Literary Disappointments (was: The LKH thing)

David Dyer-Bennet dd-b at dd-b.net
Tue Feb 18 10:43:01 PST 2003

"Andrew Lias" <anrwlias at hotmail.com> writes:

> > 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 likely.
> 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.

Yep.  Steven King is more important to a publisher than *any* editor.
Even Robert Jordan would be, I'd think. 
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