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Robert Runté has been my editor for more years than either of us care to remember. I have had many, many editors in my career of over 60 novels and novellas, but honestly, I recall none I would rather work with than Robert. I can't recommend him highly enough.

—the late Dave Duncan, author of 65+ fantasy & SF novels https://www.daveduncanauthor.com/>

[Dave Duncan subsequently willed his incomplete manuscripts to Robert to edit or finish. The first of these, The Traitor's Son, releases from Five Rivers Publishing, August 2021.]

    One of eleven Duncan releases edited by Runté


Robert made my first novel a much better story. He outright saved my second novel—perhaps it's more accurate to say he forced me to save it. The process of editing and developing a novel is seldom easy or comfortable, but Robert helped by being right so frequently that eventually I began learning from him almost in spite of myself. I won't hesitate to work with him again.

—Michael Skeet, author of
Poisoned Prayer and A Tangled Weave

Robert did a terrific job on my novel. A novel I would not entrust to just anyone. It had to be someone intimately familiar with the genre; someone with a solid grasp of the language; someone who cared, who was willing to go over it again and again, with a maniacal attention to detail. It had to be someone who "got" the tone and the intent. And it had to be someone willing to tell me all the hard truths about the novel that I needed to hear. That was Robert. He spared me nothing, the bastard. And the novel is so much the better for it.

—Joe Mahoney author of A Time and a Place

Working with Robert to bring my novel to its final form was deeply satisfying. His editorial requests were always tactfully expressed and lucidly explained. He understood not only my writing, but the story within, and always strove to convey my vision more clearly to the reader. When he spotted a scene that didn't fit or flow in its current form, he guided me through rewriting it with new content and a much more immersive feel. Most of our other work was on smaller details, ranging from simple matters like sentence clarity to much more subtle ones, such as pacing. I'd work with him again in a heartbeat.

Timothy Gwyn, author of Avians

Not only did Robert Runté give me thorough, meticulous edits, he gave me insight that went right to the core of bad writing habits so I could go deeper and improve my craft. Not only that—he challenged me to get to the bottom of what I'm trying to do with my book in the first place, and in my mind, that made the difference between a hastily published manuscript and a book that's been carefully refined. I can't recommend him highly enough. I certainly know I'll be coming back for my next one.

John Robin, author ofA Thousand Roads

I completely appreciate the help and suggestions that you've given me to date—I have nothing but positive things to say about working with you. It's a much stronger book because of it and I feel very fortunate to have been given such amazing guidance. Thank you!

—Suzy Vadori, author of The Fountain
from Evil Alter Ego Press.

By far, Robert Runté is the best editor I've used in many, many years. Not only is he adept at developmental editing, with a keen attention to detail, continuity and plausibility, but a natural copy editor. He has that rare ability among editors to shift effortlessly between non-fiction, fiction, and academic writing. Robert is, quite simply, one of those editors with uncompromising standards.

—Lorina Stephens, Publisher Five Rivers Publishing

    Robert has edited over thirty books for Five Rivers

This is absolutely fantastic! Thank you so much for providing your editing services, and so fast! I especially appreciate your feedback: you've given me a lot to think about going forward with this. I will definitely be recommending you to others.

—Julie Jensen, The Country Best Blog

Dr. Runté is a pleasure to work with. I agreed with his edits, observations, and comments, even when I was reluctant to make a change because of the work involved, or his comments caused me to rethink what I had written. I particularly appreciated how he always spelled out why a change should be made, how it would make the book more marketable, and make it a better book.

—Paul Lima, freelance writer and trainer

It looks AMAZING! What wonderful ideas you added; I will definitely use all of them. I cannot begin to put into words how much I appreciate you and what you did for me. You went above and beyond, and I hope to someday meet you and shake your hand in person. I think I will add that to my bucket list.

—Ron Balchan, author, Empty Nest Preppers

    Tesseracts5 Cover
"This anthology merits inclusion in any comprehensive collection, and it rewards the curiosity of the casual reader as well"                                       — Locus
"A provocative, exciting and extraordinarily varied exercise in what could be described as the mind's fourth dimension — imagination."                 — The Toronto Star

"....has brought a fresh perspective to a genre crowded with American authors."             — SF Site

Runté, Robert and Yves Meynard, Tesseracts5. Edmonton: Tesseract Books/The Books Collective, 1996. [Canadian Speculative Fiction anthology] 352pp