SoonerCon 28 Writers Workshop Clinician

Toni Weisskopf

Toni Weisskopf succeeded Jim Baen as publisher of Baen Books, a leading publisher of sf and fantasy, in 2006.  She has worked with such authors as David Weber, David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, Wen Spencer, Mercedes Lackey, Larry Correia, Charles E. Gannon, D.J. Butler, and many others.  With Josepha Sherman she compiled and annotated the definitive volume of subversive children’s folklore, Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts, published by August House.

Baen is also known for its innovative e-publishing program.  Founded in 1999, it has expanded under Weisskopf’s leadership to include not only titles published by Baen, but titles from other publishers, all without DRM.  Other new programs under Weisskopf include the Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award (co-sponsored by the National Space Society), established in 2007; the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award, awarded at Gen Con and established in 2014; and the Baen Best Military SF & Adventure SF Reader’s Choice Awards, presented at Dragon Con, established in 2015.

She has been a guest speaker at many writers workshops and science-fiction conventions across the country.  She is well known for her interactive, audience-participation discussion of Baen Books covers and artwork, on-going and ever-changing since 1991.

Weisskopf is a graduate of Oberlin College with a degree in anthropology.  She lives in a hundred-year-old house with her delightful daughter, four dogs, and two cats.  Taking care of them, house included, consumes most of her spare time, but she is also interested in space science.  She takes part in the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop.

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