She Tried to Wake Me: My Humbling First Meeting With Octavia Butler

Octavia Butler's long-time editor Betsy Mitchell shares the story of their memorable first meeting.

Octavia Butler Betsy Mitchell
  • Photo Credit: Images via Charles N. Brown, Locus Publications, Betsy Mitchell, and Photoshop
Parable of the Talents signed Octavia Butler
  • An autographed page from Parable of the Talents, from Butler to Mitchell. 

    Photo Credit: Betsy Mitchell

"I insisted that my success was the equivalent of hers, since I’d climbed the ladder on my own."

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Nebula Awards 2000 Octavia Butler
  • The Nebula Awards banquet in New York City during which Octavia Butler received the 1999 Nebula Award for Best Novel for Parable of the Talents. Octavia is flanked by Warner Books staffers Wayne Chang, Editorial Assistant, and Senior Editor Betsy Mitchell.

    Photo Credit: Charles N. Brown, Locus Publications