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Old February 20 2011, 05:12 PM   #1
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ST Novels Editorial Environment

I only recently started posting here a few days ago, but several years ago I used to post on psiphi. While not participating on online ST lit forums for some time, I know a lot has changed at S&S regarding ST lit. Even around here, I read snippets about these changes. That said, I have been picking ST books over the years of being inactive online. The last editorial changes I recall was when John O left and when, I think, Marco left to be a ST lit advisor or something (or maybe I`ve flipped their departure information). Anyhow, what has happened in the last 5 or so years with editorial? I find it odd that, in the example of DS9, that an editorial shift resulted in the necessity to `jump` 5 years into the future for Typhon Pact. Help me understand the current ground at S&S please.
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Old February 20 2011, 05:19 PM   #2
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The current economic environment led to a lot of cuts at S&S. Many of which affected the Star Trek line.

When editors changed on the line, the focus changed (as is normal). That's the brief summary of things. Someone else will likely fill in with more information or point you to the numerous other threads about the editorial changes, decisions, and reasonings.
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Old February 20 2011, 05:24 PM   #3
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The current economic environment led to a lot of cuts at S&S. Many of which affected the Star Trek line.

When editors changed on the line, the focus changed (as is normal). That's the brief summary of things. Someone else will likely fill in with more information or point you to the numerous other threads about the editorial changes, decisions, and reasonings.
Thanks. I did an advanced search using the word `edit`as the title search term and only found 1 unrelated topic. I apologize if there are other threads around here that address this topic. I did try to find them before posting this new thread.
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Old February 20 2011, 05:29 PM   #4
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When the economic crash hit in December 2008, the publishing industry was hit hard, and Simon & Schuster had to lay off many editors, including Marco Palmieri. Margaret Clark, who had shared the Trek-lit workload with Marco, became responsible for the entire line. Less than a year later, another round of layoffs cost Margaret her job, and Jaime Costas took over the Trek line, commissioning most of the books upcoming for 2011. Jaime then went on maternity leave, and a few months later she decided to resign to be with her family. The current editor prefers to keep a low public profile.

I find it odd that, in the example of DS9, that an editorial shift resulted in the necessity to `jump` 5 years into the future for Typhon Pact.
That's not exactly what happened. Even before Marco's layoff, some fans were unhappy about DS9 being so far behind the rest of the 24th-century books and wanted it to be moved forward. While Marco was in charge, he preferred to keep it where it was and let it continue to develop at its own pace. As a result, Destiny largely had to avoid mentioning anything about most of DS9's characters, and a lot of readers found it frustrating that such a big part of the Trek universe had to be left out of such a big event. There were valid arguments on both sides of the question, but it had to go one way or the other, and Marco felt that it was best for DS9 to proceed at the pace that worked best for it. But when Margaret took over, she decided that Destiny had changed the Trek Lit universe and made it more unified, so it was time to bring DS9 forward as well and let its characters participate in that new state of affairs, rather than continuing to be isolated and left out of the big events. So when the decision to do a Typhon Pact miniseries came along thereafter, the DS9 characters were now available for inclusion.
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Old February 20 2011, 05:37 PM   #5
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Thanks Christopher.

Sorry to hear about Marco and the gang. Sad. Hopefully they are doing well with other projects now. (Fingers crossed) I found what I believe to his site, but can`t tell if he`s doing ok. Again, hope he is. I probably read Margaret-editted books, so also am wishing her well.

In terms of the 5Y jump forward, I guess that makes sense. There was the same challenge I recall with PAD`s NF and they also did a jump forward to catch up a few years ago, but based on the nature of that narrative, like Marco era DS9, NF is likely behind again now too....
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Old February 20 2011, 09:06 PM   #6
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Marco has become a fairly regular contributor (and possibly editor, I'm not sure) for the Star Trek magazine (which also regularly features articles written by the Trek authors like KRAD, Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore, David Mack, Christopher Bennett, Kirsten Beyer, ect.) and he also wrote one of the stories for Vanguard: Declassified.
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Old February 20 2011, 09:52 PM   #7
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Marco is also a regular guest at Shore Leave every summer.

Meanwhile, John Ordover is now running an art gallery in SoHo, while Margaret continues to edit on a freelance basis.
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