Literary Disappointments (was: The LKH thing)

Tue Feb 18 05:18:28 PST 2003

>I think that's brutally unfair to editors.  They're not miracle workers, 
>you know and turning a 900-page doorstop into a tightly plotted story a 
>third that size in the time frame that most editors have isn't bloody 

I take a middle stance.  A lot of books that do reach the public sufer for a 
lack of rigorous editing.  However, you are correct, editors do suffer 
limitations.  A bigger limitation is that authors who are successful can 
become 600 lb. gorillas.  What editor is going to stand his ground when 
confronting a defiant Steven King, for instance?  I think this is one reason 
why many authors have earlier works that seem tighter and better focused 
than their latter works.

>Not to mention the fact that people LIKE doorstop fantasy.  Just because 
>your taste doesn't match the market doesn't mean that editors aren't doing 
>their jobs.

There is a market but it is possible to write a big book that is, never the 
less, well plotted and not stuffed with filler.  An *ideal* editor is 
capable of helping an author achieve that... but we don't live in an ideal 

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