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Sunshine and long weekends

 There's a cat sleeping on my desk and Anah and I have two novels in edits right now. She's working on a deceptively simple change to the backstory and plotline for Runaway Star and I'm working on the edits for Pit Road. While these are both technically reprints, neither one is quite as easy as all that.

We're better writers now than we were when these stories were originally published, and we have clearer ideas of where we want to go with them. Fortunately, our editors are willing to indulge us as we tear things apart and put them back together.

I'm beginning to realize that's one of the most important features of a good editor--not just someone who knows a good story when they see it and how to make said story the best it can be, but also someone who is willing to trust their authors to do more, go farther, and dig deeper than the requested edits call for... They're running the risk of getting back something they don't love as much as the original, but I know the changes Anah and I are making (well, right now mostly Anah) will make the story stronger.

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batortuga
Jul. 9th, 2011 06:43 pm (UTC)
How fun! It's fabulous when writers grow. It's always neat to have been able to watch from the first steps. :D
diannefox
Jul. 10th, 2011 01:12 am (UTC)
Thanks!

We have a lot of love for the original stories those came from and if Torquere hadn't encouraged us with them, we definitely wouldn't have the opportunity to rewrite them now with all the new skills we've developed over the years. :)
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