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The Body Institute
by Carol Riggs
Release Date: 09/01/15 Entangled Teen
Summary from Goodreads:
Meet Morgan Dey, one of the top teen Reducers at The Body Institute.
Thanks to cutting-edge technology, Morgan can temporarily take over another girl’s body, get her in shape, and then return to her own body—leaving her client slimmer, more toned, and feeling great. Only there are a few catches…
For one, Morgan won’t remember what happens in her “Loaner” body. Once she’s done, she won’t recall walks with her new friend Matt, conversations with the super-cute Reducer she’s been text-flirting with, or the uneasy feeling she has that the director of The Body Institute is hiding something. Still, it’s all worth it in the name of science. Until the glitches start…
Suddenly, residual memories from her Loaner are cropping up in Morgan’s mind. She’s feeling less like herself and more like someone else. And when protests from an anti–Body Institute organization threaten her safety, she’ll have to decide if being a Reducer is worth the cost of her body and soul…
INTERVIEW WITH CAROL: Revisions From Start to Finish
1. How many revisions have you done for THE BODY INSTITUTE, after the initial draft?
A gazillion. Honestly, I’ve lost count—but at least 7 major ones from the first rough draft that I finished the summer of 2010 to the final galleys this summer of 2015. There were numerous smaller tweaks in between, line-edits and minor scene/character/dialogue changes.
2. What was the process of your revisions?
When I signed with my agent, Kelly Sonnack of Andrea Brown Literary, she had me revise some very major things. First, the entire ending. Second, my protagonist/villain needed to be rounded out. Third, my main character was too snarky and weightist; readers needed to relate to her more. Then Kelly suggested I try writing it in first person instead of third. I’d never written anything in first person, but now I LOVE it. After that, I completed another major revision on speculation for an editor, which version was ultimately rejected, but I really liked the changes I’d made. My new editor at Entangled Teen had me iron out pacing issues, as well as splicing in some romantic interest sooner and shuffling the order of some scenes around.
3. What was the most difficult thing to revise or change?
Shuffling entire scenes and chapters around to improve the pacing, to make the main character’s romantic interest appear sooner in the book. SO very confusing! Once as I was working, I discovered a lasagna appearing three chapters before it’d even been baked. Luckily, I caught that!
4. What kinds of things did you have to delete from your manuscript?
A TON of my “darlings”—and some favorite scenes. I had a action-packed scene involving a sci-fi virtual paintball game that I really liked. When my Entangled Teen editor suggested cutting a character (Morgan’s boyfriend, Aaron), the paintball scene was deleted with him. Sniff.
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