Saturday, August 07, 2010


Jane Yolen had a post on facebook, which I have been unable to track down. She was replying to a guy who thought YA editors were prejudiced against male authors. Yolan said in all her years as a writer and editor, she had run into only one kind of prejudice, which she called, "Life is too short." There are writers, both new and established, who are simply too difficult to deal with: prickly, paranoid, arrogant, unwilling to compromise...

I assume, if these writers are gonzo best sellers, the editors grit their teeth and deal. But if they are simply okay sellers, why should the editor put himself or herself through the experience?

It is probably not in the best interests of any author to make his/her editor hate him/her.

It is probably a good idea to use the same social skills one uses to keep a regular job.

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