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Behold, The Mighty Editor

I have my editor's hat on today. (It looks just like my writer's hat, only in a different color). ((No, not really, I am being facetitious. Damn, you guys, don't take everything I say so literally)).

For the past three weeks, the forty-odd (some very odd) members of the Wild Cards consortium have been submitting story proposals and pitches for the three new WC books from Tor, LOW CHICAGO and MISSISSIPPI ROLL and TEXAS HOLD 'EM. Last night at midnight was the deadline for pitches.

As usual, we have more proposals than we need. Only eight writers per book. So today is Decision Day, wherein I decide who gets to be in which book, who is out, who gets to double-dip. It is never easy. So many talented writers, so many great characters, so many fun ideas.

But that's why I get the Big Bucks as editor (that was another joke, yessir, for sure, this is a labor of looooooove).

John Sebastian said it best:


Mar. 25th, 2016 05:24 pm (UTC)
As those of the Tor would say "Let it be written." (Couldn't resist.) Anyway, have a pleasant time editing.
Jan Wolf
Mar. 25th, 2016 08:32 pm (UTC)
The word facetious
Is not used often enough! I love it!!

And I always enjoy reading the anthologies, so this is good stuff.
Frank Probst
Mar. 26th, 2016 03:58 am (UTC)
Music from The Armageddon Rag
I bought this song (and a bunch of others) when I first read The Armageddon Rag. I thought it was a lot of fun to listen to each song (or songs) before I read the chapter.
Adam Kelm
Mar. 26th, 2016 12:25 pm (UTC)
Sadly, the only people who appreciate good editors are good writers. And editors are invisible to everyone else.
Mar. 27th, 2016 03:55 am (UTC)
I sorta agree that editors don't get the recognition they deserve, but I don't think they're that invisible. It's not for nothing that people often say that getting too much clout is the worst thing that can happen to some writers, because it makes them think they don't need editors.
Adam Kelm
Mar. 27th, 2016 06:34 pm (UTC)
People definitely appreciate the work done by editors, but almost every reader just imagines the writer did all of it. I think readers would notice the absence of a good editor much more than they notice the presence of a good editor.
Mar. 26th, 2016 04:07 pm (UTC)
Memory Lane
Thanks, for the few minutes listen down memory lane. Can't say how long it has been since I last listened to this always loved group.

As Bob Hope would say "Thanks for the memories"
(no subject) - nightsurfing - Mar. 27th, 2016 11:36 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 28th, 2016 07:31 am (UTC)
Little late but happy Easter George.
Mar. 28th, 2016 06:42 pm (UTC)
You could just 'Daydream'.
You'll make good choices;)

Mar. 28th, 2016 10:04 pm (UTC)
George, I've been wondering: why didn't the Targaryen bring more valyrian steel swords? Thanks!
Mar. 29th, 2016 03:19 am (UTC)
Off topic. tsk tsk
Apr. 6th, 2016 12:37 am (UTC)
I have a whole new respect for editing
i'm now attending an Eng Comp course and it's truly a bitch to revise and edit a work and tell yourself it's good enough to hand in. I'm constantly adding and subtracting before the deadline.

George if you have time I would be honored to have a few quotes from you on some thoughts for my next assignment. It's a topic on the purpose of education. You are a successful writer and you were a very accomplished student graduating summa cum laude.

You would make an exceptional source to cite. If you could give me your feelings on these essay topics:

Why did you choose to go to school and learn? To earn job skills, good citizenship, live a fulfilling life, etc.?

Apr. 10th, 2016 11:27 pm (UTC)
Open Letter?
Hi George, hope you are well. I just wanted to ask, did you write an open letter on dorkly . com?

It purports to be a letter, by you, in defense of the frequent deaths in your work and how Shakespeare kills more of his characters and then how the Bible also features even more deaths.. I just wondered if it was genuine; and if it's not maybe you'd want to know cos it's not a small website. I don't like to be a tattle tail, but our name is all we really have, when it comes down to it and I know I wouldn't want somebody using mine erroneously. Hope you don't mind my asking, this is the only way I know of to contact you. As you may or may not have noticed, this is the second time I posted this question, cos the first was marked as spam, so I've removed the link I'd included.

Valar Dohaeris x

Edited at 2016-04-10 11:33 pm (UTC)
Apr. 11th, 2016 05:47 am (UTC)
RE: Open Letter?
No, not me. Total fraud.

I had never heard of Dorkly.com till I read your comment. And while I might indeed cite Shakespeare, the style of the "open letter" is all wrong.

Also, when I have something to say, I say it here.
Apr. 12th, 2016 01:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Open Letter?
Right; thought so. I take your point about posting stuff here, nonetheless I thought it best to check. The piece does make some salient points, and it seems to come from a place of support, if not respect, since pretending to be you actually diminishes it.
Thanks for your response anyway. Jaemi x


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