, the amazing authors in this volume were tasked with creating modern escapist fiction from nothing but a pulp-inspired title. The results were fantastic, indeed.

Ten of those authors have provided books for the bundle. Like the diverse genre mix of stories Fiction River is famous for, this bundle also features a diverse genre mix of books. But they all have one very important thing in common—they are the perfect escape from everyday life.

Included in the bundle is, of course, Fiction River: Recycled Pulp, edited by John Helfers. We also have: Lisa Silverthorne’s Isabel’s Tears, a novel about a magical inn; Dayle A. Dermatis’ Waking the Witch, a gothic mystery novel with some paranormal elements and a light romance; Kelly Washington’s The Pale Waters, the first novella in a four-part epic journey; and Erica Lyon’s Hot Waters, a steamy sea adventure novel.

As a bonus, we have Rebecca Senese’s ten-story science fiction collection Tales of Possibilities; Thomas K. Carpenter’s Revolutionary Magic, a historical fantasy and the first in the Dashkova Memoirs; Annie Reed’s A Death in Cumberland, a moody police procedural; Nebula Award finalist Cat Rambo’s Neither Here Nor There, a double collection of alt-world and real world fantasy stories; New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s The War and After, five historical fantasy stories of magic and revenge; and last but not least, USA Today bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith’s The Slots of Saturn, the origin story for his fan-favorite superhero Poker Boy.

As always, at StoryBundle, you name your own price—whatever you feel the books are worth, and a portion of the proceeds goes to charity—in this case, SMART (Start Making a Reader Today). For $5, you’ll get the basic bundle of six books in any eBook format—worldwide. If you pay $14, you’ll get the five bonus books as well.

The Escapist Bundle goes live on Wednesday, February 22, and runs for three weeks only. This is cheaper than any vacation, and best of all, you get to enjoy it from wherever you are.

Now, that’s a true escape.

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

Publisher’s Note: A Shining Star of a Series

Publisher’s Note: A Shining Star of a Series

I’ve been spending a lot of time in a distant galaxy lately, which is cool because I’ve always wanted to travel in space.

It’s even cooler, because it was created by the incomparable mind of Dean Wesley Smith. Fortunately, given my busy schedule, I didn’t have to leave my desk to get there.

You see, sometimes, months or years after we’ve released books in a series, we need to go back and tie them together in a way we couldn’t have before they were written. We don’t always know—because the author doesn’t always know, especially when he or she writes into the dark—that we’re publishing a trilogy, for example. Heck, sometimes we don’t even know it’s a series until later.

And sometimes, we’re just waiting to see where it goes.

Dean’s Seeders Universe is one such series. The universe is so vast, that with each new book, we look at the series as a whole to see where it fits. Sometimes, it’s obvious. Sometimes not.

But books four through eight in the series marked a very clear direction. The first three are a trilogy: Star Mist, Star Rain and Star Fall. And the latest, Starburst, expands the universe even further.

So, we’re in the process of bundling the trilogy together (watch for that to release later this month). And I’m pleased to announce the publication of Dean’s latest Seeders Universe novel: Starburst.

Here’s the synopsis:

Exploring the vastness of space: The mission of the massive Starburst ships.
Chairmen Cole and Echo of the Starburst ship Star Trail get wrapped up in finding lost ancient cultures.
And in the process find far more than they ever could imagine.
Starburst takes the vast Seeders Universe and expands it yet again beyond where humans dare go.

So, if you’re looking to get the hell out of Dodge, why not join me across the universe?

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

Publisher’s Note: I’ll Be at the Bar

Publisher’s Note: I’ll Be at the Bar

The past week or so have been very long, and, frankly, I need a drink.

Back in my journalism days, I used to joke during weeks like this that I missed the good old days when an editor would keep a bottle in his desk. Given my use of pronoun, you can tell just how far back that went.

Of course, they’d smoke at their desks then, too, and I certainly don’t want to bring that back.

So, no bottle in my desk. But fortunately, I have even better options as a book publisher.

And sometimes, they come made to order.

Take our latest Fiction River release, for example: Tavern Tales. I might not have time to go to a bar, but now I don’t have to. And many of the bars in this anthology are way more interesting than anything I could find in the real world.

Here’s the synopsis:

Think you know a tavern tale when you hear one? Think again. The seventeen stories in this volume run the gamut of genre and mood. Bars filled with glitter and ghosts stand alongside taverns filled with orcs and adventurers. Exclusive members-only drinks served at the end of the universe war with coffee bars with strange employee policies in the Pacific Northwest. Dive bars, afterlife bars, gay bars—you name it, and you’ll find it in Tavern Tales. So, grab a drink and get ready for one of the most entertaining Fiction River volumes yet.

