When I Was Older started as a manuscript titled Juliet and the Idea of Frogs. Juliet was turned down by about twenty-seven editors, most of whom said it was unpublishable. About seven said I was really talented, but that the book was beyond editorial help. Four phoned my agent and asked if they could speak to me. I rewrote it, and then I rewrote it again. My father, quoting Virginia Woolf, said, “You have to drown your darlings.” Let’s just say I learned to revise and leave it at that.
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