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15 February 2013 @ 03:50 pm
I guess that after 43 years in the saddle, I'm allowed to be blasé about some aspects of the writing trade.  But I surprised myself yesterday, flipping through Publishers Weekly while I ate lunch.  There on p. 46 was a review of The Best of Joe Haldeman – which is not remarkable, since every book by a trade publisher does get a pro forma review.  What's remarkable, and a little sad, is that I wasn't looking for it.  For twenty- or thirty-some years, when I had a book coming out I would snatch PW from the mailbox for weeks, if not months, in advance, impatient to see the first review.  I think this is the first time I've let one sneak up on me.
A very positive review, it says that fans of my novels will enjoy the earlier works.  Thanks, PW.
(Anonymous) on February 15th, 2013 09:36 pm (UTC)
Same for me...I've ceased to care much & reviews don't affect writers like us much any more. Or awards. Freedom!

Greg Benford
joe_haldemanjoe_haldeman on February 15th, 2013 09:50 pm (UTC)
Re: PW
let's see, Greg . . . on the one hand, you have the freedom of old age, and on the other hand, the fetters of youth. I guess in the middle you have a tether of indeterminate length . . . .