Back in the day, I managed a children’s newspaper insert for a metro daily newspaper. Part of Newspapers In Education, a program that integrates the use of newspaper products into teachers’ lesson plans, the insert was published weekly around a theme. I got to choose the theme, which was part of the fun, and I used topics from pets to the periodic table of elements (yes, I was a science geek). We would use the theme to build article topics, crossword puzzles, word finds, and the like. It was some of the most fun I’ve had in my career.
And on the back of each issue was a piece of fiction. The story—which seems prophetic now as it was set in the Pacific Northwest, a place I didn’t know then I’d eventually make my home—chronicled the adventures of a young boy who witnessed D. B. Cooper’s fateful parachute jump to freedom after hijacking a plane. It was released chapter by chapter over the course of thirteen or so weeks.
I found myself eagerly anticipating the next chapter of that story as it would come over the wire each week. I could probably have tracked down the tale in its entirety and read it all at once—I am a journalist, after all, and seeking information is kind of what we do. But there was something about the wait, the anticipation. It was a fun way to read.
And now I can bring that fun to some of our books here at WMG. Starting April 23, we’ll launch Novel Tuesday, where we’ll be publishing a novel right on our website (released one chapter at a time). We’ll do this from time to time, when the book is right.
The first book we’ll offer is Spree, a new hard-boiled mystery novel by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Here’s the synopsis:
Two days ago, Moira escaped the Midwest with Kasey and her Barbie doll in the back seat of a beat-up van. Now, on sun-drenched Highway 95 in nowheresville Nevada, she wonders if she escaped at all. The residents of Hawthorne, one of the few towns in the desert and her ultimate destination, use bombshells as lawn decorations. She thinks Hawthorne marks the end of her trip; instead, it marks the beginning of one strange and scary adventure, one she and Kasey need to survive.
The book is already available in ebook form and will be available in print shortly. Or you can read it chapter-by-chapter, week-by-week, right here at WMG.
Novel Tuesday is just one more way for us to show you how much we value your readership. Let the fun of anticipation begin.
Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer.