Publisher’s Note: A Flood of Great Stories for Fiction River

The WMG offices are just now returning to normal after the weeklong Anthology Workshop, but our work has only just begun.

Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith have hosted the workshop for more than a decade, in which writers from all over the world have the opportunity to watch editors live edit upcoming anthologies, which includes not only an inside view into how an editor’s mind works (a scary thing, I assure you) but also direct editorial feedback on their stories. In the past, DAW and Pocket published many of the anthologies. For the past three years, the anthologies our editors focused on have included Fiction River volumes.

We have a great deal of fun at this workshop, hard work be damned. If you were following us on Facebook or Twitter this month, you know what I mean. If you weren’t go check out all the photos we posted.

The one-million words that our editors read for the workshop

The one-million words that our editors read for the workshop.

Our hard-working editors—Dean Wesley Smith, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, Mark Leslie, John Helfers and Kerrie L. Hughes—read more than 1 million words of fiction for this workshop. That’s right, I said 1 million. And Mark surprised everyone the last day with the announcement that he’d be editing the second Fiction River special edition, which will be titled Editors’ Cut.

The special edition will be produced through a partnership with Kobo, although it will also be available in trade paperback and will eventually become available on other e-retailer platforms.

Watch for more information on that volume as we draw closer to its release at the end of 2016. You can find information on next year’s workshop here. It’s nearly full, so if you’re interested, please sign up now.

We’re also doing a good bit of scheming with Mark and Kobo to help promote our other volumes (she says with an evil grin).

And just as the workshop started, we received another piece of good news: Two of our Fiction River stories have been nominated for Derringer Awards.

Fiction River Special: Crime with award-nominees and other amazing stories.

Fiction River Special: Crime with award-nominees and other wonderful stories.

“Because” by Melissa Yi is nominated in the Best Flash category. The story first appeared in Fiction River Special Edition: Crime.

“Hitler’s Dogs” by Doug Allyn is nominated in the Best Novelette category. This story also first appeared in Fiction River Special Edition: Crime.

Please join me in offering congratulations to these amazing authors. We’re so proud to have them as part of the Fiction River family. We actually need to congratulate Doug twice, because he has two stories in the Novelette category. The other is from Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.

You can see the full list of finalists here. And although I’d love it if you ran out and bought Fiction River Special Edition: Crime to read all of the incredible stories contained within, I thought I’d offer you the chance to read the nominated stories for free here on this website. You can read “Because” here and “Hitler’s Dogs” here.

The awards are decided March 31. I’ll have more Fiction River news for you in a couple of weeks.

Until then, have fun diving in to these amazing stories.

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




The WMG offices are just now returning to normal after the weeklong Fiction River Anthology Workshop, but our work has only just begun. Plus, we have some exciting news to announce, so be sure to read on.


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Publisher’s Note: A Time for Firsts

I’ve been talking a great deal about the Retrieval Artist series lately, especially the Anniversary Day Saga, and for good reason. When you release this many books in this short a timespan, that’s big news in the publishing industry.

And although we’re giving a lot of love to the Saga, we haven’t forgotten about the original books in the series. And we’re showing you, dear readers, some love in return with a great deal.

The Disappeared ebook cover web 285Later this week, the ebook price of The Disappeared, the very first novel in the Retrieval Artist series, the one that explains how the now-infamous Miles Flint became a Retrieval Artist in the first place, will drop to 99 cents for a very limited time. This is the lowest we have ever dropped the price of one of our novels, so if you haven’t read this book before, now’s the time to grab a copy. The price will revert to its regular $5.99 next Wednesday.

Here’s the synopsis for this Endeavor Award-winning novel:

In a universe where humans and aliens have formed a loose government called the Earth Alliance, treaties guarantee that humans are subject to alien laws when on alien soil. But alien laws often make no sense, and the punishments vary from loss of life to loss of a first-born child.

Now three cases have collided: a stolen spaceyacht filled with dead bodies, two kidnapped human children, and a human woman on the run, trying to Disappear to avoid alien prosecution. Flint must enforce the law—giving the children to aliens, solving the murders, and arresting the woman for trying to save her own life. But how is a man supposed to enforce laws that are unjust? How can he sacrifice innocents to a system he’s not sure he believes in? How can Miles Flint do the right thing in a universe where the right thing is very, very wrong?

If you haven’t yet been enticed into Retrieval Artist Universe, now’s the time to find out why io9 calls Miles Flint one of “the top ten greatest science fiction detectives of all time and Booklist says: “Rusch has created an entertaining blend of mystery and sf, a solid police drama that asks hard questions about what justice between cultures, and even species, really is.”

So, mark your calendar for Wednesday this week (when the price should have dropped at most e-retailers) and Wednesday next week (when the proverbial ship will have sailed for this deal).

