Publisher’s Note: Easy Days

It’s that time of year. The easy days of summer slip away into brisker autumn afternoons. Some of us sigh with regret and some of us rejoice at the prospect. But one thing doesn’t have to change for anyone: the delights of summer reading don’t have to go anywhere. In fact, fall is a terrific time to romp around outdoors, go for walks and bike rides, and come home with ruddy cheeks and a big appetite just in time to settle in for an evening with your favorite books…

Wait a sec. Hold that thought.

Every self-respecting squirrel knows that before you can snuggle in for chilly weather and page-turners, you have to stock up! And boy is this the week to do it.

Our Fiction River Subscription Kickstarter is ticking down to its final hours. Guarantee yourself dozens of gripping stories by award-winning authors by subscribing to electronic and/or print editions. We have hit six of our stretch goals so far, which means more books for all backers at $15 or higher.

Thank you all!

And now, for writers, or those of you with family or friends who are writers, we added a new reward at the $100 level. Lectures, writing books, subscription, and a chance to submit a story to Fiction River.

Some of you—a record number, in fact—had the foresight to squirrel away (preorder) Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s latest novel in the award-winning Diving Series. The wait is over: Searching for the Fleet, arrives this week! September 18, get your copy from your favorite book retailer. It is available in paperback, too.

Planning on bundling up in front of a crackling fire? What better way to provide yourself with hours of uninterrupted absorption than indulging in a Storybundle. Dean Wesley Smith’s novel Dry Creek Crossing from his time-travel Thunder Mountain series and Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s novella The Application of Hope from her Diving series are both part of the 2018 Adventure SF Bundle. There is much more to the bundle: Kevin J. Anderson’s anthology of science fiction stories; Fiction River: Superpowers; thirteen works in all. But it ends Wednesday, September 19.

Is that all? Of course not! We are busy creating those chestnuts for everyone to squirrel away. Fiction River: Pulse Pounders: Countdown is on its way, Pulphouse Fiction Magazine Issue 4 is in the works, Kris and Dean both have novels in an upcoming Storybundle called Dark Fantasy, and Dean is embarking on a project of writing ten novels in 100 days. Which reminds me, if you’ll excuse me, I have to get back to work…

By Gwyneth Gibby, Associate Publisher

Publisher’s Note: Sharing the Love of Stories

We are close to reaching our second stretch goal on the Fiction River Subscription Drive on Kickstarter, and I can’t say thank you enough to those of you who have supported this campaign!

If you haven’t yet, there’s still time. Upon reaching our second stretch goal, everyone at the $15 level or higher will receive an electronic copy of Familiarity, a five-story collection of Winston & Ruby stories, one of the most popular series Kristine Kathryn Rusch has written about cats. This is on top of the extra volume of Fiction River for reaching the first stretch goal.

And there are many more stretch goal rewards to come.

But what I really want to talk to you about today is why you should support the Kickstarter—to allow us to keep publishing fantastic stories by very talented writers.

Fiction River authors and stories have garnered a host of awards, award nominations, and selections in best of volumes. We keep a running list on the Fiction River website (because we’re proud as hell to be associated with these amazing folks.)

Here’s a list of some of them:

Award Winners:

Short Mystery Fiction Society’s Derringer Award
2018: David H. Hendrickson, winner in the Best Long Story category “Death in the Serengeti,” (Fiction River: Pulse Pounders: Adrenaline)

Nevada Arts Council awards literary, performing arts fellowships
2018: Honorable Mention, Annie Reed for “The Great Ice Cream War of Grover’s Hollow” (Fiction River: Last Stand)
2014: Honorable Mention, Annie Reed for “The Shape of a Name” (Fiction River: How to Save the World)

Award Nominations:

Short Mystery Fiction Society’s Derringer Award
2016: Ron Collins, finalist in the Best Long Story category “The White Game” (Fiction River: Hidden in Crime )
2015: Melissa Yi, finalist in the Best Flash category for “Because” (Fiction River Special Edition: Crime)
2015: Doug Allyn, finalist in the Best Novelette category for “Hitler’s Dogs” (Fiction River Special Edition: Crime)

Killer Nashville 2015 Silver Falchion™ Readers Choice Award
Fiction River Special Edition: Crime, edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Nominated for Best Multi-Author Anthology.

Year’s Best:

The Year’s American Mystery Stories 2018, edited by Louise Penny and Otto Penzler
“Death in the Serengeti,” by David H. Hendrickson (Fiction River: Pulse Pounders: Adrenaline)

The Year’s Best Crime and Mystery Stories 2016 edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and John Helfers
“The American Flag of Sergeant Hale Schofield” by Kelly Washington (Fiction River: Hidden in Crime)
“The Color of Guilt” by Annie Reed (Fiction River: Hidden in Crime)
“Play the Man” by Dan C. Duval (Fiction River: Risk Takers)
“The Rites of Zosimos” by Angela Penrose (Fiction River: Alchemy & Steam)

Plus, All six volumes of Fiction River published in 2017 have been included in the Tangent Online 2017 Recommended Reading List, which features ten Fiction River stories.

To see that list, as well as what we add in the future, click here.

So, please help us keep celebrating these storied authors by supporting the Kickstarter (or if you already have, THANK YOU and please keep spreading the word!).

Click here to learn more.

