My publisher, Four Walls Eight Windows, deserves some credit here. John Oakes (the founder and head honcho) really believes in this book and always has a kind word for it. What’s more, he’s put me in good company: 4W8W publishes Octavia Butler, Kathe Koja, Paul DiFillipo, Rudy Rucker, Abbie Hoffman, Pat Cadigan, and a whole raft of talented, wonderful writers. Literary boutique presses like 4W8W are of the things that give me hope for publishing.
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