THAT moment has arrived and you’re over the moon happy. You’ve signed a contract with a publisher, but now the real work begins.
You’ve been assigned … an editor! How well does she like your work? Is he as anxious as you are to begin the process?
Then he does the unthinkable: he tosses out part of your baby. She rewrites a portion to “tighten” it. What does that even mean?
It’s not easy to see someone else tamper with your story. You begin to doubt the entire process so much that you’re almost ready to tear up the contract. You simply cannot do the things the editor wants.
As writers, we’ve all been there.
“But that’s my favorite line in the entire manuscript!”
“My character wouldn’t do that, would she? How can they take away her dialect?” So strong, by the way, that no one but the author can understand her dialogue.
So many takeaways that your heart begins to break. You want to quit, toss all of those years of research and work and just say no.
Then the day arrives and you see your book … in print … on your kindle. And you realize you needed those changes. Most of them, anyway. And you take the book out of the box and hold it in your hand! .
You wonder what you’d ever have done without your glorious editor.
Yes … really.