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

Publisher’s Note: Kicking Off Another Fiction River Subscription Drive

I have some exciting news to share this week. We launched our third Fiction River subscription drive on Kickstarter last Monday, and this campaign is even bigger and better than any subscription drive we’ve done in the past.

In addition to this being the perfect time for readers to start or renew their subscriptions and writers to take advantage of workshop discounts, we’ve added a high backer reward just to keep things interesting. We’ve also added more stretch goals than ever before that not only include potential new volumes of Fiction River, but also bonus books from WMG’s vast inventory and a never-before-offered open call for submissions stretch goal.

So, why do we do our subscription drives on Kickstarter? Well, Fiction River is self-sufficient, but bimonthly publications don’t remain self-sufficient if they don’t get new subscribers every now and then. We could do an old-fashioned subscription drive, but we feel that’s a waste of time and paper. We’d rather have fun on Kickstarter. After all, Fiction River is a fun magazine to publish.

So, please help spread the word about our Kickstarter campaign—to your friends, your family, your Twitter or Instagram followers, heck anybody you kinda sorta like. We’ve got great deals on subscriptions, including discounted lifetime subscriptions for magazines and workshops. The Back to School packages (a Kickstarter exclusive) have returned. And the stretch goals add bonuses upon bonuses so that every supporter from the $15 level and higher gets another ebook on top of their reward pledge for each stretch goal level—that’s 25 bonus books if we reach the $50,000 stretch goal level!

Check out the full campaign and all it has to offer by clicking here.

We’re off to a good start already (we’ve made it to our first stretch goal!), but we need your help to spread the word! You can even send a link to this blog if you like. If nothing else, you should watch the Kickstarter video; it’s filled with lots of adorable cats.

For those of you who have already supported and/or shared this Kickstarter, thank you so much for being part of the Fiction River family!

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

Publisher’s Note: The Family You Choose

I’m lucky to have a loving and supportive family. And I mean that: I know just how lucky I am. Because I know plenty of people who don’t—even some in my own family.

Maybe I should say I’m lucky with my immediate family. My mom, dad, stepmother, stepfather and sister are all amazing. Not perfect, mind you, but amazing. My sister is one of my very best friends, and I talk to my parents, all of them, often. Even more amazingly, we all get along and all talk to each other. Even though we have different political and religious views. Even though my mom and dad divorced years ago. Even though my sister and I fought like cats and dogs growing up.

We love each other. That trumps any and all disagreements.

As it should be.

But, sadly, that’s not always the case with family. My mother’s own family, for example, was a mess. Alcoholic parents, one of whom was an abusive narcissist. Six siblings who range from barely functional alcoholics to relatively well adjusted. My mom is one of the relatively well-adjusted ones, thankfully. It took years of therapy to become so, and I’m proud of the work she put in to do so.

I distanced myself—literally and figuratively—from most of my mother’s extended family years ago. I don’t believe being “family” means subjecting yourself to toxic people.

I believe true family is the people who love and support us. Sometimes, they’re biologically related. Sometimes they’re not. I am lucky to have a large and supportive family.

Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes a number of stories about the intricacies and complications of family. One of them, “My Real Cousin Ruby,” is her Free Fiction Monday story this week. The story was originally published in Fiction River: Fantasy Adrift.

Here’s the story synopsis:

For as long as she can remember, she has had two cousins named Ruby. Her so-called cousin, who lives in this world and whom she can’t stand, and the cousin she meets in her dreams—her Real Cousin Ruby.

Her siblings all dream about Real Cousin Ruby, too. But why?  

In “My Real Cousin Ruby,” World Fantasy Award winner Kristine Kathryn Rusch challenges the border between reality and the land of dreams. And what crosses that border leaves serious consequences behind on both sides.

Click here to read the story.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go call my sister.

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

Publisher’s Note: A Sky Full of Smoke

I spent the weekend in Spokane, Wash., for a Kiwanis District Convention. Spokane is about an eight-hour drive from Lincoln City. Most of the drive out was shrouded in a smoke-filled haze. All of the drive back was shrouded in smoke, sometimes so thick that it felt like driving through dense fog. It was surreal.

It reminded me of The Matrix, and the line “We’re the ones who burned the sky.” I covered plenty of storms in my journalism career, and plenty of destruction, including all kinds of fires. But the scope of the wildfires’ impact was very sobering.

It made the landscape feel like an alien world.

Or an apocalyptic one.

Which brought me back to The Matrix. I remember when that movie first came out. It was a game-changer. Not just because of the special effects, but also because it touched on so much of our fears of technology at the time. Computers, and especially AI, were relatively new and scary. We were preparing for Y2K, which turned out to be a non-event but was feared to bring Armageddon at the time.

So, having a movie where the main character discovers—SPOILER ALERT—he’s in a computer-created simulation (and in reality, a slave and energy source for machines) was one hell of a premise. And the moment Neo finds that out—that was one doozy of a plot twist.

P.S. The fact that I felt the need to put a spoiler alert on the plot twist from a 20-year-old movie is in itself a plot twist I didn’t see coming.

Have I mentioned I love plot twists?

Speaking of, there’s still time to get the SF Plot Twist Storybundle, but not much. It ends this week, so if you haven’t already purchased yours, be sure to click here now for more information.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go search the Internet for updates about the rumors that Warner Bros. is working on a Matrix 4.

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