Publisher's Note

Publisher’s Note: Book Covers as Art

Of all the many hats I wear as publisher, my favorite one is cover designer. That’s an unusual hat for a publisher to wear, in fact, but I’ve never been called “usual.”
A cover designer is different than a cover artist. I don’t create cover art. I find it. I might modify it or enhance it. But as a cover designer, I curate together the best piece of art I can find to represent the book and its genre and pair it with the fonts that pair best to the genre, and voila! Pretty cover.
But sometimes, I have a really important book that I just can’t find the right art for. Or I’m looking for something specific. This usually happens for a series of books. That makes it harder. Because series branding is very important, and it starts with the cover.
That’s when I turn to the artists.

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Publisher’s Note: Back to School for All

I’ve been having a wonderful time in Savannah, and my daughter, Nola, has been learning all sorts of new things. Like how to drive a golf cart. And swing a golf club. And how to catch fish by using cat food as bait (the cat would approve if she got to eat the fish afterward).
It’s a great way to close out the summer before she starts seventh grade.
Junior high. Where did the time go?

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Publisher’s Note: Crimes and also Space Adventures

Well, I was home for a week and now I’m traveling again. I’m making up for the lost travel time due to brain surgery, then the pandemic and the lost pet year.
This time, I’m in Savannah, Georgia, visiting my father and stepmother with my daughter, Nola. We haven’t seen my dad since he flew out for my aforementioned brain surgery in March of 2019.
I’m lucky. I can work from anywhere. Have laptop, will travel, so to speak. The freedom to do that would have seemed like science fiction when I was growing up. Heck, even when I was in grad school.
It’s weird because it has felt the past few years like we’ve been living in an alternate reality. But it also feels in some ways like we’re reliving history, too.

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Publisher’s Note: A Humble New Bundle

I’m back in the office after two weeks of adventuring. To briefly recap: I flew to Gunnison, Colorado, for a week of teaching at Western Colorado University with Kevin J. Anderson and Mark Leslie Lefebvre, and then my family drove out to Gunnison to meet up with me.
From Gunnison, we drove to New Mexico, where we spent two days exploring Santa Fe. Then, we traveled west, stopping for a night in Sedona, Arizona, on our way to San Luis Obispo, California. From SLO, we took Route 1 up the California coast to Monterey and then headed inland to Sonoma. We took Highway 101 home from there, through the redwood forests of northern California and up the coast all the way home to Lincoln City, Oregon.
It was a lovely trip full of many adventures.

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Publisher’s Note: It Would be a Crime to Miss This

I’m traveling again this week. This time, I’m on the gorgeous mountain campus of Western Colorado University, where I’m a Lecturer in Publishing for Western’s Graduate Program in Creative Writing.
I’m a lifelong learner, and I love being on a college campus. The energy that courses through them is palpable. You can just feel all the brain cells firing.
I love being able to share my knowledge with graduate students. Degrees in publishing are relatively new, so it’s an exciting field to be teaching.
And it’s an extension of the teaching I’ve been doing for a decade, but to professionals rather than graduate students, through the workshops and lectures we offer at WMG.

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Publisher’s Note: Never Pass up and Opportunity to Learn

I’m traveling again this week. This time, I’m on the gorgeous mountain campus of Western Colorado University, where I’m a Lecturer in Publishing for Western’s Graduate Program in Creative Writing.
I’m a lifelong learner, and I love being on a college campus. The energy that courses through them is palpable. You can just feel all the brain cells firing.
I love being able to share my knowledge with graduate students. Degrees in publishing are relatively new, so it’s an exciting field to be teaching.
And it’s an extension of the teaching I’ve been doing for a decade, but to professionals rather than graduate students, through the workshops and lectures we offer at WMG.

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Publisher’s Note: When Weird is a Good Thing

This is a weird summer. We had a very long, wet, cold winter. It finally ended in July.
Now the sun comes out most days, at least, and the temperatures are our summer normal (low- to mid-60s). But the flora and fauna are, well, weird this year.
I’ve lived on the Oregon Coast for 17 years, but this is the first year I remember dealing with mosquitos. And not just any mosquitos. Huge mosquitos. The size of large houseflies. It’s ridiculous. We even had one make it into our bedroom (thank goodness for my husband the master mosquito hunter, because I was ready to burn the place down and start over).

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Publisher’s Note: Christmas in July!

I’m not sure when Christmas in July became a thing, but this week is definitely feeling very much like Christmas in July.
First of all, I have a brand-new front porch. The contractor and his crew spent last week ripping off the old one, which, thanks to the old deck clearly being installed by someone who did not understand Oregon Coast weather (or basic deck-building requirements…the joists weren’t even pressure-treated lumber), was so deteriorated, my contractor was shocked no one had fallen through it. Fun times.
We went with Trex® Composite Decking this time. The color: the ever-so-coastal Foggy Wharf. It’s so pretty!
Plus, my contractor got the job done on time and below the contracted price! That never happens!
Merry Christmas in July to me!

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Publisher’s Note: The Subscription Drive You’ve Been Waiting For!

Last week, we had a plethora of Pulphouse stories to talk about with the publication of Jingle My Bells and Pulphouse #18. But we’re not done with Pulphouse yet. Not by a long shot.
That’s because on Tuesday, July 5, our Pulphouse Fiction Magazine Subscription Drive 2022 Kickstarter launches!
Pulphouse Fiction Magazine first launched in 1987 and flourished for 20 issues under the editorship of Dean Wesley Smith until it was put on hiatus when Dean and Kris’s writing shut the rest of the publishing company they founded, also called Pulphouse, down.
Twenty years later, in 2017, WMG brought Pulphouse Fiction Magazine back, once again under Dean’s unique editorial curation.
And wow, has Pulphouse thrived!

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