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Founded in 2010, WMG Publishing, Inc. is located in Lincoln City, OR. The company publishes more than 450 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. For more information about the company, go to www.wmgpublishing.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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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.

Publisher’s Note: Galactic Feats

Publisher’s Note: Galactic Feats

I have to admit, I’m not much of one for marathons. I’ve never been fond of running. Sure, I ran track in high school, but I was a sprinter. And really, sprinting is a life skill. I really only believe in running if something is trying to eat you.

But I know lots of runners. And while I think they’re mildly insane <grin>, I respect their commitment to the sport.

star-fall-ebook-cover-web-284But Dean Wesley Smith has taken the marathon to a new level in his latest Seeders Universe novel, Star Fall. This race spans the entire length of the ship. What’s the big deal, you ask? Well, this ship is as big as the US, and the race is like running from the Oregon Coast to the Jersey Shore and back again.

See what I mean. Now, that’s crazy. Which means it makes for crazy good reading.

Here’s the synopsis:

Seeders never do anything in a small way, including their sports. Matt and Carey, the chairmen of the Starburst ship Star Fall started a yearly relay race from the very front of their ship to the tail and back again. An extreme relay of over nine thousand kilometers run by ten-member teams.

But before the race could start, a scout ship vanishes inside a shielded galaxy. Who could put a shield around an entire galaxy? And why?

A galaxy-spanning tale of adventure, suspense, and the vast possibilities of space.

If you haven’t checked out the Seeders Universe yet, you should. It’s an incredibly rich world. And couldn’t we all use an escape to a different world right about now?

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

Publisher’s Note: Bundling up for NaNoWriMo

Publisher’s Note: Bundling up for NaNoWriMo

November is a big month in the book world. But I’m not talking about book sales here.

You see, November is NaNoWriMo time: that’s National Novel Writing Month. The goal: write a 50,000-word novel between Nov. 1 and Nov. 30.

We know a little something about writing novels here at WMG. We publish a whole bunch of books about it, in fact. Our entire WMG Writer’s Guide series is geared toward helping folks do just that: write more, write better, make informed publishing decisions…the list goes on.

And for NaNoWriMo, we go one step further and put a couple of those books into a StoryBundle.

This year, it’s Dean Wesley Smith’s Killing the Top Ten Sacred Cows of Indie Publishing a brand-new release from Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Closing the Deal…on Your Terms.

closing-the-deal-ebook-cover-web-284Before I get to the bundle, here’s the synopsis on Closing the Deal…on Your Terms. 

Making the wrong decisions on the business side of publishing can destroy a writer’s career. Longtime writer, editor, and publisher Kristine Kathryn Rusch knows this better than anyone. So she decided to write a book on the deal breakers in contracts, agency agreements, and other business things that will ruin a writer’s future.

Little did she know that it would take her seven months, lots of hand-wringing, and a lot of help from the readers of her blog. The result, Closing the Deal…on Your Terms, shows how the tiniest of decisions—talking to a Hollywood producer on the phone, falling for a typical agent’s ruse of masking a contract for a letter—can have lifelong consequences.

Written for every writer, whether self-published, traditionally published, or hybrid, Closing the Deal…on Your Terms takes writers on a journey that will help them understand what they’re selling and what they could accidentally give away.

Closing the Deal…on Your Terms is available in ebook now and will be available in paperback by the end of the month.

nanowrimo-2016-adThe NaNoWriMo bundle is curated by none other than New York Times bestseller (and occasional Fiction River editor) Kevin J. Anderson. Here’s a bit about the bundle in his words:

“If you’re a writer, you know about NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, every November when aspiring authors scramble to try to write the first draft of a new book in one month flat. There are challenge groups, sprint partners, lots of blogs, advice from writers.

“Each year for NaNoWriMo, I curate a StoryBundle of books on various aspects of the craft and business of writing, and for 2016 I’ve got eleven titles—your complete toolkit for getting through NaNoWriMo and increasing your own writing knowledge.

“Not only do we have books made to help you get through NaNoWriMo and start (or continue) your writing career, we also have coupon codes for Jutoh and Writer’s Cafe, two supremely useful software apps that help you write and format your novel!”

So, there you go. I couldn’t have said it better myself. Click here to read more (and buy) the bundle.

And if you’re interested in taking a look at the entire WMG Writer’s Guide series, click here.

Best of luck to all you aspiring novelists and to those of you looking for an excuse to get that next book written.

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

Publisher’s Note: Diving Back into a Favorite Series

Publisher’s Note: Diving Back into a Favorite Series

Sometimes, being a book publisher is like being a parent. You’re not supposed to have favorites, but let’s be honest, you do.

On the parenting front, I get an out. My daughter is an only child.

One the book front, well, I have a confession to make.

I love Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Diving series. Now, to be fair, I fell in love with this series before I took the helm at WMG. So, maybe my love for this universe is grandfathered in. Fingers crossed.

And if you love this series as much as I do, you’ve been waiting for the next book for a while now (no pressure, Kris). But wait no longer: The next book comes out tomorrow!

A word of warning: This one doesn’t have any of the characters you’ve come to know and love. But don’t let that dissuade you. The universe Kris has created is so rich and intriguing, I look forward to her diversions into other times and places. Sometimes, these side stories trigger more questions than they provide answers. The Spires of Denon, for example, took us to a part of this universe and a timeframe as yet unknown in relation to the rest of the series. But it’s still one of my favorite stories. I love archaeology, and this novella delightfully mixes a more traditional form of archaeology with space exploration.

the-falls-ebook-cover-web-284The Falls, however, takes us in a different direction. Set in a part of the Fleet universe we’ve never seen before, it’s a captivating mystery that provides rich detail about life in the Fleet as well as crucial backstory for the next Boss novel.

Here’s the synopsis:

Fleet sector bases close as the Fleet moves on. Everyone knows and expects it. But still, the announcement that Sector Base E-2 will close—although still thirty years in the future—breeds a mood of tension and anxiety.

So, when Rajivk Agwu finds two pairs of shoes on a trail near Fiskett Falls, but no sign of their occupants, his already heightened senses warn of danger.

Those on the base fare no better. Bristol Iannazzi, working on the notoriously delicate anacapa drive for a runabout, also notices something strange, something out of place, something dangerous…

Expanding the rich history of Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s captivating Diving universe, The Falls provides an exciting and crucial backstory for future events.

Speaking of the next Boss novel, that book, The Runabout, is set for release next fall.

I know: I can’t wait either.

But like all good things, it’s well worth the wait.

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