It was a stormy morning in April last year when I left Kentucky. The Wildcats had just won the NCAA Basketball Championship, and couches were still smoldering around the Lexington campus when I packed up the dog and headed west. No job waited for me. My Grand Plan For A New Life consisted of little more than a hunch that maybe, just maybe, it was possible to make a creative life work.
I had come to a crossroads where I could choose where and how to live. I chose Oregon. For the weather, for the incredible coastline, for the people. It turned out to be a good decision, because I landed here at WMG Publishing putting my background in theatre, radio and advertising to work in our new Audio Department.
In a sense it was also coming full circle: my very first Kristine Kathryn Rusch book had been The Disappeared, the first story in the wonderful Retrieval Artist series, which I downloaded from Audible. Now I get to help send the work of terrific authors out into the world. How cool is that?
Around the same time I started listening to audiobooks, Kris was writing the blog posts that would later become The Freelancer’s Survival Guide. If, like me, you’ve ever dreamed of ditching the day job and setting off cross-country (or even across town), you’re in luck. The audiobook edition of this essential guide to becoming your own boss is currently in production and will be released early this year.
If you’re a writer, there’s no need to wait, Surviving the Transition: How Writers Can Thrive in the New World of Publishing, is currently available from Audible and Amazon.
On the fiction side, Coolhunting, a Locus Award finalist, is also on offer. The story runs about two and a half hours of listening time, perfect for short commutes or a weekend getaway.
Talented narrators around the country are presently working on more WMG titles including the delightful romance, Simply Irresistible, by Kristine Grayson. Mid-January will see the audiobook release of Becalmed, an emotionally powerful story set in the popular Diving Universe.
We hope these titles will find a spot on your listening list and that you’ll check back for more because we’re just getting started!