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Olga Gridin
Hello, Peter Lerangis,

How are you?

My name is Olga, and I am a regulation associate full-time and an English tutor part-time. In my free time I write books.

One of my pupils is 14 years old and she loves your Seven Wonders series. We are about to finish reading The Legend of the Rift. I know almost nothing about the series, because we only started reading the books during the lessons only from the Legend of the Rift. From what we have read so far, I like the series and I like the way you write.

I have been writing for 14 years now, and I am about to publish my first book - a children's book about John Lennon. I like writing adult crime mysteries, adventure novels, children's books, short stories, and poetry and lyrics for a local heavy metal band.

I wanted to ask: what gives you the motivation to finish the editing process? This is the part I struggle with.

Usually I finish a first draft of a crime novel in 4-6 months due to my full-time job and my pupils and personal life. Then comes the hard part. I start editing and polishing the novel and I have a hard time maintaining the motivation to finish the editing part. I have started editing the crime novel that I want to publish, but I'm struggling to keep the motivation going.

What do you do to keep your motivation going during the second draft/final draft/editing part?


Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 08:07:32 AM
Peter replied on Thursday, September 13, 2018

Hello, Olga! First of all, my apologies for taking so long to respond. I’m dreadfully behind with this guestbook. I began my publishing career as an editor, so I have a very specific idea of what’s meant by editing. As I writer, I don’t really think of my own work as editing at all. I think of it as writing. I’m never happy with anything I write, so I keep rewriting until I feel it’s ready to show my editor. When I’ve gone over things many, many times, when I think it’s solid and ready to go, that’s what I consider my first draft. Even though I think it’s in perfectly good shape by then, I know my editor will see dozens or hundreds of things that need improvement. That second pair of eyes is crucial. Once I get that first draft back, then I go back and do a second draft. In other words, I let someone else edit, and I rewrite. Occasionally, when my editor will need, say, exactly 37 pages cut, then I will edit the way an editor does.

So I think you’re asking about what keeps my motivation going when I have to go back over my work and change things. I’m motivated by the idea that the work isn't yet the best it can be. I’m always vexed when I read something of my own that isn’t yet as clear, funny, dramatic, or emotional as it can be, and getting it right becomes consuming. I want the reader to see the best version, not the one at hand. I do think it helps, though, to have someone else telling you the things that you can’t necessarily see with your own eyes.

Hi peter i am maya from fulmar road elementry school and i think you are now my favorite author!!!! i really loved how funny you were i am the girl who asked it your book was at the library and the one who said i loved your book watchers so yeah BYE PETER!!!!
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 09:26:31 PM
Peter replied on Friday, May 25, 2018

Hi, Maya! Sorry it took a few days to get back to you! I do remember you, and thank you so much for the kind words. I had a BLAST at Fulmar. You guys were amazing. I hope you find my books at your library!

Hey Peter I read your book a few years ago that you wrote Harry Mazer. "Somebody, Please tell me who I am". I just wanted to let you know that I really loved it and appreciate your work. I just thought I'd let you know.
Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 10:43:12 PM
Peter replied on Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Hi, Zariah! Thank you so much for taking the time to write. I'm really glad you enjoyed Somebody Please. Sadly, Harry Mazer has passed away, but he would have been delighted too. Plans are underway to make the book into a Broadway musical, so let′s keep our fingers crossed! 

Hi Peter!

My friend Meg and I are big fans! I was hoping you could help me wish her happy birthday here! And also we were wondering if you prefer cake or pie. Thank you!
Tuesday, April 03, 2018 at 01:15:02 AM
Peter replied on Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Hi, Chloe! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MEG!  As for me, I prefer chocolate cake, but Meg gets to choose today!  And here’s a tune for you:

what one of your books would be good for a 4th grader?
Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 05:34:23 PM
Peter replied on Friday, March 16, 2018

Hi, Tess! Most of my recent books are perfect for fourth graders — for example, Max Tilt: Fire the Depths, the Seven Wonders series, and the 39 Clues series.

I was wondering if the seven wonders series have been optioned yet to become movies. I would love to see it in the big screen!
Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 01:09:20 PM
Peter replied on Friday, March 16, 2018

Hi, Gabriela! No, not yet, but there are a couple of people looking at it in Hollywood so let’s keep our fingers crossed, and thanks for the kind words!

Hello mr. lerengis,
Greetings from greece, i love your seven wonders series and the details you give to a person,place or item. I would love to see the characters on the big screen. Thank you for reading this
Saturday, March 03, 2018 at 09:53:01 AM
Peter replied on Friday, March 16, 2018
Thank you, Renia! I would love to see that too! Let’s keep our fingers crossed that Hollywood takes notice. I’m delighted you enjoyed the series.
Caleb Robinson
Hi Peter!

