Publisher’s Note: A Deep Dive into Hardcovers

As I mentioned last week, we have a ton of projects going right now, and part of the reason for that is that I’m still playing catchup from being out on medical leave this spring. So recently, I took a deep dive into finishing up one of those outstanding projects.

The project, which was the driving force behind WMG’s May Kickstarter, is to produce hardcover versions of all the books published so far in Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Diving Series.

The Kickstarter provided the funding. But I needed to find the time to do the work. No easy task these days.

The challenge with hardcovers is that I am currently the only one who can do them. They require professional-level proficiency in InDesign. Even still, I’d only done two other hardcovers before (both the regular and signed/limited editions of Protectors by Kris Nelscott), so I’m still in a bit of a learning curve myself.

I started this new round of hardcovers with The Renegat, which published September 17. Then, I moved on to the signed/limited edition of The Renegat, which is in the process of being signed by Kris and shipped back to us for delivery to those Kickstarter supporters who chose that reward.

Then, I moved on to the rest of the series. Some of these books haven’t had their front and back matters updated in a while, so I had to touch most of the interiors as well as create new dust jacket covers for the novels and case laminate covers for the novellas (dust jackets aren’t available in the 5×8 size we use for our novellas, as we discovered).

And then, there’s the promo files I needed to create for Ingram Spark. We already have a promo file for each book that we use for KDP Print, but Ingram requires much more information. It’s all really useful information, and it’s all information we had already, but it needs to be in one place for efficiency when you upload a new title on Ingram Spark. [Note for you indie publishers out there: I’ve included some hopefully helpful tips for doing hardcovers on Ingram Spark at the very bottom of this blog.]

So, all that, times 13 for the Diving Series.

Like I said, I’ve been busy. It took working through some weekends, but I really wanted to be able to get these books on sale (and delivered to those Kickstarter supporters) by early December for the holiday shopping season.

And they will be. I’ll update you again once they’re live.

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

Note: For you indie publishers out there, I highly recommend the following: Create your hardcover interior file first (you should be able to use the paperback interior and just swap out the ISBNs with the ones for the hardcover edition) and export it per Ingram Spark’s requirements (totally different than KDP Print). Next, give yourself a good chunk of time to create that promo file and the listing on Ingram Spark first (the page count and ISBN are needed here) so you have a template to use for other books. Then, when you get to the final screen that would allow you to upload the interior and cover files, click on Help on the left menu bar instead and use their cover generator tool to design the hardcover. You’re going to need to basically redesign much of it (but do use the same art and typography) from the paperback. Hope that helps!

Publisher’s Note: Great Deals Abound this November

We’re solidly into November, a month that’s proving to be one of the busiest times of the year for us. We have books available in three separate Storybundles this week, and I have new news about the WMG Holiday Spectacular 2019 to tell you about.

First, the latest Storybundle: The Historical Mystery Bundle. Curated by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, this new bundle features three WMG books—Fiction River: Past Crime, edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch; Stone Cribs: A Smokey Dalton Mystery by Kris Nelscott; and The Idanha Hotel: A Thunder Mountain Novel by Dean Wesley Smith.

You’ll also recognize a number of the other authors with books in this bundle from the pages of Fiction River and Pulphouse Fiction Magazine.

Here’s what Kris has to say about this bundle:

Most people misunderstand the mystery genre. They expect Agatha Christie type stories—you know, bodies in the library and implausible murders and lots of puzzles. And while that is a form of mystery (cozy), it is not the entire genre.

Really, if we were going to name the genre correctly, we would call it the crime genre. But if we do that, then readers expect true crime, which is a nonfiction genre.

So we’re stuck with the inadequate word “mystery” when we mean “crime.” At least the word “historical” works for us. Although it covers a broad scope. At least in this bundle.

Click here to read much more about the bundle.

And while you’re on the Storybundle website, be sure to check out the other bundles with WMG books on offer there if you haven’t already: The Saving the World Bundle, which ends this week, and The 2019 NaNoWriMo Writing Tools Bundle, which runs until late November.

And now that news about the WMG Holiday Spectacular 2019. If you missed the Kickstarter for this project (or realized you want to order more to fill out your gift list), you’re in luck! WMG is now selling the WMG Holiday Spectacular 2019—which includes a holiday story per day sent to you automatically for 35 days, from November 28 to January 1—on our website for $25. Your purchase includes the Calendar of Stories, which includes a holiday story per day sent to you automatically for 35 days from November 28 to January 1, as well as the WMG Holiday Spectacular 2019 ebook compilation, which includes all 35 stories and introductions in one volume and will be released in July.

Click here for more information about this gift that will last throughout the holiday season.

So many great deals! What a wonderful time of the year.

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

Publisher’s Note: All Bundled Up for NaNoWriMo

After spending a wonderful long weekend in Las Vegas teaching and learning from the fabulous folks at the 2019 Business Master Class, I returned to Oregon last week to true (as I think of it) fall weather. Crisp, cool, sunny, and dry. Jersey fall. I love it! I’ve even broken out my down vest in celebration.

And now that I’m bundled up, and November has arrived, I’m also thinking of NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, and the latest NaNoWriMo Storybundle Kevin J. Anderson has curated to help you writers out there make the most of this month.

WMG has two useful tools in this informative 15-product bundle: How to Make Money by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch and the Stages of a Fiction Writer lecture by USA Today bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith.

How to Make Money is a useful book for any freelancer (and is also part of Kris’ soup-to-nuts Freelancer’s Survival Guide). And the Stages of a Fiction Writer lecture (a $50 value) is a great introduction to the WMG Online Lectures!

