Publisher’s Note: Pulphouse Issue #3 has arrived!

If you’re wishing you could take break from reality about now, how about escaping into some fantastic short fiction? Issue #3 of Pulphouse published last Thursday, and it’s cheaper than any vacation. Best of all, you get to enjoy it from wherever you are.

Here’s the Table of Contents:
Time, Expressed as an Entrée” by Robert Jeschonek
“The Four Thirty-Five” by Annie Reed
“The Clockwork Man’s Canteen” by J. Steven York
“Red Carnation” by Lee Allred
“This Magic Moment” by Lisa Silverthorne
“Pinning the Rap” by O’Neil De Noux
“Daddy’s Little Girls” by James C. Glass
“Catastrophe Baker and the Ship Who Purred” by Mike Resnick
“Active Reader” by Mark Leslie
“Collector’s Curse: A Dan Shamble Zombie PI Adventure” by Kevin J. Anderson
“A Good Negro” by Ezekiel James Boston
“Fiction” by Jerry Oltion
“Alien Automotive” by Kent Patterson
“You Go Too Far” by Ray Vukcevich
“The One Left” by Valerie Brook
“Who’s the Abomination?” by Johanna Rothman
“The Case of the Vanishing Boy: A Spade/Paladin Conundrum” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

If you’re a subscriber, the books will be on their way to you automatically. If you’re not, click here to buy Issue #3 or here to subscribe to the magazine.

Have fun!

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

Publisher’s Note: Masters of Business

I promised in last week’s blog that I would have more information in this week’s blog about the WMG Publishing Business Master Class. Well, I keep my promises.

If you’ve been to the Master Class before and are thinking “been there, done that,” you couldn’t be more wrong. This year’s class features some amazing developments that take the Master Class to a whole new level (and that’s saying something).

Some of these changes were facilitated by the workshop’s move to Las Vegas. Others are the result of a rapidly evolving industry. But what won’t change: the incredible amount of information exchanged in this must-attend workshop, which will be held Oct. 19-24, 2018, at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas.

Here are the highlights:

WMG Publishing Business Master Class: The Cutting Edge of the Publishing Business

New York Times and USA Today bestselling writers and renowned business and industry bloggers Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith lead this intense five days of business and publishing learning.

Kris and Dean are joined by nine other experts.

— Mark Leslie (Lefebvre), acclaimed writer, podcaster, editor, and formally with Kobo.

— Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times bestselling writer and co-owner of the premier indie press Wordfire Press.

— Rebecca Moesta, New York Times bestselling writer and co-owner of the premier indie press Wordfire Press.

— David Farland, New York Times bestselling writer, Hollywood expert, and executive editor for Writers of the Future.

— David P. Vandagriff, aka The Passive Guy. Premier blogger, expert in publishing contracts, and an IP attorney.

— Christina F. York, bestselling science fiction and mystery writer under a number of names.

— Gwyneth Gibby, WMG Publishing Associate Publisher and an expert on the promotions aspects in publishing.

— Andrea Pearson, host of the popular Self-Publish Strong podcast.

— Donna Cook, author, editor, and publishing consultant.

Plus others to be announced, including T. Thorn Coyle as panel moderator.

This is a business workshop. No writing, but a notebook full of notes and a lot of training. In fact, every topic a writer can imagine needing to be covered will be in this week at one point or another by experts. From cash flow to increasing sales to SEO to website design to cover and interior book design to blurbs to publisher catalogs to distribution of paper books to stores to production to learning how to write more to audio to overseas sales to contracts to bundles to… So much more.

This workshop focuses on selling more books, selling subsidiary rights, indie publishing, the business of indie and hybrid, and the constant changes overwhelming us all.

Plus, a focus on networking. Lunches with experts, group breakfasts, time to talk, and every evening a hospitality suite to talk and plan and get to know other professionals.

This is the Premier Publishing Business Workshop for indie writers.

You can read full bios on the instructors and find all the information you need to sign up here. And check back to that link often, because we’ll be adding new and exciting information as we continue to develop this incredible workshop.

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

Strong Women

I’ve been talking to my sister a lot lately about being strong women in our 40s. She and I have been through a lot the past few years that have sparked this conversation. I’m a bit ahead of her, as I should be because I’m the oldest. But we both marvel at the changes in ourselves.

Mentally, we’re in the best place we’ve ever been. We know who we are, and we won’t accept what isn’t true to that. As a result, my sister and I are having frank, open conversations for the first time in our lives.

We fought like cats and dogs as kids. We never hated each other, per se, but we certainly didn’t enjoy spending time with each other. As we matured into adults, we became closer, but there was still a gulf created by the pain and misunderstandings of our childhood. We walked on eggshells, forever afraid of offending each other.

But now, well, those days are long gone. There is nothing, and I mean nothing, we can’t and don’t talk about. We lean on each other for advice and support. We share the craziness of raising our kids. The challenges and joys of our marriages. How different we are now.

And how (who knew?) we are so very much alike.

Her life is in transition, just like mine has been the past couple of years. And I know that although it’s tough now, she’ll be so much happier in a couple of years. She’ll have let go of the baggage of our youth and embraced her power and her potential.

Just like I have.

My only regret is that we live on opposite coasts so I can’t be there in person to help her through it and witness first-hand the amazing woman she is becoming. Thank goodness for modern technology.

And thank goodness I’m surrounded by other strong women, both real and fictional.

Speaking of, the latest book by one such real woman—Kristine Kathryn Rusch—is now available for preorder on Amazon (it was already available on Kobo and some other retailers). Searching for the Fleet is part of Kris’ Diving Series, which is known for its strong female characters.

