“Creativity needs a container,” says my first-ever guest, freelance editor Rebecca Heyman. Many people — especially first-time authors — think the creative process should be completely unrestrained. But go ahead and try it sometime, she says.

“You’ll find yourself staring into the abyss.”

Listen to our conversation where we talk about the function of editors, the excellence required for self-publishing a book successfully, and The Work Conference, the boutique writers’ conference Heyman founded. It had its debut in New York City in March of 2016.

Rebecca Heyman on Twitter.