Here are a few words about the full 2019 NaNoWriMo Writing Tools Bundle from Kevin:

It’s that time of year, NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month…and it’s time to get ready for your writer’s journey. I’ve gathered another big grab bag of inspirational and informative books on various aspects of writing, publishing, and career building. This year’s NaNoWriMo Writing Tools StoryBundle has 13 books and one video lecture, something for writers at all stages of their craft. Plus, you get a code for 50% off Jutoh and 75% off Jutoh Plus, a tool for formatting and creating your own ebooks!

Click here to read much more about the bundle.

Happy writing!

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

Publisher’s Note: Saving the Universe

Have you ever found yourself walking across a supermarket parking lot on a sunny day, mentally ticking through your shopping list, minding your own business, and been stopped dead in your tracks by the sound of a dog barking in a nearby car? Not much can catapult me from a pleasant frame of mind to anxious confusion faster than that sound.

Because it must be investigated.

Having been a journalist, I have reported stories of dogs trapped in hot cars, people trapped in their vehicles on flooded roads, houses burned down leaving badly injured survivors, or worse. So, OK, I have a mind alert to potential catastrophe. But I am ill-equipped to deal with ambiguous calls for help. Is that dog roasting and desperate? Or is he just impatient to get the treats his owner always brings him when they go to the store? (Good boy!)

I am convinced that the main power superheroes have is freedom from doubt. Self-doubt mostly, but also freedom from the gnawing dread that maybe there isn’t a solution to every person’s suffering. But superheroes aren’t the only ones who tackle dangers great and small. And frankly, my admiration is much greater for the mere heroes and heroines who jump right in to save their worlds, carrying their burdens of self-doubt and dread along with them.

What better way to savor the saviors than indulge in Dean Wesley Smith’s new Storybundle, Saving the World. Dean’s goal in curating this bundle was to find as many ways as he could to save as many worlds as writers could come up with. He offers the reader eight novels and two short-story collections. In addition to Dean’s book from the Thunder Mountain series, The Taft Ranch, you will find Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Diving novel Searching for the Fleet, and four novels by some of the most entertaining and original authors writing about worlds that need saving in a multitude of genres. There are sci-fi, time travel, space opera, thriller, magic and more.

It’s that time of year when the days get shorter and the evenings longer, and the world can seem a darker place in more ways than one. These stories dispel doubt and dread (admittedly after conjuring it), and if you treat yourself to them, and you’re good, they will leave you feeling as satisfied and happy as a puppy.

Gwyneth Gibby is Associate Publisher of WMG Publishing.

Publisher’s Note: A Storm’s a Comin’

Winter has arrived here on the Oregon Coast in a rather tumultuous fashion. Wait, what happened to fall, you ask? Well, it was very short-lived.

Summer stretched into early October, and fall finally arrived a couple of weeks ago. But just as the leaves were peaking in the Willamette Valley with fall color, we’ve been blasted with a series of winter-like storms (which here means cold, driving rain).

So, yeah, winter.

Now, the leaves are gone, the rain gear is out, the days are darkening, and we’re hunkering down for a long winter’s nap.

And because I have a lot to be thankful for this year (my most recent MRI prompted my neurosurgeon to say that my brain is “healing beautifully,” for example), I’m going all in on holiday prep.

In fact, I’ve already started my Christmas shopping, and my husband and I have already been scouting out the holiday decorations we might want to add to our outdoor display this year.

And if you, too, are already thinking about the holidays, here’s your final reminder about the WMG Holiday Spectacular 2019 Kickstarter, which ends at 4:14 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23.

We’ve reached our first stretch goal and are approaching our second. That means that everyone who pledges $5 or more also gets Santa and Other Christmas Criminals by Kristine Kathryn Rusch for sure and will get Fiction River: Christmas Ghosts, edited by Kristine Grayson, if we reach our second goal.

Click here to learn more.

It’s practically raining holiday reading fun. Be sure to get in on the deluge while you can.

Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer, working mother, and brain tumor survivor.

Publisher’s Note: Anything but Haunted this Halloween

Last weekend, my family and I got our Halloween on. Every year, we go pumpkin picking and hay riding and start decorating for this spookiest of seasons. And this year, we’re adding a new level to our Halloween celebrations.

On October 1, I began my term as president of the Kiwanis Club of Lincoln City, and my first official act was to bring about a board vote to take on sponsorship of a local Halloween event that is very special to me and very important to our community.

This event began in 2008 when the late Kip Ward started hosting The Haunted Hotel at the Historic Anchor Inn. The early years were held at the hotel and featured events for the very young as well as those more inclined to the spooky side of the Halloween Street.

When the event outgrew the hotel, it was renamed the Spooky Spectacular and moved to Taft Elementary School. Last year saw the biggest turnout yet.

I was involved in the inception of the event, and when Nola was born, it was where she spent her first Halloween. We have gone every year since (except for the one year we were in Eugene).   

As long-time readers of this blog (or any writer who has attended one of our past Lincoln City workshops) know, Kip was like family to me and a very close friend of Dean and Kris. His sudden death in February 2018 was a shock and a blow to many. We miss him very, very much.

To be able to start my Kiwanis presidency by honoring Kip… Well, let’s just say I know he’ll be with me in spirit.

It’s also one more reminder that life is short, and we must spend as much quality time with our loved ones as we can—while we can.

This was the inspiration behind one of my favorite rewards in the WMG Holiday Spectacular 2019 Kickstarter. Those who pledge this reward (at $60 or more) can share the joy of reading the 35 calendar holiday stories with two friends. It’s a great way to celebrate the season together, especially if your friends don’t live nearby. Click here to learn more.

Friends, fun, holidays. All of these things remind me of Kip (with whom I spent many wonderful holidays). And you can bet I’m going to be sure to enjoy this holiday season with my family and friends as I help keep Kip’s memory alive.

I know he’ll be with me in spirit.

Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer, working mother, and brain tumor survivor.