AISFP 254 – Editing Advice with Ellen Datlow (ICON panel)

Lots of topics discussed in this panel at ICON in Cedar Rapids, IA, 2013, with Ellen Datlow, Gregory Frost and Nancy Kress.

  • Funny stories of what not to do when submitting stories
  • Blending Horror and Humor without losing either element’s effect
  • Self-editing
  • Scene breakdowns
  • When a story goes off the rails
    • “Do not psyche yourself out of writing the start of the story because you don’t know the right place to start it, because trust me it won’t be the right place even if you think it is. You’ll get to the end of the story and you’ll find out, oh, this is what I needed to put in in order to aim the story at the ending I discovered. ” – Gregory Frost (39:40), who has a story in Supernatural Noir, edited by Ellen Datlow.
  • Strengthening your editing skills for others
  • A funny story of a Robert Silverberg rejection “letter”
  • Rewriting stories
  • How to get on an editor’s blacklist
  • How a writer should face rejection

Ellen Datlow just released a new anthology, Lovecraft’s Monsters: Prepare to meet the wicked progeny of the master of modern horror. In Lovecraft’s Monsters, H. P. Lovecraft’s most famous creations—Cthulhu, Shoggoths, Deep Ones, Elder Things, Yog-Sothoth, and more—appear in all their terrifying glory. Each story is a gripping new take on a classic Lovecraftian creature, and each is accompanied by a spectacular original illustration that captures the monsters’ unique visage.

Contributors include such literary luminaries as Neil Gaiman, Joe R. Lansdale, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Karl Edward Wagner, Elizabeth Bear, and Nick Mamatas. The monsters are lovingly rendered in spectacular original art by World Fantasy Award–winning artist John Coulthart (The Steampunk Bible).

Legions of Lovecraft fans continue to visit his bizarre landscapes and encounter his unrelenting monsters. Now join them in their journey…if you dare.

Ellen Datlow’s bio: I’ve been an editor for over thirty years, first in book publishing, but mostly editing short stories for OMNI Magazine and webzine, EVENT HORIZON, a webzine, and SCIFICTION, the fiction area of SCIFI.COM. I currently acquire and edit short fiction for and I edit original and reprint anthologies.

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Timothy C. Ward
Executive Producer

Timothy C. Ward has been podcasting since 2010, first as AudioTim, and now with AISFP. His first publication, Cornhusker: Demon Gene (A Short Story), is available on Kindle for $.99. His novel in progress, Order After Dark, is a Post-apocalyptic Fantasy set in the rift between Iowa and the Abyss. Sign up to his author newsletter for updates on new releases.

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