I had delivered my latest manuscript to my publisher, and a few weeks later received my revision notes from the editor. I was, to put it mildly, caught off guard.
The notes suggested some pretty big changes. As I read through them, I kept saying, “But that’s not what I had in mind.” I wondered why the editor wanted to rewrite my manuscript. Aren’t I the writer here? Isn’t my name on the book? I wasn’t happy.
But after sitting with it a few more days…
I noticed that my in-house editor, my substantive editor, and my beta reader (yes, my wife) had all made the same suggestion for the opening. Hmm.
I started rewriting, and amazingly enough, it was all coming together. By the time I’d reached chapter 5, I’d thought of some ways to put the editor’s suggestions into practice — and was ready to repent in sackcloth and ashes.
Okay, I take back at least 70% of the things I said in that initial venting phone call to my agent. And I apologized to my wife for all the whining.
Moral: I can pout for a day or two, but I should try reworking a manuscript before I begin to fuss.
I’m just glad the only people to whom I complained were my wife and my agent, both of whom love me enough to forgive me. (At least I hope so.)
Have you ever had a hard time with feedback or editing? How did you handle it? If you haven’t been in this situation yet, how do you think you’ll do?
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Dr. Richard Mabry writes medical suspense and is the author of the Prescription for Trouble series from Abingdon Press, as well as the upcoming Stress Test series from Thomas Nelson. Visit him at his blog or on Facebook.[ Next Post → ] [ ← Previous Post ]