October Question

How many editors have you had?

That’s a question to which the almost any short answer would be misleadingIn the strictest sense, I have no idea how many editors I’ve had, for several reasons.  First, I have no way to determine how many editors looked at my early stories that were published by various magazines, only that they had to number more than four.  Second, while all but one of my novels have been edited by David Hartwell,virtually all of them were also edited by whoever his assistant editor was at the time.  The only book for which David was not the head editor was edited by John Douglas, who had been David’s assistant editor at Timescape and who bought my second novel for Avon at a time when David was between editing positions. Since David has been my editor for over thirty years I can’t even remember, let alone count all of the editors who have worked with him and me… except I can say that the vast majority turned out to be good editors in their own right [while I may not recall all the faces or names, any writer recalls a bad editor or copy-editor, and I don’t recall any bad editors, but I still recall the one terrible copy-editor].


4 thoughts on “October Question”

  1. John Duke says:

    Hello, I just finished the Scion of Cyador. Lorn has been my favorite character so far in the series of The Saga of Recluce. My question is in the direction of the series. Is the purpose to tell stories that give insight to this really cool magical world, or is each story leading up to a grand finale?

    1. There is a definite “end” to the Saga of Recluce, but I wouldn’t call it exactly a “grand finale.” Each book is designed to show a different aspect of the history and culture of the world of Recluce while providing a story that stands on its own [mostly].

      1. Nate says:

        Beg pardon, but when you say “end”, are you referring to the Death of Chaos? Or is there some future planned ending to the series?

  2. I’m referring to The Death of Chaos

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