Editors—some good, some bad
Usually the edits the editors ask for are necessary to make your book more marketable.
Recommendations [are] almost always beneficial.

First writers sometimes won’t finish a book because they revise too much.
Rosen doesn’t revise until whole book is written.
One author wrote draft; then rewrote the whole book from the beginning. That works for her.

Don’t get bogged down in the mechanics.

Before revision, let it sit (longer than 2 months).
Work on something else.

Maybe move on to another idea (keep notes about things) but work on another topic.

Getting published:
Don’t write what is popular. Current trends change.
Write about what you want.

5 years from sending to publishing a book.
2 years from sending to publishing a short story.

Only thing that you have that is different is your voice.
The way you tell a story, that’s your voice.

Do you read during the writing process?
Early on, no.
Kathleen Cheney can’t read genre lit while writing because the editor stays on.
Muenzler—mostly read short stories when I’m writing novels. I am an avid reader. Read an hour or so each night.

Writing practice = creating stories in the style of X.

But don’t just follow/copy.
Don’t soak up indiscriminately.

Muenzler—stylistic issues. Will look at several authors who do that well and then work on it.

Rejection is just rejection.
We don’t remember rejections.


This is a continuation of linking to older notes I have out on the net. I have re-read them and find them useful. In this case, though, I took the ones I found most interesting and reposted them here. The original post is Editors: FenCon10 Notes. The panelists were published science fiction and/or fantasy authors.

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