Sean Wallace is founder and editor of the World Fantasy Award-winning Prime Books, he is co-editor of Clarkesworld (a Hugo and World Fantasy nominee), and Fantasy Magazine. He’s also edited a variety of anthologies, including: Best New Fantasy, Fantasy, Horror: The Best of the Year, and Jabberwocky.
He takes some time out to answer my questions. He is a nice man.
1. I didn’t choose editing, editing chose me: discuss.
I’ve always wanted to be a publisher, more so than an editor, but as with doing a lot of what goes on behind a small press, you find yourself with many hats. Editing is really an extension of that, and I enjoy it, particularly with the stories that I bring to CLARKESWORLD, and FANTASY MAGAZINE. I like bringing to readers something exciting and new that I saw first 😛
2. When I started Prime, my main motivation was …
… to publish projects that didn’t quite fit in with what I was doing with Cosmos Books, which was a bit more traditionally-focused than what I wanted to do with Prime Books.
3. The worst mistake made by newbie authors is …
… undervaluing their talent or themselves to the extent that they don’t give themselves a chance to get published.
4. Batman -v- Dr Manhattan: comments?
Batman. He’s a total badass. Who wouldn’t want to be him?
5. Donuts or danishes?
Usually danishes, unless it’s Krispy Kreme donuts, at which point I can seemingly snarf down a dozen in under a minute 😛
He blogs here.