Publisher's Note

Publisher’s Note: Tools of the Trade

We did some minor remodeling last week. At least, it was supposed to be minor. Home improvement project never turn out to be as minor as they should be, I’ve learned. Especially in older homes.
What was supposed to happen was the replacement of our kitchen sink and faucet, as well as the addition of an under-sink water purifier.
That all did happen, but for a while, it looked like we were in for a very expensive complication.
Once the old sink was pulled out, we discovered dry rot in the counter. As we figured out a plan to address that (without replacing the counter), we also discovered that the new sink (despite having the same dimensions as the old sink) didn’t fit into the hole. Different attachment system (who knew?). But that dry rot meant simply cutting a bigger hole was a real challenge. The plumber wasn’t entirely sure what to do (other than get a new counter), so I called in a neighbor friend from down the street who I knew had the tools and carpentry skills to problem-solve. What he didn’t have, it turns out, was the people skills to work with the plumber.

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Publisher’s Note: A Decade in the Books!

I reached a milestone over the weekend: 10 years at the helm of WMG.
That’s really amazing, when I think about it. When I joined the company, I was the only employee, and it was in the very early stages of a startup. Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith, the owners of WMG, could promise me a year’s salary, but the rest was up to us to make the company a viable endeavor.
And boy, has it grown since then. We had some rough spots in the early years, like all startups do, but we’ve grown every year since the start. We now have about 1,000 titles in our inventory, and our core staff has been on board for five years. Last year alone, we published more than 200 new titles, which is a feat that should not be repeated because of its insanity .
But our book inventory is not all that’s grown exponentially.

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Publisher’s Note: Time and Space

Reading the news these days makes me feel like I’m in some sort of alternate timeline. It’s like the past 40 years never happened and I’m right back to hearing about Russian invasions and nuclear war and World War III.
As a kid growing up in New Jersey, I was doing air raid drills in elementary and middle school much later than many of my peers. New Jersey was home to Bell Labs (now Nokia Bell Labs, but in the ’80s it was Bell Telephone Laboratories until 1984 and then AT&T Bell Laboratories). Bell Labs was considered a major target for a nuclear attack.
So, every few months, there we were, responding to a sound I’ve never heard associated with any other kind of emergency drill and quickly making our way into the hallways to get on our knees, facing the wall, with our heads down in the junction where wall and floor meet and our hands laced over the backs of our heads.

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Publisher’s Note: A Galaxy of Options

Well, I guess the US Senate reads my blog because they unanimously passed the Sunshine Protection Act last Tuesday. I guess they’re as over the time change as I am.
Once I got over the shock that the US Senate unanimously agreed on anything, I did a happy dance. But I had little time to dwell the news last week, because we launched a new Kickstarter on Thursday!
Our latest Kickstarter is called Rescue Two: A Seeders Universe Kickstarter and it’s already doing spectacularly well. We funded in less than an hour and were designated a Project We Love by Kickstarter in less than a day.
Plus, we’ve already hit the fourth stretch goals.
The Kickstarter is the first and best place to get Dean Wesley Smith’s latest Seeders Universe novel, Rescue Two.

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Publisher’s Note: Changing with the Times

I’m grumpier than usual about Daylight Saving Time this year. Maybe it’s just because this has been a hard year, and I’m tired, so I’m just grumpier than usual in general. But I’ve been getting increasingly annoyed by this twice-yearly time change for a while now.
It didn’t used to bother me much. Oh sure, it was really annoying when I was a kid and it got dark at like 4 p.m. (I lived in New Jersey), so if I had to take either of the late busses home from school because of after-school extracurriculars, I had to walk home from the bus stop in the dark. And I’ve always resented losing that hour of sleep every spring.

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Publisher’s Note: Every Day’s a Holiday at WMG

Have you heard about WMG’s latest project?
The Every Day’s a Holiday at WMG newsletter offers specially curated ebooks and discounts only for subscribers! For your $5 a month subscription you get a story or collection (and even the occasional novel) every week that relates to an unusual and fun national holiday.
So, I thought I’d offer a sneak peek at what we have coming up for this week so you can see what it’s all about.
Wednesday, March 9, is National Get Over It Day. There’s so much we need to get over these days that this holiday seems more apropos than ever.

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Publisher’s Note: Finding Solace in Fiction

My blog last week was eerily timely. Truman slipped away at home with me by his side in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
I was right: It has been beyond brutal.
As such, I’m not much of a conversationalist right now. But the world keeps spinning and with each revolution comes the potential for new worlds to get lost in when living in one’s own is far too painful.
Ironically, the first project I have to tell you about has an orange tabby on the cover, so Truman certainly would have encouraged you to read it, having been a beautiful medium-haired orange tabby himself.

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Publisher’s Note: Life (and loss) with Cats

I can’t imagine life without cats. I’ve lived with cats most of my life and have had at least one feline companion for the past 30 years.
I have always loved animals, but cats are special creatures. I’ve always felt particularly connected to them. I sometimes wonder if I was a cat in a past life.
There’s really not much better than having a purring cat curled up in your lap.
But it’s a cruel reality that cats’ lifespans are so much shorter than ours.
If you read Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s blog, you’ve seen her write about bad cat years. Those are the years you lose multiple cats because of age or ill health or both.
It’s a phenomenon I wasn’t familiar with until recently.

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Publisher’s Note: Love is in the Air

You might expect someone who has been married three times to be skeptical about love. But in my case, you’d be wrong. At least, you’d be wrong now.
I was skeptical about love until I met my third husband. It was only then that I realized I’d had no idea what love, romantic love, truly felt like. If I had, I would never have married husbands one and two.
But then I wouldn’t have my daughter, and I wouldn’t be who I am today, so I don’t regret those past mistakes. I needed to learn from them to find the strong and loving partnership I have with husband three.

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Publisher’s Note: Smith Does It Again!

It’s a new year, and Dean Wesley Smith is kicking it off in grand style with another issue of Smith’s Monthly!
After relaunching the series in January 2021, he produced one issue each month, just as the name implies. And he’s back at it for 2022.
If you haven’t picked up an issue of Smith’s Monthly in a while, you’re in for a treat. Packed with all sorts of great writing—all by Dean, of course—this monthly magazine is unique. And I mean unique: there’s nothing else like it on the market.

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