Tuesday, May 12, 2015

When Your Editor Wants a Rewrite (Part 1 of 3)

This hasn't happened to me (yet), but it's not uncommon among authors. You might as well prepare yourself in case it happens. So here are a few tips for responding to the request for a serious revision.

* Respect your editor and her opinion. It's easy to tell yourself your editor wants to ruin your marvelous writing. Or you can tell yourself that you're a good writer—and that person is only an editor and he doesn't know good writing.

* Remind yourself that, like you, editors are professionals. They've paid their dues, usually by starting as a proofreader or copyeditor, moved to assistant or associate editor, and finally editor. Like you, they work hard and deserve your respect.

Within the publishing house, the rise or fall of an editor often depends on how well their edited books do. Why wouldn't they want to do an excellent job for you? If you don't like the final product, you won't be enthusiastic about selling it.

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