Emerging Writers Network

Emerging Writers Network  just 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.  To read my essay and others — including one by Dawn Raffel, who speaks warmly about Robley Wilson,  also a mentor of mine — click here or visit www.emergingwriters.typepad.com

A brief excerpt from my essay: (I’m talking about my current editor):

“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.  .  . “

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