Edit away!

From a USA Today article on how books end up on bestseller lists:
“In many ways, editing yourself is the most important part of being a novelist. … For every page in a published novel, I wrote 10 that ended up in the trash.”

— Dan Brown from www.danbrown.com
Brown stats: 29 million copies of Da Vinci Code in print worldwide; more than 1 million of The Da Vinci Code: Special Illustrated Edition in USA

Too bad the entire book didn’t make it there.

One thought on “Edit away!

  1. verbal

    At least he has the self-restraint to edit himself or allow his work to be edited. Neal Stephenson, Anne Rice, J.K. Rowling– whatever you have to say, it can be said in half as many pages.

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