Publisher’s Note: Vision 2020


When I was in graduate school studying journalism, we created a special insert into the Columbia Missourian called Vision 2020. I don’t recall now what stories we published, but as you might expect, it was trying to envision what Columbia, Missouri, would look like in 2020. This was 2003, and 2020 seemed so far off. Now, it’s only months away.

I felt the same way when the Prince song “1999” came out. When that came out in 1982, it seemed like the world would be a much different place in 1999. And it was…but not as much in the way we expected. We thought for sure there would flying cars by 1999, for example.

As we approach 2020, still no flying cars. But we do have cars that drive themselves, so I suppose that’s something.

I’m thinking about all this because WMG just announced its 2020 Vegas Workshops schedule.

We have three craft workshops, our annual anthology workshop (which is where we buy some of our Fiction River and Pulphouse stories), and the annual Business Master Class, which is where some of the best minds in the publishing business look at where we are in the industry and what’s on the horizon.

You can read more about the 2020 workshop schedule here.

And don’t forget, if you want to sign up for the 2019 Business Master Class, you still have time (although it’s filling up fast). And there’s still a couple spots in the fall craft workshop. Sign up here for the Master Class and here for the Romance Workshop.

And, of course, our online lectures and workshops are available year-round. You can check those out here.

So, go check them out. If I’ve learned anything, it’s that we all need to keep learning and growing; because you never can predict where the future might lead you.

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

Publisher’s Note: Black History Month Kicks Off with a Powerful “Truth”


Note: The link below to download a free copy of “The Arrival of Truth” has been fixed. Thank you for informing us of this issue.

February 1 marks the start of Black History Month and to kick it off, the Google Doodle featured African-American abolitionist and American women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth. You can read more about this amazing woman here.

Seeing that Doodle nudged something in my memory. I seemed to remember that Kristine Kathryn Rusch might have written a story about her. (And this is one of the many reasons WMG keeps me around—with almost 700 titles, I’m usually the only one who can recall such things.)

Turns out I was right. It’s an alternative history story called “The Arrival of Truth.” And I thought in honor of Black History Month, I thought I’d share it with you for free.

Here’s the synopsis:

Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s alternate history stories have won or been nominated for every award in the sf field. “The Arrival of Truth” shows why. In pre-Civil War Virginia, some slaves tell a story about Sojourner and the Truth. One young girl, forced to give up her own children and nurse a white baby, wonders what the Truth will mean. Will it set her free? Or will it force her to make terrible choices of her own?

In “The Arrival of Truth,” Kristine Kathryn Rusch casts light on the powerful struggle between right and wrong, slavery and freedom.

You can download the story for free here.

Kris has written a number of stories and novels about the injustices faced by the African-American community, most frequently under her Kris Nelscott pen name.

Speaking of Nelscott, WMG will be releasing a new edition of A Dangerous Road featuring book discussion questions later this month.

So, stay tuned.

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

Publisher’s Note: The Power of Love


Love is a powerful thing. I’m talking about the kind of unconditional love of which we humans are capable. Sometimes, we find that love in a partner. Sometimes, we find it for the animals we share our lives with. Every child should feel a parents’ love, in my opinion.

But love is also a risky thing. Love can bring great joy…and devastating pain.

Fiction River editor Mark Leslie guides us through the ups and downs of love in all its forms for our latest volume, Feel the Love.

Here’s the synopsis:

Love. An essential and important part of the human experience. And in Feel the Love, editor Mark Leslie takes readers on a journey through the various forms of that powerful emotion. From the heartwarming to the heartbreaking, these eighteen talented writers brilliantly capture the concept of love. Comforting and thoughtful, uplifting and warm, these stories might just restore your faith in humanity.

