Sheila Williams

Sheila Williams

  • Commented on Entanglements!
    If/when we change words, we change to American English usage. This is bound to confuse some people, but can't really be helped. We don't run stories by anyone outside our staff. While visiting cousins in Ireland, I discovered that an...
  • Commented on Entanglements!
    I do see, and buy, stories that address that issue from time to time. I imagine there will be an increase in stories about the internet falling apart as people become more aware of these issues. We already saw a...
  • Commented on Entanglements!
    It can be purchased for the Kindle at Amazon. An early Kindle production problem has been corrected. Here's the link: https://www.amazon.com/Entanglements-Tomorrows-Lovers-Families-Friends-ebook/dp/B084V7XSFL/ref=sr_1_1?crid=24Z4AN0W8BFYI&dchild=1&keywords=entanglements&qid=1602696578&sprefix=entang%2Caps%2C155&sr=8-1. It can also be purchased for the Nook at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/entanglements-sheila-williams/1136528460?ean=9780262359337 And on Apple at https://books.apple.com/us/book/entanglements/id1499290522...
  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    Thanks for the invitation! I didn't know CapClave was this weekend. I'm attending a different convention and doing some other things this weekend, but I'll try to stop by....
  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    Most of our readers are subscribers so there's no real way to tell. Some readers love the September/October slightly spooky issue, some don't but not vociferously. I have an image of Santa in space on our November/December 2020 issue. It's...
  • Posted Entanglements! to Charlie's Diary
    Many thanks to Charlie for giving me the chance to write about editing and my latest project. I'm very excited about the publication of Entanglements. The book has received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and terrific reviews in...
  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    Hi, Waldo, I only have one "themed" issue a year. That's my "slightly spooky" September/October issue. The theme just tends to be eeriness. The leeway of that issue allows me to publish ghost stories, scarier stories, and stories about creatures...
  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    Hi, Greg, yes it is. Doing well under editor C.C. Finlay....
  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    Thanks, Sean. I think a lot of short story writing is done for the love of storytelling. We pay the highest rates that we can while staying profitable. An editor is a magazine's curator. Obviously, this means that the stories...
  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    I hope you have the time to write a non-Laundry story. I'd love to see one!...
  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    I'm certainly sorry Charlie stopped writing short stories-although the decision is completely understandable. We (Asimov's) have lost a lot of authors to their novel-writing careers. The situation keeps me on my toes because I have to continue to look for...
  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    The spam blocking programs are on the authors' sides. I get every submission that's in .doc or .rtf. Our web host doesn't support .docx so those manuscripts should be saved in one of the other formats. The system doesn't work...
  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    It's possible that it the failure to hear back was a spam blocking problem. I find that a number of writers don't hear back from us because their internet provider blocks our email because allegorists assume our responses are spam....
  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    There have been a (very) few authors who haven't responded well to rejections, but I don't dwell on them. Fortunately, most of my interactions with writers have been positive. This includes the vast majority of people who's work I've rejected....
  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    For me, a "slush" reader has to be able to get through stories quickly while finding ones that might work for the magazine they're working on. The reader has to be selective. Too many story recommendations won't help the editor....
  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    One misconception people often have is that I can spend all my time reading. Reading probably takes up less than 20 percent of my time. I write the editorial and all the interstitial material for the magazine—story intros, the Next...
  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    We don't have a group of manuscript readers at Asimov's. I read everything that it comes in. I probably read about 10 to 15 percent of the stories all the way through, but I look at everything. When a college...
  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    It's true that I often see more publishable stories than I can buy. This was just imagining the worst case and unlikely scenario. In fact, it's because it's not too unlikely that I have confidence that I'll always have great...
  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    I don't think stories appear with similar themes for no reason. There's generally a shared original source, scientific breakthrough, etc. Certainly, a lot of important SF ties in with Nobel recognized work. I've published plenty of Crispr related tales, including...
  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    Easy answers include buying more stories one month than another, which actually does happen. In a more serious situation, I could imagine soliciting material from writers or looking at material to reprint....
  • Posted Editorial Entanglements to Charlie's Diary
    A young editor once asked me what was the biggest secret to editing a fiction magazine. My answer was "confidence." I have to be confident that the stories I choose will fit together, that people will read them and enjoy...
  • Commented on Introducing a new guest blogger: Sheila Williams
    I've known a couple of writers who lived off their short story sales during periods of real productivity, but their expenses were very low....
  • Commented on Introducing a new guest blogger: Sheila Williams
    Thanks! George is the only Asimov's editor that I didn't work with. Although I was hired by Kathleen, we were only colleagues for about three weeks, but enjoyed working with her and loved my time with Shawna and Gardner. So...
  • Commented on Introducing a new guest blogger: Sheila Williams
    I look forward to reading it. I'm a little behind with my reading these days—too many distractions—but hope to catch up fairly soon....
  • Commented on Introducing a new guest blogger: Sheila Williams
    Most of my experiences working with authors have been great. One of the best parts about my job really is working with the writers. Authors are generally happy to do rewrites, if there's a need. Authors are aware of our...
  • Commented on Introducing a new guest blogger: Sheila Williams
    Love it!...
  • Commented on Introducing a new guest blogger: Sheila Williams
    Hi, SFReader, Thanks so much. Afraid the anthology is missing trains (perhaps an idea for the next one!), but it's packed with lots of other science and tech woven into great stories....
  • Commented on Introducing a new guest blogger: Sheila Williams
    Thanks! I'm afraid I can't help Greg out. :)...
  • Commented on Introducing a new guest blogger: Sheila Williams
    Thanks for the welcome! I'm looking forward to the chance to blog....
  • Posted Editorial Entanglements to Charlie's Diary Test Bed
    A young editor once asked me what was the biggest secret to editing a fiction magazine. My answer was “confidence.” I have to be confident that the stories I choose will fit together, that people will read them and enjoy them, and most importantly, that each month I’ll receive enough publishable material to fill the pages of the magazine....
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