About WMG Publishing

Founded in 2010, WMG Publishing, Inc. is located in Lincoln City, OR. The company publishes more than 450 fiction and nonfiction titles in trade paperback, ebook and audiobook formats. In 2013, the company launched Fiction River: An Original Anthology Magazine, which publishes six volumes a year containing short fiction from New York Times bestsellers to debut authors. For more information about the company, go to www.wmgpublishing.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Publisher’s Note: Learning Something New Every Day

I was helping my daughter with her math homework the other day and she didn’t know the answer to the question, but she didn’t want to say that. She’s quite advanced at math (even more so at reading), so she felt like she should know all the answers. She was afraid that if she admitted she didn’t know something, the teacher would think she was stupid.

I was taken aback.

I told her no one knows everything, and there is no shame in not having all the answers. The key is to find out that answer. To investigate. To seek out understanding. To learn.

And never stop learning.

That’s a lesson all of us need to be reminded of from time to time.

It’s why we offer writing and publishing business workshops, for example. To pass along what we’ve learned. And as we keep learning, the workshops grow and evolve.

We just finished up the 2018 Business Master Class, for example. We learned a lot, including that Las Vegas is a much better—but also more expensive—venue for the in-person workshops. Which means we probably need to raise the rates.

But for a limited time, we’re offering an Early Bird Rate of $750 for the 2019 Business Master Class, which will be held October 25-30, 2019, at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas. The focus of this workshop is Long-Term Business Strategies for Writers and Independent Publishers. We will be announcing new instructors through the spring and should end up with around ten to twelve again. So, if you’re interested, now’s the time to sign up. You can do that here.

We also have about four spots left for the 2019 Anthology Workshop. The writing for this workshop starts at the end of November, so if you want to sign up for this one, you need to act fast. The fee is $750 and the dates for the workshop itself are March 1-6, 2019, at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas. Learn more here.

And don’t forget that we have online lectures and workshops going year-round. Lately we’ve added a new series of workshops to help writers plan the future of their writing business. Because it is a business, and businesses need a plan.

We address this topic in a series of four six-week workshops called The Future Workshop Series. They are:

#1: REFRESH AND RENEW: How to Keep Your Inventory Selling.
#2: OPPORTUNITIES: How to Evaluate and See Opportunities.
#3: STRUCTURE: Habits and Structures for Long-Term Survival
#4: PATIENCE: How, When, Why… Pacing a Career.

The first of these workshops starts this Wednesday, Nov. 7. There are three ways to sign up: you can buy one at a time (the workshops are $300 each); purchase the bundle of all four of them for $1,000 (a savings of $200); or sign up for a lifetime subscription to all the workshops (which has a value of more than $14,000) for $3,000.

For more information or to sign up, go to https://wmg-publishing-workshops-and-lectures.teachable.com/.

They say you should learn something new every day. If you’re a writer, these workshops are an excellent place to start.

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

Publisher’s Note: Let the festivals begin!

Publisher’s Note: Let the festivals begin!

Dia de los Muertos. Calan Gaeaf. Halloween. Samhain. Diwali…The names themselves sound like a magic incantation, a calling from one world into the next. These are all fall festivals that have roots reaching into the distant past where myth and memory mingle.

I love this time of year. And it’s mostly because of those ancient human feelings that we still have: fear of the dark and a need for reassurance when the nights get long and the cold creeps into our bones. But we also still harbor a fascination with the unknown. What is out there in the dark? And who?

These days we entertain ourselves with scary symbols and images during this season, ghosts and skeletons and eerily carved pumpkins, almost as a reminder of the wonder and fear that originated so long ago. But last year, during the total solar eclipse here in Lincoln City, Oregon, when the moon covered the sun and the day turned to night as though someone flipped the off switch, I had the kind of overpowering sense that I imagine our ancient ancestors must have had when darkness conquered the light. It’s a feeling that bypasses the intellect and goes straight to the soul, a sense of astonishment, of the power of the natural world, and an instant certainty of my own feebleness and insignificance. It was both uncanny and absolutely thrilling. I was agog.

