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Caroline Bock-BEFORE MY EYES

The Chapter Map.... Writing Insight

Reading this morning about "Giving Birth To Blue," in the PW Children's Bookshelf (free newsletter!), and came across this paragraph, which about the editorial process.  This is an exchange between fabulous fantasy author, Kristin Cashore, and her editor and is very telling about what editors are looking for -- from any author (bestselling or not!) and how they read manuscripts:

"...Following receipt of the letter, the editor and author spoke on the telephone. Dawson told Cashore she had started a “chapter map” for Bitterblue, a document she creates for every book she edits, which she uses to test whether a chapter is doing enough. “These are down and dirty notes for me so I can make sure each chapter has a reason to exist,” Dawson says. “I keep track of plot developments and reveals. There’s got to be a reversal or a transformation in each chapter, otherwise it’s not really a chapter..."   Read entire story at www.publishersweekly.com

Truly, from the author of LIE,
a critically-acclaimed
realistic young adult novel,
(and a reader who loves
fantasy too!)


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