Did any of you see Genius, the new movie about Maxwell Perkins and his relationship with Thomas Wolfe? It’s a fantastic story of an editor and writer whose connection goes deeper than most until it implodes completely. I’ve always nursed a theory that all editors have one writer with whom they spend endless amounts of time editing — far more than they would devote to other writers. THey are more invested in their success, lending them money, going out on limb with the publisher, throwing publication parties. I’ve also suspected that this writer speaks to the creative soul of the editor. These relationships are uncommon, exquisite, and fraught. I felt this way about a writer, heart quickened when her pages arrived, went above and beyond the call of duty, moved mountains where I could. I was truly, madly, deeply in love with her writing.
What kind of relationship have you had with your editor?
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