No wonder we conjure spirits to guide us through these encounters with the great mysteries of the universe and our place in it. If there’s one thing we at WMG can provide you with, it’s informative and entertaining guides through the liminal worlds of Halloween, Samhain, Dia de los Muertos and the rest. Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith seem to feel right at home there. Dean has created ghosts who fall in love and spend the afterlife helping the rest of us in the Ghost of a Chance series, as well as dozens of creepy stories with weird characters who inhabit that most liminal of suburban neighborhoods, Bryant Street.

It’s hard to know where to start with all the weird and wonderful characters Kris has created: her books are chockablock with ghosts, mermaids, wizards, and familiars.

Hands down my personal favorite is Ruby.

When she first appears in “Familiar Territory,” she is still a little kitten who intends to become the familiar of a wizard named Winston. He is a kind and humble wizard, with small magic powers. Ruby herself is tiny, soft, black and there is nothing humble about her. Her body is small and her mouth is big. And the adventures she and Winston tackle together are matters of life and death.

Just for you, we have made the Ghost of a Chance Starter Bundle, three novels in one ebook, available. Ruby is also yours for the taking by way of Familiarity: A Winston and Ruby Collection. And we’re tossing into the mix a classic volume of Fiction River—Haunted, which is bursting with ghosts. You can get all three for $2.99 each, but only this week.

Take your pick of guides and enjoy this festive time as we slide into the darkness.

Gwyneth Gibby, WMG Associate Publisher. October 29, 2018.

Publisher’s Note: A Beautiful Autumn

Publisher’s Note: A Beautiful Autumn

October has always been my favorite month of the year, but for different reasons based on where I’ve lived.

Growing up in New Jersey, in was about the cool, crisp air and the amazing fall colors and the piles of leaves everywhere and pumpkins and apples and everything, you know, traditionally autumn. (I have learned since moving from New Jersey to other parts of the country that what tends to be portrayed as typical weather is really Mid-Atlantic East Coast weather.)

Now that I live on the Oregon Coast, I love October because it’s our best opportunity for beautiful, peaceful weather.

We had a stretch of such weather recently. Sunny, warm, relatively windless. Not cool and crisp but very pleasant. And the colors don’t compare to those in the Mid-Atlantic states, but you can still find some color (and the pumpkins and apples, etc.) by taking a drive.

One such sunny day, my husband and I drove in a loop of an hour east then about 45 minutes south, then an hour west and 45 minutes north. I was struck by the amazing juxtaposition of scenery in Oregon. The drives east, south, and west were all about fall color amid the dominant evergreens of the region. But the drive north was all about sparkling, blue ocean. Breathtakingly beautiful.

Growing up I would never have associated the ocean with fall. But I do now.

So, let me send a little bit of that beauty and peacefulness across the internet to you with a lighthearted story suggestion that puts a fun twist on the classic fairy tale fare: “The Charming Way” by Kristine Grayson.

Here’s the synopsis:

Mellie keeps a secret: she blames fairy tales for ruining her life. She believes she can stop fairy tales from ruining other people’s lives by forcing booksellers to stop selling fairy tales. 

But on the way to her protest at a book fair, she runs into a handsome man. A very handsome man who also happens to be Prince Charming. And he loves books. Even fairy tales.

The short story that provided the inspiration for Grayson’s paranormal romance novel, Wickedly Charming.

Click here for more information.

Happy Fall!

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

Publisher’s Note: Bundling Up for NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is fast approaching, and Kevin J. Anderson has curated another of his annual Storybundles to help you writers out there make the most of it.

We have not one but two WMG Writer’s Guides in this informative 12-book bundle: The Secrets of Success by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch and How to Write a Novel in Ten Days by USA Today bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith.

