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    August 28, 2006


    Dan Wickett

    This comes from Steve Yarbrough. Gary has been his editor for the last four novels.

    "Well, from the insider perspective, the truest thing I can say about
    Gary is that Perkins himself could not possibily have been a better
    editor. Rather than try to make you write some book that he's got in
    his head, Gary addresses himself to the book you've written. He's a
    genius when it comes to helping the writer find his or her voice, when
    it's temporarily lost, and we do all lose it from time to time. He's
    also an enemy of excess verbiage, believing that if you can say
    something in ten words, you're wasting your time, and the reader's, if
    you say it in eleven instead. Lastly, he's just a prince of a man, a
    gem in every way."

    Dan Wickett

    This from Alix Ohlin, whose story collection, Babylon, just came out and was edited by Gary, as was her novel that was published last year:

    "I just read Steve Yarbrough's comment and I
    couldn't agree more. Being edited by Gary has taught
    me so much about economy in writing and not indulging
    oneself, not being lazy. I find it truly miraculous
    that he has edited so many diverse books, that he
    knows as much about the business as a whole as he does
    about the individual sentence, and I still sometimes
    shake my head when I think about it, amazed at my own
    good fortune."

    Dan Wickett

    Poor counting skills on my part - Steve Yarbrough reminded me he has FOUR novels, but only the last THREE were actually edited by Gary Fisketjon.

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