I’m in the process of setting up meetings with editors next month. When I finish the workshop at Honesdale, I’ll go to NYC for a few days for my annual trip. I try to meet with two in the morning, one for lunch, and two in the afternoon. Sometimes it works out, sometimes not. That time of year a lot of editors are out of their offices. I don’t remember when I started making these trips. I know it was before THE BOOK OF GIANT STORIES was published in 1972 because the idea for that title originated during one of those visits. Must have been in the late 60s.
As we’ve all discussed numerous times, a writer is a multitasking small business person. Getting to know editors and learning where their current interests lie is part of the job. Besides, I love New York. We always see some plays, visit museums, shop a little, drop by one or more of those welcoming Irish pubs, and generally walk around looking up saying, “Golleee.” Takes me a week to get the kinks out of my neck when we come home.