From: Shelly Li
Location: Omaha, NE
Thank you for the congratulations, Greg, it means a lot. (I've read your story from Nature too. Ram Shift Phase 2, if I remember right. Great story!)
Actually, I've written a book, and it's currently with Claire Eddy at Tor, but she's basically reading it as a favor to me--everyone tells me that I need to tighten my prose, and that until I do, the story just kind of flops around on the page.
Thank you so much for the advice. I will take it and definitely keep writing to keep a story strong from start to finish. I just got a rejection letter from Sheila Williams, who told me that my "writing was promising and the plot was good, but you to end with a bigger bang to keep the reader's mind moving even after the story."
So... I guess I'm back to the drawing board.
By the way, Greg, you're the best! I know that you're a busy guy, so I appreciate your time all the more.
From: Greg Bear
I pass along the sage words of Ray Bradbury, who told me--when I was a teen--that you must paper the walls of your room with rejection slips! But most of my rejection slips back then came without editorial notes, so you're already making progress.