Our next Science Fiction Trading Card Spotlight features Betsy Wollheim, who is displayed on card number 153, from the Science Fiction Collection. Betsy is the President, co-publisher and co-Editor-in-Chief of science fiction and fantasy publisher DAW books. Working as an associate editor from 1975, she took over DAW in 1985 from her father, Donald A. Wollheim, and her mother Elsie B. Wollheim, who founded DAW in 1971.
If you could describe Walter Day in one word, what would that word be and why?
How early in your life did you know you would be in the science fiction editing field?
When I was 23.
How has your career changed today changed from when you were younger? What do you like or dislike about the changes?
I changed from an associate editor, to a publisher. I disliked that, It was because of my Father’s critical illness.
If you did not become an editor, what would you be doing?
Photography, and not being able to pay the rent.
Are you still involved with science fiction today, and what role do you play?
Book publisher and editor
What are your favorite hobbies today?
Collecting unusual antiques.
What does it take to be a professional publisher/editor today?
Editorial talent is inborn, but there are very few positions today due to the shrinkage of the industry. So I’d say ambition, drive, and talent.
What do you think about electronic books that you can download versus the actual physical hard copy?
They are saving publishing (They help save the cost of paper, which is astronomical). Without E-Books, publishing would no longer exist.
What do you see yourself doing in the next 10 years?
Hopefully, the same thing I am doing now.