I take a lot of pride in the fact that so many authors and editors value my work enough to request me, and I hate it when I have to turn them down. I didn’t get to take Cherie Priest’s latest earlier this year because I was working on Scott Lynch’s, and now I’ve had to turn down Josh Conviser’s latest because I’m working on one by Mike and Kathy Gear.
I enjoy the work of all those authors, though, so these aren’t the worst situations. Those are where you’re working on a book you hate and have to turn down one you’d love. Another good thing about having wonderful working relationships with editors and authors is that those situations don’t come along too often. :-)
I'm a freelance copyeditor specializing in fantasy and science fiction. SF/F novels I have copyedited have been finalists for (and have sometimes won) the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke, Endeavour, Golden Spur, John W. Campbell Memorial, Quill, Locus, Philip K. Dick, British Science Fiction, British Fantasy, and World Fantasy awards. In 2007 I became the first and only copyeditor ever short-listed for a World Fantasy Award.