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, John Ringo, Mercedes Lackey, Larry Correia, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, Charles E. Gannon, and many others. With Josepha Sherman she compiled and annotated the definitive volume of subversive children’s folklore, Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts, originally published by August House. Her latest anthology project is Give Me LibertyCon, co-edited with Christopher Woods, a memorial to LibertyCon founder Richard T. “Uncle Timmy” Bolgeo with proceeds donated to charity.
Baen is also known for its innovative e-publishing program, founded in 1999, which has expanded under Weisskopf’s leadership to include not only titles published by Baen, but also titles from other publishers, all without DRM. Other programs begun under Weisskopf include the Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award (co-sponsored with the National Space Society), established in 2007; and the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award, established in 2014.
Weisskopf has been a guest speaker at many writers workshops and science fiction conventions across the country, and is well known for her interactive, audience-participation discussion of Baen’s books, covers, and artwork, on-going and ever-changing since 1991.
Weisskopf is a graduate of Oberlin College with a degree in anthropology. She is the widow of Southern fan and swordmaster Hank Reinhardt and the mother of a delightful daughter. She lives in a hundred- year-old house in a household including too many cats and dogs and just the right number of polearms. Taking care of those consumes most of her spare time, but she is also interested in space science and has been an active participant in the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop. She now serves on the board of advisors for the Interstellar Research Group.