In 1983, Jim Baen heard Newt Gingrich, then a junior congressman from Georgia, speak at Balticon. Jim was so impressed that he signed Newt up to do a book setting forth his vision for the future in a series of essays adapted from his speeches on various subjects.
Jim then asked me to act as rewrite man on the project. I agreed, though hesitantly because I’m leery of politics and I don’t view myself as an editor.
It was a heck of a job and we didn’t make a lot of money in the end. On the good side, I learned an enormous amount–about Washington and high level political maneuvering, about prose style, and about myself. As with Viet Nam, I don’t want to repeat the experience; but it contributed a great deal to who I am today.