So, whether you’ve had a long week, a short week, or a just-right week, go ahead and belly on up to the bar. This is one trip where you can get your fill and you won’t even need a designated driver.

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

Publisher’s Note: Racing into 2017

Publisher’s Note: Racing into 2017

We made it. 2017. I don’t know about you, but I was a bit worried there at the end that we’d make it out alive.

I’m kidding. Mostly.

But the end of the tumultuous 2016 proved an apropos time to release our latest Fiction River Presents volume: Racing the Clock.

This volume is full of my favorite thrilling short stories from our first years of Fiction River. Here’s the synopsis:

The latest volume of Fiction River Presents makes the heart race. From one woman’s desperate attempts to escape her kidnappers to another woman’s attempts to escape a doomed space station, this volume takes off at a pulse-pounding pace and refuses to let go until the very end. Including a short story from Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s bestselling Retrieval Artist sf thriller series, this volume proves why Adventures Fantastic says the Fiction River series “is one of the best and most exciting publications in the field today.”

Table of Contents
“The Chair by” JC Andrijeski
“Tower One” by Thomas K. Carpenter
“The Good Brother” by Brendan DuBois
“The Elevator in the Cornfield” by Scott William Carter
“The Red-Stained Wishing Tree” by Eric Stocklassa
“The Scent of Amber and Vanilla” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“Play the Man” by Dan C. Duval
“Eyes on My Cards” by Dean Wesley Smith
“H-Hour” by Steven Mohan, Jr.
“Sole Survivor” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

So, if you want a thrilling start to 2017 (but, you know, the good kind of thrilling), pick up Racing the Clock. I have no doubt you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed putting it together.

Happy New Year!

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

Publisher’s Note: Presents, Presents Everywhere

Publisher’s Note: Presents, Presents Everywhere

I’m sitting in my living room as I write this (a departure from my normal office space) because my daughter was the emcee of her winter concert today and I was simply not allowed to leave her at school and return to my office on such a festive day (did I mention she’s 6?).

As I sit here typing, I’m surrounded with festivity: A twinkling Christmas tree, a small Christmas village, one slightly creepy Elf on the Shelf, and a couple dozen wrapped presents.

The wrapped gifts thing is a new one for me this early on. I usually wait until Christmas Eve to wrap gifts. But Nola was very eager to help with the wrapping this year. And frankly, I ran out of places to hide things.

So, Christmas is very much on my mind, and as it’s my last blog before that Jolly Old Elf comes to visit, I thought I’d share a couple of projects with you in case you’re not quite as ready for Christmas (or perhaps you’re even farther ahead and looking for an escape of your own).

The first is a holiday video created by the talented minds behind such things here at WMG (read: not me J). It’s a visual gift guide of sorts, and guaranteed to put you in a holiday mood.

 

 

The second item of the day is a gift for Dean Wesley Smith, in a way. Here at WMG, we’ve just released a new edition of his very first published novel. Other than a brand new cover and design (plus an ebook edition), we’ve published Laying the Music to Rest unchanged from its first printing by Warner Questar Books back in 1989.

laying-the-music-to-rest-ebook-cover-284Here’s the synopsis:

A former college professor turned bartender, Doc finds himself trying to save his friends from a ghost under a lake in the wilderness of Idaho.

From diving into a ghost town buried under a lake to trying to stay alive on the sinking deck of the Titanic, this time-travel science fiction novel reads like a rollercoaster ride with all the twists and turns.

First published in paperback in 1989 from Warner Questar Books, Dean Wesley Smith’s first published novel gives a lot of hints of his future series and his bestselling career spanning over a hundred and fifty novels.

Published here in its original form, without any changes, just as Dean wrote it almost thirty years ago.

The novel was first serialized in Smith’s Monthly and then published in its entirety in Smith’s Monthly #36. It that issue, you can also read all about the genesis of the novel and what it meant to Dean to have it republished all these years later.

Or, if you want just the standalone novel, it’s now available in ebook and trade paperback.

So, whether you celebrate Christmas or not, you’ll have plenty to read. In the meantime, I wish you and yours a very happy holiday season.

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

Publisher’s Note: Time to Dive Back in to Old Favorites

Publisher’s Note: Time to Dive Back in to Old Favorites

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In book publishing, we, the publishers, purchase the rights, from authors, to publish their creations. This involves negotiation. These rights can be all-encompassing in form (ebook, paperback, hardcover, audiobook, reprint, etc.) and in region (worldwide version region) or they can be parsed out. For a few WMG books, we have the ebook rights only. For some we have ebook, paperback and hardcover but not audiobook. We usually have worldwide rights, but for three books, we had only partial regional rights (not North America, for example, but most of the rest of the world regions).
(And if you’re interested in learning more about how this whole rights thing works, you should read Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s invaluable Closing the Deal…on Your Terms.)

