Every book is different and the editor’s job is always the same: to work with the writer in the way they want to be supported, to understand as well as possible what it is the writer has set out to do, and to point out any places where the editor believes that the author has not lived up to the expectations they have created. It’s an intimate process, and an extraordinary trust to be allowed to see a writer’s work before it goes out into the world.”

Editor Michael Pietsch in a revealing conversation with his author Donna Tartt. Read the Slate article.

An excerpt from The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.