Mister Monday

Charles Butler hannibal at thegates.fsbusiness.co.uk
Wed Sep 17 04:29:43 EDT 2003

Garth Nix's UK editor Stella Paskins (yes, the same one who publishes DWJ
and who came to the pub meet) has become aware of our discussions on the
US/Oz nature of Mister Monday, and helpfully sent the following explanation
to put us out of our misery:

"Basically, Garth Nix's primary publisher for the series is Scholastic in
USA - they publish the book first, and the US editor is who Garth works
Garth actually writes "Australian" as it were, but it's natural that in the
US they want American spellings and phrasing, so after all the main
structural work, it would be copy-edited and "Americanised" in the process."

Stella goes on to explain that the Australian publishers have to produce
their edition pretty quickly after the US one for contractual reasons, so
wouldn't have time to do any (or at any rate much?) work to Australianize
it - or re-Australianize it, perhaps. The UK edition by contrast isn't
coming out till January, giving Stella as editor time to do a more thorough
job Anglicizing it - in consultation with Nix, natch. She also adds that Nix
"hasn't actually set his story anywhere in particular. You need to believe
it might be your city - or a city of your choice - when you read it." So
those of us who detected a generic element in the setting were on the money.
But it's emphatically not an attempt at dumbing down - just a matter of
publishing practicalities.

There's obviously a thesis in here somewhere...


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