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Ode to My Editors...

Dear Mandy's Editors,

I have had four of you now. I lost the first one. What can I say. Publishing is a battle field.

Aaaanyway, as I pondered my latest, 11 page editorial letter, and as I spent hours and hours staring at my manuscript and chopping things and moving them around, it occurs to me: Y'all are the unsung heroes, here. Don't worry, though, I won't sing you a song. You've got it tough enough as it is.

See, I get to have my name on a shiny book. I get fan mail. And reviews.

You get to whip my crappy words into shape. You get to spend hours and hours trying to articulate your vision in a way that will both motivate and excite me, and you do it beautifully. I can't get my three year old to reach over and cover herself with a blanket. She'd rather yell at me to do it. But you, you manage to get me to spend my evenings and weekends curled up at the library on my laptop, instead of in bed watching reruns of Jersey Shore.

You have a vision. Without you, Lexa, my career would have bombed, because no one would have read anything from me ever again. That draft of P&P I turned in once upon a time was really terrible, and in fact didn't make a lot of sense. But you, with your twelve page letter, followed by a 3 page letter, taught me what the hell I was doing. And YOU WISH? Wouldn't exist. Oh, and uh, readers might have noticed that I accidently forgot a wish.

And Stacy, you were so right about how, in DRIVEN, I had written it like my YA, totally focused on my girl MC, with nothing for the guy to do but sit around and jack up cars. He needed motivation. And conflict.

And Brian? Rearranging those last two chapters of BUT I LOVE HIM? Genius. I kind of wanted to OD on gummy bears when you made me add all those dates to the chapter headings, but it was worth it.

And finally, Jocelyn. Dearest Jocelyn, my brand-new editor. I'll admit, it is scary to be "orphaned" by an editor. Especially when your publishers says, "but we're hiring someone new," becuase, well, you dont know who that will be. And if they "inherit" a project when they arrive, you're even more terrified they'll just pretend to like you. But then you sent me a totally kick-ass editorial letter, and I breathed a sigh of relief. I am in good hands.

So heres to you, dear editors, for making me look good-- for making readers believe the books they read are that beautiful when I type them up. 

The truth is, they are total word vomit, and it's your insight that turns them into real books.

Forever yours (as long as you'll have me),



( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 1st, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC)
You rock!
What a nice letter to the editors! I'd work with you again any time. (And I loved reading You Wish--I did not notice a missing wish! I was too caught up in the story to count them.)
Stacy (http://www.twitter.com/stacy_boyd)
Sep. 1st, 2010 08:04 pm (UTC)
Re: You rock!
hee! The wish isn't missing in the final version. Because Lexa was smart enough to count them and email me and say, "Wait-- am I mising one? I have....." and then I had to go back and come up with another one. :-)
Sep. 1st, 2010 10:59 pm (UTC)
Wow! I hope I get to experience what you have one day. The few editors I have worked with helped me move to a new level, I can only dream of how someone completely invested in my MS would help me. :) Thanks for sharing the awesome letter!
Sep. 2nd, 2010 03:50 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed this post!
Sep. 3rd, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC)
You Rock
Mandy, I started following your blog after I read P&P, which I loved by the way. I think I may love your blog just a little bit more. You are funny and honest, and teach in the process. Loved this letter to editors which lets unpubbed writers like me get a glimpse into what lies ahead--because I am determined to not be unpubbed for long. . . . in fact, once my handy dandy YA MS is ready, I plan on send you a query :-)
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