[DWJ] News from the archive - Charmed Life

Deborah Meghnagi Bailey deborah at brightweavings.com
Wed Jun 1 06:53:57 EDT 2011

Love it. And I too hope that her editor was not fooled, but giving in,
otherwise - ouch!

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Subject: [DWJ] News from the archive - Charmed Life

Following on from yesterday's post, I've just been comparing two typescript
drafts of 'Charmed Life', which again indicate how certain of her own
instincts Diana was when it came to her writing.

She explained when we collected the archive, that the first typescript was
her 'final' draft, the version she felt was finished and ready for
publication.  So she sent it to her editor, who returned it saying it was
good but needed quite a bit of cutting and revision.  Diana disagreed, but
rather than argue, she simply photocopied the complete typescript, and took
a pair of scissors to it.  Numerous pages were cut up and then taped back
together again, to make it look like she'd made significant changes to the
text.  In fact, nothing had been changed.  She then sent the cut and taped
typescript back to her editor, claiming to have done the revisions
requested, and it was accepted.  I'm not sure whether her editor was fooled
by the apparent 'cutting' (I'd hope not, as it suggests a rather lax
attention to detail), or if she realised what Diana had done and decided to
give in gracefully.  Either way, once again Diana won!

Hannah Green
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