Edward Willett


Nominated for the Giller…

...but full of errors.I have sympathy for both the author and the proofreaders--Lord knows I make plenty of my own errers...er, errors...but these seem particularly blatant. The proofreaders certainly shouldn't have missed them, but the author should have caught them himself when he read the galleys.

Posted by Edward Willett at 21:01, November 7th, 2006 under Blog | 1 Comment »

December 20: Deadline!

For those who recall (what? you didn't take notes?) that today is the deadline for my new novel for DAW to be turned in, and are wondering whether I in fact made the deadline, the answer is...yes and no.Yes, I wrote the book and just this morning reached THE END on the revision. So I COULD have submitted it today if I had to.The good news, however, is that I don't have to; I asked my editor, Sheila Gilbert, if I could have a couple of more weeks to give it one more good polish, and she, God bless her, said yes--the DAW offices are closed between Christmas and New Year's so nothing was going to ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:53, December 20th, 2006 under Blog | Comment now »

Marseguro update

I've finally heard from Sheila Gilbert at DAW regarding my new book (which she refers to as Marseguro, so maybe that actually will be the title); she's going to call tomorrow to discuss some editorial revisions (a few things that need "fleshing out" and some "points we need to discuss for clarification"). Wish me luck!She also wants to discuss possible cover scenes. Gotta give that some thought...(but, hey, if she wants to discuss the cover, the book must not be completely hopeless, which is a relief).Insecurity, thy name is Writer.

Posted by Edward Willett at 21:11, April 4th, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »

"So, how did it go?"

I'm sure that's the question you're dying to ask about my telephone conversation with my editor at DAW, Sheila Gilbert, earlier today.It went very well...it also went on for an hour and a half and produced five single-spaced pages of notes. I now have a couple of months to rewrite the whole thing and attempt to deal with some of the concerns and questions Sheila raised, all of which were very much to the point. The final manuscript I think will be at least 10,000 words longer--maybe more--based on what we talked about, but I'm told that's OK: the goal here is to flesh out my created worlds and characters a bit more. I'll be adding in ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 20:26, April 5th, 2007 under Blog | 1 Comment »

Self-contradictory headline:

"Study: Abstinence doesn't delay sex."Hint to headline writers: even though you've got limited space, there are certain words you cannot leave out. Like the subject of the sentence, for example. In this case, "abstinence" is actually an adjective modifying the word "programs." Leave out "programs" and abstinence becomes the subject of the sentence itself, leaving you with a headline that says, in effect, "Not having sex doesn't delay sex," when, obviously, it does. Why, if you remain abstinent, you could go your whole life without having sex. Remarkable, but true.(But maybe I'm being too hard on the headline-writer, considering the first paragraph of the story proper begins "A long-term study of abstinence ordered by Congress ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 17:11, April 16th, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »

High-school writers’ magazine I edited now online

windScript, the magazine of writing by Saskatchewan high school writers that I edited for the Saskatchewan Writers Guild this year, is now online in PDF format.Check out the whole thing, but here's what I wrote as the introduction:Writing is an act of courage. It takes courage to try to turn your thoughts and feelings, passions and fears, idle notions and deeply held beliefs into words. It takes courage to commit those words to paper or pixels. There they lie, naked, exposed to any reader who happens by. What if they laugh—when you weren’t trying to be funny? (What if they don’t laugh, when you were?) What if they just don’t ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 4:40, January 22nd, 2009 under Blog | Comment now »

Galleys of Terra Insegura arrive

The galleys of Terra Insegura showed up today for proofing. That's always exciting. It means I can now find all the mistakes I should have caught last time around, and worry about all the things I should have maybe changed but are too major to change now. Fun!It's always interesting to see what text the publisher decided to pull from the book for the teaser at the front. And here it is, a somewhat abbreviated bit from early on in the story:"COMPUTER, PLAY MESSAGE," RICHARD ORDERED.The voice that came over the bridge speakers was female, and as clear as if the woman speaking were standing there with them."MSS Victor Hansen, this is ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 4:37, January 31st, 2009 under Blog | Comment now »

I’m the new editor of Fine Lifestyles Regina

Right after yesterday's morning writing session at Atlantis Coffee, I met with the publishers of Fine Lifestyles Regina, a thick, glossy, free-circulation, advertising-packed magazine that has now published two issues, each of which contained a story by me--the first about chef Rob Fuller, and the second about artist Victor Cicansky. They've had a different editor for each issue so far, and were looking for someone new for the next one. I expressed interest, and as of yesterday, I've got the job. (I hope I'll be around more than one issue!) I'm going to draw up some formal submission guidelines in the near future, but basically, here's what I'm looking for: upbeat, success-focused articles about interesting and innovative Regina people, businesses ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:14, July 17th, 2009 under Blog | 4 Comments »

First issue of Fine Lifestyles Regina edited by me!

I know, I know, I've got a million things to blog about and I will get to them (Banff, PureSpec, the state of Magebane, First Sentences I Wrote Today, etc.). But for now, this will have to do: it's the cover for the first issue of Fine Lifestyles Regina that I edited. I just saw it in print today. I also wrote the cover story, an interview with Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall that I'll probably post on here after the magazine has been out for a while. Already working toward the next one...and still looking for writers. ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 15:39, October 6th, 2009 under Blog | Comment now »

First Willett-edited edition of Fine Lifestyles Regina now online

Wondering what is this Fine Lifestyles Regina magazine of which I speak, for which I have written and which I am now editing? Wonder no more! The first Edward Willett-edited issue is now available for viewing, in its entirety, here.

Posted by Edward Willett at 12:14, October 29th, 2009 under Blog | Comment now »