[DWJ] News from the archive - Howl's Moving Castle

Deborah Meghnagi Bailey deborah at brightweavings.com
Tue May 31 07:17:11 EDT 2011


p.s. as a fiction editor myself, that's a manuscript I'd find totally
fascinating.

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Hannah Green
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Hello all,

I've just been reading a somewhat mangled typescript draft of 'Howl's Moving
Castle' - it's a photocopy, annotated with revisions and missing numerous
pages throughout.  Diana sent it to her agent, Laura Cecil, to show her all
the cuts and revisions her editor suggested for the book and to illustrate
how ridiculous the editorial suggestions were.  She doesn't seem to have
taken editorial criticism terribly well!  Although, to be fair, the story
makes a great deal less sense in the edited form - huge chunks of the action
have been removed, and many of the revisions suggested in the annotations
are extraordinarily trivial, serving to sufficiently disrupt the flow of
Diana's style without adding substantially to the story.

Needless to say, after having had a bit of laugh about it with Laura Cecil,
Diana refused to make the changes and the book was published as per her
original draft.  Fortunately, her editor seems to have given in gracefully!
Hannah Green
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