The news is public: My editor is retiring.

Betsy Mitchell, editor-in-chief at Del Rey and my editor, is accepting early retirement from Random House. She’ll be leaving at the end of the year, at which point I’ll have a new editor. It’ll be David Pomerico, who did such a great job on “A Glimpse of Darkness.”

For her, this means she can stop riding the subway every day and won’t have to attend a whole bunch of meetings. I understand she’ll be opening an editorial services company sometime in the future and, considering what an amazing editor she is, I’m sure she’ll have a long line of clients waiting for her help.

For me, well, I learned a helluva lot from her and I’ll be sorry not to work with her anymore. She was always responsive, fair, and most importantly, she laughed at my jokes. (Some of them, anyway.)

Oh, yeah, and she helped make the Twenty Palaces books way better than I could make them on my own.

Anyway, all things are transitory and I’m glad to have had the chance to work with her. As for the future of Ray Lilly et al, there’s nothing to announce yet.

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