Over the last decade, I've thought Juliet Ulman had the sharpest editorial eye in the book business. She has a real knack for spotting talent and for getting the best out of writers.
Juliet Ulman is a highly skilled editor with an uncommonly keen eye for character relationships and development. Her name now appears at the top of the acknowledgements pages in three of my books -- with good reason. She has helped more than I can say, and I would not hesitate to work with her again.
Juliet is absolutely superb at getting inside a book and figuring out how to make it (a lot) better. She has that rare ability to "helicopter" from the overall sweep/story arc of a manuscript down to the fine details and back up to the big picture. Not only does she identify problems with a text that everyone else will miss, but she'll suggest creative and elegant solutions that really help you unlock your book's potential (as well as identifying your own blind spots). Bottom line is that you'll be a much better writer for having worked with her--I thank my lucky stars that she was my editor on MIRRORED HEAVENS, and can't recommend her more highly.
Working with Juliet Ulman on my first two novels was not just a process by which those books became much better, clearer versions of themselves but an experience that ultimately led to me becoming a better writer. I learned a lot from her keen eye and her searching questions. Juliet has an ability to find any possible false panels in the walls of a book, and she knows how to talk about those flaws in such a way that, after discussing issues or problems she's located, I found myself excitedly pushing further and further, to make a better book, and to make the next book a better book before I even started writing it.
Juliet was my first professional editor, and I often said that I had done something right in a previous life to get to work with her in this one. My first novel needed a lot of work, and not only did she see the good book buried in my rookie mistakes, but was infinitely kind, patient, and clear in her critiques. She is a vastly intelligent, sensitive editor who always made me more excited about my own books, and inspired me to push myself harder to live and write up to her standards. She is also a wonderful human, and my professional relationship with her during our time at Bantam was one of the most rewarding of my life. Any one of us would be lucky to get her to cast her eye to our manuscripts again.