New Holiday Cover Fun

Guest blog from Allyson Longueira, the publisher of WMG Publishing Inc. about some of the Holiday stories now out. If this doesn’t show well, it also is at WMG Publishing web site. Just click on any cover to get a description of each story and links to the major electronic sale sites. I wanted to put her blog up to show the nifty covers WMG Publishing Inc. is doing these days.


Although we have yet to don our Halloween costumes, already my thoughts have turned to the holidays. Maybe that’s because we’ve been so busy revising our holiday stories lately. We have a wide selection of holiday offerings here at WMG—from fantasy and sci-fi to mystery and literary.

We have a Thanksgiving cozy called Pudgygate to kick things off and Christopher’s Crummy Christmas, a story about how Santa’s son feels about Christmas Day.







 We have stories about family and holiday traditions, such as The Last Christmas Letter and Stille Nacht. Of course, each has a bit of a twist <grin>.




We have stories with a bit of romance and magic, such as Nutball Season and Up on the Rooftop.





We have stories about Christmas Future, such as the sci-fi offerings of Boz, Loop and The Taste of Miracles.













Then there are the mysteries and urban fantasies, from the intriguing to the dark: Doubting Thomas, The Moorhead House, Rehabilitation, Substitutions and Snow Angels.













And as the holiday season comes to a close, we have the Hugo-award winning Millennium Babies to help you ring in the New Year.







And if you prefer to spread the love (or suspense) even further, we have three collections that include many of these stories: Five for the Winter Holidays, Silent Night: A Christmas Collection and Santa and Other Christmas Criminals.








I don’t know about you, but thanks to these stories, I’m way ahead on my Christmas shopping.

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


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12 Responses to New Holiday Cover Fun

  1. These are all fantastic! Very inspiring. :)

  2. Wow! These covers are amazing! Thanks for showing them to us.

  3. Very nice, eye-catching, clear covers! Here’s wishing you good sales.

  4. antares says:

    The link to Amazon for “Pudgygate” does not work. At least it did not for me. (Twice.) The book page is there, though. Went to and navigated to it in the Kindle Store.
    Thought you would want to know.

  5. Annie Reed says:

    Those are *really* cool covers! Kudos to all the hard-working people at WMG.

  6. Tara O. says:

    Love, love, love the covers! I have purchased and read many short stories by both you and Kris, Dean (and have enjoyed them immensely), but I have to be honest: I won’t pay 2.99 for a short story. I hope some day you’ll have a “sale” on some of your fiction, ’cause I know I’m missing some great stuff. Nonetheless, I respect your rights and decisions as a writer and wish you much success. (And I’m learning a lot by studying your covers. Thanks for sharing!)


    • dwsmith says:

      Thanks, Tara. I love what Allyson is doing with the covers as well.

      And no issue on the $2.99, Tara. Every buyer has their price points for everything that is for sale. For example, I just sold a hardback that my friend gave me in his estate. My friend complained when he bought it for $25 bucks. I sold it for $700.00 and the place I sold it to put a price on it of $3,500.00. And it sold within two days.

      Value for anything is always relative. Really appreciate the comments.

  7. Eric says:

    I wonder if this will one day become the hallmark of a successful writer.

    Today (by which I mean five years ago) we have the NYT Hardcover list, the major prizes, six-digit advances.
    Will there be bestseller lists for ebooks? Impossible to calculate exact sales numbers, then again, a better method than the NYT list (tracking select book stores) won’t be difficult to find. (Stephen King – Amazon #1 Bestselling Writer?)
    I’d wager that most of the major prizes will switch to ebooks, if not now, then in the next decade. And those who take their validation in a pay check are already happier than ever.

    I guess, this is just the missing piece of the puzzle. Running your own publishing company. Presenting your printed book to your family and friends. Showing the world you are successful enough to employ someone as talented – apologies – skilled as Allyson Longueira.

    Maybe in the future these publishing companies will become brands in their own right, like artist collectives of old. Five writers find each other and realize they are treated more seriously if they combine their backlists. And then they start collaborating under twenty different pen names, until it’s difficult to even keep track who is who.

    Interesting times.

    • dwsmith says:


      When you know the history of publishing, almost all, and I do mean almost all major publishing companies today started with with guy, or two or three guys, deciding to publish a few books. Often they were out of the backs of bookstores. Sometimes the companies started because an employee of one company thought they could do better and went off and did.

      The new companies coming in today are no different at all. This is the normal nature of publishing, and as the big companies at the top get too old, too slow, or each other in mergers, the newer, faster, more modern companies slide in under and grow and become the major companies of the next decade.

      All normal. We shall see where WMG Publishing Inc. ends up fitting in the larger picture. I know my previous publishing company I started (Pulphouse Publishing Inc.) became the fifth largest publisher of science fiction, fantasy, and horror for number of years. However, I only helped start WMG Publishing Inc. and I am not running it in any fashion. I’m just playing with my own stuff and helping out where I can. Allyson is the boss.

  8. Mary says:

    Coming off your Pitches and Blurbs workshop, I wonder why you left “slow-starting” in the Publisher’s Weekly pull-quote for “The Last Christmas Letter.” Wouldn’t eerie…”The Last Christmas Letter”… work just as well, if not better?

    For anyone considering the Pitches and Blurbs workshop, don’t hesitate. Worth every penny and more.

    And these covers–wow! I can’t wait for the workshop.

    • dwsmith says:

      LOL, Mary. No one asked me for my feedback on the blurbs on Kris’s books. That’s between here and her publisher. So I haven’t even looked at them to be honest.

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