Yep, I work here, but I love our Star Wars novels probably as much as you do: I just finished John Jackson Miller’s Kenobi and am working on Troy Denning’s Crucible right now, and am looking forward to devouring Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion: Razor’s Edge the moment it arrives. With a new movie just around the corner, I wanted to get in touch with Star Wars editor Shelly Shapiro to see what the future of the book line might hold. Happily, she was able to to take a second and chat with me.
What do you do? What’s a typical day like?
I start my morning with coffee and the Internet, starting with the weather and the news, moving through personal email, and on to work email. Then I assess what projects or requests have priority that day. I work flexible hours, so often I don’t do actual manuscript editing until late afternoon or evening. As for what I do: I answer questions, I read to assess possible new Star Wars authors, I work on outlines and manuscripts, I consult on cover art and cover copy and other issues that come up in relation to the Star Wars books.
It sounds like you have a dream job for a Star Wars fan. How did you get started doing this?
I started my career working in science fiction publishing, and it WAS my dream job, even from the start (despite all the entry-level duties that did not come naturally to me!).
What keeps you interested in the Saga, and how do you keep up with it all?
The characters and settings in the Galaxy Far Far Away are so vibrant, it’s hard NOT to stay interested. I can’t keep up with it all, but I know how to look things up and ask questions, and I have enormous support from the team at Lucas Licensing.
What kinds of things can we look forward to in the world of Star Wars fiction?
We’ve got the excitement of a whole new Star Wars future unfolding as information about the new movies rolls out, and I anticipate that we will be brimming over with ideas for new fiction tying in to the new continuity both of Episodes VII, VIII, and IX, and of the standalone movies that have been announced. Not to mention the new upcoming REBELS animated series. So lots more novels, more series, more original ebooks and stories…
I know we’ve got some Rebellion era fiction coming up over the next few months, but will we continue to see the other eras represented?
I certainly hope so!
Anything else you want Unbound Worlds readers to know?
Just that we continue to be tremendously excited about all the new possibilities available for stories in the Star Wars universe, and that while I am aware that we can never please everybody, I do try really hard to make each book something the author will love to write, the editors will love to edit, and, hopefully, a lot of fans will love to read.