So, the Hugo nominations came out, and to no one’s surprise, much of the same mess as last year is happening again. I’m not going to get into it. Other people have said what I would say, and said it better, so I don’t need to be another voice in that chorus.
Instead, I’m going to focus on the positive: My editor, Sheila Gilbert, is again nominated for Best Long Form Editor. I’m THRILLED about this.
Now, I see a lot of chatter out there where people say, “What does it mean, ‘Best’ Long Form Editor. How do we judge? What did they work on?” These are really valid questions, because to some degree, the better an editor’s work is, the more invisible it would be. Now, what an editor works on ought to be a relatively simple matter. Fortunately, the fine people at DAW have presented a list of the 2015 books she worked on, including two of mine:
THE THORN OF DENTONHILL by Marshall Ryan Maresca
THE CROW OF CONNEMARA by Stephen Leigh
POCKET APOCALYPSE by Seanan McGuire
ALIEN SEPARATION by Gini Koch
A MURDER OF MAGES by Marshall Ryan Maresca
THE TWICE AND FUTURE CAESAR by R.M. Meluch
FROZEN IN AMBER by Phyllis Irene Radford (w/a Phyllis Ames)
A RED-ROSE CHAIN by Seanan McGuire
AN ANCIENT PEACE by Tanya Huff
THIS GULF OF TIME AND STARS by Julie Czerneda
ALIEN IN CHIEF by Gini Koch
Now, I can’t speak for any one else on this list, but I will gladly do what I can to help potential Hugo voters understand the editing process, make it as transparent as I can. So: if you have questions that would help you decide if a “Best Long Form Editor” is deserved, you can ask me. I will gladly answer them as candidly as I can.