[DWJ] News from the archive - Charmed Life

Gili Bar-Hillel hptranslator at gmail.com
Wed Jun 1 08:16:32 EDT 2011


Diana has told this story in her own words, I think during her acceptance
speech for the World Fantasy lifetime achievment award. In any case, Hannah,
we are drinking up every drop of what you share with us, so thanks, and
please keep sharing!

On Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 1:53 PM, Deborah Meghnagi Bailey <
deborah at brightweavings.com> wrote:

> Love it. And I too hope that her editor was not fooled, but giving in,
> otherwise - ouch!
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
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> Of
> Hannah Green
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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!
>
>
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