By Writing Excuses | November 17, 2013 - 4:53 pm - Posted in Career, Conventions, Editing, Guest, Live, Research, Season 8, Submitting

Aeryn Rudel, publications manager (it’s like the editor-in-chief) of Privateer Press‘s Skull Island X imprint,¬†joins us to talk about editing. Obligatory disclaimer — Aeryn is Howard’s boss when Howard writes things like “Extraordinary Zoology.”

Aeryn begins by explaining to us what it is that he’s looking for in works, in the authors with whom he works, and how writers might prepare themselves for this kind of work, but his real job here on the ‘cast is to talk to us about the role of the editor. Much of that role deals with continuity of to the setting and the tone of the piece, but there’s plenty more.

Audiobook Pick-of-the-Week: The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One by Joe Abercrombie, narrated by Steven Pacey

Writing Prompt: Hell's copyeditor.

This episode of Writing Excuses has been brought to you by Audible.

Visit for a free trial membership.

Audible Free Trial Details

Get an audiobook of your choice, free, with a 30-day trial. After the trial, your paid membership will begin at $14.95 per month. With your membership, you will receive one credit every month, good for any audiobook on Audible.

Cancel anytime, effective the next monthly billing cycle. Cancel before your trial ends and you will not be charged. Check out the full terms and policies that apply to Audible membership.

This entry was posted on Sunday, November 17th, 2013 at 4:53 pm and is filed under Career, Conventions, Editing, Guest, Live, Research, Season 8, Submitting. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.


  1. November 20, 2013 @ 1:29 am

    Do you think the writing prompt scared everyone away?

    Posted by 'nother Mike
  2. November 20, 2013 @ 7:01 am

    ells copediter” Wud tha B dis

    Or the grammar Nazi who actually has a Luger and screams salutes to Hitler whenever he feels it appropriate? (And man it’s hard to write that badly.)

    Posted by Rashkavar
  3. November 20, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

    Quiet, don’t disturb anyone…

    Here, read the transcript.

    Posted by 'nother Mike
  4. December 1, 2013 @ 1:57 pm

    A little late here, but a big thanks to Mary this week. Based solely on her hearty endorsement, I decided to get this week’s audiobook, The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One by Joe Abercrombie, narrated by Steven Pacey. I’ve just finished listening to it now, and boy, what a great story, and so wonderfully narrated. I immediately went out to get books two and three.
    (I wonder has Brandon read it? No farmboys, and no Cook’s Tour, it sounds like his cup of tea)
    The narration was indeed amazing, and the story had unforgettable characters. I don’t think I’ve been as happy with a narrator since the couple who did the Wheel of Time audiobooks.

    Thanks for the recommendation!

    Posted by Jonathan Walsh
  5. December 3, 2013 @ 2:49 pm

    (I, too, am late getting caught up on my Writing Excuses!)
    Thank you, Mary!
    I’d already read The Blade Itself. Earlier this very year. And I give it credit for my style of writing… or at least, how I aspire to write. Joe is one of my favorite authors right now. Up there beside Mr. Sanderson but for different reasons. Joe taught me how to 3rd person. Sanderson taught me work ethic and communicating what’s going on with my fans.
    I’d been putting it off, and I apologize for it considering how much I like the podcast, but now I simply must read some Robinette Kowal. Clearly she has good taste in literature.

    Posted by David T List