Here’s the synopsis:

Leaving Boss behind to continue diving the Boneyard, Ivoire Engineer Yash Zarlengo returns to the Lost Souls Corporation’s headquarters to analyze the data from the runabout they discovered there.

Convinced that the experience in the Boneyard proves the Fleet still exists, Yash buries herself in her work, interested in little else.

Ivoire Captain Jonathan “Coop” Cooper notices Yash’s growing obsession with finding the Fleet and joins her in her search.

For the first time in six years, the crew of the Ivoire feels real hope. Coop and Yash know all too well the dangers hope can pose. But this time their hope might just lead them somewhere no one expected.

A page-turning adventure, Searching for the Fleet expands Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s award-winning Diving series into uncharted territory.

So if you’re feeling empowered, grab this latest novel now so you can start reading the moment it’s released, which is Sept. 18, 2018. You can find more information here.

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

Remembrances

Each Memorial Day, I’m grateful that I have no one directly related to me to mourn. I am related to many veterans, mind you. My father, stepfather, both grandfathers, husband and even an ex-husband served in the military. So did a number of my friends.

They all survived that service. Thank god.

And I realize how lucky I am. Because I’ll never forget watching my dad scanning the Vietnam Wall in D.C. for the names of his fellow soldiers, his friends. It’s one of the very few times I’ve seen my dad cry, and it was then that I realized just how horrific war must be. And how hard it must be to survive it.

And I remember attending a memorial service for a young man from this small town on the Oregon Coast shortly after I moved here. He had just graduated from high school. His mother and father both served. But even that did not prepare them for the pain of losing their son. I attended another service one year to the day later for the young man’s mother, who had shot herself at his graveside.

So, today I think not only about those who gave their lives in service to our country, but also those who are forever changed by war.

Kristine Kathryn Rusch has written several stories about veterans, but the one most resonated to me as I wrote this is “Still Life, With Cats.” It’s a story about war, loss, and survival. And in honor of Memorial Day, it will be available here until my next publisher’s note has posted.

And if you want to read another fantastic story about the horrors of war, click here to read “The Museum of Modern Warfare,” which is her Free Fiction for this week.

While I can’t thank those who gave their lives for my freedom, I can thank all of you who have been touched by such a loss. My heart goes out to you all.

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

Technology and change

I’m writing this blog on my older laptop because my newer laptop is in the shop, so to speak. I had stopped using the older laptop for everyday work (and got the newer, which was new when the company bought it less than a year ago) because it had gotten completely bogged down.

When you have more than 600 titles, you have a ton of files. And some of those files (like the photo and design files) are huge. And let’s not even consider the size of the video files.

As a result, the entire WMG digital inventory takes up more than a quarter terabyte. As in 275GB or 2,750MB or 2,750,000K.

Remember when 64 to 100MB storage seemed like a huge amount of storage space? I do. Now, I have individual files that big.

And that adds up. But that was only part of the problem.

Because all of my advanced computer programs need a lot of RAM to run. That combination of factors rendered my older laptop more or less useless.

It used to be that we housed our digital inventory on my computer (with several backup systems). But that became untenable. So now, we have moved everything to the cloud (with physical backups, of course). That helped with problem number one.

But problem number two remains.

Now, my newer laptop has more RAM but the same about of storage space—250GB. As I mentioned, we moved our inventory onto the cloud, and all of my computer programs are more or less on the cloud, but they still need to sync to the hard drive to be usable. This isn’t normally a problem. Until a syncing error causes a cascading effect of file downloads to fill up the hard drive and render the computer useless.

As happened to my newer laptop today. It’s fixable and I’ll lose nothing (thanks to cloud syncing and backups), but it’s still annoying. I need to access the cloud on or plug a backup into something, so I’m thankful for the backup laptop. Even if I’ve just spent the past three hours updating the damned thing. It still has RAM problems, which is why I’m writing this in Google docs instead of Word, but the point is I have options.

If this had happened a few years ago even, I would have at a minimum lost productivity until my computer was fixed or I bought a new one. Now, if necessary, I can use apps on my phone to edit and write documents, check my email, sign contracts, you name it. I’m still functioning almost at full capacity, and that’s just amazing to me.

In fact, I was shocked at my reaction to the crash. It has been a very stressful week, and I’m fried. Under similar circumstances in the past, I would have lost it when I realized that the crash was beyond my technical expertise and I’d need a professional. But today, the moment I realized I’d lost all function on it I also realized that I’d lost, effectively, nothing. Now that, my friends, is a wonderful feeling.

So, while change is hard, it can also be wonderful.

And that’s also how we feel about the next change I’m going to talk about: Moving the WMG Coast Workshops to Las Vegas.

The Oregon Coast, you see, is a bit like my old laptop. Not quite capable of keeping up with the latest technology. It’s a beautiful place for our workshop participants to visit, but we’re not super accessible (the last hour of the drive out here is on windy two-lane roads). And our technology infrastructure can be problematic. Plus, it’s a small town with limited amenities, including, and especially, conference space.

Now that the primary instructors for all of our workshops—Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith—have moved to (or are in the process of moving to) Las Vegas, we decided it was time for a change.

Starting with the 2018 Master Class, we’ll be at the Golden Nugget on Fremont. Details on that, and the whole slate of 2019 workshops, can be found here. We’ve even got a revival of the Kris and Dean show on the books!

I hope you enjoy the new opportunities this move offers. And as a reminder, if you can’t or won’t travel, we have a whole slate of online workshops available right on your computer.

Or your phone or tablet, if your computer is in the shop.

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