"Philip Athans was the driving force behind the series R.A. Salvatore's War of the Spider Queen, organizationally and creatively. The result were six New York Times best sellers, six outstanding tales by six other authors (including one by Phil), and an addition, not a splitting, of my fan base. Everybody won."
Philip Athans is The New York Times best-selling author of Annihilation and a dozen other books including The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction, and the recently-released How to Start Your Own Religion and Devils of the Endless Deep. His blog, Fantasy Author's Handbook, is updated every Tuesday, and you can follow him on Twitter @PhilAthans.
He spent fifteen years rising through the ranks from editor to senior managing editor beginning at TSR, which merged with Wizards of the Coast in 1997, and which itself became part of Fortune 500 toy giant Hasbro in 2000. During that time he honed his skills in a number of disciplines, including editing, copywriting (both consumer-facing and B2B), marketing communications, and creative intellectual property development. He is also the founder of the National Buy a Book Day Foundation and a member of the Northwest Independent Editors Guild.