Wonderbook’s Editorial Roundtable

Out today is Wonderbook: An Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction, a new how-to guide by Jeff Vandermeer, with many many authors contributing essays, sidebars, and interviews. And it is lavishly illustrated—almost a coffee table book meets a craft book. I have a piece on POV within.


More immediately interesting for writers though, is the online exclusive editorial roundtable, in which a number of leading editors in the field of science fiction/fantasy take a look at an unsuccessful short story and give their comments. I’m one of the editors, naturally. Not only can you read the whole story—graciously donated by an anonymous writer who has since improved sufficiently to sell her first novel—and our general comments, you can download our line edits and embedded comments on an RTF file to see every comment, positive or negative, we’ve made. 

This roundtable is a great way to learn how editors think, when they stop reading, and in how many ways a piece with potential can sink its own chances of publication. Do check it out, and do check out Wonderbook if you’ve been looking for a different sort of craft book.


About nickmamatas

Nick Mamatas is the author of several novels, including I Am Providence and The Last Weekend. His short fiction has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, Asimov's Science Fiction, New Haven Review, and many, many other venues.
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2 Responses to Wonderbook’s Editorial Roundtable

  1. “Wonderbook,” truly is. Great graphics, wonderful artwork, innovative design, bursting with content and presented in a way that makes me want to read many of the pages all at the same time! I think this book will fly off the shelves. Congratulations.

  2. Nick Mamatas says:

    Glad you’re finding it useful!

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