By Theresa Rizzo
Date: January 2014
Bio: Claire Eddy is a senior editor at Tor/Forge Books and has been with the company for 28 years. She began editing science fiction and fantasy early in her career and has worked with such authors as Orson Scott Card, Gordon R. Dickson, Fred Saberhagen, and Jack Vance. She has brought out such newcomers to the fantasy scene as Jacqueline Carey, Sara Douglass and Juliet Marillier. While she still edits these genres, she has broadened her projects to include historicals, thrillers and mysteries. On the mystery side, she has worked with Stuart Kaminksy, Carole Nelson Douglas, and Sharan Newman. She’s spent the better part of her adult life working with authors to make their stories and dreams be the best they can be, becoming that “third eye” and nudge to accomplish this feat. And she is the final judge of the F/SF category of The Sandy and will be attending the June 5-8 2014 Crested Butte Writers Conference.
Answer: Synopses are torturous for you to write and us to read, but they are helpful in the end! I don’t really care about the format—ultimately it’s the writing that is going to convince me to buy a project.
Answer: My motto is, never say never! So I am loathe to say that I am “sick” of anything. What I am looking for is someone who is passionate and has a story to tell.
Most of the choices given here, I feel can be fixed if the author is willing to put in the work. Even the simplest of stories can have heart. And that is the key.
Answer: Sometimes. Although I will admit, like most of my colleagues, I am massively overworked. But meeting me at a conference puts a face to the name and pulls the project out of the slush pile. In addition, I am perfectly happy to get a nudge if you haven’t heard from me in two months. Guilt works wonders…
Answer: The publishing field is a fascinating one at this point. We are all trying to learn how to reinvent ourselves in this new digital age. Anything that the writer can bring to the table to help raise their profile is a good thing, but not strictly necessary.
Answer: This may sound silly, and you might believe it never happens, but please suggest to your writers never to follow an editor and pitch them stories when they walk into a ladies’ room. Or wait for them right outside.