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SoonerCon 32 Discovers that Change is Hard

SoonerCon 32 Discovers that Change is Hard

No two ways about it: change is hard. It’s inevitable, but that doesn’t make it any easier to manage. And when innovation butts heads with tradition, change is really hard. SoonerCon 32 offers a sometimes-painful, sometimes-cautiously hopeful, case in point. I remember decades ago when my husband and I witnessed another painful transition. We were assistant directors of a summer camp unit that had seen a complete change of staff from one summer to the next. The camp organization was…

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New Visions

New Visions

Here at Weird Sisters Publishing, new visions keep popping up. Sometimes They are literal visions, AKA illustrations, of the sort I shared a few weeks ago in the post about a new way of approaching Warren C. Norwood’s adventure-filled Windhover Tetralogy. One of the new visions I’ll share for the first time in this post has been seven months in the making. Another came into being quite suddenly. And at the end of the post I’ll talk about a convention…

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Thoughts About Publishing Trends

Thoughts About Publishing Trends

Of course I have thoughts on publishing trends. I have to take trends into consideration with every decision we at Weird Sisters Publishing make. Especially right now, while G. is finishing out her time with The Dallas Winds, and I’m the one holding down the fort full-time. In my last post I surveyed what data I could find to discover how readers find books these days. That’s valuable information when I want them to find ours! But it’s equally important…

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How do Readers Find Books?

How do Readers Find Books?

How do readers find books? Wow. I wish I could offer a quick, easy answer to that, but there isn’t one, as far as I can tell – at least, there is no single, cheap-or-free avenue that an author or publisher can always rely on. Used to be, there were only really two places to find books: a bookstore or a library. Publicity for a book was through print media, word of mouth, and placement in displays. A few favored…

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The Windhover Tetralogy as Illustrated Books

The Windhover Tetralogy as Illustrated Books

Our latest Weird Sisters Publishing project has turned into a series of illustrated books. Yes, my novel Bone of Contention is the next publication in the lineup as I write this (pub date: September 24, 2024). There’s still work to do for that one, but the XK9 “Bones” Trilogy isn’t the series I want to talk about in this post. It’s The Windhover Tetralogy. We’ve had plans to reissue some of my late brother-in-law Warren C. Norwood’s books since before…

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A Proper Balance of Politics and Business

A Proper Balance of Politics and Business

What’s the proper balance between political opinion, professional life, and writing? Every writer, every publisher, and indeed every individual person must decide how to delineate their own personal “proper balance.” Here at Weird Sisters Publishing, the eponymous sisters – G. S. Norwood and I – see many things the same way. But not all things. Recently I’ve come to realize that the expression of political views in the public-facing, professional sphere is one of those things. G. is more reticent…

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The Old Code Series Delivers the Goods

The Old Code Series Delivers the Goods

I don’t want to live in Ajay Andersen’s future world, as we experience it in the Old Code Series by Anthony W. Eichenlaub. But I do find it an interesting reflection of our own present time. In a world where even the highest-level coding skills aren’t enough to keep one safe and where there is no such thing as privacy I would quickly be overwhelmed. Ajay, however, is not overwhelmed. He’s a world-class hacker who earlier in his career worked…

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Three Graphic Books Worth a Look

Three Graphic Books Worth a Look

I promised to return with more book reviews in March, so let’s begin with three graphic books worth a look. The category name might make someone unfamiliar with it to worry about explicit sexual content or extreme violence, but don’t worry. They’re not that kind of “graphic.” And let’s dispense with the notion that they’re “comic books” right off the top. They are not. Today’s selections cover a range of graphic works – that is, books that are heavily illustrated,…

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New Year Dragon Gentlemen

New Year Dragon Gentlemen

Now it’s time for the “New Year Dragon Gentlemen” whose dragon-themed artwork I want to highlight. I Introduced two “New Year Dragon Ladies” in last week’s post, figuring it’s hard to go wrong with “ladies first.” But I didn’t want to leave the guys hanging for too long. When I found out that 2024 is the Year of the Dragon, I knew I wanted to feature dragon-themed artwork in my social media. I know a lot of excellent artists who…

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New Year Dragon Ladies

New Year Dragon Ladies

Allow me to introduce my two “New Year Dragon Ladies,” Theresa Mather and Rachael Mayo. When I discovered that this Chinese New Year’s animal was the Dragon, I immediately thought about all the amazing artists I know, who paint or sculpt – indeed, specialize – in dragons. You could even say that in my paper sculpture I myself lean heavily toward dragons. Full disclosure: I also was working every spare second to complete a near-finished draft of Bone of Contention,…

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