TheForce.net has interviewed Del Rey editor Shelly Shaprio. Here’s an excerpt. Read it all at TheForce.net’s Jedi Council.
What is the process for choosing an author to write a Star Wars novel?
Generally, I propose authors I feel would work well, and Lucasfilm reads them and approves or disapproves. The basic rules of thumb are that the author must have a track record in publishing, and must be a Star Wars fanâ€”at least enough that he or she is really going to be excited about working in the Star Wars universe.
On average, how long does it take to edit a novel?
Thatâ€™s hard to answer, as each book is an individual case. Generally speaking, each Star Wars novel is read several times at different stages: for development, for approval, for line-editing. Any way you slice it, itâ€™s time consuming.
Which book has been the most enjoyable to work on?
I canâ€™t answer that. Itâ€™s like asking a parent to choose her favorite child! Each book has had its up sides and some have had some down sides. Theyâ€™ve all been a challenge and, largely, fun to work on.
What has Del Rey / Lucasfilm got upcoming for fans?
Canâ€™t say much about that. Of course weâ€™ve got the NJO to finish, and the era of the â€œprequelâ€ movies to explore. Thereâ€™s lots of fodder for books now and in the future!