Here are a few words about The 2018 NaNoWriMo Writing Tools Bundle StoryBundle from Kevin:

It’s that time of year: November is “NaNoWriMo” or National Novel Writing Month, when ambitious authors take the challenge to write the first draft of a novel from start to finish in a month. While gearing up for the challenge, writers are looking for advice, techniques, and resources.

And boy do we have a toolkit for you! I’ve curated an impressive collection of a dozen books on writing that will be inspirational, helpful, maybe even provocative. You can get all of the books for as little as $15, and a portion of the proceeds goes directly to benefit the Challenger Learning Center for Space Science Education.

In this bundle, you’ll get titles with basic nuts-and-bolts advice on writing, including How to Write a Novel by Simon Haynes, Story Pitch by Scott King, The How-To Structure Workbook for Trilogies, Series, and Parallel Worlds by C. Michelle Jeffries, Writing As a Team Sport on collaboration by Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta (we included a partial sneak-preview of this book in last year’s bundle, and this version is greatly expanded), and How to Polish Your Manuscript into a Rock-Solid Book by Andrea Pearson.

We’ve included inspirational and motivational titles to get your book done, You Must Write: Success Through Heinlein’s Rules by Kevin McLaughlin, Pulp Speed for the Professional Writer by Blaze Ward, and How to Write a Novel in Ten Days by Dean Wesley Smith (and, yes, he does that…regularly).

And for those of you thinking about the big picture, we have important career advice with The Secrets of Success by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Become a Successful Indie Author by Craig Martelle, and The Healthy Writer by Joanna Penn. For those of you interested in the whole process of bundling, we include the StoryBundle exclusive, Bundle Up! by Jamie J. Ferguson.

In short—you need these books!

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: A New Conundrum

Publisher’s Note: A New Conundrum

What do you get when you set a cozy mystery series at science fiction conventions? Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s fan-favorite Spade/Paladin series, of course.

The infamous private detectives return for their latest mystery in “At Witt’s End.”

Here’s the synopsis:

When legendary science fiction fan Brendan Witt dies, Secret Master of Fandom and private detective Spade finds himself planning a memorial charity auction to honor Witt’s final wishes.

But when some very rare and highly collectible fanzines go missing, Spade and Paladin must race to find them before anyone notices.

Just one problem: Why they went missing might just prove the biggest mystery of all.

You can read this story for free on Kris’ website as part of her Free Fiction Monday. Click here to do so.

But don’t dally. The story is only available for one week.

Speaking of limited-time opportunities for a great deal in fiction, the Darker Realms Fantasy StoryBundle ends in a few days. As a reminder, you can get Fiction River Presents: Darker Realms, Kris’ FantasyLife and Other Stories (Author Preferred Edition), and Dean Wesley Smith’s The Free Meal: A Ghost of a Chance Novel, along with seven other fantastic books (plus support the AbleGamers charity) for just $15!

To learn more about the bundle, click here.

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

Publisher’s Note: Time Waits for No Man…Woman…Child

I was reminded recently how incredible fast childhood goes by. My daughter has suddenly reached the very beginning stages of puberty.

“Mommy, I’m becoming a little woman,” she said when I finally accepted and acknowledged the signs.

“NOOOOOOOOOOO!” I screamed silently.

Time, it seems, moves faster and faster. And childhood, for us adults, is gone in the blink of an eye.

Blink. Blink. Blink.

But when it comes to thrillers, things should move fast. And our latest volume of Fiction River doesn’t disappoint.

Here’s the synopsis for Pulse Pounders: Countdown:

The relentless ticking of a clock as time slips away marks the breathless pace of these remarkable stories. In Fiction River’s third edition of its Pulse Pounders series, these sixteen authors push the envelope of the thriller form. From a man desperately searching for his missing little girl to a chef racing to finish a cooking competition to an airship captain facing a deadly adversary, these stories will keep your pulse racing until the very end.

