Publisher's Note

Publisher’s Note: A New Edition of A Dangerous Road

As promised in my blog two weeks ago, WMG has released a new edition of A Dangerous Road by Kris Nelscott featuring a reader’s guide and book discussion questions.
This is by popular demand. Kris has been getting inquiries for years about this kind of edition, because A Dangerous Road—the first book in the Smokey Dalton series—is perfect for book clubs and reader groups to discuss.
But writing discussion questions is a particular skill. One I don’t have any experience doing. Fortunately, multi-talented associate publisher Gwyneth Gibby does possess such experience.
She wrote the questions and I designed a whole new cover for this edition.
If you’ve never read A Dangerous Road, this is a great time to start.

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

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.

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.”

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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.

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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...

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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 even the 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.

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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.

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Publisher’s Note: Whew! What a year it’s been!

Guest blog by Gwyneth Gibby, Assoc. Publisher It has been an exciting year for WMG Publishing, with Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith moving from the Oregon Coast to Las Vegas. Talk about a change of pace; the first thing Kris and Dean did after settling in...

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Publisher’s Note: A Christmas Gift

It’s Christmas Eve, and tonight I’ll be trying to marshal a very excited 8-year-old off to bed. But before I do, I wanted to bestow a Christmas gift to our readers.

I first learned about the Icelandic tradition called Jólabókaflóð last year, and this year I vowed to adopt my own version of it into our family tradition. So, I will be giving each member of my family a book, which they can unwrap Christmas Eve.

(Added bonus: Reading a book in bed is a good way to help my daughter drift off to sleep…)

As anyone reading this blog falls in the category of WMG family, I’d like to do the same for you. And Dean Wesley Smith has written the perfect book for this purpose.

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Publisher’s Note: In the Company of Angels

This past weekend, I took my daughter to see “It’s a Wonderful Life” for the first time, but not in a movie theater. Instead, I took her to see a radio play version of the story performed by our local theater group.
Now, I tend to avoid local theater for the most part. I was spoiled growing up in such close proximity to Broadway. I’ve seen more than a dozen Broadway shows on Broadway and even the smaller theaters in the area have high-caliber talent. So, my standards for quality theater are ridiculously high.
And Lincoln City is a very small town.
But Nola’s third-grade teacher was in the performance and she really wanted to see it. So, I bought us all tickets and we went.
And I’m so glad we did. It was delightful.

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Publisher’s Note: A Horse, Of Course

When you’re a designer, you tend to have colloquial names for the art we use on covers, especially when they are in a series. Sometimes they’re innocuously referred to, such as “women in beautiful dresses.” But sometimes, well, we use more caution when referring to them.
If you’ve ever read Dean Wesley Smith’s Thunder Mountain series, you’ll notice an art theme. Horses. Generally, cowboys on horses. But inside the WMG offices, they’re referred to as the horse’s ass series.

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