Table of Contents
“Thief” by Michael Kowal
“Death’s Other Cousin” by Lisa Silverthorne
“Making Amends” by David Stier
“Frostwitch vs. the Ravages of Time” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“The Goddess Killer” by Lauryn Christopher
“Love Locks” by Dale Hartley Emery
“Love Bots” by Dæmon Crowe
“Loving Abby” by Angela Penrose
“Foiled” by Brigid Collins
“A Love to Remember” by Tonya D. Price
“The Refurbished Companion” by Kelly Washington
“The Secret of Catnip” by Stefon Mears
“Lifeblood” by Alexandra Brandt
“Who Loves the Unloved?” by Laura Ware
“Henry and Beth at the Funeral Home” by Joe Cron
“Truth and Lies” by David H. Hendrickson
“With Love in Their Hearts” by Robert Jeschonek
“Every Day New, Bright and Beautiful” by Annie Reed

Like the last Fiction River volume Mark edited (Feel the Fear), Feel the Love is the product of a publishing partnership with Kobo. And as such, if you buy the paperback edition, you will find a code in the back for a free ebook edition exclusively from Kobo.

Feel the Love’s official pub date is January 31, but the ebook is available for preorder now. You can find it here. This page will be updated on release day to provide links to the paperback, too.

We love great short fiction here at WMG. And if you want to keep feeling the love, you can subscribe to Fiction River here.

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

Make 100 Paperbacks A Kickstarter Project


A guest blog from Dean Wesley Smith

This week Allyson, the wonderful publisher of WMG Publishing, turned her blog over to me to write a little about a really fun project I am doing. So let me start from the very beginning.

A couple years back Kickstarter started a promotion to get people to make one hundred of a certain object and have a limited to one-hundred copies award of the object. When I first heard that, I figured I could make 100 short story paperbacks, all never-before published short stories.

That’s right, the stories would be out in electronic form, but also in small, very short paperbacks. I have done a number of these before and the length runs from 24 pages to about 50 pages. Too thin for writing on the spine, so they sort of feel like chapbooks, only with real glossy paperback covers on them.

Everyone who holds one thinks they are really nifty.

Last two years I didn’t have time to even try this challenge, but this year, when Kickstarter offered the promotion again, I figured why not? I would do almost all the work. I would, of course, write the short stories. I would lay them out for print, create the covers myself, and even load them up.

Allyson and the wonderful crew at WMG Publishing convinced me that they could load them to the stores like Amazon (I would just mess up the works is what they were saying, basically) and that they would do all 100 short stories in 3 limited (and very large) collections.  

So I went for it and started a Kickstarter campaign. You can get different forms of my stories or the three final collections. (If you support the campaign at all you get the three collections of all 100 stories in electronic form.)

Also, since I teach a lot of workshops for WMG Publishing, we decided to include discounts to all our writing and publishing workshops. So you can support the Make 100 Paperbacks Kickstarter Campaign by getting a discount on a workshop you’d like to take. Nifty, huh?

So I do hope you will take a look at this really crazy idea. I am going to have a great time doing this and I hope you would have a great time reading all the stories as well. 

Thanks.

Click here to view the kickstarter project.

Publisher’s Note: Fantastic Mysteries


I remember having my first TV crush when I was 10. It was 1983, and a new show called Automan hit the air. The show followed the adventures of a police officer and computer programmer who had created an artificially intelligent crime fighting program that generated a hologram (“Automan”) which could leave the computer world at night and fight crime.

I was in love: with the concept, the plot, the futuristic sf/superhero world the show created, and, of course, with Automan himself, Chuck Wagner.

As these were the days before we had a VCR, it was appointment viewing in my household, at my insistence. I remember taking a two-minute shower once because my mother wouldn’t let me watch it until I’d showered. I think I showed up in the living room in a towel, but I didn’t miss a minute of the show.

Unfortunately, my relationship with Automan was short-lived. The show only lasted 12 episodes.

That was 35 years ago. And I still remember it.

Those fantastic detectives really stick with you.

And while none can ever compare with your first love, there are plenty more fantastic detectives in the world of fiction. And Dean Wesley Smith has curated a Storybundle full of them.

