Author Spotlight

Taking a Literary Risk

I like to watch everyone’s eyebrows go up when I say how long it takes from the day I have a book accepted for publication to the day it appears in stores and libraries: about two years. The first year is mostly spent revising. After acquiring the book, my editor sends me a long letter with constructive feedback on the manuscript. These are usually big-picture comments–characters who don’t seem three-dimensional yet, aspects of the plot that could use rethinking, themes to flesh out or play down. For instance, for my latest book, The Short Seller, about a twelve-year-old girl who becomes an online day trader while home from school sick, my editor suggested I get Lindy healthy and back to school sooner so I could make the subplot involving her friends more important. This took a lot of reworking and rewriting–much of the first draft took place at home with…