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My editor wins a Hugo! And other stories of what I did on my summer vacation

It's been a while since my last post. Lots to tell you about, but let's start with the most important: my wonderful editor (and publisher), Sheila E. Gilbert of DAW Books, received the Hugo Award for Best Editor (Long-Form) at this year's World Science Fiction Convention in Kansas City--and as you can see, I was there to take a photo. :) Sheila mostly operates out of the limelight: she doesn't have a huge social media presence and she's not all that likely to show up on panels at conventions. But behind the scenes she does amazing work with writers, helping them make their stories the best they can ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 21:38, September 2nd, 2016 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Giving imagination free rein: Sheila Gilbert of DAW Books

[caption id="attachment_11717" align="alignleft" width="300"] From left to right, Sheila Gilbert, me, and Betsy Wollheim.[/caption] I'm jumping the gun a little bit here, since Freelance hasn't come out yet, but here's my upcoming "Space-Time Continuum" column for the Saskatchewan Writers Guild magazine--an interview with my editor and publisher, Sheila Gilbert, nominated once again this year for a Hugo Award for Best Editor, Long Form. As a teenager looking for science fiction and fantasy, I was drawn to the distinctive yellow spines of paperbacks published by DAW Books—a name I found amusing because DAW are the initials of my brother, Dwight Arthur Willett. In fact, those initials belonged to Donald A. Wollheim, ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 19:12, April 24th, 2015 under Blog, Columns, Science Fiction Columns, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

I’ve turned in Faces, Book 3 of The Masks of Aygrima, to DAW!

                      Early this morning I sent off Faces, Book 3 in The Masks of Aygrima, to Sheila Gilbert, my editor (and co-publisher with Betsy Wollheim) at DAW Books. I'm quite pleased with it--I hope she is, too! We'll be discussing it at World Fantasy Convention in Washington, D.C., early in November. After which I'll be plunging back into it for editorial revisions, all heading toward next August's release. I've seen the cover art and it's grand! As soon as I can I'll share it...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:45, October 10th, 2014 under Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Aging my heroine, fulfilling my pledges

As I noted last week when I made my excuses for not blogging very much, one of the tasks keeping me occupied was rewriting Masks, the first book in my upcoming trilogy for DAW (under the pseudonym of E.C. Blake). This was an interesting pass through the manuscript, because its main purpose was to change the age of the central character, Mara, from thirteen to fifteen. In addition, I completely rewrote the beginning of the book, adding quite a few new scenes from Mara’s childhood that hopefully will set up the story’s situation better and develop the character more fully in the minds of the (no doubt millions...millions!) of readers. The “aging” process went very well: I didn’t have to change much at ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 8:39, February 12th, 2013 under Blog, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

The traditional “Blog post about why I’m not blogging much”

I know, I know. I post about getting a cat and then I fall silent, which can lead to only one conclusion: the cat ate my blog post. Not quite true, although Shadowpaw (Look! Another cat photo! Because there’s such a shortage of those on the Internet!) is sitting on my lap as I type this, purring and quite insistent I pet him. (It’s actually amazing how well I can type with cat legs sprawled across the backs of my hands.) My real reason for not blogging: I’m in a bit of a crunch trying to get another rewrite done of Masks (wearing my E.C. Blake hat) because things are moving ahead to ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:04, February 4th, 2013 under Blog, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

My publisher brought me a kitten!

And now, as promised, the Saga of Shadowpaw, or how a little black kitten made the journey from Virginia to Saskatchewan through the auspices of a Hugo Award-winning science fiction editor and publisher. Yes, fellow writers, eat your hearts out: my publisher brought me a kitten. What has yours done for you? Here’s how it all fell out... My wife is allergic to cats. This is a tragedy, because she loves cats, and has always wanted to have one. But we’ve never quite dared to try it for fear that we would fall in love with a cat, only to have to give it away again. ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:13, January 28th, 2013 under Blog | 2 Comments »

Things my editor told me

I think I’ve mentioned—though no more than a gazillion times or so, so you might have missed it—that my next book to be published by DAW will be Masks, first book in a trilogy (and hopefully series) that will continue with Shadows and Faces. Earlier today I spent a couple of hours on the phone with Sheila Gilbert, my editor (that's her on the right in the picture, with her co-publisher and co-editor at DAW, Betsy Wollheim, who won the Hugo Award for Best Professional Editor Long-Form this year at the World Science Fiction Convention in Chicago), who had a...ahem...few notes about Shadows, the second book. Plus a few additional ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:03, December 19th, 2012 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

How I became a DAW author

Here is a tale I’ve told oft before, though never (I think) in print or pixel: the tale of how I became a DAW author. It’s an oft-told tale because I like to share it with writers who are still in that seeking-publication stage, for though the specifics of it are of little use (I doubt any other writer has taken or will take my particular route to a New York publisher), there are some details of it that are, I hope, both helpful and encouraging. Here’s how it transpired... As the new millennium dawned, I had written quite a lot of non-fiction, but only five novels had appeared bearing ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:45, December 4th, 2012 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Chicon 7: the 70th World Science Fiction Convention

(Note: if you're thinking this doesn't exactly read like a typical convention report from a SF writer, that would be because this is actually my weekly science column. A slightly different version will be my column for the next issue of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild newsletter Freelance. Never let a convention go to waste! (The photo is of Betsy Wollheim and Sheila Gilbert, co-publishers and co-editors of DAW Books, among whose authors I am proud to count myself. Betsy is holding the Hugo Award for Best Professional Editor (Long Form), a long-overdue tribute to one of the best editors in the field.) Most people plan their summer vacations ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 22:27, September 12th, 2012 under Blog, Books | Comment now »

Nominations open for Aurora Awards for best Canadian science fiction and fantasy: Magebane eligible!

Nominations are now open for the Prix Aurora Awards, presented annually by the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA) for the best in, you guessed it, Canadian science fiction and fantasy. I was fortunate enough to win an Aurora in Montreal in 2009 for Marseguro (that's me holding the award, flanked by Betsy Wollheim, left, and Sheila Gilbert, right, publishers and editors of DAW Books), and Terra Insegura was a finalist in 2010. This year, Magebane by (ahem) Lee Arthur Chane is eligible. If you liked it, I'd be honored if you'd nominate it (and vote for it, too, of course, if ti comes to that!) But whether ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:16, January 17th, 2012 under Blog, Books | Comment now »