A great read and a great deal. What’s better than that?

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

Great deal on Thunder Mountain by Dean Wesley Smith

“Looking for a book to get you out of a genre rut? USA Today bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith brings you a science fiction novel of the Old West and true love with Thunder Mountain (the first book in the new Thunder Mountain series). It will be just $2.99 for one day only on Thursday, April 3, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo. This promotion is also being featured at eBookSoda (, a new readers’ site that tailors ebook recommendations to your taste.”

Happy Cyber Monday

Here we are, back at work after a weekend filled with (for me, at least) turkey, friends, family, an early Black Friday trip to the local outlet mall, Small Business Saturday shopping at the many fine shops we have locally, and purchasing a Christmas tree (It’s only three and a half weeks away!).

I believe I have single-handedly buoyed our economy.

And now, it’s Cyber Monday, that glorious day where employees nationwide ignore the piles of work left from a long holiday weekend and shop online instead.

Not me, of course <wink, wink>, but many of you. At least I hope so. Because we’ve got our own Cyber Monday promotion going on right here at WMG.

Today, and today only, if you purchase three WMG Publishing titles (including the Fiction River imprint) valued at $2.99 or more from any retailer, you will receive a free audiobook of your choosing.

And although it’s Cyber Monday, you don’t have to buy them online. Stick with tradition, if you prefer. All of our print titles listed at $9.99 and above are available for your local brick-and-mortar bookstore to order.

Here are the specifics:

1. Buy (or show us proof of order) three (3) WMG Publishing titles in any format, from any retailer, from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. PST on Monday, Dec. 2.[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”” height=”” background_color=”#efd99f” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]Promotion extended to Noon PST on Tuesday, Dec. 3[/dropshadowbox]

2. Email a copy of your receipt to

3. Check out the list of WMG titles available in audiobook so you can start thinking about which free audiobook you’d like. We’ll contact you once we have your proof of purchase for next steps.

That’s it. Simple, right?

So, happy shopping. And don’t forget to get in a little work between sales <g>. Your boss will be thankful you did.

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

Holiday weekend promotions

It’s been a couple of weeks since we’ve offered any specials, and that might just be too long.

Through our partnership with the fine folks at Kobo, we are offering discounts on the following titles over the holiday weekend.

November 8-11

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Hurry! this offer is good for one book, and ends Monday. Click here for more information on Fiction River: Time Streams, Bleed Through, or Diving Into the Wreck.


FR Timestreams ebook coverTime travel in all its forms—good, bad, and terrifying—appears in this anthology. From the wild visions of Ray Vukcevich , Lee Allred, and Robert T. Jeschonek to the bestselling imaginations of Mike Resnick, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and Michael A. Stackpole, Time Streams will turn the time-travel genre on its head.

Fiction River: Time Streams includes stories by: Lee Allred, Michael A. Stackpole, Scott William Carter, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Mike Resnick & Lou J. Berger, Sharon Joss, Michael Robert Thomas, J. Steven York, D.K. Holmberg, Ray Vukcevich, Dean Wesley Smith, Jeffrey A. Ballard, Ken Hinckley, and Robert T. Jeschonek.

“Editor Dean Wesley Smith has compiled an outstanding volume of time travel stories, no two alike. I highly recommend it.” —Adventures Fantastic on Fiction River: Time Streams


Bleed ThroughFormer journalist turned journalism teacher Larissa Johanssen moved back to her hometown to escape the violence she once covered on a national stage. Until that violence strikes her high school, her students. Now, she must help her students deal with the type of coverage that drove her to the breaking point. And she must revisit parts of her past she thought long buried—and separate truth from fiction to finally begin to heal.

[Rusch] is one of those very few writers whose style takes me right into the story—the words and pages disappear as the characters and their story swallows me whole….Rusch has style.
—Charles de Lint


Diving into the Wreck ebook cover webBoss dives derelict space vessels, for money, yes, but more for their historical value. So, when Boss uncovers the find of a lifetime, she enlists the best divers she can convince to help her pursue it—off the grid and under the Empire’s radar.

Boss’ discovery leads her and some of her team to the Room of Lost Souls. Boss remembers the Room. It haunts her. Her mother died there. Now, a client wants her to go back. She wants Boss to help her uncover the Room’s mysteries. But the truths she discovers might destroy everything Boss holds sacred.

Because the more they discover, the less they realize they know—and the more it will cost them all.

This is classic sci-fi, a well-told tale of dangerous exploration.  The first-person narration makes the reader an eyewitness to the vast, silent realms of deep space, where even the smallest error will bring disaster. Compellingly human and technically absorbing, the suspense builds to fevered intensity, culminating in an explosive yet plausible conclusion.” —RT Book Reviews Top Pick