But we received an early Christmas present here at WMG. The North American rights for those three books reverted to the author. And WMG has contracted with that author to publish those books worldwide.City of Ruins ebook cover web 284

This would be exciting news for any project. But it’s particularly exciting because I’m talking about Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s wildly popular first three Diving novels: Diving into the Wreck, City of Ruins, and Boneyards.

Now, our North American readers can buy those first three novels (we already publish the fourth and fifth worldwide) from this amazing series. And I can show you the amazing covers the wonderful Philcold did for these books (he creates the art for this entire series).

If you haven’t read this series yet, now is the perfect time to start. And if you have, you still might want to pick up the paperback versions of these beautiful books.

Boneyards ebook cover web 284As a reminder, The Falls—the fifth novel in this series and one from the Diving Universe rather than featuring Boss, Coop and the rest of the main crew—came out this fall. And Boss returns next fall in the sixth novel, The Runabout.

I wish you happy holiday reading full of exciting space adventure.

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

Publisher’s Note: Successful Experimentation

Publisher’s Note: Successful Experimentation

Our latest volume of Fiction River is special for a couple of reasons. One, it is the result of an experiment launched by our 2014 Fiction River Subscription Drive on Kickstarter. Two, that experiment was a resounding success, yielding a volume with the kind of uniqueness that Fiction River is known for.

Let me explain.

When we conducted our first subscription drive, we brainstormed a lot of different options for rewards. One of the possibilities series editor Dean Wesley Smith came up with was innovative but risky (no shock there when Dean’s involved). He offered to co-edit a volume with someone he’d never met or worked with. As an editor, I can tell you that can be a terrifying prospect. Editing styles can vary greatly. As in vehemently disagreeing about a story. So, for two people to edit a volume together, well, that’s a potentially explosive experiment.

Mind you, anthologies are co-edited all the time. Dean and his wife and fellow series editor, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, co-edited our very first Fiction River volume, Unnatural Worlds, together. But they know each other well (obviously) and have worked together before. To agree to co-edit a volume with anyone willing to pony up for the reward. Well, like I said, Dean’s a risk-taker.

Here’s the thing about risk-takers, though. The good ones (and Dean falls solidly into this category) only take calculated risks. If there’s not a good chance of success, they won’t make the leap. Dean knew he could find a way to make this experiment work.

And, oh boy, was he right.

Enter Felicia Fredlund, Dean’s co-editor for Last Stand. Felicia had never edited an anthology before, but she possesses the strength of character and confidence in her decision-making of a person more experiences that her years would indicate. And her contributions to this volume made it all the stronger.

We strive to bring different voices to Fiction River. Felicia is a wonderful addition to our range of editorial voices. And she is now a Fiction River author, as well, with her first (but certainly not last) story appearing in this volume. (And, in case you’re wondering how this co-editing things works, Dean chose and edited Felicia’s story.)

fr20-last-stand-ebook-cover-web-284And now, without further ado, here’s the synopsis:

History offers many heroic tales of final battles. And in Last Stand, sixteen courageous authors offer their take on the topic. From a heartwarming tale of not-so-friendly business competition to a battle of the gods—sort of—for the fate of the world to a tale of looking for love in all the wrong places. These inventive stories make Last Stand one of the most creative—and memorable—Fiction River volumes yet.

Table of Contents
“The Great Ice Cream War of Grover’s Hollow” by Annie Reed
“Slow Motion” by Eric Kent Edstrom
“Do Not Resuscitate” by Dory Crowe
“Sunset, Fall, Home” by Dan C. Duval
“’Til Death Do Us Part” by Kerrie L. Hughes & John Helfers
“Circle ’Round” by M. L. Buchman
“Unto the Ether” by M. E. Owen
“Bury My Son at Home” by Angela Penrose
“The Flare” by Laura Ware
“What’s Left of Me” by Bonnie Elizabeth
“The Counter” by Rob Vagle
“The Toymaker of Kelsium Rye” by Chuck Heintzelman
“Magic and Sacrifice” by Felicia Fredlund
“Lady Elizabeth’s Betrothal Ball” by Anthea Sharp
“Suppose They Gave a Ragnarok and Nobody Came?” by Lee Allred
“Death Bunnies of Toxic Island” by Travis Heermann

I will now stop writing about this fantastic volume and let you go start reading it. You can pick up your copy here.

Enjoy!

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