Emerging Writers Network

Emerging Writers Network once posted a guest blog/essay of mine on “the experience of being edited.”  This site is a wonderful resource for new and emerging writers, not to mention those of us who have been at it for awhile.  Great topics plus a wonderful set of links to all the major literary journals, which makes researching which story to send where a breeze.  Visit www.emergingwriters.typepad.com

For many years, my editor was Claire Wachtel at Morrow and the HarperCollins.  A brief excerpt from my essay:

“She’s brilliant.  Her literary ear is pitch-perfect.  She doesn’t suffer fools gladly.  She edits the way Annie Dillard’s miner might, working her way slowly through dark and potentially dangerous spaces, tapping with her pick to make sure each step she takes will hold, pausing when she hears something different, something potentially hollow, false, thin.  Of course, these are exactly the places that I’ve moved through swiftly on tiptoe, hoping that no one will linger here, hoping that no one will notice.  She always notices.  Always.”