WMG HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR 2019
Kristine Kathryn Rusch loves short fiction. There is no great secret about that, since she has written so many award-winning short stories and edited acclaimed short fiction magazines and anthologies.
Plus, she loves holidays and anything sparkly and glittery and wrapped. (She says so herself in the video if you haven’t watched that yet.)
A few years back a friend gave her one of those online holiday calendars and every day she clicked on an image and got a surprise of one sort or another. And every year since she gets another online holiday calendar so she can keep enjoying the surprises. And she started to wonder if it would be possible to do the same with short fiction.
So, her love of short fiction and holiday surprises led to the WMG Holiday Spectacular 2019 where a subscriber receives an original holiday story every day for 35 straight days. Talk about cool surprises.
An original story every day from November 28, 2019, through January 1, 2020. We call it a Calendar of Stories.
35 Original Stories
Kris did all the editing, picking top fiction from top professional writers for three distinct different anthologies. It is from those three anthologies that the daily stories will be sent out for 35 days.
And she wrote introductions to every story. So each day a subscriber will get an introduction to the story from Kris as well as the original story.
She also wrote two of the longer stories of the thirty-five and an entire new Kristine Grayson holiday novel for this as well. Yes, she really loves holiday stories that much.
Nothing like the WMG Holiday Spectacular 2019 has ever been done before with short fiction. Starting on November 28, 2019, you can get a holiday story per day sent to you automatically. 35 days, one story per day. Then next July, all of the stories will be put together in one massive compilation with all the introductions. So, you can also get that next summer.
And then in October 2020, the three volumes will be released in preparation for the next Holiday Spectacular. (That will happen if we get enough support with this first one.)
- The $35 Reward Level gets you the 35 calendar stories, all three books, the compilation, and the Kristine Grayson novel.
We call this the Holiday Spectacular for a reason. These stories are spectacular. So jump on board and enjoy a month-plus of wonderful reading and surprises.
THE SHORT STORY RELEASE DATES
Here is how it will work... Every day, starting on November 28, 2019, and running through January 1, 2020, you will get an original short story sent to you with an introduction, in email, like a newsletter. You will get each story in the major formats and be able to read the daily story on your own device without problems.
In the introductions to each story, Kris will tell you which of the three anthologies the story will be in, so you know what kind of story you have, be it a Joyous Christmas story or a darker Bloody Christmas mystery. Also, the top of the newsletter will have the three headers so you will know for sure at a glance what type of story has arrived in your inbox.
Joyous Christmas (Stories with more happy endings than you can imagine.)
Bloody Christmas (A crime anthology with fantastic dark and sometimes disturbing stories.)
Winter Holidays (Stories featuring holidays that are not Christmas that happen in the winter.)
Stories Also In Books
All three of the anthologies will also be sent out in October 2020 as standalone books, and will be available in both electronic and paper formats. But in July 2020, as a form of winter holiday in July, we will also put together all the stories and introductions into one massive book.
This compilation volume will be the best antidote to the summer heat you can find.
The $35 Reward Level Gives You Everything
- The entire 35 calendar stories, all three books, the compilation, and the Kristine Grayson novel.
We are making it easy to get extra rewards to help support this crazy project and make sure we do it every year. Simply add in the amount next to the add-on to your pledge under the reward you picked. We will check with you after this project funds to make sure you get your reward and your add-on.
All of these add-ons are described in the rewards.
You can add-on as many as you would like. No limits. Again, just add the amount(s) to your pledge under your chosen reward. (This allows supporters to get more than one reward.)
-- Add the three ebook anthologies to any reward... $15.00
-- Add the Calendar of 35 Stories for a Friend... $20.00
-- Add a Lecture... $40.00
-- Add the three anthologies in paper to any reward... $40.00
-- Add a Writer's Special... $100.00 (Up to four total.)
-- Add Every WMG Magazine Combo... $100.00
-- Add Writing a Holiday Story Workshop... $150.00
-- Add a Regular WMG Workshop... $250.00
-- Add $1,250 Workshop Credit... $1,000.00
In the event that we exceed our goals, we will follow jubilant celebration with added rewards:
Stretch Goal #1... $7,500
If we reach this amount, everyone who supports the WMG Holiday Spectacular 2019 at the $5 level or higher will receive a free electronic copy of Santa and Other Christmas Criminals, a collection of holiday mystery stories by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
Stretch Goal #2... $10,000
If we reach this amount, everyone who supports the WMG Holiday Spectacular 2019 at the $5 level or higher will also receive a free electronic copy of Fiction River: Christmas Ghosts, an anthology edited by Kristine Grayson.
Stretch Goal #3... $12,500
If we reach this amount, everyone who supports the WMG Holiday Spectacular 2019 at the $5 level or higher will also receive a free electronic copy of The Christmas Gift, a novel by Dean Wesley Smith where ghosts help the real Santa save Christmas. That's three extra books so far.
Stretch Goal #4... $15,000
If we reach this amount, everyone who supports the WMG Holiday Spectacular 2019 at the $5 level or higher will also receive a free electronic copy of Up on the Rooftop, a novella by Kristine Grayson from her Santa Series. That's four books if we reach this level.
For the writers, if we do reach this level, we will also add in your choice of any WMG Publishing Lecture, a $50 value. (If you are not a writer, you can give this to a writer friend and make them very happy.)
Stretch Goal #5... $17,500
If we reach this amount, everyone who supports the WMG Holiday Spectacular 2019 at the $5 level or higher will also receive a free electronic copy of Five for the Winter Holidays, a collection of five wonderful winter short stories from Kristine Kathryn Rusch. That's five extra books everyone gets if we reach this level.
Secondly, for the writers, everyone will get their choice of a Classic Workshop that WMG Publishing offers. This is a $150 value. Not kidding. (If you are not a writer, you can give this to a writer friend and make them very happy.)
We will announce more stretch goals every $2,500 and up, with more fantastic rewards, if it looks like we might reach this level. We sure hope so.
Risks and challenges
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