Sue Painter
Sue Painter asked Jeff VanderMeer:

How long did it take you to write the draft of Annihilation that you eventually sent to the editor, and how long does it take you to rewrite, when the editor sends your draft back with corrections?

Jeff VanderMeer Annihilation took about a month to write--I wasn't doing anything else but working on the novel, and it's fairly short. Then over the space of the next six months I worked on revision and edits. Once FSG acquired it, I took the developmental edit notes and worked on it a bit more. Those edits were fairly light in the grand scheme of things and didn't take me that long. On the second and third books in the series, it took longer. Because they were longer novels but also because they were more complicated in terms of their structure, which usually means you spend a bit more time making sure everything is in place where it should be.

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