Thanks to a link in the comments here yesterday, I’ve got a snippet today from a book editor turned writer.
David Ebershoff, whose book The 19th Wife was just released, edited Norman Mailer’s last book. Here’s some of what he said in a Saturday interview with NPR.
If I stepped back and thought about it, sure, I was intimidated. But ultimately, I’ve always been a reader, since I was a kid, I feel most confident when I’m reading. And so, when I’m told I’m going to be Norman Mailer’s editor, I might get a little anxious about that, but once I had a manuscript in hand, I felt I knew what I was there to do. And I knew that the best way to respect Norman, or any other writer I work with, was to be fully honest with him and to bring my sharpest pencil to the manuscript. And that’s what I did.
See here to hear the full piece.