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When the Dust Settles by Linda S. Glaz

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.


  1. Dawn Owens says:

    I am just about to start this process, more than likely this week in fact. The timing of this email is perfect. Thanks for sharing and the encouragement. A good word in due season.

  2. Tisha Martin says:

    Thank you for this comforting post. This is such an important element in the publishing process. Even going into college, I prayed for and adopted the attitude that nothing that I wrote was the pinnacle of all manuscripts, it could still be reworked, no matter if I thought it was good. Of course, as authors, we must be prepared to fight for what we believe needs to stay, but in most cases, it doesn’t need to stay. As best as I can, the Lord has helped in this area of my writing career. Thank you for your spirit of teaching and mixing humor with it. You’re awesome!

  3. Rewriting may be my favorite part of writing the novel. My first drafts seem to be skeletal and then comes the fun… layering, adding, deleting. What a great process.

  4. Bill Jenkins says:

    Thanks Linda. As my novel nears completion I look forward to working with an agent. From your post, it’s clear that they are an incredibly important part of being successful as a writer.

    B.L. Jenkins

  5. Betty Glaz says:

    I think I’ve found an editor for my book and will depend on her to find a publisher for me. I appreciate your article.

  6. Betty Glaz says:

    I think I’ve found an agent for my book and will depend on her to find a suitable publisher. Thanks for your article.

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