Publisher's Note

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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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...

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Publisher’s Note: Sharing the Love of Stories

We’re almost to 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.

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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 to renew your subscription (or add to it, or start one), 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.

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Publisher’s Note: The Family You Choose

I’m lucky to have a loving and supportive family. And I mean that: I know just how lucky I am. Because I know plenty of people who don’t—even some in my own family.
Maybe I should say I’m lucky with my immediate family. My mom, dad, stepmother, stepfather and sister are all amazing. Not perfect, mind you, but amazing. My sister is one of my very best friends, and I talk to my parents, all of them, often. Even more amazingly, we all get along and all talk to each other. Even though we have different political and religious views. Even though my mom and dad divorced years ago. Even though my sister and I fought like cats and dogs growing up.
We love each other. That trumps any and all disagreements.
As it should be.
But, sadly, that’s not always the case with family.

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Publisher’s Note: A Sky Full of Smoke

I spent the weekend in Spokane, Wash., for a Kiwanis District Convention. Spokane is about an eight-hour drive from Lincoln City. Most of the drive out was shrouded in a smoke-filled haze. All of the drive back was shrouded in smoke, sometimes so thick that it felt like driving through dense fog. It was surreal.
It reminded me of The Matrix, and the line “We’re the ones who burned the sky.” I covered plenty of storms in my journalism career, and plenty of destruction, including all kinds of fires. But the scope of the wildfires’ impact was very sobering.
It made the landscape feel like an alien world.
Or an apocalyptic one.

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Publisher’s Note: A Series of Successes

We’ve been talking a lot around the office lately about the Cold Poker Gang series by Dean Wesley Smith. We’ve been doing some heavy promotion for this series and it’s given these fantastic books some well-deserved attention.
Now, here’s the really fun part: These books aren’t new. Newer, yes, but the latest novel in this series was released last year. There will be more, I’m sure, but it wasn’t a new release in this eight-books series that prompted the promotion. We simply decided to experiment and see what happened. And that’s the freedom of non-traditional publishing.
Our experiment worked. We used book promotion sites like Bookbub and Freebooksy (we had already dropped the ebook price for Kill Game, the first book in the series, to free). And then we dropped the ebook price of the remaining novels to $3.99 each.
And sales for the series took off like wildfire.

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