Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Quiet War makes Clarke Shortlist

I'm thrilled for Paul McAuley, whose novel The Quiet War, just made the Arthur C. Clarke Award shortlist. The Quiet War was one of my favorite reads of the past year. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I acquired US rights to it, and Pyr will be publishing it in September, with a new cover from the magnificent Sparth (who just turned in his illustration last week; I'll debut the cover on the Pyr blog in a few.)

Meanwhile, the prize of £2009, along with a commemorative engraved bookend, will be presented to the winner on Wednesday, April 29th, at an award ceremony held on the opening night of the SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival. Congrats to all the nominees.

(And yes, those of you in the US should wait for our edition, as I'd really like to be able to publish the sequel, Gardens of the Sun, which I'm about to start reading shortly. If you can't wait, you could always read the UK edition, vote for it for the Hugo, then gift the US one when it comes out to that friend you're trying to get into smart, literate, award-calibre SF. It's just a suggestion...)


Anonymous said...

Sir I see your an editor and I was wondering if you would be willing to answer some of my questions through e-mail I am interested in the profession as an editor and its been pure hectic trying to find an editor to talk to. My e-mail is if you decide to answer my questions

1. What does an editor do besides decide if a manuscript is good enough to be published, and check for grammar, sentences, etc.?

2. Do editors have to do anything with the selling/advertising of the book as I'd like to know if I should take a class on it in college if I go?

3. What college classes should I take to be an editor? Is it best to get a Bachelor's Degree in English also?

4. Any advice for a soon to be High School Senior about becoming an editor for a book/publishing company?

Lou Anders said...

my own route to publishing was somewhat non-traditional, but if you follow this blog, and the blogs of other editors in this field, you can get an idea of what an editor's job is like. My own involves a lot more than manuscript selection (though that's key), and includes advocating for the book in and out of house, working with the art department, publicity department, marketing department etc..., and a good deal of public speaking and outreach efforts, both online and outside!