I just listened to an interview with you on the Harper Collins website after purchasing the first book in your Seven Wonders series. You seemed really approachable on there, so I thought I would ask a question that I hope you can answer.

As an aspiring Middle Grade Author, I am looking for literary agents to query over the next few months. I've been searching all over for who your agent is, but I can't seem to find them! Would you be willing to tell me who it is or even suggest agents who would be good to query for MG fantasy?


Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 11:49:36 PM
Peter replied on Friday, March 16, 2018
Hi, Caleb! My agents are at Sterling Lord Literistic. I’m not sure if they’re taking on any new clients, but they’re very good. I know Inkwell is good, too, and Stimola Literary Agency. Actually, there are quite a few good ones, but I’ve been with SLL for a long time so I’m a little out of the loop knowing about the other agencies. Best of luck!
are you working on a new book series ?
Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 09:11:45 AM
Peter replied on Friday, March 16, 2018
Yes, two of them! One is called Max Tilt, a wild science fiction search for a treasure that will help save a life. The other is called Throwback, a time-travel adventure.
Wht u favorite team
Wht u favorite book
Wht u favorite question
Wht u favorite friend
Wht u favorite character
Wht u favorite sport
Wht u favorite shop
Wht u favorite thing
Wht u worse thing
Wht u worse enemy
Answer all
Wht u favorite poem
Wht u worse toy
Wht u favorite school visited
Wht u worse book u wrote
Wht u favorite guestbook entry
Answer all
Monday, January 22, 2018 at 10:50:20 AM
Peter replied on Friday, March 16, 2018

Mets, don’t have one, “Would you like some chocolate?,” a gentleman does not reveal this, Superman, basketball, the Mani Market, Thing 2, Thing 1, computer updates, don’t have one, Slinky, your school, the Dick Tracy Choose-Your-Own adventure, I’ll have to review them all and get back to you.

hi mr lerangis i absolutely love the seven wonders series and i was wondering if they were going to become a film series? thanks 🙂
Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 06:51:09 AM
Peter replied on Thursday, December 28, 2017

Thank you so much, Alexis! I dearly hope this will happen. We do have some very dedicated people, who love the series, working to make this happen in Hollywood. But these things do take a long time, so let’s all sing a loud song of hope!

Poseidon Kid
Seven Wonders book 6?
Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 07:45:24 PM
Peter replied on Saturday, December 16, 2017
Ah no, the series ended at five books. The Legend of the Rift wraps it all up. (But there are also the Seven Wonders Journals.)
Do not call me suess or I will make you write a 9999999 page k
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 10:51:36 AM
Peter replied on Saturday, December 16, 2017
I wouldn’t dream of it, Sam I am.
Really angry Percy jackson
Hmph can you write a cooler comment
Like ayayay omg fam that was cool bruh wowie ! See that’s a cool comment not cruel
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 10:03:21 AM
Peter replied on Saturday, December 16, 2017
OMG ayayay I am learning bruh.
What you favorite sports team?
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 05:09:02 PM
Peter replied on Saturday, December 16, 2017
I’m a New Yorker, Jacob! Mets, Jets, Knicks, Rangers.
Angry Percy Jackson
Peter plz once just write a cool reply please or I will slice my lost in babylon please
( again I’m Joud school viss )
Monday, December 11, 2017 at 11:22:03 AM
Peter replied on Monday, December 11, 2017
Sorry, but I’m not clear what you’re asking me for...
Chubby chubs
Hi I know what Babylon is but tell me again for no reason
Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 11:53:00 AM
Peter replied on Sunday, December 10, 2017
(See below...)
Chubby chubs
Hi I am dumb but what is lost in babylon
My fit and smart brother wrote this for me
Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 11:50:03 AM
Peter replied on Sunday, December 10, 2017
It’s the second book of the Seven Wonders series.
Hi I just wanna say WTF is funny I mean EXTREMELY FUNNY !!
Thanks for writing the book
I named myself Percy Jackson
Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 11:47:45 AM
Peter replied on Sunday, December 10, 2017
Thank you, PJ!
Percy Jackson
Hi friend of master ( who is Rick Riordan ) I really like your books and stuff about that naked baby you showed at viss that’s a big No no i just want to ask how many books have you written please answer or I will get riptide and smash all your books ( which will not happen ) please this is serious!!!!!!!!!
Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 11:43:39 AM
Peter replied on Sunday, December 10, 2017
I’ve lost count, but somewhere around 175.