Tez Says: After I requested (and was granted access to) The Cellar, the publisher offered me a spot on the book’s blog tour. I chose the topic – when you hear something’s gone from self-published to traditionally-published, you hope that improvements have been made where necessary. After the guest post you should find information on The Cellar and Natasha Preston’s web links.
I started writing The Cellar back in 2010, about four months after I started writing, and that’s the version that’s still on Wattpad today, so there has been a lot of content/developmental editing. When I spoke to my editor at Sourcebooks she gave me some initial things to address – the cliffhanger ending had to be changed to give the reader a more satisfying conclusion to the story.
There wasn’t too much to change in terms of the characters, perhaps a little strengthening, but I find it very hard to change my characters. They tend to be who they are and if I’m to force a change it’s much more difficult for me to continue writing them. Maybe in my head they’re too human!
One big change was resurrecting someone that had originally been killed off very early on. I think in the end I wrote the character back into about seven chapters. Although it wasn’t a major character it was still my biggest challenge to have her back interacting with the others and reacting to different situations.
The whole editing process has undoubtedly made the book stronger, and Sourcebooks had some incredible suggestions, things that I’d overlooked that have made me so much more excited to share the story with a new audience.
Sourcebooks Fire (US: 1st March 2014)
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For months Summer is trapped in a cellar with the man who took her – and three other girls: Rose, Poppy, and Violet. His perfect, pure flowers. His family. But flowers can’t survive long cut off from the sun, and time is running out…