Table of Contents
“Payback is a Bitch” by Diana Deverell
“Death-Blind” by Robert Jeschonek
“The Airship Adventures of Captain Jane Fury” by Anthea Sharp
“Fifteen Men on a Dead Man’s Chest” by Henry Martin
“The Tomb of Arisel” by Bonnie Elizabeth
“Goodnight, Madison” by Lisa Silverthorne
“Romancing the Puffin” by Louisa Swann
“Dominant Species” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“Three Seconds” by T. Thorn Coyle
“Blood Chase” by Leah Cutter
“Caterpillar Boot Man” by Valerie Brook
“The Case of the Dead Son” by Laura Ware
“Breakfast at Luigi’s” by Thea Hutcheson
“Black Phantom, Gray Op” by Stefon Mears
“The Last Ramekin” by Liz Pierce
“The Princess, the Huntsman and the Monster” by Erik Lynd

We can’t control time, but we can put it to good use. And the countdown to this latest volume of Fiction River is now over. You can buy it here.

Or subscribe here and let Fiction River show up in your inbox automatically. Now, that’s a real time-saver.

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

Publisher’s Note: Going to the Dark Side

Publisher’s Note: Going to the Dark Side

I vividly remember one of my first forays into a darker realm. It was a short story by Stephen King called “The Eyes of the Dragon.” I remember it in part because I was so surprised it was a King story. I knew King as a horror writer. And, to be honest, I hated horror—or so I thought.

Ironically, it was another of King’s short stories, “The Colorado Kid,” that opened my eyes to what horror could be. Darkness comes in many forms—and many expressions.

The Darker Realms Fantasy Storybundle explores just that.: the darkness at the heart of the unknown.

Four of these books are new releases just in time for this Storybundle. New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s gives us a dark fantasy set on the Oregon Coast called FantasyLife and Other Stories (Author Preferred Edition). New York Times bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson’s Selected Stories: Horror and Dark Fantasy features 29 dark tales (including stories co-written with Grammy Award-winning singer Janis Ian and Rush’s Neil Peart)Award-winning author Annie Reed’s Iris & Ivy provides a heart-wrenching twist on the classic ghost story. And Stefon Mears Hunting Monsters gives us an old-school vampire in an urban setting.

Also included in the bundle is Fiction River Presents: Darker Realms. This short fiction anthology, which I edited, is the inspiration for the whole bundle and includes the prequels to two groundbreaking fantasy series: Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Fey series and David Farland’s Runelords.

Rounding out the bundle, we mix humor with darkness in The Free Meal: A Ghost of a Chance Novel by USA Today bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith and A Canadian Werewolf in New York by Mark Leslie. Then we turn decidedly more frightening with Residue by Hugo Award-nominated author Steve Diamond and Elements of Mind by Walter H. Hunt. And finally, D.J. Butler has given us not only Devil Sent the Rain, the fourth installment of his pulp fiction serial Rock Bands Fight Evil, but also the Rock Band Fights Evil Omnibus, too, for those readers who missed the first three installments.

As always, at StoryBundle, you name your own price—whatever you feel the books are worth, and a portion of the proceeds goes to charity—in this case, AbleGamers.

For $5 (or more, if you feel generous), you’ll get the basic bundle of four books in any ebook format worldwide:
Fiction River Presents: Darker Realms
Kevin J. Anderson: Selected Stories: Horror and Dark Fantasy
Annie Reed: Iris & Ivy
Stefon Mears: Hunting Monsters

If you pay at least the bonus price of just $15, you get all four of the regular books, plus SIX more!
Dean Wesley Smith: The Free Meal
Kristine Kathryn Rusch: FantasyLife and Other Stories
Mark Leslie: A Canadian Werewolf in New York
Steve Diamond: Residue
Walter H. Hunt: Elements of Mind
D.J. Butler: Devil Sent the Rain and Rock Band Fights Evil Omnibus

The Darker Realms Fantasy Storybundle runs for three weeks only. So, you’ll want to act fast.

To learn more about the bundle, click here. To learn more about AbleGamers, click here.

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

Publisher’s Note: Easy Days

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

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

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.