Travel and Thanksgiving have gone together for Americans for a very long time. I was thinking about it today as Allyson Longueira went off to visit family. I decided to look up the song that I always remembered as “Over the River and Through the Wood to Grandmother’s House We Go…” It actually began as a poem called “The New-England Boy’s Song about Thanksgiving Day”; it was written by Lydia Marie Child and published in 1844. (Those New England boys were headed to Grandfather’s house, by the way.)read more
Our own Dean Wesley Smith had a birthday last week. And it was full of surprises. (Well, not for me…I know more about that man than he’s probably comfortable with
First, Dean doesn’t usually talk about or celebrate his birthday. So, that alone is monumental.
Second, he decided to celebrate his birthday by launching into a writing challenge that few (if any) writers could accomplish.
Which basically means same Dean, different age.
The challenge, you see, is to write his age. That’s 67 books by the time he’s 68. And yes, I’m aware that means we’ll be publishing at least one book a week for Dean next year. It’s okay. I don’t sleep now
Change. It feels like it’s everywhere these days. Despite how much we humans complain about change, we certainly seem to precipitate it at every turn. Some change is good, some bad, some just plain necessary. But all of it means adjusting to a new reality.
Technology offers the fastest change, it seems. Let’s take TV. In our house, John and I have different areas of responsibility. He is the one in charge of television and music. We decided a while ago to get rid of cable TV. Since then, John has been experimenting with different apps, services, and devices to see what works for us (the fact that we have enough choices TO experiment is evidence of technology change in and of itself).
As today is All Hallows Eve eve, and I was very been busy last week teaching the Master Class workshop here on the coast, I thought the best thing to do with this particular blog was to just give you a wonderfully terrifying story to read for free.
And so I shall.
Two weeks ago, I told you to Feel the Fear—with our latest volume of Fiction River, that is.
Well, now I’m going to tell you to embrace your fears again. But this time it’s with a fear-themed Storybundle.
The Fear Bundle, curated by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, features ten fantastically frightful books for an anything-but-scary price.
Here’s a few words about this bundle from Kris herself:
Fear comes in many forms. The hair slowly rising on the back of your neck. That imaginary icy finger that sends shivers up your spine. The jolt of adrenaline when something topples over in your supposedly empty house. I’ve tried to assemble all the various fears for this Storybundle.
Just in time for my birthday, I received an early present: the first official copy of the new Protectors hardcover.
I’d never designed a hardcover book before, so holding that book was a bit of a miracle. You see, we use Createspace for our paperbacks, but they don’t do hardcovers. That’s one of the reasons we’ve never done a hardcover before. So, this was my first foray into the world of Ingram Spark and Lightning Source, and the process is quite different.
For example, they don’t send physical proofs. So, you review it electronically, and then hope you don’t find any mistakes in the physical product. That’s all well and good for the interior, but you can’t really review the cover properly that way. Those of you who know me know I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so that concept scared the hell out of me.
Designing dust jackets are quite different from designing paperback covers—that wrap around the cover for the flaps, for example, is tricky. And because of the way the proof process worked, I knew I only had one shot to get it right.
As we make our way through this spookiest month of the year, my house has been taken over by cobwebs, skeletons, pumpkins, and ghosts. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays—for both its whimsy and its creepiness.
Although, I will admit, I’m prefer a more PG-13 celebration of the holiday. Haunted houses, horror movies, horror stories…not really for me. Truly scary is not my style.
But fear comes in many forms, so when Fiction River editor Mark Leslie proposed the theme for our latest volume, Feel the Fear, I was curious what he would do with it.
Mark, who as Mark Lefebvre works as Director of Self-Publishing & Author Relations at Kobo, is well known for his dark fiction as well as paranormal activity-inspired nonfiction. And in Feel the Fear, Mark brings together sixteen authors who together explore the many ways fear might haunt us.
This Publisher’s Note marks the fifth year of my weekly blogs. That’s 260 regular blogs. Now, that’s not quite as long as I’ve been at the helm of WMG—the blogs came a bit later—but it reminds me of how much history I have here now.
History is a funny thing. It has a habit of repeating itself.
So, five years into my tenure, we’ve decide to bring back a publication dormant for more than twenty years. The three-time Hugo Award-nominated Pulphouse Fiction Magazine.
I’m feeling a bit spacy this week. For a couple of reasons. First, The Runabout is now available in ebook and paperback everywhere. (For more information on that release, click here.)
Second, I’ve got a brand-new Storybundle to tell you about, and this one is a bit different because I co-curated it with Dean Wesley Smith.
Storybundles are always fun to curate. Brainstorming them together makes it even more so. Especially when that other brain is Dean’s. He and I think very differently, which is a good thing. When we start collaborating—be that co-teaching or co-curating—our different approaches help us take each other’s ideas and build on them in such a way that, when we’re done, we have something greater than either of us might have conceived of on our own.
We have two fantastic new releases coming up from Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and they’re both available on preorder in ebook. So, if you want to start planning your fall reading (once you finish all those awesome books in the Light in the Dark YA Storybundle I told you about last week, of course), here’s what you need to know.
First up is the latest novel in Kris’ Diving series, The Runabout. If you missed it in Asimov’s (the first full novel ever printed by that magazine, btw), or you just want a standalone copy, you’ll want to reserve your copy today.