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Behind the Book is an exclusive feature at Muggle-Born that gives readers an inside look into the editorial process of some of our favorite books. Plot changes, lost characters, and many more interesting topics are tackled in an interview with the author.

Pure by Julianna Baggott

Did You Know?

  • Though Pure never went through title changes, the title for Book III has changed quite a lot
  • A character named Arturo had to be cut from the book
  • Read on to find out more Behind the Book info about PURE by Julianna Baggott!

How many months did it take for you to write the original draft of PURE?
Honestly, I have no idea. I worked on it for years — before I even knew that this was the shape it would take, and then I worked on it while no one was looking — squirreling away time and flying under the radar of other deadlines. Years — off and on.

How long did the overall production of your book take from the moment it was sent to your editor to the final publication date?
It was probably the fastest book in terms of publication turn-around.The book had gone through so many rounds of edits before it went to auction — polishing, polishing — so the edits weren’t overhaul variety. It sold in October of 2010 and will publish in February of 2012.

Throughout the editorial process were there any significant changes to your story in terms of plot?
BEFORE it went to my editor, there were major changes with each draft. There use to be this character I loved named Arturo. He had his own point of view, a hefty one. But he had to be cut. I miss him.

What was the most challenging part of writing and the editorial process?
Each novel teaches you how to write it. That’s humbling. You never know when a novel is going to twist on you like a fish and jump from your hands. You should welcome this moment — it means the characters have their own life. But it’s scary too.

Did PURE go through any title changes?
It didn’t. I was set on the title from the beginning. The title of Book III in the trilogy has been up for grabs, though, and has changed a few times.

Is there anything else that you could tell us about PURE that we wouldn’t know unless we were part of the editorial team at Grand Central?
Here’s the thing: in my heart of hearts, I want PURE to steal its way into the hands of a number of writers I admire. (I won’t go into a long list here, but if Neil Gaiman and/or Margaret Atwood stumble upon this page, well, I’d blush.) I aspire for PURE to eventually find its way to one of the shelves in their houses — alphabetized or not. It would make the glue and binding very very happy — as well as me.

Don’t forget to check out my book review of PURE by Julianna Baggott!

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Behind the Book is an exclusive feature at Muggle-Born that gives readers an inside look into the editorial process of some of our favorite books. Plot changes, lost characters, and many more interesting topics are tackled in an interview with the author.

The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade

I’m still definitely fan-girlying over Alona and Will so I’m so excited to share this interview with you guys. If you haven’t already, check out my reviews for The Ghost and the Goth and its sequel, Queen of the Dead.

Did You Know?

  • Leisel’s boyfriend was originally named Dan (see ARC) but was changed to Eric in the final draft!
  • The prologue of Alona’s accident did not exist in the original draft of the manuscript
  • Read on to find out more Behind the Book info about THE GHOST AND THE GOTH!

How many months did it take for you to write the original draft of THE GHOST AND THE GOTH?
The original draft took between two and three months. But that was a really, really rough draft! As in, it didn’t have an ending. :)

How long did the overall production of your book take from the moment you got your agent to the final publication date?
I got my agent–the awesome Laura Bradford–in April of 2008 and the book came out in June 2010.

Throughout the editorial process were there any significant changes to your story in terms of plot?
We didn’t have any massive changes to the plot, but there were a lot of points that needed to be further clarified, especially in regard to how the world worked. My editor, Christian Trimmer, is brilliant and asked lots of questions that really helped me refine the world and its rules.

Did you lose any characters along the way or go through any name changes?
Liesel’s boyfriend/fellow ghost was originally named Dan. In fact, if you read the ARC, it was still Dan! But by the time we were going through the last copy edits, I realized that Will’s father (named Daniel) would have a much larger role in the next book, so I asked if I could change her boyfriend’s name. I didn’t want to have two Dan/Danny characters playing fairly prominent roles! And thus, Liesel’s boyfriend became Eric, which, actually, I like better anyway!

What was the most challenging part of writing and the editorial process?
It’s always a little scary when it becomes REAL, you know? I was very worried–and still am!–about doing a good job, for the story itself and for the people who put their trust in me as a writer. So, to me, that was the hardest part, keeping the faith that I would do my best and that my best would be enough.

Did THE GHOST AND THE GOTH go through any title changes?
Nope, that’s the title I submitted. :)

What did it feel like to have the final copy of the book in your hands?
Not quite real! It felt so strange to open the cover and see words that I’d written, you know? But it was so amazing and rewarding to hold in my hands a tangible result of years of work.

Is there anything else that you could tell us about THE GHOST AND THE GOTH that we wouldn’t know unless we were part of the editorial team at Hyperion?
The prologue, in which Alona sneaks out of school and “meets” the bus, didn’t exist in the original draft. That was Christian’s suggestion, and I love it! I think it adds some important context and depth to Alona’s life, immediately pre-death. :)



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Behind the Book is an exclusive feature at Muggle-Born that gives readers an inside look into the editorial process of some of our favorite books. Plot changes, lost characters, and many more interesting topics are tackled in an interview with the author.

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

I am absolutely, positively 100% THRILLED to be sharing this interview with you guys. I read Sloppy Firsts way back when (was I even in high school yet?) and it remains to this day one of my favorite series. I can’t even express how excited I was when I found out I was one of the lucky bloggers who get to celebrate SLOPPY FIRSTS’s 10-year anniversary. Wow. A decade of Marcus and Jessica goodness.

If you are reading this interview and you have not yet read this series, I’m telling you now: YOU BETTER START!

Did You Know?

  • Titles were a deal-breaker for Megan McCafferty and some publishers. SLOPPY FIRSTS did not go through any title changes!
  • SLOPPY FIRSTS took 6 months to write but was 10 years in the making. (How appropriate for the 10th anniversary of the book!)
  • Read on to find out more Behind the Book info about SLOPPY FIRSTS!

How many months did it take for you to write the original draft of SLOPPY FIRSTS?
It took six months…and ten years.

SLOPPY FIRSTS evolved out of material from my journals and creative writing classes. It took about six months to turn ten years of essays, short stories and diary entries—with a whole lot of writing and rewriting—into my first novel.

Did SLOPPY FIRSTS go through any title changes?
No, though it was definitely a deal-breaker for some publishers!

Ten years later, was there anything about the editorial process behind SLOPPY FIRSTS that stuck with you to this day?
I am a believer in what Anne Lamott called “the shitty first draft.” My books become recognizable as books in revisions.

How was the editorial process behind SLOPPY FIRSTS different from BUMPED?
SLOPPY FIRSTS was totally character driven. BUMPED was plot driven. So I struggled to find the story in SLOPPY FIRSTS and the personalities in BUMPED.

Is there anything that you wish you can take back or change in SLOPPY FIRSTS?
If I could have a do over, I’d make sure none of the names in the book could be erroneously traced back to real life. I went to school with a boy with the last name Parlapanides. That name served as the inspiration for Paul Parlipiano’s name, but my classmate was not the inspiration for the character in any other way. Parlapanides is now the Superintendent of the district we graduated from. I don’t want people to think I ever puked on his shoes (or make any other assumptions about him based on what they know about Paul Parlipiano).

Other than that, the books are all what I wanted them to be.

 

Thank you so much to Megan McCafferty for stopping by at Muggle-Born. It was truly an honor!

And don’t forget to stop by Megan’s blog for her SLOPPY FIRSTS: The Epic Giving Away of Rare and One-Of-A-Kind Stuff. You definitely don’t want to miss out on this truly epic contest. I’m already trying to come up with something fabulous to submit.



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