My editor at Wizards of the Coast, Phil Athans, had his position eliminated yesterday. You can read his announcement here.
Phil does not seem angry about this, so I suppose I shouldn’t get angry either. But I am. From the outside, this looks to me like another dimwitted, short-sighted decision by corporate flunkies. That’s all I want to say about that.
The point of this post is to say that I’ve been lucky to work with Phil. A great editor is priceless to a writer, and Phil is a great editor. He gave me my first break in publishing and has edited my novels for ten years. In the process, he made all of them better. He also steered me clear of a couple ill-advised decisions I might otherwise have made, and he stood up for my work when its tone seemed to some to sit uncomfortably within the Forgotten Realms. I’m grateful to Phil for all of those things.
I hate seeing bad things happen to friends and colleagues, but I’m sure Phil will land on his feet. Talented people always do.