Why Editor Jen Gunnels Will Survive The Zombie Apocalypse

Jen Gunnels, who will definitely survive the zombie apocalypse.

This is such a special episode! if you listen to just one (or if you need a pick-me-up after last week...) check this out.

Stream here: https://soundcloud.com/user-965795498/jen-gunnels

Jessica Sinsheimer went into the Tor/Macmillan offices to speak with the intrepid editor Jen Gunnels. We talk about why she never sends an editorial letter without a phone call, why authors need to trust their teams--and how writers can sometimes put too much of themselves into the work. Jen also talks about how some writers assume editors will be adversarial for sport--and why that serves no one. However, argument, if in an open and constructive context, can result in better work.Ultimately, "All art is about a certain level of inherent trust."

Jen illustrates that with a wonderful story of a woman onstage with a flaming feather boa, tossing it to her team to be put out safely.

You'll note that there are a lot of mentions of fire in this episode.

Jen has been a director, actor, dancer, theater critic, dramaturg, and musician. She can play piano, mandolin, recorder, violin, bodhrán, bouzouki--and she can sing, too. She's been a professional belly dancer, and is a third-degree black belt. She owns (and operates) a rapier, stiletto, some swords, throwing knives, dirks, bo staffs, nunchucks, and a pair of sai.

She was voted by her doctoral cohort to be most likely to survive the apocalypse. Listen, and you'll see why.

You can see Jen's full #MSWL here: https://www.manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/jennifer-gunnels/

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