The Fantasy Detectives Storybundle offers ten titles sure to light your interest: Fiction River: Fantastic Detectives, edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch; They’re Back: A Poker Boy Adventure by Dean Wesley Smith; Five Fantastic Tales by Kristine Kathryn Rusch; Slimy Chicken Zomnibus Edition by Kevin J. Anderson; Modern Sorcery by Gary Jonas; The Greatest Sin: Books 1-2 by Erik Kort and Lee French; Searching for Sanctuary by Chrissy Wissler; Devil’s Shoestring by Stefon Mears; Earthshaker by Robert Jeschonek; and The Shredded Veil Mysteries by Leah Cutter.

You can name your price, but if you pay at least $15, you get all ten fantastic mysteries.

Find out more about the bundle here.

But you’d better hurry. Like Automan, this bundle won’t be around for long.

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

Publisher’s Note: Hard Choices and Easy Decisions


Now that the holiday season is over, it’s time to start planning ahead for the New Year. But first, I have some new releases I wanted to be sure didn’t get lost in the festivities.

Associate Publisher Gwyneth Gibby briefly mentioned our latest volume of Fiction River in her fantastic end-of-year recap last week, but it’s time to shine a spotlight on that incredible volume.

I’ve recently had to make some very hard choices of my own, so I can empathize with some of the situations faced by the protagonists in Hard Choices, edited by Dean Wesley Smith.

Here’s the synopsis:

In this latest volume of Fiction River, editor Dean Wesley Smith pulls together an eclectic but cohesive group of stories filled with difficult decisions. From a man who must question the line between justice and vengeance to a teenage fixer fighting hypocrisy to a post-apocalyptic survivor’s mission to deliver one last message, each of these stories demonstrates extremely hard choices—and some very real consequences.

Table of Contents
“Equal Justice” by Annie Reed
“Payback” by Tonya D. Price
“Eric the Monkey” by Dan C. Duval
“Prospecting” by Ron Collins
“Toots” by Michael Kowal
“The Devil’s Muse” by Laura Ware
“Clean and Godly in Denmark” by Diana Deverell
“Killshot” by Annie Reed
“Four Hundred Yards” by Dale Hartley Emery
“A Life with Meaning” by David Stier
“Nightmare Scenario” by Chuck Heintzelman
“Echo” by Leslie Clare Walker
“Haunted” by Jamie Ferguson
“Skinwalker” by Valerie Brook
“Missiles of October” by Dan C. Duval
“Girl with a Mission” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“A New Day” by Kendall Heintzelman
“They Taught Us Wrong” by M.L. Buchman
“Tendrils” by Leigh Saunders
“Little Byte and Big Pieces” by Valerie Brook

You can buy it here. Or subscribe here and let Fiction River show up in your inbox automatically and start the year off right.

But Hard Choices wasn’t the only magazine we released in December. We also released Issue #4 of Pulphouse Fiction Magazine, also edited by Dean Wesley Smith (we kept Dean busy, as you can see).

Here’s the Table of Contents:
“Bigger Than the Monkey” by Robert Jeschonek
“The Coyote Equation” by J. Steven York
“THE Wereyam” by Kent Patterson
“The Apple Tart of Eden” by M. L. Buchman
“The Dead on Somerset Hill” by Chuck Heintzelman
“Home” by Michael Kowal
Peace and Quiet” by Jerry Oltion
“Word from on High: A Lucifer Jones Story” by Mike Resnick
“For the Love of Killer” by Mary Jo Rabe
“Earth Day” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“Why” by O’Neil De Noux
“Ornamental Animals” by Ray Vukcevich
“Crossing Over the River” by Sabrina Chase
“Graymatters” by David Stier
“The Chicken Time Machine” by Valerie Brook
“People Person” by Stephanie Writt
“The Old Guy” by Annie Reed
 “Wishful Thinking: A Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. Adventure” by Kevin J. Anderson

Click here to buy Issue #4 or here to subscribe to the magazine.

Now, those are some easy decisions.

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