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Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob is an English American writer in the science fiction and fantasy genres, publishing under the name Piers Anthony. He is most famous for his long-running novel series set in the fictional realm of Xanth.
(1934 - )

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All things make sense; you just have to fathom how they make sense.
 

As for collaboration - I have done a lot, 26 books, and found publishers increasingly resistive to them. It's not that the books are bad; editors won't even read them.
 

At present I answer about 100 letters a month, and read 300 emails.
 

At the time I wrote Xone I had never been on the Internet.
 

But I don't read or listen for pleasure. I have too much else to do.
 

Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker series also shows the potential of lighter fantastic fiction. I read the first, and listened to a tape of a later one, and it's fun.
 

Have a working spouse, because you won't earn a living from writing - not at first, if ever. My wife worked for years to support us.
 

I did not know at first that it would be a series; I discovered after the first novel that I had more to say about it, so I did another. And another, and then the readers demanded yet more.
 

I do one Xanth novel a year, because at the moment that is all that publishers will accept; they don't want any other type of fiction from me, so Xanth pays my way.
 

I don't want ever to be guilty of what my critics claim: doing formula without original elements.
 

I have always admired the work of Phil Farmer and was glad for the chance to work with him. Readers today may be too young to remember his classics like The Lovers.
 

I hope to read a Harry Potter novel soon, to see what it's all about. I admit to being annoyed that many good light fantasy writers have had trouble getting published, in England and elsewhere, when it is obvious the readers were waiting for us all along.
[Annoyed]
 

I maintain an ongoing survey of Internet Publishing and self publishing, so that it is now possible for any writer with a book to get it published at nominal cost or free, and to have it on sale at booksellers like Amazon.com.
 

I never do a full outline, and if I did, I would not feel bound to it, because the view from inside a scene can be different from the view outside it. But neither do I just start writing and see what happens; I am far more disciplined than that.
 

I turned my home state of Florida into the Land of Xanth.
 

I wish my readers took less of my time - about a third of my working time goes to them - but I love and need them all.
 

If every editor turns you down, maybe you should take a second look at your text, however, just in case.
 

In fact, I believe that we need better sex education in our own culture, here in America, so that young folk learn about things like venereal disease before they encounter it.
 

It would be easier to write a novel without reader input, but I feel the fiction is richer for it.
 

Keep writing, because not only does practice improve skill, it gives you more chances to score on the market. I did that for eight years before making my first sale.
 


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