Donna Maree Hanson’s blog, Dwelling In Fantastic Places, is currently running an interview with Ellen Datlow on the fine art of editing.
In response to a question about the most important aspect of her editing role, Datlow says, “Working with a writer whose story is almost there and helping that writer make it better; and to continually encourage the writers whose work I admire to produce powerful stories (and I hope, allow me to publish their work if I have a venue to do so). That’s the creative side. I also have a responsibility to buy stories that readers want to read whether in a magazine/webzine I’m editing or an anthology. If my anthologies don’t sell I: 1) will have no income and 2) have no way to buy and publish stories/writers.”
You can catch the entire interview here: Ellen Datlow On Editing