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The Demanding Editorial Letter You Would Love to Hate

April 10, 2015

Getting an agent and selling your book are your first major challenges. Then you move on to revision and the loved/hated editorial letter from the publisher.

Receiving an editorial letter from the publisher of Dutton Children’s Books, Ms. Strauss-Gabel, is not for faint of heart. Yet for a few top writers, being taken under Ms. Strauss-Gabel’s editorial wing “Is the literary equivalent of winning a golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory,” writes Alexandra Alter in the New York Times.

Working with Ms. Strauss-Gabel is almost a guarantee of critical and commercial success, Alter points out. As painful as the letters can be, they have shepherded writers like John Green (The Fault in Our Stars) and novelist Adam Gidwitz (A Tale Dark and Grimm) to bestsellerdom and movie adaptation.

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